Obituaries 1/14/21

Diane Berglund, 74

Diane Carol Berglund, age 74, of rural Buffalo passed away on Friday, January 8, 2021.

She was born on March 19, 1946, in Buffalo, the daughter of Charles and Phyllis (Henson) Schendel.

On April 16, 1966, Diane Schendel and Glen Berglund were joined in holy marriage. God blessed their marriage with two daughters.

Diane formerly worked many years as a bookkeeper at The Ben Franklin Store in downtown Buffalo. She later worked at Cox Chiropractic Clinic, then Buffalo Family Chiropractic Clinic, before going to Oakley National Bank. She belonged to Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo. Diane enjoyed taking bus trips to the casino with friends, horseshoe tournaments with Glen, playing cards with friends, havening their annual Christmas party, and any get together with friends.

She is survived by loving husband of almost fifty-five years, Glen A. “Sonny” Berglund; daughters, Tammie (John) Dehler, of Becker, and Kim (Randy) Michaels, of Buffalo; seven grandchildren, Jacob, Audrianna, Gabrielle, Joshua, Devon, Brett and Erika; six great-grandchildren, Cooper, Oliver, Braeden, Mason, Liam and Brandtley; two sisters, Cheri (Tom) Cebulla, of Talmoon, and Susie (Bill) Jordan, of Buffalo; a brother, Greg (Gegi) Schendel, of Elk River; other relatives and many friends.

Diane was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Phyllis Schendel.

Funeral services for Diane Berglund will be held on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo. Pastor Dave Hoadley will officiate. Interment will follow at Zion Lutheran Cemetery. A visitation was held on Wednesday, January 13, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo. Further visitation will be held on Thursday, January 14, beginning at 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the Church.

Honorary Casket Bearers will be Audrianna and Gabrielle Campbell, and Erika Michaels. Casket Bearers will be Jacob Campbell, Brett Michaels, Greg Schendel, Curt Capes, Dan Capes, and Bob Capes.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to


Marcella Daleiden, 90

Marcella Mary Lucier Bechtold Daleiden, age 90 of Albertville, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 4, 2021 at the Guardian Angels Engel Haus in Albertville, MN. She was born March 14, 1930 to William and Caroline (Patnode) Lucier.

She was baptized, made her first communion, and was confirmed at St. Jeanne de Chantel Catholic Church in Corcoran, MN.

On October 22, 1949, Marcella and Eugene Bechtold were joined in Holy Matrimony at St. Jeanne de Chantel Catholic Church in Corcoran, MN. God blessed their marriage with three sons, Craig, Duane, and Joel. On April 29, 1972, Marcella married Clifford Daleiden and gained four stepchildren, Jill, Jeff, Mary Jo, and Patty.

Marcella graduated high school in 1948 from Robbinsdale High School. She was very proud of this accomplishment. Marcella was a dedicated employee at the Security State Bank of St. Michael for 40+ years, starting in 1956 until her retirement. Marcella enjoyed traveling with her husband, Clifford, where they explored many of the U.S. states. She enjoyed her antiques, reading, crocheting, and watching the Minnesota Twins.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Eugene Bechtold, in 1956; son, Joel, in 2017; her second husband, Clifford Daleiden, in 2017; three sisters, Jeanne Nielsen, Valerie Moon, Mary Lou Lehn; and brothers-in-law, Kermit Nielsen, Donald Moon, James Lehn.

Marcella is survived by her sons, Craig (Mary Lee) Bechtold, Duane Bechtold; stepchildren, Jill Daleiden, Jeff (Kerin) Daleiden, Mary Jo (Ron) Schmid, Patty Pouliot; 12 grandchildren, Robbie Hastings, Brett Bechtold, Brooke Langva, Brianna (Tony) Bartholomew, Krysti (Garrett) Griffith, Michael Bechtold, Andrea (Chris) Schutt, Paige (Travis) Evenson, Laura (Jonah) Berndt, Nathan (Kelly) Schmid, Megan (Josh) Pauly, Keith Pouilot; 20 great-grandchildren; and many other family and friends.

Casket bearers are Brett Bechtold, Tony Bartholomew, Nathan Schmid, Krysti Griffith, Laura Berndt, Brianna Bechtold, Andrea Schutt.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, January 11, 2021 at 11:00 a.m., with visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m., at St. Michael Catholic Church in St. Michael with Father Joseph Zabinski as Celebrant. Readers were Jeff Daleiden and Mark Daleiden. Burial followed at St. Jeanne de Chantel Catholic Church in Corcoran.

Serving the family was The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home, 763-497-5362,


Anthony Huikko, 34

Anthony “Tony” Huikko, age 34, of Maple Lake died Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte, CA after a hard-fought battle with luekemia.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 21, 2021 at St. Timothy Catholic Church in Maple Lake with Fr. John Meyer as the Celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Timothy Catholic Cemetery, Maple Lake. A walk-through visitation will be held 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, January 20 and 8:30-9:30 a.m., Thursday, January 21, both at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Maple Lake. Please note, mask, distancing and capacity restrictions will affect attendance. Services will be livestreamed on Tony’s online obituary page located on the funeral home website.

Anthony John Huikko was born on December 1st, 1986 in Buffalo, MN to Charles and Debora (Hutchinson) Huikko. He was raised in Maple Lake, attending Buffalo and Maple Lake schools and graduating from Annandale High School in 2005. After graduation, he went to work with Huikko Plumbing of Buffalo. Tony earned a brown belt in Karate. He enjoyed fishing, Frisbee® golf, bags, dice and hunting. Tony cherished time spent cooking special meals for family gatherings. He loved bowling, golfing and spending time with friends and family.

Tony is survived by his parents, Charles and Debora Huikko, from Maple Lake; grandparents, Jack and Jean Hutchinson, of Buffalo; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Robert and Frances Huikko; uncle, Dean Baker; aunt, Selma Hutchinson; and cousins, Scottie Capko and Rebecca Schoenbauer.

The casket bearers will be Curtis Kempenich, Erik Capko, Dale Machovski, Michael Machovski, Matt Huikko, Jerry Huikko, John Huikko and Cole Trager. Honorary casket bearers will be Nick Halloran, Eric Arola, Mike Stumph, Kyle Foss, Alex Blizil, Chad Walhowe and Scott Trattles. Sarah Goelz will provide the music for the service.

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

Obituary, Tribute Wall, Video Tribute and Funeral Webcast online at


Terry Isaacson, 66

Terry L. Isaacson, age 66, passed away after a long battle with ALS on December 22, 2020, at his home in Maple Lake, MN.  He was born on January 19, 1954, in Cokato, to Donald and Beverly Isaacson.  He was married to Margaret (Jensen) Isaacson on October 24, 1981. Terry truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures, chatting with friends and family, fishing and hunting, spending time with his grandchildren (Ty and Britni), and walking his dog, Belle. Terry always had the ability to make people smile with his amazing personality. He was always a joy to be around. 

He is survived by his wife, Margaret (Margie); his brothers, Tim (Pam) Isaacson and Kevin (Ruth) Isaacson; sister, April Miller; son, Travas Isaacson; daughter, Lisa (Jeremy) Klatt; and grandchildren, Ty and Britni Klatt. 

We will hold a Celebration of Life in the spring, tentatively scheduled for May 8, 2021, for friends and family, and others whose life Terry had touched.


Elaine Warnke, 91

Elaine Warnke, of Brook Park, passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2020 at Welia Health in Mora.  She was 91 years old.

Elaine Evelyn Rebecca Cronk was born on September 22, 1929 to Franklin and Albertina (Weege) Cronk in Buffalo, MN.  She was baptized, confirmed, and married in the same country church at Crawford Lake, near Buffalo.  She graduated from Buffalo High School in 1947.  She worked in Minneapolis at Sears Roebuck Department Store for three years. 

On May 27, 1950, she married Eldon Warnke. To this union, two children were born, daughter Margo Alayne and son, Cordell Eldon. They lived in Loretto, MN before moving to Minneapolis where they lived for 48 years. Elaine worked for Apple Baum’s Grocery Store for ten years. From there, she worked for a furniture store, and then a drug store where she was a ‘buyer’ for the cards and gift department. She retired from the drug store.

One of her favorite past-times was selling goods at Antique Shows and Flea Markets. After she and Eldon retired, they moved to the country near Mora, MN where they spent over 20 years. She had many beautiful flower gardens. Eldon passed away in December of 2013.  Elaine was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Mora and part of the Tabitha Circle for many years. She also helped with the church flower garden and Oktoberfest.           

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Eldon; brother, Ervin (Leone) Cronk; and sister, Carol Mae (LeRoy) Uecker.

She is survived by her children, Margo Warnke and Cordell “CW” Warnke; grandson, Dylan Tomala; sister, ElVera (Harold) Gustafson; sister-in-law, LaVerne Manzke; many nieces, nephews, and their families, other relatives, and friends.

A graveside service and interment were held on Friday, January 9, 2021 in the Glen Haven Cemetery in Crystal, MN.

Arrangements are by the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora.


William Wildman, 97

William Joyce Wildman, 97, of Willmar, died Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at Bethesda Grand in Willmar.

His funeral was at 2:00 pm, Saturday, January 9 at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar. Facial coverings were required along with social distancing. Interment with Military Honors by American Legion Post #167 were in Fairview Cemetery in Willmar. A recording of his service was posted to our website following the service.

All of his life, he was called, “Joyce.” He was born February 25, 1923, in Burtrum, MN, the son of Clyde and Hattie (Johnson) Wildman. He attended country school through the eighth grade in Greenwood where he earned the job of starting the fire for the teacher, which he did for 15¢ per day, except for Monday’s when he earned 25¢! In 1936, he bought a farm and a tractor for $600, but following the start of WW II, he enlisted in the US Army, at the age of 20, and served honorably in Austria and Germany and was discharged on June 29, 1946. After he was discharged, he returned to the farm.

On August 19, 1947, he was united in marriage to Mildred Ruth Faust, a schoolteacher. They farmed in Todd County until 1956, when they moved to Buffalo where Joyce served as an artificial inseminator of dairy and beef cattle for Minnesota Valley Breeders for 15 years. During this time, he was awarded for servicing 5,000 cows in one year. In 1970, they moved to Springfield where he drove the direct service truck for Minnesota Valley Breeders covering the Dakotas and southern Minnesota. It was while living in Springfield where they were founding members of “Levi’s and Lace” square dancing club. In 1977, he became a salesman for Minnesota Harvestore, selling the “big blue structures” in Renville and Meeker Counties.

In 1979, they chose to move to Willmar to spend their retirement years. In his semi-retirement years, he worked as a bailiff for Kandiyohi County, volunteered as a driver for family services and worked at Lakeland Nursery. He also transported cars for Mills Automotive.

He spent 28 years as caretaker of their 4-flex apartment building, manicuring shrubs to perfection and tending to the green lawn. Later, they moved to a townhome, and he purchased a sewing machine at a garage sale, and they rolled bandages for the White Cross distribution in Africa. Continuing to work part-time, Joyce did janitorial services for PALS and bottled turkey semen for Willmar Poultry. Not only did he sew, but he also cut blocks and sewed patches together while helping Mildred make quilts for their grandchildren and great grandchildren. Joyce had a strong work ethic and being a humble man, he always found something to do to be productive and benefit others. He took an interest in growing top-notch geraniums. 

He had been attending Living Hope in Willmar where he volunteered as an usher, greeter and attended adult Sunday school.

Surviving him are his daughters, Cherie (Roger) DeYoung, of Hugo, Connie (Rev. Mike) McCain, of New London, and Cindy (John) Haugland, of Litchfield; nine grandchildren, Rev. Jodi (Ben) Moore, Darren (Amy) DeYoung, Rachael (Jesse) Evers, Dillon (Hayley) Anderson, Kirsten Haugland, Erika (Buddy) Hixon, Marci (Beau) Golberg, Garrett (Amanda) McCain and Lori McCain; and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Mildred, on June 13, 2017, three sisters and four brothers-in-law.




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