Obituaries 3/11/21

Audrey Carlson, 92

Audrey nee Borscheid (Davis) Carlson, of Monticello, passed away, on Wednesday March 3, at the age of 92.

She was born July 19, 1928, the third child of William and Emma (Schmedeke) Borscheid, of rural Buffalo, MN. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Buffalo. Her scripture passage was Gen 15:1, Fear not; I am thy Shield and thy exceeding great reward.

In 1948, she was married to Freeman Davis, Jr., of Monticello, where they lived and farmed until Freeman’s death in 1965. She then was employed at Kjellberg’s Home and Parks for nine years, and with Sunny Fresh Foods for 18 years, retiring in 1993.

In 1994, she married Allen Carlson, whom she leaves to mourn her passing, along with her four children, Larry (Pam) Davis, of Cokato, Lucy (Rod) Bechtold and Lonnie Davis, both of Hanover, and Lorraine (Doug) Roush, of Buffalo; 15 grandchildren, Larry, Karl, Daniel, David, Daryl, Cindy, Katie, Jessica, Devon, Dawn, Duane, Dustin, Deanne, Dennis, Denise; and 33 great-grandchildren. Also, cousins, nieces and nephews. She is further survived by Allen’s children, Paul (Kathy) Carlson, of Truman, Keith (Melanie) Carlson and Connie Carlson, both of Monticello, nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and Allen’s sister, Betty Christianson.

In addition to her first husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, sister and brother-in-law, Doris (Arthur) Gutknecht; brother and sister-in-law, Donald (Ruth) Borsheid; brother, Marlin Borscheid; and daughter-in-law, Julie Davis.

Funeral service was held Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12:30 p.m., visitation was one and one-half hours prior to service, all were at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 413 3rd St. E. Monticello, MN. Interment Riverside Cemetery, Monticello, MN.

Arrangements with Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, 763-295-2918,


James Chouinard, 81

James “Jim” Alfred Chouinard, age 81, of Rogers, and formerly of St. Michael, passed away Sunday, March 7, 2021. Owner and operator of Chouinard Office Products for many years.

Visitation will be held Thursday, March 11, 2021 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Dayton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, March 12, 2021 at 11:00 AM, with visitation one hour prior, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Dayton with Father Timothy John Yanta as Celebrant.

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


William Holland, 59

William (Bill) Russell Holland, age 59, of Monticello, passed away on February 28, 2021 after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer. Bill was born on April 14, 1961 to Norma and Russell Holland in Anoka, MN.

After graduating from St. Michael High School, in 1979, he went on to study engineering at The University of Minnesota. His career was in electrical engineering, most recently working for Cummins in Fridley, for the past 14 years. In 2006, he met Linda Weddel (Eull), and they wed in July 2008. Together they have five children, Andrea Glessman (Josh), Mitchell Holland (Denise), Hailey Olson (Christopher), Brittany Kolles (Ryan), Shawn Weddel (Anastasia); as well as nine grandchildren who he absolutely adored.

His family meant more to him than anything else in the world. Bill was gentle and quiet with the most tender heart. He was the man who would anticipate and tend to the needs of others before himself, his selflessness brought him extreme joy.

Bill was also passionate about anything outdoors, especially hunting, four-wheeling and bonfires and could often be found tinkering in the garage or helping others. Anyone who knew Bill knew that he was the most loving father, husband and grandfather a family could ask for.

Bill was preceded in death by his father, Russell Holland.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Holland; his children and grandchildren; mother, Norma Holland; siblings, Wayne Holland (Dori), Wes Holland (Jeanne), Deb Raab (Tim), Dawn Schmidt (Dave); as well as many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

The family requests that all flowers and cards be sent to The Peterson Chapel in St. Michael, 300 Main St N.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, March 13, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., with a service starting at 12:00 p.m., at The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home.

Services will be livestreamed at:

Arrangements with The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Alberville,, 763-497-5362.


June Holmstrom, 91

June Barbara (Nelson) Holmstrom, age 91, of Buffalo, passed away March 5, 2021.

She was born on June 3, 1929 in Watertown, MN to Sam and Amanda (Borgeson) Nelson.

On July 5, 1952, June B. Nelson and James F. Holmstrom were joined in marriage in Watertown, MN. God blessed their marriage with five children.

June and Jim moved from Crystal, MN to Buffalo in 1965. They began raising their family on a farm on Washington Lake. After 50 years of enjoying the farm, the lake, and numerous gatherings with family and friends, they moved into Park Terrace Assisted Living and Park View Care Center in Buffalo. This is where they continued to make more friends and memories. After Jim’s passing, June was well loved and cared for by the staff at Park Terrace, and she loved and appreciated all of them.

June was a member of Buffalo Covenant Church, helping out where needed. Her Christian faith taught her to love others. She was a blessing to all those whose lives she touched, and they were a blessing to her. June’s favorite pastime was to color pictures to hand out to everyone she knew.

June is survived by her children, Barb (Ed) VanVleet, Rick, Nancy (Brian) Varner, and Kim (Scott) Heinecke; nine grandchildren, Jeremy (Onna) Carlson, Mike (Miranda) VanVleet, Missy Conavatti, Steven (Allie) VanVleet, Josh Varner, Nicki Varner, Dareck Heinecke, Sara Heinecke, Meranda Heinecke; eight great-grandchildren, Austin, Carter, Emily, Liam, Ryker, Gannon, Nora, and Ezekiel.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim; son, Steven Holmstrom; her parents; two brothers; and one sister.

There will be a private family gathering. Online condolences for the family may be directed to


Eric Lloyd, 76

Eric Francis Lloyd, age 76, of Rockford, Minnesota (formerly of Staples/St. Paul), passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 7, 2021.  He was born on October 17, 1944 to Eric and Mary (Grace) Lloyd in Denver, Colorado.

Eric graduated from St. Thomas Military Academy and then from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation. His career included working for the city and school in Staples as Park and Recreation Director/Community Education Director and then working for Rockford Schools as Community Education Director. He retired from Rockford High School in 2000. 

Eric was previously a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Loretto, Minnesota, and most recently a member of The Church of St. Maximilian Kolbe in Delano, Minnesota. He was actively involved in his communities and his parishes. He attained the Fourth Degree as a member of the Loretto Knights of Columbus where he served as Financial Secretary, Grand Knight, and several other positions, including the appointment of District Deputy. He was also a member of the Rockford Lions and a recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellowship Honor.

Eric is survived by his wife of 51 years, Stephanie “Stevie” (Kerwin), of Rockford, Minnesota; children, Sarah (Dave) Byasee, Jennifer Lloyd, Matthew (Kelly) Lloyd, Peter (Sarah) Lloyd; grandchildren, Ashley Maue, Derek (Valerie) Byasee (parents of great-grandchildren, Lucianne, Madelyn, Lilah, Delaney, and Grayson), Morgan (Nathan) Swoverland (parents of great-granddaughter, Ellie), Madison Lloyd, Evelyn Lloyd, Olivia Lloyd, Isabelle Lloyd, Autumn Lloyd; siblings, Tom (Mary Kay) Lloyd, Rita Lloyd, and Mary Louise “Wezi” Grecco.

Eric was preceded in death by his parents, Eric and Mary Lloyd; sister, Patricia Houser; brother-in-law, Michael Houser; and parents-in-law, Paul and Elizabeth Kerwin.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, March 12, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at The Church of St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Peter’s Campus in Delano. Visitation will be Thursday, March 11, 2021 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Iten Funeral Home in Delano. A Rosary Service will be on Friday, March 12, 2021 at 12:10 p.m. at the Iten Funeral Home. Interment will be Friday, March 12, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. at Calvary Cemetery, St. Paul, Minnesota. (No procession.)

Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano, Minnesota.


Joseph Logas, 83

Joseph “Jerry” Logas peacefully passed away at his home in San Francisco, CA on February 6, 2021 from the effects of fighting cancer for 15 years.

He was born October 18, 1937 to Joe and Gladys Logas in Perham, MN. The family settled in Buffalo, MN around 1948. He was given a clarinet as a small boy and immediately taught himself the song ‘Springtime in the Rockies.’ At age 12, he started playing his first gigs – polka bands, dance bands, rock bands, etc.

Jerry told many stories of antics with his classmates at Buffalo High School. He followed his brother, Roger, to Los Angeles where he tried his hand at acting. Jerry was an extra in ‘The FBI Story,’ and was in ‘The World of Suzie Wong’ (Broadway) as a sailor in 1958. But music was always his muse. He attended McPhail College of Music in Minneapolis, studying with saxophone master, Ruben Haugen.

Jerry moved all around the country, including a period in New York soaking up some of the legendary sounds of Coltrane, Mulligan, Getz and Monk while working at the Village Gate as a waiter and maitre d’. He played with Jerry Novak’s band when they opened three nights for The Doors in New York, and later for Blood, Sweat, and Tears.

He settled in the San Francisco Bay area in the late 60’s and earned a teaching credential at SF State College. He taught music to all ages in the public schools for the next 25 years, all the while playing at many different venues, such as Pier 23, The Bayview Boat Club, Club Deluxe, Bird and Beckett Books, 7 Mile House, and others. His own bands included the Pacific Jazz Connection, Oop Bop Shabam, and The Reunion Band. He loved playing his Couf Superba baritone sax, in addition to tenor, soprano, alto, clarinet and flute.

He is survived by his first wife, Irma, New York, and his second wife, Susan, San Francisco, CA; his brother, Peter Dean (Ruth) Logas, Rockford, MN; daughters, Piper Logas, San Francisco; Heather (Terry Halter) Logas, Boulder Creek, CA; and Kelsey Logas, Daly City, CA; sister-in-laws, Karen (Bruce) Bolla, San Francisco, and Beverly Logas Koopman, Buffalo, MN; nieces, Charae Ann Logas, Buffalo, MN; Shanana Moretz, Linnea and Elizabeth Logas; cousins, JoAnn (Jim) Reese, Albany, MO; Carolyn (Korekiyo) Terada, Japan; Mark (Renee) Korte, Ione, CA; Emi (Israel) Calva-Terada, Foster City, CA; and grandchildren, Julian and Noelle Duong, and Celia and Dale Halter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Gladys Logas, of Buffalo, MN; brother, Roger Logas, of Buffalo; and nephew, Peter Harold Logas, of Elk River, MN.

Jerry practiced Buddhism in the Soka Gakkai International organization (SGI-USA) for 53 years. There will be a small private family celebration after scattering the ashes, and an online memorial for friends and family in the near future.

Jerry was a truly honorable man. He was a kind, loving, and wonderful friend to many. He was a great husband, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin, and musician. His infectious joy of music inspired many. Jerry was widely known as “a sweetheart, a really nice guy.”


David Schmalz, 77

David Rudolph Schmalz, age 77, of Buffalo, passed away Friday, March 5, 2021. He was born August 30, 1943 in Minneapolis.

On July 7, 1971, David Schmalz and Betty Glunz were united in marriage.

Dave was a talented carpenter. He enjoyed stock car racing for many years and riding his motorcycle.

He was preceded in death by his father, Aaron Schmalz; mother, Rhoda Haas; step-father, Gerald Haas; and brother, Art Schmalz.

Dave is survived by his loving wife, Betty Schmalz; daughter, Laurie (Tony) Blauert; granddaughters, Jessi and Jackie Blauert; great-granddaughter, Mackinley Blauert; sister-in-law, Tammie (Bruce) Anderson; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Memorial service will be held Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 11:00 a.m., with visitation beginning at 9:00 a.m., at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Buffalo with Pastor Ryan Clark officiating.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, 763-682-1363,


Carlene Swanson-Boyle, 70

Carlene Shirley Swanson-Boyle, age 70, of Buffalo, passed away March 2, 2021.

She was born on January 30, 1951 in Mankato, Minnesota, to Carl and Shirley (Van Dyke) Broden. She graduated from Mankato High School with the Class of 1969.

Carlene lived in Hawaii for a brief time, enjoying the sunshine and beaches. She eventually moved back to Minnesota, where she was joined in marriage to Michael Swanson, and then later was remarried to Robert Boyle. In her final years, she spent a lot of time traveling back and forth between Hawaii and Minnesota.

She was a free spirit and liked spending time in nature. She traveled to many state and national parks and enjoyed all the outdoors had to offer. Carlene would hike, camp, and fish with her family and friends.

Carlene was known for her high-energy personality and outgoing nature. She easily made connections and could talk to just about anyone. She cherished her long-term friendships and cared for her friends as if they were her own family. Her generous heart and loving personality made her “everybody’s Mother.”

Carlene owned and operated Carlene’s Custom Creations in Rockford and Buffalo. She had a creative and artistic mind, and could make just about any craft her customers wanted. People also looked to her to mend and sew clothing items because she was such a talented seamstress. She also owned and operated Heel and Toe Dance Studio in Rockford, teaching youth of all ages how to dance. She was an energetic, fun, and dedicated teacher, which allowed her to run her studio for over 20 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Shirley; and brother-in-law, Jim Ostermeier.

Carlene is survived by her children, Daniel Swanson, Darren (Janine) Swanson, David Boyle, and Dawn (Brian Gustafson) Boyle; grandson, Ian Swanson; siblings, Kenya Ostermeier, Caryl (Karl) Darge, and Carl (Barb) Broden; and many other relatives and friends.

A Celebration of Life visitation will be held Friday, March 19, 2021 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred and can be directed to a charity of the donor’s choice in Carlene’s name.

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


Aimee Vey, 48

Aimee Jo Grossinger Vey, 48 of Otsego passed away February 26, 2021 from complications of Septic Shock.

Aimee was born on February 17, 1973. She grew up near Buffalo, MN and attended Buffalo Area Schools graduating in 1991.

Aimee loved her boys and cats, hockey, music and reading. She also enjoyed spending time with her sister, family and friends.

Even though she lost her sight at age 26 and was disabled by rheumatoid arthritis she kept her positive attitude and strong spirit always fighting to recover. She battled septic shock in 2016 and continued to complete her college education graduating 2020 from Southern New Hampshire University with a BA in creative writing and English. Aimee has written several books and was looking forward to getting them published. Aimee was amazing! Son Bailey was her seeing eye kid and she was Braydyn’s biggest hockey fan.

She is survived by sons, Bailey and Braydyn; husband Todd Vey; parents Randy and Patrice Grossinger; Sister, Kelley (Nate) Sandvik; nephews, Jack, Sam and Charles Sandvik; and many relatives and friends.

Aimee was preceded in death by grandparents, Ray and Gladys Grossinger, Fritz and Gloria Jacobs; and Aunt Darlene Munkberg; in-laws, Richard and Sandy Vey and Ray and Lorraine Emerson.

A celebration of Aimee’s life will be held in the near future.



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