Patricia Benson, 78

Patricia Ann Benson, 78, of Cokato passed away on Oct. 12, 2014 at Cokato Manor.

She was born June 5, 1936 in St. Cloud, Minn. to George and Ann Jaeger.  She was united in marriage to James E. Benson.  This marriage was blessed with the birth of five children.  They resided in Cokato 30 years.

Patricia is survived by: her children, Carl Benson, David Benson, Kathleen (Donald) McKay, Gary Benson, and Penny Benson; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and brothers, Joseph and Gene Jaeger.

She was preceded in death by: her parents; husband; son, James P. Benson; daughter-in-law, Lila May Benson; brother, Thomas Jaeger; and sister, Millie Kringle.

Funeral service is taking place Thursday, Oct. 16, 1:00 p.m., and visitation was scheduled on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 4-9 p.m., all at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cokato.


Donald Hanks, 52

Donald “Donnie” George Hanks was born on Sept. 5, 1961.  He passed away on Aug. 15, 2014 in Arizona.  He was originally from Howard Lake.

Donnie was preceded in death by his parents, Carole and Leon, and his sister, Deanna.

He is survived by: his children, Sonia Carriveau, Crystal Hanks, Justin Hanks, and James Hanks; his sister, Lynda Hanks; brother, Gary (Faye) Hanks; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life is taking place on Saturday, Oct. 18, 5 p.m., at 1505 20th St. SE in Buffalo.


Rick Hofman, 58

Funeral service for Rick Alan Hofman, 58, of Colorado Springs, who passed away on Aug. 26, 2014, is taking place on Saturday, Oct. 25 at Golden Valley Lutheran Church, 5501 Glenwood Ave., in Golden Valley. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m., and the service will start at 11 a.m.


Ben Kjarum, 75

Ben Kjarum, 75, of Maple Plain, Minn. passed away Wednesday, Oct. 8 at Ridgeview Medical Center with his family at his side after a yearlong battle with cancer.

Ben was born to Beatrice and Carl Kjarum on Feb. 20, 1939 in Moose Lake, Minn. and was a baptized and confirmed member of the Lutheran Faith.

He was united in marriage to Judith Dahlmeier on Feb. 13, 1965.

A licensed land surveyor for over 40 years, Ben enjoyed working outdoors both personally and professionally and pursuing his interest in Farmall tractors.  He dedicated his life to taking care of what he said gave him purpose, his: wife, family, home, and neighborhood.

Ben is survived by his loving wife of almost 50 years, Judy, and two daughters and sons-in-law, Amy (Chris) Kelley of Maple Lake and Kristin (Dan) Schmidt of Belle Plaine.  As a helpful and dependable rock of responsibility, he will be sadly missed by his friends and family.

A memorial service was scheduled on Saturday morning, Oct. 11 at the Lyndale Lutheran Church, Independence, with a gathering of family and friends prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home, Delano.


Dr. Daniel Marty, 65

Dr. Daniel P. Marty, 65, of Buffalo went to be with his Lord on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014.

Funeral services for Dr. Daniel Marty will be held on Saturday, Oct. 18, 11 a.m., at the Buffalo Evangelical Covenant Church. A visitation will be held on Friday, Oct. 17 from 4-7 p.m. at the church. Further visitation will be held on Saturday morning at the church an hour prior to services.

Arrangements for Dr. Daniel Marty are by The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.  A complete obituary is forthcoming.


Lawrence Odenthal Jr., 53

Lawrence A. “Larry” Odenthal Jr, 53, of Litchfield passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 at his home.

He was born April 22, 1961 to Lawrence A. and Lorna Nell (Harrison) Odenthal.

Larry was preceded in death by: his parents, Lawrence and Lorna; grandparents, Albert and Florence Odenthal and John and Margaret Harrison; as well as a cousin, Michael Scheiber.

He is survived by: his sisters and spouses, Elaine (Parris) Erickson, Gerry (Bruce) Thorson, Sharon (Dale) Gilbert, and Laura Kern; stepbrother, Steven Holland; aunts and uncles, Alberta (Gil) Scheiber, Robert (Barb) Odenthal, Jerome (Bonnie) Odenthal, and Joseph (Judy) Odenthal; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18 at St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano, Minn.  A Gathering of family and friends will be held on Saturday from 10-11 a.m. at Martha’s Hall of St. Peter Catholic Church.  Inurnment will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Delano.

Arrangements are by the Iten Funeral Home, Delano.


Vera Ottenstroer, 91

Vera Angeline Ottenstroer, 91, of St. Paul, Minn., formerly of Buffalo, Minn., passed away on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014.

She was born on Feb. 4, 1923 in Buffalo the daughter of Albert and Emma (Rose) Holland.  She graduated from Buffalo High School in 1941.

On June 12, 1946, she married Melvin Ottenstroer.  She worked in the ASCS office and the Wright County Motor Vehicle Department for 22 years, she retired from the courthouse in 1984.  She was a member of the St. John’s Ladies Aid and was one of several founders of the church’s “Country Fair.”

Vera is survived by: a sister-in-law, Lou Ottenstroer; and nieces and nephews, Laurie Jessen, Jennifer (Lyle) Nelson, Nels (Bernadette Balut) Jessen, Karen (David) Leverentz, Patricia (Dennis) Molick, and LeAnn (Tom) Talbot.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Melvin in 2000, and a sister, Adeline Jessen.

A memorial service for Vera Ottenstroer was scheduled on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 11 a.m., at St. John’s Evangelical Church in Buffalo, with visitation an hour prior to services at the church.  Interment was planned at St. Charles Catholic Cemetery in rural Maple Lake.

The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo assisted the family with arrangements.


Delores Poliwoda, 90

Delores F. Poliwoda, 90, of Delano passed away Oct. 9, 2014.

She was born March 11, 1924 in Lyndale, Minn. to Charles and Anna (Schultz) Maas.

She married Harry Poliwoda on April 23, 1946 at St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano and was a loving wife 68 years.

Delores was preceded in death by: her parents; sister, Joyce Otto; brothers, Leon, Lloyd and Russell Maas; and grandson, Nathan Wandersee.

She is survived by: her husband, Harry; children, Kenneth (Cindy) Poliwoda, Duane (Carol) Poliwoda and Deborah (Bernie) Bermel; grandchildren, Jeffrey (Holly) Poliwoda, Kiersten Poliwoda, Aaron Poliwoda, Jaclyn (Curtis) Dumonceaux, Bethany (Nicholas) Orton, Daniel (Cindy) Wandersee, James (Megan) Wandersee, Brett (Stephanie) Bermel, and Bridget (Ed) Northway; 20 great-grandchildren; siblings, Valerie Wright, Lucille Strybicky, Donna Leick, and Janice Van Lith; and sister-in-law, Irene Purvis.

Mass of Christian Burial was scheduled on Tuesday morning, Oct. 14 at St. Peter Catholic Church, Delano, with visitation Monday evening at the Iten Funeral Home, Delano and further visitation Tuesday morning at Martha’s Hall of St. Peter Catholic Church.  Interment was planned in the Calvary Cemetery, Delano.

Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home, Delano.


Leona Ready, 95

Leona B. Ready, 95, passed away on Oct. 11, 2014.  She was born on July 14, 1919.

Formerly of Rio Rancho, N.M. and Buffalo, Minn., Leona moved to Salt Lake City, Utah after the passing of her husband, Warren, in 1989 to be near family members and the mountains she loved.

Leona enjoyed a full life of 95 years and with her kind heart always made friends immediately. She led a simple life with a hearts desire to always be there for her family.  She was proud of being Slovak, loved her sauerkraut, and amazingly met people from Czechoslovakia wherever she went. She taught herself to read and write Braille and volunteered to translate books for the blind. She remained a member of the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church during her lifetime, loved listening to music especially the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

She is survived by: her son, Robert Ready; daughters, Jeanne Mendenhall and Gayle (Hank Bradbury) Campos; grandchildren, Patrick Ready, Shannon Koch, Mary Groover, Neil Garcia, Alejandro Campos, Katie Bradbury, and Matthew Bradbury; two great-grandchildren, Camden Ready and Ember Groover; sister, Eleanor Nielsen; and brother, John Palko.  Preceded in death by her husband.

Services will be held at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe, N.M. in November.


Rosemary Tabbut, 67

Rosemary (Rosie) Tabbut of Buffalo, Minn. died on Oct. 12, 2014 in her home after a five plus year battle with ovarian cancer.

Rosie was born on Dec. 21, 1946 in Jackson, Minn. to Claire and Marianne Lutterman.  She was the second of five children and spent her childhood years on their family farm in Sherburn, Minn.  Countless hours were spent practicing piano before and after school, which fostered her love of music and paved the way for her future.  At the age of twelve, she auditioned and was chosen, along with her brother Roger, to attend the nationally televised Ted Mack Amateur Hour in New York City.  For the summers following her junior and senior years of high school, she worked as a live-in nanny in Edina, Minn.

She graduated from Sherburn High School in 1964.  She attended her freshman and sophomore years of college at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn. as a music major on a full ride scholarship.

Rosie met and started dating David Tabbut at Fair Hills Resort in Detroit Lakes, Minn. during the summer of 1965.  They both worked at the resort, David as a cook, and Rosie as part of the music and entertainment staff as well as a waitress.  Rosie transferred to the University of Minnesota for the remainder of her undergraduate studies and graduated in 1969.  Many years later, she received her Master’s Degree from the University of St. Thomas in 1984.

In the spring of 1969, Rosie began her teaching career at Bloomington Public Schools as an Elementary Music Consultant.

On Aug. 9, 1969, David and Rosie were married in Sherburn, Minn. on a blistering hot day.  They lived together in an apartment in Bloomington until the purchase of their first home in Hopkins in 1970.

Their son, Thomas Alan Tabbut, was born in August of 1972.  Rosie decided to put her career on hold to be a full-time Mother.  The family moved to their second home in Loretto, Minn. in 1973.  While living in Loretto, Rosie served on the school board.

Their daughter, Christina Louise Tabbut, was born in February of 1974.  They began to build their current home on Lake Martha near Buffalo in the spring of 1978.  They lived in a camper trailer in the yard while the home was being built and moved into the home in October of 1978.

Rosie took her second teaching job with Rockford Schools once their children were both in school.  She began in 1979 teaching in the elementary school.  She served as the Rockford High School choral activities director from 1983-2001.  While in the Rockford Schools, her achievements and involvement were notable.  Rosie served as the vocal and instrumental director for all RHS musical theater productions from 1986 through 2000, state-wide vocal judge and clinician from 1990 to 2013, MMEA All-State Choir section leader in 1994, 1996 and 1998, and as MMEA All-State Choir Auditions Adjudicator, state-wide for 12 years.  During her high school teaching years, RHS choir received superior large group contest ratings every year except two, RHS singers exhibited high levels of solo and ensemble participation and high percentages of superior scores, and RHS singers were widely sought for performance opportunities outside of school.  During her career at RHS, the choir initiated music performance travel opportunities to work with peer groups from other schools, college directors and experience new areas.  Rosie retired in 2001, but continued to fill in as a substitute teacher for many years.  She truly loved her career and all of the wonderful relationships she gained from it.  On Oct. 10, 2014, Rosie was inducted into the Rockford Activities Hall of Fame.

Rosie enjoyed lots of travel and wonderful friends, especially through church, singing and reading groups, cooking, and gardening. Rosie was also active in water aerobics with her good friends, “The Aqua Babes”, Wright County Chamber Choir, Buffalo Community Orchestra, and Community Theater in Buffalo, Rockford and Delano. She thoroughly enjoyed being “Nana Rosie”, and spent many happy hours cuddled in her recliner with a grandchild in her arms, whether a sleeping grandbaby or reading books to them as they got older.  She enjoyed volunteering at their schools as they got older.  Upon her diagnosis, she had two grandchildren and was very grateful to have had another five years to meet, hold, and love three more.

Rosie is survived by: her husband, David; two grown children, Thomas Tabbut and Christina Tabbut Ovuru; five grandchildren; her mother, Marianne Lutterman; and siblings, Roger Lutterman, Dale Lutterman and Susan Dickerson.  She was preceded in death by her sister, Rita Lutterman, and her father, Claire Lutterman.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, Oct. 20, 11 a.m., at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.  Visitation will be held Sunday, Oct. 19 from 3-6 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel, Buffalo.  Further visitation will take place one hour prior to services on Monday at the chapel.  Interment follows at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery.

The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo assisted the family with arrangements.


Orion Weege, 92

Orion Vernon Weege, 92, of Buffalo passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014.

He was born Aug. 27, 1922 in Rockford Township to Herman and Dora (Schultz) Weege.

He married Faith (LaVine) Weege on June 21, 1945 at the Presbyterian Church in Buffalo.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; siblings; son-in-law, Merlyn Marschel; grandson, Justin Marschel; and great-grandchild, Hailey Weege.

Orion is survived by: his wife of 69 years, Faith; children, Linda (George) Becker, Rita Marschel and Rocky Weege; grandchildren, LuAnn (Erwin) Winterhalter, Shelley (Brad) Hasledalen, Reid (Valerie) Becker, Tina LaPlant, Robby Weege, and Sara (Ernest) Hansen; 16 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

A memorial service was scheduled on Sunday, Oct. 12 at Crawford Lake Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Buffalo with visitation prior to the service.  Inurnment followed at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the family.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family.


Robert Wenger, 66

Robert “Bob” Raymond Wenger, 66, died on October 7, 2014.

He was born on Nov. 5, 1947 in Marysville, Ohio to Margaret and George Wenger.

He attended Marysville High School, where he played basketball.  He graduated from high school in 1965.

On Dec 9, 1966, he joined the Air Force was discharged on Sept. 18, 1970.

While in the service, Bob met his future wife and married Irene on Sept. 19, 1970 in Rapid City, S.D.  They then moved to Columbus, Ohio, where Bob attended Ohio State Technical College.  In 1978, Bob and Irene moved to Minnesota and have resided in St. Michael since that time.  Bob and Irene had two sons, Eric and Ryan.  Bob worked for Quest 33 years and was currently working for Ulteig as an engineer.

He loved to hunt, fish and watch NASCAR. He loved spending time with his family and watching his grandkids at their sporting events. Bob was a handyman who never left a project unfinished, and Irene made sure of that.  He also had a passion for woodcarving.  He was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church.  Bob was a hardworking, selfless man who did everything for his family and he would do anything for anyone.

Bob is survived by: his wife, Irene; sons, Eric (Mindy) Wenger and Ryan Wenger; and 3 grandchildren, Tyler, McKenna and Mya Wenger.

He was preceded in death by: his mother, Margaret; father, George; sister, Becky; and granddaughter, Morgan.

He did not feel that possessions made him a happy man, it was providing and caring for his friends and family that did.  He taught his sons how to fix things instead of just buying a new one or taking it to someone else to fix.  He was a role model who taught Eric how to be a dad.

Bob had a great love for NASCAR. All he had been talking about was winning the NASCAR fantasy week!  With only 6 weeks left in the season, he has a 50 point lead and Ryan plans to ensure he keeps that win for his dad. He was a prominent figure at all of his sons’ games; no matter what the weather was, he still made it to every game and practice (outside in MN!).  He always had a full “honey do” list and never disappointed his honey, Irene. He also found very true friends within his extended family.  He loved spending time with them.  He loved to talk to people, but when it came to emotions, he was more of a silent man.  He chose to show his emotions through his actions.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, Oct. 11 at St. Michael Catholic Church, St. Michael, Minn.  Visitation was held Friday, Oct. 10 at The Peterson Chapel, St. Michael/ Albertville, with parish prayers.  Further visitation was held one hour prior to services on Saturday.  Interment was at St. Michael Catholic Cemetery.

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