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  • Joseph M. Olmscheid

    Joseph M. Olmscheid, 93, of Melrose, formerly of Belgrade, died Nov. 23, 2020, at CentraCare-Melrose Hospital. 

    A private Mass of Christian Burial will be at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Elrosa. Burial will be in the church cemetery.  

    Joseph Michael Olmscheid was born March 18, 1927, in St. Martin, the son of Nicholas and Theresia (Bauer) Olmscheid. He attended country grade school near St. Martin. On Oct. 19, 1948, Joe was united in marriage to Verena Kampsen. This union was blessed with five sons and five daughters. They made their home in Elrosa where he farmed and hauled milk. In retirement, he worked at the Elrosa Elevator and did carpentry work. They moved to Belgrade in 2012 and just recently to Park View Center in Melrose.  

  • Virginia M. Salzl

    Virginia M. Salzl, age 89, of St. Rosa, passed away Nov. 24, 2020, at Mother of Mercy in Albany.

    A private Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, Dec. 2, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in St. Rosa. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.

    Virginia Marie Wehseler was born Jan. 2, 1931, in St. Cloud, to John and Elizabeth (Doll) Wehseler. On Oct. 11, 1950, she was united in marriage to Sylvester Salzl at St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin. The couple farmed in Millwood Township. Along with being a homemaker and raising seven children, Virginia kept the “home fires burning” throughout the years on the farm while Sylvester worked off the farm. Virginia, with the help of the kids, was the foundation of the many daily chores of the dairy farm. She cooked and baked countless hours. Her family ate many a loaf of her excellent homemade bread along with pies, cookies and jelly. Every Sunday there was fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing and pie on the table. In the most recent years, Virginia’s life was greatly enhanced by the many thoughtful and compassionate caregivers who cared for her, including those at Park View in Melrose, Mother of Mercy  in Albany and Moments Hospice of St. Cloud. We, her family, are eternally grateful for the kindness that was given to our mother. 

  • Juliana M. Kettler

     Juliana M. Kettler, age 97, of Melrose, passed away peacefully with family by her side Nov. 28, 2020, at the CentraCare-Melrose Hospital in Melrose. 

    A private Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, Dec. 3, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose with the Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.

    A public visitation will be 4-6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 2, and 9:30-10:30 a.m., Dec. 3, at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose. Parish prayers will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 2 at the funeral home.

    Juliana Mary Leukam was born March 26, 1923, in Grove Township, Stearns County, to George and Rose (Berling) Leukam. On May 4, 1948, she married Leander Kettler at St. John’s Catholic Church in Meire Grove. They moved to a farm 3 miles west of Melrose and raised six children. She helped Leander on the farm for close to 25 years and sold seed corn for Trojan Seed Company. They also sprayed fields for many farmers until their retirement in 1998.

  • LaVerne C. Winter

     LaVerne C. Winter, age 83, of Greenwald, passed away peacefully Nov. 25, 2020, at her home in Greenwald, surrounded by her family after a short battle with cancer.

    A private Mass of Christian Burial was held. 

    LaVerne Catherine (Haskamp) Winter was born Sept. 14, 1937, in Melrose, to Joseph and Regina (Yarke) Haskamp. LaVerne grew up near Meire Grove until she was united in marriage to Edward Winter June 11, 1958, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Meire Grove. She and Edward were married for 46 years until Edward passed away in 2004.

    LaVerne was a member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Greenwald and the St. Andrew’s Christian Mothers. LaVerne loved the Lord and showed it by leading the rosary and attending and watching Mass daily. LaVerne was also a member of the Elrosa Senior Citizens. She enjoyed spending time on senior trips with friends going to casinos, shows, tours and plays.

  • Leona M. Blonigen

     The Mass of Christian Burial for Leona Marie Blonigen, age 88, of Waite Park, will be at 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 4, at the Immaculate Conception Church of St. Anna. There will be a visitation two hours prior to the Mass at the church, from 9-11 a.m. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. 

    Leona passed away Nov. 27, 2020, at the St. Cloud Hospital. 

    She was born Jan. 19, 1932, in Collegeville, the daughter of Henry and Adelaide (Reisinger) Philippi. She was united in marriage to Donald J. Blonigen June 9, 1951, at St. John’s in Collegeville, and their union was blessed with 10 sons and two daughters. Leona and Donald shared 55 years of faith and dedication until Donald’s passing July 3, 2006. 

  • Darlene M. Kulzer

    Darlene M. Kulzer,, age 76 of Greenwald, died peacefully Nov. 23, 2020, at the St. Cloud Hospital, surrounded by family.

     Darlene Marie Dingman was born Nov. 7, 1944, in St. Cloud to Andrew and Elizabeth (Schroden) Dingman. Darlene grew up on a farm near Mayhew Lake until she married Anthony “Tony” Kulzer in 1966 and moved to the farm south of Greenwald, where she and Tony raised four children and operated a small dairy. She and Tony were married for 54 years when Tony passed away in July of this year after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Darlene enjoyed time with family, visits to the farm, baking and cooking for loved ones, trips to the casino, quilting and playing cards or Scrabble with family and friends. She was hard-working, outgoing, caring and kind. She was helpful and warm-hearted, always putting others first.

  • Cletus J. Engelmeier

    Cletus John Engelmeier, loving and kind father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully from complications related to COVID-19 Nov. 22, 2020. 

    He was born April 21, 1933, in St. Anthony.

    Cletus was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Irene Engelmeier (Garding). 

  • Dean Rabideau

    Mass of Christian Burial was Nov. 28, 2020, at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Avon for Dean Rabideau, 73, of Avon, who died Nov. 22, 2020, at Serenity Village of Avon. The Rev. Gregory Miller, OSB, officiated and burial was in the parish cemetery. 

    Dean was born Feb. 18, 1947, in Kankakee, Illinois, to Elden and Marjorie (Petit) Rabideau. He married Pauline Riley Aug. 23, 1969, at St. Martin of Tours Cathedral in Kankakee. Dean worked as a general manager at JC Penney’s for 25 years before his retirement. He was an active member of the Avon Lion’s Club and devoted member of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Avon. Dean enjoyed fishing, golfing, deer hunting, calling bingo at church fundraisers and watching football. He was a happy, laid back person who loved spending time with his family and grandchildren. His positivity and smile will be dearly missed by all.

  • Mabel Rousselange

    Mabel Rousselange, 95, of Clearwater (formerly of Browerville) passed away on Nov. 15, 2020. Funeral services for Mabel were held on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, at 11 a.m., at Christ the King Catholic Church in Browerville with Fr. Mitchell Bechtold officiating.  Burial was held at Christ the King Catholic Cemetery, Browerville.

    Mabel was born April 23, 1925, in Sauk Centre, to Bernard and Susan (May) VanHavermaet.  She was the third oldest of eight children.  Mabel attended school through the eighth grade.  After school she worked on the family farm while helping at home with the children.  She met George Rousselange while working at her dad’s billiard’s parlor.  They were married May 15, 1951.  Together they raised their children while working various jobs.  Mabel and George moved to Browerville in 1976.  After George’s death, Mabel worked as a Home Health Aide for several years. 

  • Kenneth O. Petersen

    Kenneth “Kenny” Otto Petersen went home to be with Jesus on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at the age of 99. He was born in Dunnell, Minnesota, on Sept. 9, 1921, to Walter and Anna (Lubenow) Petersen. Kenny attended school in Dunnell before entering the Army in 1942 during WWII, where he served aboard a ship in the South Pacific. When he came home in 1945, he started to farm and then met the love of his life, Ione Schmidt. They were united in marriage on Oct. 3, 1948, in Dunnell. Kenny and Ione moved to Padua in 1960 and stayed on the family farm until he retired in 1988. They moved to Brooten and then to Belgrade. They were blessed with six children. Ione preceded him in death on Feb. 28, 2002. He spent the last five years at the Belgrade Nursing Home. 

    Kenny put in many hours on the farm raising cows, pigs, a goat, chickens and ducks, amongst other animals. He also had crops and enjoyed being on the tractor. Kenny enjoyed playing cards with whoever had time to play with him and also enjoyed watching westerns and was an avid Twins fan.

    Kenny is survived by his children,  Roger (Dianne) of St. Cloud, Kathy of Willmar, Danny (Sandy) of Kimball, Vicky (Geoff) Buhr of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Jim (Donna) of Alexandria and Tim (Rolee) of Sauk Centre; his brother, Walter (Karon) of Neosha, Missouri;  his sister, Mary Ann Hansel of Ceylon; and his brother-in-law, Larry, (Barb) Schmidt of Ceylon. He has 15 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

    Kenny was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Roland, Martin, Eugene, LeRoy, Henry and Marlin; his sister, Helen; and his mother- and father-in-law, Nick and Leona Schmidt.

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