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John Boogren, 68

John "Jack" Boogren, 68, of Buffalo returned to his heavenly home on Sept. 14, 2017 after a long and valiant battle with cancer.  His devotion to his family and firm belief in God supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace.

Jack was born to the late John and Lorraine Boogren in St Paul, Minn. on April 29, 1949.  He attended Johnson High School in 1967 and then graduated from St. Paul Technical Vocational Institute with a certification in restaurant and hotel management.

He dedicated his life to the service of the nation and others, enlisting in the U.S. Navy in October 1968.  He served with the VF 213 Blacklion Squadron on the USS Kitty Hawk. A decorated veteran, he was given honorary discharge in 1971.  His passion for mentoring young men could be seen early on in his role as a volunteer with the corrections department.

He retired from Great River Energy in 2014 and was able to devote more time to his family, as well as indulge in his many hobbies which included hunting and restoring vintage scooters.

Jack was known for his zest for life and many passions.  He was a professional bass fisherman, an avid Corvette drag racer and member of his local gun club, where he enjoyed trap and western shooting.

He was loyal, kind and always made time for others.  He drew strength from his strong personal faith, and in the midst of his own battle with cancer, he happily dedicated his time to volunteering at the Buffalo Hospital cancer center.

His enthusiasm was contagious and he won the respect of all who crossed his path.  He was affectionately viewed as a grandfather and mentor by many of the neighborhood kids who would drop in for popsicles or to see a demonstration of his remote-controlled cars and planes.

Jack was blessed with a large and loving family and is survived by: his best friend and wife of 16 years, Sharon; children, Jacqueline (Rick) Gorman and Troy (Gina) Boogren; stepchildren, Shad (Melissa) Ketcher, Brock (Naomi) Ketcher and Nicole (Tim) Landon; sisters, Bonnie (Tim) Schreiber and Joan (James) Hoover; 12 grandchildren; nieces and nephews; as well as many friends who have become like family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Lorraine Boogren.

He will be dearly missed, but we are comforted that he is finally at peace.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Buffalo Hospital Foundation - Virginia Piper Cancer Research.

Funeral service for Jack will be held Thursday, Sept. 21 at 11 a.m., with visitation beginning at 9:00 a.m., all at Zion Lutheran Church, Buffalo. Officiating will be Pastor Ted Vanderpan. Luncheon to follow the service at church. Interment will be on Monday, Sept. 25 at 10:30 a.m. in Assembly Area 4 at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis.

Casket bearers for Jack will be: Justin Pool, Mike Kleist, Hunter Poncius, Gerrit Poncius, Josh Gustafson, and Tim Schmidt.

Serving the family, the Peterson Chapel of Buffalo.

Jaelyn Forsland, 59

Jaelyn Elizabeth Forsland, 59, passed away at her home in Buffalo, Minn. on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017.

She was born on Feb. 3, 1958 in Minneapolis to Jerome and Patricia Hargreaves.  She was a 1976 graduate of Minnetonka High School.

Jaelyn married Stephen Forsland on May 29, 1977 in Buffalo, Minn.  Together they had two children, Nickolas and Patricia.  Jaelyn had a vibrant, carefree spirit and a true zest for life.  She was able to give a piece of her heart to others through her creative and artistic abilities.  Jaelyn will be remembered most for her cheerful smile and her notoriously contagious laugh.

She is survived by: husband, Stephen Forsland; children, Nickolas (Youna) Forsland and Patricia (Noah) Chon; granddaughter, Leilani Chon; stepsons, Brent and Chad Forsland; father, Jerome Hargreaves; siblings, Phillip (Lillian) Hargreaves, Thomas (Laura) Hargreaves, Joellen Hargreaves, Kevin (Sue) Hargreaves, Chris Hargreaves, Jody (Joel) Carr, and James (Monica) Hargreaves; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Patricia Hargreaves.

Family, friends, and others whose lives Jaelyn touched are invited to attend her memorial visitation on Thursday, Sept. 21 from 4-8 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel of Buffalo, Minn.  Memorial services for Jaelyn will be held Friday, Sept. 22 at 11 a.m., with visitation continuing one hour prior to the service, all at the Peterson Chapel of Buffalo.

Luncheon following the service at Buffalo American Legion Post 270.

Serving the family, the Peterson Chapel of Buffalo.

Lowell Hagedorn, 83

Lowell R. Hagedorn, 83, of Waverly passed away on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

He was born on Jan. 6, 1934 in Omaha, Neb., the son of Arthur B. and Agnes E. (Renaas) Hagedorn.

Lowell honorably served his country in the United States Navy.

On July 7, 1973, Lowell R. Hagedorn and Mary Susan Matthews were married in Las Vegas.  Lowell engaged in farming in Marysville Township, Wright County.  He was also a hairdresser at LaBelle Femme for many years.  He enjoyed gardening, flowers, farming, and also provided produce to area restaurants.  He enjoyed pheasant hunting in South Dakota, as well.

Survived by: his wife, Sue Hagedorn; a daughter, Christine (Gerard) Lepak of La Crosse, Wis.; four grandchildren, Emily and Aaron Lepak, and Lena and Sophie Civitarese; stepchildren, Jeff Rogers, Greg (Karla) Rogers and Julie Riddle; ten step-grandchildren; a brother, Ron Hagedoren of Benson, Ariz.; and other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Mary Macy, and by a brother, Fred Hagedorn.

A graveside service with military honors will be held on Monday, Sept. 25 at 10:15 a.m. in Fort Snelling National Cemetery Assembly Area 5.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family.

Regina Matheny, 85

Regina C. Matheny, 85, of Annandale died Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 at the Annandale Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Annandale with Most Rev. Andrew Cozzens celebrating the Mass and Fr. George Kallumkalkudy, Concelebrant. Burial will follow at St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery. Visitation 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, with the Prayer Service at 7:00, and from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday, both at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Annandale.

Regina Clare Matheny was born May 13, 1932 in Topeka, Kansas to John and Catherine (Duman) Stadler, the tenth of eleven children. After obtaining her nursing degree in 1955 from St Mary's Nursing College in Xavier, Kansas, she moved to Minnesota and worked as an RN at St. Mary's Hospital in Minneapolis.

She married Jack Matheny on June 22, 1957. They moved their growing family to Annandale in 1968.

Gina modeled her life after our Holy Mother. Her family was blessed by her rich faith, unwavering love and grace. Jack and Gina sat in the quiet before dawn and met each day together. The strength and love of their union was the foundation of their family and extended into the community.

Gina's gift was a ministry of care and healing. She recognized the Divine Presence in every life. She practiced her ministry as an RN at the Annandale Care Center, where she worked until her retirement in 1999.  Additionally, she served as a parish nurse, a religious education teacher, was a member of the Northwest Deanery, CCW, MCCL Outreach, and numerous other organizations. However, the crown of her life was her family. Strong bonds of family, deep faith in God and joy in serving those in need is her legacy, one that will be celebrated and shared for generations to come.

Gina is survived by: her children, Michael (Margie) of Byron, Calif., Mary (Randy) Lefebvre of Annandale, Jean (Craig) Stolpestad of Monticello, Renee (Mike) Miller of Watkins, Germaine (Brian) Peterson of Forest Lake, Jack of Mesa, Ariz., Martin (Nancy) of St. Croix Falls, Wis., and Paul (Hiroko) of Mumford, Tenn.; 22 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Bill Knoebber of Topeka, Kansas; sisters-in-law, Marilyn Zappia of Roseville and Nancy Abrahamson of Rush City; and numerous nieces, nephews, other family members, and friends.

She was preceded in death by: her parents, husband, Jack, three brothers, and seven sisters.

Arrangements are entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Annandale.

Juanita Melchert, 76

Juanita "Nita" Melchert, 76, of Rockford, Minn. passed away at her home on Sept. 12, 2017.

Funeral service Saturday, Sept. 16 at Our Father's Lutheran Church, Rockford. Visitation Friday, Sept. 15, with a prayer service, at the Peterson Chapel, Buffalo. Interment in Elmwood Cemetery, Rockford.

Nita was born on July 26, 1941 in Mason City, Iowa to George and Doloris (Howard) Norris. She married Maurice Melchert on April 30, 1961 at the Methodist church in Belmont, Iowa. Nita worked throughout her entire life, beginning as the secretary for the Chaska principal, the Hopkins Coast to Coast store and later in her life for the nursing home in Delano. She also received a lateral transfer as an administrative assistant for the nursing home in Long Lake.  She was the cook and jailer for Carver County.  While she raised her family, she ran a daycare in her home. She was a paraprofessional for the Rockford School District and later became an instructional paraprofessional for the district. Nita later served as the conservator for her parents.

Nita was a prayer warrior and had a strong belief of her faith in God. She always put others' needs before her own and spent her life taking care of others. She and Maurice enjoyed traveling, going on road trips, spending time in Branson, Mo., and spending time with family. She had a love of horses, which she raised for many years, and also loved her Dodge Stealth (her "little red machine").

Preceded in death by her parents, George and Doloris Norris, and beloved cousin, Gary Taylor.

Survived by: her husband of 56 years, Maurice; children, Brad (Brenda) Melchert, Marnita (Shane Berglund) Krakau, Brian Melchert, and Michelle (Justin Campbell) Melchert; grandchildren, Taylor (Abby) Bove, Cherrie Ann Bove, Justice Krakau, Brandon Dehn, Brianna and Braden Melchert, and Samantha Melchert; one great-grandson, Mason Clegg; sister, Kathy (Howard) Bossen; and nephews, Colin and Jorin Bossen and Eric Zimmerman.

A special thanks to the nurses and doctors at Minnesota Oncology in Plymouth, and a special thank you to Heartland Hospice nurses and the home health aides and the spiritual guidance counselor.

The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo served the family.

Vern Olson, 73

Vern Olson, 73, of Buckeye, Airzona, formerly of Becker, Minn., passed away on Aug. 31, 2017 in St Cloud, Minn.

He was raised on the family farm in Becker, Minn.  Even though he had farm blood in his veins, he joined the United States Navy. He served his country 20 years and retired at 39 years old. He was Machinist Mate Chief Petty Officer Olson.  He attended several schools, becoming a welder and nuclear trained.

While in San Diego, he met Joy Sides, who asked to drive his 1965 Corvette Stingray. They got married and drove that "Vette" all the way to Groton, Conn., where he attended submarine school and attained the highest score in his class (the second highest score in the history of the school).

After graduation from sub school, he was assigned to the USS Henry L Stinson, a nuclear-powered sub in which he stood "watches" on the nuclear plant.  After coming back from the North Atlantic and being underwater for two months, his wife felt that being underwater that long wasn't healthy.  He sold the little green convertible Corvette to buy a horse.  He was proud of his very first Arabian stallion.

The next duty station was the USS Bluefish in Virginia, where son, Matthew, was born in 1971 in the oldest Navy hospital in the U.S.  He bought a few acres in Chesapeake, Va.  But Virginia wasn't to be home for long as he was sent to Portsmouth, N.H. for ship repairs. While there, he bought his second Arabian, a beautiful mare, who he trained for show and won ribbons.

His third duty station was aboard the USS Kamehameha. Vern was gone six months out of the year, three months at a time and spending as much as sixty days underwater. (Submariners are rightly called "bubble heads.")

Vern was an unusual submariner, pulling into his duty station with a pickup truck and behind it a trailer full of horses!

He became a Chief Petty Officer who drank 30 cups of coffee a day!

After so many years of sea duty, he became eligible for shore duty, so he became a Navy recruiter out of Portland, Ore. His desk was in Pendleton, Ore.  The family bought a "ranch" in Hermiston, Ore., where daughter, Rachel, was born in 1974. Vern built a sturdy barn to house his growing horse herd.  He trained his second stallion to "drive" and also to pull a two-wheeled jog cart, giving the kids rides around the field of hay he grew.

He was so proud of Roland Sands, the second stallion he "drove" at the Pendleton Rodeo and Round Up parade. That horse was so well trained, it qualified for the U.S. Arabian Horse Nationals.

In-between raising kids, hay, reading Louis L'amour novels, and training horses, he did some recruiting for the Navy, traveling to many towns to tell young men and women how great Navy life could be.

Three years was his limit on shore duty. The Navy moved the family back to Connecticut, where he bought a 100-year-old house and boarding stable in Mystic, Conn. After getting settled in there, he once again moved to Oregon, transferring from submarines to surface craft on the USS Lange. In 1978, the family transferred to San Diego and settled in Spring Valley.  Again, he had horses in the backyard, and Rachel had a pony named Minnesota.

Vern wasn't one to sit around after retirement.  He drove trucks and hauled horses around the country.  Eventually, he bought a string of ponies to give rides at birthday parties, churches, Royal Family Kids Camp, pumpkin patches, and wherever else he could make money.  He said this was the best job he ever had, and he affectionately because known as "Vern the pony man." His two kids, Matthew and Rachel, made a ton of money giving pony rides, which funded their college tuition.

Even when he resided in Arizona, Vern loved spending summers in Minnesota, fishing with his family and attending family reunions every Memorial Day weekend at Thunder Lake Lodge while fishing Big Rice Lake. He loved all the potlucks, garage sales and auctions.

Vern loved Jesus, Bible studies and church, rarely missing a Sunday or Wednesday night service.

Vern loved his family.  He brought ponies to the grandkids' birthday parties, making a backyard swing and bringing them stuffed animals. Noah loves his little stuffed puppy from "Papa Horse."

He lived a busy, full life, always on the go, always thinking of ways to make extra money!

Vern has been to the depths of the sea but is now at his final duty station beyond the clouds in heaven with his Savior, Jesus Christ.

Vern is survived by: his children, Matthew (Joy) and Rachel; grandchildren, Titus, Piper and Noah; siblings, Donna, Paul, Jerry, Jon, Randy, Donovan, and Joyce; and other family and friends.

Memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 in Bridgeview Assembly of God Church, Big Lake, Minn.

Arthur Scherping, 78

Arthur B. "Art" Scherping, 78, of Winsted, Minn. passed away on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at St. Mary's Care Center surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on Jan. 31, 1939 in Freeport, Minn., the son of Bernard "Ben" and Marcella (Pogatchnik) Scherping.

On Aug. 17, 1960, Arthur B. Scherping and Agnes A. Riesner were joined in holy marriage in St. Wendel.  God blessed their marriage with seven children.

In 1979, Art founded Art's Welding in Winsted.  Through his strong work ethic and business sense, Art's Welding became a national stainless steel manufacturing company.  He was proud to give tours of his shop. He enjoyed playing golf and cards, shaking dice, making bets, and joking around with family and friends.  Art was a generous provider to his family. He was a faithful member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.

Survived by: his loving wife, Aggie; children, Gary (Kelli) Scherping of Winsted, Debbie (John) Travis of Chaska, Tom (Kristin) Scherping of Winsted, Brenda (Fritz) Westphal of Minneapolis, Dennis Scherping of Winsted, and Patty (Ron) Stellmaker of Victoria; a daughter-in-law, Joann Scherping; 19 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild; brothers and a sister, Everett (Beverly) Scherping of Freeport, Virgil (Elaine) Scherping of Winsted, Danny (Evelyn) Scherping of Cambridge, Tom (Anita) Scherping of Helena, Mont., and Linda (James) Breth of Holdingford; and many other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his son, Terry Scherping, on July 22, 2014 and by his parents, Ben and Marcella Scherping.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Art Scherping will be held on Thursday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m., at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.  Father Paul Schumacher will be the Celebrant.  Interment will follow at Holy Trinity Cemetery.  Visitation Wednesday, Sept. 20 from 4-8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7:30, in the church. Further visitation will be held one hour prior to Mass on Thursday.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted is serving the family.

Jim Stevens, 79

Jim Stevens, Delano, who passed away on Sept. 16, 2017 at BridgeWater at Hanover, was born in his family home in Montrose, Minn. on June 14, 1938 and baptized at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Waverly, Minn.  He attended grade school in Montrose and graduated from Buffalo High School in Buffalo, Minn., where he played many sports.

As a young boy, he delivered newspapers, and when he was old enough, he became part of the family business, as a well driller, which was his lifelong passion. His wealth of knowledge in the well drilling industry led him to a job as a Water Well Inspector for the State of Minnesota.

He was united in Holy Matrimony to the love of his life, Nancy Ditty, on April 3, 1961. This union has been blessed with 6 children, 21 grandchildren and 1 great- grandchild.

Jim enjoyed many things in life, playing baseball, softball and bowling, having his head scratched, watching football and 60 Minutes, fishing at Granite Lake and HISTORY (He had an enhanced story "tale" for every topic.). He was very proud that his birthday coincided with Flag Day.

His greatest love was spending time with his family.  Every child and grandchild knew they were his "favorite" and never left his side without a hug and the words, "I love you."

Jim faced many challenges and survived and thrived because of his Faith. One of the greatest gifts he gave to his children and grandchildren was how he loved his wife.  He lived his Faith, showing by example that through God's gift of love you can overcome all things.

James was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Margaret (Horsch) Stevens, and granddaughter, Kara Stevens.

He is survived by: his wife of 56 years, Nancy (Ditty); children, Chrissie (Rodger) Vieau, Bill (Sabrina), Jon (Brenda), Jill (Chris) Arens, Cay (Jason) Griep, and Becky (Jason) Groskreutz; favorite grandchildren, Jordan, Amanda, Katie, Jay, Michael, Matthew, Josh, Anna, Abi, Sam, CoCo, Robbie, Roni Rose, Megan, Danielle, Maddie, Jackson, Ben, Bizzie, and Brendan; and great-granddaughter, Lydia.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21 in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Delano. Visitation 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, with an 8 p.m. Prayer Service, and continues Thursday from 9-10 a.m., all at the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.  Interment will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Delano.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

A special thank you to the Delano Fire Department for their service through the years, and to the caring and supportive staff of BridgeWater at Hanover.

Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home of Delano.

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