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Obituaries
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Melvin B. McCormick

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Melvin Basil McCormick, age 91, died Oct. 9, 2021.  He was born in Portland, Oregon to Basil and Pearl McCormick. The family moved back to Minnesota, had four additional children and then settled in Foley. Melvin graduated from Foley High School in 1948 and shortly afterward joined the United States Navy with three of his friends. He worked as an airplane mechanic on dirigibles and airplanes.
He  married MaryLee Allen of Milaca. They moved to California where he was employed by Douglass Aircraft. They returned to Minnesota and he worked as a government inspector at several manufacturers of items for the armed forces.  The couple had three children, Thomas (Yelena), Susan (Jerry) Gumphrey, and Lisa (David) McNeil. They were longtime members of Zion Lutheran Church in Anoka. Melvin was a mason and a member of the Coon Rapids American Legion.
Melvin was preceeded in death by his first wife, Mary Lee; daughter, Susan; parents, Basil and Pearl; sister, Isabelle Jenson; brother, Orville; and three brothers-in-law, Philip Kardell, Wally Piechowski and Jim Jenson.
He is survived by his current wife, Connie; son, Thomas (Yelena); daughter, Lisa (David) McNeil; son-in-law, Jerry Gumphrey; grandchildren,  Natalia McCormick, Nicholas Gumphrey (Kaitlyn Ann), Travis Gumphrey, Matthew McNeil (Kelsey), Jacob McNeil and Melissa McNeil;  and three great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by two sisters, Ruth Piechowski and Joyce Kardell, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorials preferred to the Alzheimer’s Association or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The service will be at Zion Lutheran Church, 1601 Fourth Ave., Anoka.  Visitation is noon to 1 p.m. and the service at 1 p.m.  
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Hazel E. Vandenberg

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Hazel E. Vandenberg, age 84, of Foley, passed away Oct. 20, 2021, at The Gardens at Foley. A memorial gathering will be 4-7 pm. Wednesday, Oct. 27, at the Foley Funeral Home.  Service with dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Hazel E. Vandenberg was born Jan. 2, 1937 in Milaca to Milton and Lillian (Kemis) Schendel. She married Joel Vandenberg in 1963 in Milaca. She lived in Minneapolis and Massachusetts before moving back to the Foley area. She was a homemaker and mother and was employed for 18 years with Northwest Bank in Minneapolis. She loved baking, gardening, cooking, arts and crafts, drawing, fishing, and helping others.
Hazel is survived by her children, Jeff Vandenberg, Debra (Mitch) Mather; grandchildren, Aiden Vandenberg, Christopher Mather, Shawn Mather; sisters, Marie (Bob) Larsen, Mona (Frank) Ketzeback and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents; son, Craig Vandenberg; grandsons, Mark Vandenberg, Matthew Vandenberg; siblings, Gwen Vaillancourt, Dorothy Schendel, Clifford Schendel, Gordon Schendel, Howard Schendel, Robert Schendel, Richard Schendel and Roger Schendel.
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Randy S. Murschel

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Randy S. Murschel, age 60, of Foley, passed into the arms of Jesus at 1:55 p.m Oct. 16, 2021.
Beloved husband and best friend of 38 years to wife Susan (Schwarz) Murschel. Loving father of Randy “RJ” (Stephanie) and Joshua Murschel. Dear brother of Steve (Karan) Murschel, Linda (John) Swenson, Darlene Murschel, Debi (Dave) Holten and Sherry (Barry) Jones. Cherished uncle, cousin and great friend to many.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and June Murschel, in-laws Eugene and Kaye Schwarz, and brother Donald (“JR”) Murschel.
Randy’s smile and wonderful sense of humor will be greatly missed but never forgotten. His legacy will continue to shine bright in his kids.
A celebration of Randy’s life will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 7 at HC Event Center, 10544 210th St., Milaca, Minnesota, 56353.
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Jean Marie Dominguez

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Jean Marie Dominguez, of Millbrae and a San Mateo County resident for 64 years, entered rest in Millbrae Sept. 29, 2021. Loving mother of Jackie Gutierrez, Joanne Borg (her husband Mario), the late Jeffrey Dominguez, Jeri Fregoso (her husband Greg) and Jan Kunz. Jean is the eldest of 16 siblings. Also survived by her 11 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and countless nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and dear friends.
A native of Foley, age 86 years.
Jean was very successful in her San Francisco Peninsula real estate career, she knew everyone and everyone knew her.
Family services will be private.  A gathering of family and friends will be at Mr. Jim’s in Foley 12:30 p.m Friday,  Oct. 22.
Her family appreciates donations to the American Alzheimer’s Association at act.alz.org.
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Norma Jean (Valentine) Williams

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Norma Jean (Valentine) Williams passed away Oct. 13, 2021, at Good Shepard Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids with family at her side after a 40+ year battle with multiple sclerosis. A memorial gathering will be 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Oct. 19, at the Foley Funeral Home. Burial will take place at later date in the Ronneby Riverside Cemetery.  Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Norma was born in Willmar to Raymond and Erma (Elliott) Valentine. She graduated from Willmar High School in 1965 and moved to St. Cloud to attend St. Cloud Beauty College. While attending College she met Kenneth Williams Jr., they were united in marriage June 25, 1966, in Willmar. Norma lived a very active life. She had worked as a hairdresser until she had children; however, her passion for cutting hair continued, and it was not uncommon for her to cut hair for friends and family. She and Ken were active in the CB/ham radio community, bowling leagues and assisting with community fish fries in the 1970s, and owned a restaurant in Oak Park in the early 80s.  Norma started working at Franklin Manufacturing in 1973, working through all the name changes until she retired from Electrolux after 35 years due to an increase in MS symptoms.Norma was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1978 and had been told she would have limited ability to do the things she enjoyed, this did not stop her from going camping with family and friends, hunting or fishing. As those of us who knew Norma well can hear her say “Tell me I can’t do something and I will show you I can”. This is the mindset that has carried her through 40 plus years of this disease with grace.
Norma leaves behind her four children: Kenneth, David, Julie (Darren) Abfalter, and Paula (Travis) Hanson, siblings Shirley Clark, Virgil (Dianna Prior) Valentine, Gerald Valentine, 19 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was greeted in her next journey by her husband, parents, mother and father in law Fred and Leona Haacke, sisters in law Nancy (Williams) Freese and Diane Valentine, brothers in law, Walter Clark and Harvey Freese, and nephew Anthony Listerude.
A special thank you to the staff on Moonlight Bay and Sunny Lake for the care they provided and CentraCare Hospice for the special care provided during Norma’s final months. Your kindness during her last days will not be forgotten.
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Marjorie H. Moulzolf

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Marjorie Moulzolf, age 87, of Foley, passed away Oct. 12, 2021, at the St. Cloud Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial was 10 a.m. Oct. 16 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Morrill.  The Rev. Matthew Langager officiated and burial took place in the parish cemetery. Visitation was 4-8 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Foley Funeral Home and 9-10 a.m. at the church Saturday. Parish prayers were 6 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Marjorie Helen Moulzolf was born Jan. 24, 1934, in Alberta Township, Benton County, to Julius and Helen (Bielejeski) Stellmach. She graduated from Milaca High School, class of 1951, and married Eugene Moulzolf Aug. 6, 1951, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Marjorie co-owned and operated Moulzolf Trucking and Pine Road Percherons and farmed with her husband all of her married life. She was proud farmer and enjoyed hunting, canning, gardening, cooking and baking. Nobody ever left her home hungry. Marjorie enjoyed trips to the casino and was a very competitive card player. She enjoyed playing cards with her family and grandchildren and was often accused of cheating because she would always over bid.  Marjorie was a strong-willed woman. She never sugar coated anything even if it offended you. Her family will miss the countless dinners at the farm and all her warm hospitality. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
She is survived by her daughters: Gwendolyn (John) Pekarek, Foley; Jacalyn Kornovich, Oak Park; Carolyn (Delroy) Dahler, Foley; Marilyn Moulzolf (Jon Heinen), Foley, sister, Donna (Ron) Rosa sister-in-law, Ellie Moberg and brother in law, Herb Gall, 15 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren on the way. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Eugene, sons: Gaylyn, Leelyn and Raulyn and a great grandson, Cole Majerus, son-in-law, Joe Kornovich and brothers and sisters: Irene Nehring, Alice Jedlicki, Norbert, Donald, Jerome, Alex, Ernie, Julius Jr., John, LaVerne Gorecki, Kenneth, Glorianne Gall, Dennis and Virgil.
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Roger M. Mallak

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Roger Michael Mallak, 76, of Gillette, Wyoming, died Sept. 26, 2021.
Roger was born May 1, 1945, in St. Cloud, the son of Michael and Frances (Blazeski) Mallak. He was raised and educated in St. Cloud. After graduating high school, Roger joined the U.S. Navy, where he served on a submarine. It was during his time on the submarine that he learned the printing trade. After his honorable discharge he returned to Minnesota and worked for Penny Printing in Minneapolis. In the mid-seventies, Roger moved to Wyoming with his family. They briefly resided in Sheridan, Wyoming, before making their home in Gillette, Wyoming. In Gillette, Roger owned and operated Zip Printing while working at Jacob’s Ranch and then Black Thunder, where Roger was currently employed and looking forward to retirement next year. Roger enjoyed watching monster trucks and rodeos, spending time in the mountains and was a huge movie buff.
Roger will be remembered most as hardworking with strong work ethic and for his big heart inside his gruff personality.
He will be missed by his wife Vickie Mallak; children Troy (Lori) Mallak, Melissa Beasly, Toni (Bill) Bradley, all of Gillette. Tana Kimber, of Casper, and Todd Mallak, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Jason Rokowski of Casper, Wyoming, Jessica (Chris) Larkins, of Denver, Colorado; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; siblings Bernard (Mary Anne) Mallak of Little Falls, Irene (Tom) Hudek of Maple Lake, Rose (Ron) Ranweiler of Johns Island, South Carolina, Sylvester (Betty) Mallak, Rita (Gene) Barrett and Jan (Ron) Baert, all of St. Cloud; and numerous nieces and nephews. Roger was preceded in death by his parents; son, Phillip; son-in-law, David Jackson; grandson, David Knigge; great-grandson, Chrome; brother-in-law, Roger Niedzielski; nephew, Steven; and great-nephew, Daniel.
A memorial service will take place at a later date. Please check walkerfuneralgillette.com for updates and to share your condolences and memories.
Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Walker Funeral Home, 410 Medical Arts Court, Gillette, Wyoming, 82716.
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Floyd Udermann

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Floyd Udermann, 88, passed away Oct. 7, 2021, at the University of Minnesota Hospital surrounded by his loving family.
Mass of Christian Burial took place at 11 a.m. Oct. 16 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Duelm  with a luncheon that followed. The Rev. Bob Harren officiated. Visitation was one hour prior to the service Saturday at St. Lawrence Catholic Church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Foley Funeral Home, Foley.
Floyd was born in St. Cloud in 1933, to Val and Clothilda (Maurer) Udermann. He grew up on the family farm in Sauk Rapids and graduated from Sauk Rapids High School. In 1956, he married Elizabeth “Babe” Corrigan at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Duelm. The couple moved to Minneapolis where Floyd was a professional AWA Wrestler for 15 years. Following his wrestling career, he became a truck driver until he retired in 1990.
Floyd was an amazing man and a Jack of all trades. He built his family’s home himself, he was an avid hunter, enjoyed fishing, gardening, carpentry and much more. He and Babe also enjoyed traveling, especially summer vacations with family at resorts in morthern Minnesota. His faith was extremely important to him and he was a member of St. John the Baptist Parish in New Brighton with his wife Babe for 62 years.
Floyd is survived by his wife of 65 years, Babe Udermann, and his five children, Patrick (Kim), Mike (Char), Margaret (Randy) Turner, Lucy (Mark Walbridge), John (Mary); brother, Mac Udermann; grandchildren Josh, Mary, Nikki, Tom, Sam, Emma and Jack; and 12 great-grandchildren. Floyd was a wonderful husband, father  and grandfather and loved and cherished his family very much.
Floyd was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Charles Udermann, Francis Udermann, Joan Rhode and Kathy Wolter.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at the University of Minnesota Hospital for the wonderful care Floyd received.
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Gage M. Beumer

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Gage Michael Beumer, age 9, of Hillman, died Oct. 3, 2021. A Mass of Christian burial was 11 a.m. Oct. 9 at St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Hillman. The Rev. Jerry Schick officiated, and burial was in the parish cemetery. Visitation was 5-9 p.m. Oct. 8 at St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Hillman and from 9:30 a.m. until the start of the service Oct. 9 at the church.  Emblom Brenny Funeral Service is cherishing the memory and celebrating the life of Gage.
Gage was born Feb. 3, 2012, to Allen and Heather (Wiltgen) Beumer in St. Cloud. He was a fourth grader in Milaca. Gage enjoyed being outside, whether he was playing ball, fishing on the family’s pond, kayaking in the family pond or adding on to the already impressive fort he and his cousins had been building together. Gage loved farming and was a big supporter of Case International tractors. He valued time spent snowmobiling, ice fishing and Sunday bonfires with his family. Gage was his father’s shadow; he always wanted to be doing what his dad did. He was a proud member of the Hillman Swampstompers Snowmobile Club and played ball for the Brennyville Honeybadgers. Gage was a bright light in so many lives and he will be forever missed by all who knew him.
Gage is survived by his parents; siblings, Avery (14), Reed (12), Veda (7); grandparents, Calvin and Tammy Beumer of Hillman; Dave and Carol Wiltgen of Foley; aunts and uncles, Stacy (Jed) Poster of Ham Lake, Leann (Chad) Pietrzak of Hillman, Kari (Nathan) Latterell of Foley, Ryan (Shannon) Wiltgen of Andover, Amanda Wiltgen of Foley, Tylor Wiltgen of Foley, Alex Wiltgen of Ft. Briggs, North Carolina; cousins, Jack, Molly, Blake, Luke, Zach, Brooke, Tucker, Andy, Sophia, Gabe, Harper; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal great-grandparents.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to MMLB - First Response.
The arrangements are with Emblom Brenny Funeral Service in Pierz.
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Mary Jane Kelash

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Mary Jane Kelash, age 87, of Gilman, passed away peacefully Oct. 2, 2021, at her home surrounded by her children. Mass of Christian Burial was 10:30 a.m. Oct. 8, at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Gilman. The Rev. Matthew Langager officiated and burial took place in the parish cemetery. Visitation was 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Foley Funeral Home with parish prayers at 6 p.m. Visitation continued from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the church  Friday. Service with dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Mary Jane Kelash was born May 9, 1934, in St. Cloud to Frank and Clara (Wruck) Kmitch. She graduated from Foley High School, class of 1952, and moved to North Minneapolis where she worked for Honeywell until returning to Gilman. She married the love of her life,  Frank Kelash, on June 1, 1953, at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. After her marriage, she operated the Granite Ledge Store and also farmed with her husband.  Mary Jane worked for the United States Postal Service for over 30 years with the last 18 years as post master for her beloved town of Gilman. Mary Jane enjoyed traveling and taking road trips to Alaska, wilderness fishing trips, camping and biking. She loved traveling in her RV and never turned down a trip. She will be remembered for her pickle sorting machine, starting the first Gilman reunion in 1985 which has presently become Gilman Days. She was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church and the Christian Mothers.
She is survived by her seven sons and twin daughters: Greg, of Foley; Dennis, Ramey; Kevin (Coralin), of Oak Park; Jeff, of Foley; Henry, Coral Springs, Florida.; Ann Kelash, Ogilvie; Amy Kelash, Gilman; Tim, Sauk Rapids and Galen (Shelly), Hinkley as well as 17 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She is preceded in death by her parents and husband, Frank, brothers; Hank and Ray Kmitch and a great grandson, Kyle.
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Mary Jane Kelash

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Mary Jane Kelash, age 87 of Gilman passed away Oct. 2, 2021, at her home. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 8, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Gilman. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m.Thursday at the Foley Funeral Home with parish prayers at 6 p.m.. Visitation will continue from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the church Friday morning. Burial will take place in the parish cemetery.
A full obituary will appear in next weeks Benton County News. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
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Diane M. Watkins

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Diane Marie (Meyer) Watkins, 71, of Sedalia, Missouri, died Sept. 16, 2021, at Mercy South Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.
Diane will be remembered for her passion and commitment to her work, notably the amount of time and care she put into all of her students. As a former home economics professor, she enjoyed her limited time doing crafts and sewing projects.
Diane was born Sept. 22, 1949, in St. Cloud to Franklin and Ethel (Peterson) Meyer. She grew up on the family farm at Oak Park and graduated from Foley High School in 1967. She went on to graduate from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities with a degree in education and later received a masters degree from Central Missouri State in Warrensburg, Missouri.
She was married to John Wesley Watkins July 8, 1972, in Foley. They lived in Minneapolis before moving to their home near Otterville, Missouri.
Diane spent her career as an educator and guidance counselor. This included time at Otterville, Smithton and Northwest high schools, Smithton Elementary School and later in administration at State Fair Vocational Tech and Community College. Her caring personality brought her into the lives of many students and parents over the 30 years she spent in those schools.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John (2018) and parents Franklin (1991) and Ethel (1986). She is survived by her loving family, including her son, Matthew R. Watkins and his wife, Kate of St. Louis, Missouri, and two grandchildren, Grace and Walker Watkins, her siblings Charles (Von) Oak Park, Gary (Big Lake) and Anita (Don) Deuel, Big Lake, and many nieces and nephews.
She was strongly committed to her family and would put all of her love and energy into making sure everyone was loved and cared for. On nights she wasn’t attending sporting events involving her son or students, you could find her watching the St. Louis Cardinals. It is not possible to put into words the impact she has had on so many lives.
The family held a private graveside service at Sunset Burial Park in St. Louis Oct. 2. A memorial scholarship is being established for Diane. Those wishing to make a contribution can contact the funeral home for details: Kutis Funeral Home, Inc. Affton Chapel, 10151 Gravois Road, St. Louis, MO 63123, Tel: (314) 842-4458.
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Larry Stofflet

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Larry Stofflet, age 66 of Foley, passed away Sept. 20, 2021 at The Gardens at Foley Nursing Center surrounded by his family.  Funeral services were held Sept. 24 at Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church in Foley. Visitation was at the church. Burial will take place at the Ronneby Riverside Cemetery. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Larry Stofflet was born July 22, 1955 in St. Cloud to Oscar and Daisy ‘Dale’ (Wiley) Stofflet. He attended Foley High School where he wrestled heavy weight. He lived in Foley all of his life and worked for Franklin Manufacturing for several years and also worked as a laborer for the 563 Laborers Union for 25 years.  Larry was an avid hunter, fisherman and trapper.  He was a life member of the National Rifle Association and the National Trappers Association.  He was a supporter of St. Jude Children’s Hospital.  At Larry’s requests, friends and quests were asked to wear camouflage.
He is survived by his brother, John of Oak Park and nieces; Kim (David) Demo, Foley and Lori (Joel) Obia of Big Lake and grand nieces; Amara, Isioma, Chiyerem and several cousins and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers; Doug and Gary and a sister-in-law; Darlene Stofflet and Kathryn Onifer.
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Irene M. Moeller

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Irene Moeller, age 90, of Foley, passed away peacefully Sept. 13, 2021, at The Gardens at Foley Nursing Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21, at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Brennyville. The Rev. Matthew Langager will officiate and burial will take place in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be 9-11 a.m. at the church Tuesday. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Irene Mae Moeller was born Dec. 7, 1930, in Ramey to Valentine and Rose (Bauer) Kampa. She married Maynard ‘Mike’ Moeller Jan. 24, 1951, at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Brennyville. The couple lived in Duelm for two years before moving to Ramey where they farmed most of their lives. Irene raised her five children on the farm while working as a cook for the several locations, including: the Morrill Liquor Store,  the Edge of the Ledge, Royalton Dairy Queen, and the Foley Nursing Center. She enjoyed spending time at the lake and being surrounded by her children and grandchildren and loved collecting angels and snowmen. She was a member of St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church and the Christian Mothers.
She is survived by her children: Bill (Debra), Royalton; Diane (David) Kloss, Royalton; Gary (Barbara)), Ramey; Donna (Kevin) Fussy, Ramey and Dale (Myron) Novak of Brennyville, as well as 13 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren, a brother, Jim Kampa and a sister, Gloria Graczyk of Ramey. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Maynard, brothers; Irvin ‘Buck’ Kampa, Ed Kampa and a sister, Marie Cielinski. The family wishes to thank all the workers at The Gardens at Foley and Spot Home Care for their care and compassion shown to mom over the years.
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Amy A. Kline

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A gathering of relatives and friends was 5-8 p.m. Sept. 16 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids for Amy Kline, 60, of Rice who passed away peacefully Sept. 14, 2021, surrounded by her loving family. There was a time of sharing at 6 p.m.
Amy was born Oct. 11, 1960, in Bird Island, to Willard and Phyllis (Maday) Pierce. Amy and Kurt Bursch were married for over 20 years, and they raised two beautiful daughters. She lived in Foley for the majority of her adult life. She married John Kline in 2016 and they resided in Rice. For 35 years, she practiced as a sign language interpreter. This was a passion of hers, and she was a part of the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, along with the Minnesota Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Amy was involved in the Foley Garden Club and was very involved in her daughters’ education and school events. She enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, gardening, and cooking and baking, especially for others. She had a big personality, was social, outgoing, strong-willed, and had a contagious laugh that could be heard across any room.
Amy is survived by her mother, Phyllis Pierce of Sauk Rapids; husband, John of Rice; daughters, Emily Bursch (Eric White) of Washington, D.C. and Grace Bursch (Sam Bates) of Woodbury; siblings, Lynn Pierce of Sauk Rapids, Lee (Rita) Pierce of Aitkin, Rita (Dave) Vanek of Phoenix, Arizona, David Pierce of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Joy (Mark) Minatelli of Sauk Rapids, Steve (Julie) Weidner of Minneapolis, Mary (Craig) Slocum of Clear Lake, and Anne (Tommy) Rhodes of Sauk Rapids; former husband, Kurt Bursch of Foley; and former mother-in-law, Mary Jane Bursch of Gilman. She is preceded in death by her father, Willard Pierce; and her brother, Jim Pierce.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Lucille N. Brunn

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Lucille Brunn, age 92 of Foley, passed away peacefully Sept. 12, 2021, at The Gardens at Foley Nursing Center. A private funeral Mass was 10:30 a.m. Sept. 17 at The Gardens at Foley Nursing Center Chapel. The Rev. Michael Wolfbauer will officiate. Burial took place at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Foley. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Lucille Nell Brunn was born Aug. 16, 1929, in Morrison County, to Oscar and Viola (Fleck) Nelson. She lived all of her life in the Foley area and married Donald Brunn June 18, 1946, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Foley. The couple celebrated 75 years of marriage in 2021. Lucille worked for Chmielewski’s Clothing store in Foley and later for Olson’s Clothing in Milaca. She enjoyed raising chickens, baking and was an excellent cook. She liked dancing and would often drive freight truck for Donald. Lucille’s greatest enjoyment was spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was a lifelong member of St. John’s Catholic Church.
She is survived by her husband, Donald, Foley and son and daughters: Duane (Theresa), Brighten, Colorado; Nancy (Rodney) Peterson, Osceola, Wisconsin; Sandy (Terry) Sjoberg, Tower; Linda (Gary) Gorecki, Oak Park, daughter-in-law, Sissy Brunn, Hillman; half brother, Jerry Talberg of Milaca, 12 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and son, Bruce Brunn, July 13, 2021, half brother, William Talberg and step father, Ralph Talberg.
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Leslie A. Marquardt

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Leslie A. Marquardt, age 67, of St. Cloud, formally Foley passed away peacefully at his home Sept. 5, 2021, after a battle with cancer.  Celebration of life will take place at 11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 16, at New Life Christian Center Foley. There will be visitation one hour before the service at the church. Service with dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Leslie A. Marquardt was born Dec. 31, 1953, In Rockford, Illinois, to Delores (Stanley) and Ervin Marquardt. Leslie was married March 28, 1992, to Susan Ziwicki.  Leslie enjoyed hunting and fishing and playing softball, bowling and horse shoes also recycling metals. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Leslie is survived by his wife of 29 years Susan; children, Scott (Brooke) Ziwicki, Chad (Wendy) Ziwicki, Melissa Ziwicki and Sara (Arnold III) Utz; 13 grandchildren; brothers and sisters; Dennis (Betsy) Marquardt, Connie Pouliot, John Meyer, Judy (Perry) Potvin, and Wayne (Billie Jo) Meyer.
He was preceded in death by his parents and grandson Bayley.
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Wayne E. Gall

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Wayne E. Gall, age 81, of Morrill, passed away Sept. 9, 2021, at The Landings of Sauk Rapids. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 14, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Morrill. The Rev. Mathew Langager will officiate. Visitation will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sept. 14 at the church. Burial will take place in the parish cemetery.  Service with dignity provided by Foley Funeral Home.
Wayne Gall was born Feb. 12, 1940, to Edward and Irene (Vouk) Gall in Pierz, Minnesota. He began school at age 5 in a one room school house, and according to Wayne he graduated from school at the age of 12.
Wayne’s first job away from home was in Cut Bank Montana where he worked in the grain fields at age 15. After the grain fields. he enlisted as a Merchant Marine at age 16 and sailed the Great Lakes. In the 1960s, he started working as a cement finisher and soon became foreman in Minneapolis. This led him to start up his own construction business, Wayne Gall Construction. He also farmed, sold barn equipment, and raised cattle, pigs and buffalo.
In his leisure time, he loved to race and do local pulls. He took five world records in snowmobile racing and collected over 100 first-place trophies in tractor and truck pulls. Sports were a big highlight as well and making many wagers. It didn’t necessarily matter who won the game, but picking the right team to win the bet. But most of all his greatest joy was his family.
He is survived by his wife Karen (Wyatt) of 44 years; children, Wayne Jr.  of Pierz, Gwen (Larry) Brausen of Pierz, Scott of Little Falls, April (Ryan) Johannes of Royalton and Lisa (Nate) Popp of Royalton; eight grandchildren, Cavlin (Courtney)  Brausen, Zachary (Nick) Brausen, Jada, Jace, Aaron & Levi Johannes and Olivia and Mya Popp; three great-grandchildren, Abigail, Ava and Cole Brausen; siblings, Robert (Joan) Gall, brother-in-law Terry Gorecki and mother-in-law Gwen Wyatt.
Preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Shirley Chouniard and Sharon Gorecki; father-in-law Melvin Wyatt; infant daughter Brenda and infant grandson Joseph.
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Terese Ann (Balder) Weis

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Mass of Christian Burial was 10:30 a.m. Sept. 10 at St. Marcus Catholic Church, in Clear Lake for Terese Ann (Balder) Weis, age 94. Terese passed away Sept. 4, 2021, of natural causes surrounded by her family. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation was 4-8 p.m. Sept. 9 at the church and one hour prior to the services Friday at the church. Parish prayers wert 7:30 p.m. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Clear Lake.
Terese was born July 17, 1927, to George and Mary ‘Mayme’ (Doyle) Balder and grew up in St. George Township, Benton County. She was a graduate of Foley High School in 1944. Terese married John Weis April 24, 1948, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Duelm. She was a member of St. Marcus Catholic church and a member of the Christian Mothers. She farmed alongside her husband her entire life in Sherburne County. She was proud to be a farmer’s wife of 73 years and named their farm Breezy Acres. She and John were Palmer Day King and Queen in 2004.
Terese was hard working, companionate, humble, kind and an inspiration to many.  She had a vivid mind for remembering important and special occasions and dates, especially birthdays and anniversaries. She took pride in everything she did, especially celebrating her German and Irish heritage. Faith and family were important to Terese. She taught her family to find the good in everyone and to never make fun of anyone. She always found the brighter side of any situation. She truly was our “Wild Irish Rose, the sweetest flower that grows.”
Terese enjoyed music, especially harmonizing. She was a gifted musician, who enjoyed playing the piano and self-taught to play the accordion.
Things that were important to Terese were her husband of 60 years, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and faith.
Terese was survived by her daughters: Maureen (Ron) Havert of St. Cloud, Kathleen (Emery) LaPointe of Elk River, Eileen (Ken) Meemken of St. Cloud, Colleen (Bob) Knafla of St. Cloud, and Sheileen (Tim) Sakry of Becker;  daughter-in-laws: Judy (Brian) Weis of Foley and Judy (Neal) Weis of St. Cloud. Sister Jeanette Kasner of Foley; grandchildren: Sean, Branden, Amanda Weis (Patrick) McGivern, and Christopher (Julie) Weis; Andrea Havert (Peter) Doom; Kyle (Katie), Ryan (Cristina), and Aaron (Angela) LaPointe; Kurt (Kate), Jason (Leanne), Michael (Laura) and Kelly (Kayla) Meemken; Katie Weis (Brandon) Stang, Emily Weis (Scott) Schlangen, and Kelly (Kelsey) Weis; Jonathan and Rachael Knafla; Michael, Maria, and Mitchell Sakry; and 24 great-grandchildren.
Terese was proceeded in death by her parents; husband John Weis Aug 28, 2008; and her sons Brian John Weis on Jan 24, 2018; Kelly Joseph Weis Aug 14, 1978; Neal George Weis Aug 21, 2010; Grandson Daniel Patrick Weis Dec 23, 1984; Her sister Kathleen Winkelman and brothers Clifford Balder and Richard Balder.
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Lester C. Zika

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Funeral services were 11 a.m. Sept. 4 at Peace United Church of Christ in St. Cloud for Lester C. Zika, age 85, who passed away Aug. 29, 2021, at St. Benedict’s Senior Community in St. Cloud. The Rev. John Fiscus officiated and entombment was at Hilltop Mausoleum in Sauk Rapids. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Sept. 3 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to the services Saturday at the church. St. Cloud Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 622  prayed at 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
 Lester was born June 12, 1936, in Sauk Rapids to Frank and Olga (Kiekow) Zika. He married Dorothy Pfefferle  June 10, 1961, at Peace United Church of Christ. Lester lived in Sauk Rapids all of his life and worked as a bus driver and mechanic for Larson Bus Service for 26 years. He was a member of Peace United Church of Christ, St. Cloud Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 622, Sauk Rapids Sportsmen’s Club, St. Cloud Antique Auto Club and Minnesota Deer Hunters Association. Lester enjoyed fishing, hunting, wood working, driving bus, attending auctions, watching TV, old-time music, and feeding and watching the birds and squirrels. He was strong willed, had a great work ethic, and was very proud of his children. Lester knew a lot of people and loved to visit with others.
 Survivors include his wife, Dorothy of Sauk Rapids; sons and daughter, Leonard (fiancé, Marlo Wurzburger) of Sartell, Beverly (Brad) Palmquist of Rice, Richard (Joyce) of Sauk Rapids, and John (Maureen Hetue) of Madison, WI; brother and sister, Larry (Kathy) of Sauk Rapids and Esther (Bob) Ebnet of Sauk Rapids; and grandsons, Zachery, Alex and Samuel. Lester was preceded in death by his parents; and infant brother, Leonard.
 Obituary, guest book  and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Debbie (Orcutt) Landwehr

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Debbie (Orcutt) Landwehr, age 63, of St. Cloud and formerly of Foley, passed away peacefully at her home Aug. 25, 2021, after a courageous battle with cancer. Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate her life will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud.  The Rev. Joseph Herzing will officiate. Entombment will be in Assumption Cemetery Mausoleum, St. Cloud.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31, at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud and after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Parish prayers will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Debbie was born on Sept. 22, 1957, to George Jr. and Betty (Zenner) Orcutt.  She attended school at St. Anthony’s grade school and graduated from Apollo High School. Debbie worked for Donovan’s Sausage, Fingerhut, Quality Cleaners and for the last 17 years at St. Benedict’s Senior Center (The Village).
Debbie loved arts and crafts, coloring and making cards as well as boating, fishing, her dogs and going to car shows with her husband. Above all she treasured spending time with her grandchildren whom she loved immensely.
Debbie is survived by her husband, Mike of St. Cloud; daughter, Melissa Jefferson of Minneapolis; grandchildren, Lexi Sauve of North St. Paul, Maurice Neal of Minneapolis, Maliya Frye of Natchez, Mississippi; great grandchildren, Hunter and Emma Sauve; brother, Roger (Viv) Braith of Isle; sisters, Denise (Dave) Kampa of St. Cloud, Danette (Mac) McCarney of St. Cloud, Julia (Dan) Owen of Foley; godchild, Jennifer Kriegl of Motley; and beloved dogs, Bambi and Fluffy.
She was preceded in death by her parents; parents-in-law, Earl and Dorothy Landwehr; nephew, Joshua Landwehr; sister-in-law, Kim Braith; and dog, Diamond.
A special thank you to the staffs at Coborns Cancer Center, St. Cloud Hospital 5th Floor Oncology and CentraCare Hospice.
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Marlys J. Pekarek

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Marlys Pekarek, age 71, of Little Falls, passed away prayerfully and peacefully with her family at her side Aug. 22, 2021, at the St. Cloud Hospital. Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 31, at Maywood Covenant Church, Foley. The Rev. John Lassen will officiate and burial will take place at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery. There will be a visitation from 10-11 a.m. at the church Tuesday. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Marlys Jane Pekarek was born June 20, 1950, in St. Cloud to Benjamin and Hazel (Forschen) Kothman of rural Foley. She married Larry ‘Butch’ Helmin in 1967, and they had four children. She later married Tom Pekarek in July 2002, and they resided together in Morrill until Tom’s passing. Marlys later moved to Little Falls. Marlys was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother (GG). She was caring, strong and independent. She loved the simple things in life and was very much known for her collection of smiley faces. She was a unique inspiration to many. Growing up on the farm instilled in her the love of farm, country and nature. Marlys had an amazing green thumb that was evident in her picture-perfect plants and flowers. She appreciated the snow, rain and thunderstorms as much as the warm summer sunshine. Marlys found everything to be precious and beautiful in its own way.
Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Kevin (Cinda) Helmin; daughters: Lisa (Larry) Gapinski; Pamala Doucette: Dori (Keith) Miller; 10 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, sisters and brother: Beverly (Dennis) Cielinski; Earl (Linda) Kothman and Barb (Dennis) Kennedy.  She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Tom, brother, Bruce Kothman and sisters: Helen (Floyd) Albright; Marilyn Kothman and Sheila Kothman.
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Eugene “Gene” L. Ekberg

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Gene Ekberg, age 78, of Foreston, passed away unexpectedly Aug. 12, 2021, at the St. Cloud Hospital. A celebration of life will be held for Gene at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 19 at Estes Brook Evangelical Free Church. Visitation will take place at the church from 9-11 a.m. Thursday.  Arrangemenrts by Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home-Milaca.
Eugene “Gene” Larry was born June 19, 1943, to Lawrence “Bob” and Sylvia (Kiel) Ekberg in St. Cloud.  He spent his childhood growing up on his parent’s farm near Oak Park.  Even though Gene was an only child, he was never alone. The farm was always full of his friends, neighbors and cousins. He graduated from Foley High School in 1961. He met and soon married Linda Harris Oct. 2, 1965. Their family grew to include two children and many grandchildren. His family will forever treasure all the memories made together, especially family trips and games nights. Gene was well known in the community as their local and trustworthy repairman. There were few things he couldn’t fix, including old stubborn oil furnaces. Gene was a dedicated man who fully devoted himself to his family, friends, faith and work. His friendly, humorous and honest personality will be remembered by everyone who had the privilege to have known him.
Gene is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Linda; children, Troy (Cheri) and Jill (Glenn) Kooiman; grandchildren, Bailey, Zach, Ronnie, Jackson, Hudson, Benson and Daisy; mother-in-law Dorothy Harris; and numerous other family members and countless friends.
He is proceeded in death by his parents, and father-in-law, Martin Harris.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Rum River Life Choices Center in Milaca and CROSS Center in Foley.
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Gloria Ann Midas

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Gloria Midas, age 78, of Ronneby, passed away Aug. 9, 2021, at Centra Care Health in Monticello. Memorial services will be 11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 20,  at St. John’s Catholic Church in Foley. Visitation will be 10-11 at the church Aug. 20. The Rev. Michael Wolfbauer will officiate. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Gloria Ann Midas was born Aug. 20, 1942, in St. Cloud to Elmer and Lorraine (Gau) Manthey. She received her GED from Foley High School. She married Marcel Midas July 31, 1961, at Annunciation Catholic Church, Mayhew Lake. Gloria worked at the Foley American Legion for 18 years and also worked as a custodian for Foley Public Schools for over 20 years. She enjoyed bird watching, cooking and in her younger years, dancing. Gloria’s world revolved around her grandchildren an she spent as much time as possible with them.
She is survived by her husband, Marcel; children, Sharon (Randy) Brenny; Susan (Glen) Kastner; Linda Lou Freedom; Lori (Steve) Lundgren; Bobby Midas; Kathy (Terry) Farmer and Brian (Kelly) Midas; 17 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren as well as brothers and sisters: Richard Peter Manthey; Jean Bufort; Thomas Manthey; Mary Robertson; Lois Klecker; Debra Manthey; Betty (Terry) Olsen and Rose Joubert. She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters and brother; Margaret Manthey, Elmer Jr., Virginia Kelsay and grand daughter Nicole Wojciechowski.
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Eunice D. Cross

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Eunice Cross, age 89 of Foley, passed away after a brief illness Aug. 3, 2021, at the St. Cloud Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial was 10:30 a.m., Aug. 7, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Foley. The Rev. Michael Wolfbauer officiated and burial took place in the parish cemetery. Visitation was 4-8 p.m. Aug.  6 at the Foley Funeral Home and continued from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the church Saturday.  Parish prayer services were 6 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Eunice Delilah Cross was born at her family home May 28, 1932, to William and Elizabeth (Dzuik) Latterell. She graduated from Foley Senior High School, class of 1950. Eunice married her high school sweet heart, Alan Viking Cross, Feb. 13, 1951. Alan was in the Navy and was stationed at Lakehurst, New Jersey, for several years. Upon returning to Foley, she pursued an education with St. Cloud State University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in elementary education in 1956. She later continued her studies with the school, earning a Master of Science in elementary education in 1964.
With 40 years of professional experience, Eunice was chair of the chapter I department at Independent District 51 from 1986 to 1998. In addition to her primary role, she was a chapter I teacher with the district from 1985 to 1998 and a sixth-grade teacher from 1966 to 1985. From 1964-66, she was first grade teacher, having been a fourth-grade teacher since 1960. Earlier in her career, she was a rural school teacher with District Common School 51 from 1958-59.
Throughout her career, Eunice has been recognized for her contributions. Foley District 51 named her Teacher of the Year, and she was the recipient of the Leadership in Education Excellence Award from Central Minnesota Education Research. She has been featured in numerous honors publications, including multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of American Women.
Eunice loved to travel and enjoyed learning something new every day. She volunteered at the local library as well as The Cross Center in Foley. She especially loved doting on her youngest grandson, Majade Cross.
Eunice is survived by brothers Tom Latterell and Jim Latterell of Foley; children Carol Cross-Volp (Larry Koeneke), Maple Grove; Mari (Mark) Sikorski, Eden Prairie; Elizabeth ‘Betsy” (Scott) Kaercher, Blaine; Jon (Linda) Cross, Foley; Catherine (Ken) Garmany, Ladera Ranch, Caifornia, 17 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Alan Viking Cross in 2016, son Michael Alan Cross; two sons-in-law Nicholas Watercott and Michael Reimann and granddaughter Dana Koeneke.
Eunice truly had hundreds of children; being an educator for 40-plus years, she would oftentimes find herself stopped on the street talking to one of her students from years past. She put love into her teaching, her family, and her daily life! We celebrate her beauty!
In lieu of flowers (although Eunice loved flowers), please consider making a contribution to: The Cross Center of Benton Co, MN, 150 Fourth Ave., P.O. Box 205, Foley, MN 56329. 320-968-7012
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Michael A. Cross

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Michael Cross, age 67, passed away suddenly July 31, 2021, at his home in Popple Creek. There was a visitation 4-8 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Foley Funeral Home. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Michael Alan Cross was born at the Navel Air Station in Lakehurst, New Jersey Aug. 4, 1953, to Alan Viking Cross and Eunice Delilah Latterell Cross. He graduated from Foley Senior High School in 1971. He was highly intelligent and attended St. John’s University in Collegeville and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He worked at Electrolux Manufacturing  in St. Cloud for over 25 years and most recently was employed by FDC of St. Cloud. Mike was good at working crossword puzzles and Trivial Pursuit. Mike was an avid hunter and fisherman. Each fall he did his best to harvest a deer from his property. He loved the beauty of wilderness and took great joy in trips to Texas and the Pacific Coast and points in between. He took delight taking walks in the woods around his house or down the quiet rural road.  This man was hardworking but quiet and gentle. He may never know the impact he had on people who knew him.
He is survived by his wife, Aileen Zhang and son, Majade Cross; mother Eunice Delilah Latterell Cross; sisters and brother Carol Cross-Volp (Larry Koeneke), Maple Grove; Mari (Mark) Sikorski, Eden Prairie; Elizabeth ‘Betsy” (Scott) Kaercher, Blaine; Jon (Linda) Cross, Foley; Catherine (Ken) Garmany, Ladera Ranch, California, nieces and nephews Robert (Megan) Volp, Christine (Tony) Volp-Hodgkins, Marci Koeneke, Richard Volp, Kevin Koeneke, Katie (Steve) Renner-Welle, Mellissa (Dean) Lunderberg, Melissa (Dave Leyk) Kaercher, Nick Reimann, Amanda (Sean) Kowalzek, Amy Cross, Hugh Garmany, Mitchell, Garmany and 17 great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father Alan Viking Cross in 2016, two brother-in-laws Nicholas Watercott and Michael Reimann and niece Dana Koeneke.
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Connie Thaler

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Connie Thaler, age 66, of Gilman, achieved her final reward July 19, 2021.
Connie Rae Christoffel was born in Sitka, Alaska, Aug. 2, 1954, to Clement and Frances Christoffel. Upon graduating from Sitka High School in 1972, Connie moved to Spokane, Washington, where she attended Spokane Business College.
On Aug. 25, 1990, Connie and Robert Thaler were united in marriage at St Ann’s Catholic Church in Slayton, Minnesota. Connie’s true passion in life was her family and she enjoyed her self proclaimed occupation as a domestic zookeeper.
Connie is survived by her husband Robert, sons Avery and Austin. Siblings Clay (Jeanette), Idaho Falls Idaho, Mary (Jerry Helem), Sitka Alaska and Ron, Moore Oklahoma.
Connie was preceded in death by her parents and brother Richard.
Private family service.
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Charlotte M. Mechavich

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Charlotte Mechavich, age 77, of Foley, passed away peacefully at the St. Cloud Hospital July 20, 2021.  Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at the First Presbyterian Church, Foley. The Rev. Allen Jergenson will officiate and burial will take place in the Ronneby Riverside Cemetery, Ronneby. Visitation was  4-8 p.m. Monday at the Foley Funeral Home and is 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the church Tuesday. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Charlotte Mae Mechavich was born March 30, 1944, in St. Cloud,  to Raymond and Marie (Spaulding) Sherk. She graduated from Foley High School and married Jerome ‘Yum’ Mechavich Sept. 30, 1961, in Sauk Rapids. In her early years, she loved making and selling crafts together with her husband. She enjoyed camping and riding motorcycle. Charlotte worked as a Title 1 paraprofessional for the Foley School District for many years. She enjoyed her iPad and doing magic puzzles and always liked spending time with family and friends that would stop and visit.
She is survived by her husband, Jerome ‘Yum’, Foley and daughters: Michelle (Darrell) Watercott, St. Cloud; Jodi (Tom) Gendron, St. Micheal and grandchildren: Jason (Ashley Miles) Watercott, Jacob (Michelle) Gendron, Kayla and Nick Franzen as well as great grandchildren: Aiden, Cameron and Ethan Watercott; Melody Gendron, Bentley, Gabriel and Ashlynn Franzen and sisters: Corrine (Kermit) Setterlund; Karen (Forrest) Lundgren and sister-in-laws; Theresa (Fran) Diederichs; Angie (Bob) Diederichs; Rose Ann (Jack) Murn and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and infant daughter, brother, Garrel and his wife, Ruth Sherk, brother-in-laws; Elmer Lundgren and Gordon Scherbing, sister-in-law, Brenda and mother and father in law, Sylvester and Rose Mechavich.
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Ralph J. Lentner

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Ralph J. Lentner, age 90, of Pierz, previously of Hillman, passed away July 21, 2021, at his home. Mass of Christian Burial took place at 11 a.m. July 26, at St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Hillman. The Rev. Jerry Schik officiated. Visitation took place from 4-8 p.m., Sunday, July 25, at the Foley Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at church Monday. Military honors will be held at the cemetery by the Hillman American Legion Service with dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Ralph J. Lentner was born Aug. 17, 1930, in Graham Township to John and Theresia (Thueringer) Lentner. He served our country by enlisting in the Navy and the Army.  He worked for Northern Ordinance-Minneapolis and owned and operated Lentner Gravel until retirement and maintained the roads for Morrill Township.
Cherishing his memory are Sharon Funt, Karen (Dan) Miller, LaVonne (Glenn) Seelen, Jerry (Jill) Lentner, Deb Lentner, Johnell Lentner, Ann (Dave) Schaibley; grandchildren 14, great grandchildren 20 and great great grandchildren three and soon to be four; sister in law Sally Lentner. Preceded in death by his parents; 11 siblings; son-in-laws, Dean Funt and Tom Austin.
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Wayne H. Sendy

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

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Alan Young, age 82, of Foley, passed away July 13, 2021, at the St. Cloud Hospital. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 20 at the Foley Funeral Home. The Rev. Michael Wolfbauer will officiate. Burial will take place at St. John’s Cemetery at a later date. Visitation was 4-8 p.m. Monday and 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.  Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Alan Harris Young was born July 18, 1938, in St. Cloud, to Orris and Bessie (Harris) Young. He graduated from Foley High School, class of 1956 and married Catherine Gapinski June 30, 1958, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Foley. In his early years he worked for: Hitchcock, Honeywell, the Ford Plant and Break Shoe. He lived and farmed near Gotvald’s Corner and also worked as the parts manager at Gotvald’s Store for many years. He also drove school bus and worked as a custodian for the Foley School District, worked for the Foley Produce and Jerry’s Market and was a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. He was active in many organizations including the Ramey Creamery board, the Benton Co-op Telephone board and was on the Lakin Township board for many years. Alan was always willing to help anyone who needed it and will be remembered for his kind, patient and caring manner.  He was always there with a smile and his quick wit.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Catherine ‘Katsy’, Foley; daughters and son: Wendy (Tony) Hoeck, Milaca; Morris (Mary), Pierz; Kerry Young, Foley, nine grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, brother, Jim (Jean), Pierz, Virginia Guzy, loved like a sister and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers; Jack and his wife, Jan, Rich and his wife, Faith, grandson, Shawn Pohlkamp and great grandson, Ethan Young.
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Bruce A. Brunn

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Bruce Brunn, age 55 of Hillman, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family July 13, 2021. Mass of Christian Burial was 10 a.m. July 17 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Morrill.  The Rev. Matthew Langager officiated and burial took place at Lone Pine Cemetery, Morrill Township, Morrison County. Visitation was  4-8 p.m. Friday at the Foley Funeral Home with parish prayers at 5 p.m. Visitation continued from 9-10 a.m. at the church Saturday. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Bruce Anthony Brunn was born April 16, 1966, in St. Cloud to Donald and Lucille (Nelson) Brunn. He graduated from Foley High School in 1984 and lived in the Foley area until he later moved to the Gotvald’s area.  He married Donette ‘Sissy’ Monson Oct. 16, 2010, in Hillman. Bruce worked as a mechanic and parts man for Brenny Oil Company, St. Cloud Truck Sales and Boyer Truck. He also hauled milk for Fred Lentner Trucking.  Bruce adored all of his grandchildren. He enjoyed his labrador retrievers and his new basset hound. He liked four-wheeling and could fix anything and was always working on a project.  He was member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
He is survived by his wife, Donette ‘Sissy’, Hillman, parents, Donald and Lucille Brunn, Foley, and children: Josh (Cassie) Schueller, Princeton; Cody (Tiffany), Foley; Ashlee (Travis) Brunn, Rice; Bryce Brunn, St. Augusta; Tasha (Bill) Gillham, Paynesville, 10 grandchildren and brother and sisters: Duane (Theresa), Colorado; Nancy (Rod) Peterson, Osceola, Wisconsin; Sandy (Terry) Sjoberg, Tower; Linda (Gary) Gorecki, Oak Park and mother and father-in-law, Donnie and RoseMary Monson, Hillman and many nieces and nephews and in-laws.
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Nicholas R. Wegman

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Nicholas Wegman, age 28, of Foley, passed away unexpectedly at his home July 12, 2021. A celebration of life will be Sunday, July 25, from noon to 5 p.m. at Jack and Jim’s in Duelm. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Nicholas Richard Wegman was born Nov. 16, 1992, in St. Cloud to Allan and Jill (Dwenger) Wegman. He grew up in the Foley area and graduated from Foley High School, class of 2011. Nicolas enjoyed hunting and fishing, hanging out with friends, Fantasy Football, the Minnesota Wild and the Minnesota Vikings. He was proud of driving his beautifully restored 1973 Chevy Nova.  He was currently employed by Central Applicators.
He is survived by his parents, Allan and Jill of Foley and sister, Tara (fiance, Scott Willengbring) Wegman. He is also survived by his niece and nephew, Payton Wegman and Jace Wegman and  aunts and uncles: Duane (Sue) Wegman, Ronny (Juliene) Wegman, Jerry Keller, Joanie (Dave) Habieger, Dan (Cloanne) Wegman, Tammy (Bert) Mathowitz, Sandy (Troy) Lehnen, Joe (Diane) Dwenger, Den (Ann) Dwenger, Cindy (Jerry) Regnier, Sue Dwenger, Tim (Maureen) Dwenger, Lori (Loren) Larson, Kathy (Doug) Corrigan and many cousins.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Roy and Arlene Wegman and Jim and Annette Dwenger and aunts, Linda Wegman and Judy Keller.
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Phyllis Stauffenecker

Stauff
Phyllis Stauffenecker, age 88, of Foley, passed away peacefully at the St. Cloud Hospital July 12, 2021. Funeral services were 11 a.m. July 16 at Maywood Covenant Church, Foley. The Rev.  John Lassen officiated and burial took place in the St. Francis River Cemetery, rural Foley. Visitation was 4-8 p.m. July 15 at the Foley Funeral Home and continued from 10-11 a.m. at the church Friday. Prayer services were 5 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral home. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Phyllis Elaine Stauffenecker was born April 12, 1933, in Canby, to Robert and Eva (Hovorka) Nickle. She moved to the Foley area and grew up on the family farm. She graduated from Foley High School, class of 1951, and married Walter Stauffenecker Oct. 25, 1951, at First Presbyterian Church in Foley and they were married for 51 years. She worked for Willmar Poultry in Foley for many years. Phyllis was an active member of the Maywood Covenant Church since 1960. She will be fondly remembered for her wonderful cooking, canning and baking, sewing and crafts. Phyllis had a great sense of humor and will be missed by her many family members and friends.
She is survived by her children: Geraldine (Richard) Kruger, Foley; Roger (Mary Ann), Sauk Rapids; Deb (Richard) Wiley, Foley; Linda (Gary) Ziebarth, Clear Lake; Elaine (Mike) Klinker, Becker and sister, Barbara (Roger) Moshier, Sauk Rapids, 14 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Walter, sons; Bryan and Daniel and brothers; James, John and Robert.
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Wayne H. Sendy

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

Grow
Mary Jane Grow, age 83, of Foley, passed away June 20, 2021 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Funeral services were 11:30 a.m. June 25 at St. John’s Catholic Church, Foley.  The Rev. Michael Wolfbauer will officiate. Visitation will be 9-11:30 a.m. at the church Friday.  Burial will take place in the parish cemetery. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Mary Jane Grow was born Dec. 6, 1937 in St. Cloud, to William Sr. and Gladys (Bauerly) Kotsmith.  She graduated from Foley High School in 1955 and attended the College of St. Benedict. She married Jerome Grow Sept. 14, 1957 at St. John’s Catholic Church. Mary Jane was devoted to daily prayer and had a special love of the rosary. She volunteered at St. John’s Area School, was a past member of the school board and taught religion classes for over 20 years. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, doing craft work, and making and donating rosaries. In her later years she enjoyed golfing. Mary Jane will be remembered for her cooking and baking and her love of family. She was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church and the Christian Mothers.  Memorials are preferred to: Poor Clares Monastery or the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls.
She is survived by her children: Pam (John) Wolter, St. Charles; Joseph (Karen), Foley; Steve (Lynn), Sartell; Deb (Paul) Ruszat, St. Cloud; Richard (Christina) Cloquet; Cathy (Pete) Skwira, Gilman, 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren as well as brothers and sisters: Bill Kotsmith, Oak Park; Kay Lee (Jim Anderson) Auers, Cross Lake; Sally Borgert, Sauk Rapids; Terry (Sharon), Foley and Ginger (Buzz) Weisser of Blaine. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Jerome and sister and brother-in-law, Sheila and Paul Garceau, sister-in-law, Joanie Kotsmith and brother-in-laws, Jim Auers and Bob Borgert.
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Jessica J. Ratka

Jratka
Jessica Ratka, age 45, of Foley, passed away June 13, 2021. Mass of Christian Burial was 1 p.m., June 18 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Duelm. The Rev.  Joseph Backowski and The Rev. Bob Harren con-celebrated.  Visitation was 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 18 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church. Burial will take place in the parish cemetery. Luncheon was at  Lions Park in Duelm after the burial. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home
Jessica Joann Ratka was born April 8, 1976 in Milaca, to Gary and Denise (Hatch) Corrigan. She graduated from Foley High School, class of 1995.  She married Mike Ratka July 21, 2007, at St. John’s Catholic Church, Foley. She worked for Asplundh Tree Service and was a regional safety supervisor.  She was the treasurer for Benton County  Farmers Union, a member of the Foley FFA Alumni,  and a board member of  Minnesota Pesticide Information and Education. Jessica enjoyed horseback riding, going out west and water-skiing. She also loved to play black jack with her mother.
She is survived by her husband, Mike; children Liam (Ashley) Ratka, Stephen Ratka, Kaylee Ratka and Olivia Ratka; parents Gary and Denise Corrigan; siblings, Jeremy (Nicole) Corrigan, Jacqueline (Nathan) Treloar and Jonathan (Sarah) Corrigan, grandmother Dora Hatch; father and mother in law, Jim and Doris Ratka; brother and sister in laws, Deb Boltjes, Joe (Marie), Kevin (Kathy), Mark (Tanya), Ann (Eric) Matvick, Jenny (Steve) Erickson, John (Carrie), Pete (Carrie), Robert (Samantha), Katie (Chad) Funt and many other aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Richard Hatch, Jerome and Letha Corrigan.
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Joseph M. Boyle

Boyle
Joe Boyle, age 43, of Foley, passed away June 2, 2021, in Audubon, from accidental work-related injuries. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 8, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Gilman. The Rev. Matthew Langager and the Rev. Thomas Olson will con-celebrate. Visitation was 4-8 p.m. June 7 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and will continue 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the church Tuesday. Burial will take place in the parish cemetery. Milaca Knights of Columbus, Council 11856 rosary will be at 6 p.m. followed by parish prayers at 7 p.m. Monday evening at the church. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Joseph Marlyn Boyle was born Feb. 4, 1978, in Princeton to Tony and Patricia (Sturdevant) Boyle. He graduated from Milaca High School, class of 1996, and attended Ridgewater Community College where he studied agricultural mechanics. He married Jeannie Smelter April 26, 2003, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Gilman. He worked as a truck driver for WW Transfer, Jeff Edmonds Trucking, the Gilman Co-op Creamery and currently worked for Northern Metal Recycling.  Joe also worked construction Fehn Construction, Astech Construction and also worked for Knife River. Joe will be fondly remembered as a gentle giant and his willingness to talk to anyone about anything.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing and farming. The most important thing to Joe was his wife and his children and he will be greatly missed. He was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and the Milaca Knights of Columbus, Council 11856. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to: First National Bank of Milaca; Joseph Boyle Trust Fund.
He is survived by his wife, Jeannie of 18 years and sons, Travis, Darren and Benjamin, parents, Tony and Pat, Foreston, siblings: Mark (Ellie), Foreston; Sarah Boyle (Cody Dusbabek), Foreston and Mike, Foreston, as well as mother and father-in -law, Jerry and Pat Smelter, Gilman, and sisters-in-law; Joyce (Alex) Belanger, Foley and Julie Smelter (Jason Lee), Fergus Falls, five nieces and five nephews: AJ ((Molli), Nicole, Danielle, Kayla, Alicia, Jon, Landon, Steven, Megan and Craig as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins, godchildren and godmother, Linda Boyle and many many life-long friends. He was preceded in death by his son, Lucas, grandparents,  godfather, John Boyle and several aunts and uncles.
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Theodore Brian Simonsonn

Simonson
Theodore “Ted” was born Nov. 21, 1926, to Axel and Anna (Reppen) Simonson at the family farm in Seavey Township north west of McGrath. He enjoyed many adventures, too numerous to talk about here, with his family of 11 siblings. He was drafted by the U.S. Army before graduating high school. During boot camp, WWII ended. Ted returned to McGrath High School and graduated valedictorian of his class in 1946. He was drafted by the Army again to prepare to serve during the Korean Conflict and he was stationed in the Alaskan Territory. After leaving the Army, Ted made his way back to Minnesota and returned home to work in the family logging business. He was active with the community baseball team. He met the love of his life, Bunny Henkel, on New Year’s Eve in 1958. Ted was active in the Farmer’s Union and he represented them at a convention in Washington DC. Ted and Bunny were married Aug. 1, 1959. They bought large parcels of land in the Jewett Township area east of Malmo. Ted drove school bus for a short time and was self-employed the majority of his life. He logged, sawed lumber, raised beef cattle, had a gravel pit, hauled a lot of gravel in his lifetime, he also helped build roads in the local area. Ted and Bunny raised six children in Jewett Township. They had a wonderful life together. Ted served on the Aitkin Soil and Water Conservation District in the 1970s and ‘80s, serving as a precipitation observer for them for over 50 years into his 90s. Ted served on the school board for the McGregor-McGrath School District for many years. He worked very hard to provide for his family, but he managed to make time for them too. He loved to travel with his family when he was able to take a break from working. Family was the most important thing to Ted and Bunny.
Ted was preceded in death by his wife, Bunny, his parents, his brothers, Allan, Lloyd, David, Lee and Alvin and sisters Helen, Bonnie and Lydia.
Ted is survived by his loving children, Viana (Chris) Pederson of Foley, Brian (Laurie) Simonson of Malmo, Amy (Brian) Trelstad of McGrath, Julie (Gene) Orbeck of McGrath, Ross (Lara) Simonson of River Falls, Wisconsin, and Cory (Kaye) Simonson of McGrath; 16 grandchildren, Shawn (Sheryl), Gina (Keaton), Adam, Wade, Eddy, Zack, Joey, Ellie, Nick, Evan, Jordan, Johannah, Jaydon, Abby, Andrew, and Brody; 10 great-grandchildren, Brett, Sara, Tyson, Liam, Alex, Arden, Makayah, Madalee, Ethen, and Tobias; his brother, Harlan and his wife Harriet, his sister MaryAnn, his brother Paul and his wife Karen, and his sister-in-law Carol, his sister-in-law Ruthie and her husband, Roland, his sisters-in-law, Joanne, and Lois. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Funeral services were 11 a.m. June 7 at Holden Lutheran Church with the Rev. Sue Lyback officiating. Visitation was from 10-11 a.m. at the church. Military honors are being provided by the Isle Honor Guard.
Please consider donating to the Red Cross Blood Drives as a memorial to Ted, he donated over 11 gallons of blood in his lifetime.
Arrangements by Dresser Methven Funeral and Cremation Services, Mora.
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Esther Helen Mastey

Mastey
Esther Helen Mastey, age 89, of Bloomington, formerly of Foley, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend passed away peacefully May 21, 2021 at her granddaughter’s home in Bloomington. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 1, at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Gilman. Rev. Gregory Mastey will officiate and burial will take place in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be 10-11 a.m at the church Tuesday.  Service with Dignity provided by Foley Funeral Home.
Esther Helen Mastey was born June 16, 1931, the daughter of George and Frances (Witucki) Smiglewski in Benton County. Esther was baptized and confirmed at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Gilman. She attended country school near Foley. Esther married Aloysious and they were lifetime members of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.
Esther’s work career included working as a house wife on her family’s farm in Gilman and a cook in Country Manor in Sartell.
She is survived by her daughter, Patti; granddaughter, Jessica; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.  Esther was preceded in death by her parents, George and Frances; brothers, Clarence, Leonard, Richard, and Alfred; sisters, Valeria and Florence; and husband, Aloysious.
The family would appreciate assistance with funeral costs in lieu of flowers.
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Bette Jayne Haak (Youso)

Haak
1936-2021
Bette Jayne (BJ) Youso was born in Foley and attended Foley High School and the College of St. Benedict. Upon graduation, she began her music and English teaching career at Ogilvie where she met Louis Haak of Stillwater and they were married in 1960, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Foley.
They lived in St. Paul, Maplewood, North St. Paul and Woodbury.  She continued her teaching at Cleveland Jr. High School and was a substitute teacher before earning her master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls in guidance counseling. She worked at Hill-Murray High School and various high schools in St. Paul as a counselor before retiring in 1996.
She is survived by three children, Christopher (Alesia), Nicolee (Steve) Nelson, and Suzanne (Todd) Miner, 14 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Siblings Lu Molberg, Ron Youso, Joan Wisniewski, and Catherine Mumma. Preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Louis Haak, brothers Gary and Severin Youso and parents Severyn and Irene Youso.
She was very involved in her church and community with selfless volunteering in an extraordinary number of roles: foster parent and grandparent, a longtime advocate for the upper Midwest Kidney Foundation, home visitor for Catholic Charities, Chairman of foreign student exchange at University of Minnesota, coach of girls youth sports, prayer shawl ministry and religious organizations at St. Peters and Transfiguration Catholic Churches, Benedictine Oblate at St. Paul’s and St. Benedict’s Monastery. She loved to sew, knit, crochet, fish, camp, garden and play cards, and also loved to visit cousins and spend time with family and grandchildren. A loving wife and extraordinary mother and grandmother who created a welcoming home for everyone.  She was a world traveler, great cook, and always thought of others with acts of kindness, food and drink.
She was the first woman elected to serve on the North St. Paul, Maplewood, Oakdale school board in 1975, serving for 15 years and as chair for eight years. She was honored as one of the most outstanding school board members in the state of Minnesota, the only person from the district to attain this honor. She continued to serve the district on the Community Education advisory committee for many years.
Visitation was 4-8 p.m. May 26 at Sandberg Funeral home in North St. Paul and from 9-10 a.m. at Transfiguration Catholic Church in Oakdale May 27 preceding Chaplet of the Divine Mercy at 10 a.m. and eulogy at 10:15.  Funeral Mass at 10:30. Burial to follow at St. Mary’s cemetery in North St. Paul and luncheon and the North St. Paul Legion at noon.
Memorials preferred to the Haak Educational Scholarship Fund at Transfiguration Catholic School.
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Dolores “Mutzie” Cecilia Bursch

Bursch
Dolores “Mutzie” Cecilia Bursch was a wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She died May 19, 2021, at the age of 85 while residing at The Gardens at Foley nursing home in Foley. The family would like to thank all the staff at The Gardens who took great care of Dolores and a special thank you to administrator Tom, social worker Peter and case manager Katrina.
A Mass of Christian Burial took place at 10 a.m. May 24 at   the St. John’s Catholic Church in Foley. The Rev. Michael Wolfbauer officiated. Visitation was 9-10 a.m. at the church and burial followed in the parish cemetery. Service with dignity provided Foley Funeral Home.
Dolores Cecilia Bursch was born July 19, 1935, in Graham Township to Leo and Clara (Huver) Zuleger. She married Anthony Bursch Aug. 31, 1955, at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Gilman.  Dolores was a waitress at the Rainbow Café and a house cleaner. She was a gifted and talented artist who enjoyed embroidering and crocheting.  Dolores was a homemaker and liked spending time with her family, playing cards and going to the casino with her husband. She was a member of the St. John’s Catholic Church, Foley where she was an usher.
Dolores is survived by her daughter, Linda (Gerald) Bettendorf, Foley; grandchildren, Anthony Bettendorf, St. Peter, and Nicole (Joel) Hopps, Hermantown; sister Ceal (Doug) Reiter of St. Cloud and brother Leo Jr. (Bev) Zuleger of Sartell.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Clara;  husband, Anthony; brothers, Jerome Zuleger, Gerald Zuleger, Bobby Zuleger; and sister, Loretta (Zuleger) Bursch.
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Lillian M. Niedzielski

Niedzielski
Lillian M. Niedzielski, age 88, of Gilman, passed away May, 20, 2021, at home. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church Gilman. The Rev. Matthew Langager and the Rev. Tom Olson officiated. Visitation took place 9-10 a.m. at the church. Burial took place at the parish cemetery. Service with Dignity provided by Foley Funeral Home.
Lillian M. Niedzielski was born April 14, 1933, in Alberta Township to Aloysius and Clara Krawiecki. Lillian was united in marriage Aug. 22, 1970, to John Niedzielski. She worked for the Gilman State Bank for many years. Lillian was dedicated to praying the holy rosary and you could find her in the back of church on numerous Sundays leading the rosary. She was very faithful and was a lifetime member of the Gilman Christian Women. She was an avid gardener and a wonderful cook especially for her poppy seed cake and working funeral lunches. Lillian loved to travel and will be missed as a loving aunt.
She is survived by her siblings, Richard Krawiecki, Roger Krawiecki and Nancy Krawiecki and numerous other nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Doreen Anderson and Bernice Chmielewski.
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Letha L. Corrigan

Corrigan
Letha L. Corrigan, age 90, of Foley, passed away May 18, 2021, at The Gardens at Foley. Liturgical service took place at 2:30 p.m. May 22 at the Foley Funeral Home. Visitation was from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Foley Funeral Home. Burial took place at St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery, Duelm. Service with dignity provided by Foley Funeral Home.
Letha Lorraine (Muller) Corrigan was born April 6, 1931, in Roswell, Miner County, South Dakota, to Paul and Laura (Hoffmann) Muller.
Letha grew up in the rural Roswell, South Dakota,  with her 10 siblings. She attended Burbank school in Epiphany, South Dakota. When her mother died, Letha was 12 and she quit school to take care of her younger siblings and run a household that had no electricity or plumbing. It always bothered her that she was unable to finish her education. Letha was determined to graduate, and she earned her GED in her 50s.
She met her husband Jerome Corrigan on a blind date, which was arranged by her sister Marian. They saw the movie “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”. Apparently, the date was a success because they got married a few years later Jan. 4, 1951, at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Howard, South Dakota. Early in their marriage they lived in Avon, Albany and New Brighton, eventually settling on their farm near Foley in 1957, where she worked as a homemaker and raised their children. Letha had a strong faith and was a very active member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Duelm. She was the church organist at St. Lawrence and later at the Foley Nursing Center. She was a member of St. Anne’s Mission group and was a member of The Christian Mothers and served as president for The Christian Mothers from 1970-74. She also taught religion classes for many years and started/organized St. Lawrence’s parish library. Letha was a good cook and she made amazing fried chicken and baked bread that none of us can quite duplicate. Letha enjoyed crocheting, reading, playing piano and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her sons and daughters, Bill (Deb), Big Lake; Susan Corrigan, Milaca; Gary (Denise), Hillman; Anita (Donny) Montag, Foley; Betty (Dale) Bina, Emerado, North Dakota; 18 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren; and sister Marian, Mitchell, South Dakota.
She was preceded in death by her husband Jerome; daughter, Nancy and grandson, Jason; brothers and sisters, Loretta, Maurice, Lucille, Howard, Walt, Lewis, Ben, Gerry, Gertie.
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John J. Scott

Scott
Funeral services will be private for John J. Scott, age 81, who passed away May 15, 2021 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Sartell. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
John James Scott was born April 25, 1940, in a farmhouse in Minden Township to James William Scott and Adelia (Klaverkamp) Scott. He graduated from Foley High School in 1958. John was in the U.S. Army in active duty for two years, serving in the 16th Engineer Battalion Headquarters Company and also in the Army Reserves for six years. He married Carole Shong Jan. 18, 1964, in Boyd, Wisconsin. John was employed at DeZurik Corporation in Sartell for two years in the machine shop. He then was employed by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, holding various positions. John retired from the office in Staples after 34 years of service in 2000. He belonged to the Transportation Union during his railroad career and served on the board of brustees for several years. John enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. He also enjoyed spending time with his much loved 13 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Carole; children, Nancy Puntney, Pete (Tanya) Scott, Cheryl (Alan) Eblen and Cindy (Eric) Sondag; 13 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; brothers, Ronald, Jerry and Bill; sisters, Theresa, Carol, Mary and Lucy. John was preceded in death by his parents; sons, James and Mark; brother, Patrick; sister, Ramona; and an infant brother.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Frances D.  Dobos

Dobos
Frances Dobos, age 75, of Foley, passed away May 9, 2021 at the St. Cloud Hospital.  Mass of Christian Burial was  10:30 a.m. May 14 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Morrill. The Rev. Matthew Langager will officiate and burial will take place in the parish cemetery. Visitation was 4-8 p.m. May 13 at the Foley Funeral Home and will continue from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the church Friday morning.  Parish prayers were 6 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral home. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Frances Dolores Dobos was born Jan. 9, 1946 in Milaca, to Edwin and Loretta (Juetten) Broschofsky. She lived most of her life in Morrison County and married Donald Dobos Sept. 21, 1964 at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Brennyville. She raised her family and farmed raising pigs with her husband near Morrill. She worked for Fanny Farmer in Minneapolis, the Pierz Villa and later at the Willmar Poultry Company in Foley. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, playing cards especially with her special group of ladies and connecting with family and friends on Facebook. Frances spent many hours making quilts for St. Elizabeth’s Church. She will be fondly remembered for being a great mother, grandmother, and an excellent cook. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Morrill.
She is survived by her children: Kevin (Cheryl), Pierz; Shawn, Foley; Kim Dobos, Otsego; grandchildren: Dawson Dobos, Rebecca, Kristy and Joshua Broda:  step-granddaughter Ashley (Rahm) Brown; and step great-grandchildren: Tyler and David Brown as well as brothers and sister: Herb Broschofsky, Pierz; Dorothy Montag, Foreston; Jerome Broschofsky, Texas and Conrad Broschofsky of Milaca, and special cousin Kenny (Mary) Broshofske of Ogilvie. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Donald, step-grandson, Mathew Rahm, brother and sister and their spouses; Eugene (Lillian) Broschofsky, Lucille (Ray) Keehr, sister-in-law, Marcy Broschofsky and brother-in-law, Arnold Montag Sr, and nephews Chad Broschofsky and Jeffrey Montag.
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Eva J. Carriere

Eva
Eva Johanna Carriere, 93, of Sauk Rapids, formerly of Foley and Cambridge passed away May 7, 2021, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids.
She was born Aug. 17, 1927, in Thief River Falls to Louis and Anna (Norberg) Anderson. Eva grew up in Middle River, where she attended grade school and graduated high school.
Eva married Robert Carriere June 15, 1947, in Middle River. One son and four daughters were born to them. In 1955, the family moved to Foley and raised their children. They were members of Maywood Covenant Church in Foley.  After retirement, Robert and Eva moved to Cambridge where they attended North Isanti Baptist Church before becoming members at Karmel Covenant Church. Eva and Robert lived at GracePointe Crossing, formerly River Hills for a number of years. They enjoyed traveling the United States and made a trip to Sweden, visited their daughter Jan’s family in Australia, and went to Hawaii to attend their grandson’s wedding.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Robert in September 2015, son Lowell Carriere, daughter Barb Holmquist, granddaughter Gina Holmquist, sisters Alice Blomquist, Rachel Johnson, Gladys Hoglund, Judy Bradley, brothers Howard and Norman Anderson.
Survivors include her children Jan (Steve) Skadsberg of Woodbury, Beth (Terry) Young of Lincolnville, Maine, Nancy (Willy) Watsabaugh of Jackson, Wyoming, 19 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, sisters Lois (Duane) Munson of Roseville, Carol (Chuck) DeVries of Minneapolis, and many other relatives and friends.
Service information can be found at www.carlsonlillemoen.com.  Arrangements are with the Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Cambridge.
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Mary E. Otremba

Motremba
Mary Otremba, age 60, of Foley, passed away May 1, 2021, at her home. Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. May 6 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Buckman. Visitation was from 9:30-1 a.m. Thursday at the church. The Rev. Kenneth Popp officiated and the burial took place in the parish cemetery. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Mary Elizabeth Otremba was born Sept. 29, 1960, in Little Falls, to Leo “Sandy” and Louise (Galama) Otremba. She was raised in Little Falls and graduated from Little Falls Community High School, class of 1979. Mary worked at St. Cloud State University an office manager, and also at St. Benedict’s Senior Community as a dietary aide. She loved spending time outdoors enjoying nature, wildlife and her cats. Mary also enjoyed many  types of music and loved to dance. She always looked forward to spending time with her family and friends. Mary took great pleasure in the simple things in life. She had a strong faith and was a devote Catholic. She was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Buckman.
She is survived by her brothers and sisters: Karen (Dale) Kutzorik, Clear Lake; Jean Otremba, Elmdale; Robert Otremba, Brainerd; James (Carol) Otremba, St. Cloud; Susan (Marcel) Pekarek, Foley; Richard Otremba, Hudson, Wisconsin; Allen (Rosie) Otremba, Hendersonville, Tennessee; Kenneth (Jean) Otremba, Hastings; Gary (Anne’) Otremba, Princeton and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Ronald Otremba.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to the Poor Clare Monastery of Sauk Rapids.
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