Jeffrey Bruhn, 51

Jeffrey J. Bruhn, 51, of Buffalo was called to be with his Lord on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014.

He was born to Ron and Sharon Bruhn on May 23, 1963.  He attended Buffalo High School and went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in Science from St. Cloud State University.  He worked as a project manager in engineering for many years.

Jeff enjoyed golfing, hockey, weekends at his parent’s pool, and spending time with family.

He is survived by: the love of his life, Julie; children, Erin (EJ) Rickard, Brady (Haley) Bruhn, Jordan Bruhn (Jason Atkinson), and Crosby Bruhn; grandsons, Cayden, Crew and Kash; a granddaughter arriving in February; parents, Ron and Sharon Bruhn; brothers, Kurt (Jackie) Bruhn and Steve (Kim) Bruhn; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jim and Patty Schleif; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Vicki (Neil) Ebeling, Lauri (Tom) Hayes, Steven (Carol) Schleif, and Jill (Curt) VanLith; also many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and brother-in-law, Scott.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Oct. 25, with a visitation service at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Buffalo.

Arrangements were made by Peterson Chapel of Buffalo.


James Cowan, 56

James P. Cowan, 56, of Waverly passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 18, 2014.

He was born Nov. 18, 1957 in Buffalo, New York to Bernard and Mary Cowan.

He served his country in the United States Army for several years.

James is survived by his wife, Sharon.

A celebration of Jim’s life took place on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 at the Howard Lake Legion.

Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Howard Lake & Cokato served the family.


Mildred Ernst, 86

Mildred “Millie” Martha Amelia Ernst, 86 years, 10 months, died suddenly while at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. on Oct. 20, 2014.

She was born on Dec. 21, 1927 in Middleville Township, Wright County, Minn. the daughter of Louis and Matilda (Elfmann) Ladda and lived a farm life.  She was baptized at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Middleville Township.  The family moved to a farm near Hanover.  As a teenager, Mildred would walk to Salem Lutheran Church in Greenfield Village for instruction of Confirmation.  She was confirmed in the Christian faith in 1941 by Pastor W.P. Haar.

Mildred was joined in holy matrimony to August H. Ernst on May 6, 1946 at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church of Pelican Lake.  God blessed this union with seven children.  As the family grew, they were faithful members of Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford, Minn.

Mildred worked hard all her life, helping her father milk cows and also harvest with horses.  After marrying, she helped her husband farm in the early years of their union.  After starting a family, Mildred worked the night shift at Wasserman Bakery and Holmquist Bakery, arriving home in time to let August go to work or later, older siblings get to school.

After August passed away, Millie spent time in Missouri with her son and his family and later in Winner, S.D. staying with her daughter, living with Ann.

Mildred loved looking out the window bird watching as she always made sure there was feed in the feeders or later watching the cows and calves in the pasture.  She was always ready for another day.

She is survived by: her children, Ann (Neil) Vogt of Winner, S.D., Thomas (Debbie) Ernst of Buffalo, Minn., Ruth (Timothy) Vogt of Winner, S.D., Micah (Claudia) Ernst of Eugene, Mo., Joel (Mary) Ernst of Willeston, N.D., and Philip (Vicky) Ernst of Buffalo, Minn.; daughter-in-law, Patty Ernst of St. Paul; 21 grandchildren and their spouses; 23 great-grandchildren and their spouses; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Ladda and Maxine Ladda; and many other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by: her husband, August Ernst; son, Daniel Ernst; her parents, Louis and Matilda Ladda; and brothers, Victor Ladda and Herman Ladda.

Friends called on the family at Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church on Sunday, Oct. 26.  Funeral services for Mildred Ernst were scheduled on Monday, Oct. 27 at Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford with Pastor Michael Barlow officiating and with interment at Elmwood Cemetery.

Honorary casket bearers: Cody Ernst, Aaron Ernst, Clayton Ernst, and Elijah Ernst.

Casket bearers: Jonathan Lazer, Matthew Ernst, Bradley Vogt, Ryan Vogt, Nathanael Ernst, Ezekiel Ernst, Joshua Ernst, and Uriah Ernst.

The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo, Minn. assisted the family with arrangements.


Anabel Jude, 88

Anabel M. Jude, 88, of Maple Lake died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 at Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Augusta with her family at her side.

Mass of Christian Burial was scheduled on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at St. Timothy Catholic Church, Maple Lake with Fr. John Meyer as the Celebrant. Burial was to follow at St. Timothy Catholic Cemetery, Maple Lake. Visitation was planned on Monday and Tuesday, both at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Maple Lake.

Anabel Mary Jude was born Aug. 13, 1926 in Maple Lake Township, the eldest of seven children, to Ben and Isabel (Latour) Munstenteiger. She graduated from Maple Lake High School with the Class of 1943.

On Oct. 29, 1947, Anabel was united in marriage to Gregory Calvin Jude.  Together they farmed and raised six children.  Anabel was a member of St. Timothy Catholic Church, Council of Catholic Women and the Catholic Order of Foresters. She loved and served her church in many ways. For example, she sang with the Traditional and Resurrection Choirs and served as a lector and as an Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister.  Anabel loved to sing, dance, travel, attend to her flowers, cook, and please many people with her angel food cakes.

She is survived by: her children, Gregory S. (Jane) Jude of Pine City, Jennifer (Jim) Mims of St. Paul, Dan (Katie) Jude of Burnsville, Susan Jude (Larry Babiracki) of Plymouth, Jeffrey Jude (fiancé Michal Morris) of Maple Lake, and Julie (Alan) Hudek of Maple Lake; brothers, Jim Munstenteiger of Maple Lake, Larry (Janet) Munstenteiger of Maple Lake and Steve (Mary) Munstenteiger of Coon Rapids; sister, Pat Erickson of Carmel, Ind.; 16 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by: her parents, Ben and Isabel Munstenteiger; husband, Greg Jude; daughter-in-law, Susan L. Jude; sister, Rita Jude; and brother, Joe Munstenteiger.

Pallbearers: Pat, Ted, Cymon, Stuart, Troy, and Todd Jude, Scott Mims, and Nick Hudek.  Sarah Goelz, Krista Elsenpeter Tarbox, Marge Pavlik, and the Resurrection Choir provided the music for the service.

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


Martin Kotila, 83

Martin Kotila, 83, of Cokato passed away on Oct. 21, 2014 at St. Cloud Hospital.

He was born April 17, 1931 at home in rural Cokato to Oscar and Hilma Kotila. Martin was raised on the family farm and attended country school at Temperance Corner.

He served his country with the U.S. Army in Japan during the Korean Conflict.

Returning from the service, he was united in marriage to Joyce Arvola in 1960. This marriage was blessed with one child, Jodi.

Martin farmed until he began his career and hobby as a salesman, whether it was farm implements, vehicles or brooms. His greatest love was spending time with his family.

He is survived by: his wife of 54 years, Joyce; his daughter, Jodi (Jim) Danielson; grandchildren, Katie (Brian) Larson of Cokato, Annika (Marcus) Johnson of Houghton, Mich., Brett Danielson of Dickinson, N.D., Chase (Cindy) Danielson of Dickinson, N.D., and Courtney Danielson of Cokato; 7 great-grandchildren, Maggie, Riina, Brooklyn, Brock, and Ivy Larson, Clay Johnson, and Maverick Danielson; sister, Impie Olson of Cokato; and step-sisters, Alice Schad of South Dakota and Helen Maza of Oregon.

Preceded in death by: his parents; step-mother, Annie Kotila; siblings, Nels, George, Earl Kotila, Della Erickson, and Linnea Engstrom; and step-brother, Tom Laurilla.

Visitation was scheduled on Friday, Oct. 24, followed by a funeral service on Saturday, Oct. 25, all at the First Apostolic Lutheran Church, Dassel, Minn.

Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cokato.


Dr. Glen Pfister, 57

Dr. Glen Charles Pfister, M.D., 57, of Orono passed away on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014.

He was born April 8, 1957 in Newcastle, Neb. to Ralph and Anna Marie Pfister. Glen graduated from Newcastle Public School in 1975, attended the University of Nebraska in Kearney, Neb. and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS degree in Business Administration in 1981.

Glen was employed by Merrill Lynch as a commodity broker from 1981-1983 and then was Vice President of Commodity Resource Corporation from 1983-1995.

He attended the University of Minnesota from 1992-1996 studying pre-med. In 1998 he entered medical school and graduated with his MD in 2002. After his three-year residency program at the U of M, he was employed by Buffalo Clinic in Buffalo, Minn. from 2005 to present as a Pediatrician.

He is survived by: his wife of 21 years, Robin; beloved sons, Alex Jay and Drew Alan; mother, Anna Marie Pfister; parents-in-law, Don and Donna Wallick; brothers, Paul (Renee) and Cy (MaryAnn); sister, Jean Whelchel (Kevin); brother-in-law, Deane (Dawn) Wallick; and many nieces and nephews.  His father, Ralph Pfister, preceded him in death.

Glen enjoyed being a “clown” with the Zuhrah Shrine Funsters, and he was a past Master of the Wayzata Masonic Lodge.  Glen was a loving husband, a wonderful father and a faithful friend who will be sorely missed.

Funeral service was scheduled on Saturday, Oct. 25 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Long Lake, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. A private interment was planned. Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers.

Arrangements were by David Lee Funeral Home, Wayzata.


Robert Sanken, 74

Robert “Bob” A. Sanken, 74, of South Haven, formerly of Chaska, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014.

Memorial services were scheduled on Friday, Oct. 24 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Annandale with Rev. Dave Nelson officiating.  Inurnment was being planned for a later date at Oakland Cemetery, Hutchinson. Visitation was planned on Friday just prior to the services at the church.

Robert Alan Sanken was born April 6, 1940 in Round Grove Township, McLeod County to Ruben and Martha (Witte) Sanken. As a young boy, Bob and his family moved to a farm near Biscay before moving in 1948 to their farm in Lynn Township. Bob attended and graduated from Hutchinson High School.

He honorably served his country in the United States Navy.  Bob began his 40-plus-year career as a heavy equipment mechanic.  He worked as a mechanic for various companies, including General Motors, and in various cities such as Minneapolis and Chicago.

On Aug. 13, 1966, Bob was united in marriage to Eva Joan Carlson at First Lutheran Church in Dassel, Minn. On Jan. 18, 1977, they brought their daughter, Nikki, home from Korea.  They made their home in Excelsior before moving to Chaska.

Upon Bob and Eva Joan’s retirement, they moved to their home in South Haven.  In his spare time, Bob enjoyed fishing, hunting and traveling. Above all, Bob treasured the time he was able to spend with his family, especially his three grandsons.

Bob is survived by: his daughter, Nikki Sanken (Robert Small) of Buffalo; grandsons, Alexander, Zachary and Carson; granddaughter, Sophie; siblings, Patricia (Eugene) Otto of Hutchinson and Spencer (Shirley) Sanken of Plymouth; and nieces, nephews, and other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eva Joan, and parents, Ruben and Martha.

Melissa Sanken served as the urnbearer.  Music for the service was provided by Orma Lou Jacobsma.

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


Patrick Spaeth, 81

Patrick N. Spaeth, 81, of Fridley, Minn. died peacefully at home on Oct. 24, 2014 surrounded by his loving family.

He is survived by: his wife, Roberta (Bobbie); 6 children, Tim Spaeth (fiancé Char Ahmann), Terry (Vance) Zoller, Patti (John) Fitzpatrick, Jean (Jeff) Kainz, Peggy (Scott) Glad, and Maria (Bill) Vileta; 17 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 4 brothers; 1 sister; and many nieces and nephews.

He was one of 15 children who were raised on a farm in Mahnomen, Minn.

He served in the Army in Japan after the Korean War.

He worked at Honeywell, where he met and married his wife, Roberta Loftus.  They were blessed with a marriage of 57 years.

He received his Master’s Degree in Education from St. Cloud State University.  He taught for the Columbia Heights School District 30 years and retired in 1993.

He enjoyed playing cards, exercising and was known for his famous baked bread “Grandpa’s toast.”

His kindness and unconditional love will be missed by those who knew him, especially his loving family.

Mass of Christian Burial for Patrick Spaeth was held on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia Heights.

A visitation was held on Monday, Oct. 27 at the Peterson Chapel, St. Michael/Albertville.  Interment was held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis.

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


Joanne Westlund, 77

Joanne Carol Westlund, 77, of St. Paul, formerly of Watertown, Minn., passed away on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

She was born Oct. 18, 1937 to Irvin and Cecelia (Beaupre) Westlund in Watertown, Minn.

Joanne was preceded in death by her parents, Irvin and Cecelia.  She is survived by: her brother, Dave (Stephanie) Westlund; nephew, Dave Westlund; and niece, Katie (Tom) Iwanczuk and their children Jack, Charlie and Nicholas.

Memorial services will be held on Thursday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m., at the Iten’s Watertown Funeral Chapel.  Gathering of family and friends will occur from 9 to 10 a.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. Inurnment will be in the Immaculate Conception Church Cemetery, Watertown.

Arrangements by the Iten’s Watertown Funeral Home.