Agnes Dixon, 83

Agnes M. Dixon, 83, of rural Buffalo passed away on Friday, June 17, 2016 at Park View Care Center in Buffalo.

She was born on Jan. 7, 1933 in St. Leo, Minn., the daughter of Mathais and Julia (Adamer) Fry.

On May 16, 1953, Agnes M. Fry and Earl A. Dixon were joined in holy marriage in St. Leo, Minn.  God blessed their marriage with three children.

Agnes and Earl lived along Lake Charlotte 63 years. She was an expert quilter and a Lion’s pin trader. She enjoyed playing cards, traveling, gardening, and was very artistic.

Survived by: husband, Earl A. Dixon; children, Adaline Caspers (and friend, Frank Ruthman) of Buffalo and Christopher (Winifred) Dixon of Montrose; grandchildren, Daniel Caspers, David Dixon (fiancé Melissa), all of Buffalo, and Sarah Dixon of Montrose; great-grandchildren, Hunter and Jaida Dixon; a sister, Margaret Hick of New Hope; a sister-in-law, Delores Epple of Montrose; and other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by: an infant son, Joseph Dixon; her parents; and siblings, John, Francis, Bernard, Alois, Anthony, and Virgil Fry and Rose Wilson.

Funeral services for Agnes Dixon will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 23 in the chapel of Park View Care Center in Buffalo.  Father Nathaniel Meyers will officiate. A visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. at the chapel of Park View Care Center.

Pallbearers will be: Dennis Epple, Terry Rux, Frank Ruthman, Doug Skelly, Bruce Christian, and Dennis Olson.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family.


Dorothy Morris, 90

Dorothy June Grosskreutz was born on June 10, 1926 to Ernest and Dorothy (Niemann) Grosskreutz in Sharon, N.D.  Dorothy graduated from St. Paul Park High School in 1944 and then worked at the South St. Paul Stockyard Exchange building.

On Nov. 10, 1945, Dorothy married Howard Morris at the Woodbury Lutheran Church. They began their married life in Cokato, moving to Stockholm where they spent their entire married life. Howard and Dorothy had two children, Ernie and Hilaire.

Dorothy was very active in many different organizations, including the Wright County Fair Board and the State Fair, and through the years, they attended all 97 county fairs in Minnesota.  Dorothy was a leader for the Lightening Workers 4-H Club. It was during that time she was chaperoning a 4-H roller skating party and fell on her roller skates and broke her arm! She was also very involved with the Stockholm Lutheran Church and typed the Stockholm Story newsletter for many years.

Howard and Dorothy provided their camper to be used as a dressing room for the queens during each Cokato Corn Carnival.  Dorothy worked with Howard for several years in the American Family Insurance office, as well as the DMV Registrars Office.  Some of her fondest memories include skating on the Mississippi River with Howard and walking through the Grey Cloud Island Woods.

Dorothy enjoyed her neighbors, a winter home in Arizona, eating out, and traveling the United States.  She also liked to “be in charge.” Her favorite flower was the rose. “Gone with the Wind” and “Sound of Music” were her favorite movies, and her favorite food was mashed potatoes with gravy. Her hobbies included embroidering, crocheting, learning new crafts, making quilt rugs, putting puzzles together, visiting, and traveling.  Dorothy and Howard traveled in every state except Alaska.  She loved camping, county and state fairs and parades. She also did a beautiful job decorating fancy cakes. Many of her friends and neighbors had the pleasure of sampling those pretty cakes.

She is survived by: her son, Ernest, and his wife, Marge; daughter, Hilaire, and her husband, Michael Diers; grandchildren, Debbie McDonald, Jeff Morris, Garner (Jill) Diers, and Christine Diers; and great-grandchildren, Zachary Morris, Zachary Diers, Kelly Cunningham, Jade Cunningham, Tucker Sha, and Trevor Diers.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Howard Ellsworth Morris, who passed away March 12, 2006.

When asked what she felt was her greatest accomplishment, she stated that being happy, raising her family in a small community and having lots of friends all over the United States were all her greatest accomplishments.

Dorothy passed away at Cokato Manor on June 14, 2016 at the age of 90 years and 4 days old.

Visitation for Dorothy was scheduled on Wednesday, June 22 from 5-7 p.m. at the Stockholm Lutheran Church. Funeral service is on Thursday, June 23 at 11 a.m. in the Stockholm Lutheran Church, with burial to follow the service.  Lunch will be served at the church.

Arrangements are by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cokato and Howard Lake.


Mary Jane Puncochar, 80

Mary Jane Klein Puncochar, 80, of Monticello, Minn. passed away at her home on June 19, 2016.

Mary Jane was born on Jan. 5, 1936, in Monticello to Paul and Marie Klein.

She married Raymond Puncochar on Sept. 24, 1976.  She worked for Monticello Schools, was an avid reader and loved her garden.  Mary Jane was a devoted wife, loving sister, caring aunt, and dear friend.  She will be remembered for her kind spirit.

Preceded in death by: her husband, Raymond; parents, Paul and Marie Klein; and brothers, James and Robert.

Survived by: brothers, Paul (Dianne) and William; sisters, Ann Klein and Joyce (Barry) Peterson; nieces and nephews; and grandnieces and grandnephews.

The family of Mary Jane wishes to extend sincere thanks to Marilyn Sager for being a truly devoted friend.

Memorials to donor’s choice.

Per Mary Jane’s wishes, no service and private interment.  Arrangements are with the Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel of Monticello.


Donna Salonek, 78

Donna M. Salonek, 78, of Montrose passed away on June 18, 2016.

She was born on April 18, 1938 in New Richmond, Wis. to Bert and Pearl (Germain) Barnes.

She was united in marriage to Richard S. Salonek at Holy Name in Minneapolis on Feb. 12, 1966.

Donna was preceded in death by an infant son, Jacob, son, Tim, and brother, Bob Barnes.  She is survived by: her husband of 50 years, Richard “Dick;” children, Lisa (Debbie) Salonek, Bob (Beth) Salonek and Richard (Christie) Salonek; six grandchildren, Cooper, Perrin, Joe, Jacob, Max, and Ben; and brother, Gary (Barb) Barnes.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 23 in St. Mary of Czestochowa Catholic Church, rural Delano. Visitation is taking place from 9-11 a.m. Thursday, prior to the Mass at the church.  Interment is taking place in the church cemetery.

Arrangements are by the Iten Funeral Home, Delano.


Donald Speckel, 85

Donald John “Don the Barber” Speckel, 85, of Hamel passed away Monday, June 13, 2016 unexpectedly after complications from surgery.

He was born on Aug. 29, 1930 to John and Helen (Gonsior) Speckel in Watertown, Minn. He grew up in the rural area of Watertown, spending his free time with friends hunting and fishing in the local lakes and woods. In his youth, Don worked in many different areas. He was a musician in a band called the Country Cousins. He worked as a landscaper and even traveled with a carnival for a short time, besides working on the family farm.

His life came into focus when he met his love, Mary Therese Kuka. They married on June 24, 1953 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown.  By 1960, Don decided on a career in haircutting and enrolled in a Minneapolis barber school. In the 1970s, Don purchased the Hopkins Hair House and owned and operated it to his last day with us.

Don’s family always came first in his life, but he was also active in many community groups. Don did some volunteering for the Delano Boy Scouts by driving to Many Point Boy Scout Camp with camping equipment.  He was a member of: the Delano Knights of Columbus, the Loretto Lions Club, the Loretto Snobirds, and Trail Dusters Saddle Club (where he was the Parade Master for 15 years). Don was also a member of the Delano Sportsmen’s Club; he worked at the Bingo Stand every Fourth of July. As a member of the Midwest Barber Association, Don helped organize the yearly shows and won the Barber of the Year trophy. As a Hopkins businessman, he was active in the Hopkins community, donating to many events including Hopkins Raspberry Days.

Many of Don’s friends, family and the Rolling Hills Road neighborhood children got their haircuts in his basement barber chair.  Many good conversations went on in that basement.  Don’s most enjoyable hobby was playing base fiddle and guitar in the Manure Spreaders Band. They even played at the church dinner in Loretto once.

Don went on many deer hunting trips with his friends, sons and grandchildren in both Minnesota and Wyoming. He also spent many weekends snowmobiling, camping, riding his horse, Cheyenne, in parades, and many other family events.  In his later years, Don could be talked into closing his barbershop for a week each year, and he and Mary took trips to Washington, Canada, Texas, and Georgia. Don Speckel lived a long, active and blessed life.

He was preceded in death by: his father, John Speckel; mother, Helen, and stepfather, Frank Speckel; brother, Ralph Speckel; brothers-in-law, Archie, Tom and Joe Kuka and Ed Gallus; sister-in-law, Monica (Gallus) Neaton; and nephews, Tom Gallus and Tom Kuka, Jr.

He is survived by: his wife of 63 years, Mary; children, Mike (Jane), Tim (Patty), Paula (Jay) Higashi, and Patty Cleveland; 10 grandchildren, John (Martha) Speckel, Sarah (Derek) Huydma, Tommy (Kaarin) Speckel, Justine (Josh) Grover, Miranda (Jake) Duske, Payton Speckel, Kamiko Higashi, Toshi Higashi, Kyra Cleveland, and Lydia Cleveland; 10 great-grandchildren, Amelia, Gabriel, Graham, Callan, Ava, Sullivan, Liviana, Andrew, Grady, and Hazel; sisters, Marian (Dick) Spetz and Joanne Karels; sisters-in-law, MaryAnn and Marian Kuka; and brother-in-law, Jim Neaton.

Mass of Christian Burial was scheduled on Tuesday, June 21 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Delano, with visitation Monday evening (and K of C Rosary Service) at the Iten Funeral Home, Delano. Visitation continued Tuesday prior to the Mass at the church.  Interment was planned in the church cemetery.

Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home, Delano.