OBITUARIES

Eleanor Becker, 87

Eleanor Ruth Becker, 87, of Buffalo, formerly of St. Michael, passed away on Saturday, May 21, 2016.

She was born on Jan. 17, 1929 in St. Michael the daughter of Meinrad “Boy” and Catherine “Kate” (Schmitz) Daleiden.

On June 14, 1949, Eleanor R. Daleiden and Leander A. Becker were joined in holy marriage at the Church of St. Michael in St. Michael. God blessed their marriage with eight children. Together, Eleanor and Leander operated a dairy farm in Otsego for many years.

She was a lifelong member of the Church of St. Michael, where she was the chairperson of its funeral lunch committee. Eleanor also belonged to the C.C.W. and American Legion Post # 567’s Auxiliary.

Survived by: her children, Douglas (Connie) Becker of Albertville, Mary Kay Lubke of Buffalo, Anna Mae (Michael) Vollbrecht of Albertville, Elizabeth (Brian) Lambert of Monticello, Donna (Paul) Barthel, and Susan (Robert) Milless, all of St. Michael; daughter-in-law, Lynell Becker of Albertville; 22 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Cliff (Marcella) Daleiden, Evelyn Beaudry, Verna (John) Feeney, Billy (Betty) Daleiden, and Meiny (Mona) Daleiden; sister-in-law, Donna Mae Daleiden; and many other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by: her husband, Leander Becker; sons, Richard Becker and David Becker; son-in-law, Bruce Lubke; two grandchildren; two sisters, Martina Beaudry and Armella Schumacher; and by a brother, Melvin Daleiden.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Eleanor Becker was scheduled on Tuesday, May 24 at the Church of St. Michael with Father Peter Richards as the Celebrant.  Interment followed at St. Michael Cemetery. Readers were Kate Milkowski and Tony Bartholomew, and petitions by Evan Becker.  A visitation was scheduled on Monday, May 23 at the church, with further visitation Tuesday morning an hour prior to Mass.

Casket bearers: Emily Beach, Eric Vollbrecht, Jason Becker, Tony Bartholomew, Matt Becker, and Nick Barthel.

The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home served the family.

 

Cheryl Infante, 68

Cheryl Marie (Juetten) Infante, 68, passed away peacefully at Cottagewood Memory Care in Buffalo on Feb. 11, 2016, after being in hospice for a short while.

Cheryl was born on Nov. 8, 1947 to Cliff and Elouise (Wells) Juetten. She attended Maple Lake School through 10th grade, and then attended Annandale High School, graduating with the class of 1966. She worked at various different jobs, including Wonderall’s in Buffalo, McDonald’s in Elk River. Her passion was the mission field, especially working the orphanages of Guatemala and the Dominican Republic.

It was in the Dominican Republic where she met and married her husband, Appolinar (Paul) Infante. they were married on May 30, 1989, and renewed their vows on July 22, 2009 at Lake Ridge Care Center by Pastor Chuck Dake. Cheryl’s time at the orphanage was done in late 1989, so she came back to Minnesota to start the process of getting necessary papers ready with immigration to get Paul here. When Paul finally arrived, they settled in Elk River until Paul’s death in 2011.

Cheryl was diagnosed in 2000 as having a mental illness, Schizophrenia, and with medication she was able to live somewhat a normal life until she started showing signs of having a difficult time with daily routines.

In 2010, Paul suffered a major stroke and was transferred to Lake Ridge Care Center in Buffalo, where he died in Feb. of 2011. Cheryl moved into Lake Ridge Assisted Living while Paul was there, then into Lake Ridge Care Center. Her memory loss was getting worse, so she moved to Cottagewood Memory Care in Buffalo.

Cheryl leaves behind five siblings, Judy (Bill) Broll, John (Colleen Broll) Juetten, Sue Langanki, Marilee Dunsmore, and Joni Carlstrom; plus many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, and friends. She was preceded in death by, her husband Paul; her parents, Cliff and Elouise Juetten; grandparents, Leo and Elaine (Rousseau) Juetten, and Melvin and Mildred (Sparks) Wells; an infant sister; brother, Jim; and her brother-in-law, John Langanki.

A memorial service to celebrate Cheryl’s life will take place on Saturday, June 4, at the Park View Care Center Chapel, Buffalo, from 1-4, with a service at 2 p.m. Officiating will be Pastor Chuck Dake. Music will be provided by the Petersheim family, who are nieces and nephews of Cheryl. A family inurnment will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery in Annandale that day.

The family wishes that any memorials be given to Cottagewood Memory Care, 407 8th Street NW, Buffalo, MN 55313, who took such good care of Cheryl these past few years.

 

Daniel Kiernan, 89

Daniel P. Kiernan of Monticello, formerly of Buffalo, died on the eve of his 90th birthday on Friday, May 20, 2016. He was at home, under hospice care, and surrounded by the love of his family.

Before retirement, Dan served as Wright County’s director of Court Services.

Mass of Christian Burial was scheduled at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 25 in St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Buffalo with Fr. Nathaniel Meyers as Celebrant. Lunch followed.  Visitation was scheduled an hour prior to the service Wednesday at the church.

Daniel Patrick Kiernan was born May 21, 1926 in Minneapolis to Patrick and Bridget (Lee) Kiernan. He graduated from Glencoe High School, earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Mankato Teachers College and continued his education at the University of Minnesota.

He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He was united in marriage to Ardis Janet Hartmann on Sept. 2, 1950 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Waconia. They made Buffalo their home and were blessed with seven children. Eight years ago, Dan and Ardis moved to St. Benedict’s Senior Community in Monticello.

Dan served Wright County 40 years, initially as a probation officer and ultimately as Director of Court Services. He was well known throughout Wright County as a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, the Buffalo Rotary Club, the Buffalo Lions Club and the Bisonaires choral group.

Much of his life was dedicated to the needs of others. He loved to sing and play guitar with the St. Francis Resurrection Choir and with the Loose Cannons. Dan brought his sense of humor everywhere he went and was known widely as a great storyteller, harmonica player and prolific letter to the editor writer.  Affectionately known as “quite a character,” his contributions to the community were recognized in 2007 when he was named the Wright County Senior Citizen of the Year.

Dan is survived by: his children, John (Avi) Kiernan of Chester, Va., Mary Kiernan of Falcon Heights, Maggie Kiernan of Big Lake, Pat Kiernan (Stan James) of Chaska, Bridget (Steve) Weis of Annandale, T.D. (John) Gibbs of Bloomington, and Tom (Julie) Kiernan of Buffalo; 14 grandchildren, Dan (April) Kiernan, Sarah and Claire Horton, Molly Deisher, Aaron (Tina) and Anna Weis (Nick Moon), Ellen, Patrick, Brenna and Joseph Gibbs, Kelly (Chase) Liska, Ali (Stu McCarter), Matthew and Ben Kiernan; and 8 great-grandchildren, Alexa, Scarlett, Eleanor, Stella, Clementine, Camryn, Olive, and Catherine.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Patrick and Bridget Kiernan, and wife, Ardis Kiernan.

The St. Francis Xavier Resurrection Choir provided the music for the service. Private burial follows at St. Brendan Catholic Cemetery in Green Isle.

Arrangements were entrusted with Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Annandale.

 

Marilyn Muller, 95

Marilyn E. Muller of Minneapolis passed away May 15, 2016 at age 95.

Preceded in death by Ralph, her husband of 70 years, and sister, Martha.

Survived by: children, Chase (Sally), Connie Muller, John (Bev), Tim (Chris), Susan (Rodger) Amon, Robert (Deb), Sarah Muller, and Martha (Jim) Alviani; 14 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren.

Longstanding member of Tri Delta.

Special thanks and gratitude to her private caregivers and to Our Lady of Peace Hospice Home for their loving care and support.

Visitation celebrating Marilyn will be held 5-7 p.m. Thursday, June 2 at Gearty-Delmore Plymouth Chapel. Private Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Memorials preferred to Our Lady of Peace.

 

Wesley Robertson, 86

Wesley David Robertson was born on April 30, 1930 in Buffalo, Minn. to Harry and Alice (Aldrich) Robertson.  He grew up in West Albion of Wright County, Minn. and graduated from Buffalo High School in 1948. After high school, he worked for a while as a cow tester.

On Sept. 9, 1950, Wesley entered the United States Air Force. He served with the 3770th Technical Squadron and was honorably discharged as a sergeant on Sept. 8, 1954 at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas.

On July 23, 1951 while in the service, Wesley married Verna Jean Becker in Mountain Home Idaho. To this union, a son, Dale, was born.

After military service, Wes and Verna came home and farmed south of Buffalo, and in 1961, they moved to Rockford and farmed there.  Wes sold the cows in 1968 and went to work at a metal shop in Minneapolis; he became a foreman and worked there until 1981.  In 1982, he went to work at the Monticello nuclear plant as a security officer, retiring in 1992. Wes and Verna moved to Cokato in 1995.

Wes had many hobbies.  He enjoyed horses, hunting and fishing, and of coarse restoring old tractors.  He was a member of the Stockholm Lutheran Church and very active in the Cokato American Legion and a member of the Honor Squad.

Wesley Robertson passed away suddenly at his home in Cokato on May 20, 2016.  He had reached the age of 86 years and 20 days.

Survivors include: son, Dale (Pat) of Big Lake; granddaughters, Rita Robertson of Buffalo and Kimber Gutridge of Buffalo; great-grandchildren, Kiran Robertson of Buffalo and Tristan Zitzloff of Buffalo; brother, James of Jacksonville, Fla.; sister, Harriet Roethlisberger of Albany, New Mexico; and sister-in-law, Pat Robertson of Watkins.

Wes was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Alice, wife, Verna, and brother, Bill.

Funeral service was scheduled on Wednesday, May 25 at Stockholm Lutheran Church, south of Cokato, with visitation prior to the service at the church and interment at the church cemetery.

Arrangements were by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Cokato and Howard Lake.

 

Ruth Seashore, 91

Ruth Seashore (Lilja), 91, of Buffalo, Minn. passed away peacefully on May 21, 2016 at Lake Ridge Manor in Buffalo. It was a life well lived.

Ruth was born in Buffalo on March 27, 1925 to Carl and Estella Lilja (Reynolds). She married Glen Seashore on April 26, 1949. Ruth worked in the Wright County probate and treasurer’s office for several years, and she also worked briefly at Buffalo Hospital and Campbell Abstract.

Ruth was well-traveled, wintering in Florida for many years, making trips to see family in California, and enjoying many other cross country road trips over the years.  She enjoyed having coffee with friends, and was a lifelong member of the Buffalo Evangelical Covenant Church in Buffalo.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Estella, and husband, Glen Seashore. She is survived by: daughter, Bette Mattson of Buffalo; son, Brad Seashore of Sacramento, Calif.; grandchildren, Guy Mattson (Kristina), Christina Seashore (Paul), Nathan Seashore (Alicia), Lizzie, Charlie, and Rosalie; and great-grandchildren, Amelia, Maxwell, Zoey, Milora, Dresden, Joshua, and Kacey.

Funeral services for Ruth were held at Lake Ridge Care Center Chapel in Buffalo on Monday, May 23 at 1 p.m., with visitation two hours prior. Officiating was Pastor Chuck Drake.  Internment was at the Swedish Mission Cemetery in Buffalo.

Special thanks to the staff at Lake Ridge Manor.

Serving the family was the Peterson Chapel of Buffalo.

 

John Thompson, 69

First Lieutenant John Robert Thompson, 69, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family, May 14, 2016 at Season’s Hospice in Rochester, Minn.

John was born in St. Paul, Minn. on Dec. 30, 1946 to James E. and LaDonna Jean Thompson.  John and his brother, Jim, were raised in St. Paul, and John attended St. Thomas Academy. He played hockey and football during his high school career. After high school, John attended Saint Mary’s College in Winona, Minn. It was at St. Mary’s where he nurtured his love of music. He played the keyboard in a band, performing at clubs in and around Winona and the Twin Cities.

John proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1968 - 1970. He served in Vietnam with a U.S. Army province advisory team in Can Tho.  He was awarded the Air Medal in 1970 for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight.

Upon his return to Minnesota, John married Denise (Simecek) Thompson.  John and Denise had four children: John, Jeff, Sarah, and Andy. John later married Ruth (Bauman) Thompson and raised six kids together, including Scott and Sara.

John had a successful career in health care and worked as a nursing home administrator at facilities in: Menahga, Minn.; Buffalo, Minn.; Fargo, N.D.; Rochester, Minn.; Minneapolis; and Dodge County, Minn.  He finished his career working for the American Red Cross in Faribault, Minn. He received a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota in long-term health care administration and later served as a consultant at the U of M’s School of Public Health, where he took great pride in educating and giving back to the profession. He was recognized as an innovator and champion of residents’ dignity and freedom, winning numerous awards over his 37-year career.

He loved spending time with his family, whether it was at one of his kids’ hockey tournaments or traveling to the lakes with a boat in tow. He enjoyed being outside, and nowhere was more special to him than the family cabin at the end of the Gunflint Trail in northern Minnesota. His trademark phrase was born at the cabin: “It doesn’t get any better than this.”

After retirement, John and Ruth fulfilled a dream when they bought a large boat and traveled up and down the Mississippi River.  They spent several years living on the boat and exploring waterways around the United States.

John is survived by: his wife, Ruth Thompson; children, Scott (DeAnn) Bauman, John (Jennifer) Thompson, Jeffrey (Lynnae) Thompson, Sara Bauman, Sarah (Ian) Thompson, and Andrew (Rebecca) Thompson; mother, LaDonna Jean Thompson; brother, James L. (Mary) Thompson; and eleven grandchildren, Leah, Molly, Josie, Indigo, Ada, Maya, Mason, Elsie, Austin, Easton, and Olin.  He was preceded in death by his father, James E. Thompson.

Memorials may be given to the American Red Cross, Southeast Minnesota Chapter, 310 14th St. S.E., Rochester, Minn., 55904.

Memorial Service: Friday, June 3, 10 a.m., at Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel.  Military funeral honors will be held at 1 p.m. at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Final Resting Place: The Columbarium at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.