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  • Bennie M. Holmquist?

    Bennie M. Holmquist of Sauk Centre, died on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023, at Meadow Lane Nursing Home in Benson, at the age of 86. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023, at River of Life Church in Sauk Centre, with visitation one hour prior to the service.  A reception will immediately follow the service. A private family burial will be held at a later date at the Kandota Township Cemetery.

    Bennie Martin Holmquist was born Oct. 15, 1936, in Little Sauk Township, Todd County, to Carl and Dora (Pettit) Holmquist. 

    Ben was united in marriage to Violet Porttiin on Nov. 19, 1960, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Grey Eagle.  This union was blessed with three children. They raised their family on a small dairy farm east of Round Prairie. He also worked at Long Prairie Machinery and Mid State Tractor as a tractor mechanic. To say he was “just a mechanic” is an understatement. What he lacked in formal education, he more than made up for in his knowledge of tractors and vintage automobiles. In later years, he worked with Terry Crider in construction and 25+ years at Jennie-O in Melrose.

    Ben was a man of faith who loved his family and would help anyone who asked.  He was often found mowing the lawn and cleaning snow on the River of Life Church grounds.  He was a quiet man by nature yet would perk up and have an endless supply of facts when the topic of conversation turned to tractors and old cars. You would often hear him humming an old hymn while working.  He very much enjoyed fishing and camping with his family. 

    Ben is survived by his children, Rebecca (Ricky) Green, Eagle Bend, Yvonne Rajewsky, Benson, and Benjamin (Denise) Holmquist, Sauk Centre; grandchildren, Heather (Tony) Zierden, Brent Green, Sarah (Aaron) Plasky, Robin Holmquist, Anna (Justin) Herke, Kelsey and Ian Rajewsky; great grandchildren, Brionna and Lily Zierden, Maisie Herke and Molly Plasky; and siblings, Pearl Radeug, Eagle Bend, and Albert (Kay) Holmquist, Richville.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl & Dora Holmquist; Sister, Marion Finch and six brothers, Carl, Gene, Virgil, Harold, Harry and Marvin. 

    Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory.


  • Stanley A. Patyk

    Stanley A. “Stan” Patyk, 93, of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, Jan. 24, 2023, at Fairway Pines Assisted Living in Sauk Centre.

    A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was Jan. 27 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with the Rev. Mark Botzet officiating. Inurnment was in Calvary Cemetery with military honors by the Sauk Centre United Veterans Honor Guard.

    Stanley Albert Patyk was born April 23, 1929, in Little Falls, to Adam and Mary (Yendraszak) Patyk and was one of 11 children. Stanley graduated from Little Falls High School in 1947. He enlisted in the Minnesota National Guard in December 1950 and served active duty from Jan. 14, 1951, through Sept. 22, 1952, as staff sergeant, ordnance, in Camp Rucker, Alabama.

    Stanley married Phyllis Anna Jendro Sept. 17, 1960, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flensburg, and they moved to Sauk Centre in October 1960 where they made their home. At the age of 18, Stanley worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company as a lineman on a construction crew. He was promoted to cable splicer and then to Cambridge as an installer-repairman. He came to Sauk Centre as a central office technician in summer 1959. Stan worked in Sauk Centre until his retirement in 1990. He walked to work almost every day for his entire career in Sauk Centre and was known for carrying his U.S. Post Office mailbox lunchbox with him.

    He volunteered as a member of the Sauk Centre Fire Department from Feb. 4, 1965, through Feb. 4, 1986, and served as second assistant chief training officer. Stan also was a volunteer ambulance driver for 10 years.

    Stanley was a member of Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church where he served as an usher. He was an avid bowler and served in various positions in local leagues as well as president of the Sauk Centre Bowling Association. Stanley loved to fish year-round, often sharing his catch with others. He and Phyllis enjoyed metal detecting as a hobby, and Stan took great pleasure in helping people find lost items. He was always industrious and took great pride in his vegetable garden, maintaining his home and helping Phyllis with her flower garden. He enjoyed birdwatching, crosswords and spending time with his family.

    Survivors include his five children, Brenda (Debbie Mollison) Patyk of Dayton, Nevada, Amy (Douglas) Azinger of Prior Lake, Guy (Gu Zheng) Patyk of Prior Lake, Chris Ann (Jeffrey) Schneider of Commack, New York, and Jennifer Patyk of St. Paul; five grandchildren, Therese and Lucy (Amy) Azinger, Brandon and Stephanie (Chris Ann) Schneider, and Anthony (Guy) Patyk; and sister, Joanne (William) Wadsworth of Brookings, Oregon.

    He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis Patyk, June 23, 2007; infant daughter Marie Annette Patyk May 26, 1962; parents; and brothers and sisters.

    Stanley will be remembered for his bright smile and sense of humor, his kindness and generosity and his philosophical outlook on life.

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

    In lieu of flowers, memorial are preferred for charities  P-5-1B

  • Clarence A. Blonigen

    Clarence A. Blonigen, 84, of St. Martin, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, Jan. 27, 2023, at his home in St. Martin.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1, at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in St. Martin with the Rev. Edward Vebelun, O.S.B., officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.

    Visitation was 4-8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 31, and will be from 9:45-10:45 a.m., Feb. 1, at the St. Martin Parish Center in St. Martin.

    Clarence Alfred Blonigen was born April 19, 1938, in St. Martin Township, Stearns County, to Mathias and Veronica (Mayers) Blonigen. He was united in marriage to Annella Hoffman May 30, 1961, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Pierz. Clarence farmed all of his life northwest of St. Martin. He enjoyed the new technologies of farming, machinery and milking as all these advancements improved the farm. Clarence especially loved spending time in his John Deere tractors, working the land.

    He was a member of St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin, St. Joseph’s Society, St. Martin Lions, 4th Degree Queen of Peace Assembly Knights of Columbus in Sauk Centre, American Legion Post 101 in Melrose, Catholic United of St. Martin and was an AMPI board member. Clarence enjoyed bowling, playing softball, fishing, playing cards and supporting his family in the Tel-Stars 4-H Club. He enjoyed spending Sunday afternoons visiting with family, playing Sequence and 500 with his children and grandchildren. His greatest joy was spending time with his Schnickel Fritzes.

    Survivors include his loving wife of 61 years, Annella Blonigen, of St. Martin; children Joyce (Mark) Nordby of Bloomington, Kevin Blonigen of St. Martin, Jeanne Blonigen of St. Cloud, Judy (Randy) Loecken of Freeport, Karla (Matt) Zierden of Albany, Kristie (Bob) Harren of Freeport, and Jason (Kristie Le) Blonigen of Albany; 19 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; sister Tillie (Bernard) Bussmann of Melrose; sisters-in-law Darlene Blonigen of St. Martin, Penny Blonigen of Wilmington, Massachusetts, and Annette Blonigen of St. Martin; and in-laws Bobby and Theresa Hoffman of Pierz and Lorraine Hoffman of Buckman.

    Clarence was preceded in death by his parents; infant son William; great-grandchildren Charlie and Finnian Lingl; brothers and sisters Bernadine Arnzen-Jacobson, Dolores Pundsack, Raymond Blonigen, Silverius Blonigen and Leander Blonigen; and numerous extended family members.

    The family would like to send a special thank you Ecumen Hospice-Litchfield for their special care and support.

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


  • Anna Mae Haskamp

    Anna Mae Haskamp, age 90 of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, at the CentraCare Care Center in Sauk Centre.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Mark Botzet officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.

    Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Feb. 4 at the church.

    Anna Mae was born May 9, 1932, in Sauk Centre to Michael and Rose (Mayers) Essler.  She graduated in 1949 from Sauk Centre High School. On May 11, 1954, she was united in marriage to Ervin Haskamp at St. Anthony’s Church in Padua, and were married until Ervin passed away unexpectedly at age 62.  Anna Mae worked for St. Michael’s Hospital, Northwestern Bell, Skogmo and DHIA.

    She was an active member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Christian Mothers, American Legion Auxiliary, Carpetts Line Dancing Group and many card groups. Anna Mae loved traveling to other countries and her trips to Mission, Texas. Anna Mae enjoyed her kids and grandkids, sharing how to bake, cook and play cards and games, as well as her good sense of humor. The hardest thing is watching somebody you love forget the family she loved. We thank those of you who helped support our mom and her family during this journey.

    Those who shared in her life include her children, Carol (Rick) Jones, Deborah (Mark) Sutherland and John (Carrie) Haskamp; seven grandchildren, Kristy (Rick) Barhorst, Katie Huesman, Brianna (fiancé, Matt), Beau (Morgan), Jake, Dylan and Kelsey; five great-grandchildren, Hallie, Derrick, twins Sophia and Hunter, and Brock; sisters-in-law, Betty Breitbach, Irene Haskamp and Myrna Essler; brother-in-law, Julian Haskamp; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

    Anna Mae was preceded in death by her husband, Ervin; parents; in-laws, Henry and Emma; brothers and sisters, Henry, Alois, Felix and Don Essler, Veronica “Fronie” Ripka, Kathryn Gruber-Borgman, Rose Walker, Marie Welters and Yvonne Ahles; grandson-in-law, Nicholas “Nick” Huesman; and many in-laws and friends.

    Thank you to the staff at CentraCare Care Center for the excellent care and kindness shown to our mom.

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

  • Teckla M. Scegura

    Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Teckla M. Scegura, 98, of St. Anna and rural Avon, was Jan. 19 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Anna. The Rev. Gregory Mastey officiated with burial in the parish cemetery.

    Teckla passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Jan. 13, 2023, at Mother of Mercy Campus of Care in Albany.

    Teckla was born Sept. 21, 1924, in Holdingford, to Peter and Mary (Trutwin) Czech. She graduated from Holdingford High School in 1943 and attended St. Cloud Teacher’s College. She taught at the Lake Henry school in Stearns County from 1944-45. Teckla was united in marriage to Ludwig Scegura Oct. 20, 1945, at St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church in Holdingford. They farmed near St. Anna and were blessed with 11 children. She was a member of the Christian Mothers at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and was a promoter for the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal. She worked at St. John’s University in the refectory. In August 1969, they lost their barn, and Teckla went to work at Holdingford Elementary School, as a teacher’s aide until 1975.

    She was very dedicated to her family and loved spending time with her children and their families. She treasured her 43 grandchildren,  two step-granddaughters and 81 great-grandchildren with more to be welcomed. Teckla was a kind, loving, understanding and a very generous person and always put others first. Her faith was very important to her. She passed the virtues of faith and honesty to the many children she taught during her years as a faith formation teacher at Immaculate Conception Church, as well as to her family and friends.

    Teckla is survived by her children, Susan (Claude) Toenyan of St. Rosa and their children, Paul, Karen, Gregg, Jason and Matthew; Patricia (Linus) Luethmers of Albany and their children, Judy, Jessica and Jason; and Ronald (Jane) Scegura of Avon and their children, Jennifer, Jeremy, Joseph and Michael; son-in-law Sylvester Geise of Freeport and his children, Gary, Jennifer, Daniel and James; Raymond (Juleen) Scegura of Holdingford and their children, Katherine and Marie; Theresa (Tom) Studniski of Avon and their children, Tammy Jo, Tanya, Tracy, Timothy and Troy; David (Anita) Scegura of Avon and their children, Dawn, Dustin, Danel and Dylan, Jessica and Stephanie; Peter (Kathy) Scegura of Avon and their children, Andrew, Kimberly, Benjamin and Zachary; Diane (LeRoy) Hartung of Avon and their children, Brittany, Eric, Ryan, Crystal, Tracy, Heidi and Amber; and James (Tammy) Scegura of Avon and their children Amy, Kelly, Jody, Brian and Brandyn.

    Teckla was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband Ludwig March 19, 1983; son John Oct. 1, 2008; daughter Mary Nov. 24, 2022; great-grandson Ryan Toenyan; and her siblings, brothers Louis, Frank, Ted, Nick, James and Peter Czech Jr., and sisters Helen Czech, Eleanor Hiemenz, Florence Detloff, Marcella Hiemenz and Rose Mary Kociemba.

    A special thank you to the staff at the Mother of Mercy Campus of Care for their kindness and compassion given to our dear mother. You made your campus her new home. We would also like to thank Moments Hospice for their loving care and help with Mom’s final days.

    Arrangements made by the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home of Holdingford.         


  • Linda M. Welz

    Linda M. Welz, 68, of Melrose, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with cancer Jan. 15, 2023, at her home in Melrose.

    A memorial service was Jan. 20 at Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose with the Rev. Julie Grothe officiating. Inurnment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery at a later date.

    Linda Marie Hilleren was born Oct. 7, 1954, in Benson, to Palmer and Eileen Hilleren. She graduated from Benson High School in 1972 and furthered her education at Granite Falls Technical College, graduating in 1973. She married the love of her life, Robert “Bob” Welz, May 4, 1973, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose. Linda worked at the Greenwald State Bank in Greenwald for 10 years and later worked at other jobs. Linda and Bob lived in Greenwald for 37 years, raising their three daughters.

    She loved spending time with her daughters and grandchildren. Linda enjoyed fishing, cooking and baking, reading, and sewing. She had made over 25 baby quilts and many more sewing projects. Linda enjoyed crafts of all kinds, including cutting and painting wood projects. Linda was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, who will be missed by all who knew her.

    Survivors include her loving husband of over 49 years, Robert “Bob” Welz, of Melrose; children Wendy (Kayla) Welz, Sara (Erik) Haider and Laura (Mike) Revering; and eight grandchildren Alex, Ashley, Ragan, Courtney, Morgan, Derek, Brandon and Nathan.

    Linda was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Paul and Peter Hilleren and father- and mother-in-law Ted and Marie Welz.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

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


  • James C. Thielman

    A memorial service will be at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 27, at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Avon for James “Jim” C. Thielman, 77, formerly of Avon, who died Dec. 17, 2022, at Bluffview Memory Care in Holmen, Wisconsin. The Rev. Edward Vebelun, OSB, will officiate, and burial will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls. Visitation will be one hour prior to services, at the church in Avon.  

    Jim was born Oct. 2, 1945, in Blackduck to Robert, Sr., and Elenora (Machtemes) Thielman. He graduated from St. Cloud Technical High School and completed two years at St. Cloud Technical Community College as an electronics technician before serving his country in the U.S. Army from 1965-67 during the Vietnam Conflict. The majority of his working years were spent transporting gas for Amoco and BP.  He moved to Madison, Wisconsin, after his retirement. As a young adult, Jim coached baseball in Avon and later coached womens softball leagues. A favorite hobby was attending St. John’s University football games. After retirement, he enjoyed attending other sporting events in and around Madison with his best friend and close companion, Rose. He used his love of nature to support his other twin hobbies of walking and photography. He was appreciated for his sense of humor as well as his kindness and generosity. He will be fondly and lovingly remembered.

    He is survived by Rose Severson of Verona, Wisconsin; daughter Melissa (Wade) Thielman of Trempealeau, Wisconsin; brothers and sisters LeRoy (Patty) of Las Cruces, New Mexico; Kate (John) Frye of St. Paul; LuAnn (Dan) Hufstedler of Plymouth; sister-in-law Margaret Thielman; nieces and nephews Dayna (Dan) Rae of Avon and Troy Thielman of Mound; as well as many beloved cousins and extended family.

    He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Robert “Bob” Thielman, Jr.

    Special thanks to the caregivers at Bluffview Memory Care for their respectful and caring attention during his 4.5 years there and to St. Croix Hospice for their support during his final days.

    The family requests memorials in lieu of flowers.  All memorials will be donated to Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison or The Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin.

    Arrangements have been entrusted to the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Avon.                    P-4-1B

  • Walter H. Beuning

    Walter H. Beuning, 84, of Freeport, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family Jan. 18, 2023, at the Little Falls Care Center in Little Falls.

    A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was Jan. 23 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport with the Rev. Daniel Walz officiating. Inurnment was in the parish cemetery with military honors provided by the Melrose Veterans Honor Guard.

    Walter Henry Beuning was born Feb. 21, 1938, in Freeport, to George and Ida (Klein) Beuning. He graduated from Melrose High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army. Walter was stationed in Europe where he provided support for the Vietnam Conflict. He served for over three years and was honorably discharged in 1965. He was united in marriage to Lourdine Beste Jan. 16, 1965, at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany. He worked as an implement mechanic most of his life. Walter was a founding member of the Stearns County Pioneer Club and was very active. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport, Freeport Fire Department from 1974 through 1994, Stearns County Pioneer Club, Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion Inc., Minnesota Chapter 15 IH Collectors Club and the Young at Heart Club. Walter enjoyed walking and biking on the Wobegon Trail and collecting tractors.

    Survivors include his wife, Lourdine “Loura” Beuning, of Freeport; children Barb Beuning of St. Cloud, Ken (Joyce) Beuning of Andover, Sandy Beuning of Waite Park, and Kevin (Lisa) Beuning of Albany; grandchildren Trevor, Anne, Grace, Joe, Monica, Thomas, Jennifer and Cody; and siblings Edward Beuning of Waite Park, Clara Williams of Melrose, Arthur Beuning of Avon, Leo Beuning of Idaho, and Carol Edgington of Florida.

    Walter was preceded in death by his parents and sister and brother Rosie Cheyne and Virgil Beuning.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

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


  • Danielle Sagissor

    Danielle Sagissor, 51, of Wheaton, passed away Jan. 8, 2023, at her home. 

    Funeral services were Jan. 13 at St. John Lutheran Church in Wheaton with the Rev. Dan Gifford and the Rev. George Sagissor III officiating. Organist was Theresa Thiel with special music by Marcy LeClair. Burial will take place at a later date.

    Danielle was born Feb. 25, 1971, in Melrose, to Mary (Graves) Sagissor and James Sagissor. Danielle attended Melrose Area High School and graduated in 1989. Danielle was highly active in sports. She enjoyed swimming, softball and basketball. After graduation Danielle attended St. Cloud State University. When Danielle left college, she settled down in Wheaton. Danielle met and married her husband Scott Keaveny. Danielle and Scott exchanged wedding vows in November 1998. They then went on to have three children: Traeton, Preston and Maiya Keaveny. 

    Danielle served many years in the food industry. She loved giving back to the community with her Home Alone for Holiday meal. Danielle was recently a manager at the American Legion Post 80 in Wheaton. She was also the head food service director of the Wheaton School District. Danielle not only loved giving back to the community, but she also loved giving back to others as well. She is known for her cooking skills. She will be deeply missed for her big heart.

    Danielle enjoyed watching her children’s sporting events. Danielle enjoyed a cool day on the golf course. She also loved spending summer weekends at her parent’s cabin with family. Danielle loved skiing, tubing and playing yard games. She shared many laughs and memories with family that will be cherished forever. 

    Danielle is survived by her children, Traeton Keaveny of Mankato, Preston Keaveny of Melrose, and Maiya Keaveny of Mankato; parents James (Monica) Sagissor of Wheaton, and Mary (Graves) Sagissor (John “Sparky” Schmidt) of Grey Eagle; sisters Chas Atkinson (Marty) of Melrose, Tina (Steven) Lundquist of Wheaton; Jana (Dustin) Peyton of Wheaton; Scott Keaveny (ex-husband) of Melrose; nephews and nieces Cameron (Becca) Atkinson of Clearwater, Kiersten Atkinson of Sartell, Carter Atkinson (fiancée Hannah) of Sauk Centre, Caden Atkinson of St. Rosa, Keetin Patrick of Melrose, and Bria, Keira, Leo Lundquist of Wheaton; great-nephew Cohen Atkinson of Clearwater; and aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. 

    Danielle was preceded in death by her grandparents, Melvin and Rose Graves, Jim and Florence Lillehaug, Anna and Vern Kraus and Norb and Monica Schmidt; and uncles Steven Sagissor, Mike Middendorf and Bob Tomford. 

    Danielle will be loved and missed by many. 

    In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. To sign the online guestbook, watch the video tribute, service recording or livestream visit

  • Elmer B. “Fud” Hellermann, age 91 of Melrose, passed away suddenly, surrounded by his family on Dec. 24, 2022, at the CentraCare Hospital in Melrose. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Dec. 29 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose with Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating. Interment was in the parish cemetery.

    Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Anna Hellermann of Melrose; children, Donald (Debbie) Hellermann of Melrose, Dale (Debbie) Hellermann of Melrose, Gary “Fritz” (Jean) Hellermann of Melrose, Denise (Steve) Rieland of Sauk Centre and Diane (Paul) Brickweg of Alexandria; 18 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters Henry “Hank” Hellermann of Vadnais Heights, Dorothy (Alvin) Schneider of Sauk Centre, Simon (Mary) Hellermann of Sauk Centre and Roselyn Lehner of Shakopee; and sisters-in-law Kathy Elfering of Melrose, Rita Hellermann of Sauk Centre and Bernice Hellermann of Melrose.

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

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