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  • Joyce A. Eveslage, 74, of Freeport, died peacefully Nov. 22, 2021, at CentraCare-Melrose Hospital in Melrose.

    A Mass of Christian Burial was Nov. 27 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport with the Rev. Aaron Nett officiating. Interment was in the parish cemetery. 

    Joyce Ann Duclos was born Feb. 11, 1947, in Little Falls. Her parents were Henry and Madeline (Luethmers) Duclos. She was united in marriage to John Eveslage Oct. 7, 1967, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport. Joyce worked as an licensed practical nurse for Dr. Kuhlman in Melrose for a short time before working in the lab at Kraft Foods in Melrose. During this time, she was also part owner and operator of Freeport Trucking where she helped manage the day-to-day operations for many years. Joyce volunteered her time at Coborn Cancer Center in St. Cloud. She enjoyed camping, gardening, taking care of her many animals and pets, and most of all, spending time with her grandchildren. 

    She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport and the Christian Women.

    Survivors include her husband, John Eveslage of Freeport; children Kirk (Donna) Eveslage of Carlos, Sam Eveslage of Freeport, Scott Eveslage of Freeport, Mike (Sherry) Eveslage of Freeport, and Steve (Sarah) Eveslage of Freeport; grandchildren Tucker, Broderick, Grant, Josie, Jack, Elijah, Kate, Henry, Jake (Morgan), HollieAnn and Nate; sisters and brothers Judy Duclos of St. Cloud, Jeff (Deb) Duclos of Melrose, June (Dave) Domine of St. Joseph, Joel (Twyla) Duclos of North Carolina, Lorene Koopmeiners of St. Cloud, and Dolores (Alcuin) Notch of Freeport;  and brother-in-law Arnold Stueve of Freeport.

    Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, son Jack Eveslage, sister Dorene Stueve, brother-in-law Lavern Koopmeiners and goddaughter Vicki Fitzgerald. 

    Serving as casket bearers were Kirk, Sam, Scott, Mike and Steve Eveslage and Jairo Carrera.

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


  • Ella M. (Keppers) Budde

    Ella Monica (Keppers) Budde, 81, of Albany, passed away peacefully with her children at her side Nov. 23, 2021, at Mother of Mercy Nursing Home in Albany.

    A Mass of Christian Burial was Nov. 27 at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany with the Rev. Julius Beckermann, O.S.B., officiating. Interment was in the parish cemetery.

    Ella was born Jan. 23, 1940, to Philip and Lucy Keppers in St. Cloud. She grew up on a dairy farm in Avon and graduated from St. Cloud Technical High School in 1958. She loved helping others and worked as a nursing assistant at St. Cloud Hospital prior to marrying the love of her life, Robert Charles Budde. Ella and Bob were married Aug. 30,1960, at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Avon. They lovingly raised their children on their dairy farm west of Albany and, by example, taught them the value of a solid work ethic, honesty, simplicity, gratitude and the strength found in faith and family.

    She was a member of Seven Dolors Catholic Church and the Christian Mothers Society.

    Ella enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening, playing cards, volunteering, sewing and crafting, and decorating their home for the holidays. She and Bob loved dancing to old-tyme music, traveling, camping, occasional trips to the casino and the gathering of family and friends.

    Ella is survived by her children, Lori (Dennis) Rolfs of Maple Grove, Ron of Albany, Randy (Denise) of Sauk Rapids, Krista (Mark Eckel) of Nowthen and Jerry (Lisa) of Windsor Heights, Iowa; grandchildren Lindsey, Maggie (Derek), Abby, Nick, Chris, Katie, Kaela, Gabby, Nathan, Emily, Angela and Carson; great-grandchildren Thaddeus and Ophelia; siblings twin brother Elmer (Marlene) of Avon and Ruth (Pat) Kosel of St. Cloud.

    She is preceded in death by her parents, Philip and Lucy; her beloved husband, Bob; infant daughter Janelle; siblings Eva (Harold) Schwinghammer, Paul (Ginger), Bob (Joan), Adam, Susan and Margaret and daughter-in-law Doris.

    A special thank you to the staff at the Mother of Mercy Nursing Home and St. Croix Hospice for their loving and attentive care.

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


  • Elmer N. Gertken

    A public celebration of life for Elmer Gertken, 83, of Avon, will be 5-10 p.m., Friday, Dec. 10, at the Pelican Lake Ballroom in St. Anna. A meal will be served from 5-7 p.m. and music will be from 5-10 p.m. Feel free to bring photos and stories to share. 

    Elmer Norbert Gertken passed away peacefully April 14, 2021, at the St. Cloud Hospital. A service was held April 19 at the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home chapel in Albany. Burial was in St. Benedict’s parish cemetery in Avon. 

    Elmer was born June 3, 1937, in Richmond to Henry and Rosalia (Fischer) Gertken. He grew up and lived his entire life in Avon where he was the owner of Apollo 13, a bar and restaurant. He is a member of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Avon.

    Elmer is survived by his brothers and sisters, Ambrose (Kathleen) Gertken, St. Joseph; Donna Mae (Wilbert) Poepping, Avon; Annette Blonigen, St. Martin; Rosemary Ehlinger, Avon; Larry (Peggy) Gertken, Swanville; Lloyd (Jenny) Gertken, Pine River; and Eugene (Sharon) Gertken, Albany; brother-in-law Richard (Linda) Klaphake; sister-in-law Vera Lou (John) Klaphake; and many nieces and nephews.

    He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Donald Gertken, sister Bernice Klaphake, brothers-in-law Leander Blonigen and John Ehlingher and sister-in-law Dorothy Gertken.


  • Joyce A. Eveslage, 74, of Freeport died peacefully Nov. 22, 2021, at CentraCare-Melrose Hospital in Melrose.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 27, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport with the Rev. Aaron Nett officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. 

    Visitation will be 4-8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 26, and 10-10:45 a.m., Nov. 27, at the church in Freeport. The Freeport Fire Department and the Christian Women will pray at 7 p.m., Nov. 26.

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


  • Carol A. Dinndorf

    Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was Nov. 19, at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Avon for Carol Antonia Dinndorf, 74, of Avon, who died Nov. 12, 2021, at her home in Avon. The Rev. Gregory Miller, OSB, officiated with burial in the parish cemetery.  

    Carol was born in Albany, Dec. 31, 1946, the second of five girls, to Ann and Carl Dinndorf. She attended grade school in Avon, high school at Cathedral High School in St. Cloud and graduated from St. Scholastica College in Duluth as a registered nurse. Her career was all spent in the Twin Cities, first at a hospital, then transferring to home care and finally, she was a hospice nurse, culminating with her position as clinical director at Hospice in the Twin Cities.

    She enjoyed gardening and quilting, making many, many gorgeous quilts, some pieced by hand.  She lived her retirement years back in Avon, living with her sister, Vicky.

    Carol is survived by sisters Vicky Dinndorf, Annette Eiynk, Jo Meillier and Judy Eiynk; brothers-in-law Kenny Eiynk and Allen Eiynk; nieces and nephews Carol, Ben, Carla, Allen, Joseph, Ron, Laura, Lisa, Peter and Alicia, whom she loved dearly; 20 great-nieces and great-nephews; and one great-great-nephew.  She also leaves behind her beloved cat, Louie.

    Carol was preceded in death by her parents, Ann and Carl Dinndorf; and brother-in-law Michael Meillier.

    Arrangements were entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Avon.                   P-47-1B                                                                               

  • Curt Andres

    Curt Andres, 77, of Melrose, passed away Nov. 17, 2021, at the St. Cloud Hospital of complications from COVID-19.

    A gathering will be from 9-11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 2, with a Mass of Christian burial to follow at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose, with the Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating. 

    Survivors include wife Darlene (Weber) Andres of Melrose; son Russ (Tara) Andres of Princeton; daughter Jodi (Jeremy) Allshouse of Monticello; grandchildren Chase Allshouse and Nick Andres; step-grandchildren Stephanie Gangl and Keith Allshouse; three sisters Barb (Vern) Hollermann, Sharon (Al) Louis and Patty (Dean) Rapp and brother Roger (Linda) Andres. 

    He is preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Dorothy; and a brother, Mark.


  • Dorene M. Feldewerd

    Dorene M. Feldewerd, 80, of Meire Grove, passed away from heart failure with family by her side Nov. 16, 2021, at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud.

    A Mass of Christian Burial was  Nov. 22 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich with the Rev. Daniel Walz officiating. Interment was in the parish cemetery.

    Dorene Margaret Bueckers was born July 3, 1941, in Melrose to Clem and Loretta (Rakotz) Bueckers. She was united in marriage to Erwin Feldewerd Sept. 12, 1961, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose. Dorene worked on a turkey farm near New Munich for 40 years but mostly spent her time raising her family. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich and the Christian Women. Dorene enjoyed flower gardening, working word find puzzles and baking bread and cookies. She loved spending time with her family and especially loved spoiling her grandchildren.

    Survivors include her husband, Erwin Feldewerd, of Meire Grove; children Jim (Deb) Feldewerd of Melrose, Steve Feldewerd of Sauk Rapids, Dan (Janet) Feldewerd of Grey Eagle, Gary (Ashley) Feldewerd of New Munich, Lisa (Darrel) Maus of Freeport, and Leon (Sue) Feldewerd of Melrose; 24 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law Arlene Feldewerd of Avon; brothers and sisters Ervin Bueckers (friend, Shirley) of Melrose, Lorene (Aloys) Feldewerd of Melrose, Alvin (Sally) Bueckers of Albany, Ron (Sheila) Bueckers of Oklahoma, Tony (JoAnn) Bueckers of Texas, Dan (Geri) Bueckers of Melrose, and Clem Bueckers, Jr., of Melrose; and sisters-in-law Donna Bueckers of St. Rosa and Charla Bueckers of Melrose.

    Dorene was preceded in death by her parents; son Kenneth Feldewerd June 9, 2018; brothers Tommy, David, Sylvester and Eugene Bueckers; sister-in-law Bertha Bueckers; and daughters-in-law Mary and Pam.

    Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.                            P-47-1B                                                                               

  • LuAnn Schaefer

    Mass of Christian Burial was Nov. 22 at St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin for LuAnn Schaefer, 76, who passed away at Cherrywood in Richmond surrounded by family Nov. 17, 2021. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

    LuAnn was born Aug. 17, 1945, in New Munich,  to Alois and Elizabeth (Rademacher) Wensmann. She graduated from Melrose High School in 1963. After high school, LuAnn worked at Worms Lumber, New Munich, until she married Roman Schaefer July 9, 1966, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich. She was a good cook and homemaker on the family farm where they raised their four children. In 1997 they moved to Rice Lake where they resided for 20 years and recently moved to St. Martin. LuAnn worked for Stang Precision in Paynesville for several years until she retired. LuAnn loved traveling, snowmobiling, bowling, pontoon rides, spending time with her family and going to her grandchildren’s sporting events. LuAnn was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. The aroma of her homemade bread, pies, homemade soup noodles and wonderful meals will be remembered by her family. 

    LuAnn is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Roman; children Keith (Pat), Michelle (Dale) Schoenberg and Stacy (Jesse) Kampsen; grandchildren Megan (Tate) Hill, Kayla (Trent Gertken), Sara and Abby Schaefer, Taylor and Ellie Schoenberg, Brady and Brooke Kampsen; great-grandchildren Julia and Harlen Hill; siblings Larry, Kathy Spanier, Irene Cornelius, Ron (Audrey), Mike (Ruthie), Marilyn Juen and Sue (Kevin) Shay.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; son Darrin in 2013; and brothers-in-law Denis Spanier, Kevin Cornelius, Bill Juen, Bill Kaschmitter, Smiley Lieser, Willie Salzl and Jim Heidgerken; and sister-in law, Mary Wensmann.

    A special thank you to Cherrywood of Richmond and St. Croix Hospice, especially Liz and Greg for their loving and compassionate care for LuAnn.                                P-47-1B                                                                               

  • Thomas H. “Tom” Kluempke

    Thomas H. “Tom” Kluempke, 77, of Melrose, passed away peacefully Nov. 19, 2021, at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud.

    A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 24, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose with the Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating and Deacon Ernie Kociemba assisting. Inurnment will be in the parish cemetery with military honors by the Melrose Veterans Honor Guard. The Funeral Mass will be live streamed and will be accessible on the St. Mary’s Website. 

    Visitation was 4-7 p.m., Nov. 23 at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose and from 10-11 a.m., Nov. 24, at the church. 

    Thomas “Tom” Kluempke was born July 18, 1944, to Joseph “Joe” and Mary (Gieske) Kluempke in Melrose. He was a 1962 graduate of Melrose High School. After graduation, Tom enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1963 where he served two years in Germany in radio communications. After being honorably discharged in 1965, he started working at Kraft-West in Melrose until the fire in January 1989. He then worked at Stone Container, Inc. in St. Cloud, retiring in 2010.

    Tom married Judith “Judy” Hollermann at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose June 19, 1976. Tom and Judy lived south of Melrose on County Road 13, where they raised their three children. Attending their children’s school, sporting and special events were very important to him. Tom and Judy traveled to many states, national parks, historic and scenic sites, many times with their children as they were growing up. Their travels continued later with traveling companions, Ken and Gloria, on many road trips and motorcoach trips across the United States and Canadian Rockies.

    Tom was an avid deer hunter. Lost Creek Deer Camp was his home during the November deer hunting season with his brothers for over 50 years. 

    Tom was a lifetime member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose and a member of the Melrose American Legion Post 101. He also bowled on a number of leagues over the years. Tom’s summers were spent taking care of the yard and helping Judy with their many flower gardens. He enjoyed playing cards with his wife and Smear with his brothers, board games, and Carbles. After retirement, he spent many hours watching reruns of westerns, also nature and history programs. Spending time with his grandchildren was one of his greatest pleasures.

    He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Judy Kluempke, of Melrose; sons Brian (Beth) Kluempke of Melrose and Kevin (Jamie) Kluempke of Melrose; daughter Nicole (Derek) Boomer of Bloomington; granddaughter Adalynn Kluempke; grandson Ethan Kluempke; mother-in-law Marcella Hollermann of Melrose; siblings Dave Kluempke of Melrose, Nona (Larry) Knoblach of Plymouth, Dick (Rosemary) Kluempke of Tigard, Oregon, Pat (Tracy Lovness) Kluempke of Stillwater, and George (Eva) Kluempke of Cold Spring; in-laws Carol Kluempke of Portland, Oregon, Cathy Kluempke of Grey Eagle, Rosie (Dan) Middendorf of Verndale, Donna (Eric) Lindberg of Miltona, Thomas (Patricia) Hollermann of Alexandria, and Patrick (Deanne) Hollermann of St. Cloud; and many nieces and nephews.

    Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Mary Kluempke; brothers Joe Kluempke, Jr., and Jim Kluempke; sister-in-law Ann Kluempke; father-in-law Barney Hollermann; and nephews Brent Kluempke and Grant Lindberg.

    Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.                         P-47-1B                                                                               

  • Richard R. Ruegemer

    Mass of Christian Burial was Nov. 20 at the Church of St. Augustine in St. Cloud for Richard R. Ruegemer, 89, of St. Cloud.  The Rev. Brady Keller officiated with entombment in Assumption Cemetery in St. Cloud.  

    Richard Ray Ruegemer, aka Dick, aka R³, was born Nov. 28, 1931, to Erwin and Louise (Foltmer) Ruegemer in St. Cloud, the oldest of five children. Dick died peacefully Nov. 15, 2021.

    Dick attended Riverview Lab School, graduated from Tech High School in 1949 and graduated from the St. Cloud Teachers College in 1952. After working for several years in Minneapolis and Spokane, Washington, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1960 with a master’s degree in engineering mechanics.

    Dick married Marlene McCarthy June 2, 1962, and the couple had four children. Dick and Marlene were married for nearly 35 years until Marlene’s death in 1997. Dick married Diane Varsnick Sept. 16, 2000, and the couple enjoyed more than 21 years together.

    Dick took great pride in his family. He was proud of his children, stepchildren, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and all of their spouses and significant others. He loved attending their events and bragging about them to anyone who would listen. He always focused on each of their strengths and abilities. He taught each of them valuable lessons about unconditional love, faith, optimism, hard work and humility. He also taught some of them practical lessons about algebra, trigonometry and calculus (he helped anyone who asked, with their math homework), woodworking, fishing, mechanical and electrical design, why the sky is blue and too many other subjects to list them all here.

    Dick also took great pride in his work. He started his first job in engineering Nov. 2, 1952, and he retired from his last engineering job 65 years later to the day, Nov. 2, 2017, at the age of 86. More than 53 of those years were spent working at DeZurik in Sartell. He also worked at the University of Minnesota, Kaiser Aluminum (Spokane), Univac (St. Paul) and at St Cloud State University as an adjunct instructor for engineering.

    Lakes and fishing were a huge part of Dick’s life. His grandfather, Peter Ruegemer, started Ruegemer’s Lakeview Resort on Horseshoe Lake in Richmond, and Dick spent many days at the resort and on the lake swimming, water skiing and fishing. Every summer and fall, for most of his life, he would find time to go on fishing trips with family and friends. In 1998, Dick bought a cabin/home on Clitherall Lake in Ottertail County, near Battle Lake. His goal was to get a place large enough so all of his children and grandchildren could be there at the same time and create new family traditions while experiencing lake life, fishing and the great outdoors. It was such a success that he, Diane, Danna and George decided to buy the original house at the old resort that Dick’s grandparents lived in on Horseshoe Lake and began many traditions with Diane’s children and siblings.

    Dick is survived by his wife, Diane; children Therese (Dan) Haker, Nashville, Tennessee, Anne (Mark) Houghland, Maple Grove, Paul (Caroline), St. Cloud and Amy (Ken) Gohman, Avon; step-children Krisie (Jeff) Barron, New London, and Danna (George) Mokamba, Chanhassen; grandchildren Joe (Ali) Haker, Kelly (Levi) Watson, Katie (Jon) Haker, Adam (Tara) Traut, Eric (Nicky) Traut, Emily (Lisa) McEwan, Philip Ruegemer, Michael (Ellie) Gohman, Megan Gohman, Andy (Kayla), Charnley, Joe Charnley and Zaria Mokamba; great-grandchildren Adelaide, Kaden, Jude, Braxton, Kiana, Emery, Mateo, Wallace and one on the way; siblings Joyce Haskell, Helen (Jerry) Weber, Jack (Bonnie) and Mary Jonas; in-laws Gary (Theresa) Gohl, Deb Millner, Cindy (Rick) Mahutga and Barb (Don) Scherbing.

    Preceding Dick in death are his parents, first wife Marlene and many in-laws.


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