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  • Betty Jane M. Vait
    Betty Jane M. Vait, 67, of Stanley, died peacefully of cancer Monday, Jan. 7 at her daughter’s home with her family by her side. She was born Dec. 13, 1951, in St. Cloud, to Donald and Veronica (Theis) Kaeter. She graduated from Sauk Rapids High School in 1970. Betty married Howard Vait on Sept. 12, 1970, in Sauk Rapids at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
  • Kathryn M. VanDenheuvel
    Mass of Christian Burial was 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, at St. Marcus Catholic Church in Clear Lake for Kathryn “Kathy” M. VanDenheuvel who passed away Tuesday at the St. Cloud Hospital. Rev. Virgil Helmin officiated and burial was in the parish cemetery. Visitation was from 4-7:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Marcus Catholic Church and one hour prior to the services Monday, also at the church. Parish prayers were at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Clear Lake.
  • Adrian (Bub) Holm
    Adrian (Bub) Holm, age 94, passed away peacefully in the presence of his wife and son on Jan. 14, 2019, at the CentraCare Health Hospital-Sauk Centre.
  • Roger “Fuzzy” B. Schmid
    Roger “Fuzzy” B. Schmid, age 86 of Avon, passed away at his home on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. 
  • Colleen A. Butte
    Colleen A. Butte, age 61 of Melrose, died peacefully surrounded by her family from Metastatic Breast Cancer on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, at her home near Melrose, Minn.
  • George Funk
    George Funk, age 92 of New Munich, died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, at Assumption Nursing Home in Cold Spring, Minn. 
  • Betty Jane M. Vait, 67, of Stanley, died peacefully of cancer Monday, January 7th at her daughter’s home with her family by her side. 
  • Noah Ezekiel Snyder, stillborn son of Avery and Elizabeth (Hemsworth) Snyder was born on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.
  • Judy Gettel
    Judy Gettel, age 63 of Sauk Centre, passed away on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, at the University of Minnesota hospital in Minneapolis.
  • Arden R. Lehman
    Arden R. Lehman, age 79 of Ham Lake, suddenly passed away on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.
  • Sister Mary Hope Uphoff
    Sister Mary Hope Uphoff, 81-year-old resident of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, at the St. Francis Convent in Little Falls. A Mass of Christian Burial took place at St. Francis Convent on Monday, Jan. 7 at 11 a.m. 
  • Herbert H. Trisco
    Herbert H. “Herbie” Trisco, age 75 of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, at his home in Sauk Centre, Minn.
  • Carl V. Butler
    Carl V. Butler, age 77 of Grey Eagle, formerly of Verndale, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, at the CentraCare Health Nursing Home in Melrose, Minn.
  • Dr. Bruce William Kuhlmann
    Dr. Bruce William Kuhlmann died peacefully, Sunday Dec. 23, in the caring arms of his children after a two-year battle with cancer.
  • Joanne Baggenstoss
    Memorial services for Joanne D. (Miller) Baggenstoss, 83 of Willmar, formerly from Paynesville, will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, at Grace Lutheran Church in Paynesville. Rev. Bob Kandles will preside.
  • Mary Jane C. Kane
    Mary Jane C. Kane, age 87 of Sauk Centre, was welcomed into her eternal life by her husband, Jim and son, Tom on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, at the Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Augusta.
  • Donald (Don) Weissman
    Donald (Don) Weissman, ageless, left this earth on Dec. 19, 2018, after a short hospital stay in McAllen, Texas, but he lives on in our memories and the life we were privileged to share with him for more than 20 years.
  • Caroline R. Bielejeski
    Caroline R Bielejeski, age 94 of Holdingford, passed away peacefully at home Jan. 1, 2019. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday Jan. 5, 2019, at St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church in Holdingford.
  • Rita Silvers
    The Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Rita Silvers, age 95 of Albany, will be 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, at the Church of the Seven Dolors in Albany. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.
  • Raymond “Ray” Eickhoff

    Raymond W. “Ray” Eickhoff, age 94 of Albany, died peacefully Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018 at Mother of Mercy Nursing Home in Albany.



  • Katherine M. Schmiesing
    Katherine M. Schmiesing, age 88 of Sauk Centre, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, at her home in Sauk Centre.
  • Bernice A. Wiehoff
    Bernice A. “Bernie” Wiehoff, age 87 of Melrose passed away Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, at the CentraCare CentraCare Health-Melrose Hospital.
  • Gary A. Akason
    Gary A. Akason, age 77, of Melrose, Minn., died peacefully on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, at the Tree of Life in New Munich.
  • Edwin “Ed” Joseph Opatz
    The Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Edwin "Ed" Joseph Opatz, age 86 of Opole, will be 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 22, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Opole.
  •  Harvey (Tuffy) Pettit
    Harvey (Tuffy) Pettit was born on Dec. 10, 1933 in Little Sauk Township, the son of Grace (Kircher) and James Pettit. Tuffy died on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 surrounded by family at Getty Street Assisted Living three days before his 85th birthday.
  • Yvonne Honken
    Yvonne Honken, age 77, of Raymond, died peacefully at home Thursday morning, Dec. 13, while on in-home hospice care.
  • Rita K. Von Wahlde
    Rita K. Von Wahlde, age 76 of Sauk Centre, died peacefully, surrounded by her family on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud.
  • Victor J. Lauer
    A Mass of Christian Burial, celebrating the life of Victor J. Lauer, age 94 of Albany was Tuesday, Dec. 18 at the Church of Seven Dolors in Albany. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
  • Marie A. Eiynck
    Marie A. (Kerfeld) Eiynck, 94, a woman of strength, dignity, and laughter has passed away Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, surrounded by family.
  • Bob and Joan Keppers
    Bob and Joan Keppers, ages 72 and 63, of Avon, died unexpectedly Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, near Avon.
  • Casey R. Myers, 30 and Simon Myers
    Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, 2018 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Opole for Casey R. Myers, age 30 Holdingford and infant son, Simon who passed away Monday, Dec. 17, 2018 at the St. Cloud Hospital from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. Rev. Eugene Doyle will officiate. Private interment will be at a later date.
  • Yvette Berta Huisentruit Terhaar
    Yvette Berta Huisentruit Terhaar, age 93 years, 11 months, and 10 days, passed away Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, at the CentraCare Health Nursing Home, surrounded by her loving family.
  • Bernadine A. Jacobson
    Bernadine A. Jacobson, age 88 of Melrose, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, at the Glenwood Retirement Village in Glenwood, Minn.
  • Theresa C. “Terri” Loecken
    Theresa C. “Terri” Loecken, age 91 of St. Martin, died peacefully, surrounded by her family on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, at Park View Center in Melrose, Minn.
  • Robert A. Van Heel
    Robert A. “Bob” Van Heel, age 82 of Freeport, died peacefully, surrounded by his family on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, at his home in Freeport, Minn. 
  • David A. Uphus
    David A. Uphus, age 65 of Meire Grove, died peacefully, surrounded by his family in song on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at the St. Benedict’s Senior Center in St. Cloud.
  • Vivian C. Doege
    Vivian C. Doege, 96, of Jensen Beach, Fla., passed away in her sleep with her family by her side. Vivian was a homemaker and mother her whole life and enjoyed the simpler things in life and enjoyed her sewing.
  • Bernice C. Johnson
    Bernice C. Johnson, age 93 of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, at CentraCare Health Nursing Home in Sauk Centre.
  • Ronald R. Marthaler
    on Marthaler, age 58 of Dalton, formerly of Sauk Centre passed away at his home on Sunday evening, Dec. 9, 2018, in Dalton.
  • Raymond P. Woitalla, age 72 of St. Anna, died peacefully surrounded by family Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, at his home near St. Anna.
  • Theresa C. “Terri” Loecken
    Theresa C. “Terri” Loecken, age 91 of St. Martin, died peacefully, surrounded by her family on Monday, December 10, 2018 at Park View Center in Melrose, Minnesota.
  • Elizabeth Mandell Heymans
    Elizabeth (Betty) Mandell Heymans, 86, of Sleepy Eye, passed away Dec. 1, 2018, in Albany. Visitation was 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at Divine Providence Home in Sleepy Eye.
  • LeRoy A. “Fritz” Finken Sr.
    LeRoy A. “Fritz” Finken Sr., age 82 of St. Rosa, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, at the VA Medical Center in St. Cloud, Minn.
  • Gene B. Toenies
    Gene B. Toenies, age 90 of Melrose, passed away peacefully Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, at Pine Villa CentraCare Health Nursing Home in Melrose, Minn.
  • Alverna H. McLanahan

    Alverna H. McLanahan, age 88 of Melrose, died peacefully with her family at her side on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, at CentraCare Pine Villa Health Care Center in Melrose, Minn. 



  • Marie “Ann” Roering
     Mass of Christian Burial, celebrating the life of Marie "Ann" Roering, age 72 of Holdingford, will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11 at the Church of All Saints-St. Mary in Holdingford. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Ann died Friday, Dec. 7 2018, surrounded by her loving family at the St. Cloud Hospital from complications of pneumonia.
  • Lois D. Pischke
    Lois D. Pischke, age 88 of Sauk Centre, died peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, after a brief stay at the CentraCare Health-Sauk Centre Care Center.
  • Andrew “Andy” G. Solinger, age 88 of Holdingford died, Saturday, Dec.1, 2018 at the VA Medical Center in St Cloud. Mass of Christian Burial, celebrating the life of Andy G. Solinger will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, at Church of All Saints – St. Mary in Holdingford.
  • Elmer H. Muellner
    Elmer H. Muellner, age 89 of Melrose, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, at the Heritage of Foley Nursing Home in Foley, Minn.
  • Kathleen E. Burg
    Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Lake Henry for Kathleen E. “Kathy” Burg, age 77, of Lake Henry, who passed away on Saturday, Dec. 1 at her home. Reverend Glenn Krystosek will officiate. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. 
  • Rose E. Wiechman
    Rose E. Wiechman, age 98 of St. Rosa, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, at the CentraCare Health Hospital in Melrose, Minn.
  • Elizabeth Mandell Heymans
    Elizabeth (Betty) Mandell Heymans, 86, of Sleepy Eye, passed away Dec. 1, 2018 in Albany. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at Divine Providence Home in Sleepy Eye. 
  • Hilding S. “Steve” Nelson
    Hilding S. “Steve” Nelson, age 71 of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, at his home in Sauk Centre, Minnesota.
  • Clifford H. Jennissen
    Clifford H. Jennissen, age 77 of Sauk Centre, died after injuries sustained in a farm accident on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
  • Everett O. Christen,
    Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, at Salem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud for Everett O. Christen, age 90, who passed away early Tuesday morning at St. Andrew’s Village in Mahtomedi.
  • Mass of Christian burial will be at 10AM on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at Saint John’s Abbey Catholic Church in Collegeville for Loretta Dullinger, age 93, of St. Joseph, who passed away Sunday, November 25, 2018 at Quiet Oaks Hospice House, St. Cloud.
  • James T. Rausch

    On Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, James Theodore Rausch, loving husband, dad of two daughters, and three grandsons, passed away at the age of 71.

    James (Jim) was born on July 21, 1947, in Melrose, Minn. to Wendell (Windy) and Helen (Schmitz) Rausch.  While attending St. Cloud State University, he was drafted into the Army in 1968 where he served as a SP5 Specialist, spending some time in Germany.  On Sept. 8, 1972, he married Nancy Toenies.  They raised two daughters, Tara and Beth.

  • Ryan D. Hinnenkamp, age 43, of Melrose, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, at his home near Melrose, Minn., after a courageous battle with cancer.
  • Leon J. Lysher
     Leon J. Lysher, 89, died on Nov. 8, 2018, at home in Virginia. Leon was born in Holdingford, where he attended Holdingford High School. After high school he worked for the Veterans Administration and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Following several years as a cook in the Alaska gold mines, he attended St. John’s University where he received a B.S. Degree in physics.
  • Raymond B. “Ray” Wenker

    Raymond B. “Ray” Wenker, age 92 of Melrose, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, at his home in Melrose.

    A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 23 at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Greenwald with Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating. Inurnment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Melrose.

  • Joel T. Overman

    Joel T. Overman, age 46, of Freeport, died on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2018, near Burtrum, Minn.

    A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport with Rev. Dan Walz officiating. Inurnment was in the parish cemetery following the service.

  • Upton Fayle Smith
    Upton Fayle Smith, 90, formerly of Sauk Centre, passed away early Nov. 6, 2018, in his sleep at the Aftenro Nursing Home in Duluth. Upton was born on May 8, 1928, in Duluth, to  Harmon and Hazel Smith. He was preceded in death by his wife, Geneva, and his daughter, Caylene, four siblings, Shirley (Bader), Russell, Zane and Jimmy.
  • Kent A. Miller
    A Gathering of Family and Friends celebrating the life of Kent A. Miller, age 78 of Clearwater will be from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, at the Daniel Funeral Home in Clearwater. Kent passed away on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, at the St. Cloud Hospital. 
  • Evelyn Boogaard
    Evelyn Boogaard, age 91 of Glenwood, formerly of Osakis, died Nov. 4, 2018, at the Glenwood Retirement Village. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, at St. Bartholomew’s Catholic Church in Villard. Parish prayers and rosary were prayed at 4:30 p.m. with visitation from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9 at the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood and visitation continued one hour prior to the service at the church.
  • Lois M. Ladwig

    Lois M. Ladwig, age 78 of Sauk Centre died Nov. 7, 2018, at CentraCare Health Hospital in Sauk Centre with her family at her side.

    A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Zion Lutheran Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Marty Porter officiating.  Inurnment was held in the Greenwood Cemetery in Sauk Centre. A gathering of family and friends began at 10 a.m. Saturday prior to the funeral service at the church.

  • Frederick Peter Voller

    Frederick Peter Voller, age 83 of Sauk Centre, died at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis on Nov. 5, 2018.

    Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Angels Church in Sauk Centre.

  • Evette Marie Nauvontay

    Evette Marie Nauvontay, 68, passed away in death suddenly from heart failure on Nov. 3, 2018, at the Alexandria hospital. 

    A private ceremony and interment was held  on Nov.  7 at the Osakis Cemetery.   A funeral service will be held on Nov. 10 at the Sauk Centre Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

  • Geraldine T. Dahlager
    Geraldine T. Dahlager, age 76, born in Grey Eagle, one of four daughters to longtime Sauk Centre residents Otto and Ruth Nathe, passed peacefully surrounded by love with her son on 10/29/18 
  • Charles (Charlie) Busch, age 68, of Sauk Centre passed away peacefully at his home on Oct. 24, 2018, with his family at his side. Charlie fought a courageous battle with ALS for many years without a complaint EVER. He bravely navigated his way throughout this devastating disease, never asking “why me.”
  • A funeral Mass was held at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany at 2 p.m. on Nov. 6, 2018, for Richard M. Ohmann, age 92. Visitation took place from 1 to 2 p.m. Richard passed away on June 2, 2018. 
  • Walter F. Broermann
    Walter F. Broermann, age 91 of Sauk Centre, formerly of Melrose, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud.
  • Evelyn L. Goerdt

    Evelyn L. Goerdt, age 84, of Sauk Centre, Minnesota, died Friday, November 2, 2018, at Galeon Community Memorial Home in Osakis, Minnesota.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 7 at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Greg Paffel officiating. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Sauk Centre.

  • Evelyn L. Goerdt
    Evelyn L. Goerdt, age 84, of Sauk Centre, Minnesota, died Friday, November 2, 2018 at Galeon Community Memorial Home in Osakis, Minnesota.
  • Linda L. Raeker
    Linda L. Raeker, age 60 of New Munich, died peacefully, surrounded by her family after a yearlong battle with cancer on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, at Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Augusta, Minn.
  • Louis J. Schley
    Louis J. Schley, age 87, of Sauk Centre,  died unexpectedly, but peacefully, in his sleep Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, at the St. Cloud Hospital. 
  • Steven Edward Salk, age 63, passed away Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. 
  • Raymond H. “Ray” Mayers
    Raymond H. “Ray” Mayers, age 89 of New Munich, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, at CentraCare Health Nursing Home in Melrose.
  • Rose Poepping passed away on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, at the CentraCare Health Nursing Home, Melrose, at the age of 98 years, one month and two days. 
  • Paul Ahrens
    Paul Ahrens, age 89 of Osakis passed away Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, at the Community Memorial Home in Osakis.
  • Walter F. Broermann
    Walter F. Broermann, age 91 of Sauk Centre, formerly of Melrose, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud.
  •  Doris Elizabeth Niehoff
    Doris Elizabeth Niehoff was born Dec. 16, 1934, at home, in Greenwald, Stearns County, the only daughter of Boniface Niehoff and Johanna (Rademacher) Niehoff. She attended school in Greenwald and Melrose. The farmers’ daughter, she enjoyed a country life in youth, learning from her parents skills and strong values; these were to serve her throughout her life.
  • Charles A. Busch
    Charles (Charlie) Busch, age 68, of Sauk Centre passed away peacefully at his home on Oct. 24, 2018, with his family at his side. Charlie fought a courageous battle with ALS for many years without a complaint EVER. He bravely navigated his way throughout this devastating disease, never asking “why me.”
  • Robert “Bob” A. Lunser
    Memorial services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 27, 2018, at Peace United Church, 524 Central Ave, Long Prairie for Bob Lunser, 78, who died Saturday at the CentraCare Health Care Hospital in Long Prairie.  Rev. David Christenson will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to services Saturday at the church in Long Prairie. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Williams Dingmann Stein Chapel in Long Prairie.
  • Louis J. Schley

    Louis J. Schley, age 87, of Sauk Centre,  died unexpectedly, but peacefully, in his sleep Friday October 19, 2018, at the St Cloud Hospital.  

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11am Monday, October 29 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with visitation at the church beforehand 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m.

  • Mass of Christian Burial was at 12 noon on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, at All Saints (St. Mary’s) Catholic Church in Holdingford for Evelyn Ebnet, age 99, of Holdingford who died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, at the Little Falls Care Center.  The Rev. Joseph Herzing officiated.  Burial was in the parish cemetery.  Friends called after 10 a.m. Friday at the church in Holdingford.  Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Avon.  
  • Agnes Campbell

    A memorial gathering will be held on Friday, Oct. 26 at Hansen-Onion-Martell Funeral Home, 610 Marinette Ave., Marinette, Wis., from 10-11 a.m. A celebration of Agnes’ life will be at 11 a.m.

    Hansen-Onion-Martell 715-735-3737.

  • Evelyn L. Gartner (née Sunderman)

    Evelyn L. Gartner (née Sunderman), age 89, of Sauk Centre, died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at Sharon’s Senior Services Home in Alexandria.

    Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Jim Maderak officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.

  • Ruth A. Heinen

    Ruth A. Heinen, age 76 of Sauk Centre, passed away after a heart-related illness on  Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud.