Warren Anderson, 87

Warren E. Anderson, 87, of Buffalo died Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee.

A memorial service for Warren will be held on Tuesday, March 31st at 11:00 a.m. at the Buffalo United Methodist Church.

A visitation will be held at the church on Tuesday morning, one hour prior to the memorial service.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family.

A full obituary will appear in next week’s paper.


Lester Bakke, 90

Lester Clinton Bakke, 90, passed away on March 17, 2015 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on Nov. 8, 1924 in Morris, Minn. to Hjalmer and Marie Bakke, who emigrated from Norway in 1907.

Hjalmer and Marie came to Philadelphia and went to Morris, Minn., where they farmed and raised a large family of which Les was child number 13. Les attended Morris Schools, and at age 18 he joined the U.S. Navy and proudly served his country during World War II.

Lester Bakke and Ruth Skrein were married in June 1947, and they were blessed with five children.  In 1958, they moved to Buffalo and bought the Buffalo City Bakery.  In 1967, they sold the bakery, and Les and Ruth worked at Holmquist’s grocery store.  Ruth Bakke passed away on December 1976.

Les Bakke and Helen Sellin were married in 1980. They enjoyed many trips to Norway and enjoyed visiting relatives and friends.  They also traveled all over Florida, the west coast, Branson, and their favorite was a bus trip to New York and Washington, D.C.

During the first nine years of Les’ retirement from being a baker, he enjoyed being a Walmart greeter.  A highlight for Les and his family was his 90th Birthday Party, which was attended by many family members and friends. He felt honored that so many people came to celebrate.

Les was preceded in death by: his parents; siblings; first wife, Ruth; son, Kenneth; and great-grandson, Matthew Trigg.

He is survived by: his wife of 35 years, Helen; daughter, Cindy (Bob Gustafson); son, Keith; daughter-in-law, Barb; daughter, Leslie (Leon) Trigg; daughter, Kristen Bakke; and three stepdaughters.

Les was proud of his 12 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren and attended many different sports activities while in good health.


Robert Hayes, 81

Surrounded by his family, Robert E. Hayes, 81, of Annandale and Perham went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born Jan. 19, 1934 to Alva “Mike” and Virginia (Lundberg) Hayes in Franklin Township, Minn.

Robert was an avid outdoorsman; he enjoying hunting and fishing.  He and his wife managed All Seasons Resort in Big Lake and Elkhorn, Wis.  He also owned Northside Bait in Perham for a number of years.

Robert served with the Army in the 172nd Chemical Corps.  He was stationed in England in the mid 1950s.

He was fond of all sports and was a gifted basketball player.  While serving his country in the Army, he played basketball throughout Europe.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Alva and Virginia Hayes.  He is survived by: his wife, Joanne; daughter, Jody (Nick) Wittrock; grandchildren, Matthew, Zachary and Brandon; great-grandchildren, Kayla and Lacey; sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn (Ron) Harter; niece and nephew, Craig Harter and Christine (Joe) Buschel; and great-niece, Angelina.

A memorial gathering is taking place on Friday, March 27 from 4-8 p.m. at the Iten Funeral Home in Delano, Minn. Inurnment services with military honors will be held on Saturday, March 28, 11 a.m., at the Kreidler Cemetery in rural Montrose, Minn.

A special thank you to the Guardian Angels Hospice Care.

Arrangements are by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.


Russell Ilstrup, 70

Russell Emris Ilstrup, 70, of Buffalo passed away on March 21, 2015 at North Memorial Medical Center.

Born on Aug. 16, 1944 in Buffalo, he was the son of Emris and Emma (Knop) Ilstrup. He grew up in Buffalo and was a 1962 graduate of Buffalo High School. He then continued his education at Lutheran Bible Institute in Golden Valley and Augsburg College in Minneapolis, graduating in 1968.

Russ began his teaching career in the fall of 1968 at Milroy, Minn., where he taught Business Education for nine years, served as advisor for the school newspaper and yearbook, and coached boys’ junior high basketball.

On July 14, 1973, he was united in marriage to Joan Kath at First Lutheran Church in White Bear Lake. They both continued to teach at Milroy until 1977, when they moved to Monticello. Business Education positions were in short supply at that time, so Russ worked as a loan officer for Thorp Finance for a number of years. He missed teaching, though, so be began subbing in Monticello and in several surrounding school districts. Later he attended St. Cloud State University to obtain Special Education certification.

He taught Special Education at Monticello High School from 1992-97, when declining health due to diabetes prevented him from continuing to serve as a fulltime teacher. He went back to subbing for another four years, and he enjoyed the challenge of walking into a different classroom each time he arrived at school. Students loved his zany sense of humor and his ability to make lessons fun and interesting. They also knew that they would not be getting a day off if Mr. Ilstrup was their sub.

Russ was a charter member of the Milroy Lions Club and was an active member of the Monticello Lions Club for many years. He and Joan lived west of Monticello on Locke Lake for over 20 years, and his favorite pastime was fishing from his pontoon at the end of the dock.

His spiritual life was important to him. That began as a child at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo and continued for the rest of his life. He was a faithful member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Milroy, where he sang in the choir and served as a youth group advisor. At Trinity Lutheran Church in Monticello, he served on the church council and sang in the choir. When he and Joan sold their lake home in 2002 and moved to a townhouse in Buffalo, Zion Lutheran became his church home once again, and in many ways he felt that his faith had come full circle with that return to his home congregation.

Russ was preceded in death by his parents, Emris and Emma Ilstrup. He is survived by: his wife, Joan of Buffalo; his brother, Duane (Diane) of Rochester, Minn.; and his goddaughter, Virginia DeBerry (Jim) of Midland, Texas.

A gathering of family and friends will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, March 30 at Zion Lutheran Church followed by the memorial service at 11 a.m. Inurnment will be at the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Zion Foundation, the Buffalo Chapter of Let’s Go Fishing or the American Diabetes Association.

Arrangements are by the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.


Richard Klatt, 82

Richard "Dick" Klatt, 82, of Maple Lake died Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Memorial services will be held 5:00 p.m. Thursday, March 26 at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Maple Lake with Pastor Culynn Curtis officiating.  Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. Thursday at the Funeral Chapel.

Richard Grant Klatt was born Aug. 12, 1932 in Buffalo to Fred and Mayme (Link) Klatt.  He grew up in Buffalo and graduated from Buffalo High School.

He served his country in the U.S. Air Force. Dick lived in Montana and Monticello, Minn. until moving to Maple Lake in 1991.

On Feb. 11, 1991, he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Alice Koepsell, in Las Vegas.  Dick was a member of Maple Lake American Legion Post 131. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening.

Dick is survived by: his wife, Alice; children, Michelle Klatt of Champlin, Penny (Mark) Leadens of Anoka, Jackie (Tim) Winterfield of Duluth, and John Gay of Maple Lake; daughter-in-law, Debbie Klatt; stepchildren, Curt (Patti) Larson, Mike (T.J.) Larson, Marsha (Pat) Chaplin, and Mark Larson; sister, Maxine Jensen of Buffalo; five grandchildren, Ben, Brianna, Jesse, Briggs, and Tammy; 2 great-grandchildren; 8 step-grandchildren; and 6 step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; son, Curt Klatt; brothers, Les, Jim and Donald "Buck" Klatt; and sisters, Shirley Klatt, Bernice Martin, Ruby Moody, and Evelyn Feser.

The Maple Lake American Legion will provide Military Honors at the service.

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


Keith Norton, 63

Keith Thomas Norton, 63, of Rockford passed away unexpectedly on March 17, 2015.

He was born March 2, 1952 in Paterson, New Jersey to Thomas and Marion (Giganti) Norton.

In construction for much of his professional career, Keith also was a trackman with the railroad.  An avid body builder and motorcycle rider, Keith collected classic model cars and Betty Boop memorabilia, loved Elvis and was a fan of oldies music, especially the 1950s.  A recent technology enthusiast and text master, Keith will be missed by all who knew him.

Keith was preceded in death by his father.  He is survived by: his wife, Monica; step-daughter, Jacqueline Lynn; step-granddaughter, Marie Boswell; step-great-grandchildren, Jayden, Eliana and Mia; his mother, Marion; siblings, Patricia Norton (Hank Feldman), Sharon Norton and Blaise (Colette) Norton; and niece and nephews, Lillian, Kyle and Kevin.

Memorial service is taking place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 28 in the Iten Funeral Chapel, Delano.  Gathering of family and friends will be 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday prior to the service.

Arrangements are by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.


Marilyn Soshnik, 91

For most of Marilyn Soshnik’s 91 years, she loved three things, her husband of 49 years, John, her children and her desserts.  You might say Marilyn never met a dessert she didn’t love.

She was born in Minneapolis in November of 1923.  Her family moved to Montana for a few years and then moved to Delano.  Her new house was the first home in Delano to have electricity.

When she was in her twenties, she met the love of her life, John Soshnik.  They were married in 1946 and had three children, Diane, Randy and Michael.  Marilyn was involved with her children’s lives growing up and also with St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.  For many years she was a volunteer in the American Legion Auxiliary.  After her children were grown and gone, Marilyn and John traveled extensively, especially to California and Hawaii.

John and young son, Randy, preceded Marilyn in death.  Her daughter, Diane, lives in Santa Rosa, Calif., and her son, Michael, lives in Waconia.

Her funeral took place on Saturday, March 14 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, with interment at Ft. Snelling.

Marilyn had a good life with a lot of wonderful friends here in Minnesota and also in California.  She will be missed greatly.  In our hearts, she holds a place that no one can ever fill.

Arrangements were by Iten Funeral Home, Delano.


David Ulrick, 78

David W. Ulrick, 78, of Delano, Minn. passed away on Friday, March 20, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer.

David was united in marriage to Margaret M. Conlon in October of 1965 in North St. Paul, Minn.  David loved water skiing, fishing, racecars, and camping.  Time spent with family was a priority, especially the grandchildren.  He and Margaret moved to Rockford, Minn. and eventually to Delano in 1971, where they have resided ever since.

He was a loving husband for 49 wonderful years, dad and grandpa.  David is survived by: his wife, Margaret; sons, Chris (Michelle) Ulrick and Doug (Sherry) Ulrick; and grandchildren, Alyssa, Trevor and Destiny.

Funeral services were scheduled at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25 at West Pointe Church in Delano, with visitation on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, all at the church.  Interment was planned at the Howard Lake Public Cemetery.

Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.


Rita Vergin, 70

Rita Lorraine (McClellan) Vergin, 70, of Loretto died on March 20, 2015 at her home.

She is survived by: her husband of 51 years, Fred Vergin of Loretto; sisters, Rhonda Lee of Buffalo and Renee (Robert) Drewelow of Albertville; and nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements are being made by the Neptune Society in Golden Valley.  A private burial is taking place at a later date in the Elmwood Cemetery, Rockford, a family member said.


Gordon Wetter, 87

Gordon Harold “Gordy” Wetter, 87, of Delano, Minn. passed away in his home on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 with his wife and family by his side.

He was born Aug. 18, 1927 to Gilbert and Esther (Strey) Wetter in Franklin Township, Minn.

Gordy was a loyal and committed citizen of the Delano community. He was involved with the Delano United Methodist Church as a Trustee and valued member. As a city councilman and the Delano City Mayor, he was a founding member of the Delano Community Development Corporation, which was instrumental in the establishment of the industrial park and building of the Delano nursing home. Always involved with civic activities, he was a charter member of the Delano Lions Club. In 2001, he was recognized as Delano Citizen of the Year, for which he was so proud.

Gordy was an ambitious leader, owning and operating many businesses throughout his lifetime.  He served in the U.S. Army Company “A” 388th Military Police Battalion 14 months in Bremen, Germany from 1945-1947.

He was viewed as a wise and knowledgeable father to his two children, Lance and Diane. He was a caring mentor who always provided guidance and support. Gordy was a true family man. He cherished and adored his four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, who all live locally and loved spending time with their Grandpa.

He was tenderly cared for by four committed caregivers in his home prior to his passing. He will be dearly missed and remembered fondly for his humor, kindness and generosity.

The Wetter and Hutter families extend their heartfelt thanks for their care and attention to Gordy in his final months.

He was preceded in death by: his parents, Gilbert and Esther Wetter; an infant sister, Geraldine; and a brother-in-law, Joe Hayes.

He is survived by: his wife of 64 years, Marilyn (Burke); children, Lance (Nancy) Wetter and Diane (Bob) Hutter; grandchildren, Erik (Robyn) Wetter, Ryan (Molly) Wetter, Elizabeth Hutter (fiance Peter Seebart), and Emily Hutter; great-grandchildren, Gordon, Jacob and Maya; and siblings, Marian Hayes, Edward (Linda) Wetter and Richard (Connie) Wetter.

Funeral services were scheduled on Monday, March 23 at Delano United Methodist Church, with visitation Monday at the church prior to the services.

Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.