OBITUARIES

Nicholas Anderson, 28

Nicholas Leslie “Nick” Anderson, 28, of Delano, Minn. passed away on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 at his home.

He was born March 8, 1986 in Buffalo, Minn. to Brian Anderson and Dina Robinson.

Nick lived life “wide open;” he possessed a million dollar smile and the biggest heart.  He would do anything for others.  He had an incredible sense of humor and liked to make people laugh.  He was a charming young man whose soul touched everyone who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Kim Eugene Robinson, and an aunt, Teri Jean Anderson.  Nick is survived by: his parents, mother Dina Robinson and father Brian Anderson; siblings, Danielle Sullivan, April Pivec, Dylan Anderson, Callie Anderson, and Mikayla Anderson; grandparents, Leslie and Betty Anderson and Nikki Dean; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and many, many friends.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday Sept. 18, 7 p.m., at the Iten Funeral Chapel in Delano.  Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the services on Thursday.  Pastor Matt Sipe will officiate at the services.

Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.

 

Christoph Buerger, 37

Christoph Lonnie Buerger, 37, passed away in Los Angeles on Aug. 13, 2014.

He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents.  He is survived by his parents, Constance Buerger of Queen Creek, Ariz. (formerly of Independence) and C.L. Balderrama of Los Angeles.

Christoph lived in Independence, Minn. and graduated from Orono High School in 1995.  He attended Normandale Community College and graduated from the University of Minnesota.  He worked for Miramax in New York, Warner Bros. Music in Los Angeles and then established Christoph PR, a successful public relations firm with an impressive list of high profile and avant-garde clients.  He was a great publicist because he was a true fan of the people he represented. He had many friends who were recipients of his kindness, generosity and support.  He is sorely missed by his friends and family.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 27, 4 p.m., at the Independence City Hall complex.  Interment is taking place at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Los Angeles.

 

Richard Culp, 60

Richard L. “Smiley” Culp, 60, of Buffalo passed away on Sept. 16, 2014.

Visitation is taking place on Saturday, Sept. 20, 10 a.m., at Buffalo Covenant Church, with service following at 11 a.m.

A complete obituary is forthcoming.

 

Mary Dressen, 88

Mary Louise (Lano) Dressen, 88, of Watertown was born Nov. 8, 1925.  She passed away on Sept. 9, 2014.

Mary was born to Leonard and A. Margaret (Dukers) Lano in Chaska, Minn.  She was united in marriage to Michael Dressen on Dec. 27, 1950 in Chaska.  They were blessed with: seven children: Thomas (Nancy) Dressen, Michael Paul Dressen (deceased), Stephen (Jean) Dressen, Ann (Harold) Holland, Beth (Mark) Greenwood, Mary (Dennis, deceased) Kelly, and Michael Dressen; grandchildren, Christopher (Shelley) Dressen, Patrick (Tina) Dressen, Thomas Dressen (deceased), Jeremy (Anna) Dressen, Corey Dressen, Kristy (Luke) Johnson, Morgan Holland (fiancé Nichole Kammerer), Matthew (Anna) Holland, Megan (Christopher) Fitzloff, Daniel Greenwood (fiancé Allison Eckrich), Lauren Kelly, and David Kelly; and great-grandchildren, Thomas, Josie and Colton Dressen, Grace and Cole Dressen, Noah Dressen, and Taylor, Riley and Jack Fitzloff.

Mary was a devoted wife to Mike for 63 years.  They shared a wonderful life together raising their children on the farm.  Her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her grandchildren.  She was an active member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, Sept. 12 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown.  Interment was in the church cemetery.

Arrangements were by the Iten’s Watertown Funeral Home.

 

Norman Duscha, 86

Norman G. Duscha, 86, of St. Michael, Minn. passed away due to a massive stroke on Sept. 11, 2014.

He was born March 18, 1928 at home in Popple Creek, Minn., a community outside of Foley, Minn., to Emil and Emily (Bartosiewski) Duscha.  After high school graduation, he attended business school.

He then married Donna Ostrom on Aug. 19, 1950 at 1st Covenant Church in Minneapolis.  From this union they had four children: daughters, Jacki Selby, Connie (Chuck) Zupancich and Patty (Les) Kivi; and one son, Steve (Lisa) Duscha.  He is also survived by: grandchildren, Andy Selby, Erika Selby, Lisa Selby, Lindsay Selby, Sarah Mann, Matt Zupancich, Judd Kivi, Molly Larson, Cole Duscha, Quinn Duscha, and MarcTaylor; 11 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

Norm’s working career after marriage was varied.  He worked 21 years at Electric Machinery in Minneapolis as a buyer.  Next he was a partnered owner in a country hardware store in Shafer, Minn.  After selling the hardware store, he managed Toll Welding Supply store until he retired at 59 years old.  The family owned a home in the Camden area for 43 years before moving to St. Michael in 1999.

Memorial service was held Monday, Sept. 15, 11 a.m., at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hanover.  In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or to the family.

The Peterson Chapel, St. Michael/Albertville, Minn. assisted the family with arrangements.

 

Robert Henke, 83

Robert “Bob” Gerald Henke, 83, of St. Michael, Minn., formerly of Brooklyn Center and Buffalo, Minn., passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 12, 2014.

Bob was born the son of Gust and Alice Henke on May 18, 1931.  He served his country as a Korean War veteran. Worked and retired from NW Bell/US West after 31 years of service.  He was a member of St. Michael American Legion Post # 567 and V.F.W. Post # 217 in Brooklyn Center.

He will be remembered for his sense of humor/his jokes and teasing.  He loved competitive football and coached youth sports in Brooklyn Center, was an avid golfer, and he loved fishing at Lake Miltona and Lake Charlotte. He took special joy in the achievements and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Bob is survived by: his wife of 59 years, Jeanette (nee Hammarstedt); daughter, Diane (Tim) McDonald; sons, David (Lori) Henke and John Henke; grandchildren, Jessi (Mike) Gunderson, Kimberly, Jason, Byran (Brooks), Adam (Jackie) and Colin Henke, and Patrick and Michele McDonald; great-grandchildren, Morgan and Marin Gunderson; a brother, DuWayne (Mary) Henke; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Robert “Bob” Henke were scheduled on Wednesday morning, Sept. 17 at Life in Christ Lutheran Church in Albertville, with Pastor Michael Trask officiating and with visitation on Tuesday evening, Sept. 16 at the Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home.  Interment was scheduled on Wednesday afternoon at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Casket bearers were: Steven Henke, Jason Henke, Colin Henke, Patrick McDonald, Mike Gunderson, and Douglas Scholz.

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

 

John Kanduth, 69

John W. Kanduth, 69, of Buffalo died suddenly Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 at his home.

Preceded in death by: parents, Paul and Sophie Kanduth; in-laws, Milt and Birdie Hickman; niece, Katie Hickman; and an uncle, Bill Kanduth.

Survived by: his loving wife of 36 years, Jan; sons, Paul (Coni) and Robbie; grandchildren, Tom (Ying), Sarah, Thea, Blair, and Nicole; great-grandchildren, Aiden, Aubree, Carsen, and Dakota; brother, Bob (Grenaire) Kanduth; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jim and Joy, Bill and

Debbie, and Mike and Sharon Hickman; and nephews and nieces, Chuck (Denielle), Beau (Genevieve), Stephanie (Aaron), and Blake and Jana.

John was a caring, generous and fun-loving man with a zest for life.  He loved working on his beautiful yard and gardens, celebrating the holidays and having fun times on Dean Lake with family and friends.

Funeral services for John were held on Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Montrose United Methodist Church.  Pastor Cheryl Good officiated.  Testimonies of John’s life were given by Mike Hickman and Jana Hickman.  Interment followed at Kreidler Cemetery in rural Montrose.  A visitation was held Friday, Sept. 5 at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.  Further visitation was at the church one hour prior to services.

Casket bearers were: Tom Kanduth, Blair Kanduth, Chuck Hickman, Beau Hickman, Blake Hickman, and Aaron Pope.

Serving the family, the Peterson Chapel, Buffalo.

 

Thomas Miller, 54

Thomas D. Miller, 54, of Annandale died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 at the Rochester Methodist Hospital surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial was scheduled on Tuesday morning, Sept. 16 at Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church - St. Martin Campus, Rogers, with Fr. Andrew Stueve as the Celebrant and burial following at St. Walburga Catholic Cemetery, Rogers. Visitation was scheduled two hours prior to the service Tuesday at the church.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Thomas Dwayne Miller was born June 28, 1960 in Minneapolis to Milton and Tina (Grandy) Miller. He graduated from Buffalo High School with the Class of 1979. He worked as an assembler for R.J. Star in Hanover.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and picking. He loved a good bon fire with family and friends.

He is survived by: his two sons, Derek (Kayla) Miller of Annandale and Lee Miller of Bemidji; two grandchildren, Kimber Miller and Austin Brown; parents, Milton and Tina Miller of Rogers; brothers, David (Donna) of Maple Lake, Mark of Delano and Todd of Fergus Falls; sisters, Carol (Marc) Grefsrud of Buffalo and Teresa (Jeff) Bader of Princeton; and many nieces and nephews. Urn bearers were Milton and Tina Miller.

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

 

Francis Scherber, 76

Francis G. Scherber, 76, of Albertville passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.

He was born on Aug. 15, 1938 in Champlin, Minn. the son of Emil and Helen (Weber) Scherber.

On May 1, 1971, Francis G. Scherber and Mary M. Maslonkowski were joined in holy marriage in St. Cloud.

Francis was formerly employed as a repairman for soda machines.

He was a faithful member of St. Albert’s Catholic Church in Albertville.  Francis also was a member of the Albertville Lions Club.

Survived by: loving wife, Mary M. Scherber; a brother, Dick Scherber of New Richmond, Wis.; a sister, Sylvia (Louie) Barthel of Richmond, Minn; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Eugene, and by a sister, Betty Eicher.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Francis Scherber was scheduled on Saturday morning, Sept. 13 at the Church of St. Albert in Albertville with Father Xavier as the Celebrant for the Mass.  Gift bearers for the Mass were MaryLou Broll, Kathy Hennen and Sharon Helmbrecht.  Interment followed St. Albert’s Cemetery in Albertville.  A visitation was scheduled at the church on Friday evening, Sept. 12, with further visitation an hour prior to Mass on Saturday.

Casket bearers: Dennis Barthel, David Barthel, Donna Barthel, Lori Martin, Diana Quinn, and Nancy McKenzie.

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

 

Elizabeth Schmidt, 74

Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Schmidt, 74, of Delano, Minn. passed away on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 at her home.

She was born on Nov. 3, 1939 in Rockford Township to George and Lydia (Krause) Wandersee.

Betty was preceded in death by: her parents, George and Lydia Wandersee; and brothers, Richard, David and Donald.

She is survived by: her children, Debra Sunnarborg, Vicky Probst and Michael Schmidt; 9 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; siblings, Shirley, Diane, Cathy, Nancy, Bobby, Chuck, Fritz, Duane, Kenny, and Jerry; as well as many other nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Memorial services were scheduled on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Light of Christ Lutheran Church in Delano, with Pastor Lee Hallstrom officiating and with inurnment in the W. Mt. Olive Cemetery, Delano.

Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.

 

Marjorie Vassar, 72

Marjorie Pauline (Mattson) Vassar, 72, of Buffalo died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, Minn.

Visitation was scheduled on Monday, Sept. 8 at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, with a funeral service on Tuesday, Sept. 9 at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo and further visitation an hour prior to the service at the church.

A complete obituary is forthcoming.

 

Irene Warner, 86

Irene R. Warner, 86, of Annandale died Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial was scheduled on Saturday morning, Sept. 13 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Annandale with Fr. George Kallumkalkudy as Celebrant, with burial following at Woodlawn Cemetery, Annandale. Visitation was scheduled on Friday evening, Sept. 12 at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Annandale and one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday, with a prayer service on Friday evening.

Irene Roselia Warner was born on Aug. 13, 1928 in Holdingford, Minn. to August and Emma (Reinke) Schulte. As a young girl, Irene moved with her family to Albany before eventually spending her remaining teen years in Avon.

On Oct. 9, 1947, Irene was united in holy matrimony to Wilbur William Warner at Holy Angels Catholic Church in St. Cloud.  Together, Irene and Wilbur owned and operated Warner’s Farm and Resort on Sugar Lake.

In her spare time, Irene enjoyed making rugs, sewing, taking trips, shopping, and always looked forward to going out for a bite to eat.  She dedicated many years to working on the farm, a job she truly enjoyed. She appreciated the many guests who vacationed at the resort, and she liked to visit with them.  Irene will be fondly remembered as a fun loving, caring mother and grandmother.  Her heart of gold will be missed by all those who loved her, especially her family. Irene’s greatest enjoyment in life was the time she was able to spend with her family.

Irene is survived by: her children, David (Anita) Warner of Foreston, Diane (Kris) Person of Clear Lake, Gene (Judy) Warner of Annandale, Louise (John) Schutz of Watkins, Shirely Warner of Annandale, Alice (Curtis) Denney of Annandale, and Charlotte (Virgil) Hall of Sauk Rapids; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters, Alma Kozak of Clear Lake and Evelyn Gronau of Sauk Rapids; and nieces, nephews, other family, and friends.  She was preceded in death by: her son, Roger; husband, Wilbur; and brothers-in-law, Harry Kozak and Donald Gronau.

Irene’s grandchildren were asked to serve as pallbearers.  Music was provided by St. Ignatius Music Ministry.

Arrangements were entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Annandale.