Merlyn K. (Merlin Foss) Mechtel

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Merlyn K. (Merlin Foss) Mechtel, age 73, passed away peacefully at the St. Cloud Hospital Oct. 31, 2020, at the St. Cloud Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial took place at 2 p.m. Nov. 5 at St. John’s Catholic Church, Foley. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Foley Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church Thursday. Burial took place at a later date. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
She was born Jan. 17, 1947, to Merle and Magaret (Miller) Foss. Merlin was married to her loving husband Pete of 53 years. Together they joined in marriage on Aug. 19, 1967, at St. John’s Catholic Church, Foley. They lived in Clear Lake all their married life where they raised their eight children; Shawn, Penny (Keith), Lynn, Nathan (Rachel), Kim (Dustin), Ashley (Ben), Robyn (Todd), Stephanie (Kyle). Merlin was a caring mother and grandmother. She was a hard worker and shared her love for cooking at Cozy Corner, Palmer House, and Clearwater American Legion. Most recently she absolutely loved working at Clear Valley Farms.
She is survived by her husband, Pete of Clear Lake, children; 18 grandchildren; two great grandchildren and the third one on the way; siblings, Darlene Ratke, Foley; Mike ‘Herbie’ (Barb), Foley; Midge (Bill) Keske, Sauk Rapids; Elaine Donovan, Georgia; Merx DeMarais, Foley; Tibby (Ronnie) Larson, Foley; Dale (Denise), Litchfield; Doug (Kris) Foss, Foley; Debbie (Jack) Vizenor, Foley; and sister-in-law, Bonnie Foss of Waverly. She was preceded in death by parents Merle and Margaret Foss, and brother Harvey Foss.     
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Merlyn K. (Merlin Foss) Mechtel

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Merlyn K. (Merlin Foss) Mechtel, age 73, passed away peacefully at the St. Cloud Hospital Oct. 31, 2020. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 5, at St. John’s Catholic Church, Foley. Visitation will be from 4-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 4, at the Foley Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church Thursday. Burial will take place at a later date. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
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Bonive “Bonnie” M. Kaeter

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Mass of Christian Burial will be private at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Minden Township for Bonive “Bonnie” M. Kaeter, age 84 of Sauk Rapids who passed away Oct. 30, 2020, at Country Manor Health Care and Retirement Center. Burial will be at the parish cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Bonnie was born Dec. 27, 1935, to Chester V. and Ida C. (Dahlen) Pearson. She married Robert Kaeter Feb. 13, 1960, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. She lived in Sauk Rapids for most of her life. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud. She worked as a homemaker, raising four children. Bonnie was a type setter at the Benton County News and was the first secretary for the St. Cloud Vo-Tech. Donating her time to others was a way of life for her, as she volunteered much of her time as a Girl Scouts troop leader, Sunday school teacher and as a 4-H Leader. She was a member of the Sons of Norway and Christian Women. Bonnie loved photography, the arts, reading, raising puppies, cats and being around animals. She enjoyed fishing, celebrating birthdays and Halloween was her favorite holiday. Bonnie will be remembered as being very sociable and friendly. She was a devoted wife and loving mother and grandmother.
Survivors include her loving husband, Robert of Sauk Rapids, children, Bradley (Cynthia) of Shoreview, Becky (Kerry) Lindgren of Staples and Brent of Sauk Rapids; and grandchildren, Brian, Megan, Nathan and Molly. She was preceded in death by her parents; son Brian in 1980 and brother, Bruce Pearson.
“The past is history - tomorrow a mystery - today a gift - treat it as such”…author unknown
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.     
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Arlene M. Kosloski

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Arlene Kosloski, age 90 of Sartell, passed away Oct. 26, 2020, at Country Manor Senior Community, Sartell. Private Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. Oct. 29 at St. John’s Catholic Church, Foley. The Rev. Michael Wolfbauer and the Rev. Robert Harren concelebrated. Visitation was 10-11:00 a.m. Thursday at the church. Burial was at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Duelm. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Arlene Marie Kosloski was born Oct. 4, 1930, in rural Foley to Eugene and Mildred (Neary) Kuhn. She graduated from Foley High School and married Gervase Kosloski July 22, 1950, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church. The couple farmed all of their married life in Maywood Township, Benton County. Her happy place was spending time at the cabin. Arlene enjoyed fishing and sewing. She spent many winters in Arizona and will be  fondly remembered  for driving around town in her candy apple red VW. She was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church.
She is survived by her children: Susan (Bud) Froehling, Foley; Karen (Tim) Wagner, Brandon; Karla (Jay) Mumm, Sartell; Kathryn (Andy) Jalbert, Cary, North Carolina, and Randy (Kathy) of St. Cloud as well as 11 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and brothers, Jay Kuhn, Missouri., and David Kuhn of Foley. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Gervase and sisters and brothers: Delores (Whoopi) Moeller , Lois David, Eugene Kuhn and Alfred Kuhn.     
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Michael J. Zulkosky

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Michael J. Zulkosky, age 67, of Foley, passed away peacefully Oct. 21, 2020, at Shiloh Assisted Living in Pequot Lakes. Private family services will be held at a later date. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Michael J. Zulkosky was born July 9, 1953, in St. Cloud to Harry and Regina (Brenny) Zulkosky. Michael lived in Foley his entire life and worked at Quebecor World for over 30 years. He was an avid NHRA fan since the first race held at Brainerd International Raceway.
He is survived by his spouse Bonnie (Johnson) Zulkosky; son, Sean Zulkosky (Kristina Mauer); step-son, Matthew O’Reilly, grandchildren, Gannon and Aubree, sister Christine (Wayne) Wakeman; brothers, Joesph Zulkosky, Patrick Zulkosky, Charles Zulkosky and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Mary Baron (Zulkosky).      
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Alvin J. Legatt 

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Alvin Legatt, age 70, of Foley, passed away Oct. 22, 2020, at the St. Cloud Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Gilman. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m., Oct. 26 at the Foley Funeral Home, Parish prayers were at 6 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home. Visitation continued from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church Tuesday. Military honors will be provided by the Foley American Legion. Burial took place at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Alvin John Legatt was born Feb. 7, 1950 in St. Cloud. to Joseph and Agnes (Petrich) Legatt. He graduated from Sauk Rapids High School and went on to serve his country in the United States Marines. He married Mary Jo Pekarek June 14, 1975, at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Brennyville. Alvin worked for Jack Frost and also for DCI for nearly 30 years until his retirement. He enjoyed playing cards and socializing with his friends. Alvin also liked to fish and snowmobile. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family and grandchildren. He was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Jo, Foley and their children: Jessica (Ali) Zaidi, Illinois; Jeremy (Theresa), Foley; Melinda (Hatim) Kareem, Illinois.; Nathan (Lindy), St. Cloud and nine grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters: Angie Fritz, Mayer; Frank, Sauk Rapids; Joe Jr. (Betty), Bloomington; Mary June (Roger) Pekarek; Foley; John (Patty), Sartell; Lucy (Kurt) Nelson, Rogers; Nancy Legatt, Florida; Emily Legatt, St. Cloud and David (Trudy) of Foley. He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Graig Legatt and twin brother, Albert.                          
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William “Bill” S. Lovitz

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Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids for William “Bill” S. Lovitz, age 83, who passed away at the St. Cloud Hospital Oct. 24, 2020. The Rev. David Hinz and teh Rev. John Beck will officiate and burial will be at the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be 9:30-11 a.m. at the church. Masks and social distancing is strongly encouraged. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Bill was born Dec. 17, 1936, in Sauk Rapids to Carl and Lena (Athen) Lovitz. He married his wife Geri Keske Aug. 5, 1958, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Dicksville. Together, they raised three children on their hobby farm in Sauk Rapids. Bill worked as a foreman for the paper mill in Sartell for 37 years.  He had strong faith and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids and Sauk Rapids and Rice Sportsmen’s Club. Bill liked to keep busy and was very outgoing and positive. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, hunting, playing cards, and dancing to his favorite old-time music. Bill was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Bill is survived by his wife of 62 years, Geri of Sauk Rapids; children, Cindy (Kevin) Molitor of Little Falls, Rick (Donna) Lovitz of Lake George, and Wendy (Tim) Gilbert of Sauk Rapids; sisters, Elaine Dollar of Sauk Rapids, and Ruth Reber of Sauk Rapids; grandchildren Barry (Amy) Molitor, Kristi (Nahum) Moreno Olivera, Kelly Molitor (Caroline Domenech), Katie (Brad) Schlomann, Erin Schlichting, Alex Schlichting, and Jake Gilbert; great grandchildren, Matthew and Lucas Molitor, and Allie and Emily Moreno Olivera. Bill was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Kevin Lovitz; great granddaughter, Abigail Molitor; and siblings, Ray Lovitz, and Irene Zwick.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.                      
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Ben Landowski

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Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 30 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids for Ben Landowski, age 86, who passed away  Oct. 11, 2020, at the St. Cloud Hospital. Burial will be at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Minden Township. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home in Sauk Rapids.
Ben was born Dec. 4, 1933, in St. Cloud to Joseph and Tillie (Gapinski) Landowski. He married Helen Kardash Feb. 17, 1958, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids. Ben worked as an engineer for District 742 Schools for over 27 years, retiring in 1997. He was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church where he was a member of the men’s group. Ben was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, bird watching, and yard work. He was determined, hardworking, and had a strong faith. Ben was always willing to help people with a drop of a hat. Most importantly, his family was his pride and joy.
Ben is survived by his wife of 62 years, Helen of St. Cloud; son and daughter, William (Kelly) of Sauk Rapids and Laurie (Brian) Nesius of Sauk Rapids; brother, Richard (Pat) of Coon Rapids; grandchildren, Jennifer (Jim) Hiemenz of Clear Lake, Anthony Nesius of Oak Harbor, Washington, Corey (Kaitlin) Landowski of Fargo, North Dakota, and Brandon Landowski of Plymouth; great granddaughter, Lydia Hiemenz; and a great grandson on the way. Ben was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Severin, Albert, Peter, and Leo; and sisters, Viola Vinton and Josephine Pearson.
Special thanks to the Fifth Floor Medical Unit One at the St. Cloud Hospital for their extended and compassionate care.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.      
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John E. C. Swanson

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John E. C. Swanson, 80, Medford, Wisconsin, a township of Hammel resident, died Oct. 21, 2020, at his residence under the loving care of his family and Hope Hospice.
There will be a public visitation for John from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford. There will also be a short military rites service performed by the Medford Area Military Honors Team at 5 p.m. Due to COVID-19 concerns, masks will be required while in the funeral home.
John was born Oct. 13, 1940, at St. Cloud, the son of Elmer C. and Doris L. (Schultz) Swanson. He attended Foley elementary schools and was a graduate of Foley High School. His marriage to Ruth A. Graham took place Oct. 14, 1962, in Ralston, Nebraska, and she preceded him in death May 12, 2004.
After his education, he entered the U.S. Air Force and served from 1959-71. After the military, he returned to Medford and worked as a mechanic at Medford Motors. For a short while, he co-owned and operated Rief Motors in Medford. He then returned to Medford Motors and worked until his retirement in 2004. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, camping, stock car races, gardening and bowling. He was a member of the Esadore Lake Association.
He is survived by his daughters, Carol (Willis) Ziemer, Debbi (Greg) Hartwig both of Medford and Kristina Jaja of Marshfield, grandchildren, Sean and Ann Hartwig both of Medford and Cori Lanier of Marshfield, along with a brother, Gary (Jane) Swanson of Foley. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, brother, Donald Swanson and domestic partner, Judy Inman.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to the family for a future designation. Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com.
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Albert ‘Butch’ Moore

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Albert ‘Butch’ Moore, age 76, of Foley, passed away Sept. 29, 2020, at his home surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer. There was a visitation from 3-5 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Foley Funeral Home. Prayer services were 5 p.m.  The Rev. Michael Wolfbauer officiated  and military honors was provided by the Foley American Legion at the funeral home Friday.  Burial will take place in Havana, Illinois. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Albert Allen Moore Jr., was born March 5, 1944, in Peoria, Illinois to Albert and Virginia (Waldbessier) Moore Sr. He graduated from Havana High School and entered the U.S. Army.  He  married Patricia Clark Aug. 14, 1965, in Lewistown, Illinois. He grew up in Illinois and worked for Babcock and Willcocks as a millwright.  He worked on power plants all over the United States.  He eventually moved to Minnesota while working on the Becker power plant. He retired in 2004. Butch enjoyed visiting with friends and was well known by everyone at the Foley American Legion. He was always willing to help others, enjoyed hunting and fishing, the Chicago Cubs and NASCAR. Butch was happiest when he could go on a cruise with his wife, Pat. He will be missed by his friends and family.
He is survived by his wife, Pat of Foley and daughters; Tammy (Brian) Santama, St. Cloud, Debbie (Brian) Pearson, Foley, four grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Albert ‘Butchy’ Jr., III, granddaughter, Casey JoAnn Hitchcock and sisters: Carol, Gladys, Leona and Paula.              
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James R. Jurek

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James “Jim” Jurek, age 58 of Foley passed away Sept. 24, 2020, at his home of natural causes. Private family services will be at a later date.  Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
James Rodney Jurek was born June 2, 1962, in St. Cloud, Minn. to Richard and Doreen (Scheper) Jurek. He worked for many years in commercial construction.
He is survived by his brothers, Gary (Julie) Jurek, Foley; Ron (Chris) Jurek, Ariz.; Tim (Marcia) Jurek, Foley and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Kenny Jurek.
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Sharon L. Wiley

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Sharon Wiley, age 73 of Foley passed away Sept. 24, 2020, at the St. Cloud Hospital. A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held on Oct. 27, 2020, at the Foley Funeral Home from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Sharon Louise Wiley was born Aug. 30, 1947, in St. Cloud, Minn. to Peter and Syble (Vaillancourt) Gruba. She graduated from Foley High School in 1965. She married Lloyd Wiley on July 7, 1967, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Foreston. She worked at Caseys in Foley for 7 years and Tom Thumb for 5 years. She enjoyed visiting with friends and family and was always playing particle jokes on people. Sharon taught Sunday School and Religion classes at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Oak Park. She was an avid Elvis fan and in her later years she collected frogs and bells.
She is survived by her husband, Lloyd, Foley, and son and daughters: Jason, Foley; Debbie (Ryan) Wiley Colson, Indiana; Kimberly (fiance, Dean Schafer) McDonald, Foley and Melissa  (fiance, Tom) Wiley of Becker as well as grandchildren: Jeremy Buckendahl, Kelly Bowman, Anthony McDonald, Alexandria McDonald, Evelyn Wiley, Brenda Wiley, Chelsea Sasse and several great grandchildren.  She is also survived by her brothers and sister: Ray (Linda) Gruba, Milaca; Gary (Ruth) Gruba, Foley and Delores (Roger) Burnette of Clear Lake.  She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Carol Gruba.        
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Sandra M. Marudas

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Memorial services for Sandi Marudas, age 66, of Milaca, were held Sept. 28 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Milaca. Interment followed at Wendell Hill Cemetery.
Sandra Mae Marudas was born Feb. 17, 1954, in Milaca to Gordon and Marian (Pearson) Sundsvold.  She grew up and graduated from Milaca High School in 1972. She was Region 4 Dairy Princess in 1973. She graduated from Fairview Hospital School of Nursing in Minneapolis in 1975. She worked at Fairview Hospital in Milaca and Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. She also worked in Onamia and Foley as a school nurse.
She enjoyed cooking for friends and family. Sandi also enjoyed playing cards and going to the casino.
She passed away Sept. 22, 2020 at the M Health Fairview Hospital in Princeton.
Sandi is survived by her children, Maria Marudas of Milaca; Molly (Jason) Schwartz of Milaca, and Jason (Chantal) Marudas of Milaca; grandchildren, Chase, Callie, Daija, Violet, Eli, and Leo; great-grandchildren, Myla, Brayson, and Bella; siblings, Larry (Jean) Sundsvold of International Falls; nieces, Heather (Justin) Ebel of Ash River; and great niece, Ellie Ebel.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and aunts, Violet (Lud) Johnson and Lorraine (Elmer) Anderson.        
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JoAnn M. Seifert

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JoAnn Marie Seifert, age 83 of Rogers, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family Sept. 17, 2020. She was born Aug. 2, 1937.
JoAnn was a 1955 graduate of Foley High School. She received her nursing degree at St. Cloud Nursing School and worked as an OB nurse at Golden Hills Maternity Hospital in Golden Valley, school nurse at Rogers Elementary, and retired as a Charge Nurse at Guardian Angels in Elk River.
On Aug. 27, 1960, JoAnn Kotsmith and Edward Seifert were united in Holy Marriage at St. John’s Catholic Church in Foley. They moved to Rogers in 1965, where they raised their four children: Laurie, Joseph, John, and Robert. JoAnn cherished the community, where she enjoyed being the Rogers Avon Lady for the past 42 years, having daily coffee with her group of friends, traveling, and spending time with her family.
JoAnn was a faithful member of Mary Queen of Peace St. Martin Campus where she volunteered, sang in the church choir, was a member of Christian Mothers, and taught CCD.
Her lifelong priorities were God, family, and work. She was a foodie, and an exceptional cook and baker, who loved to share her food and famed cookies with family and friends. She had a kind heart, enjoyed socializing and was very proud of her family and loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Joseph, and Ella (Joseph) Kotsmith.
JoAnn is survived by her husband of 60 years, Edward Seifert; children, Laurie (Manny Jr.) Kissner, Joseph (Gigi) Seifert, John (Joan) Seifert, Robert (Jill) Seifert; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; siblings, Robert (Mary) Kotsmith, Susan Johnson; and many other family and friends.
A rosary and reviewal will begin at 10:30 a.m., before a Requiem Latin Mass at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, at Mary Queen of Peace St. Martin Campus, 21304 Church Ave, Rogers. Burial to follow at St. Martin Catholic Cemetery in Rogers.       
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Gerald “Jerry” Kowitz

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Gerald “Jerry” Kowitz, age 88, passed away Aug. 25, 2020, in Phoenix, Arizona, after a gradual decline in health.
Jerry was born June 20, 1932, in Tallulah, Louisiana, to Clarence Kowitz and Gladys Hoagland. Jerry grew up in Minnesota and after a brief Army tour in Germany, he married Kathleen Murn in 1956. They had two children, Lesley and Chad. Jerry  crafted his skill working as a union commercial carpenter and custom home builder in North Dakota and Anoka before making a home on a small hobby farm outside Foley. Here, he raised beef cattle, crop farmed and continued to build homes while working at the NSP Power plant in Monticello.
Jerry moved to Arizona in 1975 and established his life while working for Bechtel Construction Co. at Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant in Buckeye, Arizona. He later married Dianna Wilson. They enjoyed traveling in their motorhome throughout the United States and back to Minnesota for the summer months. They loved their lake home in Richmond, spending time with family and friends. He leaves his creative talent of quality custom building of large homes on “Lookout Mountain” in Arizona.
Jerry liked cooking, fishing, classic cars, gardening, and jewelry design. His ability to share experiences and tell stories, including his famous sound effects was admired to all that would listen.
Jerry leaves behind his wife, Dianna; two children, Lesley Kowitz of St. Cloud and Chad Kowitz of Tempe, Arizona; Stepdaughter Karen (Dave) Peters. Grandchildren - Cory, Aaron, Kelcey, Josh, Katelyn, Santina, Michael and Macey; six great grandchildren; brother DeWayne (Sharon) Eberhardt; sister Judy (Lonnie) Cagle of St. Cloud;  many cherished nieces and nephews; He is also survived by longtime endeared friend, Bob Stika of Salem, Oregon. Mike Bulger, Phoenix, Arizona;  Beloved canine Snickers
Preceded in the death of his parents, brother James H. Kowitz; sisters Sandra Malinowski and Judy (Darwin) Vangeest.
Services are at 10 a.m.  Tuesday Sept. 22 at National Memorial Cemetery, 23029 North Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, Arizona, 85024. No flowers permitted.        
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Michelle K. David

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Michelle David, age 48 of Watertown, passed away Sept. 10, 2020, at the Highland Chateau Care Center, St. Paul, Minn.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Duelm.  Rev. Joseph Bachowski will officiate and burial will take place in the Parish Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at the Foley Funeral Home and will continue from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church on Wednesday.  Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Michelle Katherine David was born May 10, 1972, in St. Cloud, to Ervin and Lois (Kuhn) David. She graduated from Foley High School in 1991. She had lived in Foley, St. Cloud, Nebraska and St. Paul. Most recently she lived in Watertown, Minn.  Michelle enjoyed people and loved visiting with friends and relatives. She made friends everywhere she went, remembering and caring about people’s stories. She was creative, enjoying craft work, painting, and word find puzzles.  She loved all animals, especially cats and dogs.  Michelle could play bingo for hours at church festivals and liked the slot machines whenever she could visit a casino! She looked forward to her trips to the State Fair and spending time with her family and friends. She found and shared joy in simple things. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.
She is survived by her father, Ervin (Violet) David, Foley and sister, Betty David of Maplewood and many cousins.  She was preceded in death by her mother, Lois David, brother, Barney, and an infant sister, Joleen.        
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John J. Szczech

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John ‘Jackie’ Szczech, age 72 of Foley passed away Aug. 30, 2020, at his home surrounded by his family. Funeral services were 11 a.m. Sept. 3 at the Foley Funeral Home. Chaplin Daniel Mrakovich officiated. Visitation was 10-11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial with full military honors took place at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
John Jacob Szczech was born July 21, 1948, in Foley to Herbert and Josephine (Katka) Szczech. After graduating from Foley High School, John entered into the U.S. Navy and served honorably in the Vietnam War. He was discharged in 1969. After his service, John attended St. Cloud Beauty College and worked as a beautician in the Minneapolis area for several years. He loved to travel and meet with his friends at the VA. John especially enjoyed gardening, raising chickens and ducks and was an avid painter. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his brothers and sisters: Diane (Jeff) Kipka, Sauk Rapids; David, Crookston; Herbert Jr., Sauk Rapids; Allen (Bonnie), Foley; Randy, Foley and Carol Winkelman, St. Cloud and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Josephine Szczech.        
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Marjorie C. Kruegel Quiggle 

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Marjorie Cathleen Kruegel Quiggle passed peacefully away in her sleep on Tuesday, August  25, 2020 at her Heathers Manor apartment in Crystal, Minnesota. She was 99.5 years young.  She was born on January  15, 1921, in Preston, Filmore County, Minnesota to Louis Erish Kruegel and Hazel Harriet Riehl Kruegel. She is preceded in death by her husband, Walter Henry Quiggle (2004), and her two sisters, Phyllis Elvyra Kruegel Hanley (Edmund) and Marye Ann Augusta Kruegel De Young (George) plus her brother George John Kruegel (Pauline).
Marjorie grew up in rural Northfield, Rice County, Minnesota. She graduated from Northfield High School and St. Olaf College (Class of 1942) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Science and Home Economics.
She married Walter Henry Quiggle in Northfield’s  St. John’s Lutheran Church on August 26, 1943, and they raised three dedicated children, Sharyn Kae Quiggle Forbes (Kingsley) of Wausau, Wisconsin, David Monroe Quiggle (Lesley) of Gig Harbor, Washington, and Dennis Jon Quiggle of Wyoming, Minnesota. All have survived her. She is also survived by sister-in-law Pauline Louise Haugen Kruegel of Nevada City, California and eight devoted grandchildren plus twelve great grandchildren and hosts of nieces, nephews and many friends.
Marjorie loved teaching public school students (40 years) while also helping her carpenter husband remodel 2 houses and construct 4 new homes in Central Minnesota. Two more new houses were built in Northern California. She also enjoyed traveling, reading biographies, recycling greeting cards and gardening, which earned her the title of “The Flower Lady” at The Rivers in Burnsville, where she lived independently for twelve years, beginning in 2004. In 2016, Marjorie relocated to Heathers Manor (assisted living) in Crystal to be closer to family.
She was a charter member of the Benton County Historical Society, member of the Aristonian Federated Women’s Club, Delta Kappa Gamma Education Society, and The Well Quilters (Rosemount United Methodist Church, Rosemount, Minnesota).
Marjorie’s Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October  3, 2020, at The Well Family Life Center, formerly known as Rosemount United Methodist Church at 14770 Canada Avenue West, Rosemount, Minnesota 55068. Church telephone: 651-423-2475. Due to Covid-19 concerns, masks and temperature checks are required and there will be no visitation or reception. Please know your in-person attendance is welcomed but not expected. A secure link to view a live internet stream of the ceremony will be available: contact Dennis@Quiggle.net for details.
A public Interment of her remains will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August  14, 2021, at Maple Lawn Cemetery, 1917 Northwest 4th Street, Faribault, Minnesota 55021 (Telephone:  507- 334-5461) with a public Celebration of Life Picnic to follow at North Alexander Park, 1814 2nd Avenue Northwest, Faribault, Minnesota 55021. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the St. Olaf College Stewardship Office at 1520 St. Olaf Avenue, Northfield, Minnesota 55057 - Telephone: 507- 786-2222.        
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Henry Holewa

Holewa
Our hearts are broken.  Henry Holewa, age 85, of Foley, died Aug. 30, 2020, of hepatocellular cancer of the liver. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2,  at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Brennyville. The Rev. Matthew Langager will officiate. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, at the Foley Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Parish prayers will be at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 1. Burial will take place in the parish cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Hillman American Legion. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Henry was born Aug. 14, 1935, to John and Helen (Przybytek) Holewa at home in Benton County. He joined the Navy Jan. 6, 1953, at the age of 17 with the written consent of his father. He served on the USS Newport News Heavy Cruiser as a deck hand and then on the USS Missouri as a boiler maker and a diesel mechanic during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged July 26, 1956.
On May 6, 1957, he married Marlene (Schraut) and they had four children. Henry worked in the Erie Mining Company on the Iron Range as a mill wright until 1972. They then moved to the Foley area and farmed until 1994. He did side work for Ernie Olson IV and Helmin Landscaping. He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 1558 and Sauk Rapids VFW Post 6992. He was a member of the Hillman American Legion Post 602.  He was a lifetime member of the DAV and a member of The Knights of Columbus No. 3603. He was also a member of the St. Elizabeth Parish Council as a trustee for many years.
Henry liked fishing, hunting, playing cards and throwing horseshoes. In his last years, his daily ritual was going to Pojo’s and buying lottery scratch tickets. Anyone who knew him also knew that he was a hugger. Many times he said everyone can use a hug. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his children, Carol (Tim) Ranweiler of Foley, Karen (Doug) Schibonski of St. Francis, Glenn (Georgia) Holewa of Foley, and Kevin Holewa of Foley; 13 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one brother, John “Jack” Holewa and one sister, Bernice Plante.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marlene on Dec. 22, 2017, six brothers and four sisters.
The family of Henry Holewa would like to extend a huge thank you to Tanya Meyer of Fairview Health Care for all the loving care she gave dad for over four years. Also all the staff from hospice for their care and guidance the past few months. The family also gratefully acknowledges all the acts of kindness, sympathy and prayers expressed during their bereavement. No individual acknowledgements will be sent.
“The quality of a man’s life is measured by how deeply he has touched the lives of others.” – Charles Walcott.        
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Alice J. Peterson

Peterson
Celebration of life was 1:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2163 Mayhew Lake Road, Sauk Rapids, for Alice J. Peterson, age 86, who passed away Aug. 18, 2020, at her home. The Rev. John Beck and the Rev. David Hinz officiated and burial was in the church cemetery. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to the services Monday at the church. Trinity Lutheran prayers were 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Alice was born June 13, 1934, in Benton County to William and Johanna (Vierkant) Kath. She married Roy Peterson June 25, 1955, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids. Alice was raised in Sauk Rapids and lived most of her life in Foley and Nisswa. She was a homemaker and also drove school bus for the Foley and Brainerd public chools for 25 years. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Alice was a hard worker who enjoyed gardening, canning, sewing, dancing, singing and living by the lake. She loved the holidays, especially Christmas. She was a fantastic cook who made the best potato salad and sticky rolls and was known for her Christmas cookies. Alice had a great sense of humor and was very family orientated.
Alice is survived by her husband Roy, of Sauk Rapids; daughters and sons, LuAnn (Rich) Cameron of Pillager, Keith (Roxanne) of Rice, Lori (Kevin) Kramer of Gilbert, Arizona, Jenny (Troy) Hallstrom of Mesa, Arizona, Wendy “Sam” (Tim) Rohwer of Young America, Neil (Sue Johnson) of Jenkins, and Scott (Scott “S.J.” Johnson) of Denver, Colorado; sister, Jean Massmann of Luxemburg; 23 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. Alice was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Bill Kath.
Memorials are preferred to CentraCare Hospice.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at  www.williamsdingmann.com.       
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Terrance L. Haffner

Thaffner
Terry Haffner, age 71, of Sauk Rapids, passed away Aug. 1, 2020, at the St. Cloud Hospital. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Foley Funeral Home. Burial with full military honors took place Aug. 7 at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery. A celebration of life was 1 p.m. Friday at Rollie’s. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Terrance LeRoy Haffner was born Nov. 8, 1948, in St. Cloud to Clarence and Alice (Staneart) Haffner. He served honorably in the U.S. Army. Terry worked for Dezurik in Sartell for 33 years.  After his retirement, he worked for his son, Troy, building cabinets. Terry enjoyed trips to the casino, old TV shows and lifting weights. He mostly enjoyed spending time with his sons and grandchildren.
He is survived by his significant other, Anne Griebel, Sauk Rapids and mother of his sons, Mary Lou (Vizenor) Haffner and sons: Troy (Sandy), Sauk Rapids; Todd (Angie), Elk River; Tyrone (Carrie), Sauk Rapids; Travis (CeCe), Sauk Rapids as well as seven grandchildren and sisters: Bonnie Kamrowski, Shelly (Joe) Moulzolf and Cindy (Donnie) Helmin. He was preceded in death by his parents and step-father, Florian Skaja, sister, Kitty Kampa, brothers-in-law; Ronnie Kampa and Tom Kamrowski and a nephew, Christopher Kamrowski.   
   
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Phillip J. Theising

Rbeehler
A celebration of life was  1-3 p.m. Aug. 1 at Grace Baptist Fellowship Church, 1197 Pinecone Road, Sartell for Phillip “Phil” J. Theising, age 68, of Rice who died July at his home with his wife, Susan, by his side. Arrangements were entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Phil was born June 14, 1952 in Little Falls to Joe and Pearl (Johnston) Theising. He grew up in Grey Eagle and lived in Hibbing before moving to Rice in 2009.  He married Susan Wenberg May 3, 1996 at First Lutheran Church in Hibbing. Phil enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren, riding his Harley, gardening, traveling and spending winters in Texas.  He was a friendly, loving, caring and wonderful man. He was one of a kind.
Survivors include his wife, Susan, of Rice; children, Mark Fairchild (Tessa), of Ridgeland, Mississippi; Dena Theising-Foster (JJ Mullin), of Clifton, Virginia; Rebecca Estabrook (Todd), of Stuart, Florida; Jennifer Schubel, of Sauk Rapids; Nickel Theising (Rachel), of Plymouth; nine grandchildren; four great grandchildren; Fur babies Bitzi boo and Fritzi. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Tamantha Hammond; brothers, Donald and Dothan “Doc”; infant grandson, Anthony Fairchild; granddaughter, Shayla Hammond; and dog, Tiger Lou Theising.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.        
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Terrance ‘Terry’ Haffner

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Services have not been set for Terrance ‘Terry’ Haffner, age 71 of Foley who died August 1, 2020.  A full obituary will be in next weeks Benton County News.  Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
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Roy L. Beehler

Rbeehler
Roy Beehler, age 70, of Foley, passed away peacefully at his home July 21, 2020. Visitation was 4-7 p.m., July 23, 2020, at the Foley Funeral Home. A celebration of life was be at 1 p.m. July 25 at the Gilman Park Shelter. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Roy Louis Beehler was born Oct. 4, 1949, in St. Cloud to Christ and Vivian (Johnson) Beehler. He married Viola Och in 1968, together they had:  Kimmy, Roy Jr., ‘Butch’, Angie,  Russell (Shelly); Linda (Chris) Wolch, Stacey Cheney. He later married Antonia ‘Tone’ Leikvoll Feb. 27, 1990, in Foley.  Together the couple raised Lisa, RJ and Becky and later adopted their grandchild, Ezra. Roy worked for Donlin Company for over 43 years where he drove truck, was a supervisor and retired as a fork lift operator. Roy loved hunting and fishing with his friends and family. He made yearly trips out west hunting deer and antelope and elk. He enjoyed spending time with all of his grandchildren and also enjoyed butchering at Donny’s.
He is survived by his wife, Tone of Foley, mother, Vivian Beehler, children: Kimmy, Roy Jr., ‘Butch’, Angie,  Russell (Shelly); Linda (Chris), Stacey; Lisa,, RJ (Tracy), Becky, as well as 18 grandchildren, three great grandchildren and sisters and brothers: Mark (Pam Beehler), Larry (Rose Johnson) Beehler, Faith (Eugene) Bialke; Bernice (Bob) Chapman and Kathleen (Mike) Wolak.  He was preceded in death by his father, Christ.       
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Gene A. French

French
Gene A. French passed away peacefully at his home July 14, 2020.
Gene was born to John and Irene (Palmer) French March 4, 1944, in Huron South Dakota. He was married to Jodie Walsh July 4, 1987. They made their home in rural Foley.  Gene enjoyed tinkering in his shop, taking care of his animals, and fishing and going to auctions.
Gene is survived by his wife Jodie, children, Anthony (Belinda) French of Ogilvie, and Mary Mitchell of Huron, South Dakota.; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and siblings, Archie (Pat) French of Texas, Liz (Dale) Hult of Huron, South Dakota, Rose (Kim) French-Rangel of Florida, Dale French of Aberdeen South Dakota, Larry French of Aberdeen, South Dakota, and Sheri (Jeff) Decker of Huron, South Dakota, and many nieces and nephews.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents; sisters LaVern Voigt and Leona Phillips, and brothers John and Gerald French.
To respect his wishes, no service will be held. Family will be planning a gathering to celebrate his life with details pending. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.       
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Wesley A. Glein

Wesley
Wesley A. Glein, age 86, of Foley, passed away July 19, 2020, at the St. Cloud Hospital. Funeral service will take place at 11 a.m., Friday, July 24, at Glendorado Lutheran Church. The Rev. Shari Routh will officiate. Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. at the church. Burial will take place at the parish cemetery. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Wesley A. Glein was born Feb. 13, 1934, in rural Foley, to Alfred and Nina (Stuart) Glein. He grew up on the family farm with his siblings, Grace, Eldon, and Doney. After graduating from Foley High School, he married Grace Olson Dec. 30, 1955. They purchased 160 acres and established their farm. Later they purchased additional property to enlarge the farm where they raised four children. Wesley also worked construction for many years. He retired as a Union 49er in 1992 and continued to farm until his death.
Wesley is survived by his wife, Grace, of 64 years; children: Sharon (Doug) Meyer, Karen Glein, Glen (Jacquie Chmielewski) Glein, daughter-in-law Becky Glein; seven grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and brother Eldon Glein. He was preceded in death by his son, Gary Glein, his parents, Alfred and Nina Glein; brother, Doney Glein and sister, Grace Larson.      
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David E. Emslander

Demslander
David E. Emslander, age 75, of Oak Park, passed away July 16, 2020, at the St. Cloud Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 22 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Foley. The Rev. Michael Wolfbauer will officiate and burial with military honors will take place in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be 4-9 p.m., Tuesday, July 21, at the Foley Funeral Home. Parish prayers will be at 5 p.m., followed by the Knight’s of Columbus prayers at 7 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home. Visitation will continue from 9:30-10:30 a.m., at the church Wednesday. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
David Elmer Emslander was born Feb. 2, 1945, in Waite Park to Leo and Maryanne (Haus) Emslander. He married Rosie Sieben July 5, 1969, in Eden Valley.  On July 5 the couple celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary. He served honorably in the Minnesota National Guard from 1963-69. Dave spent 44 years of his life doing what he loved most, farming. He loved field work, growing crops and working with his cattle. Dave served on the Ramey Creamery Board and the Dairy Herd Improvement Association Board for many years. In 1997, Dave and Rosie received the University of Minnesota, Farm Family of the Year Award. He loved hunting and fishing and spending time with his family. He was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church and the Knight’s of Columbus, Bishop Marty Council.
He is survived by his wife, Rosie, Oak Park and children: Tanya (Joe) Danielson, Becker; Tammy (Randy) Marudas, Milaca; Cheryl (Shawn) Patton, Sauk Rapids; Dean (Melissa), Foley; Dale (Jessie), Baxter; Daniel (Heather), Ogilvie; Darrin (Cherrish), Milaca; David A. (Lisa), Oak Park and Becky (Randy) Weisz, Becker. He is also survived by 32 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren as well as brothers, James and Leo Jr. (Laure), and sisters; Donna Mae Tomporowski, Joyce Loidolt, Roselyn (Pat) Thommes and Linda (Ron) Buersken and sister-in-laws: Mary Lou Emslander, Janice Emslander and Suzanne Emslander. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Maryanne, brothers, Robert, Donald, Charles and Dennis, sister Martha, and father-in-law, James Sieben, brothers-in-law; Martin Tomporowski, James Loidolt and sisters-in-law, Anna Marie Emslander and Jan Emslander.        
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Dennis J. David

David
Dennis J. David, age 65, of Foley, passed away July 3, 2020, at the St. Cloud Hospital. A visitation was from 4-6 p.m. July 27 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Duelm. A Celebration of Life will follow at the Lions Park in Duelm starting at 7:30 p.m. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Dennis Joseph David was born Dec. 14, 1954, in St. Cloud to William and Patricia (Haley) David. He lived in the Foley area most of his life and worked as a cabinet designer for many years. Dennis enjoyed hunting and fishing, camping, blues music, woodworking, spending time with family and friends and offering daily sarcastic inspirations. The family requests that visitors wear camouflage in memory of Dennis.
He is survived by his mother, Patricia David, Foley and children: Christina (Todd) Morris; Angela (Harv) Lenth; Melissa (Diangelo) David; Jeremy (Hannah) and fiance, Sally Wynn of Foley and her children: Ryan Vossen; Matthew Vossen and Cody Vossen.  He is also survived by his brothers and sisters: Marie (Ron) Herbst; Marilynn Gleason; Deb (Dan) Ranweiler; Bill David; Amy (Marc) David and grandchildren: Avrie Morris, Zoey Lenth, Kye Lenth, Devyn David, Ezra David, Eli David and Ryann Vossen and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, William David and brother, Bobby David.       
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Delroy A. Kampa

Kampa
Delroy A. Kampa, age 75, of Foley, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family July 2, 2020 at his home. A memorial Mass will take place at 10 a.m.,  Saturday, July 18, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Foley. The Rev. Michael Wolfbauer will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at church. Burial will take place in the parish cemetery. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Delroy A. Kampa was born Sept. 8, 1944 in St. Cloud to Ervin and Helen (Strand) Kampa. He attended Foley Public Schools. He married Lana (Vaillancourt) April 11, 1964. Delroy served in the Army National Guard and worked at St. Regis Paper Mill for over 30 years. Delroy enjoyed hunting, fishing, his grandchildren, auctions and his farm.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years Lana; children, Carrie (William) Boyd, Jodi (Gordon) Chalberg, David Kampa, Michael Kampa; son-in-law Nathan Chalberg; 18 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren: siblings, Gerald (Karen) Kampa, Janet (Jerry) Deters, Joann Kampa and Dale Kampa. He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Roxanne Chalberg; brother, Ronnie Kampa; sisterJoyce Walcheski and godchild, Curtis Kampa.       
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Fidelis B. Dierkes

Dierkes
Fidelis Dierkes, age 88 of Princeton, passed away July 10, 2020, at the Princeton Elim Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at Christ Our Light Catholic Church in Princeton. Rev. Kevin Anderson will officiate.  Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 14, 2020, at the Foley Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at church on Wednesday. Burial will take place at St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery, Duelm. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Fidelis Barbara Dierkes was born Dec. 20, 1931, in St. George Township, Benton County to Joseph and Mary (Fouquette) Dierkes. She worked for General Motors in Minneapolis for over 40 years. Fidelis was a member of Christ Our Light Catholic Community; Crosier Apostolate and St. Anne’s Sodality. She volunteered her time as a Eucharistic Minister at the Princeton hospital, Elim Home and the Caley House. Fidelis will be fondly remembered for the compassionate and caring way she cared for others.  She volunteered her time wherever it was needed.  She will be missed by her many friends and family members.
She is survived by her sister, Joan Johnson, Princeton and her many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Mary and sisters and brothers: Vena Zierden, Magdelen Dierkes, Rita Mulqueen, Dan, Sylvester ‘Jack’, Maurice, Severyn, Raphael as well as 2 nieces and 2 nephews.       
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Michael J. Balder

Balder
Michael Balder, age 71, of St. Joseph, passed away June 25, 2020, at the VA Medical Center, St. Cloud. A visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 1 at the Foley Funeral Home. Prayer services will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home.  Military honors by the Foley American Legion. The Rev. Micheal Wolfbauer will officiate and burial will take place at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at 10 a.m. July 6. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Michael Joseph Balder was born April 19, 1949, in St. Cloud to Anton and Josephine (Wybeirla) Balder. He graduated from Foley High School in 1967 and entered the U.S. Army, serving two tours in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged in 1969. He married Zita Robak Feb. 13, 1973, in Sauk Rapids. Mike worked for Burlington Northern and also worked as an over the road truck driver for several years. He enjoyed auctions, collecting antiques and was always ready to barter for a good deal.
He is survived by his wife, Zita Balder, St. Joseph, daughter; Vicki (Ken) Noakes, New Brighton and son, Michael (Gina) Balder, Rodgers and three grandsons; Ryan, Jordan and Chase.  He is also survived by his brothers and sisters: Tony (Val) Balder, Minot, North Dakota.; Dan (Joan) Balder, Champlain; Joanne Boyd, Rochester and Annette Lightfritz, Minnetonka. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Marge McCole and his faithful dog and loving companion, Rudy.        
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Gladys Sears

Sears
A private memorial service for Gladys Sears was at Milaca Alliance Church. Interment was at Forest Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are with  Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home-Milaca
Gladys Sears was born in Fostoria, Iowa, Feb. 9, 1928, to Holger “Bernard” and Anna Christensen. She was the first of eight children. After country school, she attended Princeton High School and graduated from Maplewood Academy in Hutchinson. She went on to St. Cloud Teachers College.
She married Sam Sears Sept. 1, 1950, at the First Baptist Church in St. Cloud. They built a farm near Enfield and raised their family. Gladys taught fourth grade at the Big Lake School from 1960-69. They moved their dairy farm to the Gilman area, and she taught first grade in the Foley school district. In 1986, they retired from farming and moved to Milaca. In the spring of 1989, Gladys retired from teaching.
Gladys passed away June 7, 2020, at the age of 92. Gladys and Sam were married for 65 years until his death in 2015 at the age of 94.        
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Robert E. Bauer

Bauer
Robert ‘Bob’ Bauer, age 66 of Hillman passed away June 12, 2020 at his home from natural causes.  A Private Service will be held at a later date.  Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Robert Edward Bauer was born on July 4, 1953 in St. Cloud, Minnesota to Ed and Eleanor (Stachovich) Bauer.  He graduated from Foley High School in 1971 and lived all of his life in the Foley area.  He worked for Burski Excavating for 25 years.  He enjoyed ice fishing and hunting.
He is survived by his sister, Donna Marie Bauer, New Brighton and step brothers and sisters:  Jim Roske, Bob Roske, Shirley Olberding and Pat Byrne as well and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and step-mother, Louise Roske Bauer.
Condolences can be sent to:Donna Marie Bauer, 2510 Innsbruck Trail, New Brighton, MN 55112.        
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Carol Harms

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Carol Harms, 79, of Foley, passed away May 4, 2020, at her home surrounded by her family. Celebration of Life will be 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 13 at the Foley Funeral Home.
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Joyce A. Walcheski

Walneski
Joyce A. Walcheski, age 63, of Foley, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family June 4, 2020 at her home. Celebration of life will be at her home from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 20. A prayer will take place at 11 a.m. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Joyce A. Walcheski was born on Aug. 2, 1956, to Ervin and Helen (Strand) Kampa.  She was married to “Big” Jim Walcheski and together they raised four children. She was an amazing stay-at-home mother, and once her children grew old she worked at Fingerhut for 34 years. Joyce absolutely loved keeping her home spotless, gardening, garage saling and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was an amazing mother.
She is survived by her children, Shawn, Jerry, Jesse (Rachel), Nichole; grandsons, Clayton and Cole; siblings, Janet (Jerry), JoAnn, Gerald (Karen), Delroy (Lana) and Dale.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Ronnie Kampa (Kitty).        
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Shiretta “Sky” Kaye Yandell

Synadell
Shiretta “Sky” Kaye Yandell, age 55, of Foley, passed away peacefully June 5, 2020, at The Gardens of Foley. A private celebration of life will take place. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Sky was born May 21, 1965, in Fort Worth, Texas, to Albert and Rilda Golden. She attended Crowley High School in Texas. Sky worked various jobs throughout her young life. She worked at DeCordova Country Club, Pecan Plantation Country Club, Granbury Flower shop and Parsons Electric. Over the years, she made several long lasting friendships with some of her coworkers. Sky loved to spend time with nature watching the birds, flowers and searching for hidden painted rocks. She enjoyed digital scrapbooking memories of her loved ones. Her grandchildren were her greatest pride and joy. She also shared her love of the kitchen with her children and passed along amazing recipes such as her chicken and dumplings, her amazing homemade meatloaf and the best lasagna a person could ever imagine. She left behind a hell of a lot of stuff that we have no idea what to do with, so if you’re looking for 90 pairs of shoes or more postcards than anyone knows what to do with please wait the appropriate amount of time and get in touch. Tomorrow would be fine. She leaves behind a sometimes dysfunctional family that she was very proud of, even if she didn’t make it clear all the time. Sky was world-renowned for her lack of patience, telling you like it is and never holding back her opinion. If you knew her, you knew you’d be told the truth, even if it was the last thing you wanted to hear. All who loved her dearly will never forget her tenacity, wit, grace (when necessary) and her undying love for them.
She is survived by her brother Dannie Golden and wife Amy of Justin, Texas; daughter, Christina Yandell and fiancé Josh Wedll of Zimmerman; son, Cooper Yandell of Granbury, Texas; grandchildren, Jewel Laney and Skylar Yandell; nephew and niece, Ryan and Reese Golden and a number of other loving relatives and close friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Ancle Dewayne Golden.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations for research on Transverse Myelitis, which paralyzed Sky in fall 2018 be made to the Siegel Rare Neuroimmune Association (wearesrna.org/donate). Their information has been so helpful along this journey and one can hope with more research they can save someone from living with this condition.       
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Gerald D. Leason

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Gerald Leason, age 73, of Rice, passed away June 3, 2020, at the St. Cloud Hospital. There was a visitation from 4-8 p.m. June 5 at the Foley Funeral Home with parish prayers at 5 p.m.  Graveside services took place at 11 a.m., June 6 at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Cemetery, Brennyville.  The Rev. Matthew Langager officiated. Full military honors were provided by the Foley American Legion. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Gerald Daniel Leason was born Sept. 23, 1946, in St. Cloud to Daniel and Dorothy (Wilke) Leason. He graduated from Foley High School in 1964. He married Pat Foss July 13, 1968, at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Crystal. Gerald served honorably in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War where he was awarded the Bronze Star. The couple lived in Foley for 18 years before moving to Rice where they lived for the past 33 years.  Gerald worked as a truck driver for Gold’n Plump for 36 years until his retirement in 2012. He enjoyed deer hunting, fishing and was an avid bowler.
He is survived by his wife, Pat of Rice and sons: Bryan (JoAnn), Rice; James (Dana), Rice and Eric (Elizabeth), Foley, sisters: Jean Ann Kapsner, Robbinsdale; Diane Bowen, St. Cloud; Pat (Tom) Kapsner, Hillman, mother-in-law, Betty Foss, Crystal and grandchildren: Jon, Daniel, Megan, Robert, Loken, Leah, Ryder, Haley; great grandchildren; Anna and Austin and sister-in-laws Kathi (Duane) Hanson, Monticello; Sue (Jim) O’Brien, Plymouth.
He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Gerald Daniel Leason, granddaughter, Stephanie and father-in-law, James Foss.       
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Marcel H. Gadacz

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Marcel Gadacz, age 87, of Hillman passed away at The Gardens of Foley Nursing Center May 30, 2020. Graveside services were 2 p.m. June 1 at North Benton Cemetery, rural Foley. The Rev. Jeff Starnes officiated. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Marcel Harry Gadacz was born March 21, 1933, in Hillman to William and Victoria (Stoltz) Gadacz.  He married Marjorie Winkelman Oct. 14, 1961, at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud. He worked for Land O’Lakes in Minneapolis. The couple farmed in Lakin Township, Morrison County most of their married lives. Marcel enjoyed hunting and fishing, playing cards and doing word find puzzles.
He is survived by his wife, Marjorie, Hillman and daughters and son: Susanne Knott, St. Cloud; Mary (Dave) Utz, Foley; Iris Gadacz, South Carolina and Mark (Bonnie), Hillman and brother, Harry Gadacz of Hillman; sister-in-law, Vicki Gadacz and several grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Darrel and brothers: William, Aloise, Alex, Frank and a sister, Margaret Gonsior.        
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Arthur J. Christman

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Arthur J. Christman, age 84, of Foley, passed away June 5, 2020. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 10,  at St. John’s Catholic Church in Foley. The Rev. Michael Wolfbauer will officiate. Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m., Wednesday, June 10, at church. Military honors will take place outside of the church after Mass. Private family burial will take place Wednesday. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Arthur was born April 3, 1936, in St. Joseph, to Frank and Mary (Martini) Christman. Arthur graduated from Tech High School in 1954. After graduation he worked at Fingerhut where he would meet his future bride. He served in the Army Reserves from 1958-64. He married Luella (Lou) Doeden June 14, 1962, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids. He worked as a heavy equipment mechanic for Case and Arnold’s Equipment until his retirement in 1999. Arthur was also a member of the Foley Legion Post 298. He enjoyed hunting, fishing with family, going to stock car races and the occasional casino trip. He loved listening to old time country music, most importantly Johnny Cash.
Arthur is survived by his wife, Lou, of 57 years; children Debra (Darold) Orton, Sauk Rapids; Duane (Jeanette), St. Michael;  Dana (Terry) Dusharm, Foley;  Denise Rothfork, Foley;  Darla (Gerard) Stellmach, Foley; 18 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers and sisters; Peter, Roman, Fred, Herman, Matthew, Charles, Rose, Betty and Pauline.        
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Thomas Rothanburg

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Tom passed away May 14, 2020 at Princeton Hospital.
He was born Dec. 16, 1951, in St. Cloud to William and Elizabeth Rothanburg. He graduated from Foley High School in 1969 and immediately entered the army.  After being stationed in Germany, he volunteered to serve in Vietnam.
His wife Jan has lost her true soul mate.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Ann, brothers Richard and William.
He is survived by his brother James, of Proctor; sisters Mary (Lloyd) Stewart, of Sherwood, Arkansas. Elizabeth (Joe) Portz, of Ohio, Irene Harvey, of College Place, Washington; sister-in-law Laura Rothanburg, of Phoenix, Arizona; stepson Joseph of Fargo North Dakota; and many nieces and nephews.
No funeral services will be held. Care has been entrusted to Crescent Tide Cremation 774 Transfer Road, St. Paul, MN 55114.
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Lester Fleck

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Lester Fleck, age 84, of Hillman, passed away May 19, 2020, at the St. Cloud Hospital of natural causes.  There was a visitation that was limited to 10 people at a time from 4-8 p.m. May 21 at the Foley Funeral Home. Graveside services were at 10 a.m. May 22 at Lone Pine Cemetery in Morrill.  The Rev. Luke Oakes officiated. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Lester James Fleck was born March 25, 1936, in Hillman to Fred and Mary (Westphall) Fleck. In his younger years he worked for the railroad for several years.  He also worked for Hitchcock Industries in Bloomington, Minnesota for over 30 years.  After his retirement, Lester helped his brother, Leslie, on the farm, milking cows, doing field works and fixing machinery. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and trapping. He was always willing to help out others wherever it was needed. He is survived by his sisters and brother: Lucille Jackson, Minneapolis, Murel (Pat) Fleck, Braham and Mildred Carson of Waite Park as well as sister-in-law, Judy Fleck, Hillman and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers and sisters: Orval, Richard, Sam, Harold, Lavera Gadacz, Pearl Reynolds, Leslie and an infant brother. The family would like to thank everyone for their care and concern. No thank yous will be sent.         
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Mardell E. Starr

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Mardell Starr, age 87,  of Foley, passed away May 17, 2020, at The Gardens at Foley Nursing Center. Graveside services were 1 p.m. May 20 at Ronneby Riverside Cemetery, rural Foley. The Rev. Dr. Timothy Rehwaldt officiated. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Mardell Elaine Starr was born Feb. 18, 1933, in Lakin Township, Morrison County,  to Earl and Florence (Brown) Keehr. She grew up in rural Morrison County and was baptized and confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church in Ramey. She graduated from Milaca High School in 1951 where she was a member of the National Honor Society.  She married Lloyd Starr on Nov. 11, 1951 in Coryell City, Texas. The couple farmed in Morrison County and also owned and operated, Starr’s Restaurant and Bar in Ronneby for 13 years. After their retirement, they wintered in Texas for nearly 20 years.  She was a long time member at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Foley. Mardell enjoyed fishing, quilting, gardening, canning and baking and was an excellent homemaker. She will be remembered for her acts of kindness and was always willing to serve others.
She is survived by her sons and daughters: Mark (Deb), Sugarland, Texas; Robert (Marie) Brooklyn Park; Susan Starr, St. Michael; Jane Starr, Clear Lake and sisters: Betty Sauer, Foley; Ardyce Starr, Coon Rapids, sister-in-law, Shirley Starr, New Brighton, eight grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Lloyd, on Aug. 4, 2008, daughter-in-law, Joy Starr and brothers and sisters: Donald, Lyle, Raymond, Lucille Wida and Minnie Clausen.         
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Grace E. Fox

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Grace Elizabeth Fox died May 16, 2020, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She was born May 30, 1938 to Edward and Clara Remus in Princeton,. Grace attended Princeton High School and after graduation she worked at Princeton State Bank. She married John Irvin Fox, from Princeton, Jan. 10, 1958.
As a child, Grace participated in 4-H and she was a gifted piano and organ player. She was the church organist for Zion Lutheran Church in Princeton and later at Glendorado Lutheran Church. Grace’s hobbies included embroidery, sewing, being outdoors, watching baseball and spending time with her children.
Grace and Irvin built a home in what now is the Sherburne Refuge. Later, they built a home in Benton County, 1.5 miles north of Santiago. There, Grace and Irvin farmed until his death. Grace loved living on her farm and enjoyed raising pigs and cattle. Grace was a warm caring person who loved everyone.
Grace was preceded in death by parents, Edward and Clara Remus; husband, John Irvin Fox; brothers, Wayne and Dennis Remus; sisters-in-law, Loraine Remus and Joyce Remus and grandchild, John Maximilian Fox.
She is survived by brother, Allan (Lavon) Remus; sister, Janice (Merle) Gamm; children, John (Carmel) Fox, Robert (Betty) Fox, Jane (Ralph) du’Monceaux, Jean (Joel) Pederson, David (Janele) Fox;  grandchildren, Morgan du’Monceaux, Zachary Fox, Alex Erickson, Adam Pederson, Lauren Fox, Ryan Pederson and Brady du’Monceaux.
Because of COVID-19, a celebration of Grace’s life will take place at a later date. Memorials may be sent to:
Jean Pederson
19922 214 th Ave. N.W.
Big Lake, MN 55309
All memorials will be donated to Glendorado Lutheran Church.         
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Robert F. Fleege

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Bob Fleege, age 84, of Foley, passed away May 12, 2020, at his home surrounded by his family. A visitation limited to 10 people at a time was from 4-8 p.m. May 17 at the Foley Funeral Home.  Graveside services took place at 10 a.m. May 18 at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Foley. The Rev. Michael Wolfbauer officiated. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Robert Francis Fleege was born April 25, 1936, to Francis and Catherine (Holdgrafer) Fleege at his grandmothers maternity hospital in Cuba City, Wisconsin. The family lived in Wisconsin and Illinois where he attended military schools and eventually graduated from high school in Iowa, class of 1955. He moved with his family to Park Rapids where he served in the National Guard and eventually located to Foley in 1959. He married Susan Knudsen Sept. 25, 1971, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, St. Cloud. Bob started a beer distribution business with his father and eventually expanded, also delivering pop and water. He also worked as an over-the-road trucker for many years.  Bob raised beef cattle and show horses for many years on his farm near Foley. He enjoyed traveling, bowling, riding and showing horses and water skiing. He was an honorary life member of Foley Knights of Columbus, Bishop Marty Council No. 3603 and St. John’s Catholic Church.
He is survived by his wife, Sue, Foley and sons and daughter: Rick (Theresa), St. Cloud; Sara Lloyd, Boise, Idaho; Jason (Christina), Sauk Rapids; sister, Theresa Fleege, Foley and brother, Ed (Mary) of Oakdale and grandchildren: Trevor, Blake, Isabella, Parker, Coleman and Graham. He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Catherine and a son-in-law, Cade Lloyd.        
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John (Jack) Young 

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John (Jack) Young passed away peacefully at Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Cloud, Minn. on May 4th, 2020. John was born on Sept. 26, 1940, in St. Cloud.  He married Janice Johnson on Nov. 17, 1962, at Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church in Foley, and they were nearing their 53rd wedding anniversary when Jan passed away in 2015.
John had many achievements throughout his life. He proudly served as an active member of the United States Air Force for 4 years followed by 30 years as a member of the Air National Guard. John was a hard worker and took pride in a job well done. Starting out his marriage, he worked 3 jobs to make ends meet. Quickly, he found and enjoyed a long career as a salesman for Ryerson Steel, Plymouth, where he earned the salesman of the year award multiple times. He retired in 2001 with 37 years of service. Missing the comradery of coworkers, John accepted a position as a cook at the Bridge Tavern, or as John would say “flipping burgers”. It was there that he made many new friends and loved it when his grandkids visited for a meal, treating them to extra pickles.
John was a loving father and grandfather who took time out of his busy life to coach and mentor his children’s sports teams and later those of his grandchildren. John was highly intelligent and enjoyed studying history and traveling.  On a recent trip to Washington DC, John knew every trivia answer on a 90-minute bus trip to Gettysburg. He loved to visit Arlington National Cemetery and watch the soldier’s precise movements at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. After hearing “Taps” by a bugle, there was never a dry eye in sight.  For a time, John took up line dancing and he and Jan grew their circle of friends to include a group of avid line dancer’s.  John was generous with his time and enjoyed volunteering with several organizations including the Moose Lodge in Duluth, where he and Jan cooked many meals. After moving to Crosby, John was a volunteer at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center - Care Center. He played many games of cribbage with residents of the care center, where it was not uncommon to be skunked by John.
John is survived by his children Rick (Ada) Young, Tammy (Greg) Jeanette, Peggy Young, Terri (Brian) Knox, 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He is also survived by brothers Allan (Katsy) Young, Richard Young, and Jim (Jean)Young. John is proceeded in death by his wife Janice Young, parents Orris and Bessie Young, and sister-in-law Faye Young.
 John will be missed by many. He was a wonderful man, husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He will be remembered for his quick wit, the smile on his face, and during recreation moments, a beer in his hand.
A private family memorial service will take place at The Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery - Little Falls, for both John and Jan, with a celebration of life to follow July 10th at 6 p.m. at the Ramey Hall. Memorials are preferred to Quite Oaks Hospice House, who gave us such loving care.
        
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Geneva L. Smith

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Geneva Smith, age 97 of Foley, passed away May 6, 2020 at The Gardens at Foley Nursing Center.  A Memorial Service will be planned at a later date.  Burial will take place at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Foley, Minnesota.  Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Geneva Lorraine Smith was born July 24, 1922 in Wisconsin to Herman and Tillie (Schmitt) Heldstab.  She grew up near Cumberland, WI and graduated from Cumberland High School.  She then attended St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Minneapolis and graduated with an RN Degree.  During WW II she worked as a flight attendant for North West Airlines.  She met her future husband, Francis ‘Smitty’ Smith on a flight as he was returning from the service.  The couple was married on July 20, 1946 in Cumberland and moved to Hopkins, MN where they raised their four children.  Geneva enjoyed her family and friends, playing cards, golfing and visiting.  She was known for her wonderful flower garden.  Geneva also liked painting, ceramics and playing the piano.  With her very warm heart and great sense of humor, she was a joy to be around and would always help others in need.
She is survived by her daughters; Linda Smith (Mary Bahe), Foley and Laurie (Ted) Mohrman, AZ, 1 grandchild and 3 great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Francis, sons; Jay, Reid and 3 sisters.  Thank you to the staff of The gardens at Foley for their loving care. Also for the involvement of Centra-Care Hospice.       
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Bernice M. Mendel

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Memorial Services will be at a later date at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home Chapel in Sauk Rapids for Bernice M. Mendel, age 99, who went to live with the Lord on Tuesday at Good Shepherd Community. Burial will be at a later date at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Popple Creek. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Bernice was born June 11, 1920, in Sauk Rapids Township to Henry & Anna (David) Beehler. She married Arthur Mendel on July 2, 1942 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids. Bernice worked as an Inspector for Fingerhut for 20 years, retiring in 1982. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Popple Creek where she was a member of the Ladies Aid, Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, and taught Sunday School and Release Time Class. Bernice volunteered at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home.
Survivors include her sons and daughter, Kenneth Mendel of Strasburg, VA, Arlys (Paul) Rearick of Omaha, NE, Alan (Diane Forstner) Mendel of Cushing and Frederick (Laurie Germundson) Mendel of Rice; sister, Luverne Schaefer of Sauk Rapids; special friend, Charley Stimler; five grandchildren, Bill Morris, David Mendel, Amy Christensen, Carl Mendel, Emily Mendel; and seven great grandchildren. Bernice was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Arthur on February 2, 2001; daughter-in-law, Margaret “Peg” Wintheiser; brothers, Donald and Martin Beehler; sister, Leora Victor; and grandson, Matthew Morris.
 Memorials are preferred to Good Shepherd Lutheran Home Chapel, Sauk Rapids or St. John’s Lutheran Church, Popple Creek.
Obituary, Guest Book and Video Tribute available online: www.williamsdingmann.com.       
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Carol J. Harm

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Carol Harms, 79, of Foley, passed away Monday, May 4, 2020, at her home surrounded by her family after a long and courageous battle with Multiple Sclerosis.  Carol died on her husband’s birthday; they are together once again, dancing in heaven! A Memorial Service will be planned at a later date.  Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Carol Jean Harms was born Oct. 11, 1940, near Ivanhoe, Minn. to John and Amanda (Ehlers) Hauschild.  She attended Ivanhoe School. Shortly after graduating high school she worked at the Canby Hospital where she met Donald Harms to whom she later married. They were married April 18, 1959, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Taunton, Minn.  Carol farmed alongside her husband and helped to raise their 3 children. She worked at Gorecki Manufacturing in Milaca and Foley for many years. Carol enjoyed cooking, baking and dancing, but was content in recent years to watch tv and play on her iPad. She was a past member of Swan Lake Evangelical Free Church in Cottonwood Minn. and was excited to be baptized as a believer on Aug. 19, 2012 by Pastor Ray Glenn.
She is survived by her son, David (Barbara), St. Cloud, daughter, Darla (Ray) Olson, Foley and son-in-law, Mike Fischer, Wausau, Wis.; brother-in-law, Bob (Carol) Harms, Clarkfield and sister, Mildred Josephson, as well as 8 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren and many Family and Friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Don in 2015, daughter, Diane Fischer in 2016, brother, Arnold, sister, Mary Lou Mattson and numerous Family and Friends.
The family would like to thank ALL the PCA’s that helped Carol over the years so she was able to remain in her home. Remaining in her home was very important to Carol. Also, thanks to all the many family and friends that have kept her in their thoughts and prayers over the years.     
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John N. Juetten

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John Juetten, age 93 of Hillman passed away May 2, 2020, at Riverside Assisted Living in Royalton with his family at his side.  A visitation, limited to 10 persons at a time, was from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Saturday, May 9, 2020, at the Foley Funeral Home.  Grave Side Services were at  1:30 p.m., also on Saturday at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Cemetery in Brennyville.  Military Honors provided by the Hillman American Legion. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
John Nicholas Juetten was born Feb. 3, 1927, near Brennyville, Minn. to Mathew and Mary (Voltin) Juetten. He attended school district 96A and graduated from Milaca High School and entered in to the US Navy and served honorably from 1945 to 1946 as an Electricians Mate, 3C on the USS YP 646 Naval Ship. After his discharge, John worked for Minneapolis Moline. He married Ann Skajewski on Oct. 18, 1948, at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Gilman.  The couple lived in Crystal before moving to a farm near Gotvald’s. John worked for Stanley Studenski and Les Lund Construction companies and built many barns and buildings in the area. He built the First National Bank of Milaca and St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Hillman. He also worked for Loeffel Engstrand as a supervisor and worked on projects such as; Benton Co. Human Service building; St. Cloud Hospital; Sartell paper mill; Seeco plant in Becker; St. Cloud State University and the St. Cloud Reformatory.  John also worked for Kasella Concrete.  He was a life member of St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church where he was a Mass Server; Knight’s of Columbus, Hillman-Onamia Council, 7539 and the Hillman American Legion, Post 602. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, horseshoe tournaments, playing cards and shaking dice.  After his retirement, John never missed a morning at Gotvald’s Corner for a cup of coffee and a game of cribbage.
He is survived by his children: Robert (Kathy), Gilman; Joan Mazacek, Foley; Gerald (Janice), Sauk Rapids; Barbara (Dick) Jedlicki, Milaca; Julieann (Alan) Schmidtbauer, Hillman and Judith (Ted) Boettcher of Foley as well as 25 grandchildren, 55 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.  He is also survived by his sister, Suzanne; sister-in-law, Harriet and Betty and brother-in-law, Willie and Jack. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Ann on Dec. 15, 2009; son, Tom and son-in-law, Fred Mazacek and brothers and sisters: Al, George, Liz, Loretta, Hildegard and in-laws: Irene, Tony, Ed, Andy and Lloyd. The family wishes to thank the staff at Riverside Assisted Living for all the care and compassion they showed John during his stay there.       
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Verla Mae Helmin

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Verla Helmin, age 85, of Sauk Rapids passed away April 30, 2020, at her home. Private Entombment will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 5 at Assumption Cemetery, St. Cloud. The Rev Virgil Helmin will officiate. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Verla Mae Helmin was born July 22, 1934, in Mayhew Lake to Edward and Clara (Lehman) Montag. She married Richard Helmin Sept. 28, 1954, at Annunciation Catholic Church in Mayhew Lake.  She later graduated from Sauk Rapids High School.  The couple lived in Gilman for 10 years before moving to Sauk Rapids where they lived all their married life. Verla worked at Fingerhut for three years and later for Frigidaire Manufacturing for over 30 years, retiring in 1996. She was a life member of Union 623. Verla was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church where she was a greeter for many years and a member of the Christian Women’s Society.  Verla enjoyed watching nature programs on channel 2 TV; watching Lawrence Welk; country music and watching birds come to her feeders. She loved all small animals, tame or wild and no kitty ever left her yard without a free meal.
She is survived by her nieces; Suzanne Emslander and Peggy Koepp who always took very good care of her, as well as many other nieces and nephews, especially Wyatt Montag who visited her often. She is also survived by her special friends, Carla Kuklock and Darlene Schwintek and godchildren: Suzanne Emslander, James Montag and Richard Kobilka. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Richard of 65 years on Dec. 28, 2017, as well as eight brothers and three sisters: Arthur, Wilfred, Lourence, Norbert, Roman, Edwin, Walter, Clarence, Agnes, Mildred Kobilka, Lorraine Vollbrect and Godchild, Marilyn Riedman.  Memorial are preferred to the Poor Clare’s Monastery.      
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