Theresa Barthel, 61

Theresa “Terri” Barthel, 61, of St. Michael passed away on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 at her residence.

She was born on Aug. 7, 1955 the daughter of Harry T. and Mary “Pat” (Carnes) Armstrong.

On Feb. 2, 1973, Bernard M. “Ben” Barthel and Theresa “Terri” Armstrong were joined in marriage in Watertown, S.D. God blessed their marriage with a daughter.

Terri graduated from Rockford High School in 1973 and also with a business finance degree from St. Catherine’s College.  She was formerly employed as a consultant at IBM and Prudential.  Terri was also the proprietor of Journey Consulting.

She loved to travel, especially taking cruises.  Terri enjoyed hosting Thanksgiving for a large gathering, St. Patrick’s Day and also to try new things. She was a member of the St. Michael Catholic Church in St. Michael, Minn.

Survived by: a daughter, Danni Marie (Mark) Olson; a granddaughter, Talia Olson; siblings, Alice (Tim) Pettit, Mike (Wendy) Armstrong, Danny Armstrong, and Laura Diemert; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Lynette (Rick) Deziel, Benita (Jim) Oliver, Gerry Barthel, Gordy Barthel, Theresa (Mike) Treptau, Michele (Dan) Pawelk, Charlene (Gerard) Willette, Lisa (Kenny) Daluge, and Pam (Mike) Vetsch; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Preceded in death by: her husband, Bernard “Ben” Barthel; parents, Harry and Mary “Pat” Armstrong; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bernard “Bernie” and Irene Barthel; and a sister-in-law, Carole Barthel.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Theresa “Terri” Barthel will be held on Thursday, March 9, 11 a.m., at the St. Michael Catholic Church.  Interment will follow at St. Michael Cemetery.  Visitation Wednesday, March 8 from 4-8 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home.  Further visitation will be held on Thursday morning an hour prior to Mass at the church.

Honorary casket bearers will be Shane Armstrong and Billy Vetsch.

Casket bearers will be: Danny Armstrong, Phil Armstrong, Nick Diemert, Skyler Diemert, Kyle Vetsch, and Paul Vetsch.

Arrangements for Theresa “Terri” Barthel are by the Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home.


Howard Bursch, 72

Howard Elder Bursch, 72, passed away peacefully in his Brainerd home on Feb. 26, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Fern Bursch.

Howard was born on May 9, 1944 in Greenfield, Minn.

He is survived by: his loving wife, Carol Bursch; his seven children, Ronda Rux, Darren (Michelle) Bursch, Douglas (Heidi) Bursch, Mark (Erica) Bursch, Lori Lofrano, Lisa (Todd) Paavola, and John Yaeger III; seventeen grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and siblings, Carl and Alice.

Howard served in the U.S. Army. He was employed with Ford Motor Company 30 years and Target Corporation 20 years.  He had a great love for his family and friends; he enjoyed his retirement years with his wife, Carol, on their lake home in Brainerd.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are with Nelson-Doran Funeral Home, Brainerd, Minn.


Michael Jude, 67

Michael J. Jude, 67, of Maple Lake, Minn. died Saturday March 4, 2017 at the Buffalo Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 8 at St. Timothy Catholic Church, Maple Lake with Fr. John Meyer as Celebrant. Burial followed at St. Charles Catholic Cemetery, Chatham Township. Visitation 4:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday and 9:00-10:00 a.m. Wednesday at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Maple Lake. A prayer service 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Michael James Jude was born Oct. 19, 1949 in St. Cloud, Minn. to James and Erma (Ring) Jude. Mike grew up in Maple Lake, where he attended school and graduated with the Class of 1967.

On June 1, 1974, Mike was united in marriage to Kathleen Schaufler at St. Timothy Catholic Church. Mike worked for Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association and retired after 37 years. Mike and Katie enjoyed traveling across the country, as well traveling to overseas destinations, such as Rome, Israel and Ireland. Mike also enjoyed camping and boating, but the greatest enjoyment in his life was the time he was able to spend with his friends and family, especially his grandchildren.

Mike is survived by: his wife of 42 years, Katie of Maple Lake; sons, Ryan (Kari) of Annandale and Aaron of Maple Lake; grandchildren, Cody Stueven, Alayna Jude and Makenna Jude; siblings, Thomas (Peggy) of Mountlake Terrace, Wash., Joseph (Brenda) of Monticello and Mary Jo (Jerry) Sawatzke of Maple Lake; and many nieces, nephews, other family members, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Erma Jude.

David Sawatzke, Steve Holland, Adam Schaufler, Jonathan Jude, Jason Jude, and Cody Stueven served as pallbearers.

Krista Elsenpeter Tarbox and Shannon Paumen provided music for the service.

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


Lorraine Lynch, 88

Lorraine M. Lynch, 88, of Watertown passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 4, 2017 with her family by her side.

She was born on Jan. 8, 1929 in Woodland Township, Wright County, Minn. to George and Susan (Gallus) Swartzer.

Lorraine was united in marriage to Emmett D. Lynch on Jan. 20, 1951 at St. Mary of Czestochowa Catholic Church in Delano.  She was devout in her faith and was an active member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown, serving in many capacities. Lorraine worked as a nurse, EMT and ambulance driver in the Watertown area. She was also involved with the American Red Cross for over 50 years.  Lorraine was a member of the Watertown American Legion Auxillary for over 63 years, serving as an officer over 25 years.  She was also a member of the Montrose VFW Auxillary, Watertown City Council and Watertown Garden Club. She loved to spend time with her family and trips to the hunting shack up north.

She was preceded in death by: her husband of 58 years, Emmett; daughter, Margaret; parents, George and Susan Swartzer; parents-in-law, John and Josephine Lynch; siblings, Gladys, Donald, George Jr., Jack, Marvin, and Walter Swartzer; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Tom Kuka, Leo Blackketter, Louie Bury, Sandy Swartzer, Mary Helen Swartzer, Marguerite Swartzer, Laurie Swartzer, Edward and Genevieve Lynch, Leon Lynch, Ambrose Lynch, and Ben Lachermeier.

Lorraine is survived by: her children, Mary (Fred) Muhs, Pat (Joan) Lynch, Mike (Cindy) Lynch, Emmett J. (Belinda) Lynch, Joe (Mary) Lynch, and Tim (Debbie) Lynch; 18 grandchildren, Greg (Amy) Muhs, Laura (Brian) McSwain, Stephanie Muhs (special friend Karl Eaton), Katie (Adam) Leuthner, Emily (Phillip) Victory, Anna (Ryan) Sandquist, Aaron (Jennifer) Lynch, Matt (Paige) Lynch, Christine (William) Spomer, Colleen (Tim) Norman, Cordell (Terese) Lynch, Audrey (Kyle) Rogers, Emmett James (Kimberly) Lynch, Allison (Corey) Moses, Amy (Dustin) Kammerer, Rachel Lynch, Amanda (Connor) Klovstad, and Victoria Lynch; 25 great-grandchildren; siblings, Betty Bury, Joe (Dorothy) Swartzer, Luverne Blackketter, Marion Kuka, Susan (Ed) Windsperger, Bob (Mary) Swartzer, Ervin (Renee) Swartzer, Gene Swartzer, Anthony Swartzer, and Peter (Alice) Swartzer; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Irene Swartzer, Rosemary Swartzer, Marcella Lachermeier, Jim Lynch, Carol Nelson; and Mary Jane Geyen Lynch; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 8 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown. Visitation Tuesday, 4-8 p.m., and continued Wednesday, 9:30- 10:30 a.m., with a 9 a.m. Rosary prior to the Mass, all at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.  Interment in the church cemetery.

Arrangements by Iten’s Watertown Funeral Home.


Robert Quigley, 85

Robert C.  “Bob” Quigley, 85, of Buffalo, formerly Osseo, Minn, passed away peacefully at home March 3, 2017 surrounded with the love of his family.

Bob owned and operated his own Excavating Company for over 30 years.  As Bob transitioned to retirement, he traded his passion for heavy equipment to collecting Antique Case tractors.  He enjoyed the hunt of finding tractors at auctions and showing them off at area thrashing shows, as well as his annual participation in the Osseo Lions Roar Parade. For over 40 years, Bob was a member of the Osseo Lions Club and a longtime member of the Osseo Legion Post 172.

Bob was a Korean War Era Army Veteran. In retirement, Bob enjoyed hours of fishing and mowing his many acres of grass.

He was preceded in death by: his parents, Martin and Anastasia Quigley; wife, Darlene Quigley; and sisters and brother-in-law, Catherine and Walter Goth, and Sr. Marie Clemente.

Survived by: wife, Marilyn Quigley; sons, Steven Quigley (Leslie), Charles Quigley, John Quigley (Renee), and James Quigley; daughters, Donna Schumm, Michelle Swanson (Scott) and Lori Grambart (Mark); step-children, Steve Welter (Alice), Patty Schroder (Joe), Karen Polaschek (Jerry), Anne Rumpza (Mike), Mary Aubol (Bruce), Mike Welter (Janet), Sue Berning (Mark), and Therese Jennings (Stephen); 53 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and beloved nieces, nephews and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, March 7, 11:00 a.m., St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Buffalo, Minn., with Father Nathaniel Meyers as Celebrant.  Visitation two hours prior to funeral, all at the church.  Interment St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery, Osseo, Minn. following luncheon at church.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family.