John ‘Toby’ Tobias  Toby age 75 of Lino Lakes passed away peacefully of Lewy Body Dementia on May 1, 2021.
Toby was never without a story or joke to share. Preceded in death by parents Lyle and Catherine; brothers Lyle Jr. and Gene. Survived by wife of 35 years, Cynthia; children Dale, Tiffany, Robin and their mother, Leatha Wold; step-daughter Kelly; grandchildren, Jessica, Shania, Brielle and Xander. Originally from Falcon Heights, he is a 1964 graduate of Alexander Ramsey. Retired in 2001 from Northwestern Bell/ US West after 33 years and remained a Metro Life Member Pioneer. Toby worked as a Power Technician. Long Standing MSRA member. A special thank you to the staff at Eaglecrest, The Hearth and Arbor and Brighton Hospice. Private family interment Roselawn Cemetery Orchard View. A Celebration of Life will take place summer 2021. Memorials preferred to Pause4Paws mn.org or lbda.org.     5/10/21

Earl L. Tangen, born May 7, 1932 of Chisago City and passed away on April 27, 2021.
He enjoyed life for 88 years and 51 weeks, but never really grew old. His mind was sharp, his stories were endless, his quotes were priceless
 and his jokes were countless. He served in the United States Army and was a lineman for Northwestern Bell for 35 years and also a Metro Life Member Pioneer. He loved the outdoors; especially fishing and hunting with friends and family. His annual trips to Canada since 1962 were one of his favorite things to do every Fall. He had a huge heart and was generous to all. His daily morning breakfast with friends was always full of conversation and good laughs. His love of his home, his land, old television westerns, good books and reading the newspaper were among his favorite things. He was a good man, a great friend and a fabulous and treasured uncle. He is preceded in death by his parents Earl and Hazel Tangen, dear sister Joan Will, niece Marie and countless life-long friends. Earl is survived by his sister June Clinton and his nieces and nephews who adored him; Shelley Reinhardt, Lisa Perzichilli, Jeff Will, Kurt Will and Mark Clinton, as well as many great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews. Also, his good friend of almost 50 years Tom Molitor. A very special thank you to all that made his dream of staying on his farm a reality; his friend Pat Johnson, Tom and Moments Hospice; especially Nykkia, Taylor and Amy. Upon Earl's request, there will be no funeral. Memorials preferred to Moments Hospice. His family asks you show a random of act of kindness on his behalf. As Earl would say, "We aren't here for a long time, just a good time". His family is thankful he had both.
    5/3/21

Margaret H. Nutzmann October 13, 1924 ~ April 25, 2021 (age 96) passed away peacefully on April 25, 2021.
Margaret was born on October 13, 1924 in St. Paul, MN. Preceded in death by husband of 66 years Clarence; parents and four brothers. Survived by daughter Jane; son Gregory (Eileen); three grandchildren, James, Andrea (Dan) Repka and Joanna; five great-grandsons, Jack, Charles, Nicholas, Dylan and Thomas. Also survived by brother Charles Korlath and many nieces & nephews. Margaret was a 40 year employee of Northwestern Bell Telephone Company where she was a Metro Life Member Pioneer. Private Service at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Francis de Sales Church, St. Paul, MN or to donor’s choice.    4/28/21

Susan M. Loehrer, 78 of St. Cloud who passed away Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at the St. Cloud Hospital 
surrounded by family. Memorial Services will be at 11 AM on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at St. Mary Help of Christians in St. Augusta Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Homes, St. Cloud.
Susan was born November 10, 1942 to Robert and Agnes (Younkin) Steichen in St. Cloud. She married David Loehrer on August 21, 1962. Susan worked as a telephone operator and as an assignment clerk for 30 years. She was a member of St. Mary’s Help of Christians Church as well as the Christian Women. Susan loved knitting, collecting cook books, listening to Elvis and Roy Orbison as well as watching her favorite shows such as Jeopardy, Gunsmoke, NCIS and Law & Order: SVU. Susan enjoyed her trips to the beauty salon where she could visit with everyone. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
Survivors include her children, Julie (Richard) Morrow of Long Prairie, Rebecca (William) Spear of Monticello, Gregory of Sauk Rapids, Douglas (Pamela) of Sauk Centre, Michael (Jeana) of Sauk Rapids, and Sarah Riedeman (Brad Schaefer) of St. Cloud; 10 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; siblings, Ramona Luebesmeier of Sauk Rapids and Veronica Vanorny of Ortonville.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, David on January 6, 2019; and brother, Daniel Steichen.
  4/23/21

Gerald "Jerry" Dennis Johnson, age 91 of Wayzata, Minnesota. Died April 17th.
Proceeded in death by parents Earl and Emily Johnson. Survived by wife of 63 years, Nancy, sons Marc (Bobbie) Todd, sister Sandra Cote and family, niece Judy (Ed) Hansen and family. Jerry was a city kid in Minneapolis, when as a teenager his folks bought a farm in Watertown, where he learned to milk cows and attended high school playing on the football and basketball teams. In 1948, Jerry enlisted in the US Navy, participating in the Inchon landings and the Battle of Chosin during the Korean War. Following his time in the service, Jerry began work at Northwestern Bell in 1954 and retired after 36 years. He remained a Metro Life Member Pioneer. He was a past master of Wayzata Masonic Lodge and active in the Shrine. For 18 years, he marched in parades with the Shrine Bagpipe Band, always maintaining strict confidentiality as to what he wore under his kilt.
Jerry also played the piano and would occasionally break out his harmonica at campfire gatherings. He sang in the choir at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka where he was a member for 50 years. He loved to travel with biking tours throughout Europe, as well trips to China, Central America and many family road trips all around the U.S.A. For the past 17 years Jerry had many happy times with family and friends at the house in Silver Bay on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Jerry enjoyed reading books about history and science. A classic Hollywood movie buff, Jerry's favorite movie was The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, but the film he always felt he was living, was It's a Wonderful Life. Services pending. Memorials to IOCP in Plymouth   4/22/21


Dennis Dale “Denny” Buckley, age 82, of Grand Rapids, MN, passed away on Friday, April 16, 2021
at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, MN from heart complications.
Dennis was born in 1938 to Leo & Eldora (Krahnke) Buckley in Grand Rapids, MN. Growing up across from Blandin Beach, he quickly became an avid swimmer. He attended the Central School and graduated from Grand Rapids High School in 1956. He played hockey & football for Grand Rapids High School and participated in gymnastics. He still enjoyed watching hockey & football games - especially the Packers, the Minnesota Wild & the Gophers.
Dennis was baptized, confirmed, and married at First Lutheran Church and later attended Mt. Olive Church. He served 2 years in the Army where he received several military awards. Following his service, he began 35 years of work at Northwestern Bell Telephone “Ma Bell” until his retirement. He was a trap shooter and enjoyed hunting for any animal and fishing with his crews. In the fall/winter, he could be found at the hunting shack or Hodgins-Berardo Arena. In recent summers, he spent time giving 4-wheeler rides and fishing “secret lakes” with his grandchildren. He enjoyed daily coffee at Burger King with his buddies and making his twice a week trips to Deer River with his brother, Pat.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jack Buckley and his wife, Kathy (Wilson) Buckley; two sisters, Ruth Ann Bay and her husband Roger; Leolyn Vik and her husband Richard; sister-in-law, Kathryn (Olson) Buckley; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; daughter, Allison Buckley; son, Adam (Kelly) Buckley; three special grandchildren, Emmerson Olivia, Henrik Adam, and Milan Dennis; brother, Patrick Buckley and his family; sister, Carol (Frank) Zbreski and her family; three godsons; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation will be Monday, April 26, 2021 at 12:00 PM at Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids, MN followed by the 1:00 PM memorial service, officiated by Rev. Dr. Neil R. Rand, PhD. Burial and military honors will be at Itasca Calvary Cemetery, Grand Rapids, MN.  4/22/21

Richard Dewey Moline, age 90, passed away on April 9, 2021.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Ada and daughter, Michelle Moline. Was enlisted in the US Navy during the Korean War to serve his
 country. Also retired from Northwestern Bell Telephone after 32 years where he was a Metro Life Member Pioneer. Survived by his daughter, Susanne Bogan and son, Richard Moline Jr.; grandchildren, Justin, Rachael, Laura (Brad) and great granddaughter, Emilia; along with many nieces and nephews. Funeral Service Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. with visitation one hour prior at the Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. Washburn-McReavy.com Edina Chapel 952-920-3996 West 50th St. & Hwy 100
   4/19/21

Joann O. “Sally” Bolster, age 87 of Crystal passed away 4/13/21.

Preceded in death by parents, Matthew and Olivia Bolster; and sister, Millie Sage. Survived by brother, Don (Mary Ann) Bolster; sister, Carol (Jerry) Zimmerman; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Longtime member of the Telephone Pioneers and Hug-A-Bears program; and the Business and Professional Women (BPW); retired from US West after 30 years of service. Sally loved to travel, golf and visit the casino. Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday (4/21), 11 AM with visitation starting at 9:30 AM at St. Joseph Parish Center, 8701 36th Avenue North, New Hope. Interment Gethsemane Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the American Cancer Society or the St. Joseph Parish Community.   4/15/21

Michael Thomas ‘Mike’ ,L'Allier, age 63 of Rockford, MN passed away on April 5, 2021.
Mike was born in Heidelberg, Germany on May 12, 1957 to Dick and Rosanne Lallier while Dick was serving overseas. Mike grew up in Brooklyn Center, MN and graduated from Park Center High School, where he was known for his gymnastics, photography, and artistic abilities. Mike worked for Century Link for over 40 years where he was a Metro Pioneer.. He was preceded in death by all grandparents, L'Allier and Calhoun; both parents, and his son, Sean. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 27 years, Elise (Hempel); daughter, Angie (Jake) Nelson; granddaughter, Alexa Nelson; siblings, Greg, Pete (Jennifer) and Jane (Tim) Hall. He will also be greatly missed by his mom-in-law, Audree; sisters-in-law, Michelle and Susan Hempel, Denise (Jon) Olson; many fabulous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, as well as many other family and loved ones. Mike battled cancer more than once in his life, and proved the doctors wrong several times, never buying into their timeline. He had a great outlook on life, even at the end and showed great grace through it all. Gathering of family and friends will be held on Sat. May 1, 2021  4/12/21

Death of a deceased Pionieer family member. Lois was the wife of deceased Arrowhead Pioneer Donald Gelineau Sr.
Lois Mae Gelineau April 7, 1927 ~ April 4, 2021 (age 93)
Lois M. “Bubbles” Gelineau, 93, a longtime Duluth resident, passed away peacefully on Easter Sunday with family by her side in the Superior Rehabilitation Center.  She was born in Duluth on April 7, 1927 to Frank and Rose Strihalick.  Lois was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, and the Lois Club.  Lois loved traveling to Florida where she spent 30 plus winters with her husband Don.  She loved fashion, she took great pride in her appearance and in keeping a well-kept home.She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Donald Sr., son Donald Jr., son-in-law Michael Konczak, sisters Lorraynne LeClair, and Geraldine UdClaire.  She is survived by her daughter Sharon Gelineau, grandchildren Michael (Amy) Konczak and Kimberly (Tom) Heinitz, two great-grandchildren Nore Ann Heinitz and Greyson Konczak, a sister Bette Gerval, and several nieces and nephews.  Visitation will be held on Thursday April 8, 2021 from 10AM until the 11Am Funeral Service in Dougherty Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.  Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home.  600 E. 2nd St. Duluth, MN 55805.  218-727-3555.  4/7/21

Judith Morinville On Tuesday, March 30, 2021, Judith Krystofiak Morinville,
loving wife and mother of three, passed away at age 78. Judy was born on January 25, 1943 in Minneapolis, MN to Walter and Stella (Latawiec)
Krystofiak. On October 25, 1963 Judy married the love of her life, Gerald (Jerry) Morinville, together they raised three children; daughters Jennifer and Susan, and son, James.
Judy worked at Northwestern Bell (US West) throughout her career and was a Metro Life Member Pioneer. She attended the University of St. Catherine; while her children were teenagers and graduated with a degree in Business Administration with minors in communications and economics. While at the university she achieved the Mary Alice Muellerleile Leadership Award.
Some of Judy’s passions were for learning, crafting and traveling. She was active at both churches, St. John the Baptist, New Brighton, MN and St. Mary Magdalene, Gilbert, AZ. She sang in both choirs and cherished the friendships she made. She and Jerry counseled couples in preparation for the sacrament of marriage. She was an active member of the Knights of Columbus Council, Knights Wives, Fridley, MN and active in the Trilogy community (Gilbert, AZ) where she worked the ticket office and assisted with the documents committee.
Judy was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Stella Krystofiak, brother, Timothy and granddaughter, Kennedy Marie Heiling. She is survived by her husband, Jerry, of 57 years, daughters: Jennifer (Jerry) Heiling, Susan (Jim) Dufault, and son, James (Terry). Grandchildren Adison and Elijah Morinville, Conner Enlow (Sue), Carley Heiling and Zach and Tyler Hegvik (Jim); and special friend, Renee Koziol.
A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Baptist Choir, New Brighton, MN or Hospice of the Valley, Lund Home, Gilbert, AZ.
     4/5/21

Carol was the wife of deceased Central Council Pioneer Elwood Wade.
Carol Jean Wade, 77, passed away peacefully on March 27th, 2021.
Funeral services will be held at 7:00 PM on Monday, April 5th at Williams Dingmann Funeral Home in St. Cloud. Visitation will be from 4:00 PM–7:00 PM prior to the service at the funeral home. Rev. Gerald Dalseth will officiate and burial will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls. Carol was born on April 5th, 1943 in St. Cloud to Albert and Florence (Bidinger) Feddema. She married Elwood R. Wade on July 4th, 1981 at Redeemer Lutheran Church. She worked as an administrator for District 742 for most of her career. Carol enjoyed camping, fishing and traveling. Carol and Elwood shared many laughs and good times at the Eagles Club where they were members for several decades. Carol loved entertaining and being with family and friends. She was kind, generous and fun loving until the end. Carol is survived by her children Brigitt Roman of Minneapolis, Tim(Heather) Roman of Minnetonka, Tom(Melanie) Wade of Browerville, Cherise Wade of Texas; grandchildren Carson Roman, Zoe Roman, Kirsten Wade, Heather Garbe, Natasha Wade, Tamber Wade; Sister Theresa Orthman and sister-in-law Dianne Feddema; 4 great grandchildren, and many other friends and family. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Elwood R. Wade; son Robert Wade; and brother Ralph Feddema.   4/3/21

Henry Dale Belsvik was born on January 25, 1935 in Duluth Minnesota to John Henry and Victoria Belsvik.
Brother to Darlene, June, Jennifer and Vicky. Graduated from Duluth Central High School in 1953. Went to work for Western Electric in Chicago before entering service in the United States Marine Corp attaining the rank of Corporal. Upon discharge Dale went to work for Northwestern Bell. He started out digging telephone pole holes by hand and retired as an Outside Line Engineer designing fiber optic communication systems. He thoroughly enjoyed working for Ma Bell and developed many lasting friendships there.
On August 8, 1959 Dale married the love of his life, Gertrude. They enjoyed 53 years together and raised six children. Spending time with family was what dad treasured most and always looked forward to the family get togethers. The family spent the early years traveling to visit relatives around the country, always in conjunction with accordion competitions. Mom and Dad enjoyed many Caribbean cruises and traveled extensively. Dale always had several projects going at one time. Never one to be without something to do, he would often take a fiver just to plan out his next project. He could always be found in his office developing a strategy. He enjoyed WW II history, clogging and telling a good joke. We all enjoyed the Great Belsvik Campouts Dad coordinated.
Dad’s faith in Jesus Christ was most represented by the way he lived. Always one to give of himself, slow to anger and quick to forgive. A friend to everyone. Mom passed in 2012 and into his life came Joann Robson, his Honeybunch. She saved him from himself and they enjoyed life for six years. Thank you Joann for making a difference in Dad’s life.
Dad is survived by his six children. Nancy and Brian, Donna, Scott and Robyn, Steve, Randall and John and his special one, Susan.
Grandchildren include Daniela, (Fenderhead), O’Neill, (Toots), Ben, (Duke) and Adam, (Spike). Dad had nicknames for his grandkids.
Great Grandchildren include Jack, Lola, Avril and Zane Whelan. Brice and Phillip Peterson and Coby and Adrah Peterson.
And many, many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Dad fought the good fight, finished the race and kept the faith. 2 Tim 4:7
Thank you Dad, for the good life.
Funeral Service: Tuesday, April 6 at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior at The Landing Church, 9302 W Skyline Pkwy, in Duluth.
 4/3/21
 

Death of a Pioneer Family member.  James was the husband of Central Council Pioneer Ginny Posthumus Kampa
J
ames Stanley Kampa, 81, of St. Cloud (Palmer Township), passed away peacefully at his home on March 30, 2021
After a bravely fought battle with cancer. Jim Kampa, 81, of St. Cloud (Palmer Township), passed away peacefully at his home on March 30, 2021, after a bravely fought battle with cancer. Funeral Services will be 10:30 AM, Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Duelm. Rev. Joseph Bachowski will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 8:00 PM, Tuesday evening at the Foley Funeral Home and will continue from 9:30 to 10:30 AM at the church on Wednesday. Burial will take place in the Parish Cemetery. Military Honors will be provided by the Foley American Legion. An additional Celebration of Jim's life will be held July 31, 2021 at the Kampa Family Farm. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Jim was born in St. Cloud, MN on April 12, 1939 to Stanley and Frances (Miller) Kampa. He enlisted and served in the Army and was stationed in Germany before returning to Minnesota. He was joined in marriage to Lucy Galisto on May 28, 1959 and together they welcomed four children. Along with being a lifelong farmer, he also worked as a Construction Supervisor for Blattner Construction for many years before retiring and was then able to enjoy his Century Farm full time. After Lucy's death in 1999, he met and was then married to Virginia Posthumus on August 1, 2003 which blessed him with two stepsons.
He was a gentle, generous husband, father and grandparent who had a particular fondness for sweets, enjoyed exploring the country on horseback with his wife Ginny and their many trail-riding companions and he always had a story to share. Above all else, Jim cherished time spent with those he loved. A true patriarch, he spent his time on the farm working side by side with his family, who were as devoted to him and he was to them and he spent the winters in Arizona where he enjoyed many happy times visiting with relatives and wonderful friends there. His memorable smile and warm heart will be dearly missed by many. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.
Jim is survived by his wife Ginny, his children and step-children, Nick (Cheryl) Kampa of St. Cloud, Julie (Dave) Dosh of Becker, Kevin (Kim) Kampa of St Cloud, Jim (Amanda) Kampa of Eden Prairie, Kyle (Ashley Bierman) Posthumus of Waconia and Jarod (Terra) Posthumus of Phoenix, AZ., his grandchildren; Jackie, Andrew, Megan, Mitchell, Brandon, Ann, Grace, Joseph, Henry, William, Reagan, Maren and Quinn, seven great-grandchildren and sisters Lois (John) Blattner and Sue Lintgen.
He is preceded in death by wife Lucy Kampa, his parents, his sister Jean Schloegel, his infant brother, Jack and his brother-in-law, Vito Galisto.    4/2/21

Ron Nichols Age 72, of Coon Rapids Passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on March 20, 2021
Preceded in death by his parents, Elias and Lucille; brother, Stephen; sister, Cheryl. Ron will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 50 ½ years Diane; children, Kevin (Heidi), Jara (Dan); grandchildren, Andrew, Ella, Riley; siblings, Maureen, David (Linda), Kathy (Don); Ron is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Ron retired from CenturyLink after a 35-year career where he was a Metro Life Member Pioneer. He started with Northwestern Bell as a Lineman, then went on to work as a Splicer, Hi-Cap Technician, supervisor of the Digital Services Crew (Slc-Mux) and retired as a Loop Electronics Coordinator/Engineer. He was the calm voice in any storm and a good friend to all who knew him.  Ron was an avid sports fan, especially of the Minnesota Twins. His greatest joy in life was spending time with his grandchildren. Funeral Service 11:00 am Friday (3/26) at Gearhart Funeral Home (11275 Foley Blvd. NW., Coon Rapids) Visitation 4-7 pm Thursday (3/25) at the funeral home and 10 am until time of service on Friday. Social Distancing and Masks are required at visitation and funeral service. www.GearhartFuneralHome.com     3/23/21
 

Mary Ann Huber Heezen received her wings into Heaven on March 8, 2021.
She passed away peacefully at her home in Leander, Texas. Mary Ann was born July 25, 1940, in Paris, Arkansas to Anna and Frank Huber.
She spent her childhood in Paris and attended high school in Fort Smith Arkansas. After graduation she moved to Des Moines, Iowa and worked at Northwestern Bell Telephone Company. She met the love of her life, Eugene Heezen, who lived in the same apartment building. They were married in Des Moines on May 8, 1965, and shortly afterward moved to a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mary Ann worked for the phone company until she retired in 1997 and remained a Metro Life Member Pioneer. In retirement she lived in Bentonville, Arkansas, Naples, Florida, and Maple Grove, Minnesota.
She spent the last six years of her life in Leander Texas. Mary Ann was the bravest, strongest woman. She had many chemo treatments in her many years of stage four colon cancer. "Love Life" was her motto. She is preceded in death by her parents and her brother Charles Huber. She leaves on earth her brothers, Bill and Jim Huber; her daughter, Kathy Zenk (husband Alan, grandchildren Andrew and Tony), her daughter, Janet Robbins (husband Chris, step-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Nick and Patrick), many nieces, nephews and friends, and her beloved husband of nearly 56 years, Eugene Heezen.
Her daily walks were her ritual. In honor of Mary Ann take a walk today and get yourself an ice cream cone. Memorial Service to be held in Paris, Arkansas in the Fall of 2021.   
3/19/21
 

Death of a Pioneer Family member - Sister of Pioneer Ken Pierskalla
Theresa S. Pierskalla Age: 81  Born: 08-02-1939  Died: 03-17-2021
Visitation: Daniel Funeral Home, St. Joseph, Minnesota
Service: St. Columbkille Catholic Church, St. Wendel, Minnesota
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in St. Wendel for Theresa S. Pierskalla, age 81, of St. Wendel who passed away at her home in Avon on Wednesday, March 17, 2021. Reverend Gregory Mastey will officiate. Burial will take place in the parish cemetery.
Visitation will take place between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Monday at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Joseph and one hour prior to services on Tuesday at the church. Parish prayers will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home in St. Joseph.
Theresa was born on August 2, 1939 in St. Cloud to Louis and Selina (Meinz) Pierskalla. She lived in Avon Township most of her life. Theresa was employed by First American National Bank and later at ING as a banker. She was a member of St. Columbkille Catholic Church and Christian Women, and past member of Zonta International.
She enjoyed the Minnesota Twins, taking vacations with her brother Robert, and spending time outdoors.
Theresa is survived by her brothers, Kenneth of St. Cloud and Robert of St. Wendel; and nieces, nephews and extended family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, James.
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred for a donation in support of ALS.     
3/19/21

Joan H. Trader, Age: 83 Born: 08-21-1937-Died: 03-15-2021
Visitation  Service: Daniel Funeral Home, St. Cloud, Minnesota
A Gathering of Family and Friends celebrating the life of Joan H. Trader, age 83 of St. Cloud will be Friday, March 19, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. until a prayer service at 6:00 p.m. at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud. Joan passed away on Monday, March 15, 2021 at St. Benedict’s Senior Community in St. Cloud. Interment will take place at Riverside Cemetery in Ronneby.
Joan was born August 21, 1937 in St. Cloud Minnesota to Edward and Hazel (Walter) Strandberg. She married Duane E. Trader on June 9, 1973 at Holy Angels Catholic Church in St. Cloud. Joan was employed as an Operator by Northwestern Bell Telephone for many years; after retirement she operated a daycare from her home and was later employed by Crossroads Target until her final retirement. She was a member of the Women of the Moose #417.
Joan is survived by her daughter, Christina (Tom) Zwack of St. Cloud; granddaughter, Britta Landry; grandson, Jensin Landry; step-grandsons, Jered Zwack and Jeremy (Amanda) Zwack; and step-great granddaughter, Briella Zwack.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband Duane.
The joy of Joan’s life where her grandchildren. The family would like to thank St. Benedict’s Senior Community and St. Croix Hospice. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flower
s    3/16/21

Richard “Dick” Pappin, Jr. age 83 of Anoka.
Dick felt blessed to have been adopted by his loving parents. He graduated from Minneapolis Central High School in 1956, joined the US Navy after graduation and served active duty for two years and in the reserves for four years. He worked for Northwestern Bell in many roles for 30 years and remained a Metro Life Member Pioneer. After retirement Dick worked as a Safety Consultant at Associated General Contractors in Saint Paul. He volunteered with Loaves and Fishes and Habitat for Humanity. Dick was a founding member of the Skibo Northern Ponderosa. His positive attitude for life and his amazing disposition brought enjoyment to everyone he encountered. He was a great example of how to live life to the fullest. He loved his family and friends, spending time playing cribbage, building fishing rods, fishing, hunting at the shack and spending time with his loving wife Bonnie of 45 years. They enjoyed traveling and spent winters in Arizona enjoying their grandkids and great-grandchildren. Everyone who met dad knew how special he was and will never forget his stories.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Richard, Sr. and Irene (Harthill) Pappin and sister, Mary Wegars. He is survived by his loving wife, Bonnie (McLaughlin), sister, Judy Deslauriers, brother, William Pappin, children, Cheryl Johnson, James (Kelly) and Nancy (Bob) Furry, grandchildren, Jesse (Lori) Pappin, Danielle Furry, Anna (Dustin) Rosburg, Steve (Alex) Furry, Alicia (Justin) Johnson, Molly Pappin, Egan Pappin, Collin (Amanda) Lehman, Corey (Margaret) Lehman, great-grandchildren, Ruby, Ellie, Sawyer, Ryder, Breckyn, Brynlee, Frankie, Emmie and Josie, numerous nieces and nephews. Due to the Covid-19 situation private family services will be held with interment at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Lewy Body Dementia Association.    
3/14/21

Thomas Raymond Shinnick. age 85, of Brooklyn Center, MN passed away at Adagio Manor in Golden Valley, MN
on March 12, 2021.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Marie Shinnick; & uncle and aunt Ted (Lucille) Shinnick. Survived by his loving wife, Lorraine; daughter, Lynn (Kevin) Kottke; sons, Patrick and Dan; grandchildren, Melissa, Steve, Anna, and Jessica; cousins, John (Charon) Shinnick and Kathleen (Jim) Halek.
Tom was born on December 26, 1935 in Minneapolis, MN to Ray and Marie Shinnick. His mother died while Tom was still and infant. He was raised in a boarding house on 2nd Ave South in Minneapolis by the lady who ran the boarding house who he called mother. His father was a lather and worked construction. Being it was the depression, he had to travel around to find work, but was still a big part of Tom’s childhood. The lady raising him died when Tom was about 12, Tom and his father moved in with Tom’s Uncle and Aunt Ted and Cele Shinnick and his cousins Ione, Donny, Buck, and Kathleen. Tom considered his cousins to be brothers and sisters.
Tom attended St Philip’s Catholic School, Ascension school and Minneapolis North High School. He graduated from North in 1954. Tom worked a few different jobs until 1956 when he started his career and Northwestern Bell Telephone Company. Tom worked as an installer, lineman, and a supervisor in the central office in downtown Minneapolis. Tom retired in 1993 after a wonderful 37-year career and remained a Metro Life Pioneer.
One of Tom’s favorite pastimes was bowling and on October 10, 1957, he met Lorraine Deglmann on a blind date at a bowling alley. It must have gone well because they were married on October 10, 1959 in Princeton, MN. They moved to Brooklyn Center in 1961 where they raised their family. Tom was involved with the Brooklyn Center National Little League for over 30 years as a coach, umpire, president, and treasurer. He cut the grass and maintained the buildings. One of the fields was named “Shinnick Field” in Tom’s honor. He also coached Babe Ruth baseball in Brooklyn Center. Tom was a member of the Brooklyn Center Park & Recreation Commission for 31 years and the Brooklyn Center District 286 School board for 17 years. He was also a member of the Brooklyn Center Business Association and on the board of the Brooklyn Historical Society including 2 years as president.
Tom joined the Brooklyn Center Lions club in June of 1983. He held all the offices the club had at some point during his career including Club President in 1991-92. He became district governor in 1997 and earned District Governor of Excellence. During his time with the Lions, he was part of the MN Lions Eye Bank, MN Lions Diabetes Foundation, was named Lion of the Year and a Melvin Jones Fellow. For Tom, the best part of being a Lion was all the friendships he made and the satisfaction of knowing how much good the Brooklyn Center Lions club did for the community. He was enormously proud of being a Lion. Tom was inducted into the Brooklyn Center City Hall of Fame in 1996 in recognition of his contributions to the city he loved and championed for the past 60 years.
Visitation, Friday, March 19th 4-8PM/ Evans-Nordby Funeral Home 6000 Brooklyn Blvd. Brooklyn Center, MN    
3/14/21

Robert “Bob” Applen, age 92 of Burnsville passed away 3/6/21.
Bob grew up in Harmony MN and served overseas in the US Army Signal Corp during the Korean War. He was a long-time employee of Northwestern Bell in MN and NE. Bob was also a Metro Life Member Pioneer. Preceded in death by wife Norma (also a Retiree/Pioneer) and two brothers. Survived by his daughter Kerrie (Paul) Jaeger, grandsons Joshua (Michele), Jordan (fiancé Natasha Acuña), great-granddaughters Sarah and Chloe, and brother Dennis Applen. A private service will be held later.      3/14/21

Gary Keith Knudson, age 76, passed away 3/7/21 at his winter home in Sun City, AZ.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jalmer and Lillian Knudson, wife Sharon (DeVries) Knudson and son Steven Knudson. Gary started his career in 1970 with Northwestern Bell and retired in 2000 and remained a Metro Life Member Pioneer. He is survived by his wife Rita (Deeney-Hagen) Knudson, Sister Janice Hoek (Neil), Daughter-in-Law Salena Knudson, Son Brian Knudson, Daughter Renae Knudson (Charles Easterlin), Daughter Ronda Otto (Gary) and Stepson Matt Hagen. He is also survived by Grandchildren Alyssa, Hannah, Lynsey, Jordyn and Emersyn Knudson and Step Grandson Mason Otto.
Full obituary will be published this Spring when a Memorial Service is scheduled.     
3/14/21

Our beautiful mother, Lucille H. Kolberg, 92, of Duluth,
died peacefully in her home with her family by her side on March 3, 2021, following a brief illness. She was born on November 5, 1928, in rural Cleveland, ND to parents Byron and Hulda (Kurtz) Brooks. She moved to Duluth in 1953 where she married Charles K. Kolberg. They were married for 45 years until his passing in 1998. She was employed by U. S. West retiring in 1987. Lucille was a member of the Telephone Pioneers and Elim Lutheran Church. One of her greatest joys in life was walking in Morgan Park. Lucille was an excellent cook and baker and was known for her delicious pies and cinnamon rolls. In 2008, Lucille was named Hero of Morgan Park. Preceding her in death was her husband Charles; parents; brothers Raymond, Leslie, Burnett, Arthur and Wilbert. Surviving is a brother Luxton Brooks of Jamestown, ND; sister-in-laws Verna Brooks of Grand Forks, ND and Frances Brooks of Jamestown; several nieces and cousins; daughter Susan Kolberg, Duluth and her children Christopher Kuznik, Silver Bay, and Elizabeth Kuznik, Sarasota, FL; daughter Brenda (Bruce) Blasey of Duluth and their children Rick Flaherty (Kimber) and Michael Flaherty both of Duluth; Robert (Bethany) Blasey, Phoenix, AZ; Shaun (Katelyn) Blasey, Maceo Blasey, Christopher Blasey and Adrien Blasey all of Duluth; son Stephen (Carol) Kolberg of Duluth and their children Matthew Kolberg of Minneapolis, MN, Lindsay (Bryant) Hale of Ramsey, MN and Jonathan Kolberg of Champlin, MN; and Jamie Osborn of Superior. She is also survived by great-grandchildren Corey Flaherty, Marissa Hale and baby boy Hale on the way. A private graveside service at Oneota Cemetery will take place at a later date. 
3/9/21

Kenneth A. Tigue, age 83 of Fridley, NE Mpls and Cross Lake, Minnesota passed away March 4, 2021.
Ken was a 1955 graduate of Minneapolis Edison High School. In 1958 he was united in marriage to Barbara (Peterson) Tigue. For almost 40 years he was employed by Northwestern Bell Telephone which became QWest starting out as a Lineman and ended his career in 1995 as an Engineer. Ken was also a Metro Life Member Pioneer. He loved spending time at the lake cabin where he was considered the Mayor of Hillcrest Heights. He enjoyed traveling and was a fan of the Minnesota Twins and the Minnesota Vikings. Ken is preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Thelma (Torgeson) Tigue and his sister, Sandy LeDoux. Survived by wife, Barbara; daughters, Kim (Matt Matteson) McLain and Kris (Craig) Johnson; granddaughters, Mollie McLain and Sarah (Chaz) Harrison; great-granddaughters, Sonny and Harlow Harrison; sisters, Donna Busch and Jackie (Jerry) Westberg; many nieces, nephews and friends. Service for family will be Wednesday, March 10 2021 from 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM. Kozlak-Radulovich Funeral Chapel, 1918 University Avenue NE. Mpls, MN 55418      3/7/21

John Rocco Riggio, 81, of Duluth, passed away peacefully with his family by his side at home on Tuesday March 2, 2021 He was born in Duluth on September 15, 1939 to Dominick and Marie Riggio. John graduated from Duluth Central High School and from the Duluth Votech. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran. John married Donna Fox on December 30, 1967 in Duluth, MN. He worked for Northwestern Bell, U.S. West, and Qwest Telephone companies retiring as a COE Tech. John was a member of the Italian American Club, Bocce Ball league, and he enjoyed gardening and reading.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and an infant brother Joseph.
He is survived by his wife Donna, children Michelle Riggio, Anthony Riggio, Chad (April) Riggio, and Peter Riggio, grandchildren Nicole, Bradly, Caprice, Joseph, Alex, and Brody, great-grandchildren Jazzlynn and Skylar, and his sister Claudia (Patrick) Grohsman.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home. 600 E. 2nd St. Duluth, MN 55805. 218-727-3555.      3/5/21

Lord Richard Peter Olsen of Pike Lake passed away peacefully in the home of his daughter Pauline the evening of January 25th
surrounded by loved ones. Dick fought a noble fight against Covid 19 and proudly came out victorious only to acquire pneumonia three weeks later.  Richard (Dick) was first born of two children to Albert and Jenny (Nestdahl) Olsen on June 11th, 1931. He was educated at Proctor High School and remained a passionate supporter of his beloved alma mater up through his 80’s as a co-organizer of class reunions. He remained friends with everyone from his class (1949), these friendships meant the world to him.
Dick served proudly in the Navy and US Navy Reserves as a Seebee then moved up the North Shore to Lax Lake, a place he loved his entire life. He worked as a lineman for Northwestern Bell and adored his job, the people he served and everyone he worked with. In 1963 he married the love of his life, June Seymour. Along with her daughter Patti they moved to Duluth Heights in 1964 where their daughter Pauline was born shortly after in 1966. He was then working an office job for US West Telephone Companies and enjoyed every second of it, for the next forty years. In 1973 they moved to Pike Lake; the place Dick loved the most. The family moved into a cabin at the request of June, with no plumbing and no insulation. Dick built by hand, Junes dream home from what was mostly a raw shell with an outhouse. His parents and his brother (Guy) and his family (Fern, Cheryl, Debbie) lived on the lake and for the rest of his life Dick loved this place most. Here he had a multitude of friends of every age and remained friends with them until his death. 

Dick was a proud 50-year member of the Trinity Masonic Lodge #282, the Scottish Rite Valley of Duluth, Pike Lake Association, Telephone Pioneers, The Lake Avenue Loafers, UMD Hockey Parents and Pike Lake Presbyterian Church where earlier in life he was an amazing Choir member.
Mostly and above all else, he was humble and kind to everyone. He was inquisitive, generous, thoughtful, and had an outrageous sense of humor until the very end. Dick loved life so much and loved people with his whole heart. He truly lived life simply, honestly, and faithfully.
Dick was proceeded in death by his parents, his lifetime best friend and brother (Guy), and love of his life forever and always (June). Dick leaves behind: Daughters Pauline (Kirk Vesterstein) Olsen, Patti Ann (Erik) Pederson, Grandchildren Jeffery, Nicky and Kaitlyn and many nieces and nephews he loved as his own children.
As a final request, he asked that all memorials be directed to the Boys and Girls Club of Duluth.
In consideration of COVID19, please wear a face mask for a walk-through visitation February 22nd at Pike Lake Presbyterian Church from 11:00-12:00. Internment following with Military Honors at Sunrise Memorial in Hermantown.
Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, 600 E. 2nd St., Duluth MN 55805, 218-727-3555.   
2/15/21

 

Death of a Pioneer family member. JoAnne was the wife of Pioneer Phil Imholte
Imholte, JoAnne "Jo" age 86, of Andover, Minnesota passed away on Thursday, February 4, 2021.
Jo was born December 19, 1934. Jo is survived by her children, Bruce Imholte (Ginny), Barbara Imholte,
Stephen Imholte (Rachael), Sharon Courneya (Jeff), Jerry Imholte (Linda), Doug Imholte (Nancy) and Patti Olson. Twenty grandchildren
and 28 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Phil, 1 grandson and 2 great-grandchildren. Join us to Celebrate Jo's Life on Sunday, June 27th in Clear Lake, MN. JoAnne was born in Minneapolis, MN to Alexander and Marie (Hall) Semchyshyn. She grew up in Anoka, MN. She graduated from Anoka High School. Jo married Philip Imholte on June 28th, 1952. They continued to stay
passionately married for 52 years before Phil passed away. Jo and Phil's faith was central to their lives and their marriage. They are now reunited with Jesus in heaven. Jo was a trailblazer for business and professional women as she was Executive Director of Detroit Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce from 1970 to 1974 and active with the DL Jaycee Women, as well a small business owner in Detroit Lakes for several years. She
helped start the Holy Rosary Parish Festival & chaired the Festival along with her husband Phil for several years. Jo was also active with the Detroit Lakes Rotary Club all the while raising a large and close-knit family. Demonstrating that women could be both professionally and personally successful. Jo's greatest accomplishment is her family. She had great joy in following the successes of her children, grandchildren & greatgrandchildren. Her legacy lives on in these 3 generations as a close and connected family for which she was very proud. Jo had a great sense of humor and always enjoyed the witty banter of her family. She looked forward to the next social event of family and friends. She was well loved by all who knew her. She and Phil did a lot of traveling with the Telephone Pioneers and Jo was always looking forward to the next adventure. She especially loved traveling abroad and would have traveled the world if she could have.  Jo also enjoyed taking her grandchildren and great-grandchildren on adventures.
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2/15/21
 

Rutherford Morrison, “Len” age 96, peacefully passed away January 24, 2021.
Len grew up in the Longfellow neighborhood and at 12 years old helped his father build their beautiful home. He graduated from Roosevelt High School. During WWII he was a 2nd Lieutenant Air Force Pilot. After the war he married Bernice and had three children. He began his career in 1946 at Northwestern Bell Telephone Co where he worked for 37 years. His career started as a lineman and ended in management. Len remained a Metro Life Member Pioneer. He enjoyed bowling, golfing and spending time with his many work friends and neighbors. He was a skilled woodworker, a master crossword player and could repair almost anything mechanical or electrical. He was preceded in death by: his parents Leonard and Ruth. His first wife; Bernice. His infant daughter; Carol. His second wife; Mary. And his close companion; Alice Eckberg. He is survived by his children; James and Ann. His sister; Betsy. And his grandson; Kyle. He will be missed. A private service will be held. Memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association.    2/15/21
 

Death of a Central Council Pioneers family member.
Ed Barthel was a brother of Central Council Pioneers Al Barthel and Judy Rolfzen

Edwin J. “Ed” Barthel, 75, of Sauk Rapids, who died on January 29, 2021
at Country Manor Campus in Sartell after a 17-month battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. The Rev. Tom Knoblach will officiate. Interment of the urn will be in the parish cemetery at a later date. Due to concerns related to COVID-19, a private Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, February 11 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids, The funeral Mass will be streamed by Sacred Heart Parish and available for viewing, both during and after the Mass, on their YouTube channel and website at https://www.sacredheartsaukrapids.org/livestream. Those wishing to watch it live may contact the family for time specifics. An outdoor celebration of Ed’s life is being considered for a later date. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Ed was born on August 8, 1945 in St. Cloud to Clarence and Elfrieda (Sis) Barthel. He was a 1963 graduate of Sauk Rapids High School and served in the U.S. Navy from 1963-1965. Outside of his Navy service and final months at Country Manor, Ed lived in Sauk Rapids his entire life and was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for 41 years, retiring in 2009. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids.
Cherished by those around him, Ed enjoyed spending free time with his siblings and their families, as well as his many friends. He especially loved fishing and card playing, notably cribbage, and belonged to several area card clubs. On his hobby farm, he maintained a large vegetable garden and raised cattle and egg-laying hens, generously sharing the harvests with family and many others, including those in need. Ed was a kind man who frequently put the needs of others ahead of his own. He also made people laugh with his amazingly quick wit and great sense of humor, even in his last days.
Ed is survived by sisters and brothers Anita (Harold) Rooney of Sauk Rapids, Alvin (Carol) Barthel of Little Falls, Jerry (Elizabeth) Barthel and Vernon (Elizabeth) Barthel of Sauk Rapids, Judy (Mike) Rolfzen of Albany, and Leon (Wendi) Barthel of Sauk Rapids, as well as 16 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, James (1968); and niece, Joy Rooney (1987).

Ed's family would like to thank the staff at Country Manor, Coborn Cancer Center, and St. Croix Hospice, who were truly attentive to Ed's needs—most notably Kim, his “angel-and-a-half."
Obituary, guestbook, and video tribute will be available online: www.foleyfuneralhome.net    
2/7/21

 

Maurice Arnold Selander, Blaine, Minn., was born on August 21, 1930 and passed away on October 31, 2020.
New York Mills grad, joined the Army, stationed in Germany for 2 years. Married Darleen Gaedke in 1954. Spent his working years with Northwestern Bell Telephone Co.until his retirement in 1997. He remained a Metro Life Member Pioneer.
Proceeded in death by parents Arnold and Anna Selander, wife Darleen, brother Alden and sisters Merle Marden and Millie Polk. Survived by daughter Debbie Heidt (Hugh), grandsons Ryan and Scott, great-grandson Landon, brothers Howard and Wayne, sisters Dorothy Krantz and Carol Marden. Funeral services have been held.   
1/29/21

 

Alice Louise Skinner (Ekstrand), age 97 of Plymouth, MN,
born and raised in Cokato, MN, passed away peacefully January 21, 2021.
Preceded in death by parents Ernst and Margaret; 8 brothers and 4 sisters (she was the "baby" and last surviving sibling) and husband Jack. Survived by son Thomas John (TJ) and daughter in law Anita of St. Louis Park; Vicki Karnitz of St. Petersburg, FL and Mary Kraemer of Plymouth, Grandchildren, Amy, Kim, KayJo and Melanie; great-grandsons Joshua, Tyler and Jake; numerous loving relatives and friends. She loved them all. She was witty, funny and had to have her lipstick on! She worked at "Ma Bell" for 25 years retiring in 1997 and was a Metro Life Member Pioneer. After retiring, she was very active in all of her churches/bible study groups in Little Falls, Crystal, Plymouth, California and Prior Lake. She made amazing, loving friends at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Ramsey. She loved reading books, crossword puzzles, watching Jeopardy and her People Magazine! We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the terrific Interim Home Hospice team who guided her care during the last couple of months. These are the saints that walk among us. Due to COVID concerns/restrictions there will be no public memorial service planned at this time. A private family burial will take place at Ft. Snelling. We hope to plan a Celebration of Life for Alice in the coming summer months.
   1/28/21
 

Death of a Central Council Pioneer family member, Betty is the wife of deceased Pioneer Don Holmgren.
Betty Ann Holmgren, 91, passed away from natural causes Dec. 4 in Carmel, California,

where she had resided at Carmel Valley Manor for the last eight years. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a service will be later this summer at Nativity Episcopal Church in Burnsville. Interment will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis.
Betty was born in Minneapolis, to Myrtle Jorgenson and Arthur Krout Nov. 3, 1929. The family moved from Minneapolis, to a farm near Forest City. After graduating from nearby Litchfield High School, Betty met Donald Holmgren, also from the Litchfield area. They married and had three children. Don worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company and they moved many times before finally settling down in St. Cloud. Because of moving so often, Betty learned quickly to adjust to new faces and surroundings. While in St. Cloud, Betty was a PTA president at Jefferson grade school. She also worked as credit manager for a retail ladies clothing store for many years. After retiring, Betty and Don
moved to Mesa, Arizona where they later became tour guides for a local travel agency and were able to travel the world over visiting many countries as diverse as Sweden and Panama. Betty and Don loved to dance. Whether it was square dance, ballroom, polka; if there was
music, they were dancing. Throughout her life, Betty always enjoyed learning new things and read on a variety of topics.
Betty is survived by her two sons, Larry (Teresa) Holmgren and David (Lynn) Holmgren; her sister Mary Lee Kragenbring; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one soon to be great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Don; and her daughter, Janet Lynn (Rodger) Langland, who passed away April 11, 2020, in Carmel Valley, California at the age of 69, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Contact sons Larry cravitz4@aol.com or David holmgrendj@yahoo.com for future date of service.   
1/26/21
 

Carol Ann Erickson, passed away on January 21, 2021 at her home in Richfield at the age of 88.
Preceded in death by husband Earle "Swede", brothers Calvin and Glen, sister Elaine. Survived by brother Earl and sister Maureen, children Scott, Craig and Robyn. Born in Badger MN, she lived in Coon Rapids MN for many years. Her career at Northwestern Bell began in Badger and continued while raising her family. She remained a Metro Life Member Pioneer. She was a member of Advent Lutheran Church in Anoka and cherished her long relationships with many friends there. Carol loved to knit and donated many scarves to those in need. Friends and family have fond memories of happy times with her, and she will be missed by all. Due to Covid concerns, a memorial to celebrate her life will be announced at a later date. Memorials may be made to Habitat for Humanity, Advent Lutheran Church or a charity of your choice. Washburn-McReavy.com Edina Chapel 952-920-3996  1/25/21


Ruth Ann Kral (West), age 67 of Eagan, MN passed away peacefully on January 21, 2021 from complications of liver disease.

Ruth was born on December 16, 1953 in Le Mars, IA to Merle & Helen West. After graduating from Gehlen Catholic School in 1972, she attended Spencer School of Business. This is where she met Gary and they wed in 1974. After marriage they lived in Spencer, IA & Sioux City, IA before moving to Eagan, MN in 1986.
Ruth spent her career working for Northwestern Bell/USWest/Qwest for over 30 years and was a Metro Life Member Pioneer. After retiring from the phone company, Ruth worked part time at Faithful Shepherd Catholic School & Marschall Line. Ruth and Gary traveled to Ireland in 2012 and were able to go to Disney World with their children & grandchildren in 2019.
Ruth’s greatest joy was her grandchildren. She loved spending time with them and attending their various church, school & sports activities. She could also be found in the kitchen baking treats with her grandchildren or spending time at the many craft shows in the area.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Dave West and Greg West; and nephew, Jeffrey West. She is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Gary, daughter Megan (Dave) Young and Trent (Alison) Kral; grandchildren Leah & Haley Young, Matthew & Olivia Kral; brother Mike (Ellen) West; sister Joan Erpenbach; extended family & dear friends.
A visitation will be held Wednesday January 27, 2021 from 4pm to 7pm at Klecatsky & Sons Eagan Chapel – 1580 Century Point. Mass to honor Ruth will be held on Thursday January 28, 2021 at 9:30am at St. John Neumann Catholic Church – 4030 Pilot Knob Road. There will not be a visitation prior to service. We will adhere to social distancing guidelines and recommendations.   1/25/21

 

 

Norma Dorothy Bowe, 91, of Duluth Minnesota passrd on Monday, January 18, 2021.
Dorothy was born in Council Bluffs, IA to Carl and Hansine Christensen on April 13, 1929. She graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1947. Over the years she held a number of jobs with Northwestern Bell, AT&T, and Tupperware but her favorite job was being mother to her two boys. She enjoyed cooking, baking, traveling and loved playing games and cards with her family.
An active member of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Dorothy was also active in the Deborah Priscilla Circle at Good Shepherd, Lakeside Eastern Star, St. Louis County Historical Society, Lakeshore Home Auxiliary (Ecumen), Telephone Pioneers, and the Red Hat Society. She also volunteered as a driver for Meals on Wheels.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her loving husband of 54 years, John James Bowe; son, Todd Christopher Bowe; parents; brother, Carl Christensen; and sister, Esther Stevens.
Dorothy is lovingly remembered by her sons, Randy (Pamela) Bowe and Douglas (Sara) Bowe; grandchildren, Jessica (Michael) Bradley and Jackson Bowe; great-granddaughter, Sofia Bradley; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dorothy was a devoted wife, loving mother, caring grandmother and proud great grandmother. We will carry her beautiful memory in our hearts forever.
Due to Covid, a private family service was held. She is interred next to her husband at Sunrise Memorial Park Cemetery.
Please view her recorded service and share online condolences and photos at SunriseFuneralHomeandCemetery.com    
1/23/21
 

Maynard Nielsen, age 88, of Fridley, died due to heart failure on Jan. 16th.
Preceded by wife, Elaine. Survived by 4 children, 6 grandsons, 2 great-grand daughters, other loving family & friends. Born in Mpls. & graduated North High School. Marines Sergeant. Korean War vet. Former president for the Lions and member of the Fridley VFW. 40-year career at Northwestern Bell where he was a Metro Life Member Pioneer. Maynard was a Christian and a Vikings fan.
He enjoyed travelling and fishing. Visitation at 11AM & Funeral at NOON on Fri. Jan. 22nd at Miller Funeral Home, 6210 Hwy. 65 NE, Fridley. millerfuneralfridley.com    
1/21/21
 

Charlie (Charles) Rike, age 86, passed away November 7, 2020 in Pine City.
He was born to parents, Delbert and Berniece Rike in Burt, Iowa on March 1, 1934. He was preceded in death by his parents and son John.  Charlie is survived by his sons Charles Jr. (Lottie) Rike and Greg (Sandy) Rike, four grand-children, and six great grand-children. He was also survived by former spouse Pat Rike and close friend Peggy Karnuth, sisters Kathy Bartheidel and Areatha (Warren) Leisinger.

Charlie and Pat raised their three boys in Coon Rapids. Charlie spent a lot of time volunteering for his sons’ Boy Scout Troop 317.

Charlie was first employed by Northern Pacific Railways and later retired after several years of employment with Northwestern Bell Telephone Company and remained a Life Member Telecom Pioneer . Following his retirement Charlie worked as an aide to State Senator Gene Merriam, his union, Local 7200 Communications Workers of America, and more recently his union’s Retiree Council.

Charlie was very involved politically, twice running for office. Once for the Anoka County Auditor’s seat, and later for a state representative seat. For the past several years Charlie could be seen volunteering at the Minnesota State Fair in the AFL-CIO Building.

At this time, the family is planning a virtual celebration of Charlie’s life in the coming weeks.  Make a request for information about this event at the e-mail address charlierike2020@gmail.com . Memorials sent to the family will be used to cover end of life expenses. Memorials exceeding end of life expenses will be donated to Twin Cities Public Television (TPT).   1/20/21

Death of a Central Council Pioneer family member.  Jackie was the wife of deceased Central Council Pioneer Don Reisinger and the sister of active Central Council Pioneer Sandy Hurd.
Jacqueline J. (Frie) Schellinger-Reisinger, age 87, of Waite Park,

who passed away peacefully due to complications of dementia on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at Sterling Park Senior Living in Waite Park. Burial of the urn will be in Assumption Cemetery, St. Cloud. An outdoor park celebration to celebrate our dear mom, grandma, great-grandma, sister, aunt and friend, will take place in the late summer. More details forthcoming. Jackie was an active member of the Central Council and attended her last meeting before the pandemic at Chateau Waters in Sartell.  Jackie retired from the telephone company in 1991.
Jackie was born on May 18, 1933 to John and Mercedes (Schwinden) Frie in St. Cloud, Minnesota. She was united in marriage to Paul Schellinger in 1956. After Paul’s death in 1973, she was united in marriage to Don Reisinger in 1980. Don passed away in 1994. Everyone that knew Jackie knew that family was everything and that she was so proud of her large crew! “Grandma Jackie” was her favorite title!
She is survived by her children, Dean (Diane); Glen (Nancy), Keith, Amy (Keith) Weaver; son-in-law, John Hoffman; Don’s sons, Don (Laurie) and Mike (Joy); numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; siblings, Kathy (Les) Lee, Dan (Joan) Frie, Sandy (Ron) Hurd; sister-in-law, Barbara Frie; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husbands; daughter, Paula Schellinger-Hoffman; brother, Kevin Frie; and stepsons, Rick and Paul Reisinger.
A special thank you to the staff of Sterling Park Senior Living for their loving and compassionate care of Jackie.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the donor’s choice. Due to COVID-19 a Private Family Funeral Service will be held for Jacqueline 
1/12/21

Robert L. "Bob"Allen , age 84, of Mpls passed away peacefully with his loving wife, Cathie, by his side on December 29, 2020.
Born and raised in Edina, MN, Bob graduated as class president from Edina HS in 1954 and attended the U of MN, a proud member of SAE fraternity, graduated in 1960. He worked his entire career with NW Bell (US West), starting as an electrical engineer and retiring as Director - Engineering after 30+ years and remained a Metro Life Member Pioneer. Bob met the love of his life, Cathie, on a blind date and they were married in 1966. They raised 3 daughters, Mary, Julie and Bonnie in Golden Valley. Bob's greatest joy in life was his family. He loved coaching his daughters' softball teams and attending their many sporting events, musical concerts and dance recitals. Bob was an active lifelong member of Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church and for many years helped install docks in chilly waters at COP Camp. He and Cathie loved socializing with their many friends. He enjoyed traveling to the north shore of Lake Superior and the gulf coast of Florida, golfing, and working in hardware stores. Bob always had a smile for everyone, was known for installing phone lines and tirelessly moving his daughters to and from Gustavus each year. He was a wonderful husband, dad and grandpa. He had a special relationship with his brother John, sharing their love of raising daughters, the U of MN Gophers and jazz music. While in declining health for many years, Bob's love and devotion to his wife and daughters never wavered. He was preceded in death by his parents W. Archie and Iris (Johnson) Allen. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Cathie; his daughters Mary (Scott) Blomberg, Julie (Mike) Allen, Bonnie (Ryan) Anderson; 7 adored grandchildren, brother John (Sue) and many other loving relatives and friends. A private service will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Mt. Olivet Careview Home to support the amazing crew of angel workers who have offered comfort and love to their community of residents, especially during this time of COVID isolation. Washburn-McReavy.com Edina Chapel 952-920-3996      1/4/21

Donna L. Gartland, 88 Sartell, MN   August 27, 1932 – December 30, 2020
Wife of Deceased Central Council Pioneer Harold Gartland
Private Family funeral services will be 10:00 AM on Monday, January 11, 2021, at Atonement Lutheran Church 
Friends are invited to join via live stream at the link in Donna's obituary at www.bensonfuneralhome.com. A visitation will be held from 3pm-5pm, on Sunday, January 10, 2021 at Benson Funeral Home. Burial will be at Minnesota State Veteran’s Cemetery, Little Falls, MN.
Donna was born on August 27, 1932, in Red Wing, Minnesota, to Ernest and Nellie (Nelson) Fuller, the fourth of five children. Her family moved back to northern Minnesota, having homes in Riverton, Bay Lake and Crosby. She graduated school from Crosby-Ironton, class of 1950. She attained a clerical degree from the Minnesota School of Business in Minneapolis. On July 26, 1952, she married her high school sweetheart, Harold Gartland (C-I ’49), after which Donna moved to San Antonio, Texas, to join Harold, who was in the Air Force and stationed at Lackland A.F.B. Donna began working for the American Red Cross while living in Texas. During the first eleven years of marriage, their family grew, adding three boys and one girl, all the while moving from town to town in northern and southern Minnesota as Harold’s job opportunities and promotions occurred. They settled in St. Cloud in 1970. Donna began working for Northland Electric Supply in 1972, retiring in 1987. She and Harold spent many weekends and vacations at Leech Lake and other special camping spots in Minnesota during their working careers and retirement. They also spent some of their winter weeks traveling and camping in Texas.
As grandchildren came along, she was one of the proudest grandmas around, sharing the news of each impending child with friends and family! She loved having the grandkids over, and doing things with them, making cookies, going to parks, and playing games. Holidays and family camping trips were times she treasured most, too, because it was time when her whole family was together. Family meant everything to our mom, and she wanted everyone together whenever possible, sharing a big meal, with enough side dishes prepared that you couldn’t keep track of all the things to eat.
During retirement, Donna was especially active at Atonement Lutheran Church. She was a true “church lady”, running the Hospitality Team for many years. She was a member of the Ruth-Martha Circle, and she enjoyed quilting each week. She enjoyed her many friends at Atonement and was happiest when she was able to attend services and see familiar faces.
She is survived by her children Steve (Merlajean) of Plymouth, MN; Bob (Patti) of St. Cloud; Howard (Terri) of Janesville, WI; and Lori (Tony) Russell of St. Cloud; grandchildren Bob Gartland, Janna (Jeff) Nobleza, Lacey (James) Schirmers, Luke Gartland, Chuck Gartland, Ben (Veronica) Gartland, Emily Gartland and Joshua Russell; great-grandchildren Addison, Levi, and Genevieve Schirmers and Zander Nobleza; and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband in 2002; siblings Donald, Warren “Bud”, Betty Skillings and Harriet Lundgren.
The family wishes to extend thanks to Donna’s many caretakers, especially Sue, Dan and Linda, as well as the St. Croix Hospice team, Liz, Jacki, Eric, Chaplain Dan, her faithful Atonement visitor, Mary Ann.and others who have been instrumental in caring for her.
As mom would wish, memorials are preferred to Atonement Lutheran or donor’s choice.    
1/4/21
 

Death of Central Council Pioneer Family Member Irene Sterriker Patenaude, age 101 of St Cloud, MN
passed away unexpectedly at the Sanctuary in St. Cloud on December 28, 2020.
Irene is the mother of
Sharon (Roger) Houg and Annette (Dennis) Houg
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic a memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial will be in the North Star Cemetery, St. Cloud, MN. Funeral arrangements are by Benson Funeral Home, St. Cloud.
Irene was born 12-09-1919 in Almora, MN and lived in Parker's Prairie and Annandale, graduating from Annandale High School in 1937. She moved to Elk River and married Bob Patenaude in 1939. They lived in Elk River until moving to Pine River in 1959 where they ran Pat's Norway Lake Resort until 1976. During that time, she took in sewing and had many foster children in the home. She worked at the Pine River Ben Franklin store for several years before moving to St. Cloud in 1983. She continued to sew and knit, selling at numerous craft sales in the area until she was 100 years old. She made afghans for each grandchild and great grandchild's high school graduation and quilts for each wedding and even has some made ahead of time for upcoming events. From 2000-2016 she volunteered at the St Cloud Hospital putting in over 8000 hours. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star since the 1940's in Elk River and Pine River. She made annual trips with her daughters for a number of years, bus trips with friends and many, many, card games with family and friends. Until recently she attended every possible family gathering and enjoyed seeing her great grandkids growing up.
Irene was preceded in death by her husband Bob in 2000, parents Josephine Olbekson Sterriker and James Sterriker, sisters Ethel Miller, Henrietta Anderson, brothers Marvin Sterriker and James Sterriker, Jr.
She is survived by daughters Sharon (Roger) Houg, Roberta (Dennis) Schibonski, (Dennis), Annette (Dennis) Houg and Crystal Dejarlais, 13 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and 1 great-great granddaughter.   
1/1/2021

Gary N. Swanson, 82, Two Harbors, brother of Arrowhead Council President Marlys Wisch, died on Christmas Day December 25, 2020 at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center after a one year battle with lung cancer.

Gary was born May 8, 1938 to John and Norma (Carlson) Swanson in Braham, MN, grew up in Larsmont, and graduated from Two Harbors High School in the Class of 1956. Gary married Carol Carlson on April 30, 1966 and they made their home and rasied their family in Two Harbors. Gary started working construction right after high school and a short time later joined the Plasterer’s Apprenticeship Program. As a journeyman plasterer, he worked for various construction companies until 1979, when he started Gary Swanson Construction.
Gary was a member of the United Church and the Northshore Tractor Club.
He enjoyed golf, reading, his hobby farm and tractor collection, and his grandsons’ hockey games.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Ardell.
He is survived by his wife, Carol; sons, Chris and Greg (Shelli) Swanson; daughter, Beth Swanson; grandsons, Jake and Nate; brothers, Dennis (Jan) and Eldon Swanson; sisters, Sharolyn Blanchard and Marlys Wisch; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Visitation will be from Noon until 3 PM on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at Cavallin Funeral Home with COVID Protocols.   
12/29/20

Judith “Judie” A. Lucchesi,. 09/26/1943-12/14/2020 age77, formerly of Plymouth, passed away December 14, 2020
after a brave battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Preceded in death by parents; husband, John Lucchesi; special friend, Jack Kiffe; nephew, Michael Berg; niece, Carla Berg; great-grandson, Ben Rose. Survived by daughters, Jennifer (Todd) Warne & Victoria (Ed) Poznanski; brothers & sisters-in-law, Doug (Karen), Mark (Peggy), Tim (Shelley) Berg; grandchildren, Erin, Megan, Dalton & Delaney; great grandchildren, nieces & nephews. Born September 26, 1943 in Burlington, WI to Roy & Lorraine (nee Nelson) Berg. Graduate of Robbbinsdale HS, attended St. Cloud State and Augsburg college. Employed by Lindquist & Vennum Law firm & retired from Northwestern Bell/Qwest in 1998. Judie was a very active Metro Life Member Pioneer leader and volunteer. Judie was a volunteer at the Near Food Shelf in Crystal. and served on their Board. She was united in marriage to John Lucchesi March 11, 1995. She was a member of House of Hope Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to Near Food Shelf, 5209 W. Broadway Ave.,, Minneapolis, MN 55429, or a charity of your choice. Due to Covid-19, a private family service will be held. Washburn-McReavy.com Glen Haven Chapel 763-533-864    12/23/20

Bill Nelson passed away on December 12, 2020.
He was born October 24, 1940 in Corning, New York to William Charles Nelson and Anne Victoria (Johnson) Nelson. After graduating from college Bill joined the military where he was active in the Marine Corp Band and recognized for his sharp shooting skills. It was the military that landed him in San Diego, California where he met and married the love of his life Anne Munion (originally from St. Paul). With a need to be closer to family, they moved to Minnesota where he worked for Northwestern Bell until retirement. They raised a loving family and nurtured close friendships from their home of more than 40 years on Brookwood Lane. Bill was active in the community, including Jaycees, Lion's Club, Scout Master, coaching youth sports, volunteering and St. Francis Xavier Parish. He was also a lover of Big Band music, shared meals and ice fishing. Bill is survived by children Annemarie Loehning (Tom), Chuck Nelson (Jenny Radack), Betsy Stark (Joe), nine grandchildren, Zachary (Brittany), Cameron, Madison (Junior Pickner), Ezra, Gabriel, Walt, Hannah, Brenna, Cassie and two great grandchildren. He was recently proceeded in death by his loving wife of 57 years Anne. It brings the family some comfort imagining them together for Christmas. A joint celebration of their life together will occur at a later date.      12/17/20

Graveside services for Gladys Traphagan, of Cokato, Minnesota, will be held on Monday, December 7, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. at Summit Cemetery in Morris, Minnesota. Reverend Dell Sanderson will be officiating.
There will be a live stream of Gladys’ service starting at 1:30 p.m. Monday, December 7th, 2020. To view the service on the Pedersen Funeral Home website, scroll to the bottom of Gladys' page and click the link.
While maintaining social distancing guidelines, we are now able to accommodate gatherings of up to 250 people. The use of face masks by attendees is required, and we will continue taking the necessary steps to keep our facility clean. For those who prefer or require continued precautions, webcasting and/or livestreaming is available in most situations.
Gladys Delores Koons was born on August 11, 1926 to Jacob and Katherine (Sangl) Koons in Baker Township, Stevens County, Minnesota. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and raised in the Morris, Chokio, and Motley areas. Gladys attended school in those towns through the 10th grade. Following her education, she moved to the cities and worked at Sears. When the war started, she moved back to Morris and waitressed at a local restaurant. On April 1, 1945, she met Albert Traphagan, the two began dating and were married six months later in Morris on August 30, 1945. They made their home in Morris and started their family. Gladys stayed at home and cared for her family and also continued waitressing. When Albert was transferred for his job, they moved to Little Falls; and in 1976, they relocated to Washington. Albert retired in 1984 and they moved back to Minnesota, to Cokato. Albert proceeded Gladys is death in 1991. After his death, she made her home in various locations before moving back to Cokato where she lived until the time of her death.
Gladys and Albert fostered many kids over the course of 18 years – over 300! Gladys was always willing to help anyone and everyone who needed it; which was evident because of her big, caring, and generous heart. A few of Gladys’ interests were cake and interior decorating, sewing clothes and quilting, and flower gardening. Most importantly, Gladys cherished the time that she was able to spend with her family.
Gladys died on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota. She lived to 94 years old.
Gladys is survived by her two sons: Gary (Patti) Traphagan of Eau Claire, WI and Mark Traphagan of Menomonie, WI; five daughters: Frances Traphagan of Minneapolis, Jan Traphagan of Cokato, Lori Traphagan of Shakopee, Brenda Traphagan of Puyallup, WA and Kari (Michael) Spiess of Chanhassen; daughter-in-law: Leatha (Hoxie) Traphagan of Sandpoint, ID; 11 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren and foster children. She is preceded in death by her husband, Albert; sons: Richard and Michael Jon; and her 12 siblings.
Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in care of arrangements for Gladys.  
12/13/20

Richard A. Schuenke, 87 years old, passed away December 2, 2020 in Sun City West, Arizona of heart disease.
He was born June 9, 1933, the 8th child of Charles and Clara Schuenke in Faribault, Minnesota. He is survived by his wife of almost 67 years Elaine
J. Schuenke of Sun City West, Arizona and daughters Roxanne E. (Gary) Portnoy of St. Paul, Minnesota, and Germaine L. Schuenke of Goodyear, Arizona, grandchildren Elysia (Jacob) Gerber, Jessica (Avani) Avanidhar, Misty Richardson, and Brian (Erica) Richardson, and 6 great grandchildren. Richard is preceded in death by daughter Charlet D. Richardson. Richard served 2 years in the United States Navy from 1955 through 1957. He started his career working for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in 1952 and retired after 33 years of service and remained a Metro Life Member Pioneer. He went on to become Vice President of Operations for Honolulu Cellular in Hawaii, and was responsible for installing and maintaining the first cellular phone towers in Honolulu, Hawaii. Since retiring from Honolulu Cellular, he volunteered more than 20 years as Maintenance Manager at the Metal Shop in Sun City West, Arizona. He is loved dearly by family and friends and will be missed. Funeral plans are pending.   
12/9/20

Wayne Edward Christensen of Edina, Minnesota went to heaven on November 22, 2020.
 
He died from Covid-19 as did 40 other people that day in Minnesota. Wayne was born to Irma and William Christensen on July 17, 1938 and raised in Omaha, Nebraska along with his brother, Bill. He graduated from Omaha Central High, then the University of Nebraska-Omaha. His formal education was completed by earning an MBA at Creighton. After college, he went into the Air Force and was stationed at Olmsted AFB in Pennsylvania. Wayne's military experience helped him during his business career at Northwestern Bell where he was a Metro Life Member Pioneer. He also worked at Norwest Bank and later taught classes in Telecommunications and Business Ethics at Saint Mary's College. Wayne had a larger-than-life personality, was thoughtful and kind, and enjoyed few things more than making people feel welcome with a smile and a hearty laugh. Much of his free time was spent volunteering - the Southdale YMCA Service Club and Meals on Wheels were among his favorites. He attended Good Samaritan Church in Edina. His rainbow nametag continues to sit proudly at his desk - next to a list of everyone's birthday. In later life, the activities he enjoyed the most were attending any events of his grandchildren, puttering around outside, and "helping" his wife in the garden. He is loved and missed by his wife of nearly 60 years, Marilyn, his four children, Mark, David, Scott (Shannon), and Rebecca and his seven grandchildren, John, Ryan, Betty, Jack, Maddy, Elynn, and Brock. Much of what is good in us came from him. The family has chosen a private service. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Good Samaritan United Methodist Church or Meals on Wheels.   12/7/20

Phillip “Rocky” J. Erickson of Saint Cloud, Minnesota, passed away at his home on November 28th at the age of 74.
Rocky was born on October 11th, 1946 and grew up in North Minneapolis. Rocky played on many “Northsider” sports teams, including the broomball team. Rocky graduated from Henry High School in 1964. After graduating from high school, Rocky served with the MN National Guard for six years. While in the Guard he began his career in the telephone industry at Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. Rocky worked in the telephone industry for 32 years from 1967 to 2000 where he was a Metro Life Member Pioneer.
After he retired, Rocky moved to his log home on Lake Vermillion near Cook, Minnesota, where he enjoyed fishing and hunting. In years prior, Rocky hand built the home with friends and family using logs from his property. Lasting memories were made with friends and family during the project. During the winters Rocky lived at his home in Lake Havasu City, Arizona where he enjoyed golfing.
Rocky is survived by his brother, Bruce Erickson; nephew, Chris Erickson; niece, Casey Buck (Erickson); great nephews, Alex Erickson and Tyler Buck; and many long-time friends. He was preceded in death by parents Palmer Carlton Erickson and Mabel Irene (Thompson) Erickson; and brother, Peter Erickson. A celebration of life for family and friends will be identified at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to The Cancer Society. 
12/7/20
 

Kathy Benson Age 70, of New Hope Passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on November 27, 2020.
Preceded in death by her parents, Bud and Darlene Ankney; nephew, Jason Murphy; great-nephew, Connor Murphy. Survived by her loving husband of 38 years, Rolf Benson; son, Scott Benson; siblings, Trudy Harstad, Lynn Minikus, Mary (Bill) Murphy, and Ken (Brenda) Ankney; four nieces; three nephews; further survived by other relatives and friends.
Kathy retired from Northwestern Bell Phone Company / Qwest after 30 years. Kathy was a Metro Life Member Pioneer and was involved with the Hug-A-Bear project and found great joy in creating bears and other crafts for those in need. She also donated her time to many other organizations as her way of giving back. Kathy enjoyed all types of crafting but above all she cherished the time spent with her family.
Kathy’s family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Brookdale Plymouth, Brookdale Hospice and Touching Hearts for the kind and compassionate care provided to Kathy. A Celebration of Life Service for Kathy will be held in the future when it is safe again to gather and will be announced. Memorials preferred to Alzheimer’s Association, American Heart Association or Twin Cities Public Television.
    12/6/20
 

Gerald Dennis O’Keefe, 87, passed away peacefully at home on November 30, 2020.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be on December 12, 2020 at 11AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Staples, MN. A visitation will be held one hour prior. Interment will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery.
Gerald was born on January 21, 1933 to Sheridan and Regina (Kmitch) O’Keefe in St. Cloud, MN. He went to Tech High School in St. Cloud, MN where he graduated with the class of 1951. He enlisted in the US Army from 1953-1955 at Fort Benning, Georgia.
Gerald married the love of his life MaryAnn Reh on August 20, 1955. He enjoyed his career as a lineman for Northwestern Bell. He started with their St. Cloud division from 1955-1957. After that he moved to their Staples division and retired with from Northwestern Bell in 1989. Gerald then went on to start his own business called O’Keefe Communication where he worked until his retirement in 1995.
As an active member of the community Gerald enjoyed being involved in many ways. He was a member of the Staples Lions Club, a volunteer fireman for 37 years with the Staples Fire Department, a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, a member of the Knights of Columbus, and a member of the American Legion.
Gerald will be greatly missed by his wife of 65 years, MaryAnn; his children Timothy O’Keefe, Steven (Melanie) O’Keefe, Therese (Chuck) Butenhoff, Colleen (Chris) Mayhew, Mary (Rob) Schreiber, Kathleen (Bill) Johnson); his grandchildren Stephanie (PJ) O’Keefe, Heidi (Steve) Pieri, Emily (Tony) Walker, Michael O’Keefe, Kevin (Amber) O’Keefe, Maggie(Seth) Auger, Ashley (Sean) Adams, Connor (Mandy) Butenhoff, Maren Butenhoff, Ben Mayhew, Sam Mayhew, Claire Mayhew, Cullen Schreiber, Emma Schreiber, Will Johnson, Hope Johnson, Rose Johnson; great-grandchildren Audrey, Addie, Owen, Macy, Nash, Brooke, Molly, Norah, Charlie, and Hattie.
He is preceeded in death by his parents Sheridan and Regina O’Keefe; brother Joseph O’Keefe; sister Mary Braucht; brother-in-laws Charles Reh, Jerome Reh, and Frederick Reh.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Brenny Family Funeral Chapel- Staples, MN.   
12/2/20

LeRoy ‘Bud’ Manders of Osakis passed away early on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020 at the Galeon in Osakis, MN at the age of 95 years.
On September 28, 1925 a son was born to Lewis and Tena (Hendricks) Manders in Osakis, MN. They named him LeRoy Edward, but he soon was given the nickname, Bud. He grew up on a farm north of Osakis until the family moved to Long Prairie in 1937. In 1941, they again relocated, this time to Forest Hills, LA, which is where Bud graduated from high school. In 1943, Bud would serve his country during WWII in the U S Navy. He became an Arial Gunnery Instructor and was honorably discharged on June 6, 1946. Returning to civilian life, Bud married his sweetheart, Madlyn Wendorf on August 16, 1947 in Glenwood, MN. Bud was employed by Northwestern Bell Telephone, working in their accounting department. He was very proud of receiving the company’s Bronze Medal award for having saved a woman’s life. Over the years, the Manders lived in Minneapolis, Golden Valley and Plymouth. In 1957 they purchased a cabin on Lake Osakis and enjoyed many weekends up at the lake until their retirement in 1983, when they made Osakis their home. Bud became involved in many local organizations, such as the Osakis Sportsmans Club, the Osakis Lake Association and was a charter member of the Osakis VFW Post #7902. He was also a member of the Osakis Lutheran Church and belonged to the Telephone Pioneers group.
Bud was an avid fisherman and spent many hours out enjoying the lake and catching fish. He also had an amazing talent for making friends and making others feel at ease. Bud was a great story-teller, always ready with a story or a joke to lighten the mood. He loved his family dearly and will remembered with a smile by all who knew him.
Bud is survived by his loving wife of 73 years, Madlyn Manders of Osakis; a daughter, Linda Manders of Alexandria and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded by his parents, a son, Bruce Manders (1970) and siblings, Robert Manders and Betty Spaine.
Memorial services for Bud will be held privately. Inurnment at Lakeside Cemetery in Osakis, MN with full military honors by Osakis VFW Post #7902 Honor Guard.
In lieu of floral pieces, memorials are preferred to your favorite charity in memory of Bud.
Arrangements by Roy-Hetland Funeral Home, Osakis, MN     
11/30/20

Raymond M. Hedlund, age 99 of Mpls passed away on Nov. 18, 2020 from natural causes.
Preceded in death by wife Avis; son, Dennis; daughter-in -law, Diane. Survived by son, Tom; grandchildren, Tim (Molly), Sarah. Ray was a WWII Veteran and retired from Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in 1981 where he was a Metro Life Member Pioneer. There will be a private family burial at Crystal Lake Cemetery. Washburn-McReavy.com Crystal Lake Chapel 612-521-3677       11/29/20

Adeline Weber, 95 year old resident of Little Falls, MN, passed away November 19, 2020, at her residence in Little Falls, MN.  Wife of deceased Central Council Member Ruben Weber
A Funeral Service will be held at 11 AM on Monday, November 30, 2020 at Zion Lutheran Church in Little Falls, with Pastor Gary Hendrickson officiating. Burial will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery north of Little Falls. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 AM on Monday at the church.
Adeline Marjorie Brokke was born on December 8, 1924 in Grand Forks, ND to the late Samuel and Thelma (Hovet) Brokke. She was united in marriage to Reuben Weber on November 20, 1948 in Grand Forks. They moved to Little Falls, MN in 1951 and Adeline worked at several retail stores in the area over the years. They purchased a cabin on Lake Alexander and spent much of their free time there, with Reuben fishing and Adeline entertaining and taking care of family and friends who stayed with them. Adeline was known for her pan of Caramel Rolls that she rolled out when “the boys” arrived. She would can and stock vegetables, jams and jellies. Growing up in the depression and during WWII taught Adeline to be frugal and to work hard, and not to take anything for granted. She was strong in her faith and valued family, making sure to reach out to distant relatives as well. Adeline and Reuben would spend their winters in Palm Springs, CA, and taking walks in Joshua Trees National Park nearby was a favorite pastime.
Adeline will be dearly missed by her sons, William (Bernita) Weber of Hastings, MN, and Robert (Lois) Weber of Leroy, MN; grandchildren, Christine Weber and Ryan Weber; and great grandson, Jackson Dimmick.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Reuben; son, Clifford; and brothers, John and Norman Brokke.    
11/24/20

Harold “Harry” L. Garry, age 84, of Bloomington,
with heavy hearts we share that Harry has passed away peacefully after a valiant struggle, surrounded by his family. He was known as a man with many friends and will be greatly missed. Harry was a proud Irishman, a 1954 graduate of Bethlehem Academy, proud member of the US Navy, a 60 year member with the Knights of Columbus. Harry had a 38 year career with Northwestern Bell/USW/Qwest where he was well loved by his co-workers. Harry remained a Metro Life Member Pioneer. He was an avid MN sports fan, but more than anything he enjoyed supporting his grandchildren's sporting and school events. We will be forever blessed by his faith and family values, he was truly the best. Preceded in death by parents, William and Mary Garry; grandson, Benjamin Keeler; son-in-law, Terry Keeler; siblings, Alice, Lucille and Lawrence. Survived by wife of 59+ years, Diane; children, Thomas (Christine), Colleen (Dan) Dockendorf, Ann Eisenbarth, Lynn (Jim) Morrow, Laura Keeler, John (Stacey); grandchildren, Maddie, Jack, Patrick (Mara), Michael, Cory, Samantha, Nick, Nikki (Drew), Austin, Michael, Brenna, Rylee, Will, Gavin and Luke; brother, Paul (Jil) Garry; nieces, nephews and many life-long friends. In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to Bethlehem Academy. Private family Mass of Christian Burial, Tuesday, Nov. 24 11AM at Pax Christi Catholic Community of Eden Prairie. Due to COVID restrictions the service will be livestreamed at: PaxChristie.com Washburn-McReavy.com Dawn Valley Chapel 952-941-7686    11/22/20

Ruth A. (Berg) Bourne, on November 11, Ruth was born in Cyrus, MN
and was a long-time resident of Minneapolis and Plymouth. we said goodbye to our mom, grandma, aunt, and friend. She passed away peacefully at the age of 90 from complications of dementia and Covid-19.
She worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. in Sauk Centre and Minneapolis where she retired after 25 years and remained a Metro Life Member Pioneer. In her retirement, she and her sister Marion worked and camped out at the MN State Fair for many years. They met up daily with family and friends; enjoying all the fair had to offer. Family was everything to her; she loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and friends. Many summers were spent at Rox & Paul’s lake home on Diamond Lake in Atwater; she especially enjoyed pontoon rides. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, playing cards, Bingo, 10,000 dice, and puzzles. She also loved to travel. Her smile, sense of fun and adventure, kindness and spunk will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
She is survived by son, Larry (Sharon) Bourne; daughters Sherry (Don) Conaway; Deb (Tim) Christopherson; Janelle Clark; Roxanne Bourne; grandchildren, Trevor (Helen) Standiford; Jenny (Jay) Axelberg; Becky Wygonick; Brian (Erin) Bourne; Jen (Gray Powers) Conaway; Jeff (Chloe) Conaway; Scott (Emily) Christopherson; Nicole (Paul) Knutson; Brent (Kendra) Clark; Brandon Clark; many great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and sister Evelyn. Preceded in death by her parents, seven siblings, and sons-in-law Paul and Jim. A Celebration of Life is planned for the summer of 2021

 

Raymond H. Larson, age 91, from Edina, MN passed away peacefully at home on November 9, 2020
surrounded by his loving family. Ray is survived by his wife, Patricia; his sons, Greg (Patty), Jeff, and Dwight; his grandchildren Kiley Larson and Nick Larson; and his brother Glenn Larson. Born on January 14, 1929 at home in Hopkins, MN, Ray was the youngest of 10 children. Ray loved the outdoors and all sports. After graduating from Hopkins High School, Ray attended college at Gustavus Adolphus college where he played many sports including golf, track, football and basketball. He spent his professional career working for Northwestern Bell/US WEST/Qwest retiring with 38 years of service in 1993. Ray was active in the Retiree Association and was a Metro Life Member Pioneer. He always made time to spend with his wife and sons. He was often found rink side coaching and cheering for his boy's hockey games. He especially enjoyed playing golf with his friends and really enjoyed "shooting his age". He spent most of his time with his beloved wife Pat, and spent every day with her when she moved to an assisted living facility. Family and Friends are invited to a visitation on Monday, November 16, 2020 from 5:00pm to 7:00 pm at Washburn-McReavy Funeral Home, 5000 West 50th St., Edina, MN 55436. Washburn-McReavy.com Edina Chapel 952-920-3996     11/15/20

Marlin Parker,81 year old resident of Silver Bay, MN, formerly of Randall, MN, passed away on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at the Silver Bay Veterans Home. A Funeral Service will be held at 12 noon on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at Zion Lutheran Church in Little Falls, MN, with Pastor Gary Hendrickson officiating. Burial will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery north of Little Falls. Visitation will be from 10 AM to 12 noon Wednesday at the church. Arrangements are with Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls.
Marlin John Parker was born on August 9, 1939 in Long Prairie, MN to the late Ruben and Anna (Schmidt) Parker. He grew up in the Long Prairie area. Marlin entered into the United States Air Force in 1957 and served overseas in Turkey and in Europe. He was honorably discharged in 1960. Marlin was united in marriage to Violet Kezar on November 23, 1962 in Long Prairie, MN and they built their home in the Randall area. In 1981 they moved to Oklahoma, where they also built a home. Marlin worked for Honeywell for a while and was a long time employee for the telephone companies, retiring in 1999.  Marlin was a Central Council Telephone Pioneer and worked on the "Talking Book repair project".  They moved back to Randall in 2000. In his spare time he loved to fish, and taking the family out on the pontoon, but he didn’t like being in the water. He loved to work out in his garage, doing all kinds of projects, especially working with wood. Marlin was a member of the Little Falls American Legion Post #46.
Marlin is survived by his wife, Violet of Randall, MN; son, Marlin (Shannan) Parker of Little Falls, MN and their children, Joe (Andrea), Matt (Nicole), John and Jeff, and son, Anthony (Andrea) Parker of Suffolk, VA and their children Riley and Zach; daughter, Cheryl (David) Barnes of Little Falls and their children, Kevin (Kara), Corey, Cameron and Kaleb; brother, Hillmer (Andy) Parker of Brainerd, MN; sisters-in-law, Marion and Millie; brothers-in-law, Bob and Riley; 7 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Marlin was preceded in death by his parents, Ruben and Anna Parker, in-laws, George and Alice Kezar and grandson, Samuel.   
11/12/20

James "Jim" Keenan, age 87, passed away peacefully at his home in Plymouth on October 26, 2020.
Jim was born on August 2, 1933, the older son Marie and George Keenan, St. Paul, Minnesota. He is preceded in death by his wife of 55 years,
Barbara, and his parents. He is survived by children James Jr, Tom (Karen) and Megan (Randy) Williams of Minneapolis. Grandchildren Kelsey, Trevor, Tara, Ty, and Cameron. In addition to his brother Jerry (Kay) and brothers-in- law Tom Hutton Sr. (Sherryl) of Minneapolis and Rollie Gabrielson of Omaha, along with many nieces and nephews. Jim graduated from Wilson High School in St. Paul. He then went on to Hamline University, where he met his wife Barbara, and earned a bachelor's degree. He started his career as a teacher and a coach at North High School in Minneapolis. In 1960 he moved to a position with Northwestern Bell where he retired after 25 years as an executive. Jim remained a Metro Life Member Pioneer. He then went on to motivational speaking and a second career with Brown and Bigelow, selling promotional products. Jim enjoyed golf as well as being a loyal fan of local professional and collegiate sports. Jim was a long-standing member of the Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis. A private service will be held at Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis. Memorials suggested to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network of MN (pancan.org). Washburn-McReavy.com Glen Haven 763-533-8643.   
11/9/20

Lyle E. Nelson, age 77 of Savage, passed away on November 2, 2020.
Lyle proudly served his country in the US Army during Viet Nam. He first worked for Northwest Airlines. He retired from the US West in 1970 and was a Metro Life Member Pioneer. After retirement from the phone company he worked at Taj Technologies. He is preceded in death by his parents, Nuel and Doris; brothers, Gary and Richard and brother-in-law, Darlo Harnack. Lyle is survived by his loving wife, Mary; siblings, Dale (Lynn) Nelson, Judie Harnack, and Bob (Kathy) Nelson, also by nieces, nephews, in-laws, and friends. Private service will be held at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery. White Funeral Home 952-894-5080 Condolences: whitefuneralhomes.com     11/4/20

Beatrice M. Hogan, age 98, of New Prague, formerly of St. Paul,
died peacefully with her nephew present on Monday, November 2, 2020 at Mala Strana Rehabilitation Center and Assisted Living. Bea was born on June 21, 1922 in Duluth, MN to John Thomas and Beulah (Burnett) Hogan. The family moved to New Rockford, ND in 1922, where Bea graduated from New Rockford High School. She moved to St. Paul in 1952, where she worked as the chief switchboard operator for Northwestern Bell, retiring in 1982 after 30 years of service. She lived in the same apartment throughout her life and had a particularly close relationship and love for squirrels, feeding them from her patio and even having some eating from her hand. After retirement she traveled extensively across the globe, including China, Japan, the Philippines, Russia, and Hawaii. Irish to the core, her only regret was never making it to Ireland. She finally moved to New Prague in 2018. Never married and having lived alone, Bea nevertheless made friends easily. Her quick wit and readiness to engage in jokes and fun made her a favorite in her new home at Mala Strana Assisted Living. She was an avid Twins and Vikings fan and may even have been instrumental in the Vikings win over the Packers on the final Sunday before her death as she cheered them on. Finally, she loved nothing more in her leisure than crossword puzzles while enjoying Cheetos! Her zest for life will be sorely missed by family and friends.
Bea is survived by many nieces & nephews and great-nieces & -nephews, particularly, Michael (Lisa) Hogan of Veseli. She is preceded in death by her parents; 4 brothers, Thorald, John Stanley, Paul, & James; 2 sisters, Gertrude Hogan & Margaret Fandrich.
A private family service will be held Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Bruzek Funeral Home, with visitation for the family beginning at 10:00. Masks are required and social distancing will be practiced. Burial will take place at Prairie Home Cemetery in New Rockford, ND on Saturday, November 7th with a 2:30 graveside service. Memorials are preferred to the Ramsey County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit or the Wounded Warriors.
 11/4/20
 

David A. Massman, age 76, of Sauk Rapids who died Saturday at the St. Cloud Hospital.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, November 5, 2020 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for  Rev. Thomas Knoblach will officiate and burial will be at MN State Veteran’s Cemetery near Little Falls. Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 PM Wednesday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to the services on Thursday at the church in Sauk Rapids. Knights of Columbus Council 11346 will pray at 6:30 followed by parish prayers at 7:00 PM. Family requests masks be worn and social distance guidelines be observed.
Dave was born October 25, 1944 in Padua, MN to Alquin & Loretta (Wehseler) Massman. He lived in Belgrade for 7 years and moved to St. Paul where he married Linda Miller on April 23, 1966 at St. Adelbert’s Catholic Church in St. Paul. Dave served his country in the U.S. Army from 1966-1968 and was stationed in Germany. He worked for Northwestern Bell, AT & T, Lucent, and Avaya until retiring in 2004. He was a very dedicated member of Sacred Heart Church where he actively participated in the Knights of Columbus Council 11346 and Men’s Club for over 42 years. He was also a proud member of the Sauk Rapids Lions Club and the Telephone Company Pioneers. Dave loved spending time and playing games with his family, traveling, camping, casino trips and watching the Vikings. He will always be remembered as a kind, loving, generous, outgoing man who adored his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Linda of Sauk Rapids; children, Gary (Michelle) of Sauk Rapids, Karen Studanski (Bradley) of Richmond, Scott of Sauk Rapids; grandchildren, Zachary, Lindsay, Megan and Anthony; great grandchildren, Maverick and Tucker; sisters, Linda Steinmetz of St. Paul and Carol Aegeter of Hampton; brothers-in-law, Tom (Evie) Miller of Forest Lake, David (Diane) Miller of St. Paul, Daniel Miller of Hartland, WI, and James (Cindy) Miller of Vadnais Heights and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister, Kathleen; brother-in-law, Bruce Steinmetz; sisters-in-law, Nora (Carl) Praml and Janet Miller.   
11/2/20

William N. Janssen, age 94 of West St. Paul Born November 6, 1925 in Stuart, Iowa; Passed away October 22, 2020.
Preceded in death by his parents, Philip and Catherine, brother Don, and his wife Barbara. Survived by his sons, Mike (Jean), Dave (Denise), Steve (Cindy); daughters Deb Swenson (Randy), Julie Jorgenson (Shawn); and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He entered into the Air Force at age 17 where he attained the rank of 2nd Lieutenant as a navigator. After that he went to work for Northwestern Bell, where he traveled throughout Iowa, Illinois, and finally Minnesota. He retired in 1977 and was a Metro Life Member Pioneer. Bill met his wife in Illinois and they were married for 47 years until her death in 1995. He had a commanding voice that guaranteed your attention, and was always there to help whenever needed. He was a man of many skills. He thoroughly enjoyed living on Lake Byllesby for 59 years and spending winters in Texas. He was a wonderful father and we'll miss him dearly. A Celebration of Life service will be scheduled at a later date. Memorials to the Spinal Cord Society Twin Cities Chapter and the Alzheimer's Association.  11/2/20

Donna F. Golden Age 88 of St. Paul and Crosslake
peacefully passed away at the Maplewood Care Center on Tuesday morning, October 27, 2020. Donna was preceded by her parents, Mildred (Polk) and Al Fenner and her close friend, Cindy Bruno. Donna graduated from Harding High School and worked for Northwestern Bell as a Service Bureau Manager in St. Paul and Minneapolis. She was a Metro Life Member Pioneer and for many years help run the St. Paul Pioneer Store. Donna loved animals and will be missed by her many cousins and friends. A graveside service will be held 11:00 AM Tuesday, November 3 at Union Cemetery in Maplewood. MUELLER-BIES 651-487-2550       11/1/20

Carl Marshall Pineo  October 19, 1929 ~ October 26, 2020 (age 91)
Carl was born October 19, 1929 in Eveleth, the son of Carl and Esther (Berglund) Pineo, Sr. He grew up on the northside of Virginia and resided there for most of his life.  After graduation from Virginia Roosevelt High School in June 1947, he went to work for EW Coons Construction Company. In December, 1947 he was hired by Northwestern Bell as a lineman/repairman. Carl was a dedicated, respected employee of Northwestern Bell (which later became US West, Qwest, & Century Link) for forty-five years. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War at Camp Gordon in Augusta, GA and in Germany. During his service, he worked in the signal corps division (telecommunications). On November 10, 1951, Carl married Rita June Trenti in Virginia.
Carl was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed bird hunting, deer hunting, and fishing. He cherished the time spent at their cabin on Sand Lake with family, friends, and his Labrador retrievers who were faithfully by his side throughout his life. Tending to his large garden at Sand Lake was another one of his hobbies. Undoubtedly, he was one of Minnesota’s biggest sports fans, cheering for the Vikings, Twins, Minnesota Gophers, and later went on to support his grandchildren and great-grandchildren in their respective sports. As an ardent reader, Carl often had a book in his hand and subscribed to three daily newspapers. During retirement he could be seen on the golf course early every morning. Carl and Rita were members of the Northern Club where they enjoyed socializing with their many friends.
Above all, Carl and his loving wife Rita, devoted themselves tirelessly to their family. It was of the utmost importance to him that his five children all received a college education. He also lived to see his grandchildren and great-grandchildren pursue their dreams and careers. His children wish to express their deep gratitude for a lifetime of love, sacrifices, hard work, and unyielding devotion to his family.
Carl is survived by his wife of sixty-nine years: Rita; son: Gordon; daughters: Debra (Michael) Finn, Katherine (Paul) Belobaba, Mary (Wade) Thurman, and Carol (Thomas) Farniok. Also left behind to cherish his memory are grandchildren: Shannon (Cullen) Warren, Alex (Hannah) Finn, Christian (Charlotte) Belobaba, John (Carly) Pineo, Nick Pineo, Audra Thurman, Hannah (Reid) Thurman, Carl Farniok, and Hale Farniok; great-grandchildren: Ava Warren, Will Warren, Blake Pineo Vogh, and Kason Pineo; and extended family. Carl was blessed with loyal friends, and the very best neighbors.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Esther and Carl Pineo, Sr.; sisters: Carol Jacobson, Betty Brundage, and Mary Jane Pingrey; and great-granddaughter: Gracie Mae Warren.
The family would like to extended a sincere thank you to the outstanding care that Carl received from Dr. Peterson and the Essentia East Range Hospice Team.
We hope to live by and honor our Dad’s high values of family, integrity, strong work ethic, and devotion that he has exemplified throughout his life. He has loved us so very much, and we love him so very much.
Private Family services will be held. 
Family services provided by Bauman-Cron, A Bauman Family Funeral Home in Virginia. To share condolences online, please see; www.baumanfuneralhome.com .  Bauman Cron Funeral Home  516 South First Street  Virginia, MN 55792
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10/28/20
 

James J. Foss, age 81, of Plymouth, passed away peacefully on October 15, 2020. Jim retired from US WEST/Qwest in 1994 and was a Metro Life Member Pioneer.  Preceded in death by daughter, Chantelle; parents, Rose and Al; siblings, Joyce, Joan and Richard.; Survived by loving wife of 55 years, Gail; children Jim (Barb), Dee (Chris) Scanlon; grandchildren, Adelin, Mia, Ellianna, and Abigail; siblings Jackie and Alan; lifelong friend, Bob Bechtel. Mass of Christian Burial Friday, October 23rd at 10 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Community, 8701 36th Avenue North, New Hope with a visitation at 9 AM.   10/19/20

Joseph Havlik passed away October 5th at the age of 98 years from Hopkins MN.
Preceded in death by his wife Marcella (Pat). Survived by sons David (Kristie), Douglas (Penny). Granddaughters and grandson: Sarah (fiancé Justin Smith), Lindsey (Trent) Palmberg, and Joseph (Joey) Havlik. Joe was first and foremost a Christian. Joe worked for Northwestern Bell for over 40 years as an engineer and remained a Metro Life Member Pioneer. He then pursued his love of woodworking and set up a cabinet business. He was also very instrumental in helping his wife Pat in her real estate business. They always enjoyed going out for breakfasts and dinners to talk about Pat's real estate. Joe had 3 1/2 years of military service from 1942 1946, including active duty in Europe during WW2. Joe was always helping those in need. He often made trips with cases of food from the grocery store directly to the local food shelf, especially when there was a strong need. Joe always thought about others before himself. A special thank you to the tireless staff at Chapel View for keeping Joe comfortable and taking care of his needs. A private family memorial service will be held, due to Co-vid restrictions. Washburn-McReavy.com Strobeck Johnson 952-938-9020    
10/12/20

Marilyn Warren (Mackowiak) 10/5/35-9/20/20
Loving wife, mother, grandmother & great grandmother. Marilyn peacefully passed away on Sunday Sept. 20. Born Oct. 5, 1934 to Francis and Stanley Mackowiak in Duluth, MN. She spent her life in Duluth until her recent move to Maple Grove, MN earlier this year.
After graduating from Denfeld in 1952, she began a career at Minnesota Power and Light during which she met the love of her life, John, while he was stationed at the Finland Air Force Base. She worked at Miller Dwan for over 20 years as a purchasing agent. She remained at Miller Dwan as a volunteer for many years.
In her retirement, she enjoyed cruises and traveling the country with friends and family. Marilyn loved to play bridge with her “bridge club”, gardening, decorating her home & spending time with friends & family. She was devoted to her Catholic faith, a member of St. Michaels Church since 1968. Her favorite past time was to be with her grandkids and great grandkids. Marilyn was loved by many and will be missed greatly.
Preceded in death by her Mom, Dad, beloved Aunt Helen and Uncle Jim who helped raise her after her father passed away when she was 9. Survived by loving husband of 64 years John. Children: Mike (Michele), Kathy (Ross) Meyer, and Jim (Teresa). Grandchildren: Justin (Heidi) Meyer & Amanda Wickman, Amy (Dan) Brogan & Nicholas (Chelsea) Warren. Great Grandchildren: Connor, Penelope, Kayla.
A private family graveside service will be held in Duluth. A celebration of life will take place in 2021.
https://www.duluthnewstribune.com/obituaries/obits/6697033-Marilyn-Warren-Mackowiak      
10/5/20
 

William Vernon “Bill” Fredine, age 85, of St. Paul, MN, passed away suddenly on Monday, September 28, 2020.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Ruth Fredine, of St. Paul, his sister, Joanne Kurkowski, of Sunnyvale, CA, and his beloved wife of 58 years, Joyce (Koenig) Fredine. He is survived by his three daughters, Susan, Nancy and Karen, his only grandchild, Isabel Puziss, and many relatives and friends.
A lifelong resident of the St. Paul area, Bill graduated from John A. Johnson High School in 1952, and attended the University of Minnesota before getting married and beginning work as a linesman for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company. He worked for the phone company until his retirement in 1990. Bill remained a Metro Life Member Pioneer.
After retirement, he volunteered at the Planes of Fame Museum in Golden Valley and Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Maplewood, MN, where he was a member for over 40 years. Bill was an avid fan of old movies, big band music, airplanes and World War II. He was known for his humility, his gentle, generous nature and easy laugh. He was a selfless individual who put others first, particularly his family. He was a kind, loving man who will be greatly missed.
A memorial service will be scheduled when it is safe to gather together to honor him. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Lyngblomsten Care Center at 1415 Almond Ave. St. Paul, MN 55018. Communications are welcome at fredinefamily@gmail.com10/5/20

 

Robert J."Humbum" Ocel, age 90, formerly of Coon Rapids, passed away on September 26, 2020.
He will be deeply missed by his children, Chris Coletta, Terry (Jim) Klosterman, Tom (Peg) Ocel and grandchildren Brigon, Kelli, Ben and Kate. Bob is preceded in death by Betty, his wife of 60 years, parents Steven and Anna Ocel, brothers Richie and Stevie, and little sister Mary Ann Whiteside. Both Bob and Betty died from the “long goodbye” of Alzheimer’s. Bob's began his career as a lineman with Northwestern Bell in 1953. He worked as an installer and central office technician and finally as a central office load balance engineer. He retired from USWest Communications in 1990. He was a Metro Life Member Pioneer.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial in their names to the Alzheimer’s Association at http://act.alz.org/goto/TheKlostermans. We will find the first survivor of this horrible disease! Immense thanks to Crosby's Heartwood Senior Living and the Cuyuna Medical Center and Hospice. Due to Covid19, a private interment will occur at Fort Snelling and a celebration of his life will be scheduled for summer 2021 at his beloved lake. A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at St. Katherine Drexel Church, located at 7101 143rd Ave. Suite G Ramsey, MN. Burial will take place prior to the service on Thursday at 9 AM at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
    10/2/20
 

Gwen Ultican passed away with her grand-daughter Jackie and Jackie’s husband Dustin at her side.
Retiring from THE phone company (in Duluth MN) in 1992 after being a “Bell head” for over 40 years. Union rep for the CWA Communication Workers of America. She was a staunch proponent of her membership. Raised on a farm and married the “city boy” love of her life, John. Queue the farmer’s daughter jokes! After John passed away Gwen raised two children Ginny and David on her own with help from friends and family. She was always thankful for that help. She was a great neighbor and caregiver to her neighbor Sylvia. She maintained a great sense of humor throughout numerous losses and challenges. Preceded in death by parents Inga and Ben Rostveit, brothers Eddie, Melvin and Ingwald, Husband John, in laws Joyce, Jim and Eunice. So you can see she was stubborn and had to win by being the last to go. GO Mom! She will be missed by Daughter Ginny Haddox, Coon Rapids, MN, Son David Ultican of Duluth. Grands, Jackie (Dustin) Reed, Danielle, Dawn, Jamie. Great grandkids Oliva, AEona, Riley, Billy and Elliot. Website for Memories post at www.never-gone/memorials/gwenultican. Celebration of life to be announced and posted here and her memorial website. Stay tuned!      9/23/20

Thomas J. Grow, age 71 of Anoka.
Preceded in death by his father, Gordon; granddaughter, Haley Grow; and brother- in-law, Mike Donnette. Survived by daughters, Michelle Springer and Beth Oslund; grandchildren, Mikala and Connor Springer, and Christa and Gregory Fundingsland; mother, Kathryn Grow; brother, Jim (Adele) Grow; sister, Pat Donnette; 5 nieces and nephews. He started his career with Northwestern Bell in 1971 and retired from Qwest, remaining a Life Member Pioneer.  Graveside Services Tues. Sept. 29, 2020 - 11am at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, 7601 34th Ave. S., Mpls (meet at assembly area #3 at 10:45am). Per State of Minnesota and CDC rules, distancing, number restrictions and use of masks are required. Thurston-Lindberg Funeral Home Anoka 763-421-0220 
thurston-lindberg.com     9/21/20

Francis X. McGinn,  Jr. age 92 of Chanhassen died Sept 10, 2020.
Father, grandfather and great grandfather. Preceded in death by wife of 70 years Eileen. Survived by children: Mike (Joanie), Mary (Scott) Morseth, Tom (Anne), Terry (Candace), Patty (Craig) Mullen, Shawn (Kelly), Dan (Annetta); 16 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; sister, Ronnie (Doug) Madsen; many nieces, nephews and friends. Frank was hired by Northwestern Bell in 1948 and worked in many positions until his retirement.  He was also a Metro Life Member Pioneer.  Service Wed. Nov 25, 2020, 11 AM, visitation 1 hour prior to the service, all at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 680 Mill Street, Excelsior. Interment Ft Snelling National Cemetery immediately following. Huber Funeral & Cremation Services Excelsior Chapel 952-474-9595 
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9/21/20

Merlyn Lundell, age 79 of Newport, passed away unexpectedly on September 15, 2020.
Memorial Mass will be 11 am, Monday, September 21, 2020 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 920 Holley Ave., St. Paul Park with visitation one hour prior. Masks will be required when in the church.
He is survived by his wife Beatrice; sons Steven (Michele) Lundell and Gregory (Stephanie) Lundell; grandchildren Kirsten, Kasha, Riley, Jada and Liam; sisters Betty (Mike) Chapman, Marlys (Bob) Linkert, Pete (Karen) Lundell, Leslie (Norma) Lundell and Don (Connie) Lundell. He is preceded in death by parents Phoebe and Alvin; brother Myron as well sister Maxine and Rosella. Mark worked as a Central Office Technician for many years and retired from Qwest/CenturyLink. He was a Metro Life Member Pioneer   
9/21/20

 

David H. Moorman, born Feb. 27, 1949, died of lung cancer on Sept. 9, 2020.
Dave meant so much to so many. He was... -Husband and father: Although he swore he wasn't spouse material, he was married to the love of his life, Barb Juntunen, for more than 20 years. He loved his son, Mo, unconditionally and unreservedly. -A lover of people: He was open and welcoming, turning strangers into friends. From interning with Sen. Hubert Humphrey to volunteering with vets at the Kenny Institute to providing a listening ear for anyone who needed it, he made sure you knew you were loved. His annual Christmas party is legendary. -A lover of the outdoors: He enjoyed hiking, biking, scuba-diving, playing backyard basketball, fishing, golfing, or just drinking beer by the lakeside. -A seeker of adventure: He traveled to Isla Mujeres, Roatan, Alaska, and the Villages of Florida, always with Barb at his side. -A proud US Marine: He served as a forward observer during the Vietnam war. He was rarely seen without his US Marine cap and he always delighted finding other Marines, greeting them with a "Semper Fi." -The epitome of loyal: He worked with Ma Bell for 40 years; he was a 3rd generation patron at Al's Bar, and an officer at the American Legion. In all his years of marriage, he kept his wedding vow to never touch Barb's tools. -A guitar and harmonica player: Anytime that he played, it was great. His favorite artist was John Prine, a love that he passed on to the next generation. Dave was preceded in death by parents, Audrey and Maurice Moorman; brother, Thomas and brother-in-law, Bob Cardinale. He is survived by his wife, Barb; son, Maurice; step-daughters, Amy (Todd) Burgoyne, and Brandee (Matt) Daniels-Mallory; sisters, Shelly Moorman (Kevin Sweeney) and Kate Cardinale; 13 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Visitation Wednesday, September 16 from 11:00AM to 12:45PM at Washburn-McReavy, Edina Chapel. Memorial service live-streamed Sept. 16,1:00 PM at facebook.com/… On-line reception to follow. Please email DaveMoormanMemorial@gmail.com for more information. Washburn-McReavy.com Edina Chapel 952-920-3996 West 50th St. & Hwy 100    9/18/20

Jerome "Jerry" Walter Fanger, passed away Sunday, Sept 13, 2020 in Plymouth, MN.
He was born August 26, 1931, in St. Paul, MN to Walter and Muriel Fanger. Jerry met the love of his life, Elizabeth “Betty” Kirch, at Washington High School in St. Paul and they were married November 18, 1950. Jerome served with the US Air Force in South Korea, Wyoming, and Florida. After Jerome returned from Korea they lived in St. Paul, Roseville, Columbia Heights, Coon Rapids, and Andover. He was a great father and husband who enjoyed camping, fishing and was an expert snookers player. Jerry worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company for his entire career where he was a Metro Life Member Pioneer.
Jerome is survived by his sons, Brian (Susan) and David (Julie); grandchildren, Stephanie (James), Christopher, Ann (Tyler), and Corey; great-granddaughter, Violet; sisters-in-law, Helen and Janet; and many nieces and nephews. Over the last few years his neighbors have been great friends, especially Jake Jacobson and John Peterson.
Jerry is preceded in death by his wife, Betty Fanger; sister, June (Robert) Rivard; and his parents, Walter and Muriel Fanger.
A memorial service for Jerry and Betty will be held Friday October 2, 2020 at 2 PM with visitation starting at 1 PM at Washburn-McReavy Coon Rapids Chapel, 1827 Coon Rapids Blvd NW, Coon Rapids, MN. Masks are required.    
9/17/20
 

Jeanette Ploof, 87-year-old resident of Little Falls passed away Tuesday, September 8 at the St. Cloud Hospital.
A public visitation will be held on Monday, September 14 from 4-8 P.M. at the Emblom Brenny Funeral Service in Little Falls. The burial for Jeanette will be held at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery north of Little Falls on Tuesday, September 15. The family ask you to respect the current COVID-19 regulations. A Private Immediate Family and Extended Family Mass will be held on Tuesday, September 15 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Little Falls.
Jeanette was born on May 27, 1933 to Robert and Julia (Dehler) Brixius in Buckman, Minnesota. She was united in marriage to Don Ploof on December 28, 1955 in Buckman. Jeanette worked for Northwestern Bell and US West Telephone companies for 30 years. The couple retired from farming in the Flensburg area in 1991 and moved to Little Falls. Together they raised 7 children, Douglas, Julie, Jean, Galen, Tom, Peter and Beth. Jeanette was very active and involved in her community serving as a volunteer at the following organizations and businesses: St. Gabriel’s Hospital, Minnesota Fishing Museum fundraisers, Share A Meal delivering “home delivered” meals, making donuts at the Senior Center, Paint A Thon, rocking babies for Mothers of Preschoolers, Jeanette enjoyed gardening, bowling, quilting, She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and attending their many events and programs. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Christian Mothers, St. Gerard’s Mission Circle and the Senior Bowling League.
Jeanette is survived by children, Douglas (Linda) Ploof of Little Falls, Galen (Cheryl) Ploof of Little Falls, Tom (Kaia) Ploof of Cushing, Peter (Susan) Ploof of Randall, Jean (Gregg) Grams of Little Falls, Beth (Jason) Cordes of Shakopee; siblings, Doris ( Jack Deceased) Radziej of Little Falls, Esther (Fred) Pelzer of Royalton, Rod (Jan) Brixius of Lastrup, Gordon (Sandy) Brixius of Buckman, Sylvia (Don)Wurst of Albertville, Daniel (Lee) Brixius of Portland, OR; grandchildren, Lindsey (Matt) Derry, Rachel (Dan) Fallon, Vanessa and Hayley( fiancé, Corey) Grams, Melissa (Brian) Sanoski, Andrea (Mathew) Schilling, Casey and Jonah Ploof, Julia and Annie (fiancé, Mitch) Ploof, Eli, Emily and Gabe Ploof, Maddy and Amby Ploof, Will, Kate, Isaac Cordes; great-grandchildren, Sean and Oliver Derry, Evie and Vicka Fallon, Olivia and Brody Sanoski, Waylon Wasserzieher and Lenore and Sawyer Schilling.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Don died in 2004; daughter, Julie Ploof.
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the following: Our Lady of Lourdes Church Mary of Lourdes School or Flyer Athletic Boosters.
The arrangements for Jeanette are with Emblom Brenny Funeral Service in Little Falls. 320-632-4393      
9/10/20

Keith K Kerssen passed away march 11, 2020 at age 87.
Keith was born in Deer Creek, Minnesota on april 6, 1932. After graduation from high school Keith served in the u.s. Army in the korean war. Keith spent his working career with U.S. West telephone company. Keith and Sharon were married on june 26, 1976. Sharon had two children at this time. Keith and his first wife, Ellen, had four children, one son and three daughters. Keith enjoyed his 18 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. At just age 54 Keith took early retirement from U.S. West. After that time he and his wife spent the winters living in an orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico where Keith continued to serve his lord and savior jesus christ. Even after he was diagnosed with dementia he continued to share Jesus in many special ways as the Lord led him. Keith was preceded in death by his son Kevin Bee. He will be greatly missed by his wife Sharon; his four children and two step children and their families. Memorial has been held.    9/3/20

Gloria Ruth Krohn, age 84, of Forest Lake, MN, passed away on August 21, 2020,
at Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater, MN, of non-COVID related illness. Wife of St Paul Pioneer Galen Krohn.

During her life she was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Gloria was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years Galen, her son Lloyd, her sister Margie Benson and her parents Howard and Ruth Leffler. She is survived by her daughter Gail (Scott) Malinosky, daughter-in-law Karen Krohn, grandson Matthew (Julie) Malinosky, granddaughter Emily Malinosky, three great grandchildren Tony, Bethany and Tara, and brother-in-law Arvid Benson, as well as cousins, nieces and nephews.
Gloria was a wonderful mom, and as her extended family grew, she welcomed the additions with open arms and a generous heart. She loved spending as much time as possible with her family - hardly ever missing the opportunity to attend a celebration, grandchildren’s activities or an invitation to dinner. She worked for over 25 years in food service for the Forest Lake Area Schools – starting as a part-time sub and finishing as a kitchen manager at the Central Junior High location. In her leisure time she also delighted in camping and traveling - both around the US and internationally, as well as rendezvousing - representing the 1840’s, creating her own period clothing and cooking over an open fire. She enjoyed card playing and cardmaking – in particular Christmas cards; and was also honored to have been able to volunteer for several years at an MS Tram rest stop.
Words cannot describe how much her kind spirit, quick smile, infectious laugh, and gentle soul touched those she met nor how very much she will be missed by those who knew and loved her.
In consideration of the current corona virus situation, a graveside memorial service for Gloria will be held in Barnum, MN. A private family burial will follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the MS Society or a charity of your choice.   
8/27/20

Dorothy Louise Martin. age 92 of Lake Elmo, MN passed away peacefully on August 3, 2020.
Survived by nieces, Susan Carvelli, Debra Pope, Linda Minke and Cori Trudell. A Graveside Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 7, 2020 at Evergreen Memorial Gardens 3400 Century Ave. N., Mahtomedi, MN. She worked for Bell Telephone Company for 39 years as a long distance phone operator and was a Telephone Pioneer.     8/27/20

Beryl Ione Thomas (Ottosen) 81 of Eau Claire Wi, passed away August 17, 2020 with family by her side.
She was born to Edna/Holger Ottosen July 24, 1939 in Marshfield, Wisconsin. She was the second oldest of five children. She was united in marriage to William Koepp October 25, 1958. She is survived by her children: Deborah (Peter Koxlien) Chopper, (Strum, WI,) William F. (Laura) Koepp Jr. (St Paul, MN,) Keith S. (Zoe Sie) Koepp, (Mondovi, WI) Ione has three grandchildren: Nathaniel Chopper, Timothy Chopper, (Mondovi, WI) Joshua Koepp (Minneapolis, MN). She was also blessed with 2 Great Grandchildren: Jeffrey and Maximus Chopper (Mondovi, WI) Ione is survived by siblings Elaine (Arnie Risler) Hagen, (Eau Claire, WI), Vesta Ottosen, (Sturgeon Bay, WI) and Luther (Ginnie) Ottosen (Andover, MN). She was preceded in death by herpar ents and sister Donna Lund.
Her years of employment included Wisconsin Telephone Company and US West of Minnesota. (27 years) and was a Metro Life Member Pioneer. Upon retiring, she worked for Midelfort Clinic (1992 – 2005) and Lutheran Social Services.
(2007 – 2019).
Our Mom touched many people in her life with her talent. She prided herself in her decorating ability, polka dancing, Irish fervor, and shopping style. She was the ultimate organizer. She was dedicated to her church heading the fall festival and even served as church president. She was dearly loved and will be missed by many!
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 3:00 PM at Drammen Lutheran Church with Michael Isaacson officiating. Inurnment will immediately follow at the church cemetery. A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday from 1:00 PM until the hour of the service at the church.
    8/21/20
 

Robert W. Richter age 92 of Maplewood, MN Passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 1, 2020.
He was born on October 1, 1927, raised, and a proud resident on St. Paul's Eastside "Best Side" for 60 years. Preceded in death by parents Otto & Mata; sisters Lorraine Wagner,Marlene Orbeck and Janet Mesenbourgh; brothers Harold and Donald. Survived by his loving wife and caregiver of almost 70 years, Betty; children Debra Gray (Gary), David Richter (Beth Cassidy), and Diane Dumer (Michael); and his pride and joy grandchildren Shannon Richter Thimjon, Mackenzie Richter, Calvin Dumer, and Erik Dumer. Also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews.
Graduated from Johnson High School 1945, United States Army 1945-1947, and retired in 1981 from Northwestern Bell after 32 years of service and remained a Metro Life Member Pioneer. He met the love of his life Betty Ann Johnson on a blind date in 1949 and they married October 7, 1950. Together they raised a family, loved camping, always put family first, and dearly loved their grandchildren. He was always there to help family, neighbors, and even strangers. He loved and had great patience for the elderly, young children, especially babies, and dogs. He could be counted on for a good joke, laugh, and a smile.
He suffered from Alzheimer's for the last 15 years of life, but it never diminished who he was. We learned many life lessons during our journey: patience, compassion, and empathy for all families that suffer from this disease. He was blessed with the gentle, unselfish, constant care, and unwavering love and devotion from his wife, without which he would have been lost long ago. A thank you to all dear family and friends who supported us during these many years. He was an active member at Arlington Hills Lutheran Church and Maplewood Moose Lodge #963. A big thank you to Johanna Shore's Presbyterian Home and their many dedicated, caring employees for his gentle and supportive care for several years, especially Judy Palmer from Genevive Medical Team. Private memorial service was held on August 12, 2020. Future memorial service hoped for in the Fall of 2020. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Alzheimer's Association, 7900 West 78th Street, Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55439 or Johanna Shore's Presbyterian Homes Foundation/ Employee Fund, 2845 Hamline Avenue North, Roseville, MN 55113.     
8/17/20

Paul Francis Stephenson, age 94 formerly of Crosslake passed away on August 9, 2020.
He was married for 70 years to the love of his life, Peggie (Crosby) who passed in December. He is survived by his sister, four children, eight grandchildren, and fourteen great-grandchildren. Born in St Paul to Claude and Laura (Karnick). Naval Academy graduate, Marine Corps officer, who was always up for a good time. He began his business career in 1955 with Northwestern Bell retiring as District Manager Corporate Communications. He was also a Metro Life Member Pioneer. He taught his children many aspects of life including independence with a can-do attitude. One of his greatest gifts was giving his children the opportunity to succeed. Thanks Dad. A private ceremony is planned.      8/17/20

Elaine E. Berry, age 96 of Crystal, passed away Aug 12,
peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family.
Elaine retired from Northwestern Bell/U S WEST in 1998. She was a dedicated Metro Life Member Pioneer. Her gave many hours and used her talents for the Pioneer Hug A Bear project. She cut out and sewed up countless little Bears that were given to children in the Metro area by first responders in times of crisis. Preceded in death by her husband, William; parents, Lena and Arthur Rettmer; brother, Con; granddaughter, Lorna Moody and son-in-law, Merlyn Moody. Survived by daughter, Marla Moody; sons, Thomas (Kathy) and Don; grandchildren, Brenna Moody and Jordon Berry; great-grandchildren, Jessa, Trynity, Kaleb and Skylar; great-great- granddaughter, Ella; sister, Jeanne Mummert; nieces, nephews and friends. A memorial service for Elaine will be take place at a later time. Gearty-Delmore 763-537-4511 gearty-delmore.com
        8/17/20

Merle Jerome Jossart, age 87 of Buffalo, Minnesota, passed away August 9, 2020.
He was born on April 13, 1933 in Benson, Minnesota to Ralph and Esther (Johnson) Jossart. Merle grew up and attended high school in Benson, where he graduated with the class of 1951. Following high school, he worked for the U.S. Forest Service in Montana for a few years.
In 1955 he was drafted to serve his country during the Korean Conflict. He was stationed in South Korea where he proudly served in the 6th Armored Division of the Army. He also served in the Reserves after his active duty until he was fully discharged in 1963.
One day while watching a parade, Merle noticed the beautiful Miss Little Falls riding on a float waving to the crowd. As soon as he saw her, he knew he had to meet her! Merle and Patricia Klisch were then joined in marriage on May 3, 1958 in South Dakota and happily raised five children together. Merle worked for Northwestern Bell as a lineman, and with his hard work ethic, progressed his way to management. This led to the family moving to various cities around the state with each of his promotions, eventually settling in New Hope, MN. He retired in 1997 but remained a Metro Life Member Pioneer. Merle and Pat retired and moved to Buffalo MN in 1998.

Merle was a family man and took pride in providing for his wife and children. He had a very generous heart and made sure to spend quality time creating special memories with them. You could find him on the baseball fields, hockey rinks, and soccer fields coaching his children and other youth in various cities. He was involved in church organizations, playing bridge and other card games, and bowling in leagues. Merle also very much enjoyed golfing with family and friends and he worked part time as a grounds keeper and fixing equipment at Wild Marsh in Buffalo. He was also an avid outdoorsman; hunting and fishing whenever he could in the Benson area that he grew up in. He would mostly hunt for pheasant and ducks. Merle and Pat both enjoyed traveling and sightseeing, hiking and camping as well.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Esther; brothers, Ron and Jim; and sister, Joyce.
Merle is survived by his wife of 62 years, Pat; children, Paul (Terry), Ruth, Dale, Gary (Francie), and Chad (Bobbie); 12 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; and brother, Curtis (Sara).
A Memorial Service is planned for Monday, August 17, 2020 at 11:00 AM with visitation one hour prior at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo, MN. Military honors will follow the service. An interment will take place at a later date at the Benson City Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo, MN. Online condolences for the family may be directed to www.thepetersonchapel.com   
8/14/20

Colleen Marie Nelson, age 84, died peacefully on Wednesday July 22, 2020
at Bel Rae Senior Living in Mounds View, MN.
She was born July 9, 1936 to Emmett and Clara (Kappel) Dingley. She was married to Robert Haverty in July 1954. After his passing, she met and married Alvin Nelson in May 1981. She and Alvin toured the country in their antique cars and were avid members of the AACA car club. Colleen enjoyed her jobs at Northwestern Bell until 2001 when she retired and remained a Metro Life Member Pioneer. She also enjoyed working at Costco. She is survived by Alan (Linda) Nelson, Carol (Nelson) Pederson, Janet (Chris) (Nelson) Wilson, Steven (LuAnn) Nelson, Deb (Haverty) Tharaldson, John (Barb) Haverty, Patty (Haverty) Zenz, 18 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. The family thanks Bel Rae Senior Living and St. Croix Hospice for the beautiful and dignified end of life care they teamed up to give her. Funeral services will be held at River Valley Church 14898 Energy Way Apple Valley, MN 55124 at 11:00 am. Visitation will occur at 10:00 am. Zoom option available, contact peazenz@gmail.com    8/10/20

Rita Bible passed away Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at Lakeside Health & Rehab in Pine City at the age of 87.
Rita Joan Bible was born July 26, 1933 to Francis and Mary (Behrendt) Bible in Hinckley Township, Pine County. Rita was the seventh of twelve children and lived in Hinckley until 1940 when the family moved east of Pine City.
As a young girl she attended District 77 country school and then the Pine City High School. As a high school senior Rita was employed part-time with the Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in Pine City. In 1951, she graduated from Pine City High School and continued at the telephone company as a full-time employee. Her career with the telephone company lasted 38 years and she traveled all around Minnesota during those years. She lived and worked in Wadena, Duluth, Grand Rapids, Brainerd, Crookston, Minneapolis and Montevideo. Her brother LeRoy always said “she was ringing the most out of it."
In 1991, upon retiring Rita returned to Pine City and purchased a large home on 8th Street. When asked why she would need such a large home, she responded “I have so much furniture; a smaller home wouldn’t accommodate all of it”. However, her extended family thought the large home was to accommodate her large family; siblings and their spouses, numerous nieces and nephews and their spouses, great nieces and nephews and even some great greats out in Oregon. Rita always welcomed everyone and was a fabulous hostess to the famous Bible pot-luck spreads where no one went home hungry. She was an integral part of family Christmas celebrations. Rita had a tremendous knack for keeping the little children entertained; she bought gifts for all of her nieces and nephews until they reached their teen years. Her gifts were special and unique for each. One of the highlights for the little kids was visiting Auntie Rita while she worked at the Pine County Fair Needlepoint Exhibit Building.
Rita loved to travel; over the past years some of her travel companions included her sisters and nieces. She traveled throughout the United States and made a very memorable trip to visit her nephew in Australia with sisters Millie and Verna.
For Rita volunteering was a source of pride; she was a role model for her entire family. Rita was selfless and provided countless hours of patient, caring and loving visits to her extended family. She provided AARP Driver’s Training for 16 years; served as the VFW Auxiliary Treasure for 20+ years, served on many church committees and provided communion for shut-ins. Rita was named the 2005 Pine City Citizen of the Year and also the 2009 Outstanding Senior Volunteer of the Year.
Rita is survived by her sisters Verna Carlson, Marian (Jim) Schoeberl; brothers: LeRoy (Marlene) Bible; sister-in-law Margaret Bible; many, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents Frank and Mary Bible; brothers Francis “Bud” (Adeline) Bible, John (Avis) Bible, Robert (Betty) Bible, Donald Bible, Kenneth (Pauline) Bible, sisters Shirley (Don) Elfstrum, Mildred (Fred) Baker, Lucille (Leo) Skluzacek; brother-in-law Harvey Carlson.
Monsignor Aleksander Suchan will celebrate at a Mass of Christian Burial for Rita: 10:30 AM Tuesday (8/11) at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Pine City. A time of visitation and reviewal is planned from 5:00-8:00 PM Monday (8/10) with a prayer service at 7:30 PM at the Swanson Funeral Chapel and also one hour prior to the mass at St. Anthony Commons in the church. Interment will take place at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Pine City.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to: Funeral and Cremation Service of Pine City, Swanson Chapel.
www.FuneralAndCremationService.com          
8/6/20

Irene Esteola Speed, (known to her family as Midget)
was born in February 1952 in Bessemer, Alabama, daughter of the late Eugene and Alma Speed. On Monday, July 27, 2020, with her sisters, Barbara and Meryl at her Intensive Care bedside, she slipped quietly away and went home to be with the Lord. In 1970 she started her career at Northwestern Bell where she retired in 1993 after nearly forty years of service. She treasured the friends she made at work and remained a Metro Life Member Pioneer.  She enjoyed cooking wonderful meals for her family and friends. She leaves to cherish her siblings, Lorenza, Bernice, Patsy, Barbara, Ray, Netta, Meryl and a host of beautiful nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, in-laws and friends. Waiting to join her in glory are her mother, father, brother, Eugene Jr., her sister, Rebecca and her nieces and nephew, Paullah, Bridget and Alfarah who preceded her in death. Soon there will be a Cenotaph in the Ossuary at Crystal Lake Cemetery at 3816 Penn Av. North.     8/3/20

 

William (Bill) Bard, age 85, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 19th at his home
surrounded by his family and friends.
Bill was born on March 29, 1935 in Duluth to Walter and Adeline Bard. Bill graduated from Duluth Denfeld High School in 1953 and served in the United States Army during the Korean War from 1953-1955. He retired after 38 years in management with Northwestern Bell and AT&T. Along with being an active member of his church, Atonement Lutheran; Bill was also very active with the Lions Club since joining in 1968. In his retirement years he worked with Sauk Rapids City Council and HRA, also enjoyed volunteering with the Red Cross and being Captain of the Mississippi Bell at the Pirates Cove. After being named Sauk Rapids Citizen of the year; April 27th, 2006 was officially proclaimed “Bill Bard Day.” In his free time, Bill enjoyed golfing, fishing, and attending his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events. He will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.
Bill is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dawn; sons, Gregory and Richard (LuAnn); daughter, Kelly; grandchildren, Elizabeth “Libby” and William “Billy” Bingham, Jamie (Dan) Babb, Sean and Samantha Bard; great grandchildren, Taeler and Mickenzie Babb. He was preceded in death by his son, Michael and daughter, Amy Bingham.
The funeral service will be held on Thursday, August 6th @1 p.m. at Atonement Lutheran Church in St. Cloud. In Lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made in his name to the Minnesota Lions Vision Foundation.    
7/31/20

John E. Miller, age 91 of New Brighton went to be with our Lord on July 17th, 2020.
He was employed by Northwestern Bell in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and outstate locations. John was a Metro Life Member Pioneer. A private graveside service has been held with a celebration of life to follow at a later date.
Miller Funeral Home Fridley, MN 763-571-1300     
7/27/20

Gordon M. “Gordy” Woessner, November 26, 1926 – July 18, 2020.
After just 85 days apart, Gordy joined his bride (Dee) at heaven’s big lake on July 18, 2020. At 93.5 years, he accomplished much especially after retiring from Northwestern Bell in his early 60’s. He remained a Metro Life Member Pioneer. Together, Gordy and Dee spent half their years at their lake place in Grand Rapids, MN where Gordy was the “King of Putz”. He enjoyed the lake immensely whether it was fishing, gardening, creating many Rube Goldberg inventions, and his daily trip to “Gordy’s Beach”. He also spent several years making Florida a part of their winter break from MN. He was a kind, soft spoken soul who enjoyed fitness and a cold beer until late in his life. He and Dee were just shy of 72 years of marriage. They are missed by children, Laura (Larry) Laughlin, Scott, Gary (Sandee) and Barb (Philip) Belin along with grandchildren, Brian, Chad (Emily), Lindsey, Benjamin & Matthew. Services will be private at Fort Snelling. Memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Foundation. Gordy and Dee, we hope you’re dancing away on heaven’s dance floor!    7/24/20

Mary Ann Anderson, age 66, of South Padre Island, TX, passed away on July 17, 2020

after about three weeks in the hospital with multiple medical problems. Preceded in death by parents "Red" and Sadie Pavloski, and brothers Donald and Mike. Survived by brothers Pete (Barb) and Tom (Rita); sister Janice (Chuck) Hepp; Ex-husband Mitch; and many nieces and nephews. Mary Ann particularly loved her time with her "Greats". Her great nieces and nephews. Mary Ann lived and worked in the Twin Cities for 42 years. She was a service rep at CenturyLink (originally Northwestern Bell) and was a Metro Pioneer. She loved volunteering at Como Zoo, and Hennepin Theatre Trust. The last couple of years, she lived in South Padre Island where she enjoyed volunteering at Sea Turtle Inc., and Whiskers Resale Shop. Due to Covid 19, a private ceremony will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Como Zoo in St. Paul, or Sea Turtles Inc. in South Padre Island.    7/22/20

Harry F. Voss, age 89 of Maplewood passed away on July 12, 2020.
Preceded in death by wife of 53 years, Betty A. Voss (nee Larson); second wife, Maureen D. Voss (nee Boland); son, Michael; mother-in-law, Julia Boland; brothers and sisters-in-law, James Larson, Julie Larson, Audrey and Robert Sanft, Gerald Matejka. Survived by his daughter, Sandra; grandson, David; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bernie Larson, Raymond Larson, Susan (Richard) Foreman, Carole Matejka, Robert (Carolyn) Boland, Ronald (Carolyn) Boland, Mary Ann Boland; many nieces and nephews.
Born in Winona, MN on September 24, 1930. Graduated from Winona Sr. High School, 1st Lieutenant Civil Air Patrol, Korean War Veteran – US Army, 1948-1953, honorable discharge as a Master Sergeant. Retired from N.W. Bell Telephone Co. as a central office engineering manager with 34 years of service and was a Metro Life Member Pioneer. Employed for five years by L.M. Ericsson, Stockholm, Sweden as an engineering consultant. Harry was a member of 1971 Vulcan Krewe, past president Imperial Order of Fire and Brimstone, 50 year Club Dunwoody Institute, Member of American Legion Post #39 North St. Paul, life member of Disabled American Veterans and Arlington Hills Lutheran Church. Funeral Service 11 AM Monday, July 20, 2020 at Sandberg Funeral Home, 2593 E. 7th Avenue, North St. Paul with visitation from 4-7 PM on Sunday, as well as one hour prior to the service on Monday. Interment Union Cemetery, Maplewood. Memorials preferred to North St. Paul American Legion Post #39, directed to veterans in need. The family of Harry Voss would like to thank the staff at HealthEast Hospice for the loving care they provided.   
7/15/20
 

Ronald John Dunbar was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on March 10, 1936,
the son of Olive (nee Taylor) and Harvey Dunbar. A few years after graduating from Monroe High School, he enlisted at age 21 in the United States Army on January 31, 1955. He served as an Army Specialist for almost three years and received the Good Conduct Medal upon his discharge in 1957. While swimming at Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis, he met the love of his life, Judith Carolla Bakken. They fell in love and were married at St. James Catholic Church on August 8, 1959. They made their home on Gresham Avenue in Oakdale where they raised their children and resided for their entire marriage. Whenever there was a house project, he would bribe the neighborhood with banana splits to get their help. He spent most of his career at Northwestern Bell. He retired from there in 1995 after over 25 years of employment and was a Metro Life Member Pioneer. Outside of work, he enjoyed socializing with family and friends. He would drive around in his Buick to go visit people and chat. He was very talkative and very much a people person. A big part of his love for socializing was going out to restaurants with people to eat. If he found a restaurant he liked, he became a dedicated customer and went for decades. His friendly and outgoing personality will be missed by all who knew him.
Ron passed away peacefully in the night at home on July 12, 2020. He is preceded in death by his parents, Olive and Harvey Dunbar; and his siblings, brothers, Daniel Dunbar, James Dunbar, and Andrew Dunbar, Elaine Norton, and Darlene "Dars" Hofmann.
He is survived by his wife, Judith "Judy" Dunbar of Oakdale; his sister, Kathleen Dunbar; his children, Dennis "Den" Dunbar of Amery, WI, David (Elaine) Dunbar of St. Paul, Janel (Michael) Swanson of Scandia, and Lisa (Bill) Lauth of Amery, WI; his grandchildren, Michael (Erin) Swanson Jr., Devin (Mikki) Swanson, Tayler Swanson, Desiree (Andrew) Reding, Alex Dunbar, Gina (Tyler) Przysbilla, and Billy Lauth; his great-grandchildren, Aili Swanson and Greyson Kirk; two great-grandchildren on the way; and many other family and friends.
There will be a private gathering for Ron at his daughter's place in Scandia. His interment will take place at Fort Snelling National Cemetery with military honors
.      7/13/20