Corrine Anderson, 78

Corrine Anderson, 78, of Buffalo, Minn., formerly of Brainerd, Minn., passed away.  Although too early for Corrine Anderson, God called her home on Feb. 9, 2015.  In her final days, she viewed this both as considerable loss and gain.

You see, Corrine had an absolute love for life.  She was known to dance, take her grandchildren to the zoo, host big parties, work long days with her husband at their business, Soft Touch car wash, travel, PLAY, and seek adventure.  She was game for almost anything.  Often you would find her chatting on the phone or reading a good book.

Her love for living began as a small child.  Corrine grew up in Minneapolis.  She cherished her childhood, often reminiscing and sharing fond memories of her upbringing.  She appreciated that when times were tough, family, neighbors and friends pulled together.  Her family was wealthy with love!

Eventually, she moved to the Brainerd area and became a snow bird, spending winter in Arizona.  She had many friends and grandchildren that occupied her time!

In her final days, she said she didn’t know how hard life could be until at that moment.  She was conflicted and so sad to be leaving her loved ones here on earth.  Corrine LOVED LIVING.  She relished every single moment, whether watching a bird, spotting a rainbow, listening to a good song, or picking up a board game.  She was funny, adventurous, charismatic, hardworking, intelligent, and beautiful.  She always showed grace and unconditional love.

On the other hand, she had a lot to look forward to in her passage to heaven.  Of course, she was going to meet the Lord, but she was also going to be with all those loved family members and friends who passed before her.  As she put it, she was “going to be busy for awhile and had a lot of catching up to do.”

Corrine will be dearly missed as she was an important part of both ordinary and big life moments.  We love you forever and always.  May your spirit live on and be free ... but not too far from ours.

Preceded in death by: parents, Alvin V. Anderson and Lorraine E. Anderson-Garaghty, stepfather, Raymond Garaghty; husband of 39 years, James D. Anderson; son, Ricky R. Anderson; grandchildren, Douglas Stansberry and Kati Knudson; former husband, Robert E. McNeil; sisters, Erlene Langner and Virginia Gamer; and brother, Robert Anderson.

Survived by: her daughters, Bobbi (Bob) Hopkins, Kelly (Tony) Subialka, Christy (Jim) Funk-Anderson, Tammy (Steve) Thomas, and Patty Anderson-Martinotti; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Sue (Jim) Doherty; brother, Jimmy Anderson; and special friends, Adrian and Audrey Beltrand and Roger and Bev Delgehausen.

Funeral service was scheduled on Monday, Feb. 16 at Church of the Open Door, Maple Grove, Minn., with visitation one hour prior to service on Monday at the church and burial on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.


Mary Brehm, 68

Mary Louise Brehm, 68, of Onamia, formerly of Mayer, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015.

She was born Nov. 15, 1946 to Herb and Liz Krumrei in Minneapolis.

Mary was united in marriage to Curt Brehm on May 8, 1971 in Watertown, S.D.

She was employed as a hairstylist for Dayton’s and eventually worked as a cashier for Grand Casino Mille Lacs.  She and Curt were avid campers and loved traveling around the U.S.

Mary was preceded in death by: her husband, Curt; daughter, Sally DeGross; father, Herb Krumrei; and brother, Jim Krumrei.

She is survived by: her daughter, Rachel (T. J.) Shanahan; grandchildren, Kati Bren (fiancé Zeth) and Andrew Shanahan; mother, Liz Krumrei; sister, Judy (Tyrone) Jones; nephew, Ron (Stacy) Rasmusson; furry daughter, Sierra; furry grandbabies, Ozzy, Bri and Jake; as well as many other friends and relatives.

Memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, March 7 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Iten’s Watertown Funeral Chapel.

Arrangements by the Iten’s Watertown Funeral Home.


John Geyen, 82

John H. “Jack” Geyen, 82, of Annandale died Monday, Feb. 22, 2015 at his home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Annandale with Fr. George Kallumkalkudy as the Celebrant.  Burial will follow at St. Timothy Catholic Cemetery in Maple Lake.  Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Annandale and one hour prior to the service Friday at the church.  A prayer service will be held 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral chapel.

John Henry Geyen was born Feb. 7, 1933 in Maple Lake to John and Katherine (Cordell) Geyen.  He graduated from Maple Lake High School with the Class of 1951 and later furthered his education at Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis.

Jack served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

On Feb. 27, 1960, he was united in marriage to Darlene Pivec at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in St. Paul.  Jack worked as a plastics engineer.  He was a member of St. Ignatius Catholic Church and Maple Lake American Legion Post 131.

He is survived by: his wife, Darlene of Annandale; children, John Geyen of St. Cloud, Paul (Laura) Geyen of Eagan, Lori (Brian) Hillestad of South Haven, and Lynn (Jared) Braun of South Haven; seven grandchildren, Joshua, Alyssa, Erin, Hunter, Wiley, Josephine, and Tony; one great-grandchild; and two sisters, Katherine Happe of Annandale and DeLoris (Robert) Rohlin of Buffalo.  Jack was preceded in death by: his parents; brothers, Lloyd, Donald, Myron, and Norman Geyen; and sisters, Lenora Stumpf, Melvina Stumpf, Helen Geyen, and Evelyn Provo.

The pallbearers will be: Alyssa and Erin Geyen, and Hunter, Wiley and Josephine Hillestad.  The honorary pallbearers will be Tony Braun and Joshua Geyen.  The St. Ignatius Music Ministry will provide the music for the service.  Military Honors will be provided by the Minnesota National Guard Honor Guard, the Maple Lake American Legion Honor Guard and the Maple Lake VFW Honor Guard.

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


Wendell Huss, 81

We celebrate the life of our husband, father, friend, and faith-filled servant of God.

Wendell L. Huss, 81, of Delano, Minn. passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 at the Golden Living Center in Delano.

He was born May 6, 1933, the first of four children to Leonard and Emma (Stovner) Huss in Fargo, N.D.  He attended Antelope School and then Hankinson School in North Dakota.

Wendell enlisted in the Army in 1953 and served during the Korean War.  He was honorably discharged in April of 1955 at the rank of Corporal.

He was united in marriage on July 29, 1956 to Genevieve Krueger at Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Leaf Valley, Minn.  The Lord blessed them with nine children who were raised in Delano.  Wendell worked at Durkee Atwood in Minneapolis for nine years.  He then worked for what is now Waste Management for thirty years.

Wendell loved the Lord and shared Christ’s love with friends and family.  He served his church in many capacities, including: Sunday school teacher, usher, deacon, choir member, and drove the Happy Bus on Sunday mornings to pick up the people who needed a ride to church.

Wendell’s interests were reading the Bible, praying and gardening.  He also loved children.

He was preceded in death by his parents.  He is survived by: his wife of 58 years, Genevieve; children, Wendy (Klay) Knutson, Randall, Debra (Todd) McLouth, David (Amy), Kevin (Alice), John (Kathy), JoAnn (Matt) Trelstad, Brenda (Doug) Parks, and James (Char); 31 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; sisters, Kay (Roger) Borowski, Karen (Gary) Mundis and Becky (Gordon) Larsen; sister-in-law, Iona Kreft; brother-in-law, Dennis Krueger; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services were scheduled on Tuesday, Feb. 24 Delano Evangelical Free Church, with visitation on Monday at the Iten Funeral Home, Delano and continued on Tuesday prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.


LaVonne Kolles, 79

LaVonne (Durant) Kolles, 79, of Albertville, Minn. peacefully passed on to her heavenly family on Feb 18, 2015 at CentraCare in Monticello, Minn.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial is taking place on Saturday, Feb. 28, 11 a.m., at St. Albert’s Catholic Church, Albertville, Minn.  Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. at the church on Saturday.  Interment follows at St. Albert’s Cemetery, Albertville.

LaVonne was born to George and Louise (Menth) Durant.  She was united in marriage to Ronald Kolles on July 9, 1976.  The couple lived in Albertville.  LaVonne worked for Holden Printing in Minneapolis, Ahrens Greenhouse in Osseo, Minn. and St. Michael-Albertville School District.  She was the owner/bookkeeper for their trucking business in Albertville.  She loved cats, her nieces and nephews, and having them spend the day or weekend.  She loved mowing the lawn until game time (for the Twins and Vikings).  She enjoyed talking about the games with her brothers, Warren and Joe.  She loved walking with Mary Anne and birthday parties with Karen.

Preceded in death by: her parents; sister, Mary Lou Vetsch; and brothers, Alvin, Gorden, Jerome, Warren, and Joe.

Survived by: her husband, Ronald; sisters-in-law, Betty Durant and Irene Durant; many nieces and nephews; and special friends, Mary Anne and Karen.  With love, I leave you all.

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


David Miller, 30

David Charles Miller, 30, of Buffalo, Minn. passed away at his home on Feb 23, 2015.

Visitation is taking place on Friday, Feb 27 at the Peterson Chapel, Buffalo from 4-7 p.m., with a time of sharing at 7 p.m.

A complete obituary is forthcoming.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family.


James Mittelstaedt Jr., 73

James Frank Mittelstaedt Jr., 73, of Delano, Minn. passed away on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 at the Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia, Minn.

He was born Aug. 18, 1941 to James and Viva (Lambert) Mittelstaedt in Macomb, Ill.

James was a loving husband, dad, grandpa, great-grandpa, brother, and uncle.  He was united in marriage in January 1960 in Minneapolis to Orlou Kaye Otrey.  He always put family first.  He loved to travel, play golf, go boating and sailing, and spend time with his family.  He was an avid Green Bay Packers fan.

James was preceded in death by his parents, James and Viva (Lambert) Mittelstaedt Sr.  He is survived by: his wife of 55 years, Orlou; children, Terri Lynn Mittelstaedt, James (Nancy), Heidi (Martin) Langley, William (and fiancé Tanya Wandersee), and Tommy (Kristi); 16 grandchildren, Thomas Buckingham, Robert Buckingham, Jonathan Buckingham, Krystal Buckingham, Timothy (Sarah) Langley, Tyler Langley, Tucker Langley, Tatum Langley, Billy Mittelstaedt, Cody (Courtney) Mittelstaedt, Kyle Mittelstaedt, Kayla Mittelstaedt, Kendra Mittelstaedt, Tanner Mittelstaedt, Carter Mittelstaedt, and Parker Mittelstaedt; 2 great-grandchildren, Olivia Kaye and James Ryan Mittelstaedt; brothers, Michael (BettyJo) Mittelstaedt, Steven (Sara) Mittelstaedt and Frank (Sallie) Mittelstaedt; sister-in-law, Diana Otrey; nieces and nephews; and favorite puppy, Puddin.

Private Family Memorial Services will be held.

Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.


Arlene Nord, 82

Arlene Jeannette (Melvie) Nord, 82, died on Feb. 21, 2015 at the Cottagewood Senior Community Memory Care home in Buffalo, Minn., where she had lived for the past year.

Arlene was born on Aug. 22, 1932, in Viking, Minn. to Tobias and Olga Melvie. She and her twin brother, Arnold, were born prematurely at the family farm, into a family that would ultimately include 10 siblings. Against the odds, she and Arnold would become healthy children. Arlene graduated from High School in Newfolden, Minn. in 1952. She went to work as a secretary at a grain elevator in Thief River falls for a while.

She soon felt her calling to become an elementary teacher and went to one year of teacher training in Thief River Falls. She loved that year of training, especially the art work. Her first teaching job was at a one-room country school northeast of Thief River Falls. She was living in Thief River Falls with her mother at the time. Her next teaching job was in Viking, where she taught first and second grade. From there, she went to Warroad to teach for two years. Throughout her life, the artistic side of Arlene would add a special touch to her many roles. From creating colorful bulletin boards at school to decorating her home for holidays to making homemade birthday cakes for her family, she enjoyed sharing her creative flair with others.

The church family was also important to Arlene and she would serve as Sunday School teacher to a multitude of kids over many years. As a Vacation Bible School teacher in a church near to home, Arlene would meet Earle Nord, who she would marry in 1965. The Nords would move to the Twin Cities area to begin raising their children, settling in Buffalo, Minnesota in 1976.

Continuing her love for teaching, Arlene would serve as a Teacher’s Aide in several schools in and around Buffalo. She also devoted much of her time at Buffalo Covenant Church to teaching Sunday School and serving as the volunteer funeral reception coordinator.

Arlene was devoted to her family. She loved to have family around the dinner table as often as possible, cooking for them and celebrating every milestone, especially with the grandkids she adored. From a young age, Katelynn, her oldest granddaughter, enjoyed helping her grandma bake cookies. Over the last few years, Arlene spent many days visiting her husband at Park View Care Center. Her last year was spent at the Cottagewood Senior Community Memory Care home, where the outstanding staff would take great care of her until her final day.

Arlene is survived by: two sons, Brian (Kristin) Nord and Allen Nord; two daughters, Cindy (Scott) Purser and Angie Nord; sisters, Ruth (Larry) Bjorsness, Margaret Peterson, Lorraine (Russell) Anderson, Doris (Rodney) Anderson, and Claudia (Leif) Hartmark; brother, Lloyd (Sharon) Melvie; grandchildren, Katelynn, Hannah, Kalah, and Josiah; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Arlene was preceded in death by: husband, John Earle Nord; brothers, Lawrence and Arnold Melvie; sister, Helen Englestad; and daughter-in-law, Donna Nord.

Funeral services will be held at the Buffalo Covenant Church on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2 p.m.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service.  Interment will be at the Swedish Mission Cemetery in Buffalo, Minn.


Lorraine Schweitzer, 87

Lorraine M. Schweitzer, 87, of Maple Grove, Minn. passed away Feb. 9, 2015.

She was born on Sept. 28, 1927 in Loretto, Minn. to Nick and Catherine Kauth.

Spending time with family gave Lorraine her greatest joys.

She was preceded in death by her son, Steve, her parents and her sister, Mary Ann Russell.  She is survived by: her husband of 67 years, James; children, Cheri Gross, Cindy (Dave) Chandler, Tim (Betty) Schweitzer, Sue (Hank) Regard, and Tony (Chris) Schweitzer; grandchildren, Melissa (Mike), Kyle (Marla), Kelly (Bill), Ryan (Kalie), Sara (Travis), Brian, Amanda (James), Kevin, Joe, Jennifer, Nick, and Nathan; great-grandchildren, Ben, Grace, Eli, and Fiona; and cousin/best friend, Eileen Elsen.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial is taking place at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7 in Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Loretto.  A gathering of family and friends will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 6 at the Iten Funeral Home, Delano, Minn.  Gathering will continue on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. in the church prior to Mass.  Inurnment will be at the church cemetery.  Any memorials given in honor of Lorraine may be made to North Hospice and Palliative Care in Robbinsdale, Minn.

Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home, Delano.


Kenneth Thomas, 82

Kenneth J. “Kenny” Thomas, 82, of Delano, Minn. passed peacefully on Feb. 21, 2015.

He was born on May 16, 1932 in Medina, Minn. to Jacob and Anna (Schuler) Thomas.

Kenny was a unique and gentle soul. He was loved deeply by family and friends.

He served in Army and was honorably discharged in 1955.

He liked to fish, hunt and spend time in the outdoors.  He was a daily frequenter of the coffee clutch at Coborn’s in Delano.  He was a true people person and loved to spend time with children, especially his nieces and nephews.  He was a great storyteller and was known for tooling around in his golf cart and giving rides to anyone who would take him up on it.  He loved his dogs, especially “Little Boy” and “Tougher I and II.”

Kenny was preceded in death by: his parents, Jacob and Anna Thomas; and brothers, Jacob Thomas and Norman Thomas.  He is survived by: his siblings, Mary Ann (Russel) Bouley and Carl Thomas; nieces and nephews, Steve (Bess) Bouley, Kurt (Sandy) Bouley, Brenda (Steve) Sallstrom, Amy Thomas, Paula (Gary) Guennigsman, Jake (Linda) Thomas, Dave (Joanie) Thomas, Patty (Porsche) Chandler, Kathy (Bill) Bogart, Mike (Barb) Chandler, Chris (Jill) Thomas, Andrea (Kevin) Dietrich, and Mary Jo (Darin) Braun; as well as many cousins and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26 at St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano. Visitation will be from 9 to 11:25 a.m. Thursday at Martha’s Hall of St. Peter Catholic Church prior to Mass. Interment with Military Honors will be in Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Loretto, Minn.

Arrangements are by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.