Edmund Athmann, 95

Edmund John Athmann was born March 10, 1919, to Henry and Regina (Wander) Athmann in Belgrade, Minn. He was baptized and confirmed in the Church of St. Michael in Spring Hill, Minn.  He attended the Belgrade Public School.

Eddie entered the military service for World War II in December 1941, and he met his wife, Marcella “Sally” Picus, in Indiantown Gap, Pa. After a two-year engagement while Eddie served in the 3rd Armored Division overseas, they were united in marriage in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, St. Clair, Pa. on Oct. 30, 1945.

Eddie’s favorite job was as a Buttermaker in West Union, Minn. In 1952, he and Sally bought and ran a restaurant in Stewart, Minn. until 1957. He then opened a variety store and also worked part time as Postal Clerk. In 1977, he became Postmaster in Brownton, Minn., retiring in 1984. He was always active volunteering for the Stewart Fire Department, serving on the city council and as a member of the Stewart American Legion Club Post 0125.  Eddie also served with the Knights of Columbus and was an active member of St. Boniface Parish. While he fished and hunted in his earlier years, his favorite pastime was golf, and he played avidly until he turned 90.  He found much joy in his four grandchildren, and most recently his six great-grandchildren.

Early Sunday morning, Oct. 12, 2014, Eddie died at Lake Ridge Care Center - Lakeside Oasis Unit in Buffalo, Minn., surrounded by his daughters. He had reached the age of 95 years, 7 months, 2 days.  Blessed be his memory.

Preceding Eddie in death: his wife, Sally; parents, Henry and Regina; and ten brothers and sisters.

Eddie is survived by: his two daughters, Lois (Douglas) Nevinski of Buffalo, Minn. and Laurie Athmann of Duluth; grandchildren, Marc (Sandy) Nevinski of St. Louis Park, Minn., Christopher (Erin Cleveland) Nevinski of Helena, Mont., Zenia Nevinski of Minneapolis, Chandra Nevinski of Buffalo, Minn.; great-grandchildren, Katrina, Zachary, and Maria Nevinski, Lunabelle Cleveland (Nevinski), Rosemedri Nevinski, and Leena Nevinski-Ply; sister, Donna Gieske of Bloomington, Minn.; and nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Eddie is grateful to everyone who participated in his life’s journey.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, Oct. 18 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Stewart, Minn., with interment at St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery.  Military Honors were provided by the De Gree-Fleisch American Legion Post 125 of Stewart. The Knights of Columbus led the Rosary Service during the visitation on Friday evening.

Officiating clergy was Fr. Gerald S. Meidl, with organist Marjorie Navara.

Casket bearers: Mark Athmann, Marty Athmann, Merlin Athmann, Marc Nevinski, Christopher Nevinski, Ron Altmann, and Zachary Nevinski.

Arrangements were with Hughes-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Stewart, Minn.


Jeffrey Bruhn, 51

Jeffrey J. Bruhn, 51, of Buffalo passed away on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 25, 1 p.m., at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Buffalo.  A reception is following at the church.  A visitation will be held on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. until the time of the services at the church.

Arrangements for Jeffrey J. Bruhn are by the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.

A full obituary is forthcoming.


John Dolder, 92

John F. Dolder, 92, of Delano passed away Oct. 18, 2014.

He was born Oct. 25, 1921 in Minneapolis to John and Gladys (Boone) Dolder.  He was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army, and a member of the Zuhrah Shriners Masons.

John was preceded in death by: his wife, Dolores; brothers, Arthur and William Dolder; and granddaughter, infant Dalbec.

He is survived by: his children, Gloria (Tim) Dalbec, Kathy (David) Vincent and John (Adele) Dolder; 8 grandchildren, Rosalind Albiso, Angela (Art) Hyde, Todd (Jodi) Dalbec, Sarah (Jason) Vieau, Matthew (Jocelyn) Vincent, Jason Dolder, Brandon Dolder, and Darren Dolder; 9 great-grandchildren, Awston, Cassandra, Paige, Trevor, Skyla, Dylan, Asher, Colton, and Emmersyn; and sister, Betty Mealhouse.

Funeral service is taking place at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24 in Delano United Methodist Church.  Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. Friday at the church prior to the service.  Interment with Military Honors will be in the Delano Public Cemetery.

Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home, Delano.


Jesus Duran, 84

Jesus Albino Duran, 84, of St. Louis Park, Minn., formerly of Pachuca, Mexico, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 at his home in St. Louis Park.

He was born Nov. 27, 1929 in Pachuca, Mexico to Albino and Paula (Hernandez) Duran.

Jesus was the hardest working man his family had ever known. He possessed a green thumb and had a talent for making art.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Ruben Trejo.  He is survived by: his sons, Ruben Duran, Tony Duran, Arturo Duran, and Albino Duran; many grandchildren; and a brother, Eduardo Trejo.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was scheduled on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Delano, Minn., with gathering of family and friends in the church prior to the Mass. Inurnment will be in Pachuca, Mexico.

Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.


Elsie Erickson, 94

Elsie S. Erickson, 94, of Annandale died Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 at the Centennial Villa Memory Care Cottages in Annandale.

Memorial services will be held 1:00 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Middleville Township, Annandale with Rev. Lynn Machula officiating.  Burial will follow at Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery.  Visitation will be two hours prior to the service at the church.  Memorials are preferred to Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

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

Elsie Selma Erickson was born May 3, 1920 in Albion Township at the family farm to William and Hedwig (Koepke) Uecker.  She attended Middleville Parochial School at Bethlehem Lutheran Church; she eventually became a teacher at the school.

On Feb. 22, 1941, Elsie was united in marriage to Kenneth Erickson at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.  During World War II, she worked as a welder at Kaiser Ship Yard in Vancouver, Wash.  Elsie and Kenneth owned and operated Ken & L.C. Steak House in Annandale.  She was a lifelong member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Middleville Township, where she served on the LWML.  Elsie enjoyed doing needlepoint, quilting, snowmobiling, gardening, cooking, and canning.  She was always ready to make something for someone else.

She is survived by: her daughters, Joyce (Marc) Boon, Janet Erickson and Mary Jane (Jeff) Miller, all of Annandale; sons, Bill (Debbie) of South Haven, Jim (Sharon) of South Haven and Chuck (Pam) of Jefferson, Colo.; daughter-in-law, Jo Anne Erickson of Annandale; 18 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by: her parents, Bill and Hattie Uecker; husband, Ken; son, Kurt; great-grandson, Nicholas; brothers, Bill, Ed and Marcus Uecker; and sisters, Elma Paumen and Erna Olean.


Mildred Ernst, 86

Mildred “Millie” Ernst, 86, formerly of Buffalo, passed away on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Arrangements for Mildred “Millie” Ernst are pending at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.


Robert Habisch, Sr., 65

Robert Leonard Habisch, Sr., 65, of Howard Lake, Minn. passed away peacefully on Oct. 14, 2014.

He was born on May 20, 1949 the son of Carl and Helen Habisch of Winsted, Minn.

After high school he served in the Army in Vietnam. After his military service he worked as a welder in Cokato for many years. His journey led him to Howard Lake, where he lived out his years in retirement. He loved to go fishing on Mille Lacs, fly-fishing and ice fishing on Howard Lake, loved to hunt, and had a passion for the outdoors. He enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren, teaching them about the outdoors and how to live off the land.

He enjoyed spending time with fellow veterans at the VA Medical Centers in St. Cloud and Minneapolis.

He is survived by: his children, Robert Habisch, Jr. of Appleton Wis., Rebecca (Jeff) Holmquist of Cokato and Mandy (Ryan) Koski of Brooklyn Park, Minn.; his grandchildren, Hunter, Hayden, Hope, Halle, Kaleb, Ashton, Riley, and Koda; and other relatives and friends.

Services for Robert were scheduled on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, Minn., with visitation prior to the service and burial following at the cemetery.

Chilson Funeral Home, Winsted assisted the family with arrangements.


Harvey Hammerback, 75

Harvey Lee Hammerback, 75, of Delano, Minn. passed away on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 at his home in Franklin Township.

He was born Dec. 6, 1938 in Minneapolis to Carl Roberts Young and Dorothy Luella (Myers) Hammerback.

Harvey was a loving husband, dad and grandpa.

He was preceded in death by: his parents, Carl Roberts Young and Dorothy Hammerback; stepfather, Rueben Hammerback; and a sister, Judy Hammerback.  Harvey is survived by: his wife of 46 years, Sharon; children, Julie Hammerback, Stacy Mosher, Tracy Elbert, Jay Elbert, and Alan Elbert; and siblings, Joy (DelRoy) Matthews, Darlene (Allen) Myers and Dottie (Clyde) Eddy.

Memorial services were scheduled on Friday, Oct. 17 at the Delano American Legion Post, with gathering of family and friends at the Legion prior to the services on Friday.

Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.


Margaret Jenson, 85

Margaret J. (Zima) Jenson, Nov. 8, 1928 to Oct. 18, 2014, at Lake Ridge Care Center in Buffalo.

Preceded in death by: parents, Claribel Zima Bobendrier and James Zima; husband, William Jenson; and nephews, Jack Burns and Jake Burns.  Survived by a loving sister, Evelyn M. Burns.

A memorial service for Margaret Jenson was scheduled at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 at Lake Ridge Care Center in Buffalo, with Pastor Chuck Dake officiating and interment at Delano Public Cemetery.

Arrangements were by the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.


Franklin Kemp, 77

Franklin F. Kemp, 77, of Monticello passed away Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 at the Monticello Hospital.

Visitation was scheduled on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, Monticello. Funeral services were scheduled on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m., also at Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, with interment at Riverside Cemetery of Monticello.

He was a loving and beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.  He was born on March 4, 1937 in Staples, Minn. to Silas and Dorothy (Roberts) Kemp, the oldest of eight children. In his late teens, he moved to Miller, Ind., where he soon met, fell in love with and married his lifelong partner, Fredda M. (Sloan) Kemp.

They were married on Feb. 15, 1959. Frank and Fredda made their home in Gary, Ind., where Frank worked as a mechanic in the steel mill and later went on to purchase and run his own service station.

Life then brought them to Minnesota, where they made their lifelong home in Monticello. Here, he also was in the service station business for a short time, later becoming a truck driver for Byerly’s Foods.  Retiring from driving did not mean the end of his working career, because Frank worked for Bondhus Tools right up until his passing.

Frank was preceded in death by: his parents; and siblings, Charles, James, Sandra and Linda (Trom).  He is survived by: his wife, Fredda; his children, Lori (Mitch) Bielefeld, Sheila (Steve) Dehne and Lisa (Mike) Vee; ten grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; siblings, Patricia May, Lila Bast and Nancy Lockwood; and many friends.  He will be dearly missed.


Dr. Daniel Marty, 65

Dr. Daniel Paul Marty, 65, went home to be with his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ suddenly on Oct. 13, 2014 due to complications following colon cancer surgery.

Dan married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Mary, on June 28, 1969 and they, along with their children Michelle, Jason and Stacy, moved to Buffalo in 1976 after joining his great friend, Fred Cox, in chiropractic partnership (initially Cox Chiropractic and later and currently Marty Chiropractic).

Dan lived his life full of faith in Jesus Christ, living a life dedicated to glorifying Him and leaving an incredible legacy for all those who knew him to follow; it is a legacy of faithfulness and commitment, unselfishness, integrity, generosity, hard work, patience, and love.  His passing has left a massive hole in the lives of his family and friends, but their assurance that God can and will and IS filling that hole is providing them with great peace and hope and they rejoice in the fact that, through their faith in Jesus Christ, they will see him again in heaven - to God be the glory!

Dan was preceded in death by: his father and mother, Mark P. and Millie C. Marty; and mother-in-law and father-in-law, Rev. F.E. and Judaea Geske.

He is survived by: his beloved wife of 45 years, Mary Marty; daughter, Dr. Michelle (Brad) Crawford; son, D. Jason (Lisa) Marty; daughter, Stacy (Nicolas) Uecker; grandchildren, Elias, Olivia and Caden Uecker, Marley and Mia Marty, and Caleb and Josiah Crawford; siblings, Dena Christianson, Carol (Dick) Gauck, Dr. David Marty, Jim (Debbie) Marty, and Paula (Jeff) Marty; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Dr. Daniel P. Marty were scheduled on Saturday, Oct. at Buffalo Covenant Church, with memorials going to Children’s Hope Chest and Compassion International.  Visitation was scheduled on Friday, Oct. 17 at the church, with further visitation prior to services at the church on Saturday.

Lovingly serving the family, the Peterson Chapel, Buffalo.


Clayton Mattson, 87

Clayton Mattson, 87, of Howard Lake passed away at Howard Lake Good Samaritan Center on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014.

A memorial service is taking place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 in St. John’s Lutheran Church of Howard Lake.  Visitation is scheduled from 4-7 p.m. Friday at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Howard Lake, and an hour prior to service on Saturday at the church.

Clayton Marvin Mattson was born on Sept. 20, 1927 in Waverly, Minn. to Clinton and Alice (Bakeberg) Mattson.  He grew up on a farm north of Waverly and was baptized and confirmed at the Swedesburg Lutheran Church in Marysville Township.  In 1945, Clayton graduated from Buffalo High School.

On Oct. 21, 1950, Clayton married Muriel Birkholz at St. James Lutheran Church of Howard Lake. The couple lived in Buffalo first, and then in 1954 bought the farm north of Howard Lake.  Clayton farmed and in 1958 started a well drilling business.  In 1968, they built Mattson Well at their present location. Clayton retired about 10 years ago.

He enjoyed woodworking, golf, hunting and fishing, and enjoyed socializing at the Howard Lake Legion.  Most important to Clayton was his family.

Survivors include: his wife, Muriel of Howard Lake; children, Nola (Loyal) Staskivige of Loretto, Deborah Herbst of Delano, Kurt Mattson of Howard Lake, and Kent Mattson of Howard Lake; grandchildren, Forrest Mattson, Nathan Mattson, Jason Herbst, Amber Gruba Mattson, Stephanie Schuman, and David Nettleton; great-grandchildren, Dylan, Kasja, Alexa, Kane, Skylor, Devin, Brandon, and Ethan; brothers, Richard and David; and sister, Wanda Gilmer.  Clayton was preceded in death by his parents and son, John.


Mary Scheiber, 75

Mary Ellen Scheiber, 75, of Maple Lake died surrounded by the love and care of her family on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 at Cottagewood Senior Community of Buffalo.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 at St. Timothy Catholic Church, Maple Lake with Fr. John Meyer as the Celebrant.  Burial will follow at St. Charles Catholic Cemetery in Chatham Township.  Visitation was scheduled from 4:00-7:00 p.m. (with 7 p.m. prayer service) Wednesday and 9-10 a.m. Thursday, both at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Maple Lake.

Mary Ellen Scheiber was born Dec. 1, 1938 in Sauk City, Wis. to Leonard and Hilda (Gruber) Heiser. Mary grew up in Plain, Wis., where she graduated from high school.

On Oct. 29, 1960, Mary was united in marriage to Thomas “Jerry” Scheiber at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Plain, Wis.  Upon Jerry’s honorable discharge from the service, they lived in Minneapolis for a bit before moving to Maple Lake, where Mary resided until recently moving to the Cottagewood Senior Community in Buffalo.

She worked for Cub Foods in Buffalo for approximately 15 years. Mary was a member of St. Timothy’s Catholic Church.  She enjoyed needlepoint work, walking, baking, puzzles, music, watching Days of Our Lives, along with football and hockey.  Above all, Mary treasured the time she was able to spend with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by: her children and their spouses, Terry and Suzette of Annandale, Bob and Vicky of Faribault, and Ron and Lindsay of Buffalo; daughter-in-law, Mary Scheiber of Maple Lake; siblings and their spouses, Dick and Jean Heiser of Waunakee, Wis., Charlene Dodge of Dodgeville, Wis., Marge Attaway of Madison, Wis., Lenny and Sharon Heiser of Waunakee, Wis., and Calvin and Rae Marie Heiser of Madison, Wis.; 8 grandchildren, Nicole Scheiber, Kayla Elsenpeter, Michael Scheiber, Heather Berg, Kevin Scheiber, Morgan Scheiber, Mollie Scheiber, and Elizabeth Scheiber; 3 great-grandchildren, Emily, Lucas and Hunter; and many nieces, nephews and other family and friends.

Mary was preceded in death by: her husband, Thomas “Jerry;” son, Mike; brother, Marlyn; her parents, Leonard and Hilda Heiser; brother-in-law, Dick Dodge; and special friend, Warren Starry.

The pallbearers will be Mary’s 8 grandchildren.  Honorary pallbearers will be: Cindy Beerkircher, Sandy Larson and Michelle Attaway.  Sarah Goelz and Krista Elsenpeter Tarbox will provide the music for the service.

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


Delphine Schleif, 91

Delphine G. Schleif, 91, of Buffalo passed away on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 at the Buffalo Hospital.

She was born on Feb. 16, 1923 in Buffalo the daughter of John and Emma (Splittstozer) Kiphuth.  Delphine was Baptized and Confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hanover.  She graduated from nursing school at Fairview in 1944.

On May 12, 1945, Delphine Kiphuth and Vincent Schleif were joined in holy marriage at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hanover.  God blessed their marriage with a son, John.  Delphine and Vincent lived on the Kiphuth homestead between Hanover and Rockford for many years prior to moving to Buffalo.

Delphine was formerly employed at the Buffalo Hospital for many years in the Med Surgical Unit and the OB Department.

She was a faithful, lifelong member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hanover.

Survived by: a son, John V. Schleif of Los Angeles; and nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.

Preceded in death by her husband, Vincent, and by her parents, John and Emma Kiphuth.

Funeral services for Delphine Schleif were held on Monday, Oct. 20, 2 p.m., at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hanover, with interment following at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery.  A visitation was held on Sunday, Oct. 19 from 3-6 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.  Further visitation was held on Monday afternoon at the church one hour prior to services.

Casket bearers were: James Tessmer, Carl Bursch, Fred Pfotenhauer, Lyle Wagner, Dana Rose, and Jack Wynn.

Memorials are preferred to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hanover or St. Olaf College.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family


Lorna Witte, 55

Lorna M. Witte of Monticello, formerly of Rockford, Minn., passed away in Monticello on Oct. 18, 2014 at the age of 55 years and 5 months.

Funeral service was scheduled on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at Cross Lutheran Church, Rockford, with visitation and prayer service on Monday and one hour prior to service on Tuesday all at the church.  Interment was planned at Elmwood Cemetery, Rockford.

Lorna Marie Witte was born on May 18, 1959, the fifth child of Walter and Gladys (Kottke) Witte.  She was made a child of God through the washing of Holy Baptism on May 31, 1959 and confirmed on March 30, 1980 at Cross Lutheran Church, Rockford by Pastor W.E. Neumann.  Lorna was a lifelong member of Cross Lutheran Church.

She was employed for many years at Functional Industries in Buffalo.  She worked in-house and also outside of Functional at a hotel in Plymouth, a greenhouse in Monticello, a munitions factory, and a dental supply business in Maple Lake.  She especially loved the greenhouse work in the spring.

Preceded in death by her parents.  Survived by: her sisters, Carol (Elwood) Rentz, Janice (Bart) Skafte and Ruth (Michael) Filbrandt; brother, Allen Witte; her dedicated caregivers, Angie and John Praught; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo, Minn. served the family.