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  • Steven J. Tschida

    Steven J. Tschida, 66, of St. Rosa, passed away surrounded by his family Aug. 7, 2022, at CentraCare Care Center in Melrose.

    A private Mass of Christian Burial was Aug. 11 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in St. Rosa with the Rev. Daniel Walz officiating. Inurnment was in the parish cemetery. A private visitation was Aug. 11 at the church in St. Rosa.

    Steven Jerome Tschida was born May 12, 1956, in Melrose. He worked at Kraft in Albany for a few years. He was united in marriage to Linda Finken Oct. 29, 1977, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in St. Rosa. After working at Kraft, Steven started helping his father-in-law on the farm. The couple later purchased the family farm, which the Tschida family continues to farm to this day. Steven also raised broiler chickens for Gold’n Plump, now called Pilgrim’s Pride, for 40-plus years. 

    He was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in St. Rosa. Steven enjoyed restoring collector cars, fishing, hunting and, most of all, spending time with his grandchildren.

    Survivors include his wife, Linda Tschida of St. Rosa; daughter Dawn (Tom) Rakotz of St. Rosa; son Chris (LaShana) Tschida of St. Rosa; grandchildren Tyler and Zoey Rakotz and Carter Tschida; mother-in-law Ida Finken; and many brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.

    Steven was preceded in death by his brother, Sherwin “Herm” Tschida; father-in-law Carl P. Finken; and godson Carl S. Finken.

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

  • David L. Rieland

    David Leo Rieland, age 59 of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Aug. 5, 2022, after a short battle with cancer.

    A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Mark Botzet officiating. Interment followed in the parish cemetery.

    Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Sauk Centre. Parish prayers were at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

    David was born on Nov. 11, 1962, to Robert and Ruthann (Nathe) Rieland. He graduated from Sauk Centre High School in 1981. He married Jodie Wiener and later divorced. Together they had three children.

    David enjoyed fishing, deer hunting, turtle hunting, and spending time with family and friends. He enjoyed going to the casino and watching fireworks. He was currently employed by the Melrose Feed Mill. 

    David is survived by his mother, Ruthann Rieland, of Sauk Centre; his children, Adam, Josh and Ashley; sisters, Karen Hall of St. Cloud, Nancy (Ron) Lingle of Sauk Centre and Lori (Kevin) Uphoff of Sauk Centre; and three nieces and five nephews.

    David is preceded in death by his father, Robert Rieland; brother-in-law, Dean Hall; and grandparents, Leander and Eleanor Rieland and Leo and Dorothy Nathe.

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

  • Jane M. Ebensteiner-Berns


    Jane M. Ebensteiner-Berns, age 57 of Sauk Centre, died Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022, at the CentraCare Care Center in Melrose.

    A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9 at First Lutheran Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Michael Carlson officiating. Inurnment was in Calvary Cemetery in Sauk Centre.

    Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Sauk Centre and from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday at the church.

    Jane Marie Ebensteiner was born June 24, 1965, in Melrose, to Norb and Shirley (Welle) Ebensteiner. She graduated from Sauk Centre High School in 1983. After high school, she worked at various places, eventually owning and operating the River’s Edge Dining & Lounge in Sauk Centre for 13 years. On June 10, 2005, she married Duane Berns in Sauk Centre. Jane enjoyed spending time with her family, grandchildren and her dogs.

    Survivors include her husband, Duane Berns, of Sauk Centre; daughter, Trish (Mike Jr.) Bushard and their children, Kimberly and Claire of Sauk Centre; mother, Shirley Ebensteiner of Sauk Centre; sisters, Nancy (Tom) Thieschafer-Silver and Carol (Jim) VonWahlde, all of Sauk Centre; and many nieces and nephews.

    Jane was preceded in death by her father, Norb Ebensteiner, in 2016; brother, Tom Ebensteiner in 1987; and brother-in-law, David Thieschafer in 2011.

    Serving as urn bearers were Jen Borgmann and Kyle Von Wahlde.

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

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  • Genevieve "Genny" Cecelia Locnikar

    Genevieve Genny Cecelia Locnikar, 92, of Melrose, formerly of Albany, passed away at Pine Villa Nursing Home in Melrose. 

    Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 16, at the Church of Seven Dolors in Albany. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, at Miller-Carlin Funeral Home in Albany, and one hour prior to Mass at the church Aug. 16.  Entombment will be at the Church of Seven Dolors parish cemetery in Albany.

    Genny was born Jan. 2, 1930, in Albany, to John and Johanna (Lesser) Ebensteiner. She married Conrad Locnikar June 28, 1948, in Albany. Genny and Conrad owned and operated a bulk milk truck business starting in 1968. She learned to drive one of the bulk trucks and worked with Conrad. She worked as a certified nursing assistant for 20 years at Mother of Mercy Nursing Home in Albany. She loved listening to and watching the Twins games with Conrad. They were married for 66 years, before Conrad passed away. Genny cooked and baked for her family. She had a large garden and grew raspberries to make jam.

    Genny is survived by her children, Darlene (Wayne) Thompson of Great Falls, Montana, Patricia Locnikar of Goldendale, Washington, Jan (John) Bennett of Albert Lea, Jim (Janet) Locnikar of Oro Valley, Arizona,  Julian (Darian Panasuk) Locnikar of Park City, Montana, Judy (Dale) Tucker of San Antonio, Texas, and Allen (Silvia) Locnikar of Erding, Germany; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; sisters Doreen Hodel of Sauk Rapids, and Evelyn (Mark) Thelen of Melrose.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Conrad; four infant sons Francis, Eugene, Michael and Gerald; daughter Donna Zanoth; granddaughter Kay Thompson; brothers Albin Ebensteiner, Edmond Ebensteiner and Anthony Ebensteiner; and sister Deloris Thelen.

  • Donald G. Kendle


    Donald G. “Don” Kendle, age 90 of Sauk Centre, died peacefully, surrounded by his family on Monday, Aug. 1, 2022 at the CentraCare Hospital in Sauk Centre.

    A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6 at First Lutheran Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Michael Carlson officiating. Inurnment will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Sauk Centre with military honors by the Sauk Centre United Veterans Honor Guard.

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

    Donald Gene Kendle was born May 16, 1932, in Minneapolis, to Frank and Annette (Mathiason) Kendle. He graduated from Mechanic Arts High School in St. Paul. Don enlisted in the U.S. Army on Jan. 23, 1950, and was honorably discharged on Jan. 23, 1953, serving during the Korean Conflict. Don worked for American Standard Heating and Plumbing for three years and then worked construction. He started working in transit and eventually retired after 32 years with the Metropolitan Transit Commission in 1995. He continued to work installing doors and windows, running his own business for five years. Don moved to Sauk Centre in 2000 to enjoy his retirement. He was united in marriage to Ruth Stenzel on Oct. 29, 2007, at First Lutheran Church in Sauk Centre.

    He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Sauk Centre and lifetime member of the V.F.W. Don enjoyed volunteering at church, the church fish fry and at the food shelf. He also enjoyed biking, taking walks, playing cards, camping and fishing.

    Survivors include his children, David (Christine) Kendle of Baudette, Valerie (David) Miller of Sun City, Arizona, Laura (Seth) Putz of Baudette, Lawrence (Kathleen) Kendle of Rockford and Mary (Scott) Johnson of Warroad; special friend, Shirley Sukke of Sauk Centre; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson; brother, Bill (Arlys) Kendle of Roseville; and sister, Janice Kassube of Surprise, Arizona.

    Don was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Stenzel, on Dec. 16, 2015; parents; brothers, Richard and Ken Kendle; and sisters, Dorothy Johnson and Margie Schultz.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to First Lutheran Church or the Sauk Centre Food Shelf.

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

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  • James L. Determan

    James L. “Jim” Determan, age 76 of Sauk Centre, passed away Sunday, July 24, 2022, at his home in Sauk Centre.

    A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 1 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Jeremy Theis officiating. Interment was at Calvary Cemetery in Sauk Centre.

    Visitation was Monday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Sauk Centre. Knights of Columbus prayed at 9:30 a.m. Monday morning at the funeral  home.

    James Leo Determan was born Nov. 12, 1945, in Melrose, to Joseph and Dola (Grundman) Determan. He worked at various places including Sauk Centre Ready Mix, Sauk Centre Tire and Bayer Built in Sauk Centre. Jim was a jack-of-all-trades and could fix anything. If he could not fix it, then it was truly broken. He was also the kind of friend who would lend a hand whenever needed, the first to come and the last to leave. Jim was an amazingly loving father and friend. He will be dearly and greatly missed.  

    Jim enjoyed car racing, snowmobile racing, hunting and fishing, and was a true outdoorsman. He was a member of Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church and the Bishop Busch Council #4863 Knights of Columbus.  

    Survivors include his daughter, Rachel Determan-Bartz and her husband, Jamie Bartz of Waite Park; ex-wife, Kathy Gibson and her husband, Bart, of South Haven; and many nieces and nephews.

    Jim was preceded in death by his parents; and one nephew.

    Serving as casket bearers were Mark Wanderscheid, David Wanderscheid, P.J. Wanderscheid, Brian Wanderscheid, Jeremy Kerzman and Rick Moritz. Honorary bearers were Mitch Bock, B.J. Merten, and Jim’s neighbors and racing family.

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

  • John E. Peternell

    John E. Peternell, 80, of Albany, passed away peacefully July 29, 2022, at Mother of Mercy Nursing Home in Albany.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 5, at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany with the Rev. Julius Beckermann, O.S.B., officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. The Mass will be live-streamed at https://youtu.be/1L1VsfgHNaA. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 4, and 9:45-10:45 a.m., Aug. 5, at the Seven Dolors gathering area in Albany.

    John E. Peternell was born Aug. 28, 1941, in St. Cloud to Edward and Helen (Omann) Peternell. John attended school in St. Stephen and high school at West Central School of Agriculture (University of Minnesota-Morris). He later became a director of the WCSA Alumni Association. On Aug. 19, 1963, he was united in marriage to Lou Ann Frie at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in St. Wendel. John and Lou Ann, with the help of family and friends, started Pioneer Days in Albany in 1975. They owned and operated Peternell Implement for over 40 years as well as several other associated businesses.

    He was a member of Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany, Stearns County Pioneer Club, Rollag Threshers Reunion and several others. John enjoyed gardening, collecting and attending tractor shows.

    Survivors include his special friend, JoAnn Mick; sons Mike (Marjorie) Peternell of Avon, Bob Peternell of Holdingford, Dave (Angela) Peternell of St. Stephen, and Joe (Kristy) Peternell of Albany; seven grandchildren Andrew, Richae, Brady, Bailey, KayLee, Ethan and Bennett; two great-grandchildren Kinley and Nova; brothers and sisters Helen (Bernie) Frie, Rosemary Peternell, Jim (Cindy) Peternell, Joan Grunerud, Frank Peternell, Lucy (Mopar) Senstad and Edward Peternell.

    John was preceded in death by his wife, Lou Ann Peternell Sept. 26, 2009; parents; and infant son Donald Peternell.

    Serving as casket bearers will be Steve Thielke, Mike Arens, Jeremy Frie, Brennen Shay, Mark Klaphake and Eric Hawn. Cross bearer will be Brenda Hawn, and scripture bearer will be Bailey Peternell. Gift bearers will be Kinley, Ethan and Bennett Peternell, and reader will be KayLee Peternell.

    In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Research Center, 640 Jackson St., St. Paul, MN 55101.

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

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  • Kathryn E. Kemper

    Kathryn E. “Kathy” Kemper, of Melrose, died peacefully, July 29, 2022, at the age of 89, at  CentraCare Care Center in Melrose.

    A memorial service will be  at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 3, at Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose. Inurnment will be at Freedhem Cemetery in Freedhem. Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. Aug. 3 at the funeral home in Melrose.

    Kathryn Esther Jensen was born Dec. 7, 1932, in Brentford, South Dakota, to Oscar and Jean (LaBay) Jensen. She married Archie Rien Sept. 21, 1950. He died April 26, 1969. Kathy married LeRoy Kemper May 19, 1973, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose. Kathy worked for Stearns County as a home health aide for over 25 years. The couple dairy farmed west of Melrose until their retirement.

    Kathy enjoyed making wedding cakes, fishing and researching the Rien and Winter family trees.

    Survivors include her children, Charles “Chuck” (Kathy) Rien of Melrose, and Peggy (Paul) Keehr of New York; sister Merry Jo Ball of Aberdeen, South Dakota; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

    Kathy was preceded in death by her first husband, Archie Rien April 26, 1969; second husband, LeRoy Kemper Aug. 14, 2020; brother Allen Jensen; and sister Eleanor Dick.

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

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  • Mary Ann Klasen

    Mary Ann Klasen, 78, of St. Anthony, passed away unexpectedly from cancer July 29, 2022, at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 3, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in St. Anthony with the Rev. Greg Miller, O.S.B., officiating. Inurnment will be in the parish cemetery at a later date. Visitation was 4-7 p.m., Aug. 2, and 10-11 a.m., Aug. 3, at the church in St. Anthony. Parish prayers were at 4 p.m., Aug. 2, at the church.

    Mary Ann Klasen was born April 13, 1944, in St. Rosa. She attended Flowing Well School in Millwood Township and graduated from Melrose High School. She married David Klasen Oct. 19, 1963. They began farming in Freeport in 1964 and bought their farm in 1967, near St. Anthony, where they raised four boys. She created a wonderful home and farmed side by side with her loving husband. In later years, she worked for Hallmark. Mary Ann was an amazing cook and loved making chicken and dressing for her family. She enjoyed shopping, bowling, playing cards, bingo, pulling rippies, casino trips, but most importantly spending time with family. She was a member of the St. Anthony Catholic Church and Christian Mothers.

    Survivors include sons Randy (Mary) Klasen of Albany, Lee (Lois) Klasen of Inver Grove Heights, Glen (Julie) Klasen of Albany, and Patrick (Jill) Klasen of Albany; grandchildren John (Marie), Kristi (Kevin), Kelly (Branden), Kassie, Rachel, Zachary (Samantha), Jack, Ben and Eli; great-grandchildren Ella, Logan, Myla, Jacob, Lucas, Samuel and Evelyn; brother Larry (Elaine) Beuning of Freeport; sister Marlene (Donald) Schmidt of Hoffman; and sister-in-law Barb Beuning of Freeport.

    Mary Ann was preceded in death by her husband, David; parents Jerome and Lillian Beuning; mother and father in-law Tony and Adella Klasen; and brother Darrel Beuning. 

    Serving as casket bearers will be her grandchildren. Cross bearer, scripture bearer and honorary casket bearers will be her great-grandchildren.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

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

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  • Patrick Sogge

    Patrick Sogge, of Prior Lake, passed away peacefully on July 14, 2022, at the age of 61, surrounded by family and friends. 

    Born on Jan. 1, 1961, in Sauk Centre, he grew up on the family dairy farm east of West Union. After graduating from Sauk Centre High School, Pat joined the National Guard where he served 21 years before retiring. He attended NEI where he received his Associates in Electronics Repair. He married Joanne Bownik, the love of his life, on May 18, 1985. Pat worked at Emerson for 36 years, only taking a short hiatus to work for Excelsior-Henderson motorcycle company. 

    Pat loved spending time with his family and friends and held a special place in his heart for his grandchildren. He was known for his sense of humor and loved to play pranks and tease. He was also known as the person who could fix anything and was called upon often to do just that. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing, and loved music - attending many music events, playing guitar and singing with friends and family. He enjoyed travel and, throughout his life, was able to make many trips around the world with the military, work, and his wife, Joanne and daughters, Meagan and Kayla.

    He was preceded in death by father, Ansel “Jerry” Sogge, mother, Margaret “Anne” (Skilling) Sogge, sister MaryAnne (Sogge) and brother-in-law Larry Baker. 

    Pat is survived by his wife Joanne; and daughters Meagan and Kayla, all of Prior Lake; grandsons, Jackson Sogge-Lindstrom and Kayden Xiong; siblings, James Sogge (Kathleen) of Paynesville, David Sogge of Brooklyn Park, Carol Smith (Geary) of Sauk Rapids, Kathryn Struffert (Dale) of Sartell, Janet Tracy (John) of Ramsey and John Sogge (Bobbie Jo) of Prior Lake; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

    A memorial service was held on July 27, 2022, at the Camp Ripley Post Chapel, Little Falls, followed by a commitment ceremony at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery.

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