John Anderson, 92

A Celebration of Life honoring John S. Anderson will be held at Sturges Park in Buffalo (Shelter #2) on Sunday, July 27, 3-6 p.m. Come join us by the water!

John S. Anderson, 92, of Fort Myers Beach Fla. went to be with the Lord on Dec. 20, 2013.  He served proudly in the U.S. Navy and was owner of Buffalo Machine shop in Buffalo, Minn.  If John couldn’t fix it, it couldn’t be fixed.

He was predeceased in death by: sister, Ruth; wife, Elsie Anderson; daughter, Mary Jo; wife, Virginia (Pederson) Anderson; and stepson, Keith.

He is survived by: loving wife, Mary Ann (Dombeck) Anderson and her children; daughters, Karen Anderson Erickson and Judy Pederson Pratt; son, Richard Pederson; brother, Hjalmer; sister, Emily; 9 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.


Philip Barfknecht, 68

Philip Ernest Barfknecht, 68, of Maple Plain passed away Monday, July 7, 2014 at the Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.

He was born Dec. 1, 1945 to Ernest and Myrna (Zitzloff) Barfknecht, Sr. in Watertown, Minn.  Philip loved the outdoors. He enjoyed running heavy excavating equipment, deer hunting, fishing, and planting.

Philip was preceded in death by: his parents; son, Bradley; brother, Dale; and sister, Joann Barfknecht.

He is survived by: his children, Annette (Michael) Hocker, Paula Heck and Wade; 6 grandchildren, Haley, Brandan, Jesse, Sara, Erin, and Cody; 1 great-grandson, Leo; brothers, Ernest Jr (Liliane) and Robin (Maryann); and special friend, Sharon David.

Funeral services were scheduled on Saturday, July 12 at Lyndale Lutheran Church in Lyndale, Minn., with visitation on Friday, July 11 at the Iten Funeral Home in Delano, Minn., continuing Saturday prior to services at the church.

Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.


Corrinne Behrenbrinker, 84

Corrinne Mary-Therese Behrenbrinker, 84, of rural Buffalo passed away July 11, 2014 at Park View Care Center, Buffalo surrounded by family.

She was born on Dec. 22, 1929 in St. Paul, Minn. the daughter of Daniel and Lauretta Sharkey Sullivan.  Corrinne graduated from Central High School in St. Paul.  Corrinne was a homemaker and active partner in managing the family farm.  Corrinne was an active, faithful member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church throughout her life.  She belonged to the National Catholic Society of Foresters, serving as local chapter president, plus ACCW-Archdiocese Council of Catholic Women and Resurrection Choir.  She was dedicated in supporting her husband and children’s interests.  Corrinne enjoyed many hobbies including gardening, reading, ceramics, and needlework.  Corrinne’s love of life and family now goes peacefully onto our Lord.

Corrinne is survived by: children, Gail (Bruce) Brong, Michael Behrenbrinker, Stephen (Patti) Behrenbrinker, Andrea Ahlm, Marie (William) Behrenbrinker Wolk, Carol (Scott) Haarstad, Donna (Monty) Finnell, Alan Behrenbrinker, and Brian (Kim) Behrenbrinker; fourteen grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 64 years, Harvey; parents, Daniel and Lauretta Sullivan, granddaughter, Ava Lee Behrenbrinker; and sisters, Delores Deane, Elaine Conley, Celeste Borg, and Rita Deane.

Visitation was scheduled on Wednesday July 16 at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo from 4-8 p.m. (7:30 prayer service).  A Mass of Christian Burial for Corrinne Behrenbrinker will be held on Thursday, July 17, 11 a.m., at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo.  Father Nathaniel Meyers will be the Celebrant.  Interment will follow at St. Francis Cemetery.

Casket bearers: Sebastian Brong, Andrew Behrenbrinker, Patrick Ahlm, Nicholas Ahlm, Michael Haarstad, Robert Haarstad, and Cullen Finnell.

Honorary casket bearers, Corrinne’s grandchildren: Holly Janni, Corrinne Brong, Jon Behrenbrinker, Jennifer Mueller, Aaron Finnell, Darian Behrenbrinker, and Braden Behrenbrinker.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent in her memory to St. Francis Xavier Church Preservation Fund.


William Berthiaume, 66

Memorial services were scheduled for William “Billy” Berthiaume, 66, of Hewitt, Minn. on Saturday, July 12 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Wadena, Minn. with Father Aaron Kuhn officiating.

The pallbearers were: Kyle Berthiaume, Brandon Bertiaume, Jacob Berthiaume, and Hailey Berthiaume.  The honorary pallbearers were: Gene Schwab, Jarred Schwab, Brookeanda Harne, Jack Pogue, and Angelica Conrad.

Services were also scheduled at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, Minn. on Wednesday, July 16 with Fr. Meyers officiating.  Bill was laid to rest in Lakeview Cemetery in Buffalo.

William Alan Berthiaume was born on March 7, 1948 in Monticello Village, Minn.  His parents were Leone Agnos Kalway Berthiaume and the late Raymond (Francis) Berthiaume.  Billy grew up on the family farm in Monticello.

Bill served honorably in the United States Army from March 14, 1968 to March 4, 1970.

On Jan. 15, 1970 Billy was united in marriage to Eleonore Ursula Sickert in Idar, West Germany.  Their marriage was blessed with 2 children.  Billy and Eleonore made their home first in Rockford in 1971 and then Cokato.  He was employed as a carpenter at a cabinet factory and Porta Dock until his retirement in 1980.  Bill and Eleonore then made their home in Lowry and Park Rapids.  For the last 15 years, Billy and Eleonore made their home on the family farm west of Hewitt.  Billy enjoyed horses, carpentry, fishing, wood sculptures, playing around with the skidder, and spending time with his family, grandchildren and friends.  Billy had a heart bigger than the universe.  He welcomed many with open arms and gave people second chances in life.  Over the years he became an adopted dad and grandpa to many.

Billy passed away on July 9, 2014 surrounded by his loving family at his home west of Hewitt under the care of Legacy Hospice.

Preceding Billy in death were: his father, Raymond (Francis) Berthiaume; son, William Alan Berthiaume Jr; brothers, Raymond Jr., Jerry and Frank Berthiaume; and several nieces and nephews.

He is survived by: his wife, Eleonore; son, David Berthiaume; mother, Leone Agnes Berthiaume; 4 grandchildren, Kyle, Brandon, Jacob, and Hailey Berthiaume; sisters, Carol, Leone, Peggy (Bud), Rose (Kevin), and Pam (Joe); brothers, Mike, Dale and Russell; brothers and sisters-in-law, Rod and Martina, Vanessa and Chris, and Kathy and Matt; and nieces, nephews, many other relatives, and a host of friends.

Arrangements were with the Karvonen Funeral Home of New York Mills, Minn.


Carroll Davis, 80

Carroll Franklin Davis, 80, of Buffalo, Minn. passed away peacefully on June 14, 2014.

Carroll was preceded in death by: his father, George; mother, Edna; and brothers/sisters, Gordie, Mandel, Gehard, Arvella, Doris, and Lilly.

He is survived by: his wife, Marjorie; their children, Jeff (Alanna), Daniel, Scott, Debra, and Robert (Susan); sister, Yvonne; along with five grandchildren.

Memorial service will be held at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo on July 25, with visitation at 1 p.m. and service at 2 p.m.


Joann Hoppe, 79

Joann Laura Hoppe, 79, of Twin Knolls community park in Mesa, Ariz., formerly of Greenfield, Minn. and Victor, Mont., passed away on July 9, 2014 at the family cabin in Chetek, Wis.

Joann was born on Nov. 9, 1934 to Delbert and Edna (Vergin) Loeffler in Buffalo, Minn.  She was baptized and confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church in Greenfield, Minn.

She was united in marriage to Jack Hoppe on Aug. 15, 1952 in Gardiner, Mont.

Joann loved to spend time with her family.  She had a passion for sewing, cooking and gardening.  During her work career, she was employed as a manager, truck driver and CNA.  Joann was a devout Christian who had strong feelings about educating the youth.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, Jack; brothers, Myron Loeffler and James Loeffler; and brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Donna Mae Loeffler, Jean Foster and Wayne and Pat Hoppe.

She is survived by: her children, Walter Hoppe of Minnesota, Jackie and Kenny Nielsen of Minnesota, Mike and Roxy Hoppe of Minnesota, and Carrie and John Steibrenner of Idaho; grandchildren, Martha (Levi) Jones, Paul Hoppe, Kelly Nielsen Hodge, Joshua (Johanna) Nielsen, Kurt (Hannah) Nielsen, Joseph (Kelli) Nielsen, Chad (Jaclyn) Hoppe, Christopher (Tasha) Hoppe, Craig (Crystal) Hoppe, Chantelle (Eric) Geiseke, Courtney Hoppe, Hans Steinbrenner, Tarah Steinbrenner, and Mark Steinbrenner; 27 great-grandchildren; sister, Dianna (Butch) Meyer; brother, Wayne (Gail) Loeffler; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Memorial services were scheduled on Sunday, July 13 at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Delano, Minn., with a gathering of family and friends in the church prior to the services.

Arrangements were provided by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.


Joyce Mithuen, 67

Joyce Elaine (Workman) Mithuen, 67, of Plymouth, formerly of Howard Lake, passed away unexpectedly yet peacefully on July 11, 2014 at North Memorial Medical Center surrounded by family.

Joyce was born May 15, 1947 in Minneapolis to Donald and Elaine (Zech) Workman.  After being raised in a very large family, Joyce attended the University of Minnesota and enjoyed a long career as an accountant, most recently working for McKesson in Rogers.

She loved attending large family gatherings, spending time outdoors by the water and spoiling her grandchildren, not only with gifts but also with her overflowing love, tenderness and sense of adventure.  Joyce excelled at helping others without expecting anything in return and often went above and beyond to assist family and friends.  Her sincere compassion, warm encouragement and gentle guidance as a grandmother, mother and friend will be sorely missed.

Joyce’s love for the Lord was cemented at an early age and passed along to her sons.  While all who knew her will miss her dearly within our daily lives, heaven got a whole lot brighter.

Survived by: sons, John (Laura) of Eau Claire Wis. and Joe (Mary) of St. Michael; grandchildren, Jacob, Joshua and Hannah; step-grandchildren, Jinsey, Rumer, Racey, and Cole; seven brothers, James, Richard, Robert, David, Daniel, Patrick, and Timothy (Pete); two sisters, Judith and Pamela; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

A Memorial service will be held Thursday, July 17, 1 p.m., at Gearty-Delmore Plymouth Chapel, with visitation beginning at 11 a.m.  There will be a private interment.

In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to True Friends/Camp Friendship, 10509 108th St NW, Annandale, MN 55302


Warren Nelson, 86

Warren Carl Nelson, 86, of Buffalo Minn. died Monday, July 7, 2014 after a brief but hard battle with acute leukemia.  He was surrounded by loved ones who will miss him dearly.

He was born Dec. 25, 1927 to Minnie and Harry Nelson.  Warren married Arlyn Ostmoe in January 1952, and they were loving parents to five children.  He was a graduate of St. Cloud State in education and was a science teacher (as well as a coach for various sports, and a driver’s education instructor) for 35 years.  Though his home in Buffalo was his primary residence, his childhood home on the shores of Big Eagle Lake was his heart’s real home.

Warren loved to travel and took trips with his wife (daughter Rachel often joining them) to wonderful places around the world, including Peru, the Galapagos Islands, Australia, New Zealand, Costa Rica, and Alaska.  The Nelson family also traveled throughout the United States in their converted school bus (long before the Partridge family’s bus on TV!).  Regular visits to the North Shore of Lake Superior were a treasured activity, as well.  He also enjoyed golfing, sailing and pontooning, hunting (though often it was more for the opportunity to walk in the woods and enjoy nature rather than to bag a deer), watching televised sports (especially baseball), walking his beloved dog Ernie, “zipping around” in his convertible, and telling jokes.  He was a man who enjoyed simple pleasures and didn’t need much for himself but was always very generous with others.

Survived by: his children, Daniel, Rachel (Max Weber), Margaret (Klaas van der Sanden), and Maren (David Lawrie); grandchildren, Marcus and Peter van der Sanden, Kieley and Cody Taylor, Annika Josephson (and their mother, Jordan Taylor), and Bob Josephson.  Fondly remembered by Ola Engelbrekts of Sweden and Fre van Etten of the Netherlands.  Also survived by sister-in-law, Jean Nelson of Big Lake, and many other relatives and friends.  Preceded in death by: his wife, Arlyn; son, Matthew; brother, Ray; nephew, Ron Nelson; and great-nephew, Andrew Hayes.

Visitation was scheduled from 5:00-6:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 13, with services immediately following at 6:30 in the Peterson-Grimsmo Funeral Chapel, Monticello.  Memorials may be sent to Crossroads Animal Shelter, 2800 10th St. SE, Buffalo, MN 55313 (763-684-1234,


Catherine Reich, 60

Catherine “Cathy” Lee Reich, 60, of Buffalo, Minn. passed away at her home on July 13, 2014.

Funeral service is taking place on Friday, July 18, 11 a.m., at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Greenfield, Minn.  Visitation is from 3-7 p.m. on Thursday, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., and one hour prior to service, all at the church.  Interment follows at Salem Cemetery, Greenfield.

Cathy was born on Sept. 22, 1953 in Seattle to Donald and Wilma Jean Blaske. In 1956, she and her brother, Wayne, were adopted, baptized and raised in Russel, Kan. by John and Martha (Tews) Ulrich.  After high school in 1971, she moved to Minnesota, where she attended and then graduated from Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm with a bachelor’s degree in English.  Cathy taught school for two and a half years and did some substitute teaching for many years after.

While teaching, she met and then married Michael Hillard Reich on Dec. 10, 1977.  Together they raised five sons, with whom she was very active with their athletic and academic activities.  Cathy also fostered over 150 children from 1988 until July 2012.  She received the “Mother of the Year” award from the Women’s Expo in 2000.

She was a co-founder and President of the Minnesota chapter of the Jack Russell Terrier Club of America.  She served on the board of directors for the American Pinzgauer Association.  Cathy truly loved her cows, dogs, fishing, and playing cards with the family and friends.

Preceded in death by her parents, John and Martha Ulrich.

Survived by: her husband, Michael Reich; sons, Peter Reich, Aaron (Kelly) Reich, John (Katie) Reich, Adam (Kirstin) Reich, and Paul (fiancé, Maria) Reich; grandchildren, Zachary, Lily, Alexander, Asher, and Micah; brother, Wayne (Mary) Ulrich; father and mother-in-law, William and Audrey Reich; and nieces and nephews.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family.