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  • Rudolph (Ralph) Beste

    Rudolph (Ralph) Beste, passed away July 23, 2021 at the Melrose nursing home.  He was the son of Ralph and Monica (Miller) Beste, born Oct. 9, 1936, in Kandota Township. He attended country school through sixth grade, then attended Sauk Centre Public Schools grades 7-12, graduating in 1954. 

    He worked for Whitney Land Co. 1954-55, Centre Jobbing Co. 1955-70, Standard Oil 1970-84, owned and operated the Corner Bar 1984-92 and 1997-99, loaded route trucks for Interstate Brands Bakery (Wonder Bread) for 10 years, drove transport for Kane Transport and hauled chemicals for UAP. Ralph was a member of the Sauk Centre National Guard from 1954-62 and was a sharpshooter on the rifle team. He was honorably discharged as Staff Sergeant E-6. He served Mass at St. Alexius Catholic Church in West Union from 1946-53. 

    He married Elaine Ecklund on Aug. 2, 1958 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre.

    Ralph loved moose hunting in Canada, elk hunting in Wyoming, deer hunting in Minnesota and fishing in both Minnesota and Canada. He enjoyed snowmobiling, cards, golf and any sports on TV.

  • Catherine Ann O’Donnell

    Catherine Ann O’Donnell, age 94 of Breezy Point, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 21, 2021, at her home. Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Crosslake. Visitation took place starting at 9:30 a.m. prior to services. Internment was at Pelican Woods Cemetery in Breezy Point following the luncheon. 

    Catherine was born on April 22, 1927, to Raymond and Mary (Schwartz) Prasch. She graduated from Sauk Centre Public School in 1944, and continued her education at St. Cloud School of Nursing graduating in 1948. She worked at St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud and Richview Nursing Home in Richfield. Catherine was married to Joseph O’Donnell on Aug. 21, 1954, and they were married for 66 years. They moved to their lake home full time on Lake Ossawinnamakee in 1984. 

    She is survived by her beloved husband Joe; children Michelle (Bill) Boles, Jeff (Chris) O’Donnell and Tom (Melissa) O’Donnell; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; brothers Raymond (Mary) Prasch and Jim (Betty) Prasch. 

  • Gerald “Gerry” Zenzen

    Gerald “Gerry” Zenzen was born on Feb. 28, 1939, to Clara (Dehmer) and Richard Zenzen. He would be the 3rd of six children. He grew up on a farm in Elrosa. He often told stories of the farm: working with teams of horses, sleeping in the hayloft and doing chores. He completed school through the eighth grade, then worked on the family farm. He later would complete his GED. 

    After leaving the farm, Gerry worked a few jobs including the granite quarry in Cold Spring, hauling turkeys, driving truck for a lumber company, (Silver Fir) and later Kane Transport. He was then hired by Stearns County Highway Department where he was employed for over 30 years. While employed with the county, he also did field work on a farm northwest of Sauk Centre. Upon his retirement, he worked for a construction and excavation company and drove cars for local car dealerships. He also hauled weeds, which had been removed from Sauk Lake, for the Sauk Centre Watershed.

    In 1958, Gerry joined the military. He served in the Minnesota National Guard for over 24 years. He achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant and held the position of Squad Leader. He later joined the American Legion and was proud to be a member of the Honor Guard.

  • Rose M. (Rosee Sieben) Gorman

    Rosee Gorman, aged 81 of St. Cloud, passed away peacefully at the St. Cloud Hospital surrounded by her family on Saturday, July 17, 2021. The Mass of Christian Burial will be on July 30 with a visitation at 9:30 a.m., followed by an 11a.m. Mass at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud.  Lunch will follow immediately after Mass in the church dining hall.   

    Rosee was born in Sauk Centre on March 2, 1940, to Frank and Agnes (Ahrens) Sieben. She graduated from Sauk Centre High school in 1958 and moved to the Twin Cities where she worked for General Mills. On one fateful weekend, upon returning home, she met Erv, a man she would fall in love with and marry just three months later.  Rose and Urban (Erv) were married on June 17, 1961, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre.  They lived for a short time in Sauk Centre, then moved to St. Cloud soon after their first child, Patti, was born in 1963, and have remained residents of St. Cloud ever since. Erv and Rosee had three children together, and this year, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.  

  • Mildred M. “Millie” Gans, age 91 of West Union, passed away Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020 at her home at Mother of Mercy Assisted Living in Albany.

    A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021 at St. Alexius Catholic Church in West Union. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.

    Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the church in West Union.

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

  • (Feb. 16th – November 13, 2020)

    Please join us to celebrate the life of Dr. Richard Salk who passed away after a short battle with COVID, on November 13, 2020. Memorial services will be held at 2:00PM On August 5th, 2021, at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany, MN, followed by inurnment with military honors, at the parish cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

  • Richard “Dick” VanBeck

    Richard “Dick” VanBeck, age 90, of Melrose, passed away Nov. 2, 2020, at Pine Haven, CentraCare Health System in Melrose.

    A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose, with visitation one hour before. 

    Richard John VanBeck was born Jan. 8, 1930, to Anton and Louise (Osendorf) VanBeck in Elrosa. He was united in marriage to Rose Marie Rolfzen Oct. 3, 1951, at St. Boniface Church in Melrose. He served in the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division from 1951-53 achieving the rank of corporal. He served one year of that time in Germany. Dick was the owner/operator of Melrose TV and then Melrose TV and Marine for over 40 years. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, and VFW Post 7050 in Melrose. Dick was an active member of the community and enjoyed golfing, fishing, riding his motorcycle, bowling, snowmobiling, spending time with family and friends and time at his lake cottage. 

  • Eunice A. Kohner

    Eunice Arlene Kohner, 98, of Albany, formerly of Mora, passed away July 21, 2021, at Mother of Mercy in Albany. 

    Eunice was born June 24, 1923, in Portland, Oregon, to Frank and Clara (Magedanz) Besser. Shortly thereafter, the family moved to the Iron Range in Minnesota. During her elementary school years, the family relocated to Ogilvie. She graduated from Ogilvie High School. During WWII, she worked in the laboratory at the iron mine in Marble. She then attended beauty school and worked in beauty shops in the Mora and Ogilvie area.

    On June 6, 1948, she was united in marriage to Reginald J. Kohner at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ogilvie. She resided in Mora until moving to Albany to be near family. She was a longtime member of Zion Lutheran Church and was active in Lutheran Women’s Missionary League and Women of Zion.

    She enjoyed a large flower garden, sewing clothes for her daughters and draperies for the home and many other handicrafts including making Chrismons for the church Christmas tree.

    Eunice is preceded in death by her husband, Reginald, and sister Irene Prell.

    She is survived by her daughters, Peggy Kohner of Rochester, and Marla (Dan) Swanson of Swanville; grandchildren Matthew and Meredith Swanson and great-grandchildren Evan, Kaylee and Ainsley.

    A funeral service was July 26 at Zion Lutheran Church in Mora

  • Elmer Tom Kerestes

    A solemn return for Fireman First Class Elmer Tom Kerestes, U.S. Navy, age 22, of Holdingford. He was killed in action aboard the USS Oklahoma, a U.S. Navy ship, Dec. 7, 1941, when Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, was attacked. 

    It is protocol of the United States Navy to return home all of the remains of soldiers who died in action at Pearl Harbor and elsewhere, so it is with Elmer. On July 29, 2017, Elmer was given a full military funeral with honors. Through DNA testing, is has been determined that more of his remains have been identified.

     A graveside service to lay his final remains at rest will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 31, at Highland Cemetery in Holdingford. All are welcome to attend to bestow honors to Fireman First Class Elmer Kerestes with the American Legion Post 211, VFW Post 5160 and prayers by the Rev. Bobbi Bell.

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

  • Robert H Thielen

    Robert H. Thielen died Sept. 14, 2020. He was born May 22, 1928, in Melrose. 

    A memorial service will be  Tuesday, Aug. 3, at the Camp Ripley Memorial Chapel in Little Falls with visitation at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass at 10:30 am. Internment will be at noon at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls. 


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