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  • Irvin R. Wolbeck
    Irvin Raymond Wolbeck was given to John and Leona (Hiltner) Wolbeck as a gift from God on Monday, April 17, 1950. He was born on the farm and farming was in his blood. As one of 11 children, Irv has many memories growing up that involve his siblings…from going to Country School together to playing softball on Sunday afternoons with the neighbors. Driving tractor was one of his favorites and he continued this until the fall of 2019, helping his son with the harvest.
  • LuVerne J. Hopwood

    LuVerne J. Hopwood, age 105 of Sauk Centre, passed away on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, at CentraCare Health Care Center in Sauk Centre.

    A Memorial Service to celebrate a life well lived for 105 and 3/4 years will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 20 at First Lutheran Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Mike Carlson officiating. We ask that those who want to attend the service be aware of the restrictions: The maximum capacity is 70 people, social distancing guidelines need to be followed, masks are required and no visitation.

    People wishing to join the family at a graveside prayer service are welcome. It will be held at the Ada Cemetery on Friday, Aug. 21 at 1 p.m.  Please bring a lawn chair, wear a mask and social distance.

  • Cecilia Catherine Pangburn (Hellermann)

    Cecilia (Ceil) Catherine Pangburn (Hellermann), of St. Francis,  passed away at her home on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, at the age of 77.

    Ceil was born May 8, 1943, to Helen and Aloysius Hellermann. She was born in “Tubtown” in the outskirts of Sauk Centre.

    Ceil was married to Curtis Warren Pangburn on May 18, 1963, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. They had two children, Carla and Bobbi.

    Ceil worked at the Serepta  Home and Pine Villa nursing homes for many years. She enjoyed working with the elderly. She worked at Red Owl in Shakopee for a number of years, and also managed apartment complexes in the Twin Cities for many years.

  • Leonard and Nancy Holmer

    Leonard and Nancy Holmer passed away Aug. 2, 2020, due to injuries from a motorcycle accident.  

    Mass of Christian burial was Aug. 8 at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Perham.

     Nancy Marlene Schulte was born Nov. 17, 1968, in Melrose, to Justin and Alma (Frericks) Schulte. Nancy was raised in the Melrose area and graduated from Melrose High School with the class of 1987. After high school, she furthered her education at Central Lakes College in Brainerd. While going to college, she met the love of her life and future husband, Leonard Holmer.  

  • Leonard and Nancy Holmer

    Leonard and Nancy Holmer passed away Aug. 2, 2020, due to injuries from a motorcycle accident.  

    Mass of Christian burial was Aug. 8 at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Perham.

     Nancy Marlene Schulte was born Nov. 17, 1968, in Melrose, to Justin and Alma (Frericks) Schulte. Nancy was raised in the Melrose area and graduated from Melrose High School with the class of 1987. After high school, she furthered her education at Central Lakes College in Brainerd. While going to college, she met the love of her life and future husband, Leonard Holmer.  

  • Angela M. Hopfer

    Angela M. “Angie” Hopfer, age 37, of Greenwald,  passed away peacefully surrounded by her family  Aug. 6, 2020, at her home in Greenwald. 

    Per Angie’s request, no public service will be held. 

  • Rita M. Hittle


    Rita Margaret Hittle, age 85, passed away Monday,  Aug. 3, 2020, at the CentraCare Care Center in Sauk Centre. 

    Rita was born in Melrose on May 23, 1935, to Anton and Margaret (Ritzke) Niermann and lived most of her life in Sauk Centre. Her childhood included attending Sauk Centre schools, where during high school she met Frank Hittle, the love of her life. Rita and Frank were married Sept. 22, 1952, which was the beginning of 68 wonderful years together. Their first years of marriage saw them living in a variety of places including Dalton, Wendell and Coon Rapids, while adding four sons to their family in between moves. In 1968, they returned to Sauk Centre and planted permanent roots. 

  • Judy Lynn Meagher

    Judy Lynn Meagher, age 60, passed away peacefully at home on July 27, 2020 surrounded by loved ones.

    A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Grey Eagle with Rev. Michael Bitz officiating. Visitation was one hour prior to service at the church. A celebration of life continued at the Hub Supper Club in Burtrum.

    Judy Lynn Towle was born on April 17, 1960, in Minneapolis, to Allen and Betty (Walker) Towle. She married Mike Meagher on July 9, 1977. They moved to Luverne in 1985 and Judy started her own cake decorating business and then went on to manage the bakery at Glen’s Food Center. From there, she worked as a pharmacist technician at Souix Valley Hospital. She and Mike also owned a couple businesses, Blue Sky’s Aviation and Scotty’s Bar and Grill. They moved back up to Burtrum in 1999 and she worked for the United States Postal Service in Paynesville and then was awarded Postmaster in Grey Eagle in 2010.

  • Craig Michael Linz


    Craig Michael Linz, age 47, of Buffalo, passed away July 23, 2020, surrounded by his wife and children.

    Craig was born on Dec. 24, 1972, to Donald and Patricia (Young) Linz. He graduated from Albany High School in 1991 and attended St. Cloud Technical College, earning a degree in Mechanical Design. He married Stacy Hoffarth on March 16, 1996, and they had two beautiful children, Averi and Conor.

    Craig worked for Tetra Pak (formerly Scherping Systems and Carlisle Process Systems) for more than 26 years in Winsted, serving most recently as Customer and Category Manager for Cheese and Whey. His contributions to Tetra Pak and the cheese and dairy industry are numerous and included recognition during his lifetime, recently receiving the 2020 Eggebrecht Award for his drive, good humor and generosity; being a valued member of the “B Team” for the U.S. Championship Cheese Contests; serving on several boards of directors of international, national and regional associations; and two posthumous honors. Craig loved his job, but more importantly he valued the friendships he developed with customers and colleagues.

  • Herman K. Nietfeld

    Herman K. Nietfeld, age 82 of Greenwald, died peacefully July 31, 2020, at his home in Melrose. 

    Visitation was held Aug. 4 at Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose. 

    In an effort to best support current guidelines established during this global pandemic, the family has arranged for a private service to occur at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Greenwald. We thank you for your understanding as we seek to do our part in protecting the vulnerable among us during these difficult times.

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