Obituaries 1/30/20

Darlene Beightol, 81

Darlene Kay (Keller) Beightol, age 81, of Rockford, passed away peacefully on January 27, 2020.

She was born on February 26, 1938 in Esterville, Iowa to Louis and Evelyn (Green) Keller, and eventually she and her family moved to Webster City, Iowa where she grew up.

Darlene was joined in marriage to Gene A. Beightol, Sr in 1955. They were blessed with four children: Kim, Linda, Mandy, and Gene “Sonny.”

Darlene was a hard worker and worked several jobs to support her family. She enjoyed taking road trips in the fall to view the changing colors of the leaves and would always find the time to stop at her favorite casinos along the way for a bit of fun. Another one of her hobbies was tending to her garden, growing many vegetables and flowers. She was known for her extravagant Christmas light display, often attracting hundreds of people throughout the season to see her decorated home. She mostly enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and creating special memories with them.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, Gene Beightol, Sr.; daughter, Kim Swanson; sisters, Dorothy, Rose Marie, Marylou, and Shirley; brothers, Edwin, Robert, and Dale; and partner, Richard Beyer.

Darlene is survived by: her children, Linda (Perry) Rux, Mandy (Jim) Fautsch, and Gene “Sonny” (Cristi) Beightol, Jr.; grandchildren, Kari, Brian, Sara, Trevor, Tanya, Tiffany, Trisha, Tessa, Amber, Ryan, Nick, and Tara; great-grandchildren, Mason, Evelyn, Cody, Shelby, Austin, Ashtin, Alec, Emerson, Kaden, Amira, Kay Kay, Rylee, Conner, Nick Jr., Payton, and Aiden; brother, William (Joyce) Keller; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. with visitation from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at United Presbyterian Church in Rockford. Interment to follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Rockford. Lunch to follow at United Presbyterian Church.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo. Online condolences for the family may be directed to


Loren Dehmer, 82

Loren R. Dehmer, age 82, of St. Michael passed away unexpectedly January 24, 2020. 

Loren was born on February 21, 1937 to Matthew and Mary (Kirscht) Dehmer. He married Arlene M. Martin on October 3, 1959.  God blessed their marriage with eight children. Loren enjoyed family time, cabin life, fishing, playing cards and listening to old-time polka music.

He loved his grandkids and great-grandkids. He took pride in his farming and also worked many years as a mechanic. During his retirement years, he enjoyed driving his gravel truck and driving the countryside. No matter where Loren went, he seemed to know someone; he had a kind heart and truly enjoyed socializing. He was a faithful member of the St. Michael Catholic Church. 

Loren is survived by: loving wife of 60 years, Arlene M. Dehmer; children, Julie (Steve) Sirr, Lynn (Peter) Berning, Mark (Angie, special friend) Dehmer, Joel (Nita) Dehmer, Scott Dehmer, Sandra Dehmer, Keith (Angela Martinez, significant other) Dehmer; 23 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren; sisters, Margie Robeck and Alberta (Pat) Fitzsimmons; many other relatives and friends.  

He was preceded in death by: parents, Matthew and Mary Dehmer, son, Gary Dehmer, sisters, Arlene Lindenfelser, Irma Perrault, Alice Steffens, Delores Steffens, Florence Kasper, Brothers-in-law, LeRoy Lindenfelser, Jerome Perrault, Norman Steffens, Lloyd Steffens, Bernie Kasper and James Robeck.  

Mass of Christian Burial for Loren Dehmer was held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 28 at the St. Michael Catholic Church in St. Michael. Father Peter Richards was the Celebrant. Interment St. Michael Cemetery. A visitation was held at the St. Michael Catholic Church Monday, January 27 from 4-7 p.m. Further visitation was at the church one hour prior to Mass.   

The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home served the family.   Online condolences may be made to


Ann Greenhagen, 83

Ann C. Greenhagen, age 83, of Buffalo passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.

She was born on September 8, 1936 in Waverly, the daughter of John E. and Loretta M. (Rassat) Copeland.

On November 19, 1955, Ann C. Copeland and Donald W. Greenhagen were joined in holy marriage at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly.  God blessed their marriage with three children Lori, Mike and Mary.

Ann was formerly employed as an accounting manager at U.S. West Telephone Company and retired in 1990 after 35 years of service. After retirement, she started a second career and was employed as an Administrative Assistant at St. Francis Xavier Catholic School for twenty-seven years, finally retiring at the age of 80.

She was a faithful member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and was their choir director, a soloist and choir member for several years.  She had a strong faith and a great love of children and music. 

Ann is survived by: her loving children, Lori Loberg, Mike (Barb) Greenhagen and Mary (Charles) DeWitte; seven grandchildren, Shane (Bethany), Jeremy (Rachel), Cole, Nick (JoLaina), Brock (Nicole), Justin, and Robbie (Caitlin); great-grandchildren, Gavin, Cohen, Eliana, Matthew, Maddie, Ben, Miles, Josie, Hendric, Quinn, Vaughn and Vienna; a sister, Sister St. Luke SJ; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, Donald W. Greenhagen on January 1, 1996; infant great-grandson, Evan; by her parents; and by two brothers and two sisters.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Ann Greenhagen will be on Thursday, January 30 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo. Father Nathaniel Meyers will be the Celebrant. Inurnment St. Francis Cemetery. A Time of Gathering will be held on Thursday, January 30 one hour prior to Mass at the church.

Urn Bearers will be her seven grandsons: Shane Loberg, Jeremy Greenhagen, Cole Loberg, Nick Greenhagen, Brock Greenhagen, Justin Greenhagen and Robert DeWitte.

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


Kathy Parker, 63

Kathy Jean (Wandersee) Parker, age 63, of Buffalo, passed away on January 24, 2020.

She was born on March 25, 1956 in Buffalo, to George and Lidia (Krause) Wandersee. Kathy attended and graduated from Delano High School with the class of 1974.

She enlisted to join the Army in Memphis, Tennessee in November 1983. She attended boot camp at Fort Lee in Virginia, and was stationed in various parts of the country, including Oklahoma and North Carolina. She served two tours in Germany; one in Heidelberg and the other in Stuttgart. She proudly served her country for 16 years; Kathy was honorably discharged and retired from her military duties in 2002. Kathy was a proud member of the VFW and Legion.

During her time in the military, she met James Willard Parker, and the two were joined in marriage on March 25, 1995 in Lawton, Oklahoma.

Kathy was known for her heart of gold; she was always giving and made sure her family was always taken care of.  She had a genuine and sweet personality. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Kathy was an avid hunter, loved fishing, and enjoyed being in the outdoors. She once caught a massive sailfish on a trip to Mexico with family; a highlight of her trip!

She was preceded in death by: her husband, James Willard Parker in 2003; parents, George and Lidia Wandersee; brothers, Donald, David, and Richard Wandersee; sister, Elizabeth Schmidt; and brothers-in-law, Dennis Bodin and Kenny Huston.

She is survived by: her sons, Benjamin (Renee) Butler Jr. and Eric Butler; grandchildren, Mariah, Kenneth, Karissa, Corey, Caleb, Isabelle, and Olivia Butler; and great-grandchildren, Alayah, Austin, Kinslee, and Oaklynn; siblings, Robert (Joan) Wandersee, Frederick (LaDonna) Wandersee, Charles Wandersee, Duane (Julia) Wandersee, Kenneth (Virginia) Wandersee, Jerry (Karen) Wandersee, Diane Huston, Nancy (Jack) Sawyer, and Shirley Bodin; sister-in-law, Sandra Wandersee; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral Service will be held, Friday, January 31, at 7:00 p.m. with visitation beginning at 4:00 p.m. at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.  Interment will take place at a later date at Wachapreague Cemetery in Wachapreague, Virginia.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo. Online condolences for the family may be directed to


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