Janet Burch, 63

Janet Marie Burch (Muenkel), 63, of Buffalo passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017.

She was born Feb. 3, 1954, the daughter of Donald Gale and Shirley Mae (Frerking) Muenkel.  Janet graduated from Osseo-Fairchild High School in Osseo, Wis. and attended college in La Crosse, Wis. for interior decorating.  She worked with Foam Fabricators in Silver Creek, Minn., Boston Scientific in Minneapolis and most recently with Neometrics, Inc. in Plymouth, Minn.

She was baptized at Pinehurst Lutheran Church in Eau Claire, Wis. and confirmed in her faith at Osseo Evangelical Lutheran Church in Osseo, Wis.

Janet was baptized in the Holy Ghost at End Time Gospel in North Minneapolis by Pastor Isaac Moore.  She was a faithful servant with Faith Deliverance Holiness Church in North Minneapolis, where she served as an usher under the leadership of Pastor Ora Goodman White.  She enjoyed decorating, sewing (especially doll clothes), reading, studying, cleaning, and being a dedicated mother to her three daughters, Amanda “Mandy,” Talitha “TT” and Nicole “Nikki.”

She was preceded in death by: her father, Donald Muenkel; daughter, Amanda “Mandy” Bush; sister-in-law, Tami Muenkel; and nephew, Scottie Alan Muenkel.

Janet is survived by: her daughters, Talitha “TT” Nelson of Minneapolis and Nicole “Nikki” Timms of Minneapolis; two grandchildren; mother, Shirley Sauve of Buffalo, Minn.; step-mother, Eilene Muenkel of Osseo, Wis.; brothers, Scott Muenkel of Waupaca, Wis. and Michael Muenkel of Buffalo, Minn.; and many family and friends.

A memorial service for Janet Burch was scheduled on Tuesday, Feb. 14, with visitation one hour prior, at the Peterson Chapel, Buffalo.  Pastor Ora Goodman White and Pastor Isaac Moore officiated.  Burial was planned at Lakeside Cemetery in Silver Creek, Minn.

Serving the family is the Peterson Chapel of Buffalo.


Gordon Middagh, 87

Gordon James Middagh, age 87 of Buffalo, passed away Saturday, February 11, 2017. He was born May 12, 1929, in Minneapolis, MN, the son of Morgan and Clara (Elsenpeter) Middagh. At the age of 8, the family moved to Buffalo, where he resided for the rest of his life.

On June 16, 1962, Gordon Middagh and Janet Endres were united in Holy matrimony at St. Francis Catholic Church in Buffalo by Father Anthony Muskala.

Gordon spent the majority of his career as an over-the-road truck driver and 8 years as a truck driving instructor at the Dakota County Vo-Tech School. After retirement, he continued to drive, delivering parts for Ryan Automotive in Buffalo. He enjoyed playing cards, camping, fishing, and time spent with his family.

Gordon is preceded in death by his parents, Morgan and Clara Middagh. He is survived by his wife, Janet Middagh of Buffalo; children, Linda (Richard) Sturges of Silver Lake, Jeanette Stoddard of Monticello, Barbara (Gregory) Taack of Blaine, and Gerald (Lisa) Middagh of Buffalo; grandchildren, Matthew (Robin) Stoddard, Nicholas (Brittney) Stoddard, Jacob (Genevieve) Middagh, and Thomas (Lindsay) Middagh; great-grandchildren, Elliot, Madi, Charlie, Malachi, Henley, and Mckinley; and other relatives and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 11:00 AM with visitation one hour prior at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo with Father Nathaniel Meyers as celebrant. Interment at St. Francis Cemetery in Buffalo.

Urn bearers are Jacob Middagh and Thomas Middagh.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo.


Carol Ann “Ma” Pettit, 84

Carol Ann “Ma” Pettit “Sister Francis,” “ Sister Carol,” 84, of Loretto passed away on Feb. 9, 2017 in Robbinsdale.

Carol belonged to the Saint Paul’s Monastery and was a first grade teacher for many years.  She taught hundreds of children in Hastings, Loretto, Minneapolis, and in Buffalo.  Her favorite way to spend the day was simply hanging out with her grandchildren.  She also passed the time by watching “The Price is Right” and “Wheel of Fortune.” You could find Carol’s contagious smile and laugh at the local establishments playing bingo or Meat Raffle.

Survived by: her loving husband, Andrew “Andy” Pettit Jr.; son, Craig (Amanda) Pettit; grandchildren, Colin, Gavin and Alaina; siblings, Jeanne Webber, Eleanor Ghostly, Nick Oeffling, Helen (Paul) Klapprich, Catherine (Frank) Meister, and Judy (Tom) Arens; Andy’s children, Nancy (Gary) Hovel, Sue (Dan) Franklin, Carrie (Russ) Oldenborg, and Jon (Sandy) Pettit; daughter-in-law, Kathy Pettit; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceded into death by: parents, Henry and Angela Oeffling; siblings, Wayne Goodman, Bette Carstedt, Joe Goodman, and Jim Oeffling; and Andy’s sons, Ronald Pettit and Jeffrey Pettit.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Carol Ann Pettit will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 10 a.m., with visitation two hours prior to Mass, at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Hamel. Father Corey Belden will be the Celebrant.  Craig B. Pettit will be the Urn Bearer. A luncheon will be held at St Thomas the Apostle Church in Corcoran following the Mass.

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


Edith “Edie” Schmidt, 88

Edith Louise “Edie” Schmidt, 88, of Delano passed away on Feb. 10, 2017.

Born in Loretto on Feb. 24, 1928.

Her love, acceptance and kindness to all those she came in contact with were her greatest attributes.  She was dedicated to the Catholic Church and worked tirelessly for Pro-Life.

Survived by: 13 children, Ronald (Rene), Renee (Larry) Jordan, Roy, Randy (Cheryl), Rebecca (Steve) Neumann, Rick (Deb), Rodger (Sandra), Ruth (Kevin) Isaacson, Russell (Mary), Robert, Ralph, Rosemary (Linda), and Ramona (Karen); 37 grandchildren; 60 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren; brother, Roy (Rosie) Spurzem; brothers-in-law, Roger Schmidt and Gordy (Katie) Schmidt; sisters-in-law, Oreta (Howie) Gray and Ival Fleming; and many other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by: loving husband of 69 years, Hugh O. “Sonny” Schmidt; daughter, Rachelle; grandson, Donald; parents, Hubert and Helen Spurzem; brother, Donald;  and sisters, Marguerite Oeffling and Ethel Schmidt.

She leaves behind a legacy of commitment to family, church and community.  She was an active volunteer at SS Peter and Paul Church and School in Loretto, Cancer Society, American Legion Auxiliary, Historical Stork House, and many other church and civic activities.  She was President of the Northwest Deanery and Woman of the Year for the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women.  She wrote plays for 4-H and family parties, taught her children how to fish on Spurzem Lake and attended any sporting event she could.  Her 14R newsletter gave updates on all the activities of her family.  Later in life, her passions were singing with the Delano Senior Group, playing bridge, driving other senior citizens to doctor appointments, and visiting, always visiting older friends and relatives.  Her family adored her and will miss her sweet, cute sense of humor.

Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 14 at St Peter Catholic Church, Delano.  Visitation in Martha’s Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 14 from 9-11 a.m. prior to Mass.  Rosary recited at 8:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Pro-Life Organizations preferred.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family.


Janet Walberg, 73

Janet M. Walberg, 73, of Annandale died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 at the Howard Lake Good Samaritan Center.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16 in St. John’s Lutheran Church, Annandale with Rev. Dave Nelson officiating. Visitation was scheduled from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Annandale, as well as one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church. Burial will take place at 2:00 p.m. Friday in Woodlawn Cemetery, Annandale.

Janet Marie Walberg was born Aug. 13, 1943 in Backus, Minn. to Alvin and Wilhelmina (Peterson) Helmer.  Jan grew up in the Twin Cities, where she attended Robbinsdale High School. In her younger years, Jan worked as a waitress for various dining establishments.

On Dec. 23, 1963, Janet was united in marriage to Ronald Allan Walberg in Golden Valley, Minn.  They moved to Annandale, where they raised their three children. Janet enjoyed bird watching, listening to music, going to garage sales, and attending church services.  She loved the time she was able to spend with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and all of her family.

She is survived by: her children and their spouses, Penny and Jeremy Reeve of South Haven, Allyn and Dawn Walberg of Glen Ullin, N.D. and Sandy and Darrin Krohn of Dassel; grandchildren, Travis and Justin Glunz, Allie Daugherty, Ashley Olson, Zach Moen, and Allen Lauer; great-grandchildren, Kailey, Bryson, Madilyn, Kalissa, Alaina, Willow, and Ashton; and sister-in-law, Jeanette Walberg.

She was preceded in death by: her parents, Alvin and Wilhelmina Helmer; husband, Ronald; and brother, Ronald Helmer.

Janet’s six grandchildren will serve as casket bearers.

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