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

Swendy
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

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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

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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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Mary J. Grow

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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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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Margaret J. Freese 

Freese
A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 15, 2021, at Gethsemane Lutheran Church Ronneby. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the church.
Margaret Freese, age 90, of Oak Park, passed away Dec. 1, 2020, at The Gardens at Foley Nursing Center.
Margaret Johanna Freese was born Aug. 30, 1930, in Minot, North Dakota, to Adolph and Edna (Inches) Rau. She married Melvin Freese Nov. 6, 1948, at First Presbyterian Church, Foley. The couple lived and farmed most of their lives near Oak Park. Margaret enjoyed raising chickens and selling farm fresh eggs. She was actively involved with weight watchers for over 30 years. She loved having the grandkids around, and always had peanut butter bars and chocolate chip cookies available. She will be fondly remembered for telling the grandkids when they announced they were going do something out of line, “horse feathers you are”.      
She is survived by her sons Keith (Dinah), Oak Park; Terry (Tomsie), Backus; Gordon (Kathy), St. Cloud as well as 13 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild;  sisters Delores Rau, Texas, Ruth Anderson, Florida and aunt Mary Schulz, North Dakota.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Melvin, sons Kenneth and Larry, granddaughter Michaela, brothers Paul, Edward and Rudolf.
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Donald C. Schuler

Schluer
Donald Charles Schuler was born April 14, 1946, in Granite Falls, the son of Murvin and Leone (Sandberg) Schuler. Don’s working career started early with a paper route, then progressed to being hired to help two of his uncles on the farm. As a young boy, Don realized his need to accept Jesus as his Savior. His faith grew stronger through the years, his many life experiences allowed him to serve in varied capacities in the church, sharing through his actions the impact his relationship with Christ had on his life. Upon graduation from high school, Don attended Willmar Community College. Following college, Don joined the National Guard for a six-year stint.  On Nov. 26, 1966, Don and Jeri were united in marriage and to that union three children were born.
Don’s working years encompassed employment in eight companies in three states, mainly in manufacturing management.  Don enjoyed anything connected with horses and God’s creation, but his greatest love was for his family.
Don leaves behind his wife of 54 years, Jeri (Sorenson);  son, Scott (Brenda) Schuler of Foley;  daughter, Angela Schuler of Elk River;  daughter, Christa (Trevor) Duevel of Foreston;  granddaughter, Ella Duevel;  grandsons, Teagan Duevel, Wyatt Schuler, Garett Schuler and Everett Schuler;  sisters, Donna (Jerry) Larson, Linda Horning, Kathy (Rollie) Weberg, Mary (Dale) Streblow,  brother, Doug (Liz) Schuler;  also by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  Don was preceded in death by his parents, Murvin and Leone Schuler and brother, Charles (Karen) Schuler.
We all mourn Don’s passing but do not despair knowing he is safe in the arms of his Savior.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 8, at First Baptist Church in Milaca.  Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Milaca and continue one hour prior to the service at the church Saturday.
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Grace Fox

Foxs
Memorial services for Grace Fox, age 81, will be held Sunday, May 16, 2021, at 2 p.m. at Glendorado Lutheran Church.  Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the church.  Grace passed away May 16, 2020.  Arrangements  Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home-Milaca.
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Joyce Gilyard

Gilyard
Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 4, at Salem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud for Joyce M. Gilyard, age 91, of St. Cloud who was granted her angel wings April 29, 2021, from heart failure. Her final days were spent at her home surrounded by family. The  Rev. Timothy Routh will officiate and burial will be at South Santiago Lutheran Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services Tuesday at the church in St. Cloud. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.
Joyce was born March 8, 1930, in Dalbo to William and Birdie (Leaf) Hedstrom. Her Swedish father and mother were small dairy farmers in Dalbo. Growing up on their family farm, Joyce learned the art of milking cows, gardening, sewing and cooking. At a young age, she spent several years helping aunts and uncles at their farms. She graduated from Princeton High School and worked as a clerk and bookkeeper in Princeton and Minneapolis. She married Austen Gilyard March 14, 1953, at South Santiago Lutheran Church. They lived in St. Cloud on a farm (where Crossroads Center mall is now located), then moved near Becker, before buying their farm near St. Cloud. While raising her family, Joyce milked cows, raised chickens, and worked at Herberger’s. She was the second woman to be hired at Franklin Manufacturing before retiring after 30 years. Joyce was very mechanical and you could find her under the lawn mower, sharpening the blades or cleaning the carburetor. Her interests included family, gardening, fishing, sewing, sudoku, puzzles, playing cards and crafting. She devoted much of her time and energy teaching her grandchildren sewing, quilting, cutting out paper dolls, gardening, canning, baking and cooking. She won many blue ribbons at the fair for her beautiful quilts. She was considered a second mom and grandma to many.  Joyce was a patient, loving, caring, sweet person with a great sense of humor.
Survivors include her children, Marcy (Kenny) Rau of Sauk Rapids, Kermit (Debbie) Gilyard of Princeton, Carol (Mike Bendel) Gilyard of Long Prairie, Nancy (Dave) Wagner of Golden Valley, Dwight (Nancy) Gilyard of St. Cloud; sisters, June (Wendell) Peterson of New Brighton, Anna Mae Oelkers of St. Francis, Grace (Phil) Ward of Garrison; 14 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; along with many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Austen on Oct. 29, 2006; sisters, Willie (Sandy) Sandquist, Genevieve (Orville) Lindquist and Jeanette Hedstrom; and brother, Kenneth (Krista) Hedstrom.
A special thank you to CentraCare Hospice for the wonderful care given to Joyce, especially Amelia, Carrie and Janelle.
Obituary and guest book available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Harriet M. Juetten

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Harriet Juetten, age 91, of Pierz, passed away April 18, 2021, at the Harmony House in Pierz. Funeral services were 11 a.m. April 24 at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Brennyville.  The Rev. Matthew Langager officiated. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church Saturday. Burial took place in the parish cemetery. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Harriet Mary Juetten was born Jan. 31, 1930, in Foley to Enoch and Anthonett (Gardner) Rhode. She was raised in Ramey and lived most of her life near Brennyville. She married George Juetten Aug. 19, 1948, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Morrill.  Harriet moved to Pierz in 2006. She liked reading books, being outdoors and traveling. She mostly enjoyed spending time with her family.
Harriet is survived by her children: Elaine (Frank) Helmin, Foley; Kenny (Theresa), Hillman; Sandra (Richard) Diederich, Coon Rapids; Wayne (Sandi), Hillman; Nancy (Kenny) Garrison, Rice; Linda (Duane) Schraut, Pierz. 19 grand children and 29 great grandchildren and one great-great Juetten grandchild on the way. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, George, brother, Don Rhode and his wife, Eleanor; daughter, Carol and her husband, Gerald Scapanski; sister, Dolores and her husband, Doug Kelly; brother, Chester, grand daughter, Jenny Helmin and great granddaughter, Corey Helmin.
 

Loren L. Prom

Loremprom
A gathering of family and friends was 3-7 p.m. April 18 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids for Loren L. Prom, age 78, who died April 12, 2021, at the Little Falls Care Center after a short battle with dementia with his family by his side. There was a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. with the Rev. Scott Pogatchnik officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Due to COVID 19, social distancing and masks will be required.
 Loren was born April 13, 1942, the oldest of five children to Lawrence and Evelyn (Secord) Prom. He graduated in 1960 from Tech High School. Right after high school, he served his country in the United States National Guard. Loren married Doris Feneis June 20, 1964 at Annunciation Catholic Church in Mayhew Lake. He farmed his entire life in rural St. Cloud.
In Loren’s younger years, you would find him on the dance floor whether it was square dancing on Friday nights or at a wedding doing the polka or waltz. He also loved a good card game of Buck Euchre or 500 and fishing on Mille Lacs Lake and Lake Bemidji. In the fall between milking cows, you could find him in his deer stand waiting for the big buck. In his later years, you could find him giving tractor rides to his grandkids. Loren was a member of St. Augustine’s Catholic Church where he was involved in the Men’s Group. He was also a member of the Ramey Creamery Board and the Benton County Ag Society for many years.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Doris of St. Cloud; daughters and son, Cheryl (Jeff) Landwehr of Ham Lake, Shelly (Brad) Gohmann of Clearwater, Linda (Paul) Steven of St. Cloud, Nancy (Mark) Nieters of Sartell, and Ted (Jody) Prom of Foley; 13 grandchildren, one great granddaughter and one great granddaughter on the way; brothers, Sid (Pat) Prom of St. Cloud and Mark (Elaine) Prom of St. Cloud; sister-in-law, Barb Prom of St. Cloud; brother-in-law, Jim Becker of St. Joseph; and many nieces and nephews.
 He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Evelyn Prom; brother, Tom Prom; sister, Teresa Becker; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Wendelin and Virginia Feneis; sisters-in-law, Mary Feneis and Elaine Ryder; and brother-in-law, Dick Deppa.
 Loren’s family would like to send a special heartfelt thank you to the Little Falls Care Center and Moments Hospice for the excellent care they gave Loren. It was greatly appreciated.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Gerald “Jerry” A. Wassel

Gwassell
Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 am, Saturday, April 24, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Milaca for Gerald Wassel who passed away Nov. 21, 2020.  A Celebration of Life and gathering of friends will follow, starting at 1:30 p.m., at the Grub and Pub in Ramey.
Gerald “Jerry” A. Wassel, age 81, of Milaca, passed away Nov. 21, 2020, at Northland Hospital, Princeton.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions funeral services were postponed. In lieu of flowers memorials can be sent to 33196 Nature Road. Foley, MN 56329. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Gerald “Jerry” Andrew Wassel was born Aug. 16, 1939, in St. Cloud to Andrew and Leona (Fisher) Wassel. He graduated from Foley High School. He married Barbara (Hamers) Nov. 26, 1959, at St. Elizabeth’s in Brennyville. Jerry was employed in LP sales and service, owned Grub & Pub in Ramey for 10 years and drove school bus. He was a member of The Knights of Columbus and in the Army National Guard. Jerry will be missed by many people and always remembered as a sociable guy and everyone’s friend. He loved spending time with his family and friends. Jerry was an avid sports fan and loved to watch football and baseball. He always enjoyed a good game of golf or playing pool.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years; children Cheryl (Bryan) Leason, Morrill and Steven Wassel, Milaca; grandchildren, Derek (Fiancé Chelsea) Meehl, Tyler (Brittney) Meehl, Jordan Meehl and Marshall Meehl; sister Francis Matvick, Foley.
He is preceded in death by his parents and sister Kathlene Brown.
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Leon A. Weber

Weber
Leon A. Weber, age 80, of Sartell, passed away April 1, 2021, in St. Cloud.
Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. April 7 at St. Joseph Catholic Community  in Waconia with the Rev. Stan Mader as Celebrant of the Mass. Visitation was 4-7 p.m.  Tuesday at the Johnson Funeral Home and Wednesday  one hour prior to Mass at the church. Interment was at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
Leon Anthony Weber was born Feb., 25, 1941, in Waconia, the son of Edward Sr. and Catherine (Lano) Weber. He was baptized and later confirmed at St. Joseph Catholic Community.  On Aug. 24, 1963, Leon was united in marriage to Madonna (Haines) Weber. Together they were blessed with three children.
Leon grew up in Laketown Township where he farmed with his father. In 1974, Leon purchased a new farm and moved to Foley. Leon was a hard worker and loved all things farming and the outdoors. He was fond of antique tractors and farming was always worked into a conversation.
Leon appreciated the classics. He adored classic TV, classic country, polka music and classic cars. Leon owned a 1931 Model A Coupe and was a member of the Mid State Ford Model A Club.
Leon’s faith and his family were his greatest treasures. He cherished his Bible, which he faithfully read and attended Bible study groups. In his neighborhood the kids always lovingly called him Grandpa or Uncle Leon. He had no enemies, was always friendly, always caring. He will be greatly missed.
Leon was preceded in death by his parents Edward Sr. and Catherine Weber; wife Madonna Weber; son Dale Weber; daughter Melissa Weber; brother Jerome Weber.
Leon is survived by his loving family: son and daughter-in-law Robert and LuAnn Weber of Foreston; grandchildren Christopher (Nicole) Weber, Jennifer (Chaunce) Shaw, Katherine (Jim) Wolak, Robert Weber Jr.; great-grandchildren Matthew, Tyler, Phoenix, Siqoya, Danica; brother and sisters Edward (Sally) Weber, Irene Schleicher, Lorraine Van Sloun; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Sharon Weber, Thomas and Mary Haines, Dorothy and David Gustafson; nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
Casket bearers were Bernie Weber, Tim Thaemert, Christopher Weber, Jennifer Shaw, Katherine Wolak, Robert Weber Jr.
In lieu of flowers memorials preferred.
Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia. 952-442-2121 www.johnsonfh.com.
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James S. Kampa

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Jim Kampa, 81, of St. Cloud (Palmer Township), passed away peacefully at his home March 30, 2021, after a bravely-fought battle with cancer.  Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 7, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Duelm.  The Rev. Joseph Bachowski will officiate. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m., Tuesday evening at the Foley Funeral Home and will continue from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the church Wednesday. Burial will take place in the parish cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Foley American Legion. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home. A celebration of Jim’s life will be July 31, 2021, at the Kampa Family Farm.
Jim was born in St. Cloud, April 12, 1939, to Stanley and Frances (Miller) Kampa. He enlisted and served in the Army and was stationed in Germany before returning to Minnesota. He was joined in marriage to Lucy Galisto May 28, 1959, and together they welcomed four children. Along with being a lifelong farmer, he also worked as a construction supervisor for Blattner Construction for many years before retiring and was then able to enjoy his Century Farm full time. After Lucy’s death in 1999, he met and was then married to Virginia Posthumus Aug. 1, 2003, which blessed him with two stepsons.
He was a gentle, generous husband, father and grandparent who had a particular fondness for sweets, enjoyed exploring the country on horseback with his wife Ginny and their many trail-riding companions, and he always had a story to share. Above all else, Jim cherished time spent with those he loved. A true patriarch, he spent his time on the farm working side by side with his family, who were as devoted to him and he was to them, and he spent the winters in Arizona where he enjoyed many happy times  visiting with relatives and wonderful friends there. His memorable smile and warm heart will be dearly missed by many. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.
Jim is survived by his wife Ginny, his children and step-children, Nick (Cheryl) Kampa of St. Cloud, Julie (Dave) Dosh of Becker, Kevin (Kim) Kampa of St Cloud, Jim (Amanda) Kampa of Eden Prairie, Kyle (Ashley Bierman) Posthumus of Waconia and Jarod (Terra) Posthumus of Phoenix, Arizona, his grandchildren; Jackie, Andrew, Megan, Mitchell, Brandon, Ann, Grace, Joseph, Henry, William, Reagan, Maren and Quinn, seven great-grandchildren and sisters Lois (John) Blattner and Sue Lintgen.
He is preceded in death by wife Lucy Kampa, his parents, his sister Jean Schloegel, his infant brother, Jack and his brother-in-law, Vito Galisto.
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Lois M. Dierkes

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Lois Marie Dierkes, age 77, of Foley, passed away peacefully March 30, 2021 at The Gardens at Foley. Visitation was 4-7 p.m., April 5 at the Foley Funeral Home.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 6, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with a visitation 11:30-12:30 prior to Mass. Burial will take place at the parish cemetery.  The Rev. Michael Wolfbauer will officiate.
Lois was born August 18, 1943 in St. Cloud, to John and Mary (Tschacher) Abfalter, deceased.  She lived in Blaine for 20-plus years, where she raised three children with Dennis Dierkes. Eventually she returned to Foley. She enjoyed the casino, word searches, game shows and crafting, and especially meals out with family. Lois was a dedicated worker in the restaurant industry for many years. Her biggest priority in life was her family.
Lois will be greatly missed. She is survived by her children, Deb (Chris) Brown, Chrissy Hillman, Mike (Lynn) Dierkes. Her grandchildren include Ryan and Rob Brown, Eric Green and Lauren and Danielle Hillman; great- grandson Mason Green, and Daniel, David, John and Mark Dierkes. Her close family of 11 siblings includes four sisters: Joan Corrigan, Shirley Chmielewski, Judy Peschl and Mary Jo Barthelemy, and seven brothers: Jack, Bob, Jim, Ken, Michael, Eugene, and Dave Abfalter, as well as many loved in-laws, nieces, nephews, and friends.
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Elwood L. Orton

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Elwood Leroy Orton, age 87, of Foley, died March 17, 2021, in Foley. His jolly personality brought smiles and joy to family, friends and strangers alike. He was quick to befriend anyone he came across and loved celebrating life with those around him. Elwood was born April 25, 1933, in Baker, Montana to Callie and Anna (Narum) Orton. He married Dorothy (Wiley) May 22, 1958,  in Glendorado Township. He spent most of his life living in Benton County,  operating a hobby farm and driving truck. He enjoyed fishing, family, and friends.
He is survived by his children: Raymond (Sandy) Orton of Foley, Garron (Lisa) Orton of Foley, sons-in-law Casey Jones of Milaca and David (Shelly) Whitcomb of Becker; 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, siblings Richard (Bev) Orton, Gary (Pat) Orton, Diane Jensen, sister-in-law Janet Orton; as well as many other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents;  wife, Dorothy; daughters, Darlene (Orton) Jones and Barbara (Orton) Whitcomb; infant son; siblings Ronald Orton, Gladys (Burt) Hoff; infant brother; and brother-in-law Eddy Jensen.
A celebration of life will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 26,  with visitation one hour prior at South Santiago Lutheran Church, 14675 37th St. S.E., Clear Lake 55319. The Rev. Daryl Thul will officiate.
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Mabel M. Schibonski

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Mabel Schibonski, age 98, passed away March 15, 2021, at Cokato Manor Nursing Home, Cokato.  Funeral services were 11 a.m., March 20 at the Foley Funeral Home. The Rev. Mark Loder officiated.  Burial was at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Sauk Rapids.  Visitation was 10-11 a.m. at the funeral home Saturday. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Mabel Mary Schibonski was born June 22, 1922, in Sauk Rapids, to Edward and Wilhomine (Wenzel) Rubink. She graduated high school and married Delroy Schibonski Oct. 4, 1941 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids.  She loved and raised her family in Ramey.  In 1974, Mabel and Delroy moved to Foley.  Mabel was an exceptionally good cook, loved to garden and followed the Minnesota Twins for many, many years. Mabel also taught Sunday School for years as well as being involved in church, always singing with her beautiful voice in the church choir.  She was a past member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Foley and was a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake.
She is survived by her children: Dennis (Roberta), St. Cloud; Katherine (Rodney) Miller, Howard Lake; Phyllis of Scottsdale, Arizona; Larry (Shirley), Brainerd; Douglas (Karen) of St. Francis and many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by her parents and husband, Delroy and five siblings.
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