Marvin Bihl, 90

The Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Marvin Bihl, 90, of Clearwater was scheduled on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at the St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Clearwater. Burial was planned in the parish cemetery. Visitation was scheduled on Monday and again Tuesday at the church in Clearwater. St. Luke’s parish prayers were scheduled on Monday evening.

Arrangements were made by the Miller-Carlin Funeral Homes.

He passed away on Oct. 12, 2016 at St. Benedict’s Senior Community in St. Cloud.

Marvin was born Dec. 19, 1925 in Hibbing to Oscar and Ida (Mills) Bihlaja. He grew up in Hibbing and entered the U.S. Navy during World War II. After his discharge, he attended and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He entered the U.S. Army and served until 1952.

After his discharge, Marvin married Laura Elsen on Dec. 27, 1952 in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Delano, Minn. The couple moved to Minnetonka and Marvin began traveling the world as an electrical engineer for 3M International.

In 1972, Marvin and Laura became pioneers in organic farming with their farm in Clearwater.  Marvin retired from 3M in 1991, and the couple moved in 1992 to Clearwater, where they continued their organic farming.

Marvin was a member of St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Clearwater, the St. Luke’s Knights of Columbus and the Clearwater American Legion.

He is survived by: his wife, Laura Bihl of Clearwater; his children, Michael Bihl of Columbia, S.C., Jeanne (Damon) Athey of Minnetonka and Thomas Bihl of Annandale; his sister, Peggy Kampen of Sacramento, Calif.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.


Robert Davies, Jr., 86

Robert Watson Davies, Jr., 86, passed away Oct. 10, 2016 at Park View Care Center in Buffalo.

A beloved father, husband and grandfather, Robert was born Jan. 15, 1930 to Robert Sr. and Daisy (Iverson) Davies in Minneapolis.

After proudly serving in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict, he married Barbara Nillson in 1956 and had three children, Bruce, Susan and Marybeth. They raised their family in Bloomington, Minn.  Robert and Barbara founded an office supply business, Davies Office Supply, in Bloomington and later took ownership of his family’s business, Miller Davis Co., in Minneapolis.

He was a member of the Maritime Artist Society and was renowned for his oil paintings of tall ships and waterscapes. In addition to painting, he enjoyed sailing on tall ships and took several trips throughout the Caribbean islands. He was a faithful member of the Lutheran Church and sang in many church choirs through the years.

Preceded in death by: his parents; sister, Marilyn; wife, Barbara; and son, Bruce.

Survived by: his daughters, Susan Davies-Polzine (Tom Polzine) and Marybeth Hatteberg (Gary); and grandchildren, Tommy, Margaret and Christian Polzine, and Grant, Katie and Nate Hatteberg.

Memorial services will be held at Zion Lutheran Church of Buffalo on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m., with a one-hour visitation prior to the service.

Arrangements by the Peterson Chapel, Buffalo.


Bruce Freeman, 81

Bruce Lee Freeman, 81, of Loretto passed away on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 at the Haven Homes in Maple Plain, Minn.

He was born Jan. 23, 1935 in Slayton, Minn. to George and Fern (Kephart) Freeman.

Bruce was the longtime owner of Loretto Towing and a mechanic of 34 years.  He graduated from Walnut Grove High School in 1953.  After high school, he went on to Dunwoody Technical College. Bruce served in the Army National Guard and was Honorably Discharged.

He was known as “Big Bruce” to many friends in the Loretto area.  He liked to fish, watch wrestling, football and baseball, go on trips to the casino, and to listen to Polka music. He worked at Mark’s Choo Choo bar as a bartender, as well as doing some sales.  Bruce was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, the Loretto Lions Club and served on the Loretto Volunteer Fire Department for 25 years.

He was preceded in death by: his parents, George and Fern Freeman; his granddaughter, Molly Ann Freeman; and a brother, Myron Freeman.

Bruce is survived by: his wife of 56 years, Vivian (McCoy); children, Brenda (John) Dubay, Tim (Sheila) Freeman and Cindy (Rick) Kuka; 13 grandchildren, Richard (Lindsey) Freeman, Stephanie Krueger, Michelle Freeman, Catherine Freeman, Rosemary (Paul) Streveler, Elizabeth Dubay, Amy (Ken) Kiley, Margaret Dubay, David Dubay, Theresa Dubay, Joshua Dubay, Cecelia Kuka, and Marcus Kuka; five great-grandchildren, Theodore Freeman, Astrid Freeman, Lincoln Freeman, Payton Ann Mitchell, and Benjamin Kiley; sister, Cheryl (Ron) Walter; brothers, Dean (Judy) Freeman and Larry (Linda) Freeman; and stepmother, Norma Freeman.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was scheduled at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Loretto, with a gathering of family and friends on Tuesday evening at the Iten Funeral Home in Delano and a further gathering on Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. at the church prior to Mass.

Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.


Kathleen Glunz, 84

Kathleen Ann Glunz, 84, of Buffalo passed away on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 at Cottagewood of Buffalo.

She was born on July 31, 1932 in St. Cloud, Minn., the daughter of Leonard and Katherine (Younger) Zinken.

On Oct. 12, 1950, Jerome Glunz and Kathleen Zinken were joined in holy marriage.

She is survived by: her children, Bonnie (Hal) Berger, Margie Peterson, Sandy (Chuck) Davidson, Debbie (Al) Huikko, Jerry (Debby) Glunz, Bobby (Barb) Glunz, Jim (Cindy) Glunz, Fred Glunz, John (Kim) Glunz, and Dana (Rick) Meyer; 21 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Angie Tobritzhofer, Eileen Klatt, Betty Glunz, Deanna Zinken, and Monica Zinken; and numerous  nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Kathleen was preceded in death by: husband, Jerome; infant daughter, Monica Gail Glunz; granddaughter, Brianna Glunz; parents, Leonard and Katherine Zinken; and son-in-law, Ed Peterson.

Mass of Christian Burial for Kathleen was scheduled on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior to Mass, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church of Buffalo (luncheon following at church).  Officiating was Father Nathaniel Meyer.  Private family interment at a later date.

Serving the family, the Peterson Chapel of Buffalo.


Ellen Harmer, 79

Ellen Harmer, 79, of Bemidji, Minn. passed away peacefully at her home Friday, Oct. 14, 2016.

Memorial services will be held by the family at a later date.

Ellen Marlene Hurst was born May 16, 1937 in Bemidji to Robert and Elsie (DeCoster) Hurst. She attended Carr Lake School and graduated from Bemidji High School in 1955.

She married Hugh Harmer in 1955 in Bemidji.  She was a homemaker, avid gardener and an artist.  She loved her flowers, especially her giant sunflowers.

She is survived by: daughters, Jennifer (John) Broom of Henderson, Nev., Theresa (Craig) Pierce of Buffalo, Minn. and Renee (Mark Haselby) Harmer of Whitefish, Mont.; 10 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; brother, John (Linda) Hurst of Circle Pines, Minn.; sister, Dorothy (John) Silva of Woodbury, Minn.; and her cats, Fluffy and Tally.

She was preceded in death by: her parents, Robert and Elsie Hurst; son, Dennis Harmer; brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Joanne Hurst; sister and brother-in-law, Lois and Neil Engquist; nephews, Steven Hurst and John Silva Jr.; and a special friend, Ken Daniel.



The obituary last week for Doris Henson included an error regarding her age.  She was 83 years old, not 86.


Lonna Marjama, 61

Lonna Rae Marjama, 61, of Mound passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 at her home in Mound.

She was born on July 26, 1955 in Colorado Springs, Colo. to Dewayne and Agnes (Meyer) Vick.

Lonna worked as a beautician.  She loved plants, flowers and children of all ages.

She was preceded in death by her father, Dewayne Vick, and sister, Gayle Vick.

She is survived by: her sons, Michael and Danny Marjama; mother, Agnes Vick; siblings, David (Cindy), Carol Jean, Doug, Dan (Karn), and Darrin (Chauntel) Vick; and many nieces and nephews, other family, and friends.

Funeral service was scheduled at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12 in the Iten Funeral Chapel, Delano, with visitation Wednesday, from 5-7 p.m. prior to the service.

Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home, Delano.


Allegra Nelson, 85

Allegra Nelson, 85, passed away in North St. Paul on Oct. 16, 2016 and was surrounded by her family.

Visitation at Anderson Funeral Home, St. Paul was scheduled on Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 6-8 p.m. The funeral service will be held in Buffalo Covenant Church at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, with visitation one hour prior to the service.  Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Ida Township near Garfield, Minn.

Allegra was born in Leaf Mountain, Minn. to Friedolph and Victoria Anderson on Oct. 23, 1930.  She graduated from Alexandria High School in 1949.  Allegra completed Medical Technical School in 1950.

She married Laurence Nelson in 1953, moved to Little Falls and lived there until 1983, when they moved to Buffalo Minn.  They moved from Buffalo to Maplewood, Minn. in 2015.  Allegra raised four children, dedicating herself to a life of service to her family, church and community.

She was preceded in death by her parents.  Allegra is survived by: her sister, Janice Ann (Donald) Eiken of Sun Lakes, Ariz.; brothers, Elwood (Donna) Anderson and Leslie (Marilyn) Anderson of Garfield, Minn.; daughter, Virginia (Charles) Fenrick of Maplewood, Minn.; sons, Gregory (Janet) Nelson of South St. Paul, Minn., Michael (Janet) Nelson of Coppell, Texas, and Clayton (Susan) Nelson of Madison, Wis.; and six grandchildren, Emily Nelson, Mallory (Erik) Nelson-Rehder, Caleb Nelson, Liam Nelson, Sean Nelson, and Alex Nelson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Buffalo Covenant Church, where they have been longtime standing members.


Paul Norman, 62

Paul Ivan Norman, 62, of Delano, Minn. passed away peacefully surrounded by his family in his home on Oct. 12, 2016.

Paul is survived by: his wife of 41 years, Pamela; son, Brad (Michelle); daughter, Becky (Andy); daughter, Melissa (Jose); son, Brian (Melinda); daughter, Amanda (Sunil); 12 grandchildren; and many loving nieces, nephews and extended family.

Paul was a loving father, husband, grandfather, godly friend, and influence to all who knew him.

He was born in St. Louis, Mo. on Aug. 1, 1954 as the third child to Max and Patricia Norman.

He is survived by his sister, Penny (Jim), and his brother, Mark (Luana).

Paul was an engineer and loved working with his hands, which included tinkering with cars, Ham radios and computers. He was also a teacher, mentor, listener, advice giver, joke teller, and problem solver. But more importantly, Paul was a humble man of God who lived his life and used his cancer journey to glorify Jesus Christ and point others to his glorious Savior.

A memorial service was scheduled for Paul at Woodridge Church in Medina on Tuesday, Oct. 18, with a time following the service for publicly sharing memories and stories about Paul.

Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home, Delano.


Bernice Schermer, 80

Bernice E. Schermer, 80, of Annandale died Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016 at Quiet Oaks Hospice House, St. Cloud.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21 at Silver Creek Community Church with Pastor Luke Baehr officiating.  Burial will follow at Lake View Cemetery, Maple Lake.  Visitation will be held 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Annandale and one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church. A prayer service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral chapel.

Bernice Eleanor Schermer was born July 2, 1936 in Hanover to Benjamen and Edna (Harff) Weese. She graduated from Buffalo High School with the Class of 1955.

On June 25, 1955, Bernice was united in marriage to Norman Neal Schermer at Silver Creek Reformed Church. She worked as a Pizza Maker at Bernatellos Pizza in Maple Lake for 15 years and as a farmer. Bernice was a member of the Wright County Saddle Club since 1966, was a 4-H leader from 1970-1974, and served on the Wright County Fair Board of Directors as President, Vice President, Secretary, and Director at Large.  In 2009, Bernice was awarded with the Aquatennial Commodore Award. She enjoyed reading, embroidering, sewing, playing cards, flower and vegetable gardening, watching television, and spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by: her children, Marsha Ziebarth of St. Cloud, Kevin (Kim) of Buffalo, Dale (Jean) of South Haven, and Gary of Lake Park; eight grandchildren, Mark, Mike, Alexis, Rebecca, and Ethan Schermer, Shelley Hartmann, and Melissa and Matthew Ziebarth; nine great-grandchildren, Kennedie, Tristin, Tyler, Trevor, Weston, and Lilly Schermer, Olivia and Joshua Hartmann, and Adrian Ziebarth; brother, Ken (Roxie) Weese of Buffalo; brothers-in-law, Keith, Jim, and Larry Schermer, and Fred Polinder; and sister-in-law, Ora Mae Weidama of Brooklyn Park.

She was preceded in death by: her parents, Benjamen and Edna Weese; husband, Norman Schermer; sister, Doris Polinder; and sister-in-law, Kathy Schermer.

Bernice’s grandchildren will serve as the casket bearers.  The honorary casket bearers will be Sally Schermer, Gloria Triebwasser and Danielle Endberg. The music will be provided by Don DeBoer, Linda Veches and Michelle Kivi.

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


Gordon Schumacher, 81

Gordon J. Schumacher, 81, of Albertville and formerly of Brooklyn Park.  Retired employee of the Star Tribune Co.

Survived by: loving wife, Barbara; children, Julie (Scott) Clemens, Linda Daley, Patty (Rob) Savage, and Steve (Kelly) Schumacher; grandchildren, Christopher Daley, McCartney Savage, Donnie Markus, Reid Schumacher, Harrison Savage, and Rhea Schumacher; a sister, Joan; and brothers, Charles, Arthur and Paul.

Preceded in death by: a son-in-law, Scott Daley; grandson, Eric Daley; parents, Rudolph and Frances; and a brother, Roger.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21 at the Church of St. Albert in Albertville. Visitation Friday at the church an hour prior to Mass.

Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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


Donald Soderlund, 72

Donald Anton Soderlund, Jr, 72, of St. Michael, Minn. joined his Lord and Savior on Oct. 17, 2016 at his home on the shores of his beloved Pelican Lake after a five-year struggle with congestive heart failure.

Services Thursday, Oct. 20, 5:30-6 p.m., at Life In Christ Lutheran Church, Albertville, with visitation 4:30-5:30 and dinner and reflections following.

Complete obituary is forthcoming.


William Weldele, 77

William J. Weldele, 77, of rural Buffalo passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016 at Park View Care Center in Buffalo.

Arrangements for William J. Weldele are pending at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.

A full obituary is forthcoming.


Clifford Wold Jr., 64

Clifford L. “Kip” Wold Jr., 64, of Buffalo passed away Monday, Oct. 17, 2016.

A memorial service for Kip Wold will be held on Friday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m., at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo. Visitation will be held on Thursday, Oct. 20 from 4 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 8 p.m., in the Peterson Chapel, Buffalo. Further visitation is taking place at the church one hour prior to services.

A complete obituary is forthcoming.

Serving the family is the Peterson Chapel of Buffalo.


Richard Wurm, 78

Richard J. Wurm, 78, of Maple Lake died Friday, Oct. 7, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family.

Funeral services were scheduled on Oct. 15 at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in Maple Lake.

Richard (Dick) was born on March 10, 1938 in Maple Lake to George and Sadie (Jensen) Wurm.

He married Jacquelyn R. Scanlon on June 11, 1960 at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church. He worked as a 49er, operating heavy equipment 40-plus years.  In his spare time, Dick enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing, playing cribbage, and of course the Maple Lake Legion. Above all, Dick enjoyed the time he was able to spend with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by: his children, Bruce Wurm (Sandy Korkki) of Plymouth, Gayle Erger of Maple Lake, Tim Wurm of Buffalo, and Pat Wurm (Jennifer Kohout) of Buffalo; siblings, Dorothy (Jim) McHugh of Burnsville, Rita (Charlie) Schoen of Watkins, Joyce (Jesse) Clayton of Emily, Bob (Carol Mae) Wurm of Maple Lake, and Keith (Sandy) Wurm of Maple Lake; eight grandchildren, Jamie Wurm (James Sainio), Ashley Wurm (Shane Pierce), Zachary Wurm, Anthony Wurm, Brayden Wurm, Caleb Wurm, Travis (Rachel) Erger, and Traci (Brad) Salveson; and great-grandchildren, Connor, Hailey, Jaxson, Paisely, and Haylee.

He was preceded in death by: his parents, George and Sadie; wife, Jackie; brother, Maurice; and great-grandchild, Paige.