Sharon Boehme, 72

Sharon Rose Boehme, 72, of Buffalo passed away on Thursday morning, April 3, 2014 at Park View Care Center in Buffalo.

She was born on March 31, 1942 in St. Paul, Minn. the daughter of John and Dolores (Holland) Opheim.  Sharon graduated from St. Joseph Academy and attended a year at St. Catherine’s in St. Paul.  She was a talented artist.

Sharon was a faithful member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.

Survived by: loving husband, “Bill;” children, David (Melissa) Boehme of Michigan, Dolores (Adam) Fretis of Edina and Dennis (Sheri) Boehme of Maple Grove; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; half-brothers, John E. Opheim and Gregory Opheim; and other relatives and friends.  Preceded in death by her parents, John and Dolores Opheim, and by a brother, Dennis Opheim.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Sharon Boehme was scheduled on Saturday, April 5 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo, with Father David Hennen as the Celebrant and a visitation on Saturday an hour prior to Mass at the church.

Memorials preferred to the Buffalo Food Shelf.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family.


Steven Crowley, 50

Steven F. Crowley, 50, of Delano, Minn. passed away as a result of a motor vehicle accident the morning of April 11, 2014.

The son of Francis Crowley and Marie Caponero, Steve was born on Oct. 20, 1963 in Rhode Island, where he spent most of his youth before moving to New York for his high school years. He attended the University of Chicago, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics.

Steve married the love of his life, Anne Barnard, in 1987 and the couple resided in New York for a short time before moving to the Twin Cities. Steve and Anne welcomed three beautiful children into their lives, Elizabeth, Mark and William. In 2006, the “city boy” and his family made their home on a horse farm in Delano. Steve was a devoted husband, proud father and loving son. He also was the consummate professional. Spending nearly 30 years working in the investment industry, Steve leaves a legacy of success and dedicated mentorship in the Twin Cities investment community.

Steve was a wine aficionado who shared his knowledge and passion for the grape with everyone who was fortunate to dine with him. He also was a sports enthusiast, balancing his lifelong loyalty to the Red Sox with his love of teams in his adopted home state of Minnesota.

Steve is survived by: his wife of 27 years, Anne Crowley; daughter, Elizabeth; sons, Mark and William; and parents, Francis Crowley, Marie Caponero and stepfather Robert Caponero.  He was preceded in death by his brother, Mark Crowley, and cousin, Phillip Purchia.

A funeral Mass was scheduled on Wednesday, April 16, 11:30 a.m., at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Delano, with a visitation on Tuesday, April 15 at Martha’s Hall of St. Peter’s Catholic Church (visitation continued Wednesday at Martha’s Hall an hour prior to Mass).  Interment was planned at Calvary Cemetery in Delano.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to: Courage Kenny Foundation, 3915 Golden Valley Road, Minneapolis, MN 55422.

Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.


Alice Hillukka, 86

Alice Francelia (Siltala) Hillukka, lovingly called Fran or Franny, of Big Lake, Minn. reached her eternal home Thursday, April 10, 2014 at the age of 86 years.

Fran was born on Sept. 11, 1927 in Sebeka, Minn. to Emil and Sandra (Pajari) Siltala.

Fran was united in marriage to Arnold Hillukka on March 17, 1962. They resided in Crystal, Minn. and bore three children. She worked alongside her husband at Finnish Sauna Builders, the company they founded in 1963.

She is survived by: daughter, Carol (Don) Kariniemi of Buffalo, Minn.; son, Keith (Mary Hall) Hillukka, of Cave Creek, Ariz.; daughter, Kathi (Jonathan) Aho of Becker, Minn.; 21 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; sister, Inez (Karl) Seppala of Crystal; brother, Peter (Dagmar) Siltala of Sebeka; and sister-in-law, Millie Siltala of Sebeka.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, Arnold; parents; brothers, Arnold and Ervin Siltala; sisters, Hazel (Wikman) Bimberg, Agnes Johnson and Ellen Mae (Pajari) Niskanen; and granddaughter, Marissa Rose Hillukka.

Visitation was scheduled on Wednesday, April 16 from 5-8 p.m., with a memorial service at 7 p.m.  Funeral service will be held Thursday, April 17, 10:30 a.m., with visitation one hour prior to service.  Both services planned at Minneapolis Laestadian Lutheran Church, 13030 47th Ave. N., Plymouth, Minn.  Committal service will be held at Balmi Cemetery in Wolf Lake, Minn. at approximately 4:15 p.m.  Family and friends will gather at Laestadian Lutheran Church of Menahga, 25 Juniper Ave. NW, Menahga after the burial service.

The Peterson Chapel, St. Michael/Albertville, Minn. assisted the family with arrangements.


Patty Hofman, 48

Patty Hofman, 48, of Delano died Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at her home.

Mass of Christian Burial was scheduled on Monday, April 14 at St. Timothy Catholic Church in Maple Lake with Fr. John Meyer as the Celebrant.  Burial followed at St. Timothy Catholic Cemetery in Maple Lake.  Visitation (prayer service) was planned on Sunday evening, and then on Monday morning, both at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Maple Lake.

Patricia Ann Hofman was born June 12, 1965 at the St. Cloud Hospital to Roger and Kathleen (Provo) Hofman.  She graduated from Maple Lake High School with the Class of 1984.  Patty worked at Functional Industries in Buffalo. She was a huge sports fan and loved all the Minnesota teams.  Patty enjoyed bingo, bowling, word puzzles, and spending time with family.

She is survived by: her mother, Katie of Maple Lake; sisters, Lorie (Tim) Hegle of Annandale and Katherine (Paul) Decker of Buffalo; brother, Joseph (Kim) of Buffalo; nieces and nephews, Lisa Hegle (friend Jen), Aaron (Melanie) Hegle, Tyler (Kelly) Decker, Darin Decker, Nate Mass, and Maddi Mass; and great-nephews, Austin and Eli Hegle.  Patty was preceded in death by her father, Roger.

Urn bearers: Aaron Hegle, Tyler Decker, Lisa Hegle, Darin Decker, Nate Mass, and Maddi Mass.  Alison Totz provided the music for the service.

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


Dolores Kallunki, 86

Dolores E. Kallunki, 86, of Annandale died Friday, April 11, 2014 at her home.

Funeral services were scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 15 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in French Lake with Rev. Edward Groop officiating.  Burial followed at Riverside Cemetery near French Lake.  Visitation with a prayer service were scheduled from 4-7 p.m. Monday at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Annandale and one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church.

Dolores Evelyn Kallunki was born April 29, 1927 to Edward and Gladys (Bjurstrom) Hanson in Minneapolis.  She grew up in Annandale and graduated from Annandale High School with the Class of 1945.

On June 29, 1946, Dolores was united in marriage to Roland “Butch” Kallunki at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Annandale.  Over the years, she worked at the Rockford Bakery, West Albion Creamery, Camp Courage, Annandale Schools Cafeteria, and she cleaned houses.  Dolores was a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in French Lake; she served as a Sunday school teacher, deaconess and also served on the church board.  Dolores enjoyed gardening, knitting, crocheting, singing, working on crossword puzzles, and spending time with her family.

She is survived by: her children, Jeff of Annandale, Cheryl (Arley) Hartsoch of Ray, N.D., Tim (Shirley) of Rathdrum, Idaho, Les (Carol) of Clearwater, Lori of Annandale, Jay (Angie) of Annandale, and Rhonda (Russ) Christinsen of South Haven; sister, Gloria Raisanen of Buffalo; 15 grandchildren, Brent, Daniel and Erik Hartsoch, Sara Peterson, Garrett, Owen, Briita and Paige Kallunki, Katie Linder, Kasey Laney, Whitney and Paige Danielson, Sydney Delp, and Jenna and Chloe Christinsen; and 10 great-grandchildren, Sam, Graham, Ben, Jake, Collin, Katie, James, Easton, Piper, and Rylee.  She was preceded in death by: her parents, Edward and Gladys Hanson; husband, Butch Kallunki; and brother, Edward Hanson.

Pallbearers: Josh Laney, Josh Linder, Marty McClanahan, Dave Connelly, Erik Hartsoch, Daniel Hartsoch, and Brent Hartsoch.

Margaret Groop and Bev Sorensen were asked to provide the music for the service.

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


Vernon Lundquist, 81

Vernon Lundquist, 81, of Buffalo, Minn. passed away on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at his residence.

He was born on Aug. 2, 1932 in Maple Lake Township the son of John and Elsa (Froid) Lundquist.  Vernon enjoyed farming on his great-grandfather’s farmstead for many years.  He was a school bus driver for Hoglund Bus Company 17 years. He also worked at Authority Deck & Fence in Clearwater until 2006.

Vernon and Betty fostered children for many years. They fostered Margaret and Marie Amundson from early teens to adulthood.

Vernon loved farming, spending time with his children, bird watching, animals, and teasing others. He was a skilled welder and used his talents to make birdhouses.

He is survived by: wife of 58 years, Betty; children, Margaret (Darwin) Jauert, Marie (Donald) Grundy, Carol (Jay) Nelson, and Steven (Annette) Lundquist; 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; sister, Elyce (Marvin) Arvidson; and many other relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral service for Vernon Lundquist was scheduled on Saturday, April 12 at Tri-County Alliance Church in Clearwater, Minn., with interment at Riverside Cemetery in Monticello, Minn.  A visitation was scheduled on Friday, April 11 at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, with further visitation an hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.

Casket bearers: Dennis Elyea, Ron Mix, Heath Jauert, Steve DeMarais, Scott Sypnieski, and Jeremy Hultberg.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family.


Lorraine Oliver, 88

Lorraine R. Oliver was born on May 8, 1925 at Benton Harbor, Mich. to William and Rose (Randolph) Tollifson.  She grew up in Benton Harbor until 1937.  The family moved to Minneapolis, and then to a farm north of Howard Lake in 1940.  Lorraine graduated from Howard Lake High School in 1943.

On Dec. 1, 1943, she married Dale Clinton Oliver.  They enjoyed 60 years of marriage together and had one son, Dale Lee Oliver.  They made their home on the farm north of Howard Lake, where they farmed and raised their family.  Lorraine still lived there at the time of her death.

She enjoyed most outdoor activities, and she loved the farm life, except for pigs.  She still mowed her own large yard, liked gardening and canning and was very fond of her dog, Irish.

Lorraine passed away at Mercy Hospital of Coon Rapids on April 12, 2014.  She had reached the age of 88 years, 11 months and 4 days.

Survivors include: daughter-in-law, Sharon Oliver of Howard Lake; sisters, Kay (Bill) Schendel of St. Bonifacious and Ginger Kranitz of Edina; and sister-in-law, Doris Tolifson of New Hope.

Preceding her in death: parents, William and Rose Tollifson; husband, Dale Oliver; son, Lee Oliver; brothers, George, PeeWee and Gene; and sister, Mickey Lemke.

Memorial service is taking place 1 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato.  Visitation will be an hour prior to the service.  Interment will be at the Sylvan Cemetery.


Virginia Ross, 74

Virginia A. Ross, 74, of Buffalo, Minn. passed away on April 11, 2014 at Park View Care Center in Buffalo.  Private services to be held.

Virginia was born on June 23, 1939 to Henry and Beatrice Miller in Saginaw, Mich.  Virginia loved to watch old movies, listen to Elvis, playing cards, and “she loved to work the phones.”  She will be greatly missed by all of her family and friends.

Preceded in death by: her parents, Henry and Beatrice Miller; son, Richard Ross; and brother, Gerald Miller.

She is survived by: her children, Patricia (Thomas) Dahlheimer of Dassel, Minn., Eugene (Beverly) Ross of St. Michael, Minn. and John (Carla) Ross of Oak Park, Minn.; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and one brother, Henry (Clara) Miller of Michigan.

The Peterson Chapel served the family.


Beatrice Specht, 89

Beatrice M. “Bea” (Holt) Specht, 89, of Buffalo passed away on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at Park View Care Center in Buffalo.

She was born Dec. 17, 1924 in Barnesville, Minn. the daughter of Willard and Matilda Opsahl Holt.  Bea graduated from Barnesville High School in 1943 and later attended the Interstate Business College in Fargo.  Prior to her marriage, she worked for NW Bell Telephone Company in Fargo.

On April 19, 1947, Beatrice M. Holt and Jerome E. Specht were joined in holy marriage at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Barnesville.  God blessed their marriage with three children.

Bea worked in the office of Christianson Chevrolet in Buffalo and later served as a deputy clerk in the Wright County Clerk of Court Office.  She supported her fellow workers, walking picket lines while an employee of NW Bell in Fargo and later in the ‘70s as an employee of Wright County.

Bea was a longtime member of Zion Lutheran Church, active in Ladies Aide and making crafts for the annual Harvest of Hands Festival.  She was a member of the Buffalo Women’s Club, an avid golfer and a Buffalo Heights Women’s League Champion.  She was proud of her Norwegian heritage and didn’t speak English until she started school.  She enjoyed sharing her heritage in the arts of rosemaling, hardanger embroidery and baking lefse and krumkaka, and making rommegrot.

She is survived by: loving husband, Jerome “Jerry” Specht; children: Jeff (Jerris) Specht of Mesa, Ariz., Sharon (Mike) Hickman of Golden Valley and LeAnn (Harley) Pommier of Buffalo; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by her parents and by two sisters, Gladys Novak and Marian Hillrud.

A celebration of Bea’s life is taking place on Tuesday, April 22, 11 a.m., at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo.  Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 22 at the church one hour prior to services.

Interment will follow at Zion Lutheran Cemetery.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family.


Norma Van Derveer, 80

Norma J. Van Derveer, 80, of Annandale died from pancreatic cancer on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at her home under hospice care surrounded by the love of her family.

Memorial services were scheduled on Tuesday, April 15 at Annandale Evangelical Free Church in Annandale with Pastor Denny Johnson officiating, visitation at the church on Tuesday and interment at a later date in Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Norma Jean Van Derveer was born Sept. 1, 1933 in Oak Park, Minn. to Lester and Jurine (Olson) Elwell. Norma attended school in Milaca, where she graduated with the high school class of 1951. Following graduation, Norma moved to Minneapolis, where she worked for Sears.

She was united in marriage to Harry “Dutch” William Van Derveer on May 16, 1953 at Oak Park Church. Norma began working in the accounting department for Investors Diversified Service in Minneapolis.

Norma and Dutch moved to their home on Clearwater Lake in 1975. Norma remained working at I.D.S. 28 years before retiring in 1983. After retirement, Norma gave many extensive hours through her volunteer efforts. She volunteered her time at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Buffalo Hospital, Pioneer Park, and Annandale Care Center. She helped served funeral luncheons at the Annandale Free Church and was also an assistant Boy Scout leader. In her free time, Norma enjoyed many hobbies, including: knitting, crocheting, sewing, cooking, baking, her bowling league, and playing on the I.D.S. softball team. Norma’s greatest enjoyment in life was the time she spent with her family.

She is survived by: her husband of 60 years, Harry “Dutch;” children and their spouses, Ronald and Nancee and Renae and Tom Kirby; 8 grandchildren, Jesse, Eddy and Kaz Hultgren, Michelle Gillette, Kristen and Rachel Van Derveer, and Carrie Vigen and Scott Kirby; 5 great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Brooklyn, and Kipton Gillette, Jackson Mielke, and Roxi Hultgren; siblings, Eileen Fussy and Dennis and Nancy Elwell; and nieces, nephews and other relatives. Norma was preceded in death by her parents, Lester and Jurine.

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


Alfred Zachman, 87

Alfred P. Zachman, 87, of St. Michael, Minn. passed away on April 7, 2014 at Park View Care Center, Buffalo, Minn.

Mass of Christian Burial was scheduled on Monday, April 14 at St. Michael Catholic Church, with visitation and Knights of Columbus rosary Sunday evening at the Peterson Chapel, St. Michael.  Further visitation was scheduled one hour prior to Mass on Monday at the church.  Interment was to follow at St. Michael Cemetery.

Alfred was born on April 6, 1927 in Frankfort Township, St. Michael, Minn., the son of Gregor and Susan (Servaty) Zachman.

He married Roselyn Catherine Vetsch on Oct. 18, 1952 at St. Michael Historic Catholic Church.

Alfred was a lifetime farmer, charter member of Knights of Columbus 4174 and served on the Frankfort Township Board 15 years.

When he retired, he loved gardening.

Preceded in death by: his parents, Gregor and Susan Zachman; brother and sister-in-law, Arnold and Mary Alice Zachman; and brothers-in-law, Paul Laky and William Lehn.

Survived by: his wife of 61 years, Roselyn Zachman; children, Diane (Ken) Piechocki, Charles (Yvonne) Zachman, Perry (Barbara) Zachman, Jeremy (Charlene) Zachman, Molly (Rich) Lostetter, Bradley (Christel) Zachman, and Roxanne (friend, Dave) Christensen; 15 grandchildren and 6-plus great-grandchildren; brother, Gilbert (Audrey) Zachman; and sisters, Philomena Laky and Alberta Lehn.

Memorials preferred to St. Michael Catholic Church or Park View Care Center.

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