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  • James E. Peterson
    James Edward Peterson, 82, of Sauk Centre, died Sept. 5, 2019 after a long battle with cancer.
  •  Bruce Niehoff
    Bruce Niehoff, age 68 of Osakis, died on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, at the U of M Hospital in Minneapolis after a brave fight against lymphoma.
  • Adam G. Bromenshenkel
    Adam Bromenshenkel, 42 of Sauk Centre, died unexpectedly Sept. 3, 2019, at St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud.
  • Aletha “Leats” Ann Blattner Tomlyanovich
    The Mass celebrating the life of Aletha (Leats) Ann Blattner Tomlyanovich, age 86 of Avon, will be 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, at the Church of St. Benedict in Avon. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. 
  • Edna A. Boeckermann
    Edna A. Boeckermann, age 88 of St. Francis, died Tuesday, Sept.10, 2019, surrounded by her family at the Mother of Mercy Nursing Home in Albany.
  • Daniel A. Schwieters
    Daniel A. “Dan” Schwieters, age 76 of Spring Hill, passed away unexpectedly at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota, after injuries sustained in an ATV accident on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019.
  • Taylor K. Folk
    Taylor Kennedy Folk, age 17, of Fremont, Wis., passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019
  • Ralph Braun
    Ralph Braun, 94, of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully Aug. 27, 2019, at Sauk Centre CentraCare Nursing Care Center (formerly St. Michael’s Care Center) in Sauk Centre.
  • Alcuin P. “Al” Borgerding
    Alcuin P. “Al” Borgerding, age 89 of Freeport, died peacefully, surrounded by his family Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, at the CentraCare Health Hospital in Melrose.
  • Jerome M. Schmidt
    Jerome M. “Jerry” Schmidt, age 93 of Melrose, Minn.,  passed away peacefully on Sunday, Aug.  25, 2019,  at the CentraCare Health Nursing Home in Melrose. 
  • Harvey R. Thieschafer
    Harvey R. Thieschafer, age 84, of Melrose died on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, at CentraCare (PineVilla) Melrose Health Care Center in Melrose, Minn.
  • Donald “Don” Bartkowicz
    The Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Donald “Don” Bartkowicz, age 89 of Bowlus, will be at 11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 30 at the St. Edwards Catholic Church in Elmdale. 
  • Edward L. Pintok
    Edward L. Pintok, 94 of Opole, was peacefully taken to God, surrounded by his family, Aug. 17, 2019, at Serenity Village in Avon.
  • Leona C. Blenker
    Leona C. Blenker, age 103 of Melrose, Minn.,  passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, at the CentraCare Health Nursing Home in Melrose. 
  • Bertilla K. “Bert” Caspers
    Bertilla K. “Bert” Caspers, age 91, of Melrose, Minn., the beloved wife of John L. Caspers, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Wednesday, Aug.  21, 2019
  • Stephen John Wenker, 62, of Malibu, Calif., died from a heart attack on the morning of Wed., Aug. 7, 2019.
  • Edward L. Pintok
    Edward L. Pintok, 94 of Opole, was peacefully taken to God, surrounded by his family, Aug. 17, 2019, at Serenity Village in Avon.
  • David N. Lackmann
    David Neil Lackmann, Class of ‘56, passed away on Aug. 13, 2019, in Rush City at the age of 80. 
  • Paul H. Pischke
    Paul H. Pischke, age 90 of Sauk Centre, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud.
  • Elnora M. Sell
    Elnora M. Sell, age 95 of Brainerd, formerly of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully with family at her bedside on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, at her home in Brainerd.
  • Jerry Henry
    Jerry Henry, age 57, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, at his home near Sauk Lake.
  • Florence D. “Floss” Dinndorf
    Floss Dinndorf, age 90, died Aug. 17, 2019. Floss was born Dec. 26, 1928, in Melrose to the late Herman and Christine Kluempke.
  • Nathan L. Roering
    Nathan L. Roering, age 25 of Sauk Centre died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family and friends following a hard-fought battle with cancer on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019.
  • David C. Kulzer
    Mr. Kulzer, 74, of Rochester, died Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019 at his residence. David was born on July 2, 1945, in Melrose, to Roman and Adelinde (Terhaar) Kulzer.  
  • Dorothy “Dottie” Fennell
    Dorothy Mary Bieringer was born July 21, 1934, the 13th child of Anthony and Mary Anna (Merton) Bieringer. 
  • Lillian A. Schoenberg
    Lillian A. Schoenberg, age 93 of Greenwald, Minn., passed away peacefully
  • Dale G. Garlock
    Dale G. Garlock, age 59 of Melrose, Minn.,  passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, at CentraCare Health Hospital Emergency Department in Melrose.
  • Jerilynn M. “Babe” Sweazey
    Jerilynn M. “Babe” Sweazey, age 55 of Bertha, died peacefully, surrounded by her family on Saturday, July 27, 2019, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn.
  • Lawrence J. “Larry” Wiechmann
    Lawrence J. “Larry” Wiechmann age 90 of Melrose, Minn., passed away peacefully
  • Kenny M. Klassen
    Kenny M. Klassen, 68, of Belgrade died on Sunday, June 30, 2019, at his sister’s home in Alexandria under the care of hospice. 
  • Virgil N. Gruenke
    Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Virgil N. Gruenke, age 94, of Albany will be 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 10, at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany. 
  • Lamont Blanchard
    Lamont Blanchard, age 80 of West Union, passed away on Sunday evening, Aug. 4, 2019, at the Galeon in Osakis.
  • Denis H. Marthaler
    Denis H. Marthaler, age 82 of Melrose, died peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, at Mother of Mercy Nursing Home in Albany, Minn.
  • Sheldon L. Budde, age 80 of Melrose, Minn.,  passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Friday, Aug.  2, 2019,  at the CentraCare Health Hospital in Melrose.
  • John “Jack” George Zimmerman
    John “Jack” George Zimmerman, age 87, of Albany, died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, at the St. Cloud Hospital.
  • Lee A. Marthaler,
    Lee A. Marthaler, of Cottonwood, Ariz., passed away on July 23, 2019, after a brief battle with cancer.
  • Gerald T. Ehresman,
    Gerald T. Ehresman, of Solvang, Calif., passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, July 21, 2019.
  • Doreen Ann Martinella Ehresman, age 92, passed away peacefully on July 26, 2019, at Prairie Senior Cottages in Albert Lea. 
  • Judith N. Bailey
    Judith N. “Judy” Bailey, age 69 of Sauk Centre, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, July 21, 2019, at her home in Sauk Centre.
  • Charles “Chuck” Redetzke
    Charles “Chuck” Redetzke passed away into his new life on July 11, 2019, at his home in Sauk Centre.
  • Rev. Sylvester Matthias Kleinschmidt
    Rev. Sylvester Matthias Kleinschmidt, age 97 of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at Fairway Pines Senior Living in Sauk Centre.
  • Walter M. Bertram
    Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin for Walter M. Bertram, age 98, of St. Martin. Walter passed away July 19, at the Assumption Home in Cold Spring.
  • Clarence “Guy” V. Andersen
    Clarence "Guy" V. Andersen, 78 of Albany, died Monday, July 15, 2019, at his home in rural Albany. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m., Friday, July 19, at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany.
  • Marian (Hall) Conlin
    Marian (Hall) Conlin, 100, longtime resident of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully at the Sauk Centre CentraCare Health Care Center on Friday, July 12, 2019.
  • Lloyd W. Butkowski
    Lloyd W. Butkowski, age 60, died Monday, July 8, 2019, at his home in rural Millwood Township, St. Rosa, Minn.
  • Ned Evens
    Ned Evens, a resident of Tomball, Texas, formerly of Melrose, Minn., passed away peacefully on Nov. 26, 2018, after a long battle with cancer.
  • Francis M. Marstein
    The Requiem Mass for Francis M. Marstein, age 90 of Bowlus, will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 17, at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church in St. Cloud (430 8th Ave S, St Cloud, MN). Burial will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls.
  • Arthur J. Diedrich
    Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, July 16, at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Avon for Arthur J. Diedrich, age 90, of Avon who died Thursday, July 11, 2019, at Quiet Oaks Hospice House. Rev. Gregory Miller, OSB will officiate and entombment will be in the parish cemetery. 
  • Helen C. Popp
    Helen C. Popp, age 99, of Hutchinson, passed away on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at her home in Hutchinson. Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Hutchinson with interment in the Oakland Cemetery in Hutchinson. Memorials preferred.
  • Edwin G. Schulzetenberg
    Ed Schulzetenberg passed away on June 27, 2019, in the CentraCare Nursing Home in Melrose, Minn. His funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 16, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich. Father Daniel Walz will be the celebrant. Visitation will be one hour before the service. Inurnment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
  • Bernice (Bernie) Wiehoff, age 87 of Melrose, passed away Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, at the CentraCare Health–Melrose Hospital.
  • Sylvester M. Bueckers
    Sylvester M. “Sy” Bueckers, age 76 of St. Joseph, Minn., passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and Hildie on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minn. 
  • Rita A. Trisko
     Rita A. Trisko, age 79 of Sauk Centre, passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at her home in Sauk Centre, Minn.
  • Helen Popp, age 99, of Hutchinson, passed away on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at her home in Hutchinson.
  • Anthony J. “Tony” Hallermann
    Anthony J. “Tony” Hallermann, age 38 of Sauk Centre, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, June 21, 2019.
  • Dorothy R. Holthaus
    Dorothy R. Holthaus, age 86 of Albany, died peacefully, surrounded by her family on Tuesday, June 25, 2019,  at the CentraCare Health Hospital in Melrose, Minn.
  • Vernon M. Frieler
    Vernon M. “Vern” Frieler, age 90 of Melrose, formerly of Grey Eagle, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Friday, June 28, 2019, at the CentraCare Health Hospital in Melrose, Minn.
  • Ed J. Schneider
    Ed Schneider passed away on June 23, 2019, at the age of 89. Funeral Services were at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre, July 1. 
  • Margaret K. Messerich
    Margaret K. Messerich, age 78 of Melrose, Minn.,  passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on Friday, June 21, 2019, at the CentraCare Health Nursing Home in Melrose.  
  • Dorothy R. Holthaus
    Dorothy R. Holthaus, age 86 of Albany, died peacefully, surrounded by her family, Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at the CentraCare Health Hospital in Melrose.
  • LeAnne D. Sanders
    LeAnne Sanders 62 passed away on June 19, 2019, at the St. Cloud hospital. LeAnne was born in Sauk Centre on Sept. 12, 1956.
  • Randy G. Brunko
    Randy G. Brunko, age 62 of Little Sauk, passed away surrounded by his family on Monday, June 24, 2019 at his home.
  • Elizabeth “Liz” Schmitz
    Elizabeth “Liz” Schmitz, age 79 of Maple Grove, formerly of Sauk Centre passed away unexpectedly on June 19.
  • Ed J. Schneider
    Ed Schneider passed away on June 23, 2019, at the age of 89. Funeral Services will be at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre on Monday, July 1 at 11 a.m. with a visitation at Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Sauk Centre on Sunday, June 30 from 4-7 p.m. Parish prayers will be at 5 p.m. Sunday evening at the funeral home
  • Lloyd L. Schreiner
    Lloyd L. Schreiner, 81 of Sauk Centre, formerly of Watkins, passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2019, at the Essentia Hospital in Fargo, N.D. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 28, 2019, at Lady Of Angels Catholic Church in Sauk Centre.
  • Lawrence Bernard Winter
    Lawrence Bernard Winter passed away on Thursday, June 20, 2019, surrounded by love and with family present. Larry spent the last few weeks of his life being cared for by the staff at CentraCare Health Nursing Home and CentraCare Health Hospice.
  • A memorial service for David Krousey will be held Sunday, June 30, at 2 p.m. at Faith Community Church in Burtrum.  Refreshments will follow at the Burtrum Community Center.  Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society.



  • Troy Donald Niebergall
    Troy Donald Niebergall, 50, died June 17, 2019, at the U of M Hospital from cancer.
  • Memorial services will be held for David McCain, age 67 of Tracy, Calif. on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Sauk Centre. A gathering of friends and family will begin one hour before the service. Lunch will be served in the church basement following the service.



  • Cheryl Veeder

    Cheryl Veeder, age 72, of Sauk Centre passed away on Friday, June 14, 2019, at Knute Nelson, Maples Unit, Alexandria. Cheryl Raye Hennington was born on March 25, 1947, to Russell and Solveig (Michaelson) Hennington in River Falls, Wis.

  • Donald William Thoennes
    Donald William Thoennes was born Jan. 10, 1953 in Alexandria, the son of Peter and Rose (Daas) Thoennes. Donnie grew up in Millerville, where he attended St. Mary’s Elementary School. He graduated from Brandon High School in1971. 
  • Gerald E. “Jerry” Schurman
    Gerald E. “Jerry” Schurman, age 69 of Sauk Centre, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at the CentraCare Health Hospital in Sauk Centre, Minnesota.
  • Cyril Ebnet
    The Mass of Christian Burial, celebrating the life of Cyril Ebnet, age 89 of Holdingford, was Saturday, June 15, at the Church of All Saints, St. Mary in Holdingford. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
  • LeRoy Young
    The Mass of Christian Burial, celebrating the life of LeRoy Young, age 87 of Holdingford, was Monday June 17 at the Church of All Saints, St. Mary in Holdingford. Burial followed in the parish cemetery. LeRoy died Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at the St. Cloud Hospital.
  • Monica Ann VanHeel
    Monica Ann VanHeel, 89-year-old resident of Swanville, passed away Monday, June 10, 2019, at Highland Senior Living in Little Falls.
  • Rose M. VanBeck
    Rose M. “Rosie” VanBeck, age 91, of Melrose, passed away Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at Pine Haven, CentraCare Health-Melrose.
  • Scott P. Keppers
    Scott P. Keppers, age 53, of rural Holdingford, passed away peacefully at his home with his family at his side, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. He fought his medical condition the way he lived his life, with strength, grace, and a strong faith and complete trust in God’s plan.
  • Cyril Ebnet
    The Mass of Christian Burial, celebrating the life of Cyril Ebnet, age 89 of Holdingford, will be 2:30 p.m., Saturday, June 15 at the Church of All Saints, St. Mary in Holdingford. 
  • Joyce Winges
    Joyce Winges, age 88, of Sauk Centre, formerly of Rush City, passed away with her family by her side on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Fairway Pines in Sauk Centre. 
  • David W. McClain
    David Wayne McClain, age 67, of Tracy, Calif., formerly of Sauk Centre, passed away on Dec. 2, 2018 at Sutter Hospital, San Fransisco.
  • Theresa E. Goebel
    Theresa E. Goebel, age 101, of St. Anthony, died peacefully surrounded by family Saturday, June 8, 2019 at her home near St. Anthony.
  • Kiana Dawn Martin
    Kiana Dawn Martin was born on June 3, 2017, on her farm at Brooten, the daughter of Kelvin and Rosanna Martin. She was a cheerful little girl who loved her family. Her family loved her dearly and we spent many happy hours enjoying her.
  • Jerome “Soupie” Vos,
    The Mass of Christian Burial, celebrating the life of Jerome “Soupie” Vos, age 85, will be 11 a.m. Friday, June 7 at the Church of All Saints, St. Mary in Holdingford. 
  • Henry Orin Holstad
    Henry Orin Holstad of Glenwood, died peacefully on Good Friday, April 19, 2019 at the Glacial Ridge Hospital. Memorial service will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood with visitation one hour prior. Interment will be in the Glenwood Lutheran Cemetery with military honors. Reception following at Glenwood Fire Hall.
  • Valeria D. Blenker
    Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Friday, June 7 at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany for Valeria D. Blenker who died Friday, May 31, 2019 at Mother of Mercy Nursing Home in Albany. Rev. Edward Vebelun, OSB will officiate and burial will be in the parish cemetery. 
  • Kleve, Agnes T. (Gruber)
    Kleve, Agnes T. (Gruber), age 88, formerly of Savage and Bloomington, passed away peacefully Friday, May 31, 2019 in her Farmington home.
  • William L. Pohlmann
    William L. Pohlmann, 53 year old resident of Upsala, Minn., passed away Sunday, May 26, 2019, at his home.
  • Ruth H. Braegelmann
    uth H. “Ruthie” Braegelmann, age 88 of Melrose, passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at the CentraCare Health Hospital in Melrose, Minn.
  • Werner S. Gruber
    Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 30, 2019, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Spring Hill, Minn., for Werner S. Gruber, age 83, of Spring Hill. Werner passed away suddenly on May 27, 2019, at his home.
  • Blake J. Hemker
    Blake J. Hemker, age 22 of Freeport, passed away peacefully due to complications from cystic fibrosis Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at his home in Freeport.
  • Madalyn “Maddie” Wehseler
    Mass of Christian Burial was Wednesday, May 29 at St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin for Madalyn “Maddie” Wehseler, age 93, who died Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Mother of Mercy Home in Albany surrounded by her loving family and friends. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
  • Sandra L. “Sandy” Kastanek
    Sandra L. “Sandy” Kastanek, age 77, of Freeport, passed away after a long illness Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Cloud.
  • Rita M. Nietfeld
    Mass of Christian Burial was Saturday, May 25, 2019,  at 10:30 a.m. at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Lake Henry, Minn.,  for Rita M. Nietfeld age 81 of Lake Henry who passed away on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at the Paynesville Hospital surrounded by her loving family. Reverend Glenn Krystosek officiated. Entombment took place in the St. Louis Parish Cemetery Mausoleum in Paynesville.
  • Wilfred N. Bertram
    Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2019, at St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin, Minn.,  for Wilfred N. “Willie” Bertram, age 77, of St. Martin. Willie passed away peacefully on Monday, May 20, surrounded by his family, at the St. Cloud Hospital due to complications of a stroke.