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  • Juletta C. Frericks

    Juletta C. Frericks, age 93 of Melrose, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, at the CentraCare Care Center in Melrose.

    A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose with Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating.  Inurnment will be held at a later date.

    Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

    Juletta Catherine Eickhoff was born Sept. 29, 1927, in St. Martin Township, Stearns County, to Frank and Gertrude (Thull) Eickhoff. She was united in marriage to Ambrose Frericks on Oct. 29, 1946, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich and later divorced. Juletta enjoyed playing BINGO and loved taking care of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

    Survivors include her children, Arlene (Clay) Bowman of Sauk Centre and Joe (Joyce) Frericks of Sauk Centre; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; brother and sister, Al Eickhoff of Anoka and Regina (Archie) Meemken of Melrose.

  • Monica A. Ahrens

    Monica A. Ahrens, age 86, of Melrose, passed away peacefully, with her family by her side, Sept. 14, 2021, at Mother of Mercy Nursing Home in Albany.

    Mass of Christian Burial was Sept. 20 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose with the Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating. Interment was in the parish cemetery. 

    Monica Ann Dickhaus was born Sept. 20, 1934, in Melrose, to Fred and Bertha (Herzog) Dickhaus. She was united in marriage to Ralph Ahrens Nov. 23, 1954, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Melrose. The couple owned and operated a farm three miles west of Melrose until their retirement in 1995. Monica enjoyed playing cards, bingo and dancing. She shared many dances with her favorite dance partner, George Zilliox. She also enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

    Monica was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose.

    Survivors include her children, Allan (Leah) Ahrens of Sauk Centre, Mary (Roger) Frieler of Yankton, South Dakota, Henry (Jan) Ahrens of Melrose, Philip (Rebecca) Ahrens of Paynesville, Jeff (Wanda) Ahrens of Greenwald, and Michele Winter of Rockville; 21 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren with one on the way; sisters Corrine Shay of Chesterton, Indiana, and Karen (John) Callahan of Coon Rapids; and sisters-in-law Betty Dickhaus of Melrose and Rosie Dickhaus of Melrose. 

  • A memorial Mass for Michael (Mike) Frank will be held on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Sauk Centre.

    Mike peacefully left this earth on Dec. 12, 2020.



  • Thomas “Tom” Ley, age 53 of Fridley, formerly of Melrose, passed away Nov. 13, 2020, after battling an aggressive form of cancer in Brooklyn Park.

    A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with the Rev. Jim Maderak officiating. Inurnment will be in the parish cemetery. 

    Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Sauk Centre and 9-10 a.m., Sept. 25 at the church. Parish prayers will be at 4 p.m. Sept. 24.

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

  • James C. “Jim” Losey

    James C. “Jim” Losey, age 70 of Sauk Centre, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud.

    A private graveside service with military honors will be held at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls at a later date.

    James Charles Losey was born Sept. 20, 1950 in Fort Carson, Colorado to Clarence and Ila (Ayers) Losey. After graduating high school, Jim enlisted in the U.S. Army on Sept. 27, 1968. He served during Vietnam and was honorably discharged on Oct. 14, 1978. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Sauk Centre. Jim loved music, had a big heart, and was very proud of his service to his country.

    Survivors include his two sons, Chris (Lynn) Losey of Sauk Centre and Jonathan (Katie) Losey of Sauk Centre; five grandchildren, Diminicus, Avi, Zoe, HayLe and C.J.; and brother, Nick (Joann) Losey of Texas.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Penny.

  • Lyle R. Karasch

    le R. Karasch, age 57 of Sauk Centre passed away suddenly on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, at the CentraCare Hospital in Sauk Centre.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 20 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Rick Aubol officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery with military honors by the Sauk Centre United Veterans Honor Guard.

    Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday and 9:30-10:30 a.m. Monday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Sauk Centre.

    Lyle Ray Karasch was born March 10, 1964, in Sauk Centre, to Raymond and Norma (Gamradt) Karasch. He graduated from Sauk Centre High School and then served in the United States Army from 1984-89. On June 3, 1995, he married Tracy Beilke at Zion Lutheran Church in Sauk Centre. Lyle worked as a guide in Montana, at Schurman Excavating, as a chemical sprayer for Cenex, at Zacher Excavating, Traut Wells and at various farms including the Gamradt farm. Lyle ended his career being self-employed and helping Stelling Incorporated and Jacob Gamradt.

    Lyle was known for his huge sense of humor, wittiness, hard work, intelligence, tall tale storytelling and sometimes being a bit naughty. “Big” is a word that could describe a lot about him; big heart, big personality, big smile and big goofball. His charisma was an inspiration to all those around him up until the last day. He lived life to the beat of his own drum. Lyle stood on the fence of life and looked at both sides, good or bad, he made it fun.

  • Dallas J. Hamilton

    Dallas J. Hamilton, age 66 of Sauk Centre, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 at his home in Sauk Centre.

    Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17 at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Sauk Centre. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

    Dallas James Hamilton was born July 27, 1955 in Bertha,  to Laurel and LaVerne (Winnegge) Hamilton.  He grew up in Eagle Bend and graduated from Eagle Bend High School in 1973. Dallas served in the U.S. Air Force the same year and was honorably discharged in 1975.

    Dallas met and married Doris Wolbeck in 1975 and had their first child later that year. They had a total of six children of their own, but were known to “adopt” many people who needed them. They also have 15 grandchildren over their lives together.

  • John H. “Jack” Petermeier

    John H. “Jack” Petermeier, age 89, of Albany, passed away peacefully Sept. 4, 2021, at CentraCare Care Center in Melrose.

    A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was Sept. 9 at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany with the Rev. Julius Beckermann, O.S.B. officiating. Entombment was in the parish cemetery with military honors by the Albany American Legion.

    John Herman Petermeier was born March 11, 1932, in Melrose Township, Stearns County to Conrad and Dorothea “Dora” (Schmiesing) Petermeier. He served in the U.S. Army.  He was united in marriage to Charlene Hoeschen Oct. 27, 1956, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport.  Jack owned and operated J.C. Dairy and drove school bus for the Albany School District. He later helped out at Albany Chrysler. He was a member of Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany and the Knights of Columbus. Jack enjoyed spending time on the farm, playing cards and playing and watching sports.

    Survivors include his children, Lisa Petermeier of Bedford, Kentucky, and Andrew Petermeier of Atlanta, Georgia; five grandchildren Nicole Popplewell, Jamie Feldhege, Philip Lundeen, Cori Lundeen and Jenna Petermeier; and seven great-grandchildren Brandon, Olivia, Colton, Hannah, Carter, Charlie, Elliot and one on the way.

  • Tina C. Kulzer


    Tina C. Kulzer, age 50, of Sauk Centre, passed away unexpectedly Sept. 4, 2021, at St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud.

    A Mass of Christian Burial was Sept. 13 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with the Rev. Jeremy Theis officiating and the Rev. Kenneth Popp concelebrating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

    Tina Connie Kulzer was born Jan. 27, 1971, in Sauk Centre to Norby and Mickey Wessel. She grew up on her family farm with her four siblings. She graduated from Sauk Centre High School in 1989. On June 8, 1990, she married Jerry Kulzer at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. Tina and Jerry had three kids together, Heidi, Shawn and Amanda. They raised their family on the farm, a mile from where she grew up. The family grew throughout the years adding many grandkids.

    Tina loved and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Her hobbies included camping, baking, gardening, motorcycling and going on trips. She touched the lives of many and will be missed by all.

  • Geralyn M. “Geri” Dierkhising

    Geralyn M. “Geri” Dierkhising, age 62, of Avon, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, Sept. 4, 2021, at her home in Avon, after a long, courageous battle with cancer. 

    A Mass of Christian Burial was Sept. 9, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose with the Rev. Edward Vebelun, O.S.B. officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls. 

    Geralyn Mary Viere was born June 1, 1959, in Melrose, to Arnold and Marcella “Sally” (Beuning) Viere. She graduated from Melrose High School in 1977 and earned her degree from the Minnesota School of Business. She was united in marriage to James “Jim” Dierkhising May 2, 1981, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in St. Rosa. Geri worked at Columbia Gear for 10 years prior to working at Blattner Energy for 35 years. She was a supportive Army and fireman’s wife who lovingly took care of her family whenever Jim was called for duty. Geri was devoted to her work and her work family. They meant the world to her. 

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