Harold L. Fuhrer

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Harold L. Fuhrer, 73, of Foley, passed away in his home surrounded by his family on the 23 day of November, 2021.  A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at the St. John’s Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 6855 Golden Spike Road, Sauk Rapids, MN, Saturday December 11th,  11:00 - 3:00 pm.
Harold was born on April 23rd, 1948, and is survived by his three children, Christina (Brian) Cook, Pamela (Les) Scott and Carl Fuhrer. His grandchildren Faith (Greg) Hunt, Molly (Robert) Snyder, Ashley Studanski, Samantha (Edward) Stevens, and Austin Scott. His great grandchildren Layla, Xavier, Hope and Blaize Hunt, Destiny and Zander Stevens. Harold was preceded in death by his parents Lester and Mae Fuhrer, brother Leo Fuhrer, and loving wife and soulmate, Dianne Fuhrer.
Harold was a long-time employee of the paper mill in Sartell, MN.  In his retirement he enjoyed playing cribbage, fishing, reading, and wood working. Harold was a private person yet deeply loved by his family and friends.  His loss is deeply felt.
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Richard F. Mohr 

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Private services will be held for Richard Mohr who died Nov. 15, 2021. His last days were spent at home in the caring hands of those around him.
Richard was born April 23, 1938, in St. Cloud to Frank and Kathryn (Kuebelbeck) Mohr. He graduated from Cathedral High School in 1957 and married Marilyn Van Hale in 1974. He leaves behind a legacy of prayer, kindness, joy, patience and humor – a true gentleman.
He was kind and thoughtful and made sure he had a “Dickie Mohr” joke handy. He celebrated other’s accomplishments, especially in-laws, nieces, nephews and all their families as well as neighbors. He took great pride and was joyful to be part of their lives and always looked forward to an evening cocktail with Marilyn.
Richard worked for St. Cloud Window for 35 years, and then delivered candy for Goody Snack in retirement. His favorite place was Big Birch Lake where he spent 31 summers with friends and family. His beer refrigerator was never empty and his pocket held dog treats. Fort Myers Beach, Florida, took second place. His favorite pastime dealt with all things Ford, particularly when it came to clean cars and his red Mustang convertible.  
He is survived by his wife Marilyn and sister Peggy Powers, of Annapolis, Maryland.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Joyce Poganski, brothers in law, Roger Poganski and Thomas Powers, and sister in law Carol Van Hale Marshall.
Thank you to CentraCare, especially the medical teams and clinic personnel who cared for him over the years. His last weeks were spent with CentraCare hospital employees, home health and hospice.
Memorial gifts are preferred to The Boys & Girls Club of Central Minnesota or a charity of your choice.
A Celebration of Life will be held in the summer.
Obituary and guest book available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.

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Delores F.  (Fussy) Dudek 

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From her home, Delores went to heaven Nov. 11, 2021.Delores was the youngest of 16 children. She was born on the farm in Morrill to Frank and Gertrude (Schyma) Fussy May 30, 1937.
From an early age and for the duration of her life, Delores’ greatest gift was her passionate ability to care for others. With grace and warmness, Delores was always a gentle caregiver for family, friends and neighbors. From new babies and grandchildren to teenagers or struggling adults, her physical loving touch brought comfort and healing.
She also gave of her time and talent unselfishly with her endless homemade meals and baked goods (never from a box) as well as handmade beautiful clothing, drapes and countless babysitting hours. She enjoyed volunteering at the church funerals and church garage sales.
Delores married Aloise Daniel Dudek May 14, 1956, at St. Joseph Church in Morrill. They lived in St. Cloud, where she was a mother and homemaker to three children. Al and Delores were married for 65 years. They enjoyed each other’s company and sharing time together at their home with visitors and family at their table.
Delores is survived by her husband Al; children Lynda (Don) Eisenschenk of Minnetonka, Lori (Tim) Torborg of St. Cloud, and Brian (Tammy) Dudek of Foley; grandchildren Scott (Alisha) Eisenschenk, Sarra (Shaino) Johnson, Kelsey (Nate) Sauer, Michael Dudek, LeeJoe Torborg, and Maria (Derek) Berdan. Great-grandchildren Jada, Jude and Max Johnson; Jack, Stella and Georgi Sauer; Duke, Jolee and baby (due any day) Berdan. Also survived by her siblings Richard (Beverly) Fussy, Mary Spiczka, Lucille Fussy, Eilene Fussy and Duane Dudek.
Proceeding Delores in death are her parents; her siblings Clara (Al) LaBelle, Irene Fussy, Gertie (Johnny) Leason, Joe (Doreen) Fussy, Robert (Marie) Fussy, Art (Bernice) Fussy, Roman (Rosemary) Fussy, Clarence (Phyllis) Fussy, Alfred Fussy, Frankie (Marlyn) Fussy, Lawrence (Irene) Fussy, Bill Fussy, Jerome Fussy, Barb Dudek, Florian Spiczka and mother and father-in-law Kate and Joe Dudek.
In honor of Mom’s wishes, a simple family service will be held later on. Delores will remain living in the hearts she touched with her kind and simple legacy.

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Mary M. Danelek

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Mary Danelek, age 89, of Oak Park, passed away peacefully at her home Nov. 14, 2021, surrounded by her family. Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. Nov. 19 at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Brennyville. The Rev. Matthew Langager officiated and burial will take place in the parish cemetery. Visitation was from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at church Friday.  Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Mary Margaret Danelek was born Dec. 15, 1931, in Oak Park, to Sylvester Sr., and Catherine (Blank) Dahler. Mary graduated from Foley High School, class of 1950 and attended St. Cloud Business College for two years. She married Paul Danelek May 5, 1954, at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church. She worked for Milaca Mills, milked cows and farmed with her husband all of their married life near Oak Park. Mary enjoyed baking, her flower gardens, sewing, quilting and embroidery.  She was a member of St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church and the Christian Mothers.
She is survived by her children Dave (Billy) of  Milaca, Debbie Hinnenkamp of Milaca, Linda (Pat) O’Donnell of  Big Lake, Shirley (Charlie) Stachowski, of Foley, Marilyn (Steve) Burroughs of Princeton, Marvin of Oak Park; six granddaughters Jolie Hinnenkamp, Alicia Stachowski, Trisha Roeder, Natasha Mills, Amy Anderson and Mattea Labaw; six great-grandchildren Isaiah Hinnenkamp, Benji Anderson, Cece Anderson, Zachary Mills, Eli Mills and Layla Roeder as well as sister Helen Howe and brother Sylvester. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Paul and brothers Fred, Joe and Albert and sisters Maggie Anderson and Joanna Dahler.
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Marcel A. Stachovich

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Marcel A. Stachovich age 87, of Rice passed away peacefully at his home Nov. 8, 2021. Burial took place at Howard Lake Cemetery Nov. 22.
Marcel was born Sept. 4, 1934 to Stanley and Mary (Smuda) Stachovich in Foley. He was the last living member of his siblings.
Marcel worked the family farm where he grew up for many years. After leaving the home place, he worked for Prairie Farms in Rice until his retirement. He loved being on the tractor and he loved his potatoes. Whether they were mashed, hash browns, potato pancakes or his homemade french fries, he loved his spuds.
He is survived by his wife Judy of 28 years and his children, Bernadine of Sauk Rapids, Cynthia (Brad) Como of Forrest Lake, Michael of Gilman, Mark (Julane) of Big Lake, Nancy (Jeff) Riedemann of Cambridge, Karen (Mike) Rekowski of St. Cloud, Jamie of Moorhead, 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, 11 siblings, one grandson and one great-granddaughter.
Thank you to all the doctors, nurses and hospice care givers that helped with Marcel’s care and for all those who had prayed for him. God bless you all.
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Lewis J. Erickson

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Lewis J. Erickson, 80, of Eureka, Illinois, passed away at 7:41 a.m. Nov. 8, 2021, at his residence with his family at his side. He was born March 6, 1941, in Oak Park, the son of Edward and Agnes Berge Erickson. He married Joyce L. Young Feb. 10, 1973, in Fairbury, Illinois.
 He is survived by his wife Joyce; children John (Valerie) Erickson of Clarksville, Tennessee, Jennifer (Scott) Williams of Washington, Illinois, Jeffery L. Erickson of Roy, Utah, Justin (Devan) Erickson of Sandwich, Illinois, Jody (Chris) Willing of Herrin, Illinois; siblings Janet Sanders, Donald (Phyllis) Erickson, Barbara (Mark) Knudsen, Michael (Carol) Erickson, Judy Johnson, Kerry Erickson, Bruce (Vicki) Erickson; 16 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and six siblings: Aldred, infant David, Vivian Knudtson, Gerald, Dennis and Nancy Freese.
Lewis was a professional welder, working on the John F. Kennedy warship. He welded livestock confinements and worked on grain elevators. He loved animals and kids. He enjoyed watching westerns, gardening and fishing. He loved his family.
Funeral services were 11 a.m. Nov. 13 at Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Eureka. The Rev. Doug Hicks officiated. Burial was at the Olio Township Cemetery in Eureka.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or Apostolic Christian Home of Eureka. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.argoruestmanharris.com.
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Richard G. DuHamel

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Richard George DuHamel died Nov. 11, 2021 in Sauk Rapids. He was born to Catherine Kachmarek DuHamel and Joseph DuHamel Oct. 9, 1941.
The memorial will be  Friday, Nov. 19, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Foley: 10 a.m. visitation, 11 a.m. Mass, 12:30 p.m. dinner and celebration of life at Mr. Jim’s, Foley.
Dick served in the Peace Corps in Nigeria and Liberia. He was an award-winning World Book Encyclopedia representative for 24 years in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA. He also sold books to schools and libraries for 20 years.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ruth Roehl DuHamel; daughters Ann DuHamel (James Wojtaszek) and Mary Lemke (Matt); grandchildren Thor, Kathrine, Freya, and Anders Lemke; sisters Helen Elwell and Diane Hilde. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers James and Kenneth; infant brothers Robert and John; and infant granddaughter Elsa Grace Lemke.
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Dorothy “Dots” A. Urbanski

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Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. Nov. 12,  at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Dorothy “Dots” Urbanski, age 84, who passed away Nov. 9, 2021, at the St. Cloud Hospital. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach will officiate and burial was at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Morrill. Visitation was one hour prior to the services Friday at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Dorothy was born Sept. 5, 1937, in St. Cloud to John  and Agnes (Tadych) Deppa. She married Donald Urbanski June 12, 1956, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Morrill. Dorothy worked as a deli clerk at Coborn’s, and also farmed with her husband and worked at the post office. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Christian Mothers. Dorothy enjoyed making Barbie doll clothes, molasses cookies, polka music, bingo, canning, bus trips, crafts, embroidery, needlepoint and card parties with the neighbors. She was a hard worker, loved the farm, and was very proud of her family.
Survivors include her daughters and sons, Geralyn (James) Moshier of Foley, Kathryn (Edwin) Kirchner of Sauk Rapids, Michael (Leonice) of Holdingford, Janel (Stephen) Kobylinski of Sartell and Daniel of Foley; brother, John (Harriett) Deppa of Blaine; grandchildren, Nathan, Bryan, Tyler, Ranelle, Cassie, Lexie, Shawn, Stephanie, Nesha, Stephanie, Brittany and Tanner; and 19 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald; and sister, Evelyn Larson.
The family would like to thank the staff at the St. Cloud Hospital and CentraCare Clinics for the wonderful care provided to Dorothy and her family.
Obituary, guest book, and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Bobby L. Mathews

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Bobby Mathews, age 79, of Royalton, passed away Nov. 7, 2021, at his home surrounded by his family. Mass of Christian Burial was 11:30 a.m., Nov. 11, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Morrill. The Rev. Matthew Langager officiated and burial took place in the parish cemetery with Military Honors presented by the Hillman American Legion. Visitation was 4-8 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Foley Funeral Home with parish prayers at 5 p.m. Visitation continued from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the church Thursday. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Bobby Lee Mathews was born Sept. 8, 1942, in Poulan, Georgia to Eugene and Mary Elizabeth (Pippins) Mathews.  He served his country honorably in the U.S. Army in the 101st Airborne. He married Judy Brown Sept. 8, 1967, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Morrill. The couple lived all of their married life in Minnesota. Bobby worked as a boiler operator for many years. He enjoyed gardening and hunting, playing cribbage and playing pranks on people. He was a past member of the Savage VFW, Post 6212, current member of the Hillman American Legion and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
He is survived by his wife  Judy, Royalton; and daughters  Jeanne Kampa (Ron Piechowski), Hillman; Stacey (Dale) Girtz, Royalton; Wendy (Randy) Seabolt, Sylvester, Georgia; six grandchildren Lindsey Kampa, Chasidy Kampa, Kelsie Kampa, Teren Kampa, Jordon Brenny, Derek Brenny; two great-grandchildre, Connor Hebler and Landyn Iverson; and brothers Charles and David of Georgia. He was preceded in death by his parents, great-grandson Damian Hebler, sisters Christine Archer and Agnes Bolton, brother Leon and son-in-law Donnie Kampa.
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Kenneth W. Beehler

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Kenny Beehler, age 58, of Sauk Rapids, passed away at his home from cancer Nov. 7, 2021, surrounded by his family. Funeral services were 11 a.m., Nov. 13, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Foley. The Rev. Dr. Timothy Rehwaldt officiated and burial took place at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Foley. Visitation was 4-8 p.m.  Nov. 12 and 10-11 a.m. Saturday, both at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Foley. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Kenneth William Beehler was born Aug. 5, 1963, in St. Cloud to Donald and Sharon (Tarnowski) Beehler. He graduated from Foley High School, class of 1981, and attended Willmar Technical College where he studied agriculture business. He married Donita Templin April 16, 1988 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Gilman. He worked at Centra Sota for 35 years as an agronomist operations manager. Kenny also was very involved with Benton County 4-H for 37 years as a leader, was on the Benton County Fair Board for 25 years, and served two terms on the Foley School Board. He enjoyed helping others, working out on the family farm, attending his sons sporting events and working score clock at Foley wrestling matches. The most important thing to Kenny was his wife, children and grandchildren, and he will be greatly missed. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Donita, Sauk Rapids, and sons, Michael (Kassie), St. Cloud and Kevin (Alyssa), Becker, grandchildren Vincent, Mason, Ivan, Harper and Hudson; parents Donald and Sharon Beehler of Gilman; and siblings Tammy (Steve Goertz), Long Prairie, Dawn (Mark Johnson), Willmar, Randy, Foley, adopted sisters: Kim, Oakdale, and Ginger, Fort Meyers, as well as father and mother-in-law, David and Joan Templin, Gilman and sister-in-law, Denise Roberts (Brian Rudolph), Sauk Rapids, 12 nieces and nephews and aunts, uncles, cousins and many life-long friends.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents, aunts and uncles.
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Arnell Christenson

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Arnell Christenson, age 97, of Foley, passed away peacefully Nov. 3, 2021, at the St. Cloud Hospital.  Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 10 at Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church in Foley. The Rev. Timothy Wittwer will officiate and burial will take place at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Foley.  Visitation is 9:30-11 a.m. at the church Nov. 10.  Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Arnell Mary Jane Oriet Christenson was born March 2, 1924, in Terrace, to Olaus and Agnes (Hauge) Ringerud. She attended rural grade school for eight years and graduated from Glenwood High School and continued her education for one year at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. She achieved her nursing degree from Eitel School of Nursing in Minneapolis. She was proud to be an Army nurse cadet. She married Les Christenson Oct. 6, 1945 at Chippewa Falls Lutheran Church in Terrace. The couple moved to Foley in 1963. Arnell worked as a registered nurse for 43 years. She was instrumental in opening the Foley Nursing Center in 1971 and acted as the assistant director of nursing for the Foley Nursing Center for many years. Arnell was a long-time member of Gustavus Adolpus Lutheran Church. She enjoyed golfing up until the age of 85, she was an avid bridge player with special friends until the coronavirus pandemic hit, loved music, was proud of her Norwegian heritage and traveled extensively. She was an inspiration to those who met her and was full of wisdom and grace. Her warmth and smile will be missed by anyone who knew her. Christenson’s wishes were that memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to be used for a nursing scholarship at the Foley High School.
She is survived by her daughters Linda (Joe) Chmielewski, Brainerd; Anita (Mark) Bauerly, Sauk Rapids; and Christine (Mike) Scott, Circle Pines as well as 10 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren and a sister, Orlean Ray, Sacramento, California; and brothers-in-law Herman Talle and Rolf Mohwinkel.  She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Les; infant sister, Marie; brothers-in-law, Bud Christenson and Ted Ray; and sisters-in-law; Dodie Talle,  Lavine ‘Babe’ Mohwinkel and Thelma Christenson.
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Tammy Jo Matvick

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Tammy Matvick, age 55, of Foley, passed away Nov. 3, 2021 at Fairview Northland Medical Center in Princeton, surrounded by her family.  Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Foley Funeral Home. Service with dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Tammy Jo Matvick was born Nov. 11, 1965, in St. Francis, to Stanley and Helen (Gugganberger) McColley. She graduated from St. Francis High School, class of 1984. She married Jim Matvick Dec. 5, 1992 at St. Francis Methodist Church.  She worked for Crystal Cabinets, Jedlicki Trucking, Anderson Trucking, Koch Trucking and King Solutions for the past 16 years.  She was currently employed by Nahan Printing. Tammy enjoyed crocheting, interior design and loved shopping for most anything. She will be missed by her family and her many relatives.
She is survived by her husband, Jim, of Foley, and children Samantha (Derek Valetino) McColley, Crosby; Jessica Matvick, Foley; and grandchildren, Raylynn and Alayna and her two grand kittens as well as brothers and sisters Tom (Paula), Elk River; Jim (Joe Mercie). Minneapolis; Mike (Sandy), Princeton; Patty (Randy) Stark, Princeton; Dave (Linda), Isanti; Sandy French, Long Prairie; Jody (Lee) Okerstrom, Princeton and many nieces and nephews and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Stanley and Helen, and brother, Jerry. and her father-in-law, William Matvick.
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Roxanne M. Eisenschenk

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A celebration of life will be at a later date for Roxanne M. Eisenschenk, 68, of Foley, who passed away at the St. Cloud Hospital Oct. 12, 2021, after a courageous battle with cancer. Burial will be at St. Margaret’s Catholic Cemetery in Lake Henry.
Roxanne was born Jan. 12, 1953, in St. Paul to Melvin and Frieda (Belisle) Willett. She married Steven Eisenschenk March 10, 1973. Roxanne worked in accounting in the banking industry for many years. She enjoyed ice fishing, campfires, gardening, animals and hanging out at Nokay Lake.
Survivors include her loving husband of 48 years, Steve of Foley; daughter and sons Jody (Chad) Carson of Houlton, Wisconsin, Ben (Sara) Eisenschenk of Kindred, North Dakota, and Joe (Jeanette) of Linwood; 12 grandchildren, Natalie, Riley, Haley, Jaden, Cailan, Amelia, Laela, Bergan, Gray, Presley, Parker and Jaydon; siblings, Roy (Julie) Willett of Maplewood, Mike (Jeanette) Willett of North St. Paul, Maureen (Curt) Pickar of Brainerd, Marla (Bob Kenney) Cummings of Oakdale, Paula Johnson of Centerville, Renee Vujovich of Brainerd and many cousins, relatives and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.
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Clifford A. Mastey

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Clifford Mastey, age 88, of Foley, died Oct. 31, 2021, at Quiet Oaks Hospice surrounded by his family.  Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. Nov. 4 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Gilman.  The Rev. Matthew Langager officiated and burial took place in the parish cemetery.  Visitation was 4-8 p.m. Wednesday evening at the Foley Funeral Home with parish prayers at 5 p.m. followed by the Knights of Columbus Rosary at 7 p.m. Visitation continued from 10-11 a.m. at the church Thursday. Service with dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Clifford Alex Mastey was born June 17, 1933, in Foley, to Walter and Elizabeth (Witucki) Mastey. He attended grade school, first through eighth grades, in Mayhew Lake Township and Gilman Catholic School before graduating from Sauk Rapids High School, class of 1952. He married Dolores Welk July 31, 1956 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids, and she preceded him in death Dec. 31, 1997. He later married Phyllis Frank Aug. 28, 2004.  Clifford farmed all of his life in Mayhew Lake and Gilmanton Townships.  He also worked for Gopher Wrecking in St. Cloud; drove truck for A. C. Petters and McGary Construction; worked as a welder for Weyers Pontoon and also worked for Franklin Manufacturing for 18 years. But most of all, Clifford loved to farm. He retired in 1995. He was a member and long time usher of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus Immaculate Conception Council 9261.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Frank Mastey and his children, Susan (Val Jr.) Bursch, Rice; George (Taunya), Foley; Jean (Mark) Ebnet, Sauk Rapids; Joan (Tim) Lewandowski, Foley; brother, Richard (Norita Ritten), Foley; sister-in-laws, Carol Mastey, Sartell; Inez Welk, Arizona; brother-in-law, Frank Pallansch, St. Cloud; 14 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one on the way as well as step-children, Sherry, Rick, Lorie, Diane, Jodi and eight step-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and infant son, Joseph; brother, Marvin; sisters, Marcella Albers and Marilyn Pallansch; brothers-in-law, Gary Welk and Cyril Albers; and a sister-in-law, Helen Mastey.
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Karl A. Berlin

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Karl Arthur Berlin, age 85, of Sauk Rapids, passed away Oct. 18, 2021. Karl was born Dec. 29, 1935.
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Gary A. Thorsten

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Gary A. Thorsten, age 72, of Sartell, passed away Oct. 28, 2021, at the VA Hospital in St. Cloud surrounded by his family. Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9, at First Presbyterian Church in Foley, and visitation will be  9:30–11 a.m. at the church. During these challenging times, the family requests that you please wear a mask to the service.  Following the service, lunch will be provided and then the burial will take place at 2 p.m. at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls. Service with dignity provided by Foley Funeral Home.
Gary A. Thorsten was born June 30, 1949 in St. Cloud to John and Adeline (Stumvoll) Thorsten. Gary was drafted to the Army during the Vietnam Conflict and he enlisted April 15, 1969 and was honorably discharged Nov. 3, 1970. Gary married Georgianne Kasner Dec. 19, 1970 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Morrill.  They raised their daughters Jennifer and Gina in the Morrill area. Gary worked a lifetime for Bauerly Brothers, currently Knife River. He also loved his hobby farm raising beef cattle, and golden lab retrievers were always found to be running around on the farm. Gary was passionate about many hobbies and they included hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, camping, fabrication, fixing machinery with the neighbors and wood working. He will be missed by all of his family and friends.  The grandchildren will miss all the fun times, especially his water fights.
Gary is survived by his wife Georgianne of 50-plus years; daughters, Jennifer (Bruce) Paulson and Gina (Jamie) Ranweiler; grandchildren, Samantha (Chris) Paulson, Morgan Paulson, Bryce Paulson, Kyle Paulson, Steven Ranweiler and Sarah Ranweiler; siblings, Marvin Johnson, Marilyn (Roger) Johnson, Danny (Debbie), Richard (Joanie), Darlene (John) Kadlac, Terry (Beth) and sister-in-law Diane Thorsten.
Gary is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Laverne ‘Jack’ Thorsten.
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Melvin B. McCormick

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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