David Drahota, 70

David Milo Drahota, 70, of Buffalo, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 13, 2016, at the Lakeside Oasis in Buffalo. He was born on October 17, 1945, in Jackson, Minnesota, the son of Milo and Marjorie (Kattowski) Drahota. He grew up in Jackson and graduated from Jackson High School.

On March 3, 1975, David M. Drahota and Sandra L. Ramler were united in marriage in Brookings, South Dakota. The two were blessed with three children, Brian, Amy, and Jodi.

David started his career building silos for HarveStore. He later worked construction for many years with Jesco Co. and Holenbeck + Nelson. He was a cement laborer, working various sites including the Mall of America and the Metrodome. After construction, David began working machining with Pellco Machine, Inc., in St. Michael. He also worked for the Monticello VFW.

David was involved with the Buffalo Jaycees, Wright County 4-H being a gun coach, and bowling leagues in Monticello. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, playing marbles and cribbage, and time spent with family and their cookouts. He had a true love for nature, was a Minnesota Vikings fan, and a huge Elvis fan.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Milo and Marjorie Drahota.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra Drahota of Buffalo; children, Tammy Damn of Monticello, Tim (Lorrie) Drahota of Buffalo, Terry Drahota of Monticello, Travis (Nikki) Drahota of Becker, Brian (Alishia) Drahota of Buffalo, Amy (Jonathan) Hasher of Otsego, and Jodi Drahota of Buffalo; 14 grandchildren and one on the way; 6 great-grandchildren and one on the way; siblings, Shirley Damn of Rosemount and Jim Drahota of Jackson; and many nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Visitation was held Wednesday, August 17, 2016, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Further visitation was held one hour prior to services. Funeral services for David Drahota will be held Thursday, August 18, 2016. at 11 a.m. at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Pastor Chuck Dake will officiate.

Honorary casket bearers will be Tammy Damn, Tim and Lorrie Drahota, Terry Drahota, Travis and Nikki Drahota, Brian and Alishia Drahota, Amy and Jonathan Hasher, and Jodi Drahota.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo.


David Jacobs, 79

David John Jacobs, 79, of Loretto, passed away on Tuesday, August 9, 2016. He was born July 15, 1937, to Lawrence and Dorothy (Snodgrass) Jacobs in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

David was a loving husband, dad, and grandpa. He was a longtime postmaster in Loretto, Minnesota. He had a love for fishing and reading.

David was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Dorothy; and siblings Judy, Dale, and Larry.  He is survived by his wife of 56 years Betty; children Kim (Mark) Laffrenzen, Todd (Melissa) Jacobs, and Mark (Trish) Jacobs; 5 grandchildren; siblings Beverly Hamer, Jerome (Judy) Jacobs, and Therese (Vince) Thellin.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 16, 2016, at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Loretto. Gathering of family and friends took place from 4:00  to 8:00 p.m. on Monday at the Iten Funeral Home in Delano. Gathering continued on Tuesday from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the church prior to Mass.

Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano, Minnesota.


Floyd Johnson, 77

Floyd C. Johnson, 77, of Annandale, died August 12, 2016, at his home with his family at his side.

Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 18, 2016, at Our Saviour’s Lutheran in French Lake with Rev. Edward Groop officiating.  Burial will follow at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, South Haven.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service, Thursday, at the church.

Floyd Carlos Johnson was born June 20, 1939, in French Lake to Reynold and Bernice (Walberg) Johnson.  He was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church near French Lake.  Floyd grew up in French Lake and attended Annandale High School.  He worked in construction for Elk River Bituminous and Mid-Minnesota Hot Mix; he also was self-employed as an over-the-road truck driver and a farmer.  Floyd enjoyed fishing, hunting and watching the birds.

He is survived by his life companion of 34 years Myrtle Bailey of Annandale; nine children, Kristi Lee of Aurora, Colorado, Tammy Johnson of Brainerd, Anne Schultz of Annandale, Julie (Kelly) Danelke of South Haven, Rob (Bobbie) Johnson of Clearwater, Cindy (Ken) Steckler of Bismark, North Dakota, David (Danne) Miller of Buffalo, Linda (Roger) Marschel of Big Lake, Karen Bullert of Albertville, and Heather (Doug) Sanders of Brooklyn Park; eighteen grandchildren, Josh, Boomer, Nicole, Cody, Zach, Shauni, Caitlin, Brian, Laura, Shelley, Kristin, Candice, Ryan, Rebecca, Garrett, Haley, Abby and Nick; nine great-grandchildren Morgan, Mason, Mya, Eden, Harrison, Ethan, Logan, Gilbert and Eli; sisters and brother Lorraine (Jerry) Hicks of Blaine, Karen (Mik) Carlisle of Deerwood, Donna (Butch) Reil of St. Michael, and Duane Johnson of Annandale; and sisters-in-law Sharon and Marlene Johnson.  Floyd is preceded in death by his parents Reynold and Bernice Johnson; and brothers Harlin and Melvin Johnson.

Floyd’s grandchildren will serve as urn bearers.  Margaret Groop will provide the music for the service.

Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Annandale.


Alice Meyer, 88

Alice Jean (Peterson) Meyer, age 88, of Buffalo, passed away on Wednesday, August 3, 2016, at Lake Ridge Care Center in Buffalo.

Alice was born in Mora, Minnesota, on February 6, 1928, the daughter of John and Florence (Jacobson) Peterson. She was baptized on October 31, 1943. Alice graduated from Mora High School in 1946 and then attended DeGuiles School of Beauty for one year.

On October 29, 1949, Alice J. Peterson and Edwin E. Meyer were joined in holy marriage at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waseca. God blessed their marriage with four children. The family resided in Blaine for ten years and later purchased a farm east of Buffalo in 1961. They sold their farm in 1997 and moved into the city of Buffalo.

Alice operated Alice’s Beauty Shop in her home for thirty years. Alice also worked for several years at the Wright County Retirement Center in their Dietary Department.

She was a faithful member and volunteer of the Buffalo Assembly of God Church and belonged to the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary in Maple Lake.

Alice enjoyed dancing and listening to music, cooking, playing cards, especially solitaire, gardening, socializing, and time spent with her close friends and family.

She is preceded in death by: her parents, John and Florence Peterson; husband, Edwin E. Meyer; and half-brother, Lawrence Peterson.

She is survived by: her children, Jeanette (Richard) Ranwick of Maple Lake, Vicki (Lonnie) Riss of Buffalo, Gary Meyer of Buffalo, and Jodi Meyer of Buffalo; 13 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and many other family and friends.

Funeral services for Alice Meyer were held on Wednesday, August 10, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at the Buffalo Community Assembly of God Church in Buffalo. A visitation will be held one hour prior to services at church. Reverend Bill Hicks officiated. Interment was Thursday, August 11, 2016, at 11:30 a.m. at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora, Minnesota.

Casket bearers were Ben Meyer, Brian Anderson, Nathan Riss, Wade Venstad, Nicholas Nystul, and Eric Hodgson.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo.


Ted Newman, 64

Ted (Theodore) Newman, 64, of Zimmerman, passed away on August 14, 2016.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Jennie, and brother-in-law, Donald Rose. Ted is survived by his wife of 42 years, Joyce; three much-loved pets, Squeek, Sandy, and Benny; one sister, Lorraine; three brothers, Gene (Theresa), Lloyd (Carol), and Bill (Brenda); and nieces, nephews, other family, and friends.

Visitation will be on Thursday, August 18, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Dare’s Funeral Home, 805 Main St. NW, Elk River. Visitation will also be one hour prior to the service. The funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 19, 2016, at St. John Lutheran Church, 13045 Fremont St., Zimmerman.

Dare’s Funeral Home, Elk River.


Kassondra Sage, 19

Kassondra Lynn Sage, 19, of Delano, died in an automobile accident on Wednesday, August 10, 2016, and joined her Lord and Savior. She was born March 10, 1997, to Gordon Raymond Sage and Joyelle Lea Kreinke.

Kassondra loved the outdoors and to dress up.  She had a hobby of working on vehicles and kissing fish.  She was an avid hunter and fisherman. She loved spending time with family and friends. She had a huge heart and great sense of humor. She loved to make people happy.

Kassondra was preceded in death by her great-grandparents Richard and Beverly Pool, Gordon J. Klein, Ken Kreinke and Roger Wright. She is survived by her parents, father Gordon and Faith Sage and mother Joy and Mike Bradley; siblings, Derrick Sage, Ashley Bruzek, Megan Bruzek, Kyle Bradley, Corbin Ruby, Cody Ruby, and Chainey Sage; grandparents, Keith and Vicky Kreinke, Mike and Mary Helen Sage, Luke and Mary Ellen Cain, Cynthia Wright, and Dave and Roxie Bradley; and great-grandmothers Betty Kreinke and Ione Hilgers.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, August 17, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at Spirit of Joy Church, 3477 10th St. NE. Buffalo. Visitation will took place on Tuesday, August 16, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Iten Funeral Home in Delano, Minnesota. Visitation continued on Wednesday from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the church prior to services.

Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.


Earl Uecker, 80

Earl A. Uecker, 80, of Buffalo, passed away on August 12, 2016.

He was preceded in death by parents, Arthur and Viola Uecker; and son-in-law, Scott Kieliszewski.

Earl will be deeply missed by his wife of 55 years, Karen; children, Karrie Robbins (Jim), Connie Uecker, and Lisa Kieliszewski; six grandchildren, Emily Robbins, Hannah Wiskow (Ryan), Lily Robbins, Gabrielle Kieliszewski, Molly Kieliszewski, and Valerie Kieliszewski; sister, Betty Liefert (Richard); and many relatives and good friends.

A Memorial Service was held Wednesday, August 17 at 3:00 pm at St. John's Lutheran Church, 302 NE 2nd St, Buffalo.  Visitation was at the church one hour before the service. Private interment.

The family of Earl Uecker would like to thank the doctors at Buffalo Clinic, Dr. Deutsch, and the Buffalo Clinic staff. Thank you to Pastor Hanan for all his support and prayers.


Eva Winkelman, 68

Eva Lynn Winkelman, 68, of Greenfield, passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 14, 2016, at her home surrounded by family.

She was born on November 25, 1947, in Watertown the daughter of Tom and Dora (Conzet) Dixon.  She graduated from Rockford High School in 1965.

On September 28, 1968, Eva Dixon and Jim Winkelman were joined in holy marriage in Mound, Minnesota. She formerly worked at Tonka Toys and provided day care services for many children for 35 years.

Eva enjoyed being with family and friends.  She was a very encouraging and loving person. She was a past Girl Scout Leader and belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary.

Eva is survived by her loving husband, Jim Winkelman; children, Lorena, Wilbur, November, Shaunta, and James Winkelman; two grandchildren, Peyton and Logan; sisters, Ann Yonak, Sophie Simar, and Leona Knudsvig; and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and by three brothers-in-law.

Funeral services for Eva Winkelman will be held on Friday, August 19, at 11:00 a.m. at Riverwood Covenant Church, 7189 69th Avenue N., in Greenfield/Rockford.  Pastor Keith Robinson will officiate.  Interment will follow immediately at Elmwood Cemetery.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, August 18, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.  Further visitation will be held on Friday morning, August 19, one hour prior to services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested for the American Cancer Society.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family.