Obituaries 1/9/20

Lois Carlson, 75

Lois M. Carlson, age 75, of Maple Lake, died January 1, 2020 at her home on Maple Lake.

Mass of Christian Burial was held 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 6, 2020 at St. Timothy Catholic Church, Maple Lake with Fr. Mark Juettner as Celebrant. Burial followed at St. Timothy Catholic Cemetery. Visitation was held from 3:00-6:00 p.m. on Sunday and from 9:00-10:00 a.m. on Monday, both at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Maple Lake. A prayer service was held at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Lois Marie Carlson was born September 29, 1944 in Maple Lake, to Leo and Cecelia (Davis) Pribyl. Lois grew up in Maple Lake, where she attended school and graduated with the Class of 1962.

On June 6, 1964, Lois was united in marriage to Gary H. Carlson at St. Timothy Catholic Church. They lived in the Wayzata and Plymouth area for 11 years, before returning to Maple Lake to make their home. Lois worked as an office manager at M&P Utilities for 38 years, until her retirement in 2011.

Lois was a member of St. Timothy Catholic Church, as well at the CCW. Upon their return to Maple Lake, Lois started the Maple Lake Bowling League, and was also a member of the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce, Maple Lake Property Owner’s Association, Sherwood Forest Association, and the Maple Lake Jaycees. Lois also volunteered with Love INC.

In her spare time, Lois enjoyed bowling, sewing, gardening, playing bingo, and cooking. Above all, Lois cherished the time she was able to spend with her family.

Lois is survived by: her husband of 55 years, Gary of Maple Lake; children, Stephen (fiancée, Michelle) of Key West, FL, Trent (Cheryl) of Buffalo, Connie (Don) Schauf of Waller, TX, Heidi (Bryan) of Buford, GA, Cory (Deb) of Buffalo; daughter-in-law, Debbie Carlson of Buffalo; 20 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; siblings, Larry (Karen) Pribyl of Houston, TX, Bonnie (Richard) Erdahl of Maple Lake, Tim (Pam) Pribyl of Maple Lake, and Jackie (Dan) Wurm of Buffalo; and many nieces, nephews, other family members, and dear friends. She was preceded in death by: her parents, Leo and Cecelia Pribyl; and son, Mark.

Lois’ children served as urn bearers. Krista Elsenpeter and Sarah Goelz will provide music for the service.

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

Obituary, Guestbook and Video Tribute online at


James Daleiden, 52

James “Jimmy” Mark Daleiden, age 52, of Cokato, passed away on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 due to kidney failure.

He was born on September 24, 1967, the son of Glen R. and Dorothy T. (Becker) Daleiden. Jim enjoyed bowling, comic books, football, baseball, work, movies, food and reading (the important things in life: TV guides, menus and comic books).

Jim is survived by: his loving parents, Glen and Dorothy Daleiden, of St. Michael; his siblings, John (Julie), of Blaine, Dan (Kelly), of Big Lake, Teresa (Keith) Carter, of Oklahoma, Paul (Jane), of Albertville, Dave, of St. Michael and Chuck (Jennifer), of Otsego; 17 nieces and nephews, and 16 great-nieces and nephews.

A special thank you to the caregivers at AME and Functional Industries for all their help and support for the past thirty years.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Jim’s name may be made and the family will donate to charitable causes.

Mass of Christian Burial for James “Jimmy” Daleiden was held on Monday, January 6, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Michael Catholic Church in St. Michael. Father Joseph Zabinski was the Celebrant.   Interment followed at St. Michael Cemetery. A visitation was held on Monday morning, January 6 two hours prior to Mass at the church.

Honorary Casket Bearers were Ryan, Curt, Kevin and Cole Daleiden. Casket Bearers were his brothers and sister: John, Dan, Teresa Carter, Paul, Dave and Chuck Daleiden.  

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


Colleen Johnson, 82

Colleen Anne (Liedman) Johnson, age 82, of Monticello, passed away on January 3 at Park View Rehab Care Center in Buffalo.

She is survived by: husband, Larry; daughters, Becky (David) Bethke; Barb Sekora; Laurie (Dan) Neidenfeur; and son, Joel; also by eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; sister, Mary (Rod) Walters; and brother, Bill (Barb) Liedman; many nieces, nephews and friends.

A visitation/memorial service will be held Friday, January 10 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 11024 Church St. NE, in Hanover.


Frances Johnson, 90

Frances Jeanne Johnson, 90, of Monticello, and formerly of Keosauqua, Iowa died on December 27, 2019 at St. Benedict’s Senior Community in Monticello.

She was born on September 8, 1929 in Troy, Davis County, Iowa to LaMar S. and Bessie I. (Brodeen) Muir. She married Leonard L. (Vern) Johnson at the Methodist Church Parsonage in Keosauqua, Iowa on February 29, 1956.

Jeanne grew up in Van Buren County, graduated from Keosauqua High School, and attended Parsons College in Fairfield. She taught in country schools, clerked in the County Recorder’s office, and was Deputy Clerk of District Court all in Van Buren County.

Jeanne and her family lived in Minnesota for 37 years operating self-owned businesses. She returned to Keosauqua in 1997 to live until 2004 when she returned to Minnesota, living in St. Michael, Buffalo, and Monticello.  She was a member of the Keosauqua United Methodist Church and of VFW Post 1817 Auxiliary in Garrison, Minnesota.

She is survived by: a son, Kenneth and wife, Lori of Hagerman, Idaho; two daughters, Darla and husband, Michael; Diana and husband, Jerry of St. Michael; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert Muir of Keosauqua, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, Leonard; her parents; an infant granddaughter, Jessica Lynn; three great-grandchildren, Haley and Ki Brown, and “Little one” Bible; two great-great grandsons, Tristen and Anthony Granby; a sister, Sharlene Luke; a brother-in-law, Wayne Luke; and a sister-in-law, Joan Muir.

Per her wishes, her body has been cremated. A memorial service will be held on June 3, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Pedrick Funeral Home and inurnment will be at Fellows Cemetery in Keosauqua, Iowa. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fellows Cemetery, Country Lanes, Inc., or the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Pedrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements and online condolences may be directed to


Lois Johnson, 94

Lois Ann Hill Johnson, 94, of Glendale, AZ, passed away peacefully on Dec 18, 2019. Lois was looking forward to her place in heaven. She loved and served her Lord and savior. John 3:16

A family memorial service will be held on February 3, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix.

Lois was born in Buffalo, on April 23, 1925. She graduated from Buffalo High School. Lois married Donald Henry Johnson November 19, 1943. They were married 68 years.

Lois worked as a District Sales Manager for Avon for 18 years. After living in Thief River Falls, for 20 years, they moved to Arizona. Lois loved to sing and had a beautiful voice.

Lois is survived by: three children, Joanne Florell (Vince, deceased), Donald Jr. (Judy), and Janet Ehrenstrom (Kent); sister, Mary Holisak; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Also, Diane Gonsorowski, an honorary daughter to Lois.

Lois was preceded in death by: husband, Donald; and five siblings.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Freedom Service Dogs of America, 7193 S. Dillon Court, Englewood CO 80112, 303-922-6231,, which provides services dogs to wounded veterans and children.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of the Valley and the staff at Mom’s Place. God Bless

Friends may offer online condolences at


Stanley Johnson, 75

Stanley Eugene Johnson, age 75, of Buffalo, passed away December 30, 2019.

He was born on August 14, 1944 in Deshler, Nebraska to Harold B. and Gladys I. (Stanley) Johnson. Stanley grew up in Davenport, Nebraska and attended the Methodist Church as a child with his parents.

He attended high school there, graduating with the class of 1962. After high school, he furthered his education and obtained a bachelor’s from Peru State and then received a master’s degree in Education Administration from the University of Nebraska-Kearney.

On March 18, 1967, he was joined in marriage to Virginia (Elifritz) in Edgar, Nebraska. The two had initially met on a blind date set up by their friends. He then taught history and business in Dannebrog, Nebraska. It was his first teaching job out of college. The 1967-68 school year, He taught history and coached golf at Centennial School in Centura, Nebraska, eventually moving to Litchfield, Nebraska during the 1968-69 school year to become principal. He also taught history, coached the girls’ basketball team and drove a bus route. A new principal position led him to Orleans, Nebraska in 1970 where he was also history/business teacher, assistant football coach and had a bus route.

Stanley was a member of the Orleans Lions club, a Mason and Shriner. He volunteered as an EMT on the Orleans Fire and Rescue. He was a member of the Orleans Presbyterian Church and served as superintendent of Sunday school, taught adult Sunday school class, was an elder on the session and preached on occasion.

Stanley worked for 10 years in education. In the summers, he would haul silage for a local farmer or for the mill in the evenings for fun, he enjoyed hauling with his friends the most. He founded CB Trucking for a few months before working for Kugler Oil Company for 18 years. He still drove the school bus for the local district. He later started his own business, Financial Management Services in 1989.

Eventually he and his family made their residence in Buffalo, where he initially worked for Suburban Propane for three years. He then worked in accounts receivable for 12 years with AccountTemps agency. He retired in 2008.

He was a member of the Buffalo Presbyterian Church during which he served as elder on the session for a brief time and taught adult Sunday school class. He and his son bowled with the BPC men’s league on Wednesday nights for some time. He was on the Fingerhut bowling team with his wife for a few years and enjoyed it.

He preached a few times at Park View care center. He enjoyed sharing a message when he could. Stanley loved staying connected with former students on Facebook. He wrote novels in his free time and wrote many editorials for newspapers. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite teams, in the later years especially. He went to a few Twins games and went to one Timberwolves game.

In the fall every Saturday, he would watch the Nebraska Cornhuskers College football team play. The analysis after the game was shared with both his son and son-in-law over the phone.

He was preceded in death by: his parents. Stanley is survived by: his wife, Virginia; daughter, Wendy (Adam) Fie; son, William “Bill” Johnson (significant other, Missy Crandell); grandchildren, Kylee, Michaela, and Adam Jr. Fie, and Jacob and Parker Johnson; brother, Harold (Kathryne); sister-in-law, Doris (Norman) Lux; niece, Crystal (Ryan) McGinnis; nephew, Gary Lux; great-nieces, Cora and Trinity McGinnis; and many other relatives and friends.

Memorial Service will be held Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Buffalo Presbyterian Church in Buffalo.

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


Lucille Lawrence, 91

Lucille C. Lawrence, age 91, of North Minneapolis, went to be with the Lord on December 25, 2019.

Lucille was the center of our family’s life through her love and never-ending compassion. A devoted stay-at-home mom to her children and always happy with a marvelous outlook on life. She loved visits from her kids and neighbors. She will be loved in our hearts and missed forever by family and friends.

Lucille was preceded in death by: her husband of 64 years, Howard; a son, Brian; her parents; two brothers; and a sister. Lucille is survived by: her children, Gary (Elizabeth), Gayle (Jerry) Larson, Bonnie (Tom) Lund, Randy (Kim), Glenn (Jenny), Monte (Kelley), Jill (Tom) Solheim, Alan (Chong) and Sheila (Chris Delmonico).

Granny had 30 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. Further survived by two sisters, other relatives and friends.

Our family wishes to thank the staffs at North Memorial Hospice and Catholic Eldercare.

A Catholic service was held on Friday, January 3, 2020 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Clearwater, at 11:00 a.m. Visitation was held at the church on Friday, January 3, 9:00 a.m. prior to Mass and rosary at 10:15 a.m. Reception followed.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to North Memorial Hospice or Catholic Eldercare. 

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


Orin Peikert, 75

Orin L. Peikert, age 75, of Monticello, passed away on Jan 1, 2020.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Emil and Dorothy Peikert; brother, George Peikert; grandson, Daniel DeMarais; nephew, Scott Peikert. Orin is survived by: his wife of 52 years, Elaine; children, Kari (Dan) DeMarais, Eric (Stacy) Peikert and Kelly (Eric) Coleman; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brother, Wallace Peikert; other family and friends. 

Funeral service was held at 1 p.m. on Monday, January 6, 2020 at Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, 250 E. Broadway, Monticello, visitation started at 11 a.m.

Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel served the family.


JoAnne Ross, 83

JoAnne Patricia Ross, age 83, passed away on Sunday, December 29, 2019.

She was born on February 16, 1936 in Minneapolis, to Dudlee and Dorothy (Church) Ebert.

JoAnne was a generous and loving person who enjoyed helping and serving others. Her occupation as a cook and waitress took her talents to many local establishments: BoDo’s Café in Delano, The Hanson House in Long Lake, The Ox Yoke Inn at Lyndale, Wessex Supper Club in Montrose, and Billy Bob’s in Rockford.

In her later years, while at The Glenn Assisted Living in Buffalo, she still enjoyed helping the staff by handing out snacks and spending time in the kitchen.

She is survived by: her son, Ray and his wife, Franny; grandsons, Vince, Tony, and Paul; and many other relatives and friends.  She will be sadly missed by all who loved her.

Per JoAnne’s wishes, there will be no memorial services.

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


Thomas Ward, 69

Thomas “Tom” James Ward, age 69, loving husband, father, grandfather, dear friend of many and joke teller to all that would listen, passed away Friday, January 3, 2020 in the comfort of his home surrounded by his family.

Visitation will be held from 3-7 p.m. on Friday, January 10, and 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, January 11, both at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Maple Lake. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday and a memorial service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, both at the funeral chapel. A reception to celebrate Tom’s life will be held at The V in Maple Lake from 12:30-2:00 p.m. on Saturday. Burial will take place at St. Timothy, East Maple Lake Cemetery.

Tom was born October 25, 1950, eight minutes after his twin brother, John, at St. Cloud Hospital to George and Margaret (Hannon) Ward. Tom was the fifth of six children, and he grew up in Maple Lake, where he graduated from high school with the Class of 1968. He attended St. Cloud State University until he was called to serve in the United States Army, where he honorably served his country while stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Tom married Sheralyn Keeney on February 21, 1976, and they made their home in Maple Lake Township. They were blessed with two children, Amanda “Mandy” and Jared, before Sheralyn’s death in 1992. Tom worked for Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association for 33 years as a lineman, before retiring in 2009. On July 20, 2002, Tom married Mary Catherine “Kate” McNulty, and together they enjoyed their nine grandchildren, gardening, bird watching and camping.

Tom was a former member of the Maple Lake American Legion Post #131. He served unofficially as one of the family historians, and was very much a fantastic storyteller, sharing everything from jokes to community stories. He loved to make people laugh, to lend a helping hand, to drink a cold beer and to share the abundance of produce grown in his garden. His many interests included camping, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, spending time at the cabin in Brainerd, listening to WCCO radio and spending time with friends and family. Tom will be remembered most for being a great friend. He was quick to lend a helping hand, share a smile, and always had a great joke or two to help lighten the load.

Tom is survived, and will be greatly missed, by: his wife, Kate; children, Mandy (Mike) Gustafson and Jared (Alison) Ward; stepsons, EJ (Nicole) McNulty and Brian (Katie) McNulty; grandchildren, Grace and Anna Gustafson, Brady and Reese Ward, Mike, Colin, Ryann, Norah and Delaney McNulty; siblings, Mary (Joe) Sentyrz, Bob (Lois) Ward, Jean (Mike) Fobbe, John (Sue) Ward and Becky (Chad) Mead; and many nieces, nephews, other family members, friends and former colleagues.

Tom was preceded in death by: his first wife, Sheralyn; and his parents, George and Margaret.

Tom’s four children will serve as urn bearers.

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

In honor of Tom and his great sense of humor, please share a joke, tell a story, and have a cold one with salt on the rim.

Obituary, Guestbook & Video Tribute online at


Justin Warnke, 34

Justin Edwin Warnke, 34, of Buffalo, passed away on December 29, 2019.

Justin was born on October 18, 1985 to Robin Koltermann and Wayne Warnke in Waconia.

Justin was preceded in death by: grandparents, Kermit “Bing” and Murielle Warnke and Edwin and Virginia Weege; aunt, Cheryl Morrissette; and uncle, Roger Weege.

He is survived by: his children, Tyler and Tatum Warnke; parents, Robin Koltermann and Wayne (Cathy) Warnke; stepmother, Christine (Pat) Cornelius; siblings, Brandon Warnke, Jennifer Ketelboeter, Troy (Cori) Warnke, Kristin Rosario, Samantha (Matt) Berven, and Stephanie (Ryan) Lindberg; stepbrothers, Casey (Amanda) Vorwald and Jacob (Courtney) Vorwald; 20+ nieces and nephews, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He had a passion for motor cross and racing dirt bikes.

A memorial service will be held Monday, January 13, 2020 at 1:00 p.m., with visitation beginning at 11:30 a.m., at Buffalo Community Assembly of God, 206 2nd Ave NE, Buffalo.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.


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