Donald Gjevre, age 80, of Edina, passed away February 12th, 2019.
Preceded in death by his parents, son David and daughter Amy. Survived by wife, Caryn; sons, Stephen (Bridget), Christopher (Sheila), Jason (Nicole) and four grandchildren. Don was full of life stories and spent a lot of time documenting them on his blog. He worked at Northwestern Bell Telephone Company and was a Metro Life Member Pioneer. He also served in the Hennepin County Sheriff's Emergency Squad. Service will be held Wednesday, February 27th, at 2:00 pm with a visitation a half hour prior at Lakewood Cemetery Memorial Chapel, 3600 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis. Reception following at Hope Church, 7132 Portland Ave. S., Richfield. Memorials preferred to be sent to mnhumane.org or Hope Church.     2/18/19

Memorial services for Ernie D. Ingvaldson, age 78, of Albert Lea,
will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home. Pastor Kent Otterman will officiate. Friends may greet the family one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Saturday. Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com.
Ernie died Thursday, February 7, 2019 at Mayo Clinic Hospital – St. Mary’s Campus in Rochester.
Ernie Dale Ingvaldson was born March 10, 1940 in Newry Township in rural Freeborn County, the son of Melvin and Alma (Hendrickson) Ingvaldson. He attended a one-room schoolhouse in Newry Township until 8th grade and then graduated from Blooming Prairie High School in 1958. Ernie served in the U.S. Army and loved to tell the story that he “bumped” a General off a plane. On January 28, 1966, Ernie was united in marriage to Jean Schubert in Clarks Grove. Ernie worked as a repairman for Northwestern Bell/US West for 33 years. He enjoyed camping, fishing, cribbage, horseshoes, playing pool, and driving through the Superstition Mountains in Arizona.
Ernie is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jean; children, Dawn Ingvaldson and Troy (Patricia) Ingvaldson; grandchildren, Zach Ingvaldson, Dustin Lee, Dallas Lee, Isaac Ingvaldson, Lucas (Nikki) Delafosse, Shawn Biggins, Alex Biggins, and Kimberly Biggins; great-grandchildren, Christian Lee, Kenna Delafosse, Macy Delafosse, and Paul Biggins; brothers, Jerry (Karen) Ingvaldson and Leroy (Linda) Ingvaldson, sisters-in-law, Judi Schubert, Sandy (Curt) Rayman, and Debbie (Willy) Dickenson; brothers-in-law, Dave (Rose) Schubert and Jim (Kathy) Schubert; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Ernie was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Alma; sisters, Betty Ingvaldson and Marion (Clifford) Hensrud; brother, Lawrence (Marion) Ingvaldson; mother and father-in-law, Reuben and Florence Schubert; and brother-in-law, Bob Schubert.      
2/17/19

Steve Dolin, Princeton MN - Steve Dolin's church announced this sad news.
We the family of God lost a wonderful man today. Steve Dolin He will be missed dearly. Please pray for Carol and the family in there difficult time.
He got up to go to the bathroom around 4am , collapsed from heart attack

Memorial Service will be March 16 Glendorado Lutheran Church, details to follow at a latter time.
Cards may be sent to Carol at - 14092 State Highway 95,  Princeton, MN. 55371-6346     2/12/19
 

Darlene M. Karsky, 80, Fargo, ND, passed away peacefully on February 4, 2019, at Eventide in Fargo.
Darlene is survived by her sisters, Loretta Fransen, Great Falls, MT, Patricia (John) Phelan, Spokane, WA, Linda Luptak, Dickinson, ND and Colleen Karsky, Fargo, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Vincent and Rose (Hatzenbuehler) Karsky; brothers, Donald and Roger Karsky, and sisters, Georgiann Karsky, Jeanette Cookson and Rosella Cash.
Darlene was employed at U.S. West and retired after 38 years of service. She enjoyed crocheting afghans, puzzles, reading and collecting Elvis, Coca-Cola and Barbie items.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, February 7, 2019, at 2:00 P.M., with visitation for one hour before the service, at Wright Funeral Home in Moorhead.
Memorials preferred to Sts. Anne and Joachim Church in Fargo.   
2/7/19

Elizabeth "Betty" Michon-Clancey, 90, Duluth, passed away Thursday Jan. 31, 2019 surrounded by her family.
She was born November 10, 1928 in Duluth to Isaac and Lulu (McGarrity) Verville and was a Duluth Cathedral High School graduate, class of 1946.
Betty and her first husband Ernest A. Michon, Jr. resided and raised their family in Morgan Park. Betty worked many years for NW Bell as a long distance operator. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church and in later years volunteered and served school lunches for the students of St. James. Betty was a member of the Telephone Pioneers, collector of lighthouses and MN Viking fan. Her eyes would light up when her grandchildren and great grandchildren came to visit.
Betty is preceded in death by husbands Ernest A. Michon Jr. & Ronald Clancey; brother, Russell Verville; sister, Eleanor Rogers; son-in-law, Jeff Jensen.
She is survived by daughter, Paula Jensen; sons, Mark (Judy) Michon, Bruce (Kathy) Michon, Tim (Cheryl) Michon, Tom (Renee) Michon, Terry (Kris) Michon; 17 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
The family appreciates the loving care provided by Essentia Hospice and Solvay Hospice House and a special thank you to "Nicole".
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 7, 2019 in St. James Catholic Church with visitation 1 hour prior to services. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Duluth. Please leave a memory of Betty or words of support for her family at www.bellbrothersfuneralhome.com 
2/4/19
 

Richard D. "Dick" Jensen, age 83, of Inverness, Florida, and previously of Minnesota, passed away December 28, 2018.
He was born in Mpls, MN on Aug 17, 1935. He graduated from South High School then served in the Army during the Korean War. He retired from Qwest as a Motor Vehicle Supervisor in 1986. He had also worked as a PBX Supervisor and was a Metro Life Member Pioneer. Preceded in death by parents, Swen and Eva, and brother Rogner. Survived by daughters Cindy Dieltz (MIke), Lori Bruner (Mark) and son Shane, 6 grandchildren. Private service.    1/31/19

Patricia “Pat” Joan Stoltz, age 71, of North Branch, Minnesota, passed away July 30, 2018.
Patricia was born October 14, 1946, in Mora, MN to Alvin and Bernice (Ziegler) Kleven. She was a 1964 graduate of Mora High School. Patricia was united in marriage to David Stoltz on September 21, 1974. They lived in Coon Rapids, Andover, Lindstrom, and North Branch. Pat was employed with Northwestern Bell, which later became Century Link, from 1964 until her retirement in 1999. She Worked in the Minneapolis Central Office Engineering Center, Transmission Engineering in the 80's. Pat was a member of the Metro Life Member Club/Telephone Pioneers and the U.S. West Retiree Association.
Since her retirement, Patricia would send out “Day Brighteners” to family and friends. She had a great sense of humor and enjoyed making people laugh, saying that life is too dull if you don’t laugh every day.
Patricia is survived by her son, John (Laurie) Larson; grandchildren, Zachary Larson, Adam Larson, and Becky (Dan) Stuntbeck; great-granddaughter, Sequoia; one brother, Larry (Grace) Kleven; five sisters, Mary (Spencer) Doering, Judy (Fritz) Motchenbacher, Susan Sjodin, Shirley (Dave) Toenis, and Linda (Mike) Sandberg; also many nieces, nephews, other family and friends, .She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, David in 2010; one sister, Jeanette; two brothers, Danny and Leonard; and a brother-in-law, Mike Sjodin. Services have been held.
   1/31/19
 

James “Jim” Whiting was born in Austin and later lived in Rochester and St. Paul.
He served in the Army and went on the Honor Flight in 2013. Jim and Lucretia Spooner where married when he came back from Japan. Jim retired from Northwestern Bell, aka “Ma Bell,” where he was a PBX engineer and a Metro Life Member Pioneer. After retirement, he changed careers and was a handyman. His truck was well stocked with tools, and he knew where they all were. Jim enjoyed traveling especially with the Bergstroms, golfing, woodworking, reading, playing pool and later doing “extreme dot to dots.” Jim and grandson, Jake, took a hot air balloon ride for their 90th/40th birthdays in April and Jim smiled the whole time.
Jim is survived by children, Kim (Donna), Nancy (Denny) and Mark; 7 grandchildren, 13 great-grandkids, He is also survived by the Bergstrom families.
“As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well used brings happy death.” — Leonardo da Vinci
Roseville Memorial Chapel is in charge of cremation/arrangements. There will be no formal service, per Jim’s request. The family will have a burial in the spring at Grandview Cemetery in Rochester. Family/friends will celebrate Jim’s life every time they are together. And many of those celebrations will include PIE, his favorite dessert. Memorials are suggested to a charity of donor’s choice.   
1/26/19
 

Richard Krummel, of Cambridge, formerly of Mora, died on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at Walker Methodist Levande in Cambridge. He was 85 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held on Saturday, January 26th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora.
VISITATION will be from 9:30 – 11:00 a.am. (1 1/2 hours prior to the service) on Saturday at the church.
INTERMENT will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.
Richard Arthur Krummel, age 85, entered the pearly gates on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 peacefully resting in the loving presence of his family.
Richard was born November 7, 1933 to Fritz and Elfriede (Grell) Krummel. He grew up on a farm outside of Braham with his brother Fred,
 who he looked up to and admired. After high school he joined the U.S. Army in 1954 and served until 1956. Later he met and married Boots in 1958. They moved to Graceville, MN where they had 4 children. They all moved to Ortonville, MN in 1965 and lived on Big Stone Lake until 1968. When MaBell (telephone Co.) had an opening in Mora, MN they bought a house on Wood Street where many, many wonderful memories were made. He retired in 1993 after 42 years in the phone company.
Richard is survived by his wife of 60 years, Boots; children Jim (Mary) Krummel, Kathy Johnsen and Jean (Kirk) Erickson; grandchildren Nicole (Jeremy), Anthony, Callie (Mike), Rob (Nikki), and Kyle; his brother Fred (Marlys), nieces Diane and Karen (Joe), nephews Wayne (Wendy) and Mark (Linda).
He was preceded in death by his parents, Boots’ parents and brother Wally; son Jerry and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. He is in good company!
1/25/19

Eugene John Tschida, of Lindstrom, Minnesota, died on January 13th, 2019 at the age of 84.
Eugene was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel Mae; son, Daniel, and grandson, Luke. He is survived by his children, Joseph (Tanya), Eugene (Laurie), Diane (Steve) Thelen, Eric (Marilyn), and Joyce; grandchildren, Jason, Samantha, Sheri, Jimmy, Sarah, River, Joey, Mark, Jerick, James, Erica, Kelly, Lindsay, and Jake; great-grandchildren, Preston, Austin, Amanda, Dylan, Colton, Savanna, Emma, Isabel, and Aris. Gene enjoyed machinery and working on small engines. He built several items including his own tractor that ran for 50+ years and is still going. He was an Army Veteran, 11th Airborne. Retired from Century Link and was a Metro Life Member Pioneer. Private burial at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials preferred to the Disabled Veterans.
1/18/19

Donald A. “Don” Schlichting, age 84 of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday, January 19 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Tim Wenzel officiating. Interment and full military honors will be at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls on Tuesday, January 22 at 1 p.m.
Visitation will be from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home 620 Beltline Road Sauk Centre, MN 56378 and from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s Catholic Church 304 Sinclair Lewis Avenue Sauk Centre, MN 56378.
Donald Schlichting was born April 17, 1934 in Royalton, Minnesota to Justin and Martha (Wunderlich) Schlichting. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955. On January 5, 1957, he was united in marriage to Jannette Fiereck at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota. Don met his wife 64 years ago at a dance and they have been going to dances ever since. He worked for a total of 38 years with Northwestern Bell Telephone Company as a telephone technician; starting out in Little Falls, then in Glenwood, and finally in Sauk Centre. During those years, he was Local Union President for 12 years of CWA (Communication Workers of America) for central and north central Minnesota.
Don was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church. He was also a former commander of the American Legion Post 67 and served on the Sauk Centre honor guard for many years. He enjoyed dancing, traveling, car collecting, hunting, and snowmobiling. Don and Jannette enjoyed the peace and tranquility of spending time at their cabin in northern Minnesota where they hiked, watched the wildlife, enjoyed cross country skiing with their grandchildren, and where Don hunted frequently.
Survivors include his wife, Jannette Schlichting of Sauk Centre; children, Deborah (Charlie Blomme) Schlichting of Edina, David Schlichting of Richfield, Tom (Mary) Schlichting of Andover, Mike (Teresa) Schlichting of Bloomington, and Randy (Louise) Schlichting of Eagan; nine grandchildren, Luke, Mackenzie, Kyle, Emily, Noah, Annie, Regina, Claire, and Erin; one great-grandson, Owen; and sister, Evelyn Long of Arizona.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, Justin and Martha Schlichting; brothers, Clarence and Albin Schlichting; and sisters, Virginia Chirhart, Elaine Smith, Joanne Rudnicki, and Delphine Sobiech.
Serving as casket bearers will be Luke Schlichting, Kyle Schlichting, Emily Schlichting, Annie Schlichting, Claire Schlichting, Erin Blomme, and Kevin McFarland. Honorary bearers will be Deborah, David, Tom, Mike, and Randy Schlichting. Cross bearer will be Regina Schlichting and scripture bearer will be Mackenzie Evans. Readers will be Erin Blomme, Annie Schlichting, and Kyle Schlichting and the words of remembrance will be read by Tom Schlichting, Kyle Schlichting, and Charlie Blomme. Gift bearers will be Luke Schlichting, Emily Schlichting, and Owen Schlichting.
Memorials to Habitat for Humanity.
Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Sauk Centre. www.pattonschad.com
   
1/16/19

 

Death of a Pioneer family member: daughter of Central Council Life Member President Bob Lewis.
Colleen A. Butte, age 61 of Melrose,
died peacefully surrounded by her family from Metastatic Breast Cancer on Friday, January 11, 2019 at her home near Melrose, Minnesota.
A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday, January 15 at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose with Deacon Ernie Kociemba officiating.
A private family inurnment will be held in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home in Melrose.
Colleen Ann Butte was born September 27, 1957 in Duluth, Minnesota to Robert “Bob” and Joan (Honer) Lewis. She was united in marriage to Rick Butte on August 11, 1979 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The couple relocated to Melrose from East Bethel with their four children, Emily, Peter, Eric, and Curtis in 1993. Rick and Colleen owned and operated Hardware Hank in downtown Melrose until 1998. After closing Hardware Hank, Colleen continued fostering relationships in the community by volunteering. She served as a Eucharistic Minister at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She also volunteered at St. Mary’s Catholic School, the Melrose Literacy Project, and the Melrose Area Food Shelf, where she also served as a board member. Colleen worked as the bookkeeper at St. Mary’s Catholic Church before becoming the Administrative Assistant at St. Mary’s School in 2014.
Colleen was a loving spouse, mother, sister, daughter, and friend. She valued quality above quantity. After moving to Melrose her parents purchased a cabin on Big Birch Lake. From 1998 to 2006 Colleen made countless memories watching her children grow, splashing in the water, learning to water ski, fishing off the swimming raft, and enjoying family meals at the old cabin. In 2006, Rick and Colleen built on their memories and renovated the cabin and built their forever home.
From 2006 to 2019 Colleen saw her four children grow, marry, and welcome grandchildren into the world. She continued to enjoy long summers at Big Birch Lake with her family and traveling to see her children and grandchildren in their homes. She loved to play 500, fish, make craft projects with her grandsons, and she always enjoyed a cold beverage from the comfort of her King Lounger on a hot July day.
Survivors include her husband, Rick Butte of Melrose; children, Emily (Evan) Goulet, Peter (Meghan) Butte, Curtis (Megan) Butte, and Eric (Lisa) Butte; four grandchildren, Cullen, Lyndon, Hank, and June, and a grandson due in March; dad, Bob Lewis; and mother-in-law, JoAnn Butte.
Colleen was preceded in death by her mom, Joan (Honer) Lewis on March 8, 2016; and brother, Mark Lewis in 1972.
Memorials are preferred to the St. Mary’s School Endowment Fund.   
1/12/19

George Hnath, age 90 of Brooklyn Park, MN after a brief and courageous bout with cancer.
Preceded by loving wife, Dorothy; parents, John and Anna Hnath; and five sisters, Ann, Vera, Margaret, Irene and Elsie. Survived by children, John (Mary Ellen) Hnath, Karla Hnath Dorr, Tommy Hnath (Kitty and Darcie Charm) and Bill (SaraERAL CHAPEL (1918 University Ave. NE, Minneapolis). Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Visitation 5 – 8 PM Sunday with Parastas (prayer service) at 7 PM.) Hnath; grandchildren, Joe (Brianna) Hnath, Sam Dorr, Rachel Hnath (Luis), Franny Dorr (Steve), Michael Dorr, Justin Dorr, Emily Norlock (Jacob) and Zach Hnath; great-grandchildren, Noelle, Sophie and Luka Hnath; brother, Bob Hnath (Marlene); and a host of other very special loving family members and friends. Lifetime member of St. John’s Byzantine Catholic Church. Avid golfer and enthusiastic cribbage player. Traveled locally and nationally as a proud fan of children’s and grandchildren’s sports pursuits. Happily retired for 33 years after a 38 year career with Northwestern Bell Telephone where he was a Metro Life Member Pioneer. His family would like to thank Minnesota Oncology and Heartland Hospice for their loving care. Funeral service 10 AM Monday, January 28th with visitation one hour prior at KOZLAK-RADULOVICH FUN   1/11/19

Death of a Pioneer family member:
David K Loehrer was born November 7, 1940 to Edwin and Isabelle (Wichmann) Loehrer in Sauk Rapids, MN.
He married Susan Steichen on August 21, 1962. David worked many different jobs including construction and carpentry as well as a self-employed carpenter until he retired in 2006. His faith was very important to him and often arrived early to church to pray the Rosary. He was a member of St. Mary’s Help of Christians in St. Augusta. David was a loving, selfless, kind, and helpful role model who always put others before himself. David’s family meant the world to him. He was always supportive and willing to help in any way he could, often being the first to volunteer. He enjoyed crafting different things for his friends and family and enjoyed gardening, farming, mowing the lawn. He
will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Survivors include his wife, Susan; children, Julie (Richard) Morrow, Rebecca (William) Spear, Gregory, Douglas (Pamela), Michael (Jeana), and Sarah Riedeman-Lenarz (Brad Schaefer); 10 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; siblings, Edward and Janet.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Donald.
Memorial Services will be 11 AM Saturday, January 12, 2018 at St. Mary’s Help of Christians in St. Augusta for David K. Loehrer, 78 of St. Cloud  Visitation will be from 4-8 PM Friday, January 11 at the church and one hour prior to services on Saturday. Prayers will be at 6 PM on Friday at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Homes, St. Cloud.    1/8/19
 

Betty Ann Ice, Age 98 of Wayzata. Passed away peacefully at her home on Dec. 18. Betty was the 12th child of 13.
She had an over 40 year career at Bell Telephone Co. in the Operator Services Department. She was a Group Chief Operator at the Crystal DA office for many years and a Metro Life Member Pioneer. Betty was a devoted MN. Gophers Football fan, having held season tickets for over 50 years, attended her last game at the age of 95 years. Betty was also a longtime member of the Wayzata American Legion and the Wayzata Historical Society. She is survived by many loving nieces, nephews and friends. Per her wishes, private family services were held. Rettinger Funeral Home Long Lake-Orono 952-473-6954     12/24/18

Mary Kathryn Malakowsky, 72, of Owatonna, died Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at the Owatonna Hospital.
She was born December 29, 1945 in Duluth, Minnesota the daughter of Walter and Bernice (Boeder) Kuehn. She grew up in Duluth and graduated from Duluth East High School, Class of 1964. She continued her education at beauty school in Duluth. On July 22, 1967, she married James Malakowsky in Duluth. The couple lived in Duluth, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and settled in Owatonna in 1969. Mary was a homemaker and also worked outside of the home, in nursing, telephone operator and school bus driver for 13 years.
She was an avid reader, enjoyed museums, unique food, antiques, traveling trips to the casino, Duluth, Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Mackinac Island in Michigan. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, supporter of the Owatonna Arts Center, and a past president of the Telephone Pioneers of America.
She is survived by her husband, James Malakowsky of Owatonna, also a Telephone Pioneer; children, Julie (and Bruce) Domino of Nisswa and Daniel (and Kristin) Malakowsky of Grand Rapids, MI; grandchildren, Austin and Briston Domino, Christopher, James, Theodore and William Malakowsky; brother, Walter (and Sally) Kuehn of Minneapolis and nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Bernice.
A memorial visitation will be held from 4-7pm Thursday, December 27th at Michaelson Funeral Home in Owatonna and at church one hour prior to the service. A Memorial Service will be held at 11am Friday, December 28, 2018, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Owatonna with Reverend Amanda Weinkauf officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date.     
12/22/18

Verdie Gilbertson, of Montevideo, died on Friday, December 14, 2018
at Luther Haven Nursing Home in Montevideo at the age of 95.
Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, December 21, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Montevideo at 11:00 AM. Father Paul Timmerman will officiate.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.
Verdie Gilbertson was born in Mandt Township on September 7, 1923 to Gerhard and Selma (Falla) Gilbertson. He was baptized and confirmed at Mandt Lutheran Church. Verdie graduated from Milan High School in 1942. Following high school he joined the U.S. Army in 1943 until 1946 serving in the 100th Division Infantry in France and Germany in World War II. After returning home Verdie went to work for Northwestern Bell Phone Company in 1946 and worked there for over 39 years. Verdie was united in marriage to Agnes Stromenger at St. Joseph Catholic Church in 1948. They made their home in Montevideo, and together had four children.
Verdie counts his family as the greatest accomplishment that he and his wife Agnes had together. Verdie was a Boy Scout leader for over 40 years and received the Silver Beaver and St. George Award. He was a scout master, trail adviser and lead a crew to the Philmont Scout Ranch and Charles Sommers Canoe Base. His two sons joined their fathers troop 260 and became Eagle Scouts, which Verdie was very proud of.
Verdie was active in St. Joseph Catholic Church serving as a trustee, Deacon, and on many councils. He was an active Son’s of Norway member, and received a Wood Carver International Award in Norway for Nisse Carving of Jens and Sara. Verdie was a pilot for over 60 years and enjoyed giving rides in his Piper Cub airplane. He was a man with many interests and accomplishments. Verdie taught his children and grandchildren how to fly fish. He lovingly restored his family’s 1938 John Deere tractor to mint condition, and wrote 3 autobiographies, two about his family and one about his military experience. Overall, family will remember Verdie as a loving and humble man.
He is survived by his Sons, Greg (Diana), Ramsey, MN, Keith (MaryKay), Berea, KY; Daughters, Kathy (Allen)Toov, Austin, MN, Kay (Robert) Dammer, Maple Grove, MN; 10 grandchildren, Emily (Andy) Maas, Dan Gilbertson, Eric Gilbertson, Matthew (Amanda Morris) Gilbertson, Jacob Gilbertson, Bryan (Sarah) Toov, Mark (Alysa) Toov, Neil (Becca) Toov, Sarah (Mark) Kangas, Laura (Brandon) Hess; 8 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Ruby Gilbertson; and many nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Agnes; three sisters, Clarice, Mildred, Vernice; and four brothers: Roy, Erle, Curtis, and Lyle.
If you would like to know more about Verdie’s life, type in Verdi Gilbertson on Youtube, or Google, where you can find many videos, and links to his book (Verdi Means Value in Norwegian, Gilbertson Family Adventures, and 0500 Letters From a WWII Combat Infantryman).
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred.    
12/19/18

James E. Herendeen, 92, formerly of Duluth, peacefully passed to his heavenly home on December 1, 2018 in the Twin Cities.
Jim was born on June 9, 1926 to Emory and Margaret Herendeen in Proctor, MN. He was preceded in death by his son, David James; his first wife, MaryAnn; and his second wife, Phyllis. He is survived by daughters: Diane (Ken) Johnson, Janice Herendeen, and Doris (Jeff) Woodburn, 7 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, loving friends and relatives. Jim married MaryAnn Ward in 1946. Jim and MaryAnn were very active members at Salem Covenant Church. After MaryAnn passed away in 2004, Jim married Phyllis Strohmeier and moved to Vancouver, WA. Jim lived a long life of faith in Christ, service and sacrifice. A memorial service will be held at Evergreen Church-Lakeville, 16165 Kenwood Trail, Lakeville, MN on January 12, 2019 at 2 pm. Visitation 1 hour prior to service. Reception to follow. A private burial will be at a later date at Oneota Cemetery in Duluth.      12/17/18

Harvey K. Reichel, 76, passed away 12/12/2018 at the St. Cloud Hospital surrounded by his family.
Harvey is survived by his wife Jean, his children, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren and his brother Bob.
A celebration of life will be held at 11:00 Thursday 12/20/2018 at Salem Lutheran Church, St. Cloud. Visitation 1 hour before service.

burial will be at the Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls, MN following lunch   12/14/18
 

Jerome “Jerry” E. Femrite, age 84 of Grand Rapids, MN, passed away Monday, December 10, 2018 at Diamond Willow Assisted Living, Grand Rapids, MN.
Jerry was born in 1934 to Henry and Alma Femrite in Crookston, MN. He graduated from South High School in Minneapolis, MN and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Jerry and Mary Hewitt were united in marriage on March 27, 1960. Jerry was employed with Northwestern Bell in Minneapolis, retiring in 1986. Upon retirement, Jerry and Mary moved to Grand Rapids. Jerry loved the outdoors and volunteered with hospice and taught Women’s Firearm Safety and handgun classes with his son, Rick, and Chuck and Darla Millard for 20 years. He spent many hours at the Grand Rapids Public Library and was known there as “Wall Street Jerry”.
He is preceded in death by his brother, Hawley; and sister, Donna Marie.
Jerry is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Mary; children, Rick and Jill (Alan); sister, Joann; five grandchildren, Nick (Katie), Nate, Paige, Austin, and Aric; and three great grandchildren, Owen, Ashton, and Easton.
The family would like to thank his caretakers at Diamond Willow for their very special care.
A gathering of family and friends will be Wednesday, December 19, 2018 from 4:00-6:00pm at Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids, MN. Burial will be at Fort Snelling Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN with full military honors at a later date.    
12/14/18
 

Elton J. Menard, age 71, of Sandstone, MN, passed away on December 6, 2018 at his home with his family by his side.
Elton was born in Rolette, ND on February 6, 1947. Elton lived in Dunseith, ND, Lake Elmo, MN, and then settled and retired in Sandstone, MN. He graduated from Stillwater High School in 1965. Elton entered the United States Navy after graduation, he spent time stationed in Illinois, Alaska, and Germany. On December 16, 1969 he married Angelika Huebner in Bremerhaven, Germany. Elton was an electrical engineer and a circuit design supervisor by trade. He worked at a variety of different places throughout the years, which included Northwestern Bell, AT&T, Qwest where he was a Metro Life Member Pioneer. He also worked at Grand Casino Hinckley as a cashier/hard count associate.
Elton enjoyed many different activities, such as bowling, karaoke, and playing cards. He was always happy being outside, cutting grass, making trails, collecting and making maple syrup. The thing that Elton loved the most though was being a Grandpa. Elton is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Chalene Markegard; grandparents, and other aunts and uncles.
Elton is survived by wife Angelika of Sandstone, MN; sons, Michael (Lisa) of Sandstone, MN, Kevin of Sandstone, MN; granddaughter Isabella (Michael and Lisa) Menard; brother Joseph (Teresa) Menard of Webster, WI; sisters Clainene (Danny) Nelson of Sandstone, MN, Edwina (John) Lohmann of Blaine, MN, Carla Menard of Houston, TX; many nieces, nephews and extended family.
A memorial service is planned for 2:00 pm Friday, December 14, 2018 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Askov, MN.
Arrangements by Methven Funeral and Cremation Services, Sandstone, MN.    
12/14/18

 

Monica L. Kremer, age 66, of Sauk Rapids who passed away on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at Chateau Waters in Sartell.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, December 14, 2018 at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud, Reverend Ralph Zimmerman will officiate. Burial will take place at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Sauk Rapids.
Family and friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday and after 9:30 a.m. on Friday at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud.
Monica was born on November 2, 1952 in St. Cloud to Roman and Frances (Klaverkamp) Kremer. She worked many years for Northwestern Bell (currently  Century Link) retiring as a manager. After Monica retired, she moved back to Sauk Rapids to care for her mom. She was a wonderful organizer for Klaverkamp family reunions. Monica always loved Christmas time with her niece, nephew, and great-nephew. She was always willing to give a helping hand.  Monica enjoyed reading, watching old T.V. series and occasional trips to the casino.
She is survived by her sister, Carol (Jim) Diedrich of Sauk Rapids; nephew and niece, Ross Diedrich of Sauk Rapids, Kris (Keith) Dierkes of Rice; and one great nephew Ryder Dierkes. Monica was preceded in death by her parents.
A Special Thank You to all those who have given their care and support to Monica over the last 18 months.  
12/14/18

Robert (Bob) W. Nord, Father, Grandpa, Great Grandpa, Brother.
Our beloved father pinned on his pilot wings and flew straight to heaven on December 4, 2018.His love Grace Marie (Jan 2018) and daughter Debby were waiting with open arms. What a joyous reunion. Survived by daughters Pamela (Dave) Lande, Nancy (Jim) Hesse, Diane (Larry) Westbrock, Barbara (Dan) Fritsche: 11 Grandchildren Renee, Debra, Jim, Bert, Jennifer, Brett, Mike, Justin, Bradley, Joe and Becky: 16 Great Grandchildren and 1 Great great granddaughter; sister Sandy (Paul) Axness: Brother-in-laws George Rafferty and Robert (Peggy) Rafferty.
WWII Navy Pilot, South Pacific. Bob retired from Northwestern Bell Telephone Company after a 36 year career and was a Metro Life Member Pioneer.    Private family services to be held.       
12/11/18

Delmar "Del" Rosha
South Haven - The Mass of Christian Burial, celebrating the life of Delmar "Del" Rosha, age 76 of South Haven, will be 10:00 AM, Monday, November 26 at St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic church in St. Augusta. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Del died Wednesday at the St. Cloud Hospital after a battle with cancer. There will be a visitation after 9:00 AM, Monday at the church in St. Augusta. Arrangements are being made by the Miller-Carlin Funeral Homes.

Del was born April 4, 1942 in St. Cloud to Arthur and Verena (Gohman) Rosha. He worked at the V.A. Hospital in St. Cloud and at Northwestern Bell Telephone for over 40 years, with the name changing to U.S. West and Qwest Communications. Before he retired in May of 2005, Del was a line splicer and air pressure technician in the St. Cloud area. He enjoyed deer hunting, fishing and he played amateur baseball for many years. He loved all things that grow; crops, trees, his children and grandchildren. He was a devoted father and grandfather. He enjoyed following his grandchildren to their activities, which included track and cross country meets, and school performances. Del was a member of St. Mary Help of Christians in St. Augusta, the St. Augusta American Legion Post 621, St. John's Bosco Men's Society, Telephone Pioneers, and the C.W.A. Union.

Del is survived by his former wife, Annette, St. Cloud; his children; Tricia (Jim) Simon, St. Augusta; Deborah (Jack) Schabel, South Haven; Brandon Rosha, South Haven; and Deonna (Justin) Bouska, Clearwater. He is also survived by his grandchildren; Miranda, Makala, and Andrew Simon of St. Augusta, Ben Schabel of South Haven, and his sisters and brothers; Carol Segler, Mary (Tom) Danielson, Donald (Sandee) Rosha, John (Gail) Rosha and Mark (Pam) Rosha; all of St. Augusta

He is preceded in death by his parents and his sisters, Arlene Pelzer and Cordella Heroux.