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  • Herman Paul (Dick) Imdieke

    On Feb. 28, 2021, Herman Paul (Dick) Imdieke, passed away at the age of 83.

    Dick was born Aug. 16, 1937, in Rochester, to Herman Peter and Wilma (Halbmaier) Imdieke. He operated a cattle and turkey farm in Melrose for many years as well as a butcher shop in town called Imdieke Meats (with the tagline “Direct from our farm, to you”). In semi-retirement, Dick raised calves for a few large dairies in the Central Minnesota region. In full retirement, he traveled around the U.S. visiting family and “seeing the sites” (a favorite spot being western South Dakota). He enjoyed the outdoors, making trips to the Boundary Waters, and hunting all sorts of big and small game. He was ambidextrous, of sorts, as he wrote right-handed, but golfed, threw a ball and batted left-handed.

    Private service and interment.

    In lieu of flowers or memorials, consider donating to the Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org), 7900 West 78th Street, Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN, 55439.  

  • Alphonse J. “Al” Loehr

    Alphonse J. “Al” Loehr, age 93 of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully Feb. 24, 2021, at CentraCare Care Center in Melrose. 

    A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was March 1 at St Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with the Rev. Rick Aubol officiating. Inurnment was in the parish cemetery.

    Alphonse Joseph Loehr was born Jan.  11, 1928, in Spring Hill Township, Stearns County, to Mathias and Theresia (Gardner) Loehr. Al farmed west of Spring Hill until moving to Sauk Centre in 1965. He worked for Walker Furniture for 17 years and then worked at Holy Family School as a janitor. Al was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre and Catholic United Financial. He enjoyed bowling, taking rides in the country to look at crops, playing cards and taking an occasional bus trip to the casino.

    Survivors include his brother, Joseph (Jeanette) Loehr of Melrose; and many nieces and nephews.

    Al was preceded in death by his parents; and brother and sister-in-law, Melvin and Genevieve Loehr.

  • Mathew E. Beack

    Mathew E. “Matt” Beack, age 42 of Sauk Centre, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, in St. Cloud.

    A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with Fr. Greg Paffel officiating. Inurnment was held in the parish cemetery.

    Visitation was held from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the church.   

    Mathew Eric Beack was born April 17, 1978, to Wesley “Wes” and Jane (Zinken) Beack in St. Cloud. He graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School and attended St. Cloud Technical College. On Feb. 10, 2018, he married Julie Schulzetenberg at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. Matt worked as a machinist for Parker Hannifin in Blaine for over 20 years. He took pride in his work designing and machining cylinders. He was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. Matt loved the Lord and had a strong faith. Matt was often found working on projects and was a skilled craftsman with metal and wood. He loved spending time with family, whether it was playing yard games, canoe trips on Cloquet River, campfires, fishing, hunting or hiking. 

    Survivors include his wife, Julie Beack of Sauk Centre; daughter, Gabby Umerski; step-children, Brandon, Grace and Serena Middendorf; parents, Wes and Jane Beack; brothers and sisters, Christopher (Leah) Beack of Sauk Rapids, Nathan (Chrissy) Beack of Little Falls, Nick (Teresa) Beack of Hermantown, Cassandra (fiancé, Paul) Beack of Little Falls and Caroline (Ian) McQuillan of Hermantown; father- and mother-in-law, Deacon James and Bonnie Schulzetenberg of Greenwald; and grandmother, Lucille Palmer of Rice, nieces and nephews.

    Matt was preceded in death by his grandparents.

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

  • Stephen M. Larson


    Funeral services were 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, at First Baptist Church in Long Prairie for Stephen Larson, who died suddenly on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, at his home in Alexandria. The Rev. Matt Stacey and Rev. Paul Twist officiated and burial was in Evergreen Cemetery in Long Prairie. Visitation was Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, from 4-7 p.m. and one hour prior to services Saturday at First Baptist Church in Long Prairie. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Williams Dingmann Stein Chapel in Long Prairie.

    Stephen was born Dec. 15, 1953, in Worthington to Irving and Lois (Swenson) Larson. He grew up in Long Prairie and was active in sports, playing tennis, golf, baseball and basketball. He was also a very hard worker and worked during high school and college at Cathedral Press. After high school, Steve attended school at Bethel College, Southern Cal and finally Fullerton School of Optometry. He married Charletta Arens on Sept. 29, 1979, at First Baptist Church in Long Prairie. Steve was very active at First Baptist as a Deacon, soloist and choir member. He was very involved in his communities and was active in the Jaycees, Rotary and Gideons, giving speeches and singing at area events. He was very loving, trustworthy, loyal and always fun to be around. Steve was very generous and would do anything for people and not expecting anything in return. He was very proud of his optometrist offices and was active in the district Optometrists organization, being a past President and representative. Steve loved traveling and keeping active; he enjoyed playing beach volleyball, tennis and golf. His son, Tony, was his pride and joy and he loved spending time with him, coaching in the early years, and watching him play tennis throughout high school, college and his professional career.  

  • Edwina Rose (Winnie) Dehler

    Private Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in St. Joseph for Edwina Rose (Winnie) Dehler, age 97 of St. Joseph. Winnie passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on Feb. 19, 2021, at her home of Serenity Place in St. Joseph.

    A Public Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Joseph.

    Edwina Rose was born on Oct. 1, 1923, to Anthony and Loretta (Weimerskirch) Goerdt, in Belgrade, at her grandmother’s home. She attended first grade in Belgrade, riding a horse-drawn bus to school. She graduated from Glenwood High School in 1941. She was united in marriage to Herbert John Dehler on Feb. 7, 1944, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. Herbert was later drafted into the United States Army, serving in Germany during WWII. Upon his return, Herb and Winnie began farming. In 1956, they sold their farm equipment and cattle and moved to St. Joseph where they raised their nine children. Winnie enjoyed giving of her time and talents to her community and church by serving as a lector, Eucharistic minister and homebound communion minister for St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. She was president for the St. Joseph Christian Mothers and the first St. Joseph Deanery C.C.W.; where she received the medal of merit from Bishop Speltz in 1984. She served on the St. Cloud Diocesan Pastoral Council for three years and was a devoted member of the Oblates of St. Benedict’s Monastery, where she worked as a receptionist for 29 years.  In the community, she served as President of the St, Joseph V.F.W. Auxiliary Herman Warnert Post 5773, President of the Senior Citizens Group and was an active member of the St. Joseph American Legion Auxiliary Post #328. She also enjoyed volunteering for RSVP and Meals on Wheels. 



  • Charles “Charlie” Pflipsen, 85, of Melrose, passed away peacefully Feb. 28, 2021, at CentraCare Care Center in Melrose.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12 p.m., Thursday, March 4, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose with Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery with military honors provided by the Melrose Veterans Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thursday at the church.

    A full obituary will be published in next week’s The Star Post. 

  • Kathleen M. “Kathy” Woeste


    Kathleen M. “Kathy” Woeste, age 76, of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, Feb. 27, 2021, at her home in Sauk Centre. 

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 3 at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with the Rev. Jeremy Theis officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. The Mass will be videotaped and placed on her webpage Wednesday afternoon. Visitation  was 4-8 p.m. March 2 and is 9:30-10:30 a.m. March 3 at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Sauk Centre. Out of respect for the family, please wear a mask. 

    Kathleen Marie Moser was born Jan. 23, 1945, in Sauk Centre to Jacob Jr. and Olivia (Otte) Moser. She graduated from Sauk Centre High School in 1963. Kathy married James Woeste Nov. 26, 1966, at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. She worked at Minnegasco in Sauk Centre for 15 years and then at Klaphake Feed Mill in Melrose for 18 years. 

  • Richard A. “Rich” Boeckermann

    Richard A. “Rich” Boeckermann, age 35, of Mission Viejo, California, and formerly of Freeport, passed away Feb. 16, 2021.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 6, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in St. Francis near Freeport.  The Rev. Derek Wiechmann will officiate with the Rev. David Grundman concelebrating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be  4-8 p.m. March 5 and from 10-10:45 a.m. March 6 at the church.

    Richard Anthony Boeckermann was born April 17, 1985, in Albany to Gerald and Mary Jane (Hartung) Boeckermann. He graduated from Upsala High School in 2003 and continued his education at St. Cloud State University in business management. During his high school years, he worked at Lange’s Oil and Ackie’s Pioneer Inn. During his college years and after, Rich worked at TGI Friday’s and Target. Rich moved to California and met Cem Akdag and were united in marriage Aug. 23, 2019, in Ventura, California. While in California, he worked at Kona Coffee, Blizzard Entertainment and Hub International.

    Rich enjoyed playing golf, swimming, walking on the beach, hiking, cooking, painting and, most of all, spending time with his family.

  • Alphonse J. “Al” Loehr

    Alphonse J. “Al” Loehr, age 93, of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully Feb. 24, 2021, at CentraCare Care Center in Melrose. 

    A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was March 1 at St Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with the Rev. Rick Aubol officiating. Inurnment was in the parish cemetery.

    Alphonse Joseph Loehr was born Jan.  11, 1928, in Spring Hill Township, Stearns County, to Mathias and Theresia (Gardner) Loehr. Al farmed west of Spring Hill until moving to Sauk Centre in 1965. He worked for Walker Furniture for 17 years and then worked at Holy Family School as a janitor. Al was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre and Catholic United Financial. He enjoyed bowling, taking rides in the country to look at crops, playing cards and taking an occasional bus trip to the casino.

  • Edward L. Springer

    Edward Leo Springer, Sr., age 77 years, 7 months, 13 days, of Avon, died Feb. 23, 2021, at St. Cloud Hospital with Yvonne and his four children at his side. 

    No formal services are planned at this time. 

    Edward was born July 10, 1943, at home in Melrose, Minnesota, to John and Marie (Kunkel) Springer. He married Yvonne Schmitt June 30, 1962. They were blessed with four children – Edward, Jr., Jennifer, Bradford and Jesse. He was an aircraft electrician in the Navy and served from 1960-64. He “stood tall,” as he always said, in Key West, Florida, during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. He became a master electrician starting his own company, Avon Electric Services, Inc., in 1977. 

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