Matthew Behrends, 49

Matthew Leo Behrends, 49, of Buffalo, formerly of Delano, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Nov. 22, 11 a.m., at St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano.  Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday and continues 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, all at Martha's Hall of St. Peter Catholic Church.  A Prayer service will occur at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and a Rosary service at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.  Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Delano.

A complete obituary is forthcoming.

Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.


Ada Dougherty, 88

Loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother Ada “Lucille” Dougherty, 88, of New Hope passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014.

Preceded in death by: her husband of 49 years, Thomas; parents, Everett and Eleanora; son, Kevin; grandson, Matthew Holland; and sisters, Gladys and Irma.

She will be missed by: her children, Patricia (Glenn) Mayer, Mary (Donald) Franczak, Maureen (Clyde) Martin, Colleen (Jeffrey) Radeke, Dean (Rose) Dougherty, Thomas Dougherty, and Eileen (Todd) Holland; 17 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; sister, Doris; and brother, Duane (Mary).  Further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Lucille was the former owner of Hilltop Bar in Hanover, Minn.

Visitation Monday, Nov. 24 from 4-7 p.m. at Kapala-Glodek Malone Funeral Home, New Hope and Tuesday, Nov. 25 from 10-11 a.m., with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in Church of St. Raphael, Crystal, Minn.  Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Arrangements by Kapala-Glodek Malone Funeral Home, New Hope.


Rosemary Gabriel, 92

Rosemary H. Gabriel, 92, of Delano passed away Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 at the Golden Living Center.

She was born July 15, 1922 in Franklin Township, Minn. to Joseph and Mary (Gonsior) Gabriel.  She was a longtime North St. Paul teacher.  After retirement, Rosemary worked as the church secretary for the Delano Catholic Community.  She was a member of the St. Joseph Rosary Society and Third Order of Franciscans.

Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Clarence and Lawrence, and nephew, David.  She is survived by: her sister-in-law, Kay Gabriel; nieces and nephews, Colleen (Paul) Beranek, Julie Gabriel, Philip (Tammy), Mary (Rich) Hirstein, Mark (Lynn), and Laura (Trent) Braiedy; and many great-nieces and nephews.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was scheduled on Saturday, Nov. 15 at St Joseph Catholic Church, Delano, with a gathering of family and friends at the church prior to Mass and inurnment in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home, Delano.


Norman Hanson, 79

Norman Russell Hanson, 79, of Howard Lake, Minn. passed away on Nov. 11, 2014.

He was born Sept. 8, 1935 in Grove City, Minn. to Raymond and Mildred Hanson.  He attended school in Willmar, Minn. and moved to Chicago before returning to Minnesota.

He was united in marriage to Judith Swanson on Oct. 28, 1967 in Minneapolis.  This union was blessed with five children.  They later moved to Howard Lake.  Norman was a hard worker and enjoyed working on cars in his spare time.  He retired from the Radisson hotel as an engineer.

Survived by: his wife of 47 years, Judith; children, Warren, Kristal, Russell (Debbie), Benjamin, and Amanda; grandchildren, Jade Grunau, Nicole Niesen, Shane Hanson, Shelby Reid, Jessica Hanson, Jenny Hanson, Russell Hanson Jr., Eric Miller, and Levi Miller; sister, Floris (Donald) Strand; nieces, Gail Gilbert and Mardee (Dean) Tjepkes; nephews, Jeff (Cher) Strand and Donald (Pam) Strand Jr.; along with several other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents, and brother, LeRoy.

Funeral service was scheduled on Monday, Nov. 17, with visitation an hour prior to the service, at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Howard Lake.


Tyson Kinney, 9

Tyson Jerome Kinney, 9, of Albertville passed away on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis.

He was born on Oct. 25, 2005 in Monticello the son of Brandon J. Kinney and Jessica A. (Vetsch) Kinney.  He was a third grader at Big Woods Elementary.  Tyson enjoyed: baseball, video games, rap music, playing with friends, trucks and cars, playing on the trampoline, and bread (When he grew up he wanted to be a bread taster.).

Survived by: his father, Brandon Kinney of Elk River; his mother, Jessica (Vetsch) Kinney of Albertville; a brother, Owen, 10; a sister, Maya, 1; grandparents, Elizabeth Vetsch and Trent (Judy) Kinney; aunts and uncles, Marcia (Steve) Knase, Tony (Val) Barthel, Lynn (Scott) Black, Melissa (Todd) Elfstrom, Jaime (Krista) Kinney, Tara (Jeff) Harrer, and Scott Lehn; 18 cousins; and many other family and friends.

Preceded in death by grandparents, Dale Vetsch and Cheryl (Huggett) Lehn.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Tyson Jerome Kinney was scheduled on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at St. Albert’s Catholic Church in Albertville, with Father Xavier Thelakkatt as Celebrant and visitation and prayer service on Monday evening, Nov. 17 at the church.

Honorary pallbearers: Steven Barthel, Parker Harrer, Alex Kinney, Keegan Elfstrom, Brecken Elfstrom, and Dale Lehn.

Pallbearers: Joe Knase, Cody Black, Mitch Barthel, Rick Robertson, Jason Dodds, and Chad Lillydahl.

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


Eveline Lehn, 96

Eveline M. Lehn, 96, of St. Michael passed away on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 at her residence.

She was born on Nov. 22, 1917 in Albany, Minn. the daughter of Henry and Margaret (Dold) Kersting.  Eveline grew up in Mahnomen, Minn.

On June 4, 1936, Eveline M. Kersting and Elmer F. Lehn were joined in holy marriage at St. Michael Catholic Church in St. Michael.  God blessed their marriage with twelve children.

Eveline was a seamstress all of her life and she also enjoyed quilting.  She was a faithful member of the Church of St. Michael for 78 years.

Survived by: her children, Margaret Grabinger, Rosalie Anselment, Henry (Nancy) Lehn, James (Susan) Lehn, Elmer A. Lehn, Jeannie (Jim) Kramer, Jeanette Mock, Mary Lou (Wayne) Kolles, Linda (Ed) Hall, Ramona (Gerald) Martin, and Sheila Lehn (Dennis Porter); a daughter-in-law, Celeste Muyres-Lehn; 46 grandchildren; 95 great-grandchildren, 12 great-great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-great-grandchild; and other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by: her husband, Elmer F. Lehn; a son, Gerald Lehn; sons-in-law, Wallace Grabinger and Terry Anselment; grandchildren, Randall A. Kolles, Mark Grabinger, Jerry Lehn Jr., David Lehn, and Mary Jo Anselment; and by sisters, Ada Lehn and Minnie Kramer.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Eveline M. Lehn was scheduled on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at the Church of St. Michael, with visitation Monday evening at the church and further visitation Tuesday an hour prior to Mass.  Interment followed at the St. Michael Cemetery.

Casket bearers: Chris Grabinger, Steve Lehn, Tim Herbst, Daniel Kolles, Jeremy Martin, Josa Martin, Tyler Keyes, Ryan Keyes, Michael Herzog, Christian Herzog, Jeff Lehn, and Dillion Lehn.

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


Ernest Marquette, 78

Ernest “Buck” Marquette was born on April 25, 1936 in Buffalo, Minn. to Leland and Hattie (Stoppelman) Marquette and passed away on Nov. 10, 2014.

Buck enjoyed playing the button accordion with his group of friends, loved to hunt with his friends from Battle Lake and spent time fishing his favorite lakes.  He was a member of Laborers Union Local #563 and IUOE Local #49.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Gary Marquette, and nephew, Brock Spike.

Buck is survived by: his wife of 57 years, Arlene (Manke) Marquette; sisters, Lillian Randall of Big Lake and Marjorie Lehman of Superior, Wis.; nieces, Nila and Melinda; nephew, Sean Spike; and many other relatives and friends.

Visitation with prayer service was scheduled on Friday, Nov. 14 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, followed by further visitation an hour prior to services on Saturday, Nov. 15 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and interment at Lakeview Cemetery in Buffalo.

Casket bearers: Donnie Marquette, Sean Spike, Brian Stich, Craig Stich, Jeff Manke, and Ronnie Marquette.

The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo assisted the family with arrangements.


Eleanor Stewart, 92

Eleanor M. Stewart, 92, of Watertown, formerly of Corcoran, passed away Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014.

She was born Jan. 18, 1922 in Windom, Minn. to John and Margaret (Glacken) Gillespie.

Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband, John, and son, David.  She is survived by: her children, Darlene (Steve) Duske, Shirley Stewart, Annie (Dennis) Davis, Mary (Scott) Heuer, and James (Ardis) Stewart; grandchildren, John, Todd (Tracy), Steve (Angela), Kim (Jason), Chuck (Cecilia), Chris (Amy), Dana (Brent), Dominic, Dallas, Derek (Keri), Jason (Brooke), Spencer (Ella), Jim, Brian, Eric (Brandi), Rebecca, and Laura; and great-grandchildren, Jared, Payton, Breianna (Joe), Bryce, Caitlin, Emma, Anna, Steven, Patrick, Asa, Paulina, Victoria, Abigail, Cora, Kellan, Morgan, James, Camille, Haley, and Olivia.

Mass of Christian Burial was scheduled on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 11 a.m., at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Watertown, with visitation at the church prior to the Mass and interment at the church cemetery.

Arrangements by the Iten’s Watertown Funeral Home.


Pamela Treptau, 53

Pamela Jean “Pam” Treptau, 53, of Buffalo passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014.

She was born Aug. 13, 1961 to Allan and Margaret (Pettit) Treptau in Buffalo, Minn.  Pam was a longtime employee of Functional Industries.

Pam was preceded in death by her father, Allan.  She is survived by: her mother, Margaret; siblings, Ken (Pat) Treptau, Tom (Pat) Treptau, Karen (Brad) Weidenfeller, and Sandy (Rod) Pettit; as well as nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Nov. 22, 11 a.m., at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Corcoran, Minn.  Gathering of family and friends will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. prior to Mass at the church on Saturday.  Inurnment will be in the St. Jeanne de Chantel Cemetery, Corcoran, Minn.

Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano, Minn.


Beverly Van Lith, 79

Memorial services were scheduled at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15, at Bethlehem United Church of Christ in Maple Lake, Minn. for Beverly J. Van Lith, 79, of Maple Lake, who died on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014 at her home.

Pastor Michael Fritz officiated. Inurnment was planned at St. Timothy’s Catholic Cemetery in Maple Lake at a later date.

Visitation was scheduled for two hours prior to the services at the church.  Arrangements were with Daniel Funeral Home in Clearwater, Minn.

Beverly was born on Jan. 8, 1935 in Minneapolis, the daughter of Wilbur and Belva (Rand) Winkelman.  As a young girl she moved to Maple Lake with her family, where she attended school and graduated from Maple Lake High School in 1953.

She was united in marriage to Clifford Van Lith on July 8, 1955.  Eight children were born to this union.  After raising her children, she worked as a cook at Ebenezer Nursing Home in Buffalo and the Buffalo Hospital until her retirement in 2004.  She continued to live in Maple Lake since that time.

She was a member of Bethlehem United Church of Christ, the VFW Post 8731 Ladies Auxiliary of Monticello, and she also volunteered time at the Monticello Big Lake Nursing Home and Faith in Action. Her hobbies included: gardening, fishing off the dock, playing cards, spending time with her family, and watching her Minnesota Twins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford, one daughter, Belinda Van Lith, and one son, Alan Van Lith.

She is survived by: six children, Pam Van Lith (Mark Boden) of Maple Lake, Stephanie (Craig) Ellingson of Buffalo, Minn., Cindy (Leon) Ohman of Elk River, Minn., Scott Van Lith (Colleen Skillings) of Monticello, Minn., Wendy Van Lith (Tom Kolyer) Otsego, Minn., and Dean Van Lith (Janet Lewis) of Minneapolis; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; 5 brothers and sisters, Barbara Papke of Monticello, Minn., Richard Winkelman of New Hope, Minn., Douglas Winkelman of Cokato, Minn., Jim Winkelman of Rockford, Minn., and Tom Winkelman of Plymouth, Minn.; her loving pets; and nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.


George Vita, Jr., 68

George James Vita, Jr., 68, of Greenfield passed away on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 after a yearlong battle with esophageal cancer.

George was born on Jan. 12, 1946.  He was preceded in death by his parents, June and George Vita.

He leaves: his wife of 39 years, Patricia (Sop) Vita; his four children, Kelly Laumann (John), John Anderson (Kristi), Jenny Stockhaus (Matt), and Chad Vita (Erin); his grandchildren, Jesse, Jared and Kenzi Laumann, Aaron and Andrew Anderson, and Diego Stockhaus; his brother, Bill Vita (Marty); sisters, Sandy and Cindy; and brother-in-law, Jim Sop (Maureen).

George grew in St. Louis Park and graduated from St. Louis Park High School.  He served in the military from 1965 to 1967.  In 1968 George began working at the General Motors distribution center in Edina, where he worked 30 years.

He was an avid sports participant and fan.  He played football in high school and loved the Vikings, was a very talented bowler, and after retirement he was able to spend his free time playing golf.  For many years George was a member of the Southbrook Golf Club in Annandale and spent ten years as a volunteer golf marshal with the 3M PGA.

The family will greet relatives and friends on Friday, Nov. 21, 1 p.m., for a Memorial Service at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, Minn.

The Peterson Chapel assisted the family with arrangements.