Norma Authier, 85
Norma Jean Authier, 85, of Buffalo, Minn. passed away on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
Funeral services for Norma Authier will be held on Friday, March 7, 10:30 a.m., at the United Methodist Church in Thompson, Iowa. Reverend Deb Devine will officiate. Interment Rose Hill Cemetery in Thompson, Iowa. A visitation was held on Wednesday, March 5 from 6-8 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.
A complete obituary is pending.
The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family.
Lonnie Blackketter, 75
Lonnie Lorraine Blackketter, 75, of Watertown passed away on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
She was born Jan. 9, 1939 to Walter and Ida (Salseg) Herdt in Glenburn, N.D.
Lonnie was preceded in death by her daughter, Rogene Renee Van Vorst, and granddaughters, Jaclyn (Jeff) Alayne Rudolph and Natalie Lorraine Van Vorst. She is survived by: her husband, Donald Blackketter; children and spouses, Rod (Mary) Van Vorst, Lona (Al) Tabbat, Jeffrey Van Vorst, and Janelle Flannagan; grandchildren, Tina, Ryan, Vanessa, Megan, and Kaitlyn; great-grandchildren, Avery and Ben Rudolph and Kailyn Van Vorst; step-children, Robert (Jamie) Blackketter and Patricia Blackketter; step-grandchildren, Travis, Kelly, Bradley, Nicole, Amanda, Rachel, and Justin; and step-great-grandchildren Jordan and Leila.
In earlier years Lonnie ventured on multiple home-based businesses. Being a marketing and sales professional, she additionally worked in a variety of home décor shops. With her extreme talent of home decorating any house that she lived was made a home with her magic for decorating. Meeting the love of her life in 2000, they married a year later. Getting back to her childhood roots, the farm was where she very happily spent the rest of her days.
Lonnie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She loved to laugh and she thoroughly enjoying cooking, playing cards and visiting with many friends and family. She especially loved her time spent with her husband Don, every morning at the kitchen table. Battling a long fight with COPD, she passed away gracefully with her daughter Janelle by her side.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 6, 11 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown, Minn. Visitation was scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Iten’s Watertown Funeral Home. Visitation will continue from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday at the church. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
Arrangements by the Iten’s Watertown Funeral Home.
Phyllis Chinn, 86
Phyllis Margaret Chinn, 86, of Delano passed away on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 at the Golden Living Center in Delano, Minn.
She was born Sept. 17, 1927 to Emil and Marie (Bolling) Anderson in Minneapolis.
Phyllis enjoyed doing word-finds, playing Bingo and watching movies. She loved to sing and to find anyone willing to play a good game of cards.
She is survived by: her children and their spouses, John and Bernadette Grenzer, Karen and Duane Schlosser, Gary and Julie Grenzer, and Andrew Chinn; 8 grandchildren, Marjorie Peterson, Kelly (Paul) Huck, Bridget (Daniel) McNitt, Lori (Adam) Potts, Ben (Amy) Grenzer, Gina (Kurt) Johnson, Amanda (Mike) Fisher, and Daniel Grenzer; and great-grandchildren, Eli Peterson, Chloe Grenzer, Robert Potts, Xavier McNitt, and Victoria McNitt.
Prayer services will be held on Thursday, March 6, 4 p.m., at the Iten Funeral Home in Delano and will continue until approximately 4:30 p.m. A gathering of family and friends will coincide with the services and continue until 8 p.m. Thursday. Inurnment with full military honors will occur at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery at a later date. Rev. John Gallas will officiate at the services.
Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.
Kevin Cochran, 58
Kevin John Cochran, 58, of Crosby, formerly of Aitkin and Cokato, Minn., passed away Feb. 7, 2014.
He was born on Dec. 25, 1955 in Watertown, Minn. to Gerald and Rosann (Broll) Cochran. He grew up in Waverly, Minn. and attended Howard Lake-Waverly High School.
He served in the U.S. Army.
Kevin was preceded in death by: his parents and step-parents, Gerald (Betty) Cochran and Rosann (Joseph) Loebertman; granddaughter, Sierra; brother, Lester “Buddy” Cochran; brother-in-law, Mike Specken; and niece, Tonya Specken.
He is survived by: a daughter, Chasady Cochran; granddaughters, Brooklyn and Ahnna; sisters, Annette (Gary) Norman, Marietta Specken and LaVerne “Dolly” (Guy) Hedtke; 10 nieces and nephews; and many friends.
A committal service will be held on Saturday, March 15, noon, at the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Waverly. The family will be hosting a reception and gathering at the Waverly KC Hall immediately following the services, and all are welcome to join.
Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home of Delano, Minn.
Daniel Conzet, 51
Daniel Mark Conzet, 51, of Rockford passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
He was born on June 1, 1962 in Buffalo the son of Ralph and Joyce (Carlson) Conzet. Daniel graduated from Rockford High School in 1980; he was on the Rockford wrestling team. He was employed at Honeywell in circuit boards for 20 years and later as a truck driver.
Survived by: his siblings, Tony (Theresa), Tom (Laura), Judy (Chris), and Chris (Deb); sister-in-law, Vicki; nephews and nieces, Adam (Tricia), Wyatt (Tabitha), Robin, Crystal, Clinton, Shannon, and Andy; and many other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by: his parents, Ralph and Joyce; a brother, Ralph; and by a nephew, Aaron.
A Memorial Service was scheduled on Wednesday, March 5, 2 p.m., at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. A time of gathering was to be held an hour prior to services Wednesday the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.
The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family.
Catherine Engels, 54
Catherine Anne Engels, 54, of Delano, Minn. passed away peacefully Feb. 28, 2014 at her home.
Cathy was born Jan. 26, 1960 in Bay City, Mich., the daughter of Dr. Jerry and Dianne Hagman. Cathy graduated in 1978 from Columbus High School in Marshfield, Wis., where she participated in the glee club, yearbook and the mission club. Cathy had a passion for the medical field, which was evident by her volunteer work as a candy striper at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. She later got a job there as a unit ward clerk.
In the mid-eighties, she met and fell in love with Marty Engels, and they were united in marriage Sept. 23, 1988. She graduated from Mid-State Technical College in Medical Transcription and Ashworth University for Business Management, and she worked for the hospital until 1995. She continued that passion as she moved with her family to Delano, Minn. and worked for CBSA and Park Nicollet.
Cathy was a very dedicated person and loved her job. She had an innate passion for her favorite football team, the Packers. One may mistake the family room of her home as a museum of memorabilia and souvenirs. Her favorite vacations brought her to Florida, California, Colorado, Washington, D.C., and New York. Some of these destinations were merely to watch the Packers play. Being a dedicated fan provided an easy outlet for her family to fill gifts ideas bearing the Packer logo. Cathy also had a passion for fishing and heading up north to her parent’s cabin. She loved to bake at an early age and continued to bring her flair for surfing the Internet, magazines and cookbooks for the next best recipe. She loved to garden with her husband, Marty, and helped can tomatoes, beans and whatever the bounty provided. Cathy was truly someone who cared, shared and ultimately gave of herself. She held her family and friends close to her heart. She adored her cats, Snickers (little shorty), Dexter (BOO), Beans (Big Shorty), and Novy.
Cathy will be missed, loved and in the hearts of her loving husband and best friend, Marty, and also: children, Jerome Verch of Marshfield, Sarah Engels of Delano, Jessica (Martin) Erlandson of Onalaska, Wisc., Trisha Engels of St. Paul, and Anthony Engels of Brainerd; parents, Jerome J. and M. Dianne Hagman of Marshfield; siblings, Charles F. (Jill) Hagman of Marshfield and Maureen (Russell) Lewis of Hudson, Wis.; grandchildren, Landon Verch, Wrigley and Easton Erlandson, and Kyra, Chloe and Zachary Engels; and nephew and nieces, Benjamin and Margaret Lewis, and Shannon and Elise Hagman. She was preceded in death by her grandparents: Frank and Gertrude Hagman, Charles and Elizabeth Erasmus, and Mildred Erasmus.
Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, March 6, 11:30 a.m., at St. Peter Catholic Church, Delano, Minn. Gathering of family and friends will be held in Martha’s Hall of the St. Peter Catholic Church from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, prior to the Mass.
Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home of Delano.
Dianne George, 58
Dianne Victoria George, 58, of Buffalo passed away on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 at her residence.
Funeral services for Dianne George will be held on Friday, March 7, 1:30 p.m., at All Saints Lutheran Church in Darwin. Interment will be held at All Saints Lutheran Cemetery, Darwin. A visitation will be held on Friday, March 7 at the church two hours prior to services.
A complete obituary is pending.
The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family.
Jane Herbst, 71
Jane Herbst, 71, of Monticello, passed away on Sunday, March 2, in her home surrounded by her family after a courageous five-year battle with cancer.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 7, 2014 at Saint Timothy Catholic Church in Maple Lake. Burial will be at the St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery in Duelm. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday and 9-10 a.m. Friday, both at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Maple Lake. Parish Prayers will be held 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral chapel.
Jane was born on August 17, 1942, in Little Falls, Minnesota to Albert and Emily (Pogatchnik) Muenzer. Her family later moved to Saint Cloud, where she attended Cathedral High School. She married James Herbst on August 5, 1961, at Saint Mary’s Cathedral in Saint Cloud. They lived in Golden Valley for ten years before moving to Monticello, where they have lived for the past 42 years. A devout Catholic who spent hours each week at Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, and praying the rosary in her home, Jane was known in the Monticello community for her wonderful meals, beautifully decorated wedding cakes, and Christmas cookie platters.
Jane is survived by: her husband, James; sons and daughters, Kurt (Carol) of Charleston, SC, Clint (Diane) of Monticello, Jess (Hope) of Mission Viejo, CA, Robyn (Scott) Tessmer of Platte City, MO, Rebecca (Jeff) Kittel of Monticello, Chris (Jennie) of Saint Michael, and Kent (Erin) of Saint Michael; 27 grandchildren; and sister in law Idella Muenzer.
She was preceded in death by: her parents; her sister, Joan Schneeweis; and brothers, Charles Muenzer and Michael John Muenzer. Memorials preferred to the Monticello Cancer Center.
The pallbearers will be Kevin, Richard, Samuel, Joseph, and Adam Herbst, Quintin Tessmer, and Konnor Kittel. The music for the service will be provided by Sandy Palm, Rebecca Kittel, Cara Herbst and Rick Herbst. The arrangements were entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Maple Lake.
Ronald Marohn, 78
Ronald W. Marohn, 78, of Buffalo, Minn. passed away on Feb. 24, 2014.
Memorial service was held Friday, Feb. 28 at St John’s Lutheran Church in Buffalo, Minn. Visitation was one hour prior to service at the church.
Ronald was born to Edwin and Esther (Goerke) Marohn of Howard Lake, Minn. He was baptized and confirmed in Bethelem Lutheran Church of Middleville Township, Wright County, Minn.
After high school, he served in the U.S. Army. He worked at Honeywell for nine years and was a mail carrier for 26 years.
He is survived by: his wife of 51 years, Alice; sons, John and Edwin; daughter, Lisa (James); brothers, Kenneth of Howard Lake, Norman of Andover and William of Big Lake; and sister, Jeanette (Vernon) Beckald of Cokato.
The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo served the family.
Timothy Myers, 51
Timothy “Lenny” Myers, 51, of Las Vegas passed away Feb. 25, 2014. He was formerly of Buffalo, Minn. Complete notice to follow.
Betty Porter, 89
Betty Porter, 89, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Deerfield Community in Urbandale, Iowa.
Funeral services Monday, March 3 at Iles-Westover Chapel, Des Moines, where the family received friends for an hour prior to the service. Graveside services Monday at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery near Van Meter.
Betty was born in Hedrick, Iowa, graduated from Agency High School in 1942 and married George Porter on Sept. 9, 1944. They lived in Ottumwa, Iowa, Jefferson, Iowa, and Buffalo, Minn.
She is survived by: her sons, Charles (Pat) Porter of Ellston, Iowa and Allen (Michelle) Porter of Shoreview, Minn; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and her brother, Richard (Shirley) Grissom of Des Moines. She was preceded in death by: her husband, George; and her siblings, Lois Ball, LaVerne Grissom, Georgia Ruble, and Peggy Goodhue.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or the Fisher House Foundation.
Robert Schmidt, 67
Robert Edward Schmidt, 67, of Albion Center, Annandale passed away on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at the Annandale Care Center.
Robert was born on June 25, 1946 in St. Cloud to Roland E. Schmidt and Lorraine Hance Schmidt. He was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith and was a member of St. Ignatius Church of Annandale. Robert attended St. Timothy School in Maple Lake and graduated from Annandale High School in 1965. After graduation he attended college classes for Art and Interior Design. He worked at St. Barnibus Hospital as an orderly, Dayton’s Department Store and Erickson Decorating, all in Minneapolis. He was self-employed as an Interior Designer. He cared for his mother until her death. Robert enjoyed art, antiques, decorating, gardening, working in his yard, and spending time with family, friends and cat, “Kitty.”
He was preceded in death by his parents. Survived by: his sister, Mary Ann (Charles) Smith of Annandale; nieces, Melissa (Terry) Dean of Hutchison and Jenny Paggen of Maple Lake; nephews, Christopher Smith (Karri) and Shawn Smith, both of Annandale; as well as great-nieces and one great-nephew.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 8 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Annandale. Visitation will be an hour prior to the service at the church. Interment follows at Woodlawn Cemetery, Annandale.
Ruth Walesch, 93
Ruth H. Walesch, 93, of St. Michael, Minn. passed away peacefully in her sleep on Feb. 25, 2014.
Ruth was born on June 6, 1920 the daughter of Peter Walesch and Anna (Gutzwiller) Walesch. She lived on the family farm until her mother passed away. Ruth enjoyed cleaning houses in Wayzata. She was a lifelong member of St. Michael Catholic Church.
She is survived by two sisters, Anita Goeb and Inez Oliver. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Memorial service for Ruth Walesch Monday, March 3 at St. Michael Catholic Church. A visitation was held one hour prior to service at the church.
Honorary pallbearers were all of Ruth’s great-nieces and nephews.
The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home served the family.