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  • Philip L. Orth

    Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 6, 2021, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud for Philip L. Orth, age 88, of Waite Park. Phil passed away May 2, 2021, at the Little Falls Care Center.  Entombment will take place in the Assumption Cemetery Mausoleum with full military honors.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. 

    Phil was born April 17, 1933, in Sauk Centre,  to Lambert and Mary (Bromenschenkel) Orth.  After high school, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1952-55 during the Korean War. He married Dorothy Waldorf on July 15, 1957, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre.  He worked at the U.S. Postal Service and later for Frigidaire/Electrolux, retiring in 1996.  He was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, VFW Post 428, American Legion Post 428, Knights of Columbus Council 5548, St. Cloud Eagle’s Aerie 622 and Moose Lodge 1400.

    Phil will be remembered for his sense of humor. He enjoyed traveling and made it to 42 States. He loved to be together with family and playing cards, especially Solo. 

  • Harold G. “Harry” Engle

    Harold Gene “Harry” Engle, age 92, of Winsted, passed away on Tuesday morning, April 27, 2021, at his residence.

    He was born on May 21, 1928, in Sauk Centre the son of William L. and Elsie (Foster) Engle.  

    Harry graduated from Sauk Centre High School in 1946, where he was an All-Conference basketball player. He held the Sauk Centre points per game scoring record for many years. While living in Sauk Centre, he was a farmer.

    On Sept. 5, 1955, Harold Gene “Harry” Engle and Liane B. Rademacher were joined in holy marriage at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Elrosa. God blessed their marriage with four children.

    Harry was employed for over 27 years at Sterner Industries in Winsted as a welder. He also was a school bus driver starting in 1970 for Lester Prairie School District and later Howard Lake Waverly-Winsted School District.

    He was a faithful member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.

  • Sandy J. Schmitz

    Sandy Jean Schmitz, 53, of Brooten, died Monday, April 26, 2021, at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, North Dakota. Mass of Christian Burial was 10:30 a.m., Monday, May 3, 2021, at St. Donatus Catholic Church in Brooten. Visitation was from 2-7 p.m. Sunday, at the Pavilion in Brooten where parking and entry were from the north due to construction. Visitation continued for one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was in the St. Donatus church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Belgrade.  www.hafh.org 

    Sandra Jean Schmitz was born on Nov. 11, 1967, in Milbank, South Dakota, the ninth child of ten, to Arlin and Marla (Frerichs) Underwood. She grew up in Milbank where she attended Koch Elementary and Milbank High School, graduating in 1986. She continued her education at Alexandria Tech, graduating in 1988. On April 9, 1994, Sandy was united in marriage to Dennis Schmitz. They made their home near Brooten on the Schmitz family farm, where she worked for American Solutions for Business for 24 years and Felling Trailer Inc. for the last two years. 

    Sandy was a member of St. Donatus Catholic Church where she was an active volunteer. She will be remembered for her strong faith and love and devotion to her family. 

  • Eugenia E. “Jean” Schulzetenberg, age 95, of Freeport, passed away peacefully May 2, 2021, at CentraCare-Melrose Care Center in Melrose.

    A private family Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, May 7, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport. Entombment will be in the parish cemetery.

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

     A full obituary will be in next week’s paper.



  • Mary J. Goerdt

    Mary J. Goerdt, age 65, of Sauk Centre, passed away April  24, 2021, at CentraCare Melrose Care Center surrounded by her family after a long battle with cancer.

    A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 6, at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with the Rev. Rick Aubol officiating. Inurnment will be at Bohemian Cemetery in Sauk Centre.

    Visitation will be 4-8 p.m., May 5, and 9:30-10:30 a.m., May 6, at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Sauk Centre. Parish prayers will be at 5:15 p.m., May 5, at the funeral home.

    Mary Jane Bethke was born Aug. 7, 1955,  in New Ulm, to Belvin and Lois (Wallner) Bethke. She attended catholic schools in New Ulm and St. Mary’s and Cathedral High School in New Ulm. She continued her education at St. Cloud State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education in 1977. Mary worked for four years at Minnesota Valley Test Labs during college and worked two years at Kraft Foods in Melrose during the layoffs from 1982-84. Mary was an elementary school teacher at the Sauk Centre Public Schools for 38 years, retiring in 2015. On Sept. 29, 1979, she was united in marriage to Michael Goerdt at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Sauk Centre.

  • Jean L. Hellermann

    Jean L. Hellermann, age 71, of Melrose, died peacefully, surrounded by her family, April 25, 2021, at the CentraCare Care Center in Melrose.

    A Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. April 29 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose with the Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating and the Rev. Vince Lieser concelebrating. Interment was in the parish cemetery. Visitation was 4-8 p.m. April 28 at Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose and 10-10:45 a.m. April 29 at the church. Parish prayers were 7 p.m. April 28 at the funeral home.

    Jean Louise Primus was born Jan. 15, 1950, in St. Cloud to James and Florence (Meier) Primus. She was a teacher at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Melrose. She was united in marriage to Michael Hellermann July 10, 1976, at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Freeport. The couple farmed north of Melrose. Jean later became a paraprofessional at Melrose Area Schools. 

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

  • Judith C. Mareck

    Judith “Judy” Mareck, of Albany, passed away peacefully April 28, 2021, at the age of 75, after a long courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by her loving family.

    A Mass of Christian Burial was May 3 at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany with the Rev. Julius Beckermann, OSB officiating.  

    Judith Catherine Mareck was born Jan. 2, 1946 in Albany to Frank and Gertrude (Kohorst) Wohletz. She graduated from Albany High School in 1963. She was united in marriage to Richard Mareck Sept. 11, 1965, at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany. She was a member of Seven Dolors Catholic Church, Christian Mothers and St. Francis Mission Group. Judy was an exceptional daycare provider for over 40 years. Judy enjoyed working on jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, reading and spending time with family. She liked to play games on her iPad; her favorite being Hay Day. She loved to travel with Rich whenever there was an opportunity, especially to her favorite destination Disney World in Florida, including those beloved Disney cruises which she so dearly loved. Judy was an avid Minnesota Twins fan and spent many hours sitting on the edge of her seat wondering if it would be a win for her favorite team. Judy also spent many hours working in her beautiful flower gardens despite those nasty weeds. 

  • Alphonse C. “Al” Hartung

    Alphonse C. “Al” Hartung, age 84, of Avon, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, May 1, 2021, at his home in Avon. 

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 6, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Anna with the Rev. Gregory Mastey officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.

    Visitation will be 4-7 p.m., Wednesday, May 5, and 10-11 a.m., May 6, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Anna. Parish prayers will be at 4 p.m., May 5, at the church.

    Al was born Aug. 2, 1936, to George, Sr., and Elizabeth (Lang) Hartung in Krain Township, on the family farm southwest of Holdingford. He was the youngest of five children. He helped out on the farm and later started a job at Franklin (Electrolux,) where he worked for over 35 years.

    He married Elizabeth “Betty” Thell Sept. 10, 1966, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in St. Francis. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Anna. He raised his five children on a hobby farm near Avon.

    He loved country life, from yard work and bird watching, to planting hundreds of trees. He enjoyed doing field work with his Farmall H tractor, growing enough sweet corn for his family, friends and neighbors. He loved raising vegetables in his garden. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, especially trips to Canada and Park Rapids with his sons. He liked listening to old time and country music on the local radio station. He always enjoyed getting together with family and friends, whether it was planned or just stopping by.

  • Fred V. Ahles

    Our beloved husband, father, “Papa,” brother, and friend, Frederick “Fred” Vincent Ahles, 77, passed away peacefully at home in Newbury Park, California, surrounded by his family April 10, 2021. 

    Funeral services were May 1 at St. Julie Billiart Catholic Church in Newbury Park, followed by burial at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village, California.  

    Fred was born in Albany to Lloyd and Ludwina Ahles Sept. 17, 1943. He graduated with the Albany class of 1961. Fred graduated from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud with a degree in economics. After college, Fred voluntarily enlisted in the U.S. Army where he earned the rank of captain and served in the Vietnam War. Shortly after his honorable discharge from the Army, he became a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was during his time in the Los Angeles office that he met and married his wife of 47 years, Jean Mandrillo Ahles. Fred and Jean were blessed with two daughters, Tracy and Cindy. Fred retired from the FBI after 28 years and continued investigative work with his own business and for several government agencies until he fully retired in 2016.  

  • Leo Maehren

    Mass of Christian Burial was May 4 at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Avon for Leo Maehren, 80, who died April 28, 2021, at his home in Avon.  The Rev. Gregory Miller OSB officiated with burial in the parish cemetery.       

    Leo was born April 11, 1941, in Avon to Martin and Alvina (Klocker) Maehren. He farmed his entire life on the family farm in Avon until his retirement. 

    He is a member of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Avon and was active in the Catholic Order of Foresters. He enjoyed going to church, gardening, cooking and farming. He was very meticulous and kept everything immaculate including his house, farm and machinery.

    He is survived by his sister, JoAnn Symanietz of Sartell and nephews Duane and Kevin Symanietz.

    He is preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law Eugene Symanietz.

    Memorials are preferred to Parkinson’s research or St. Benedict’s Church in Avon.

    Arrangements have been entrusted to the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Avon.  P-18-1B  

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