Leonard Dalchow, 80

Leonard “Len” Frank Dalchow, 80, of Hanover departed this life and went to his eternal home on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016.

He was born at home in St. Bonifacious on Jan. 26, 1936, the son of Emil and Louise (Dressel) Dalchow.  Leonard was baptized at St. Peter Lutheran Church in rural Watertown, Minn. on Feb. 23, 1936 by Pastor Karl Rudolph. He was confirmed on April 2, 1950 at St. Peter Lutheran Church by Pastor John Sporner.  His confirmation verse was Philippians 1:2. Len attended St. Peter Lutheran School through the 8th grade. He graduated from Watertown High School on June 1, 1954.

Len worked for neighboring farmers as a boy. His first full-time job was at Molded Products in Maple Plain, Minn.  He was always proud to say he helped to make “Harry the Hairless Horse.”  In 1956, he went to work for Minneapolis Moline in Hopkins, Minn.

Leonard Dalchow and Laura Hunziker were joined in holy marriage on May 4, 1957 at Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer, Minn.  Reverend M. F. Rieche officiated. The Lord blessed their marriage with four children: Lana, Larry, Lee, and Lori.

In 1964, Len began working nights at Pako Corp. in Golden Valley, Minn.  Also, in 1964 he began Len’s Lawn Service, mowing lawns in the mornings before work. In 1977, he decided he needed more space for the business and moved the family from St. Louis Park, Minn. to Hanover, Minn. In 1980, Len left the corporate life to pursue his work-life passion and took his lawn service business full-time. He mowed lawns, sprayed weeds, fertilized lawns, pruning, fall leaf cleanups, landscaping, and snowplowing. He truly loved helping keep God’s creation beautiful and the people he met doing it.  He retired in 2005 yet continued to help friends with small jobs.

He lived in Hanover until March of 2012, when he moved to St. Benedict’s Senior Assisted Living Community in Monticello, Minn.

Len enjoyed his family and friends, sharing stories of times past, telling jokes, gardening, fishing, making beer and wine, traveling, and especially seeing his grandchildren.

Len will be deeply missed by all who loved him!

Survived by: his wife of 50 years, Laura (Hunziker) Dalchow; children, Lana (Doug) Reich, Larry (Marcy) Dalchow, Lee (Michelle) Dalchow, and Lori (Phil) Goth; grandchildren, Kevin and Tyler Reich, Kora and Kena Dalchow, and Jade and Jacob Goth; sisters, Lorena Remer and Gladys Clasen; sisters-in-law, Gwen Dalchow and Louella Dalchow, Harriet Berg, and Faye (Jim) Molnau; brothers-in-law, Doug (Marcia) Hunziker and Chuck (Marilyn) Scharlau; and other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by: his parents, Emil and Louise Dalchow; brothers, Milfred Dalchow and Roy Dalchow; sister, Verna Graunke; brothers-in-law, Virgil Clasen, Orville Graunke, Linus Remer, and Nicholas Berg; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Harold and Louise Hunziker; and sister-in-law, Beverly Scharlau.

Funeral services for Leonard Dalchow were scheduled on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Maple Grove, Minn., with Pastor Steven Briel officiating.  Interment was planned at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery. A visitation was scheduled on Monday, Sept. 19 at the church, with further visitation Tuesday morning an hour prior to services at the church.

Honorary casket bearers: Kora Dalchow, Kena Dalchow, Jade Goth, and Jacob Goth.

Casket bearers: Larry Dalchow, Lee Dalchow, Doug Reich, Phil Goth, Kevin Reich, and Tyler Reich.

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


Lorren Glessing, 88

Lorren Eugene Glessing was born on March 8, 1928 on the family farm in Victor Township, the son of Henry and Emma (Zech) Glessing.  He was the youngest child of their seven children.

A lifelong member of St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake.  He was baptized on April 8, 1928 by Reverend C.G. Seltz and confirmed in his faith on March 29, 1942 by Reverend C.G. Seltz.

Lorren attended Rice Lake School until 7th and 8th grades, when he attended St. James Lutheran School. He then attended Howard Lake Public School until the age of 15, when he began to farm full time on the family farm.

On June 9, 1951, he was united in marriage to Jeanne Wills. Their marriage was blessed with two children, Neal and Dawn.

As a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, he served as an usher, an elder and on the Stewardship Board.

Lorren enjoyed every aspect of farming, especially his dairy herd. He took great pride in taking care of God’s soil and animals.

In June of 2015, Lorren entered the Howard Lake Good Samaritan Care Center.  It was there on Sept. 15, 2016 that he was called to his eternal rest, having reached the age of 88 years, 6 months and 7 days.

He was preceded in death by: his parents, Henry and Emma Glessing; four brothers, Warren, Omar, Howard, and Maurice; and two sisters, Mabel Sherva and Eva Handrich.

Lorren is survived by: his wife, Jeanne of Howard Lake; a son, Neal (and his wife, Marnie) of Howard Lake; a daughter, Dawn (and her husband, Dan Sawatzke) of Waverly; grandsons, David Glessing, Andrew (Nicolle) Sawatzke, and Joe (Beth) Sawatzke; granddaughters, Jeanne (Justin) Hertzog and Abby Sawatzke (and friend, Brad Ficker); three great-grandchildren, Kayden, Addison and Lachlynn Sawatzke; a sister-in-law, Doris Sovde of Golden Valley; brothers-in-law, Darrel Wills of Kimball and Lloyd Wills of Eagan; and nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Funeral services for Lorren Glessing were scheduled on Monday, Sept. 19 at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, with Pastor Mark Loder officiating.  Interment was planned at the Howard Lake Cemetery.  Nancy Butterfass was asked to serve as the organist for the funeral service, and Pastor Mark Loder was asked to be the soloist.

A visitation with prayer service was scheduled on Sunday, Sept. 18 at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, with further visitation on Monday at the church an hour prior to services.

Casket bearers: Andrew Sawatzke, Joe Sawatzke, Jeanne Hertzog, Abby Sawatzke, David Glessing, and Dan Glessing.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family.


Clyde Guennigsmann, 73

Clyde Leo Guennigsmann, 73, of Watertown passed away Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 at his home.

He was born on Sept. 7, 1943 in Howard Lake to Frank and Margaret (Keiser) Guennigsmann. Clyde attended school at Holy Trinity in Winsted. He worked as a farm helper and at the Winsted Creamery before working 35 years at Temroc Metals.

Clyde was a loving husband, dad, grandpa, great-grandpa, brother, uncle, and friend. He loved being outdoors, fishing and mowing lawn. He was known for teasing his family and “kept the cactus close by.”

He was preceded in death by his parents and many siblings.

He is survived by: his wife of 47 years, Darlene; children, Michael (Patty), Marie Wall (friend Scott Richter), Michelle (Joe) Mcleran, and Dean (Nicole); 7 grandchildren, Dillion (Ashley) Jobe, Bradlely (fiancé Austyn) Wall, Danny Wall, Holly Guennigsmann, Sara Guennigsmann, Easton Guennigsmann, and Deklan Guennigsmann; great-grandchild, Brinley Jobe; siblings, John (LaVonne) Guennigsmann, Clifford (LeAnna) Guennigsmann, Marcy (Karen) Guennigsmann, Elmarina Fautsch, Marlys Briesiemiester, and Ralph Guennigsmann; sister-in-law, Jan Guennigsmann; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial service is taking place at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown.  Gathering of family and friends is taking place Thursday, 9-11 a.m. prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements by the Iten’s Watertown Funeral Home.


George Heller, III, 85

George F. Heller, III, longtime resident of Buffalo, Minn., passed from this life on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, surrounded by his family.

George was born in Saint Paul, Minn. on Nov. 30, 1930 to George F. Heller, II and Margaret (Nagel) Heller.  He had two older sisters, Dorothy and Eileen. He graduated from Harding High School in June of 1947 and then drove truck for a meat packing company one year to save up enough money to begin his college education.

He studied instrumental music at the College of St. Thomas under the guidance of Professor Francis Mayer.  His principal instrument was the clarinet, but he played all instruments and earned additional funds for college by playing in local jazz bands, ice shows and musical theater productions.

He married Eunice E. Follingstad on Jan. 28, 1956, and together they raised three daughters, Karen, Gretchen and Morgan.  George was a loving and devoted father, and his family meant everything to him.

George taught instrumental music at Taylors Falls and Lyle, Minn. before he and Eunice moved to Buffalo in the fall of 1960.  He taught instrumental music to the elementary and junior/senior high school students in Buffalo, Montrose and Hanover until a new high school was built in Buffalo in the early 1970s.  He then chose to continue teaching the elementary and junior high students until his retirement in 1987.  He fondly remembered his former students over the years, always referring to them as “my kids.”  He was very proud of them all and sought to give them an appreciation for music that would last an entire lifetime.

George was an avid motorcycling enthusiast and traveled all across the United States, Canada and Europe. He was a gifted woodworker and clock maker and studied World War II aviation history in his spare time.  He was a 50-plus-year member of the Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star, having served as Master of the Lodge and as Worthy Patron.

George is survived by: his devoted daughters, Karen (Scott Jondro) Heller of Minneapolis, Gretchen (Richard) Katzenberger of Buffalo and Morgan Heller of Buffalo; grandsons, Benjamin Monroe and Jesse Lawrence; many loving nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Loretta Follingstad; and special friend, Lorraine Venaas.  He is also survived by: his Family of the Heart, Joachim and Elke Ahlers of Westhofen, Germany and Deb Lefebvre of Buffalo; and Grandchildren of his Heart, Hannes and Emma Ahlers, and Sophie, Sam, Henry, and Lucy Lefebvre.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; wife; sisters and their spouses; nieces, Irene Scott and Ruth Foucault; and great-nephew, Danny Thesenvitz. He was also preceded in death by his beloved friends, Raymond O. Howe, Sheldon Fertig, Sr. and Eric Lefebvre.

Visitation was scheduled on Sunday, Sept. 18 at the Peterson Chapel, Buffalo.  A celebration of his life was scheduled on Monday, Sept. 19 at Zion Lutheran Church, Buffalo, with Pastor Luke Schmidt officiating.  Further visitation was planned for one hour before the service at church. A private family service was planned at Lakeview Cemetery following the service.

Honorary casket bearers were Scott Jondro and Paul Thesenvitz.

Casket bearers: Gretchen Katzenberger, Richard Katzenberger, Karen Heller, Michael Luth, William Luth, and Patricia Bailey.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.

Serving the family, the Peterson Chapel of Buffalo.


Margery Koosman, 83

Margery E. Koosman, 83, of Litchfield, Minn. died on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016 at the Dassel Lakeside Heath Care Center.

A memorial service was scheduled on Monday, Sept. 19 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Litchfield, with visitation an hour prior to the service and interment in the Backus Cemetery, Backus, Minn.

Margery Estella Koosman, the daughter of Carl and Caroline (Miller) Rettig, was born on Jan. 25, 1933 in Brownton, Minn.  She graduated from Winthrop High School in 1951 and continued her education, graduating from the Mankato Commercial College in 1952.

She was united in marriage to Waldon William Koosman on June 6, 1953 at St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Pen Township.  Throughout her life she lived in Howard Lake, Backus and Litchfield, and she worked at Wright-Hennepin Electric in Maple Lake, Minn, at a toy factory in Golden Valley, Minn., Buffalo Veener 16 years, and the Corner Store in Backus.  She served as a Sunday school teacher and was president, secretary and treasurer of the Ladies Guild while attending church in Backus.  When she moved to Howard Lake in 1996, she was a member of St. James Lutheran Church, and she was currently a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Litchfield.  Margery enjoyed fishing, crocheting, cooking, coloring, puzzles, and playing bingo and cards.  She will be remembered for her feisty personality and one-liner jokes.

She is survived by: her children, Janice (Doug) Frykholm, Keith Koosman, Steve (Kim) Koosman, and Wayne (Connie) Koosman, all of Howard Lake, and Kevin (Barb) Koosman of Litchfield; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mildred Rettman of Winthrop, Minn.

She was preceded in death by: her parents, Carl and Caroline; husband, Waldon; daughter, Mary Riker; son-in-law, Larry Riker; brothers; and two grandsons.

Arrangements were by Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home, Litchfield.


Patricia Malecek-Rademacher, 65

Patricia Mae Malecek-Rademacher, 65, of Delano passed away on Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 at the Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

She was born March 6, 1951 to Edward and Louise (Bailey) Malecek in Olivia, Minn. Pat was a beloved daughter, sister, aunt, sister-in-law, and friend to many. She had a special place in her heart for her nieces and nephews. She loved to dote on them and their families. Whether it was always remembering a birthday, canning different things for everyone, making that special meal that was their favorite, or sewing something just for them.

Pat was preceded in death by her husband, Elwood “Rod” Rademacher, father, Edward Malecek, and a nephew, Chris Smith.

She is survived by: her mother, Louise Malecek; siblings, Jackie (Larry) Smith, Edward “Butch” (Martha) Malecek, Ted (Margie) Malecek, Mary (Alan) Spears, Jean (Don) Hayes, Dave Malecek (Laureen Peterson), Terry (Daryl) Foss, Mike Malecek, Steve (Hisae) Malecek, and Jon (Patty) Malecek; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 at Lyndale Lutheran Church, Independence, Minn.  Visitation was scheduled on Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 5-7 p.m. at Iten Funeral Home in Delano.  Visitation will continue from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church prior to service.  Interment, Elmwood Cemetery, Rockford.

Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.


Myrtle Penn, 96

Myrtle H. (Oelschlager) Penn, 96, of Minneapolis, previously of Albion Township, Wright County, Minn., passed away peacefully, with her family at her side, on Sept. 12, 2016 at Lino Lakes Assisted Living.

She was a spiritual woman and derived strength and inner peace as a life-long member of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod.  Growing up on a farm, she had a strong connection to the beauty and wonder of nature.  Gardening was her favorite pastime.  Myrtle had a never-ending thirst for knowledge, especially history, and loved learning through reading, research and travel.

Myrtle will be remembered as a hardworking, loving and supportive, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to her family.

Preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, George "Ted" Edward Penn, and son, Phillip Penn.

She will be deeply missed by: her children, James, Thomas (Barbara), Steven (William), and Virginia Owens (Richard); grandchildren, Stephanie, Alexandra, Creighton, Scott, and Craig; six great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; four step-great-great-grandchildren; and many relatives and good friends.

Per her wishes, private family services were planned.  In lieu of flowers, Myrtle would hope that you would do an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness for a person in need.

Our mother was Honest, Tenacious and Resourceful.  Mother was our Mentor and Heroine.  We learned how to live our lives by watching you live yours.


Brandon Snare, 32

Brandon Joel Snare, 32, of Buffalo, formerly Monticello, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016.

He was born to Noel and Mary (Kalinowski) Snare on Sept. 2, 1984 in St. Louis Park.  He was baptized by Pastor Ed Blair at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo and confirmed in the Lutheran faith by Pastor John Folkerds at Zion Lutheran Church.

Brandon was a 2003 graduate from Buffalo High School, where he was on the football and wrestling teams.  After graduating, Brandon began working with Great West Mechanical, where he obtained his Master Plumber, until 2013.  He then worked with Local 15 from 2013 until his passing.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, the outdoors, and spending time with his children.

He was preceded in death by: his sister, Jessica Snare; grandparents, Adrian and Marion Snare, Darlene Kalinowski and Addie Kalinowski; uncle, “J.R.” Harry Kalinowski, Jr.; and cousin, Jonathan Kalinowski.

Brandon is survived by: his wife, Shelagh Snare of Monticello; children, Wyatt, 4, and Naomi, 1, Snare; parents, Noel and Mary Snare of Buffalo; brother, Dustin (Coventry) Snare (and their daughter, Charlize) of Plymouth; grandfather, Harry Kalinowski, Sr. of Palm Desert, Calif.; parents-in-law, Larry and Pat Darrow of Buffalo; sister-in-law, Rachel (Tom) Sauer (and their daughter, Joslyn) of Buffalo; Bev Averill of Howard Lake; aunt, Julie (Robert) Snare-Witt of Wayzata; uncles, Alan (Sylvia) Snare of Reno, Nev., Kerry (Connie) Snare of Elk River and Scott (Laura) Snare of Big Lake; and many cousins and friends.

Visitation was scheduled on Monday, Sept. 19 at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo, with further visitation an hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.  Funeral services for Brandon Snare was scheduled on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at Zion Lutheran Church, with Pastors Ted Vanderpan and Luke Schmidt officiating.  Burial was planned at Zion Cemetery in Buffalo.

Honorary casket bearers: Scott Snare, Kerry Snare and Alan Snare.

Casket bearers: Dustin Snare, Samuel Hovda, Aaron Kath, Andrew Spike, John Pawlik, and Brevik Tharaldson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Brandon Snare Memorial Fund set up at KleinBank, Buffalo for his children, Wyatt and Naomi.

Serving the family, the Peterson Chapel of Buffalo.


Walter Swartzer, 90

Walter J. Swartzer, 90, of the Lighthouse of Waconia, formerly of Watertown, passed away peacefully on Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 surrounded by family.

He was born on Oct. 31, 1925 in Woodland Township, Wright County, Minn. to George and Susan (Gallus) Swartzer. Walt graduated from Delano High School.

He enlisted in the Navy during World War II.

He was united in marriage on Oct. 4, 1952 to Irene E. Salonek at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown, Minn. Walt was employed at Minnesota Rubber Company 34 years. He was also part of a family business, doing sewer and septic work until retirement.

Walt served as trustee at St. Mary of Czestochowa Catholic Church for 60 years. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus and the Fourth Degree. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing, camping, and biking. Over the years he had amassed a large beer can collection, even though he didn’t drink beer. He was also known for doing antler mounts of the family’s deer antlers. Most of all, he was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and a friend to many.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; siblings, Gladys, Donald, George Jr., Jack, and Marvin Swartzer; parents-in-law, Louis and Frances Salonek; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Tom Kuka, Leo Blackketter, Emmett Lynch, Louie Bury, Sandy Swartzer, Mary Helen Swartzer, Marguerite Swartzer, Laurie Swartzer, Marvin Salonek, and Dorothy and George Campbell.

Walt is survived by: his wife of 63 years, Irene; children, David (Mary) Swartzer, Ronald (Carmen) Swartzer, James (Kristie) Swartzer, Julie (Mark) Hecksel, and Kenneth (Jackie) Swartzer; 10 grandchildren, Heather (Kristopher) Hanson, Sarah (Kyle) Grandahl, Ryan (Allison) Swartzer, Christopher (Althea) Swartzer, Jennifer (Josh) Converse, Cassandra (Kyle) Kuntz, James Swartzer Jr, Ashley (Eric) Mattson, Nicole Hecksel (Corey Henderson), and Joshua (Samantha) Swartzer; 15 great-grandchildren, Luke and Emily Hanson, Samantha and Matthew Grandahl, Tyler, Emma, Jackson, and Ava Swartzer, Nora Dubay, Ryker Converse, Fred and Gil Mattson, Carter Motzko, and two on the way; siblings, Lorraine Lynch, Betty Bury, Joe (Dorothy) Swartzer, Luverne Blackketter, Marian Kuka, Susan (Ed) Windsperger, Bob (Mary Lynn) Swartzer, Ervin (Renee) Swartzer, Gene Swartzer, Tony Swartzer, and Peter (Alice) Swartzer; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Rosemary Swartzer, Izy Salonek and Marge (Mylen) Cardinal.

Mass of Christian Burial was scheduled at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 19 at St. Mary of Czestochowa Catholic Church in rural Delano, Minn., with visitation from 4-8 p.m. Sunday (including a 3:30 p.m. Knights of Columbus Rosary) and continued on Monday prior to the Mass, all at the church.  Interment with Military Honors was planned in the church cemetery.

Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.