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  • Lynda L. Benage

    Lynda L. Benage, age 71 of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, at the Glacial Ridge Hospital in Glenwood, Minnesota.

    A memorial service will be held at noon Friday, Dec. 9, at the River of Life Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Kyle Peterson officiating.

    Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Friday at the church.

    Lynda Lee Johnson was born Sept. 14, 1951, in Minneapolis to LeRoy and Byrnell (Schmit) Johnson. She graduated from Southwest Senior High School and completed her education at a vocational technical school for being a medical secretary. Lynda worked at grocery store in the deli department while living in Minneapolis. She was united in marriage to Tommy Benage, Sr. on Dec. 8, 1978. She lived with her daughter, Kristi, and her children in Sauk Centre and at Riverview Manor.

    She attended of River of Life Church in Sauk Centre. Lynda enjoyed having coffee with her friends, Bible studies, going to garage sales and thrifting, shopping for gifts for others, going out to eat and watching Hallmark movies. She enjoyed going to music in the park, and her favorite treats were Hershey Kisses. Lynda loved her children and grandchildren; they were her pride and joy.

    Survivors include her children, Tommy Benage, Jr. (Heather Johnson), Angela Benage, William (Kelly) Benage and Kristi Benage (Joel Lindback); grandchildren, Jaiden Nyaoga (Denae Ayler), Dillan Nyaoga, David Nyaoga, Brinna Benage, Aubree Benage, Landen (Chloe) Benage, Brayden Benage, Mykayla Beuapre, Arianna Scott, Jaivon Scott, Olivia Scott, Bryson Scott, Kinsley Scott, Cheyanne Benage, Robert Hanson, Dora Hanson, MaKenzie Shaffer and Lynnae Johnson; brother and sisters, Lonni, Laurie and Danny; special friends, Stephanie Miller and Lori Hartmann; and many loving relatives and friends.

    Lynda was preceded in death by her husband, Tommy Benage, Sr.; and parents, LeRoy and Byrnell Johnson.

    Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Sauk Centre.

  • Medard J. Forster, Jr.

    Medard J. Forster, Jr., 84, of Apache Junction, Arizona, and formerly of Albany, passed away peacefully Nov. 15, 2022, at Abrazo Central Campus hospital in Phoenix from complications of a stroke.

    He was a loving husband, father of two, grandfather to six and a great-grandfather of 14.

    A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in St. Anthony, north of Albany, with the Rev. Julius Beckermann, O.S.B., officiating. Inurnment will be at Seven Dolors Cemetery in Albany following the luncheon. Visitation will be 8:30-11 a.m., Dec. 3, at the church in St. Anthony.

    Jr. was born June 3, 1938, at his family farm in Albany Township, Stearns County,  to Medard, Sr., and Theresa (Poxleitner) Forster. On Sept. 4, 1962, he married Mary Ann Feldewerd. They raised two sons, James and Timothy. For 50 years, Jr. owned and operated Forster Excavating. He loved to hunt, fish, camp, snowmobile, buy two of everything (just in case), bowl, trap shoot and hang out with friends at the coffee shop or at Stump Jumper Shack. He belonged to the Knights of Columbus, Pioneer Club, Sno-Flyers Club and Albany Sportsman Club. Even without sight, his memory was crisp, and he loved sharing stories with friends and family and loved the special hugs from his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was known for his quick wit, his willingness to help others, his infectious smile and his kind and compassionate spirit.   

    He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; sons James (Sandra) Forster of Apache Junction, and Timothy (Donna) Forster of Albany; grandchildren Chad Hustad of New Hope, Sheena (Ben) Meillier and their children, Kensley and Harper, of Becker, Mike (Samantha) Rittenour and their children, Kolton and Aubree, of Princeton, Katie (Darren) Schneider and their children, Elaina, Jake and Bryson, of Foley, Jimmy (Becky) Stueve and their children, Jaden, Hailey and Everlee, of Albany, and Jon (Ashley) Stueve and their children, Kendall, Kenzie, Kaydence and Kaiya, of Albany; and brothers and sisters Werner (Rosie) Forster of Upsala, Mary (Tony) Reber of Albany, Raymond (Mary Lou) Forster of Albany, Frank (Kathy) Forster of Albany, Anna (Duane) Heitzman of Albany, and Bobby (Yvonne) Forster of Albany.

    Jr. was preceded in death by his parents, Medard, Sr., and Theresa Forster.

    Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose

  • Jeanette A. May

    Jeanette Agnes May, 88, passed away Nov. 23, 2022.

    Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 1, at Church of All Saints-Saint Mary in Holdingford. Visitation will be one hour before Mass at the church. Burial will be at the parish cemetery following services.

    Jeanette was born Aug. 11, 1934, to Bernard and Mildred (Theiler) Rakotz in St. Cloud. She married Philip May Oct. 14, 1953. Jeanette was active in many church affairs and was a member of CMW/RS. She enjoyed many hobbies, which included reading, crocheting, traveling, playing cards and was always trying a new recipe.

    Immediately out of high school she worked as a receptionist at the local doctor’s office. In later years she worked at the Holdingford School District for 10 years and at Berscheid Lumber office in Waite Park until retirement. Her great-grandchildren will miss the never-ending candy dish on the kitchen counter.

    Survivors include her children, Debbie (Arnie) Berscheid, Kathy O’ Hara, Mike May and Patty Sobieck (Bob Sanchez); nine grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; brother and sisters Irene (Danny) Soltis of Anoka, Marvin (Phyllis) Rakotz of Avon, and Joyce McCue of St Cloud; brother-in-law Virgil Murray; and sister-in-law Ruth Rakotz.

    Jeanette is preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Philip; parents; brother Leroy; sister Shirley; son-in-law Marty O’Hara; and brother-in-law John McCue.

    Arrangements are being made by Miller-Carlin Funeral Homes.

  • Kathleen A. Ploeger

    Kathleen “Kathy” Ann Ploeger, 80, passed peacefully Nov. 9, 2022, of COVID-related pneumonia and Lewy Body Dementia.

    A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 1, at Riderwood Chapel, 3110 Gracefield Road, Silver Spring, Maryland.

    Kathy was born in Melrose and graduated from St. Cloud State University. While teaching kindergarten in Ham Lake, she became pen pals with a student’s uncle serving in Vietnam, at the insistence of the parent, Chiquita Ploeger. Chuck and Kathy married just nine months after he returned home. They spent half of the next 53 years in the Twin Cities before moving to Taunton, Massachusetts, where Kathy continued her lifelong passion of teaching kindergarten. Kathy and Chuck were also active behind-the-scenes with the local summer theater company, Star Players of Taunton. They moved to Silver Spring in 2020, where Chuck still resides.

    She was preceded in death by sister Delores Richards; brother Alfred Revermann; mother Violet (Becker) Revermann; and father Bernard Revermann, of Melrose.

    She is survived by husband, Charles Duane Ploeger; children Travis (Melissa Reichley), Trevor (Kathy Twomey),and Tricia (Dave Eastman, fiancé); grandchildren Benjamin, Henry and Jason; and sister Laurel Roering of Eagan.

    Memorial donations can be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association:

  • Cora Mae Wiener

    Cora Mae (Uhlenkamp) Wiener was born on Feb. 22, 1936, in Cando, North Dakota, to Carl and Alice (Quackenbush) Uhlenkamp.

    She married the love of her life, Julian Louis Wiener ,on Oct. 9, 1956, in Padua.

    Cora was a kind-hearted, loving wife, mother and grandmother! Children brought so much joy to her heart!

    She enjoyed spending time in her kitchen cooking and baking. A lot of time the kids would get off the bus to have fresh home-made cookies or bread waiting for them.

    Cora loved sewing, quilting, and embroidery. She made many quilts and embroidered dish towels for her family and had the pleasure of gifting them as well! Cora had a green thumb and loved planting her flowers and gardening. She always had a warm and welcoming home.

    Julian and Cora enjoyed playing cards and polka dances. She also had a deep-rooted faith and was a member of the Christian mothers.

    But most of all, Cora cherished spending time with her family, whether it was one on one or at a family gathering.

    Cora passed away Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022, at Fairway Pines Senior Living in Sauk Centre, at the age of 86, surrounded by all her loved ones! She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Julian; children, Marlene Kelly of Sauk Centre, JoAnn (Ned) Kleinschmidt of Glenwood, Timothy (Jeanie) Wiener of Rocklake, North Dakota, Theresa (Delwin) Judes of Sauk Centre, Marcella (Daniel) Christensen of Vermillion, Mary (Bruce) Dawson of Mansfield, Pennsylvania, Nancy (Robert) Peterson of Sauk Centre, Alice Rossi of Sauk Centre, Jonathan Wiener of Sauk Centre, Debbie (Rick) Sonnenfeld of Arlington, and Virginia and Michele (Chuck) Bolz of Fargo, North Dakota; 23 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and one on the way; 1 great-great grandchild; brothers, Lyle (Marilyn), Bob (Lois), Roger (Cindy) and Pat (Joni) Uhlenkamp; sister,  Alice Wanderschied; sister-in-laws, Bernice, Irene and Joyce Uhlenkamp.

    Cora was preceded in death by her mother, Alice Uhlenkamp; her dad, Carl Uhlenkamp, and his wife, Catherine; son, Kenneth Wiener; father and mother-in-law, Leonard and Amanda Wiener; son-in-law, William Kelly Sr.; brothers, Ernest, David, Donald and Vern Uhlenkamp.

    A mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022, at Our Lady of the Angels Church in Sauk Centre with visitation one hour prior to the service

  • John L. Nathe

    John L. Nathe, 82, of Meire Grove, passed away unexpectedly from cardiac arrest Nov. 20, 2022, at St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 26, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Meire Grove with the Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery with military honors by the Melrose Veterans Honor Guard.

    Visitation will be 4-7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 25, at Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose and 9:45-10:45 a.m., Nov. 26, at the church. Parish prayers will be at 7 p.m., Nov. 25, at the funeral home.

    John Leo Nathe was born March 7, 1940, to Leander and Loretta (Wiebolt) Nathe. He served in the Army National Guard and was honorably discharged Dec. 15, 1962. He was united in marriage to Virginia Frieler July 12, 1969, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Meire Grove. John farmed a mile east of Meire Grove his entire life until selling it to his son, Jeron, in 2006, making it a fifth-generation family farm. He enjoyed continuing to help on the farm by driving tractor and feeding calves with the grandkids.

    He was an active member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Meire Grove where he did general upkeep and served as sacristan and Eucharistic minister. He was a member of St. John’s Society, Meire Grove Co-op Association and played trumpet in the Meire Grove band for many years. He enjoyed going out to eat, traveling, including trips to the Holy Land and Germany, attending his grandchildren’s school activities and Meire Grove baseball games. He also enjoyed researching and learning new things on the computer.

    Survivors include his loving wife of 53 years, Virginia “Ginny” Nathe, of Meire Grove; children Lori (Jim) VanderHeyden of Big Lake, Greg (Jill) Nathe of Brooklyn Park, Jeron (Brenda) Nathe of Meire Grove, Karl (Sally) Nathe of Albertville, and Jana (Eric) Hennen of Savage; 15 grandchildren and one great-grandson; and sisters Jane (Dave) Meyer of Sauk Centre, Judy (Mike) Zabel Felling of Sauk Centre and Betty (Mike) Blenkush of Sauk Centre.

    John was preceded in death by his parents; and grandchildren Joshua Nathe, Jacob Nathe and Emma Hennen.

    Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.

  • Dolores E. Pundsack

    Dolores E. Pundsack, 87, of Melrose and formerly of St. Rosa, passed away peacefully Nov. 19, 2022, at Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 23, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in St. Rosa with the Rev. Daniel Walz officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be 10-10:45 a.m., Nov. 23, at the church in St. Rosa.

    Dolores Elizabeth Pundsack was born July 24, 1935, at St. Martin Township, Stearns County, to Math and Veronica (Mayers) Blonigen. She grew up on the home farm in St. Martin and went to country school until ninth grade. Dolores graduated June 1, 1955, from St. Francis High School in Little Falls. She was united in marriage to Donald Pundsack May 16, 1956, in St. Martin. After their marriage, the couple farmed north of St. Rosa and then east of St. Rosa for a total of 20 years. After farming, the couple moved into town in 1972. Dolores worked at the parish house in St. Rosa as a housekeeper for the priest and cleaned church for 10 years. After Donald passed away in 1999, she moved to Oak Ridge Manor in Melrose and later to Pine Villa in Melrose. 

    She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose, St. Rosa Christian Mothers, and Catholic United Financial. Dolores was a religion teacher and enjoyed sewing quilts and card playing, including solo, smear and 500. She would bake lemon pie, apple strudel and canned the best pickles ever. A Sunday meal would consist of chicken noodle soup and beer batter chicken or beef roast. Nobody left hungry.

    Survivors include her children, Debbie (Donnie) Hellermann, Danny (Nancy) Pundsack, Dorothy (Ross) Bade, Darrell (Cathy) Pundsack, Dwayne (Jolene) Pundsack, Delroy (Susan) Pundsack and Denise (Benjamin) Holmquist; 17 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren, with one on the way; sister Tillie (Bernard) Bussmann; brother Clarence (Annella) Blonigen; and sisters-in-law Darlene Blonigen, Penny Blonigen and Nettie Blonigen.

    Dolores was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Pundsack, Aug. 3, 1999; sister and brothers Bernadine Arnzen-Jacobson, Raymond Blonigen, Silverius Blonigen and Leander Blonigen.

    Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.

  • Crescentia T. “Tuddie” Kraemer

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 23, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville for Crescentia T. “Tuddie” Kraemer, 97, of Paynesville. The Rev. Glenn Krystosek will officiate. Entombment will be in the St. Louis Parish Mausoleum.

    Tuddie passed away peacefully Nov. 18, 2022, at the CentraCare-Paynesville/Koronis Manor.

    Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m., Nov. 23, at the church. 

    Tuddie was born Oct. 13, 1925, in Roscoe to the late Harry and Anna (Solheid) Lenzmeier. She was united in marriage to Dennis Kraemer Sept. 6, 1948, at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Lake Henry. They farmed near Lake Henry, and Tuddie was a loving and devoted wife and mother of five. After retiring, she moved to Paynesville and cleaned cabins for Bug-Bee Resort for many years. Tuddie was a member of St. Louis Parish, Catholic United Financial and Christian Women and St. Margaret’s Rosary Society in Lake Henry.

    Tuddie enjoyed quilting, embroidering, gardening, playing cards, trips to Branson, Missouri, and the highlight of her day was going for coffee. She treasured being with family and friends, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Tuddie will be remembered for her excellent cooking and amazing pies.

    Tuddie is survived by her children, Charlene (Rich) VanDrehle of Melrose, Connie (Duane) Olmscheid of Paynesville, Cyndi (Jerry) Humbert of Paynesville and Dean (Ruth) Kraemer of Paynesville; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Jane Lenzmeier; and many nieces and nephews.

    She was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, Dennis, in 2020; infant son Jeffrey; brothers Earl and Virgil Lenzmeier; and sisters Lorraine Becker, Luella Hess, Mary Ann Raiche and Dorothy Ulrich.

    A heartfelt thank you to the staff of CentraCare-Paynesville/Koronis Manor for their exceptional care.

    Arrangements are with Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville.

  • Duane L. Hanauer

    Mass of Christian Burial was Nov. 18 at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Avon for Duane L. Hanauer, 84, of Avon, who died Nov. 13, 2022,  at Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Augusta. The Rev. Greg Miller, OSB, officiated, with burial in the parish cemetery.

    Dewey was born Nov. 19, 1937, in Albany to Ben and Ida (Markus) Hanauer. He received his education in Albany, finishing his GED in the U.S Navy. He was married to his wife, Ramona Hill, his pillar and confidant, for 66 years. His graduation from Dunwoody Technical College, in Anoka, was the springboard for the creation of Hanauer Machine Works in Avon. After retirement, he continued using his entrepreneurial skills in a mining operation in Alaska followed by Big Tractor Parts in North Dakota.  His spirit of community showed in many ways. He was involved in the city of Avon, Lions Club, Sportsman’s Club and Ducks Unlimited. For those that got beyond his explosive nature, he was a mentor and friend. His passion for life showed in his enthusiasm for family, friends, travel, hunting, fishing, NASCAR and sports.  The last few years you would find him smoking a cigar and playing cards with friends. His family is proud to call him husband, dad, grandpa, great-grandpa, uncle and brother-in-law. He will be forever in our hearts.

    He is survived by his wife, Mona; daughters Joan (Mike) Jenkins and Judy (Joe) Plemel; grandchildren Jessica Bogut, Jennifer Trostem, Justin Plemel, Aaron Jenkins, Jenna Minni and Charles Deitschmann; and great-grandchildren Lucas, Henry, Leah, Zander, Blair, Harvey, Lincoln and Genevieve.

    He is preceded in death by his parents, daughters Joyce and Debbie and siblings Burt and Dee.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials donations may be given to Quiet Oaks Hospice House, 5537 Galaxy Road, St. Cloud, MN 56301.

    Arrangements were entrusted to the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Avon.


  • David M.“Dave” Fischer

    David M. “Dave” Fischer, 68, of Avon, died peacefully Nov. 13, 2022, at his home in Avon after a three-year battle with kidney cancer.

    A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was Nov. 21 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Anna with the Rev. Gregory Mastey officiating. Inurnment followed in the parish cemetery with military honors by the Holdingford VFW and Holdingford Legion.

    David Marion Fischer was born Oct. 18, 1954, in Melrose to Benno and Marcella (Rueter) Fischer. He served in United States Army as a combat engineer while stationed in Germany during the Vietnam era. On May 24, 1980, he was united in marriage to Jane Dobis at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Anna. He worked at Polar Tank Trailer in Holdingford for many years. Dave was a gentle easy-going man who was ready to lend a hand to anyone in need. His family always came first. Throughout the years, he attended many events for his kids and grandkids. His pride and joy were his grandkids, and he will be missed dearly. During his retirement, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and anything outdoors. Dave always looked forward to the annual August fishing trip with his buddies and was blessed to have gone one last time.

    He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Anna.

    Survivors include his wife, Jane Fischer, of St. Anna; daughters Dana Fischer of Holdingford and Amber (Jessie) Thorstad of Foley; six grandchildren Adam, Dalton, Chevelle, Autumn, Maria and Gunner; brothers and sisters Clarence (Lorraine) Fischer of Melrose, Arlene Fischer of Bandera, Texas, Marvin (Loretta) Fischer of Avon, and Ruth (Raul) Calderon of Bandera, Texas.

    David was preceded in death by his father, Benno Fischer, Dec. 13, 1980; mother Marcella “Sally” Fischer Dec. 26, 2002; and infant sister Lois Ann Fischer.

    A special thank you to the CentraCare staff and hospice for the wonderful care they gave Dave.

    Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose

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