Melvin Alama, 85

Melvin L. Alama, 85, of French Lake died Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015 at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24 in Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, French Lake with Rev. Orval Wirkkala officiating. Visitation will be held from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23 at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Annandale and one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Burial will follow at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Cemetery, French Lake.

Melvin Leroy Alama was born Feb. 22, 1929 in French Lake to Frank and Esther (Rissell) Alama.  He married the one and only love of his life, Eva Mae Maurer, on Jan. 21, 1956 at the Church of Christ in Kimball.  Melvin was a hard worker and was a good provider to his family.

He served our country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

Over the years, he owned numerous businesses, including a bar in South Haven, Café in Annandale and hot mix plants in Annandale, Ortonville, Alexandria, Sauk Centre, and Morris.  He enjoyed farming, saunas at the Bajari’s and Lampi’s, taking vacations to Las Vegas, and visiting with friends over coffee.  He loved his time with his wife, children, grandchildren, and family.

Melvin is survived by: his wife of 58 years, Eva of French Lake; children, Colin of Cokato, Melvin Patrick (Katherine Ann) of Annandale, Ethel Grythe of Cannon Falls, Milo (Deb), Lester (Carol Symalla), Martin, Deanna (Daron Walter), Gene (Stacy), Dave, Jerry, and Henry, all of Annandale; siblings, Hazel Barnard of Lake City, Audrey Selin of Minneapolis and Marlene (Wes) Johnson of Eden Prairie; 31 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and many other family and friends.  He was preceded in death by: his son, Mark; parents; and siblings, Catherine Durket, Shirley Bajari, Anita Seline, Eleanor Thompson, and Leonard, Richard and Gerald Alama.

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


Verna Johnson, 92

Verna P. Johnson, 92, of Watertown, Minn., formerly of Slayton, Minn., passed away peacefully with family present on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015.

She was born Aug. 6, 1922 on the family farm near Gully, Minn. to John and Nellie (Melbo) Halvorson.  She graduated from Fosston High School.

Verna served as a nurse in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946, stationed at Rhoads General Hospital (Utica, NY) and Walter Reed Medical Center (Washington, DC).  After discharge, she was in the Reserves.  She was called back into service from 1950 to 1951 and was stationed at Fitzsimons Army Hospital (Denver, CO).  After completing her army duties, Verna returned to Slayton, where she worked as an RN at Murray County Memorial Hospital for about 32 years.

She was united in marriage to Edgar W. Johnson on Sept. 26, 1952 in St. Paul, Minn.  They made their home in Slayton, where Verna was an active member of Christ Lutheran Church; she served 21 years as service and education chairman of the Murray County Cancer Society and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Ervin March Unit #64 of Slayton for 61 years.

Verna moved to Watertown, Minn. in 2007 to live with her daughter, Diane.  Verna was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.  She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, and gardening.

She was preceded in death by: her spouse; parents; and siblings, Howard Halvorson and Myrtle Halverson.  She is survived by: her daughter, Diane Johnson; sister, Stella Halvorson; brother, Norman Halvorson; sister-in-law, Joann Halvorson; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were scheduled on Wednesday morning, Jan. 21 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown, with visitation an hour prior to the service at the church and interment with Military Honors at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.  Memorials preferred.

Arrangements were by the Iten’s Watertown Funeral Home.


Robert Krei, 77

Robert L. “Bob” Krei, 77, of Corcoran. Memorial service 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, Hope Community Church, Corcoran.  Gathering of family and friends Saturday, 2-3 p.m., prior to service at church. 

Arrangements are by the Iten Funeral Home, Delano.


Mark Lange, 49

Mark Alan “Lenny” Lange, 49, of Watertown, Minn. died bravely after a short battle with cancer.

He was born July 18, 1965 in Watertown to Melvin and Arlene (Ziermann) Lange.  Mark graduated from Watertown High School in 1983.  He followed his father into the construction trade, as well as serving on the Watertown Fire Department for 25 years.  He spent his working years lately as a steel burner for Waconia Manufacturing over the past 17 years.

Mark spent his waking hours outdoors doing what he loved best, fishing and hunting with close friends and relatives.  He was always planning his next adventure or building something.  Mark was also known for his willingness to give you a hand at whatever was needed.

He was preceded in death by: his parents, Melvin and Arlene Lange; and grandparents, Walter and Lydia Lange and Marvin and Gladys Ziermann.  He is survived by: his sisters, Bonnie (Jerry) Salonek and Brenda (Jim) Neaton; nieces and nephews, Nathan (Connie) Salonek, Nicholas (Amy) Salonek, Brooke (Casey) Dingels, and Becky Neaton; Godson, Scott Neaton; as well as aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.  Further survived by: stepsons, Josh Wirgau and Nick Wirgau; their mother, Kristine; and Goddaughter, Chelsea (Jerde) Leach.

A memorial gathering will be held at the Iten Funeral Chapel in Delano on Friday, Jan. 23 from 5 to 9 p.m.

Arrangements are by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano and Watertown.


Helen Mainquist, 92

Helen Mainquist, 92, formerly of Buffalo, died peacefully on Jan. 15, 2015 at St. Andrew’s Village in Mahtomedi, Minn.

Helen Rose Marie Hoeger was born Aug. 17, 1922 in Almont, N.D. Her parents were William F. and Caroline (Kaelberer) Hoeger, and their parents were German immigrants. She was baptized as Helene Rosa Maria Höger.

Helen attended school in Almont and graduated in 1940. She then earned a teaching certificate from Dickinson State Teachers College, Dickinson, N.D.  Following graduation, she taught seventh and eighth grade in the ranch community of Brockway, Mont.  After two years, she enrolled in Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn. and graduated in 1947 with a major in home economics and a minor in history.  She taught home economics in Pillager and Park Rapids in northern Minnesota and moved to Buffalo in 1951 to become the Wright County home extension agent.

At an extension meeting, she met Evert Mainquist, a dairy farmer.  They married in 1952 and made their home on Hillcrest Farm three miles east of Buffalo.  They had three daughters, Linda, Sheri and Laurie, between 1952 and 1955.  Three daughters close in age kept Helen busy, but she counted those years as the best ones of her life.  Together, Evert and Helen farmed and raised a high-producing Holstein herd.  In 1966, Helen returned to education and taught Buffalo’s second grade students until 1985.

In their retirement, Helen and Evert traveled to Europe, enjoyed buggy rides with their mules and entertained friends and relatives at their home.  Helen especially enjoyed keeping up with the news, her flower gardens and the birds outside her kitchen window.

Evert passed away in 1996, and Helen lived on their farm until 2010.

Helen is survived by: children, Linda Mainquist of St. Paul, Sheri Mainquist of San Francisco and Laurie Mainquist (Tony Groble) of Stillwater, Minn.; grandchildren, Erin Groble and Caroline Groble; and many nephews and nieces.  In addition to Evert, she was preceded in death by: her parents; and her five siblings, Fred, Henry, Ernest, Mary Ann, and Alice.

Helen’s memorial service was held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Buffalo on Jan. 19, 2015.  Gordon Diers, Vance Mainquist, Rollie Mills, Allen Buskey, Mary Wrynn, and Wendy Ely served as pallbearers.  Helen is buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Buffalo.  Memorials to St. John’s Lutheran Church are preferred.


Edward Marketon, 84

Edward Anthony Marketon, 84, of Waverly was surrounded by family when he passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015.

He was born Jan. 22, 1930 in Middleville Township to Thomas and Agnes (Baldy) Marketon.  He graduated from Howard Lake High School.

He was united in marriage to Florence B. Karels on Jan. 24, 1950 at St. Mary’s Church in Waverly.  They made their home in Waverly, where they raised their seven children.  Prior to going into business for himself, he was employed at Eddie Ford Sales in Waverly.  Ed started, owned and operated Marketon’s Auto Body until 1992.  He continued to run Marketon’s Gun Shop and worked for the City of Waverly on a part time basis mowing lawns and plowing ice rinks until his declining health.

Ed was very involved with the Knights of Columbus and helped build the K C Hall in Waverly.  He and Florence also managed the K C Hall for many years.  Ed was an active member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1556, as well as being a Fourth Degree Knight.

He loved the outdoors, fishing and hunting.  He was a charter member of the Waverly Gun Club.  Ed and Florence, along with family, were involved in black powder cannon shoots and were members of the First Waverly Volunteers.  Ed taught firearms safety for over 50 years.  He was a member of the Waverly Winter Wanderers Snowmobile Club.

Ed and Florence loved to travel; they made trips to Germany, Austria, Spain, Kansas, and Texas to visit their son while in the Army.  In later years, they enjoyed countless camping trips around the State of Minnesota with family and friends.

Family meant everything to him.  He spent countless hours with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and he enjoyed every minute.  His faith in God was his strength during hard times.

He was preceded in death by: his wife, Florence; parents, Thomas and Agnes Marketon; and sons-in-law, Michael Miller and Darrel Driver.

He is survived by: his children and spouses, Philip and Vicki Marketon, Bonnie Driver, Bernard and Margaret Marketon, Kathy Miller-Daiker and Jim Daiker, Mike and Jeanie Marketon, Patty and Kurt Kruckman, and Bob and Brenda Marketon; 21 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; siblings and spouses, Margaret (Jerry) Thiemann, Walter (Jackie) Marketon, Arthur (Jolene) Marketon, Louie Marketon, Helen (Bob) Bauman, Rosie Milewski, and Martha (Larry) Clark; as well as caregiver, Cindy Grangroth and family.

Mass of Christian Burial was scheduled on Saturday morning, Jan. 17 at the St. Mary’s Church in Waverly, Minn., with Rev. Kenneth O’Hotto officiating and with interment in the church cemetery. Visitation with KC service was scheduled on Friday evening, with visitation continuing on Saturday morning at St. Mary’s parish center.

Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.


Robert Melina, 44

Robert John Melina was born July 4, 1970.  He passed away Jan. 16, 2015.

Beloved father, son, brother, and friend, Bob was a carpenter, talented musician and very loving father to three daughters.  He was the life of the party.  Bob had a true gift of making everyone happy. His laughter was contagious and people were drawn to him.  He was a loyal friend and will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him.

Survived by: daughters, Ashley Nicole Haines of Holiday, Fla., Haylee Melina of St. Michael and Tayler Melina of St. Michael; mother, Bunnie Piehowski (and step-father, John Piehowski of Delano); sisters, Dawn (Scott) Peterson of Center City, Rayn (Robert) Barnes of Rochester, N.Y. and Nicole Piehowski of Rockford; and many nieces, nephews, family, and friends.  Preceded in death by father, Raymond Melina, and infant nephew, Gunnar Diemert.

Visitation will be held Thursday, Jan. 22 from 4 - 8 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service at the Peterson Chapel of Buffalo.


Ottilia Sahli, 78

Ottilia “Tillie” Sahli, 78, of Buffalo passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2014 at her residence.

She was born on June 26, 1936 in Hosmer, S.D. the daughter of Kasper and Margaret (Fisher) Malsom.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, Jan. 19, 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior to services, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo.  Visitation was also held Sunday from 5-7 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.  Interment was planned at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery.

The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo assisted the family with arrangements.


Arlene Schroeder, 69

Arlene R. “Arnie” Schroeder, 69, of Waconia passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015.

She was born on Feb. 10, 1945 in Watertown, Minn. to George and Mary (Farniok) Motzko.

Arlene was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend to many.  She loved to spend time with her family, cook and bake, and collecting anything: antiques, tea cups and sugar bowls, knickknacks, state quarters, movies, Precious Moments, and M&M memorabilia.  Arlene liked to cook for the regulars at DaBoars in Cologne and was active with the VFW in Waconia and Victoria Lions over the years.

She was preceded in death by: her parents, George and Mary Motzko; sister, Georgia Blackketter; and grandchildren, Amanda Kasheimer and infant Tyler Kasheimer.  She is surived by: her children, Howard (Nancy) Kasheimer, Jr., James (Gabriele) Kasheimer, Sheila Droneck, Tim Schroeder, and Scott (Holly) Schroeder; 15 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Tom (Kathy) Motzko, Ralph “Butch” (Kim) Motzko, Susie (Arnie) Lauer, Steve Motzko, Theresa (Pete) Schendel, George (Sandy) Motzko, Jr., and Angie Motzko.

Mass of Christian Burial is taking place at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 22 at Immaculate Conception Church, Watertown.  Visitation was scheduled on Wednesday, 4-8 p.m., at the Iten Funeral Home, Delano.  Visitation continues Thursday, 10-11 a.m., prior to the Mass at church.  Interment will be in the church cemetery.

Arrangements are by the Iten Funeral Home.


William Shadduck, 77

William “Bill” Shadduck, 77, of Annandale passed away on Jan. 12, 2015.

Bill was a 1956 graduate of Annandale High School and a longtime landscape contractor in the Wright County area.  He served his country in the U.S. Navy.  He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing and traveling in their motor home.

He was preceded in death by his father, Nobel, and son-in-law, Stan.

Bill is survived by: his wife and best friend of 35 years, Kathryn; daughters, Susan (Steven) Vergin, Deborah Janiak and Bonnie (Craig Robuck) Shadduck; granddaughters, Cassie (Adam) Michl, Mandy Vergin, Jessa (Laura) McIntyre, Jillian Janiak, Jordan Janiak, Andrew Nutter, Ryan (Angela Pavel) Nutter, and Ashley (Callie Skaja) Nutter; great-grandchildren, Bree, Lydia and Elijah Michl; brothers, Bob (Char), John (Danuta) and Jim (Debbie); and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

A memorial service for William “Bill” Shadduck was scheduled on Friday morning, Jan. 16, with visitation prior to the service, at the Annandale United Methodist Church.

The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo assisted the family with arrangements.


Roger Westphal, 83

Roger “Butch” Westphal, 83, of Albion Center entered into Eternal Life on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015.

Butch was born March 1, 1931 in Howard Lake to Frederick and Mabel (Jestus) Westphal. Butch’s mother passed away when he was three weeks old.  He lived with relatives in Belle Plaine, Minn. until age six, when he came back to live with his Dad and siblings in Howard Lake.  He graduated from Howard Lake in 1949. Butch honorably served our country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

On Sept. 10, 1955 he was united in marriage to Lois Engel at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake.  Butch and Lois were blessed with 51 years of marriage and 4 children before Lois’s death in 2007.  Butch and Lois were self-employed and worked alongside each other at various retail businesses for many years in Aitkin, Howard Lake, Cokato, and Albion Center.  Butch also was employed as a Deputy Sheriff in Aitkin County and was a volunteer fireman for many years.  He played for and managed the Howard Lake Orphans Baseball Team in his younger days.  His last business venture prior to retirement was working at Harold’s Shoe Repair in Little Canada, Minn. with his two sons.

In retirement, he enjoyed building picnic tables and woodworking.  Butch was a Charter Member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church.  He enjoyed: playing cards, gardening, visiting with people, nature, and animals.  He had a great sense of humor, a knack for making people feel comfortable and knew when to add a witty remark or sarcasm.  Butch made many new friendships in his final year at Cottagewood Assisted Living.  Most of all, Butch loved God and his family.

Butch was preceded in death by: his wife, Lois; son-in-law, Dan Jost; sister and brother-in-law, Eleanore and Gervase Sexton; brother and sister-in-law, Don and Shirley Westphal; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Mel and Helen Engel.

He is survived by: his children, Wendy Jost of Annandale, Wayne (Joy) Westphal of Vadnais Heights, Wanda (Mike) Gagnon of Waverly, and Wyatt of Vadnais Heights; 5 grandchildren, Andy (Christine) Gagnon, Penny Westphal, Luke (Amy) Gagnon, Kelly Westphal, and Jesse Westphal; 3 great-grandchildren, Jace and Drew Gagnon, and Baby Gagnon expected any day; brother and sister-in-law, Wilfred and Mary Westphal; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dale and Bonnie Engel; and his beloved cat, Fluff.

Funeral services for Butch will be held Friday, Jan. 23, 11 a.m., at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Maple Lake; visitation will begin at 9 a.m. prior to the service at the church.  Memorials are preferred to Holy Cross Lutheran Church. Pallbearers are: Andy, Luke, Christine, and Amy Gagnon, Penny, Kelly and Jesse Westphal, and Bill Westphal.

Arrangements are entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care Burial and Cremation Services of Maple Lake.


Kevin Winters, 54

Kevin R. Winters, 54, of Delano passed away comfortably at home surrounded by family on Jan. 13, 2015 from complications of ALS.

He was born Oct. 28, 1960 in Northeast Minneapolis to Garfield and Marie (Nordhausen) Winters.

Kevin worked many years for ERC/Egan Electric and was a proud member of IBEW 292. He enjoyed: fishing, ice fishing, hunting, trapshooting, snowmobiling, sports, hockey (watching the Minnesota Wild), and playing with his dogs.

He is survived by: his wife of 25 years, Julie; daughter, Kimberly Ackerman (fiancé, Bryan Warling); sister-in-law, Jeanette Winters; nieces, Heather (and son, Max, Winters) and Holly Nelson; cousin, Bryan (Jodi) LaPointe; and many other family and friends.

Casket bearers: Jamie Turk, Mitch Klein, Bruce Adicks, Mark Pany, Mark Klein, and Bryan LaPointe.

He was preceded in death by: his parents, Garfield and Marie; brother, Craig Winters; and aunt, Leona (John) LaPointe.

Visitation was scheduled on Friday evening, Jan. 16, with a time of sharing, at the Peterson Chapel of Buffalo.