Benton County News | Obituaries (2022)

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Harley C. Johnson

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Harley C. Johnson, age 97, of New London, passed away Aug. 5 at his residence.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, at Peace Lutheran Church in New London. Interment will be at Riverside Lutheran Cemetery near Foley. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church Wednesday. Arrangements are entrusted to the Peterson Brothers Funeral Home. www.petersonbrothers.com
Harley Clayne Johnson was born July 18, 1925, in Willmar, the son of John and Elsa (Puttbrese) Johnson. He grew up in Badger and graduated from Badger High School in 1944. From Jan. 1, 1945, to Nov. 23, 1946, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Following his honorable discharge from the military, Harley attended business school in Minneapolis. On Aug. 8, 1953, Harley was united in marriage to Verna M. Danielson. He worked for over 22 years at the Willmar Area Vo-Tech as the cosmetology instructor. He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church and the New London American Legion Post 537. His hobbies included quilting, tending to his flower gardens, reading, traveling (especially on bus tours) and playing bingo.
He is survived by his wife, Verna of New London; two daughters, Robin Johnson of Atwater and Jill (and Lonnie) Abbott of St. Joseph; three grandchildren, Derrick (and Jodi) Johnson of Atwater, Ross (and Michelle) Johnson of Atwater, Jeff (and Nicole) Johnson of Lake Lillian; 11 great-grandchildren, Tyler Johnson, Joseph Johnson, Brent Johnson, Riley Johnson, Gabe Johnson, Gabby Lawver, Steven Lawver, Travys Lawver, Brayden Johnson, Payton Johnson and Jaelynn Johnson; and one great-great -grandson, Oliver Johnson; besides several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Norman and twin brother, Harlan; two sisters, Daisy Stauffenecker and Joyce Johnson (in infancy); and one great-granddaughter, Kara Johnson.
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Jerry M. Brown

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Lt. Jerry Michael Brown, age 72, was born in Crestview, Florida, and raised in an Air Force family. Though they moved often, Jerry stayed in the South long enough to develop his iconic accent. At 10, he moved to Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska. His time there sparked a love of the north country that clashed with his southern roots – just one of the many charming contradictions that defined Jerry’s life.
After graduating high school in Texas, Jerry enlisted in the Air Force. He was assigned to the canine unit and paired with a German Shepherd named Satan. In the first week of training, Satan lived up to his name and sent Jerry to the infirmary. But Jerry stuck with it and the two developed a lifelong bond. Fifty years later, any mention of Satan still brought tears to his eyes. Jerry and Satan patrolled the jungles of Vietnam side by side.
In 1972, he was transferred to Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota, where he was honorably discharged as a Sergeant in 1974. He was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross.
He met his first wife, Valerie, in Minot and the two moved to Tallahassee, Florida, where Jerry began a 25-year law enforcement career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. They moved all over the country. Along the way, they had five unruly kids who gave Jerry seven grandkids.
His colleagues remember him as an outsized figure. The John Wayne of the federal prison system. A strong, calm man who exuded confidence, took his role as a mentor seriously, and his role as a practical joker even more seriously.
After he retired from “the Bureau,” Jerry tried to become a man of leisure - and failed. He joined the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Office, beginning a second career that lasted 17 years before retiring (again).
In 2014, he met his wife Lora (Dagel) Lepisto-Brown and began a whole new life full of joy, love, and adventure, adding three more children and one grandchild to the family. He attacked lawn mowing with the same ferocity he once used to squelch prison riots. He developed a deep passion for “junking.” And he lived for long summer nights at “The Ranch.”
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Lt. Jerry Michael Brown, age 72, was born in Crestview, Florida, and raised in an Air Force family. Though they moved often, Jerry stayed in the South long enough to develop his iconic accent. At 10, he moved to Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska. His time there sparked a love of the north country that clashed with his southern roots – just one of the many charming contradictions that defined Jerry’s life.
After graduating high school in Texas, Jerry enlisted in the Air Force. He was assigned to the canine unit and paired with a German Shepherd named Satan. In the first week of training, Satan lived up to his name and sent Jerry to the infirmary. But Jerry stuck with it and the two developed a lifelong bond. Fifty years later, any mention of Satan still brought tears to his eyes. Jerry and Satan patrolled the jungles of Vietnam side by side.
In 1972, he was transferred to Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota, where he was honorably discharged as a Sergeant in 1974. He was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross.
He met his first wife, Valerie, in Minot and the two moved to Tallahassee, Florida, where Jerry began a 25-year law enforcement career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. They moved all over the country. Along the way, they had five unruly kids who gave Jerry seven grandkids.
His colleagues remember him as an outsized figure. The John Wayne of the federal prison system. A strong, calm man who exuded confidence, took his role as a mentor seriously, and his role as a practical joker even more seriously.
After he retired from “the Bureau,” Jerry tried to become a man of leisure - and failed. He joined the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Office, beginning a second career that lasted 17 years before retiring (again).
In 2014, he met his wife Lora (Dagel) Lepisto-Brown and began a whole new life full of joy, love, and adventure, adding three more children and one grandchild to the family. He attacked lawn mowing with the same ferocity he once used to squelch prison riots. He developed a deep passion for “junking.” And he lived for long summer nights at “The Ranch.”
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Jay Kedrowski

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Funeral services were July 28 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids for Jay Kedrowski, age 58, of Sauk Rapids, who died July 23, 2022, at the St. Cloud Hospital. The Rev. Gerald Dalseth officiated and burial was in Benton Cemetery in Sauk Rapids. Visitation was one hour prior to the services Thursday at the funeral home in Sauk Rapids.
Jay was born March 23, 1964, in St. Cloud to Melvin, Sr. and LaVon (Eberhardt) Kedrowski. He lived in the St. Cloud area all his life and worked at Quebecor Printing and Volkmuth Printing. Jay enjoyed hunting, fishing and snowmobiling. He was a private, quiet man with a great sense of humor.
Survivors include his brothers, Michael (Jacqueline) of Duluth and Joel (Ruthann) of Sauk Rapids, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Bonnie Christopherson; and brothers, Rick and Melvin, Jr.
Please wear camo apparel to the services in honor of Jay.
Obituary and guest book available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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David L. Weihrauch

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Funeral service was Aug. 1, at The Waters Church in Sartell for David “Dave” Weihrauch, age 77, of Sauk Rapids, who died July 27, 2022, at his home in Sauk Rapids. The Rev. Doug Vagle officiated. A private burial will be at a later date. Visitation was July 31 at the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in St. Cloud and one hour prior to services Aug. 1 at The Waters Church in Sartell.
David was born in St. Cloud to Harry and Sarah (Hawkins) Weihrauch. He graduated from Tech High School, where his passion was wrestling. He married, had two sons, Bradley and Blake, built and ran a Dairy Queen in Florida until he divorced and moved back to Minnesota. Dave then managed Lumbermen’s Supply in Grand Rapids where he met his wife of 42 years, LaVonne. LaVonne and Dave, in partnership with her brother Harlan and sister-in-law Elaine, opened Hilltop Sports in Hill City which they ran together until Dave’s job brought his family to St. Cloud, now including daughters Beth and Tanya. Dave was employed by Manion’s Wholesale Building Supplies for 30 years. His most notable role was establishing, growing, and managing the St. Cloud Branch. Dave retired from Manion’s in 2017. Dave was an avid hunter, fisherman and sportsman. He was active in the Minnesota Hoo-Hoo Lumber Association of Minnesota, Deer Hunters, Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, Northwood Quads, Haypoint Snowmobile Club, USA Snowmobile Association, Moose Lodge, Sauk Rapids Sportsmen, and St. Joe Rod and Gun Club. Some of his favorite hobbies were trap shooting and cribbage. Dave’s passion was his family, especially his grandchildren. He loved life and people!
He is survived by his wife LaVonne (Kingsley); children, Bradley (Dana) Weihrauch, Blake Weihrauch, Elizabeth “Beth” (Brian) Blank, and Tanya (Brandon) Greene; grandchildren, Jacob, Joshua, Dalton, Barrett, Hannah, Brody, Wyatt, Benson, Brynn, Cole, and Brilee; additional special people included mother-in-law, Ella Kingsley; goddaughters, Lisa Hrpcek and Christina Stanley; brother and sister in-laws, Penny Weihrauch, Harlan and Elaine Kingsley, Lois Walling Mathis, Glenn and Shawn Kingsley, Ginny Dorn; and many nieces and nephews and lifetime friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Sarah Weihrauch; father-in-law, Ernest Kingsley; brothers, Donald “Bozo” Weihrauch and Glen “Snooks” Weihrauch; sisters, Patricia (Donald) Cruser, Margie (Ray) Kosel; daughter-in-law, Amanda Weihrauch; niece and nephews, Mary Weihrauch, Randy Cruser, Tony Kosel, Jeff Weihrauch, and Neil Weihrauch; goddaughter, Lindsay Voltz.
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Patricia A. Thomas

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Pat Thomas, age 90, of Foley, passed July 25, 2022, at The Gardens at Foley Nursing Center. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 3, at First Presbyterian Church in Foley. The Rev Allen C. Jergenson will officiate and burial will take place in the Ronneby Riverside Cemetery in Foley. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 2, at the Foley Funeral Home and will continue from 9:30-11 a.m. at the church Aug. 3. There will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. Aug. 2 at the funeral home. Service with dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Patricia Ann Thomas was born April 15, 1932, in Cushing, Nebraska to Jess and Erma (Bucy) Jacobsen. The family moved to Minnesota in her younger years. Pat graduated from Foley High School, class of 1949. She married Benedict Thomas June 2, 1953, in Foley where they lived their entire married life. The couple celebrated 60 years of marriage together before Ben’s passing in 2013. Pat worked for Morgan Flaherty and Bill Torell law offices in Foley. After that, she worked at the State Bank of Foley for many years until her retirement. She enjoyed reading, sewing, quilting, doing word finds and flower gardening. Pat loved attending sewing club where they chit chatted and worked on projects and quilting club that crafted many beautiful quilts. Pat mostly enjoyed spending time with her family. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church.
She is survived by her daughter, Melanie (Tom) Rau of Foley and grandchildren Cassandra (Jeremy) Glende of Medford, Jeremiah (Terri) of Elko-New Market, as well as great grandchildren Colton, Aleia, Makayla Glende and Gavin, Mason, Logan and Kylie Rau; sister Sandi (Ed) Lappin of Littleton, Colorado; and sister-in-law Clothilda ‘Clo’ Brenny of Foley. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Larry in 1996; husband, Ben, in 2013 and sisters Cheryl Dee Jacobsen, Peggy Crist and Margaret ‘Kay’ Hackett.
Pat’s family would like to thank the staff at The Gardens at Foley, Shu-Tran Transportation and Princeton/Centra Care/Fresenius Dialysis Unit for all their compassion and care for Pat during the last 18 months of her life.
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Dale A. Moulzolf

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Dale Andrew Moulzolf, age 81, of Las Vegas, Nevada, passed away June 17, 2022. He was born Aug. 25, 1940, in Benton County.
A memorial will be planned at a later date in the fall.
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Jerome J. Huneke

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Jerome “Jerry” J. Huneke, age 82, of Foley, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family July 20, 2022, at his home. Memorial service took place at 11 a.m. July 25 at Joy Christian Center in St. Cloud. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church. Service with dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Jerome Huneke was born Oct. 3, 1939, to Joseph and Paulline Huneke. Jerome married Josephine Oct. 8, 1988. He loved walking his dog, Tessa, daily and his morning drives. He also loved going out to eat at Jack and Jim’s. He worked as a plumber in Ely and hauled milk.
He is survived by his wife, Josephine; dog, Tessa; children, Kevin Brambrink, Danny Brambrink, Donny Brambrink, Debbie (Tom) Hauan, Kenny (Cheryl) Brambrink, Keith (Jill) Brambrink, Kelly (Dawn) Brambrink; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Sandy Lewandowski, and Adrienne Dubbin; and many other nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Rita Jants, Monica Stewart, brother Dennis Huneke and son Doug Brambrink.
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Mary K. Lentner

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Mass of Christian burial was July 15 at Annunciation Catholic Church in Mayhew Lake for Mary Lentner, 53, of Foley, who died July 9, 2022, at the St. Cloud Hospital. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach officiated and burial was in the parish cemetery. Visitation was July 14 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to services July 15 at Annunciation Catholic Church in Mayhew Lake. Parish prayers were July 14 at the funeral home in Sauk Rapids.
Mary was born Feb. 26, 1969, in St. Cloud to Ray and Marlys (Popp) Schlichting. She married Tom Lentner April 16, 1994, at Annunciation Catholic Church in Mayhew Lake. She is a member of Annunciation Catholic Church in Mayhew Lake where she was active as a Sunday school teacher. She also volunteered at the Good Shepherd Community in Sauk Rapids. Mary had a great sense of humor and enjoyed spending time reading, listening to music and dancing. Most of all, Mary loved kids and really liked spending time with them, especially her family members.
She is survived by her husband, Tom of Foley; father, Ray of Rice; brothers and sisters, Jim (Patty) of Royalton, Judy Weis of Clear Lake, Jane (Dan) Haats of New London, Dan (Corina) of Rice, John (Sara) of Loveland, Colorado, and Anne Schlichting (Nate Nordvik) of Maple Grove; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her mother, Marlys; brother, David; and brother-in-law, Neal Weis.
The family thanks everyone for expression of sympathy and attendance to the service. No acknowledgments will be sent.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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William J. Samsa

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William J. Samsa, age 90, of St. Cloud, passed away July 16, 2022, at St. Benedict’s Senior Community. A memorial gathering will take place from 4-7 p.m., Thursday, July 21, at the Foley Funeral Home. Parish prayers will take place at 6 p.m. by the Rev. Michael Wolfbauer. Burial will take place at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery at 11 a.m., Friday, July 22.
William Joseph Samsa was born Dec. 16, 1931, in Chisholm to William and Clara Samsa. William graduated from Chisholm High School in 1949. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1949 and served his country during the Korean conflict and was honorably discharged in 1953. He earned his undergraduate degree in teaching from St. Cloud State University in 1957. Immediately after graduating, he started teaching at Foley Public Schools for 39 years and retired in 1996. He earned his Master of Education degree in the 1970s. On June 28, 1958, he married Rita Hames in St. Paul.
He is survived by his wife, Rita; children, Philip Samsa, Donna (Dave) Miliotis, Greg (Sandi) Samsa, Jean (JW) Weborg, Kathy (Jeff) Pruitt; seven grandchildren; sister, Clarice Koffski; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
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Caroline L. Westphall

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Caroline Westphall, age 77, of St. Cloud, passed away July 6, 2022, at the St. Cloud Hospital. Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 13, at New Life Church of Foley. The Rev. Jim Von Wald will officiate. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, at the Foley Funeral Home and 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the church July 13. Burial will be in the Lone Pine Cemetery, Morrill. Service with dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Caroline Louise Westphall was born July 27, 1944, in Milaca to Perry and Rose Mary (Krystyniak) Andrews. She graduated from Milaca High School and married Walter Westphall Oct. 28, 1967, in Milaca. Caroline worked for the Highway Cafe in Milaca, the Blue Oak in Foley, Gorecki Manufacturing in Milaca and DBC Foods until her retirement. She enjoyed gardening, scrap-booking, being outdoors and spending time with her grandchildren and friends. She liked to do diamond dot crafts, embroidery work, crossword puzzles and Happy Colors on her tablet. Her favorite things were butterflies, flowers, birds and the color blue. She will be missed by her many friends and family members.
She is survived by her children: Eleanor (Dennis) Ruscher of Bloomington, Donald (Nicki) of Shakopee, Nancy Westphall of St. Cloud; special family members Jeff Fleck and Dan (Bev) Stachovich; seven grandchildren: Donald Jr. (Michelle), Walter, Bryan, Brittany (Allen), Daniel, Tyler and McKayla; five great -grandchildren: Julia, Jayden, Lizzy, Jace and Jaxon; brothers and sisters: Steve, Ray, Alice Kraker, Mary Andrews, Dorothy Hoffman, Orval (Sandy) Fleck Jr., Harold (Mary) Fleck, and Helen Johnson; sister-in-law, Mona Fleck; close friend, Judy Fleck and Betty Reynolds; and her special cat, Garfield.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Walter and brother John Andrews, Sam Fleck and special friend Pete O’konek, niece Laura Johnson, brother-in-law Burt Johnson and her kitty, Patches.
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Mark A. Woolard

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Mark Woolard, age 60, of Santiago, passed away July 8, 2022, at his home. A visitation will be noon to 3 p.m. Monday, July 18, at the Foley Funeral Home with a service for family members starting at 3 p.m. at the funeral home. A celebration of Mark’s life will follow at Bailey Ray’s in Santiago. Burial will take place at the St. Francis Cemetery, Foley. Service with dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Mark Allen Woolard was born Feb. 17, 1962, in St. Cloud to David and Rosie (Henry) Woolard. He graduated from Foley High School, class of 1980. While in high school, he excelled in football and wrestling and eventually coached junior high wrestling. He was fondly referred to as, “Coach” by many of his past student wrestlers. Mark worked construction for over 30 years for MP Johnson Construction, retiring in March of this year. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and especially enjoyed teaching his grandchildren how to bait a hook. He was an excellent father, brother and grandfather. He was a friend to many and will be missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his father, David Woolard of Princeton, Dawn Woolard of Clear Lake and children Teri (Bryce Wergeland) Woolard, Wayzata; Jake (Alyssa) Woolard, Becker; Samantha (David) Holtan, Becker; and grandchildren Jace Woolard, Beau Woolard, Ryder Holtan and Weston Holtan as well as sisters, Tammy (Dean) Remer of Milaca and Peggy (Tom) Gilyard of Clear Lake; many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his mother, Rosie Woolard and grandparents, Roy and Una Woolard, Maurice and Helen Henry.
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Ericka M. Lentner

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Ericka May Lentner, age 56, of Foley, went home to heaven June 23, 2022.
Ericka was born May 5, 1966, to Larry and Alexandra Weatherly. She graduated from Marshall High School in 1984. A job she was most proud of was being a project manager at Gohman Construction. Ericka then met Michael Lentner, the love of her life, and they were married July 18, 1998, and began their journey of country life. Together, Mike and Ericka started Lentner Ranch Trucking in 1998. Ericka also worked as a nutritional consultant/integrative medicine and then chose to get licensed for home care and foster care through Minnesota Department of Human Services where her passion to help others in need was fulfilled.
Ericka loved spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed doing projects with her grandkids. Ericka was very passionate about natural medicine, and making natural products for her family like soap, salves, canned goods, and many more things. Ericka had a zest for life and her door was always open for anyone in need of an ear for listening, place to stay, or just a cup of coffee or glass of wine. She enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, camping, boating, and taking care of her chickens and goats. Ericka was a loving, caring, honest person. If she was passionate about something, she was all in and gave 110 percent. People knew exactly how Ericka felt but she was full of grace and love just the same even if she didn’t agree with you. Ericka will be dearly missed.
Greeting Ericka in heaven is her son Anthony, father Larry Weatherly, mother Alexandra Lee Kennedy, aunt Karen Weatherly and aunt Jeannine Sutherland.
Ericka is survived by her husband Michael ‘Chopper’, daughter Alexandra Keller, son Scott Lentner, her special little girl Simenesh Bergmen, her beautiful grandchildren Anthony, Raydon, Lynette, and Lisa and sisters Eugenia ‘Genie’ Weatherly, Susan (Charlie) Heylman, Karen Weatherly, and brother Isaac Weatherly.
The family is planning a celebration of life gathering at a later time to share the beautiful memories of Ericka’s life and all the great moments that she has woven into our lives.
There will be a private family burial at a later date.
The family would like to thank the doctors and nursing staff at the Mayo clinic in Rochester for their tremendous care and compassion and the many family and friends that supported them during this time.
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Marlene Anderson

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Marlene Anderson, age 88, of Foley, passed away July 2, 2022, at Select Senior Living in Coon Rapids. Funeral services were July 9 at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Ronneby. The Rev. Barb Peterson officiated and visitation was 10-11 a.m. at the church July 16. Burial was at Bethany Lutheran Menahga. Service with dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Marlene Anderson was born Nov. 8, 1933, in Park Rapids to Henry and Ethel (Stanley) DeMaris. She graduated from Park Rapids High School and grew up on a farm in the Osage area. She married Orlin Anderson Aug. 15, 1954, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Menahga. The couple lived in Menahga, Osseo and Foley. Together, Orlin and Marlene owned and operated the Ronneby Bar for several years. She was also the mayor of Ronneby for two years. Marlene enjoyed polka dancing; was an accomplished bowler, winning many trophies; and played softball well in to her 50s. She loved to travel with her lady friends.
She is survived by her son and daughters, Donald (Laurie) of Albertville; Judy (Dale) Peterson of Menahga; Cindy (Thomas) Cook of Maple Lake; Vicki (Kevin) Brenny of Cedar; son-in-law Jerry Stone of Clearwater, Florida; daughter-in-law Denise Anderson of Pottsborro, Texas; two sisters, Joyce Bruhn and Janice Hensel; 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Orlin June 13, 2016; daughter Jacqueline Stone, April 10, 2018; son, Daniel, Sept. 18, 2020, as well as nine brothers and four sisters.
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Sylvia B. Deppa

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Sylvia Deppa, age 95, of Foley, passed away June 27, 2022, at The Gardens at Foley Nursing Center. Mass of Christian Burial was June 30 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Gilman. The Rev. Matthew Langager officiated and burial was in the parish cemetery. Visitation was at church on Thursday. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Sylvia Bernice Deppa was born Oct. 18, 1926, in Mahnomen, to Frank and Sarah (Bellefeuille) Otremba. She married Donald Deppa Sept. 4, 1944, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She worked at Fingerhut and after she retired she was a demonstrator at Coborn’s. Sylvia was a hard worker, very independent and will be fondly remembered for her tailoring work. She loved to dance, play bingo, cards and going to the casino. Sylvia was the organizer of the 500 Club for the Foley Senior Citizens. She was a member of Sts. Peter Paul Catholic Church and currently a member of St. John’s Catholic Church and a member of the Christian Mothers.
She is survived by her children: Janet (Mike) Riedeman, Hanes City, Florida; Donald (Vicki), Woodbury; Marlys (Bruce) Lechner, St. Michael, son-in-law, Lloyd Jedlicki, eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Donald, daughter, JoAnn Jedlicki, special friend, John Pohl and sisters: Alvina, Evelyn, Adella, Olive, Hilaria and brother, Eliguis and a great-great granddaughter, Alaina. Sylvia’s family would like to thank the staff at The Gardens at Foley for all their care and compassion. Memorials are preferred to: Foley Area Care.
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Donald R. Corrigan

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Donald Corrigan, age 86, of Foley, passed away June 25, 2022, at Quiet Oaks Hospice House. Mass of Christian Burial was June 29 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Duelm. The Rev. Virgil Helmin and Deacon Bob Precourt officiated. Visitation was at the church Wednesday. Burial with full military honors took place in the parish cemetery. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Donald Raymond Corrigan was born Nov. 18, 1935, in St. Cloud, to Raymond and Clara (Jurek) Corrigan. He lived all of his life in the Foley area and graduated from Foley High School. Donald served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany from 1959-60. He married Joan Abfalter-Schmit in 1995 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Duelm. He worked as a heavy equipment operator all his adult life. He was a member of the Father Pierz Assembly of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus; the Duelm Council, 12519 Knights of Columbus, where he was a past Grand Knight; the Foley American Legion and member and usher of St. Lawrence Catholic Church. Donald saw much with his travels. His favorite places were the mountains of Colorado and Montana hunting elk and deer. He also traveled to Alaska and Ireland. His beautiful creations of rock and gemstones have been shared with many. He valued farm, cattle, country living, growing large pumpkins and most of all his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Joan, Foley and brothers and sisters: Annella (Joe) Zellner; Corinne (George) Olzenak; Charles (Linda); Leonard (Judy); Franny (Bruce) Harper; Patsy (Rich) Borentun, step daughters, Michelle (David) Keske and Jody (Joe) Henry and step grandsons: Chris, Blake and Korey Keske and Chase Henry as well as many beloved nieces and nephews and cousins. He was preceded by his by his parents, Ray and Clara and brother- in-laws, Sam Johnson and Larry Harper.
Donald would best be honored if instead of flowers, memorials be made to: the Foley American Legion ar the Duelm Knights of Columbus. His was a life well lived. Be strong and steadfast with the Lord.
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Susan (Moulzolf) Cremers

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Susan (Moulzolf) Cremers, loving daughter and sister, passed away June 19, 2022, at the age of 55. Susan was diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease at the age of 39 and put up a courageous fight with this diagnosis. Mass of Christian Burial was June 24 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Gilman, Minnesota. The Rev. Matthew Langager officiated and burial took place in the parish cemetery. Visitation was Thursday at the Foley Funeral Home with Parish prayers. Visitation continued from at the church Friday. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Susan was born Oct. 17, 1966, to Mike and Marie (Jutz) Moulzolf. Susan graduated from Foley High School in 1985. She worked in banking until shortly after her diagnosis. Susan married Scott Cremers Dec. 3, 1994, and the couple later divorced.
Susan loved the outdoors, cooking, crafting and spending time with family, especially her nieces and nephews who she liked to spoil. She enjoyed watching all the Minnesota Vikings and Twins games.
Susan is survived by her parents; Mike and Marie Moulzolf of Foley, siblings; Sandy (Duane) Thene of Sauk Rapids, Shelley (Scott) Timmerman of St Michael, Doug Moulzolf (Fiancé Carla Kuklock) of Foley. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews: Cory (Renae) Thene, Breanna (Dennis) Skroch, Tyler Thene (Fiancé Angie Stevens), Jordan (Samantha) Moulzolf, Bret, Branden, Dustin and Cassydie Moulzolf as well as great nieces and a great nephew.
The family wishes to thank the Good Shepherd Nursing Home staff for all of their care and compassion shown to Susan over the years.
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Bruce B. Von Wald

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Bruce Benjamin Von Wald, age 81 of Foley, passed away peacefully at homn June 21, 2022, after battling Parkinson’s disease. Funeral service was at New Life Church of Foley June 27. The Rev. Roger Stacy officiated and visitation was at the church. Lunch was served following the service. There will also be a public graveside memorial service at Argo Cemetery in Babbitt July 23 followed by a luncheon at the Babbitt Assembly of God Church. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Bruce was born June 4, 1941, in Plattsburg, New York. In 1954, his parents followed Republic Steel to Babbitt. Bruce graduated from Ely High School in 1959, where he excelled at football, track and baseball and then attended Vermillion College in Ely.
Bruce married the love of his life “Judy” (Aho) and he entered the mining work force at Reserve Mining Co. in Babbitt. He poured his life and loyalty into his family, faith, friends and community. He and Judy were faithfully married for over 62 years.
Bruce professed his faith in Christ and became a member of Babbitt Assembly of God Church where he served on the church board for over 30 years. He made it a point to be the “pastors’ best friend” and spent hours on the lake and in the woods with his pastors. He volunteered as a youth football, baseball and assistant high school ice hockey coach for most of his adult life, very proud of his players. In the early 1970s, he was honored as Babbitt’s “Citizen of the Year”. When the mining company closed, Bruce began a mining support business which employed up to 30 people and then he took an active role in successfully convincing Cyprus Minerals/Northshore Mining to re-open the bankrupt taconite plant in Babbitt. Bruce retired from Northshore as Maintenance Superintendent.
Bruce and Judy raised five children, and he gave his best years as their coach, hunting and fishing buddy, as well as loyal husband and father. Bruce took the entire family fishing countless times on Birch, Bear Island and Shagawa lakes where multiple walleyes gave their fillets to the Von Wald freezer.
Bruce is survived by his wife, Judith (Foley); his sons Brandon (Lori) Puyallup, Washington; the Rev. James (Tina) Rice; Rian (Jeanene) Blain; Ron (Darla) Blaine; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; sister Irene “Dolly” (Mitch) Cole, of Warroad, as well as his lifelong friend and hockey coaching buddy, Ron Castellano, Sauk Rapids. He was preceded in death by his daughter Kimberly, brother Stanley “Tanny”, sister Mary (Jim) Novak, and parents James and Helen.
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Elaine A. Krueger

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Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 28 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Elaine Krueger, age 82, of Sauk Rapids, who died June 24, 2022, at her home after a short illness. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach and Deacon Joe Kresky will officiate and entombment will be at Sacred Heart Mausoleum. Visitation was 4-8 p.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and one hour prior to the services Tuesday at the church in Sauk Rapids. St. Monica’s Society will pray the rosary at 4 p.m. followed by parish prayers at 7:30 p.m.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.
Elaine was born June 6, 1940, in St. Cloud to Joseph and Margaret (Mayer) Schroeder. She worked in the cafeteria at St. John’s in Collegeville prior to marring Sylvester Krueger Feb. 24, 1960, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in St. Joseph. Elaine was a homemaker and lived in the Sauk Rapids area all of her life. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where she was active in St. Monica’s Society, funeral lunch committee, bazaar, and Sacred Heart School lunch server. Elaine was also a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 622, Sauk Rapids Sportsman’s Club and Heartland Polka Swingers. Elaine had a strong Catholic faith that enabled her to be a foundation of support and role model for countless family, friends, neighbors and anyone who was blessed to know her. Her pride and joy was her role of being a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Elaine was an avid gardener and a wonderful cook; and following in her mother’s footsteps, there was always extra room at the table for last minute guests and an abundance of homemade baked treats in the kitchen cabinet. She also enjoyed dancing, maintaining the house, mowing the lawn, and trips to the casino. Some of Elaine’s greatest gifts were her unwavering kindness, wonderful sense of humor, and ability to make everyone around her feel loved and appreciated.
Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Sy of Sauk Rapids; daughters and sons, Diane Bares of Rice, Donna (Allan) Regnier of Sartell, Ron (Cindy) of Sauk Rapids, Cathie Cairns of Brentwood, Tenn., Connie (Raymond) Goulet of Foley, Roger (Jill) of Sauk Rapids, Kevin (Spencer) of New York, Keith (Joanie) of St. Cloud; brother, John (Ilene) of St. Joseph; sister-in-law, Marge Schroeder of St. Cloud; 19 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Richard, Donald (Verna) and Wilfred “Sam” and sister, Lucille Schroeder.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Poor Clare Monastery, 421 Fourth St. S. Sauk Rapids, MN 56379.
The family would like to extend their deepest appreciation to Elaine’s medical care team at CentraCare and CentraCare Hospice.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Agnes P. Smelter

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Agnes Smelter, 91, of Foley, passed away June 4, 2022, at Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Augusta. Mass of Christian Burial was June 9 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Foley. The Rev. Michael Wolfbauer officiated and burial took place in the parish cemetery. Visitation was at the church Thursday. Service with dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Agnes Pauline Smelter was born Jan. 21, 1931, in St. George Township, Benton County, to Martin and Agnes (Lewandowski) Schendzielos. She married Andrew G. Smelter Jr. May 23, 1950, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Duelm. Agnes worked at White Cloud Laundry, Bavarian Buffet and Foley American Legion. She co-owned and operated the Foley Laundry and Car Wash with her husband. Agnes enjoyed traveling, playing cards, bingo, fishing, bowling, gardening, canning and square dancing. She was an excellent cook and baker. She was a lifelong member of St. John’s Catholic Church where she was an usher and the St. John’s Christian Mothers.
She is survived by her children Kathy Norstad, Waite Park; Rich (Coleen), Foley; Sharon (Gregg) Mark, St. Cloud; Thomas (Jan), Sauk Rapids; Cecilia (Karl) Strait, Foley; Curt (Pat), Foley; Gregory (Susan), Maple Grove; Charles (Lisa), San Antonio, Texas; and Jeanette (Steve) Struffert, Foley. She has 21 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren and one on the way. Her sister, Maggie Fouquette (Foley) and Jerome Schendzielos (Waite Park). She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Andrew in 1988, daughter, Nanette Smelter in 1974, grandson Nicholas Smelter in 1983, great-granddaughter Erin Marinac in 2006, and son-in-law Orlando Norstad in 2017. Also her brothers Sylvester, Gregory, Michael, John, Martin and Francis.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. John’s Area School, Foley, or of your choice.
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Donald R. Brunn

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Donald Brunn, age 98, of Foley, passed away June 3, 2022, at The Gardens at Foley Nursing Center. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Friday, June 17, at St. John’s Catholic Church, Foley. The Rev. Michael Wolfbauer will officiate and burial will take place in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be 9:30-11 a.m. at the church. Service with dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Donald Raymond Brunn was born May 2, 1924, in Benton County to Anthony and Freida (Biederman) Brunn. He graduated from Foley High School June 3, 1943, and resided in the Foley area his entire life. Don was a self-employed trucker for many years hauling milk and freight. He was also passionate about farming and raised beef cattle and operated a Jack Frost chicken barn for many years. Don was a caring and kind man who loved to help any way he could. He was active in the community, a member of St. John’s Catholic Church and the Bishop Marty Council, Knights of Columbus. Don and his wife Lucille were married for over 75 years and they enjoyed spending time with family, including trips to see their son in Colorado, playing cards and throwing horseshoes.
He is survived by his children: Duane (Theresa) Brunn, Brighten, Colorado; Nancy (Rodney) Peterson, Osceola, Wisconsin; Sandy (Terry) Sjoberg, Tower; Linda (Gary) Gorecki, Oak Park; daughter-in-law, Sissy Brunn, Hillman, 12 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; sister, Theresa Graham, New Hope; brother, Norman Brunn, New Brighton; and sister-in-law, Sandy Brunn of Sauk Rapids. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Lucille, 2021; son, Bruce, 2021; and brothers George, Harold, Lawrence, Raymond, Herbert, Robert, Edward and sisters Helen Wegman and Mary Ann Grow.
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Scott M. Ryberg

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Scott M. Ryberg, age 62, of Foley, passed away June 5, 2022, at the St. Cloud Hospital. Funeral service took place June 13 at Estes Brook Evangelical Free Church, Oak Park. The Rev. Jeff Starnes officiated. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial took place in the parish cemetery. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Scott Ryberg was born Jan. 9, 1960, in Princeton, to Rosemarie and Maurice Ryberg. Earlier in Scott’s life, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. Scott also had a passion for fast machines, especially race cars, motorcycles and snowmobiles. He enjoyed crop farming and raising cattle, gardening vegetables, planting flowers and trees. Scott could fix almost anything and was skilled in many areas, including some electrical wiring. He had a great sense of humor and could tell a story in his own very unique way, to get a laugh.
He is survived by his father Maurice “Morrie” Ryberg; brother, Mark (Meg) Ryberg; sister, Kimberly (Roger) Ripplinger, nieces, a nephew and other relatives,
He is preceded in death by his mother Rosemarie Ryberg.
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Raymond “Ray” F. Vander Weyst

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Mass of Christian burial was June 9 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud for Raymond “Ray” F. Vander Weyst, 82, of Waite Park, who passed away June 4, 2022, at his home surrounded by family. The Rev. LeRoy Scheierl officiated and burial was at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Foley. Visitation was June 8 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and also one hour prior to Mass at the church Thursday. The Knights of Columbus prayed the rosary Wednesday evening at the funeral home in Sauk Rapids.
Raymond Francis Vander Weyst was born at home Oct. 17, 1939, in Mayhew Lake Township to William and Marie (Hargreaves) Vander Weyst. He attended Foley schools until he transferred to St. Lawrence Seminary in Wisconsin where he graduated from. Ray helped his dad on the family farm until he married Virginia Januszewski June 5, 1961. He then worked at Franklin Manufacturing, Firestone and later, in the maintenance department for the St. Cloud School District 742. Soon after that, he accepted a position as head maintenance and engineer for South Junior High for many years. Ray was later hired as property manager for the Benton County Courthouse facility, where he worked for 14 years, before retiring.
Ray could best be described as a dedicated and loving family man. He instilled a strong work ethic in all of his children and set an excellent example of living a faith-filled life. Ray was truly the rock of his family. He enjoyed his work and included his children in everything he did, like cutting wood or delivering firewood. Ray liked to play cards, Yahtzee, horseshoes and bean bags. He had a great sense of humor, would offer his help to others at any time, and loved hunting and fishing with his sons. Ray will always be remembered for his patience, reliability, his love for the outdoors, and most importantly, the love he showed to his family.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia of Waite Park, children, David (Karen) of Foley, Eileen (Tim) Studniski of Foley, Carol Gruba of Waite Park, Kathleen (Ken) Broviak of Sauk Rapids, Steven (Cheryl) of Foley, Allen (Bekki) of Waite Park; Brian (Denise) of Foley, Deborah (Jim) Winkler of Milaca, Bradley of Sartell, Christopher (Stacey) of Albany, Rich (Jessica) of Plain City, Ohio, and Karen (Dan) Rorvik of Clarkfield; 24 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren with two on the way; and siblings, Merlin (Mary Jane) of St. Cloud and Rose Marie (Anthony) Januszewski of St. Cloud. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Janet Erpelding and brothers Howard and Robert.
Memorials are preferred to St. Jude’s Research Hospital.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Allen, Bekki, Kathy and Jackie for the loving and dedicated care that was given to Ray.
Obituary and guest book available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Tessa M. Jergenson

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Tessa Marie Jergenson was born May 29, 1975, in Mankato to Allen and Jerrilyn Jergenson. She attended school in Mankato, Princeton (New Jersey), and graduated from Foley High School. She attended Hutchinson Technical College and graduated from St Cloud State University in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in elective studies. She worked for 11 years with Sam’s Club in St. Cloud, and 11 years for Walmart in Sartell.
Tessa loved visiting with people, and she loved her brother’s dog Charlie, rock and roll music, movies with happy endings, vegetarian food, and her art work, to which she dedicated much of her free time. She loved the changing colors outdoors in the spring and fall, and directing her dad in making all kinds of whimsical wooden pieces of furniture for her that were a reflection of her artistic leanings. If you gave her a pencil or an ink pen (fine tip), a sketchbook with blank sheets of paper and time to work, Tessa was able to create amazing works of art in her own distinctive style. She considered herself a “maximalist” and eager to fill every blank space with something beautiful.
Despite the increasing challenges of her handicap, she never complained, her faith remained strong, and she always looked forward to each new day. When her parents retired, they were blessed to have her live with them the last four years of her life.
Tessa died much too young, but she will live on forever in the hearts of those who knew and loved her. She is survived by her brother, Douglas (St. Cloud) and her parents, The Rev. Al and Jeri Jergenson (St. Cloud).
Funeral arrangements are through the Foley Funeral Home, and the funeral service was June 10 at First Presbyterian Church of St. Cloud, with the Rev. Darin Seaman officiating. Visitation was at 10 a.m. and funeral service was at 11 a.m., with burial at North Star Cemetery in St. Cloud following a fellowship meal at the church.
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Teckla H. (Kuklok) Symanietz

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Teckla Helen (Kuklok) Symanietz, age 96, of Foley, after a long life passed away peacefully in the early morning hours June 6, 2022, in her sleep at The Gardens at Foley. Mass of Christian burial was June 10 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Gilman. The Rev. Matthew Langager officiated and burial took place in the parish cemetery. Visitation was Thursday evening and Friday at the church in Gilman. Parish prayers were Thursday evening. Service with dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Teckla was born Sept. 10, 1925, at home in Holding Township, Stearns County, to Frank and Agnes (Philipsek) Kuklok. She was the sixth child in a family of eight children. Teckla attended District 88, a rural country school to eighth grade, and then attended Holdingford High School and graduated in 1944. Teckla was a survivor of the 1940, Armistice Day blizzard. Going to school that Monday morning with only a windbreaker and light clothing on, on a day she said was very warm, the day soon changed. Before the day was over, the storm hit and they were snowbound at the Holdingford High School for four days. Given they did not want to stay at the high school where she was a freshman any longer, they were billeted to homes in the area. Teckla along with two friends from home who rode her bus (Margaret (Zech) Case and her sister Adeline (Zech) Zink) were walking to one of these homes when she was overcome by the high winds and collapsed. Margaret helped Teckla to the closest house and Teckla stayed there for several days to recover. A total of 150-people died from this storm in Minnesota and Wisconsin who were caught by the early warmth that turned deadly. Teckla survived this ordeal and went on to live a long life even though her lungs were affected. After graduating high school, she was accepted to St. Cloud Teachers College and graduated in 1946 receiving an associate of arts degree. She then began her first teaching position in District 12 country school, starting before she finished her degree because of the shortage of teachers. She taught first through eighth grades. Teckla went on to teach for additional 23 years in these country schools districts: 48, 50, 54, 57, 60, 42, 12 and 80.
On June 25, 1946, she married Bernard (Ben) Symanietz at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Opole. They lived in Stearns County for a few years before moving to Benton County near Gilman where they purchased a farm. Rochus and Meri, Ben’s parents, lived with Teckla and Ben for many years in St. Cloud and on the farm. They attended Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Gilman, and Teckla belonged to the Rosary Sodality and received a 50-year membership pin. She also taught CCD religion and was on the parish counsel. Teckla and Ben had five children: Darlene, Nancy, Arnie, Ardelle and Dale. She was a wonderful wife and mother.
In 1950, she received her associate of education degree. With the consolidation of the rural schools, Teckla was hired by St. John’s Catholic School in Foley, where she taught for an additional 22 years. While at St. John’s, Teckla continued her education and received her bachelor of science degree in 1973 in elementary education; going to many summer sessions and night schools to receive this degree with her first grandchild Rochelle Karsnia, four months old, attending along with her parents. After leaving St. John’s, she substituted for the Milaca Public Schools for an additional 13 years and retired from teaching at the age of 78. With many wonderful stories to tell of her many students she still would get a twinkle in her eye reminiscing her teaching days. She truly loved teaching. Besides teaching, Teckla helped on the farm milking many head of cattle and raised hogs and chickens. She was a wonderful cook and baker and made delicious bread, cinnamon rolls and coffee cakes. Teckla also sold World Book Encyclopedias and childcraft for many years and sold Avon. She had a green thumb and could raise anything. She had beautiful flowers and plants and she canned many fruits and vegetables. In her later years, she traveled and had her first plane ride to Colorado with her sons Arnie and Dale and Dale’s family when she was in her 70s to see where they hunted elk and to see the Sister Cabrini Statue in Golden, Colorado. She did travel on other trips with her children but mostly with her sisters Theresa and Hilda, and two of her nieces, Elaine and Kathy, who traveled extensively to different states and Canada. She enjoyed traveling very much. Teckla had a busy life and loved her family.
Ben passed away Aug. 15, 2000, at the age of 75. Teckla and Ben were married for 54 years. Teckla was preceded in death by her husband and parents, Frank and Agnes (Philpsek) Kuklok and mother and father-in-law Rochus and Meri (Ostoj) Symanietz; her brothers, Alex Kuklok (2000), Benedict Kuklok (1981), Cyril Kuklok (2017), sister Hilda Karnes (2017), sister Theresa Philippi (2022); and two infant siblings, Dorothy and Sylvester from pneumonia and (30) brothers and sisters-in-laws.
Teckla is survived by her children, Darlene (Mike) Karsnia of International Falls, Nancy Johnson of Onamia, Arnie of rural Oak Park, Ardelle (Murry) Moulzolf of Foley, and Dale (Diane) Symanietz of Rice; and 15 grandchildren, Rochelle Karsnia, Chet (Kalli) Karsnia, Chad (Beth) Karsnia, Christie Lindemann, Curt (Jaclyn) Dumonceaux, Felicia (Andy Cleland) Dumonceaux, Katie (Tyler) Rueckert, Jarret (Jessica) Symanietz, Neil (Erica) Moulzolf, Andrew (Kerrie) Moulzolf, Pam (Sam) Lieser, Megan (Dylan) Brenny, Jennifer (Brian) Zwilling, Sara (Brett) Sevy, Ryan (Kylee) Symanietz, and 32 great-grandchildren: Avrey and Myla Karsnia; Madalyn, Natalie and Alexander Karsnia; Evelyn, Penelope Teckla and Ellianna Dumonceaux; Alyssa and Ethan Zajac; Owen amd Logan Rueckert; Kaela Symanietz; Alaina, Landen, Logan and Lincoln Moulzolf; Holden and Leonora Moulzolf; Ethan, Haley, Allison and Charlotte Lieser; Brynnley and Alexis Brenny; and Evelyn, Jacob, Thomas and Luke Zwilling. Wyatt Symanietz, Gianna Cleland, and Vivian Sevy and many nieces and nephews and sister-in-law June Kuklok and special friends Lorraine Potuzek and Sandy Lambertson. The family would like to thank The Gardens at Foley for their care of our mother and grandmother.
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Florence M. Petrich

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Mass of Christian burial was June 1 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sartell for Florence M. Petrich, age 96, who passed away May 26 at Quiet Oaks in St. Augusta. Burial was at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 7 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and one hour prior to the services Wednesday, June 8 also at the church. Parish prayers will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home of Sauk Rapids.
Florence was born Nov. 7, 1925, in Albany to John and Mary (Heinen) Bloch. She married Joseph Petrich April 6, 1948, at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany. They enjoyed 52 years of married life until Joseph passed away April 11, 2000. Florence and Joseph were blessed with nine children, 30 grandchildren and 54 great-grandchildren.
A devoted Catholic with great faith, Florence was happiest when spending time with family and friends. Besides being known for her baking, cooking, gardening and canning skills (her raised doughnuts were amazing), she was an ace at playing a wide variety of card games.
Florence and Joseph raised their large family on a farm in rural Benton County until 1979 when they retired to a home on Briggs Lake. In 1999, they moved to a home in Sartell and in her latest years, she was a resident in the memory care unit of Country Manor.
Florence is survived by her children, Mary (John) Schmitz of Rockford, Tom (Lois) Petrich of Andover, Joann (Ray) Rueckert of St. Joseph, Richard Petrich of Princeton, John (Deb) Petrich of Sauk Rapids, Joe (Robin) Petrich of Eden Prairie and Loren (Jean) Petrich of Maple Grove, daughter-in-law Jean Kempen of Elk River, son-in-law Kevin Pietrzak of Gilman; siblings, Leo (Pat) Bloch, David Bloch, Alfred (Mary) Bloch, Bob (Carol) Bloch and Patty Colliander; sister-in-law, Theresa Bloch; brother-in-law, Richard Huberty; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph; children, Jim Petrich, Elizabeth Pietrzak, and baby boy Petrich, her parents and seven siblings.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Helen A. Zabloski

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Helen Arlene Zabloski, age 85, passed away peacefully May 29, 2022, at the St. Cloud Hospital. Memorial gathering will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 11, at Bethany Lutheran in Ramey. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will take place at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Popple Creek. Service with dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
She was born May 26, 1937, in Sibley County. At the age of 5, Helen moved with her family to Hillman where her parents had purchased a dairy farm. As a child, Helen spent much of her time outdoors working and tending to the farm animals. She married Norman John Zabloski March 17, 1956, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hillman.
Through Helen’s actions she taught her children the meaning of life and love. She worked from sun up to sun down, caring for her children and the farm. She was an excellent cook, and one would often smell the fragrance of baking bread wafting throughout the house as it was almost a daily occurrence. Mom also grew and canned our food, sewed our clothes, bathed us in a metal tub (no running water), and maintained our home. She was truly a wonder woman.
As the children grew older, Helen began work outside of her home, first at Fingerhut and then Franklin/Electrolux Manufacturing Company until she retired in 1997.
Helen and Norman purchased a retirement home in McAllen, Texas, where they had the opportunity to escape the cold Minnesota winters for 16 years. She enjoyed gatherings with family and friends, and any occasion that offered the opportunity to eat out. She loved to travel especially to warmer climates and spent much time in both Florida and Texas where she often challenged friends to numerous hands of one of her favorite games: cribbage.
Helen took great pride and had much joy in the life on the farm she and Norman had created for their family. She will be greatly missed by her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Helen is survived by her husband, Norman; children, David (Roseanne) Zabloski, Diane (Brian) Gorder, Bruce Zabloski, Bradley Zabloski, Michael (Carol) Zabloski, and Richard (Valerie) Zabloski; grandchildren, Tabitha, Christopher, Jessica, Jeremiah, Benjamin, Jessen, Walker, Kathryn, Kyle, Brigitte, Brynn and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Selma Dahlke, brothers, Earl and Kermit Dahlke and son John Zabloski.
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Franklin W. Ketzeback

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The Lord has taken another of his angel’s home.
Franklin William Ketzeback, 83 of Oak Park, passed away from COVID-19 Nov. 27, 2021, at St. Could Hospital. Frank was born Oct. 11, 1938 in Elk River to William and Ida (Glocke) Ketzeback. At the age of 6, they moved to a farm in Oak Park. He entered the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany and Morocco. He married Mona (Schendel) in Milaca Jan. 31, 1965. They were blessed with 56 years together. He worked for Ratzlaff Logging of Princeton as a sawyer and built pole barns. He then worked many years for John’s Construction of Foley until a disabling car accident. He never gave up and used the years volunteering throughout the community. He spent many years volunteering for CROSS food shelf in Foley. He did small wood projects and loved giving them away. He was a gentle man who was kind to all. He especially loved watching the grandchildren grow up.
He is survived by his wife Mona and sons; William (Lisa) of Cloudcroft, New Mexico, James (Tracy) of St. Cloud and daughter Jennifer (Todd) Gordner of Andover. Grandchildren; Benjamin (Sabra) Przeslak, Keegan Przeslak, Christopher Gordner, Alexa Gordner and Margaret Ketzeback. Brother Everett (Verbie) Ketzeback of Sequim, Washington and Clara Winters of Chanhassen. Many nieces, nephews, dear friends and family. Visitation will be 9:30-10:30 a.m. June 11 and the funeral will be the same day from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church in Foley, 640 Broadway Ave. N., Foley, Minnesota, 56329. Full honor burial services.
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Virginia S. Scott

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Virginia Shirley Scott, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, passed away in her home May 23, 2022, at the age of 75. She is now at peace and at home with the Lord.
Virginia was born July 18, 1946, in St. Cloud to William and Henrietta (Frank) Templin. She graduated from Foley High School in 1963. On July 17, 1964, she was united in marriage to Jerome L. Scott. Together they built their life and family, of five boys, in Foley. Virginia was an amazing mother and wife while also devoting her spare time to helping others. She was a personal care attendant at Foley Nursing Home and St. Scholastica.
Virginia was so much more than the rock that held her family together. She was full of spirit and laughter. A laugh so big, it lit up a room. She was eager to make everyone around her happy and she spent every minute of her life making sure her family knew they were loved. She will be incredibly missed but remembered and cherished forever.
Survivors include her husband, Jerome Scott, of Foley; sons, Les (Pam) Scott of Oak Park, Leroy (Nancy) Scott of Foley, Jeremy (Vanida) Scott of Foley and Jesse (Jerilyn) Scott of Cokato; brothers, David (Joan) Templin of Foley and Bill (Shirley) Templin of Foley; sister, Barbara (Roman) Kelash of Mora; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her son, Chad and her daughter-in-law, Valerie.
A private family service was held in remembrance and joy of her beautiful life and legacy.
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Rosemary Scheper

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Rosemary Scheper, age 81, died May 24, 2022, in Burnsville. Rosie was born in 1940 on her grandparents’ farm in Morrison County. She graduated from Foley High School in 1958 and married Dennis Scheper in 1961. Rosie and Dennis enjoyed playing in old time/country bands for many years where Rosie would play piano and sing. When not playing in the band, she enjoyed going to dances with Dennis and their many friends. She was known for her big smiles and infectious laughter.
Rosie is survived by sons, Allen Scheper of Maple Grove and Randy (Toni) Scheper of Lakeville; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; siblings, Judy Stumvoll of Foley and Jerome Okonek of Amery, Wisconsin.
Rosie was preceded in death by husband, Dennis Scheper; parents, Edward and Mary Okonek; sister, Delphine Langendorf; brothers-in-law, Duane Stumvoll, Paul Langendorf, and Kenneth Scheper. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 1, at Church of the Epiphany, 1900 111th Ave. NW, Coon Rapids. Visitation is one hour prior to the service. Burial at Epiphany Catholic Cemetery. Service will be livestreamed. www.millerfuneralfridley.com.
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Michael L. Schendzielos

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Celebration of life will be 1-5 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at Mike’s farm, 10022 87th Street SE, Clear Lake for Michael “Mike” Schendzielos, age 83, who passed away Dec. 26, 2021, at St. Otto’s Care Center in Little Falls. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Clear Lake.
Michael Lee Schendzielos was born Dec. 15, 1938, in Duelm to Martin and Esther (Holter) Schendzielos. He married Carol Ann Beckers June 29, 1957, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud and they were later divorced. He then married Liz Burkhead Oct. 22, 2005, in Clear Lake. Mike was a master mechanic and farmer for many years prior to owning and operating M.L. Schendzielos & Son Excavating from 1976 to 2001. He was a member of St. Marcus Catholic Church, Lions Club, and Sherburne County Fair Board. Mike enjoyed collecting old cars and John Deere tractors, snowmobiling, traveling, farming and flying his own plane. He was hard-working, generous and had a good sense of humor.
Survivors include his wife, Liz of Clear Lake; son and daughter, Todd (Yvonne) of Clear Lake and Melanie Roisland (Gary Erickson) of Clear Lake; grandchildren, Michael (Julie), Christopher (Amanda), Parker (Kelly), Katlyn, Ashley, and Allison; and great grandchildren, Elle, Trace, Tarver, Claire, Boston, Lager, Lettie, Connor, Kali, and Walker; and sisters, Sandra Larson of Clearwater and Mary Jane (Richard) Roering of Brooklyn Center. Mike was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Jim, Pat, and Greg.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Lewis “Lewie” R. Stark

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Mass of Christian Burial was May 21 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Minden Township for Lewis “Lewie” R. Stark, age 80, who passed away peacefully May 18, 2022, at the St. Cloud Hospital surrounded by his family. The Rev. Eberhard Schefers officiated and burial was in the parish cemetery. Visitation was one hour prior to the services Saturday at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.
Lewis was born Feb. 12, 1942, in St. Cloud to Charles and Nora (Secord) Stark the youngest of five children. He was a 1960, graduate of St. Cloud Tech High School. Following high school, he served in the United States National Guard. He married Janet Barthelemy May 29, 1965, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. He worked as a cabinet maker, home builder and farmed for many years. He operated a Gold’n Plump chicken barn since 1985. Lewis was an active member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church where he was a former lector, Eucharistic minister, choir member and served on the parish council. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Bishop Marty Council 3603 of Foley. Lewie was a 4-H Leader and served on the Benton County Fair Board/Agriculture Society and Haven Township Board for many years. He enjoyed board games, cards, gardening, tending to his bird feeders and watching the birds. He also enjoyed traveling especially trips to the North Shore and Florida.
Survivors include his wife, Janet of St. Cloud; daughter and son, Greta (Chad) Stark-Kraker of Clear Lake and Nathan (Shanna) Stark of St. Cloud; grandchildren, Christian, Alexandra, and Lauryn Stark, Cole, Alexa, and Skylar Kraker; sister, Doris Morris of Glenwood; and brother, Charles “Chuck” Stark of Sauk Rapids. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Richard Stark; sister, Shirley Feddema; sister-in-law, Janet “Jean” Stark; and brother-in-law, John “Jack” Morris.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Bernice L. Goulet

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Mass of Christian Burial was May 13, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Bernice Louise Goulet, age 101, who passed away May 7, 2002, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids with family at her side. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach officiated and burial was at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Visitation was May 12, 2022, at Sacred Heart Church and one hour prior to the service Friday, also at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Bernice was born in Mayhew Lake Township, Benton County, June 26, 1920, to Peter and Nellie (VanRoy) VanderWeyst. At the age of 3, she moved to the Benson area where she graduated from Benson High School and then attended business college in St. Cloud.
Bernice married Odell Goulet June 23, 1941, at St. Malachy’s Catholic Church in Clontarf. In 1957, they moved to a farm in rural Sauk Rapids. There, they farmed and raised their 13 children. After graduating from business college, Bernice worked for the Agricultural Society Conservation Service, then as chief clerk for the Swift County Draft Board. Later in life, she worked as an assessor for both Minden Township and Benton County.
Bernice was creative, fun-loving, and had a genuine interest in other people. This drew people to her and accounted for endless friends. Bernice was very active in her community; She was a 4-H leader for 10 years, a lifetime member of Christian Mothers, a member of St. Peters Mission Group, Senior Citizens Organizations, holding offices of treasurer, vice president, and president. She was an avid quilter, making quilts for each of her grandchildren. Bernice loved to play bingo, any card game, dice, board games, and puzzles. Monopoly games would always last late into the evening. Christmas and other holidays were celebrated family-style until houses got too small and the gatherings had to move to community halls.
Survivors include her children and their spouses, Karen (Vern) Reinert of Sauk Rapids, Dorothy (Larry) Zenner of Osakis, Joanne (Ken) Kiffmeyer of Brooklyn Park, Nancy (James) Goedker of Sauk Rapids, Barb (Robert) Hope of Oakdale, Anthony Goulet of South Dakota, Jeanne Hassing of St. Cloud, Stephen (Rosemary) Goulet of Sauk Rapids, Douglas (Chris) Goulet of Colorado, Raymond (Connie) Goulet of Foley, Janelle Goulet of Sauk Rapids, Laurie (Gary) Delhaye of Illinois, 34 grandchildren, 51 great-grandchildren, 19 Great-great-grandchildren with three more expecting.
She was preceded in death by her husband Odell in 1983, son Timothy and five grandchildren.
Special thanks to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home and CentraCare Hospice for the loving care they provided for Bernice.
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Leo L. Marshik

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Leo L. Marshik, 91-year-old resident of Pierz/Buckman area died May 5 at the Harmony House in Pierz with his family members around him. A Mass of Christian Burial was May 13 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Buckman with the Rev. Kenneth Popp officiating. The burial in the parish cemetery. A visitation was May 13 until the hour of the service at the church.
Leo was born July 27, 1930, to Frank and Elizabeth (Huver) Marshik. He attended rural country school. He was united in marriage to JoAnn Przybilla Oct. 13, 1958, at St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Hillman. The couple made their home on a farm near Buckman where they raised six children. They later divorced. Leo worked for Anderson Custom Processing in Little Falls for over 25 years. He was also a dairy farmer and worked with the Green Thumb project at the Healy High School as well as various other jobs throughout his life. Leo enjoyed cutting wood, driving tractor for field work, attending birthday parties and holiday gatherings with family. He especially loved visiting with people and attending activities at the school.
Leo is survived by his children, Jim Marshik of Bismarck, North Dakota, Darlene (John) Preimesberger of Pierz, Linda Marshik (Randy Rymer) of Anoka, Bob (Amy) Marshik of Pierz, Dennis Marshik of Foley, Lisa (Jason) Walcheski of Foley; brother, Ervin (Clarice) Marshik of Buckman; 10 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Elizabeth Marshik; infant daughter, Mary; sister, Cecelia (Richard) Millner and two great-grandchildren, Braden and Kaydins.
Emblom Brenny Funeral Service in Little Falls is Cherishing the Memory and Celebrating the Life of Leo.
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John C. Zabloski

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John C. Zabloski, age 65, of Ramey, died of natural causes at his home. Memorial gathering will be at 11 a.m., May 21, 2022 at Bethany Lutheran in Ramey. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will take place at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Popple Creek. Service with dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
John Charles Zabloski was born Sept. 13, 1956, to Norman and Helen (Dahlke) Zabloski in White Sands, New Mexico. John graduated from Foley High School in 1974 where he participated in numerous extracurricular activities and was affectionately known to his many friends as “Z.” After high school, John attended St. Cloud Technical College where he received a degree in computer technology. John loved sports, particularly football and cheering on his favorite team, the Minnesota Vikings. He made the best pickles and perfected the hottest batch of chili. He was a kid at heart and gaming was one of his favorite pastimes. John enjoyed the outdoors, especially playing golf, snowshoeing and taking care of the many birds that made their residence in his yard. He also had a passion for gardening and preserving “healthy” foods along with meticulous maintenance of his lawn and outdoor spaces. He lived in the Ramey area for most of his life and had many lifelong friendships with those in the community. John will be remembered for his witty sense of humor, contagious laugh and heart of gold.
He is survived by his parents; siblings, David (Roseanne) Zabloski, Diane (Brian) Gorder, Bruce Zabloski, Bradley Zabloski, Michael (Carol) Zabloski, and Richard (Valerie) Zabloski; 11 nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Rose Zabloski and Alfred and Selma Dahlke.
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David A. Talberg

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David Talberg, age 72, of Hillman, passed away April 27, 2022, at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis. A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. May 14 at Mr. Jim’s in Foley. There will be a lunch served starting at 3:30 p.m. at Mr. Jim’s. Hillman American Legion Military Honors will be at 1 p.m. Service with dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
David Allan Talberg was born Feb. 2, 1950, in Milaca to Robert and Mildred (Dahler) Talberg. He graduated from Milaca High School, class of 1968. He entered in to the U.S. Army and served honorably from 1969 to 1971. David lived most all of his life in the Hillman area. He attended auctioneers school and owned and operated Talberg Auction Service from 1984 until present. He also was an owner/operator and drove truck for Wayne Transport and Coborns Inc. He enjoyed riding motorcycle, telling jokes and spending time with his grandchildren. David had an infectious personality and a knack for telling a good joke. He will be remembered for his laughter and kindness he showed toward everyone.
He is survived by his wife, Karen, Hillman; his special dog and friend, Tommy Boy; and children Bobby (Vicki) Talberg of Burnsville, Michelle (Luke) Gorecki of Foley, and Brad (Tonya Ray) Talberg of Hillman. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Spencer, Carley and Parker and brothers, Michael (Lavern) Talberg, Jim (Sandy) Talberg, Tim (Karen) Talberg and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Mildred Talberg.
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Jenna R. Ziwicki

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Jenna R. Ziwicki, age 28, of St. Cloud, passed away April 27, 2022. Memorial Service will take place at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church. The Rev. Tim Wittwer will officiate. Visitation will take place from 9:30-11 a.m. at the church. Service with dignity provided by Foley Funeral Home.
Jenna Rose Ziwicki was born Aug. 26, 1993, in Princeton to Jim and Leah (Swendra) Ziwicki. Jenna graduated from Foley High School, the class of 2012. Jenna was very artistic and loved photography, garage sales, volleyball, camping, fishing and being outdoors. She also loved all animals and enjoyed collecting statues of chickens. Some of Jenna’s favorite past time would be spending time with family playing board or card games, looking for agates, and water fights. Jenna may be gone from this earth, but we all know the spirit she had, and that will live with us forever.
She is survived by her parents; siblings Michael (Meghan) Swendra, Justin (Emily) Swendra, Christopher Ziwicki, Trevor (Maddie Moore) Ziwicki, Mariah (Wade Reichmann) Ziwicki, and Jordan (Mariah Lee) Ziwicki; grandparents Howard and Diane Swendra; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Casimer and Rita Ziwicki and aunt, Tami Swendra.
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James R. Latterell

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James Latterell, age 86, of Foley, passed away April 18, 2022 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Mass of Christian burial was April 23 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Foley. The Rev. Michael Wolfbauer officiated and burial took place at St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery in Duelm. Visitation was 9 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. Service with dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
James Robert Latterell was born July 1, 1935 in St. Cloud to William and Elizabeth (Dzuik) Latterell. He graduated from Foley High School, class of 1954. Jim farmed near Foley most of his life and worked road construction for many years. He owned and operated the Standard Oil gas station in Foley and also delivered oil and gasoline. Jim was a past member of the Foley Fire Department and a member of St. John’s Catholic Church. Jim will be remembered for his work ethic and will be greatly missed by his family.
He is survived by his children Gregory (Ann) of Avon, Gerald (Geralyn) of Foreston, Gail (Roy) Landowski of Blackduck, Glen (Robyn) of Plymouth; Gina (Bruce Wipper) of St. Cloud, Gary (Diane) of Foley and Gordon of Foley; 24 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and a brother, Tom, of Foley. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers and sisters Leonard, Cecil, Dave, Bill, Norbert, Irene Graham, Lucille Ruhoff, Eunice Cross and Mary Jo LaVigne, and a grandson, Jared Boom.
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James E. Balder

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James E. Balder, age 88, of Dayton, passed away April 19, 2022. He is preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and two brothers. James (Jim) began working in data processing while in the U.S. Army in 1950, and was in the first programming class in 1958. He worked IT his entire professional career until he retired July 31, 1995. Survived by his wife of 65 years, Alberta, two daughters, Cindy and Rene; three sons, Jim (Becky), Tim (Tammy) and Rick (Karen); nine grandchildren, Jamie, Dan, Jake, Ruth, Tom, Brandy, Mike, Zach and Kyle; and two great-grandchildren, Dorothy and Freja. Visitation will be at Kapala-Glodek-Malone Funeral Home in New Hope Tuesday, April 26, from 5-7 p.m. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 27, at St. Raphael’s Church in New Hope. Visitation will be 9-10 a.m. www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/new-hope-mn/james-balder-10716708
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Marge L. Latterell

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Marge Latterell, age 90, formerly of Foley, passed away April 13, 2022. Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 19, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Foley. The Rev. Michael Wolfbauer will officiate and burial will take place in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be 9:30-11 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church. Service with dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Marge Loretta (Kothman) Latterell was born May 23, 1931 to Vivian (Reese) and William Kothman. She attended Foley Public Schools and graduated in 1949. Marge married Norbert Latterell in 1949. Marge and Norbert raised their children in Foley. Marge was a faithful member of St. John’s Catholic Church where she was a Eucharistic minister. Marge loved the outdoors. She enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, smelting and camping with family and friends. Marge also loved to shop and go out to eat. Having a barbecue and watching the Foley Fun Days Parade from Marge’s front yard was a family tradition.
Marge cared for many children in the Foley area at her home daycare. In 1978, she began working as a nursing assistant at the Foley Nursing Home. Marge was very proud of the care she gave the residents.
She is survived by her sons and daughters, Barbara Thomas (Rob) of Walker, Deb (Tim) Helmin of Foley, Theresa (Ron) Zeppelin of Foley, Norman (Bernie) Latterell of Foley, and Ken (Jane) Latterell of Foley; brothers and sister, Jim (Ruth) Kothman of Foley, Robert (Virginia) Kothman of Rockville, Ken (Delores) Kothman of Minneapolis, and Kay (Robert) Larson of Sartell. Marge has 13 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Marge was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Norbert; her son, Ralph; and her grandson, Nick Thomas.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff and residents of Wildwood Assisted Living for loving Margie and bringing her joy. The family would also like to thank the team from Moments Hospice for their care and support.
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Jean D. Tiedt

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Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 23, at Glendorado Lutheran Church in Princeton, for Jean D. Tiedt, age 74, who passed away April 9, 2022, at The Gardens at Foley Nursing Home in Foley. The Rev. Shari Routh will officiate and burial will be at Glendorado Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church. Arrangements are entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Princeton.
Jean was born to Julian and Doris (Foster) Hanson Aug. 26, 1947, in St. Cloud. She grew up on the family farm in Foley and graduated from Foley High School. Jean lived a few years in Fargo but most of her life in Foley. She worked at numerous convenience stores such as Coborn’s in Foley and Stop-N-Go in Fargo, and before retiring, she worked in manufacturing at Gor-Fol. Jean was a faithful and active member of Glendorado Lutheran Church. She was a member of the Ladies Aid group at church and the Foley American Legion Women’s Auxiliary Post 298. Jean enjoyed hosting family gatherings and holidays, crafting, knitting, crocheting, embroidery, cooking and doing projects and crafts with the grandchildren. She was a generous woman who loved making tie blankets for veterans and crocheting hats for the babies at the St. Cloud Hospital. Jean was spunky, faithful and a social butterfly. Most importantly, she was proud of her son, Joel, and her grandchildren.
Jean is survived by her son, Joel (Aimee) of Hanover; grandchildren, Sawyer and Rowan of Hanover; sister-in-law, Elaine Hanson; nieces, Monica (Dan) Egerman, Judy (Brett) Stulken, and Katie Hanson; and great-nieces and great-nephews, Wylie, Johanna, Bradley, Carter, Jacob, and Alex. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, James Hanson; grand-niece, Peyton Hanson; and grandson, Conner Tiedt.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the many friends who have helped care for Jean and all of the staff at The Gardens at Foley for their love and support.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Glendorado Lutheran Church.
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Lorraine C. Novak

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Lorraine Novak, age 89, of Foley, passed away on the morning of April 9, 2022. Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 13, at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Brennyville. The Rev. Matthew Langager will officiate and burial will take place in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m., Tuesday, April 12, at the Foley Funeral Home with parish prayers at 4:30 p.m. Visitation will continue from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the church Wednesday, April 13. Service with dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Lorraine Catherine (Youso) Novak was born May 21, 1932, in Benton County to Frank and Dorothy (Otto) Youso. She attended Foley Public Schools, graduating in 1949. She married Alvin Novak Oct. 17, 1950, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Foley. After their marriage, Alvin and Lorraine, raised their children on the farm. She remained on the farm until her death. She was a member of St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, Brennyville; the Crosier Apostolate in Onamia and an active member of the Christian Mothers of St. Elizabeth’s. Her vocation was a wife and being a mother to her nine children. In 1972, when her youngest child started school, she began working at the Foley Nursing Center where she cared for residents as a nursing assistant, physical therapy assistant and TMA until her retirement in 2004. Lorraine’s faith was a guiding principle of her life. In retirement, she was an extra ordinary minister of the Eucharist for St. Elizabeth’s. In this role, she visited home bound parishioners. Lorraine had 50 grandchildren and 115 great-grandchildren who she never failed to remember on their birthdays. They were her joy!
She is survived by her sons and daughters: Bradley (Doreen) Novak, of Becker, Brenda (Vern) Jurek of Becker, Bruce (Lois) Novak of Cambridge, Barbara (Chris) Kotsmith of Foreston, Bryan (Cindy) Novak of Coon Rapids, Bernard (Tammy) Novak of Aitkin, Bonnie (Todd) Warren of Sartell, Beth (Paul) Roberts of Lawton, IA, and Blaine (Lisa) Novak of New York Mills; sisters Dorothy Zimmerman and Karen (Reuben Richardson) Youso, brother-in-law Fran VonFeldt, sisters-in-law Rosemary Pulczinski, Eileen Bialka, Betty Motschke, Rita Novak and Linda Youso.
Lorraine was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin; her parents, grandchildren Eric Novak and Anna Madison, great-grandchildren Owen Johnson and Emerson Trueblood, siblings Harvey Youso, Ramona Brenny, Shirley Kosloski, Audrey VonFeldt, and Frank Youso
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Richard “Dick” R. Leyk

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Funeral services were 11 a.m. April 9 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Ramey for Richard “Dick” R. Leyk, age 85, who passed away April 3, 2022, at the St. Cloud Hospital. The Rev. Edward Clemens officiated and burial was at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Sauk Rapids. Visitation was 4-8 p.m. Friday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to the services Saturday at the church in Ramey. There was a prayer service at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Richard was born Nov. 23, 1936 in St. Cloud to Henry A. and Olga (Studenski) Leyk. He graduated from Sauk Rapids High School in 1954 and worked for his parents at Leyk’s Station. For a number of years, he worked for BNSF Railroad. Dick married RoseAnn Pietrzak on April 27, 1962 in Sauk Rapids and in 1964 the couple bought Leyk’s Station. Dick was very hardworking and an excellent handyman. His work was very important to him. In 1976, Rosie and he installed 12 horseshoe courts for the area pitchers to enjoy. Throughout the years, the couple sponsored countless bowling, softball and horseshoe pitching teams and stock cars. When he wasn’t running the family business, it was guaranteed that Dick and Rosie were out enjoying snowmobile rides in the winter and riding motorcycle in the summer. Leyk’s Station was sold in 2005 and Rosie and he moved to Morrison County. Dick loved being active in his community. He was very generous, caring and a good Christian man of integrity. Dick had a strong faith and served his church community by fixing various things around the church and mowing the church lawn. He liked feeding the birds, being around his pets, spending time with family and friends, and plowing snow.
Dick is survived by his wife of 60 years, Rosie of Royalton; sister-in-law, Jean Leyk of Sauk Rapids; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Alvin “Sam” Leyk; sister, LaVerne (Ray) Glenn; and brothers-in-law, Ronald Pietrzak and Roger Vizenor.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to CentraCare for the loving care that was given to Dick, especially Dr. Paul and Nurse, Mya.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online: at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Pamela E. Sklenicka

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Pamela Elise Sklenicka, age 71, passed away at her home in Kasson April 4, 2022. She was born Nov. 6, 1950 in Wadena, to Lloyd and Katherine (Oothoudt) Bollin. Her family moved around a lot, always staying in Minnesota. She graduated from Two Harbors High School in 1968, and later got her two-year degree in accounting from Duluth Business School. In 1974, she met and married Ronald Sklenicka. They moved to Foley in 1986, where they lived until retirement in 2013. After retirement, Pam and Ron moved to Kasson to be closer to their children and grandchildren.
Pam will be remembered by all who knew her as a loving, caring woman. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, and welcomed all friends as though they were family. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Ronald Sklenicka and her children Sasha Crutaire of Rochester, Dave and Heather (Bosse’) Sklenicka of Rochester, Becky (Sklenicka) and Adam Clark of Mantorville, her four granddaughters (Ivy Sklenicka, Julia, Samantha, and Autumn Clark), her sisters Pat (Bollin) Voltin and Peggy (Bollin) Frisbie, her brother Robert and Margaret Bollin, her sister-in-law Sandra (Sklenicka) and John Goman, and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, her father-in-law Leonard Sklenicka and mother-in-law Wilma Sklenicka, brother Richard Bollin, brother-in-laws Kenneth Voltin and Harold Frisbie, and sister-in-law Janet Sklenicka.
A memorial service will be scheduled for a later date. Donations can be made to the Kasson Public library in her memory.
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James D. Robak

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The family of James Dennis Robak is saddened to announce his passing March 22, 2022, at the age of 58. Jim joined the United States Navy after graduating Foley High School. He proudly served as a signalman aboard the USS Biddle, the USS New Jersey, and the USS Simon Lake, to name a few.
Jim will be lovingly remembered by all of his family and friends. He loved to tell a joke, the dirtier the better. He adored his nieces and nephews and taught them many life lessons and important facts. How else would they know all about the big five animals of Africa?
A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m., April 23, at the Princeton VFW to honor Jim’s life.
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Todd J. Mastey

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Mass of Christian burial was April 4 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Todd J. Mastey, age 46, who passed away peacefully March 30 at his home. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach officiated and burial was in the parish cemetery. Visitation was April 2 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and one hour prior to the services Monday also at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.
Todd was born Oct. 6, 1975, in St. Cloud to Ronald and Kathleen (Knuesel) Mastey. He grew up in Sauk Rapids and graduated from Sauk Rapids Rice High School. He then attended SCSU and graduated with a master’s degree in public safety. Todd married Renee Witte Sept. 26, 1998, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He worked at Benton County for 23 years. Todd was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He also was an assistant scout master for Troop 17 and a member of the Law Enforcement Labor Services Union. Todd enjoyed woodworking, cards, games, canning, gardening, planting trees, hunting, fishing, and spending time at the cabin. He was humble, witty, honest, and a great leader. Family was very important to him and he was very proud of his family.
Todd is survived by his wife, Renee of Sauk Rapids; daughter and son, Sara and Ryan; parents, Ron and Kathy of Sauk Rapids; sisters, Ann (Ernie) Kruger of Rice, Julie (Mike) Bukowski of Sauk Rapids, and Becky (Tim) Taszarek of Sartell; in-laws, Lowell and Mary Witte of Sartell; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
The family wishes to thank all the caregivers at CentraCare and M Health Fairview.
Obituary, guest book, and video tribute available online: www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Jeanne Anderson

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Jeanne Anderson, of Foley, passed away March 26, 2022, at her daughter’s home in Pine City at the age of 92.
Jeanne Leone LeCuyer was born Aug. 13, 1929, to Leonard and Lillian (Amlin) LeCuyer in Browns Valley.
Jeanne is survived by her daughter, Leslie LeCuyer-Miezwa (Rick), of Pine City; grandchildren Jeana Schumacher of St. Cloud and Travis Schumacher of Buffalo; great-grandchildren Shane McKay, Lexi McKay, and Elliot Schumacher; sisters-in-law Carla LeCuyer Norling of Savage, Joan LeCuyer of Squaw Lake; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents Leonard LeCuyer; Lillian and Joe Horan; husband Dick Anderson; siblings Ronnie LeCuyer, Delores Murphy, Joan (Art) Tonn, Lillian (Jack) Johnson, Dick LeCuyer and Francis LeCuyer.
A Celebration of Life for Jeanne will be held from 2-4 p.m., April 25, at Broadway Pizza (4106 Lakeland Avenue North) in Robbinsdale. There will be a toast to Jeanne at 3 p.m. A private interment will take place at a later date in the Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Funeral and Cremation Service of Pine City, Swanson Chapel www.FuneralAndCremationService.com.
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Arlene Foss

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Arlene Foss, age 82, of Rice, passed away peacefully March 23, 2022, at the St. Cloud Hospital surrounded by her family.Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 29, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Gilman. The Rev. Matthew Langager will officiate and burial will take place in the parish cemetery. Visitation was 4-8 p.m., March 28, at the Foley Funeral Home with parish prayers at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue from 10-11 a.m. at the church Tuesday. Service with dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Arlene Foss was born March 12, 1940, in Alberta Township, Benton County to Vincent and Mary (Litzau) Stachowski. She grew up in the Gilman area and graduated from Foley High School, class of 1958. She co-owned the Morrill Bar and catered for many years. She also worked for Best Inc., as a food manager for the Stearns County jail. After she retired, Arlene worked for Jack’s Restaurant in Foley. She was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren and will be greatly missed. The family wishes to thank everyone for their care and concern during this time. No acknowledgments will be sent.
She is survived by her long time companion, Jim Zimmer of Rice, and her children, Alan (Deanna) of Santiago, Randy (Kim) of Foley, Jeff (Marla) of Morrill, Mary (Donald) Sobania of Foley, Brian (Lisa) of Morrill, Sherry Foss of St. Cloud, 27 grandchildren, 29 great- grandchildren and three on the way, and her brothers, Leonard and Lloyd. She was preceded in death by her parents and son, Kenny Foss, daughter Cindy, grandson Jamie Foss, and brother Robert, sisters Delores Moulzolf and Helen Swanson and a sister-in-law, Marcene Stachowski.
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Margaret A. Doeden

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Margaret A. Doeden, age 81, of Foley, passed away peacefully March 19, 2022, at home, surrounded by her family. Mass of Christian burial will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 24, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in rural Sauk Rapids. The Rev. Michael Wolfbauer will officiate. Visitation will take place 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, at the Foley Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service Thursday, March 24. Prayer service will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 23 at the Foley Funeral Home. Burial will take place in the parish cemetery.
Margaret Alice Doeden was born July 20, 1940, in Foley to Charles and Inez Foster. Margaret met the love of her life, Donald Doeden, and they married July 15, 1963, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Margaret was a very talented woman and loved to sew everything from quilts, clothing for her children, knitting and crocheting hundreds of baby sweaters. She also loved to garden and tend to her flowers and vegetables. She loved the cats and kittens on the family farm and she loved to challenge herself with crossword puzzles and sudokus.
She is survived by her husband, Donald Doeden, of 58 years; children, David (Laura) Doeden, Thomas (Monica) Doeden, Karen (Gordy) Ginter, and Paul (Jeanette) Doeden; grandchildren, Matt, Rachel, Luke and Lucy Ginter, and Sabrina and Tony Doeden; brother, Steve Foster and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She is preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Bill Foster, Jim Foster and Mary Lemm.
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