Obituaries 3/25/21

Helen Allen, 92

Helen Lucille Allen, of South Haven, passed away at the age of 92 on March 12, 2021 at home with her family by her side. Helen was born in Ortonville, on Feb. 23, 1929.

Helen was predeceased by parents, Roy and Myrtle Hoffbeck, of Big Stone City; sisters, Dorothy Philomene Hoffbeck, of Big Stone City and Patricia Ann Johnson, of Naples, FL.

She is survived by children, Mike (Beth) Allen, of Clear Lake, Kathi Allen, of Buffalo, Patrick (Sheila) Allen, of Monticello, and Mary Allen, of South Haven; brothers, Loren John (Helen) Hoffbeck, of Alpharetta, GA, Bill Hoffbeck, of Palatine, IL, and Bob Hoffbeck, of Minot, ND; sister, Barbara Hoffbeck Scoblic, of New York, NY; grandchildren, Elicia Allen, of Denver, CO; Zachary Allen and Parker Allen, of St. Cloud; and Michaela Rae Allen, of Monticello; many nieces and nephews; and innumerable friends.

A memorial service for friends will be held, as COVID restrictions permit. Time and location to be announced. To commemorate Helen’s passing, the Guardian Angels will conduct a “butterfly release” this summer, and a video will be made available. Condolence cards may be sent to Barbara Scoblic at P.O. Box 2035, New York, NY 10021. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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


Ed Anderson, 93

Morris Edward Anderson passed away peacefully in hospice at The Glenn on March 16, 2021 in Buffalo, Minnesota.

Ed was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 27, 1928 to Carl Hjalmar Anderson, a Swedish immigrant, and Cora Marie (Magnuson) Anderson. After high school, Ed moved with his family to Harbert, Michigan where they owned and operated the Swedish Coffee Pot restaurant. He attended Western Michigan College of Education, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in 1949.

From 1951 to 1954, he served in the US Navy as a Lieutenant, first on a hydrographic survey ship, and then as an instructor at the naval base in Newport, RI. There, he met Bonnie Jean Logan who was in the WAVE officer training program. Following his Navy service, Ed attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where he received his Master of Science degree in Physics in 1955. Ed and Bonnie were married in September 1955 and celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this past fall.

Ed started his career working for Philo Farnsworth in Fort Wayne, IN as an engineering physicist helping to develop the pre-cursor to radar. He taught high school for one year before taking a position at Mound Laboratory in Miamisburg, OH in 1958. Ed worked at Mound Lab as a neutron activation specialist where he contributed significantly to the development of the radioactive thermonuclear generator (RTG), a vital piece of equipment in NASA’s space program. He retired in 1987.

Ed was an enthusiastic international folk dancer with the Miami Valley Folk Dance group in Dayton, OH. Volunteering his time in retirement, he taught English as a Second Language to adult refugees and immigrants. He was an adept handyman who gladly lent a hand to friends and neighbors. In retirement, he also finally achieved his goal to study piano. In 2018, Ed and Bonnie moved to their summer home in Buffalo, becoming year-round residents. There, “Papa” delighted in attending as many music rehearsals as possible with his daughter, Erin.

Ed is survived by his wife, Bonnie and two daughters, Erin Walsh, of Buffalo, MN and Elin (Dan) Zaccaro, of Cary, NC. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Cora Walsh (Luke Hollenkamp), of Minneapolis; Eva Walsh (Jon Dorn), of Fairhaven, MA; Logan Walsh, of Madison, WI; and Warren and Kevin Zaccaro, of Cary, NC. He is also survived by his only brother, Stanley C. Anderson, of Oswego, IL and three great-grandchildren.

Ed received his wish to participate in the Anatomy Bequest Program at the University of Minnesota. A celebration of life will be held for family at a future time. The family asks that no flowers be sent. If desired, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.


Dorothy Chemberlin, 98

On March 11, 2021, at almost 99, Dorothy May Chemberlin peacefully passed away at Haven Homes, Maple Plain, MN.

She was preceded in death by husband of 68 years, Don, and sons, Bob and Denny.

Dorothy is survived by Janice (Butch) Gardner of Maple Plain, MN, four grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.

Dorothy was born on April 27, 1922 in Des Moines, IA to Frank and Ada Kettles. She had three brothers, Emory, Orin, and Ralph. They were much older than Dorothy and started their married lives when Dorothy was only two. Since these brothers didn’t have children for eleven years, she prided herself as having four fathers!

Dorothy was joined in marriage to Don Chemberlin on August 6, 1938. Both their sons were born in Des Moines; Bob first, then Denny, when Don was off fighting for our country.

After WWII, the family of four moved to Shenandoah, IA where Janice was born; family, now complete, here for another three years, then back to Des Moines for five years, and then to Minnesota. This is where they found their “niche” on the shores of Lake Minnetonka in Mound, MN, living there for 30 years. Upon retirement in 1984, they bought an RV and traveled extensively for four years. It was also the time they moved to Rockford, MN. Dorothy was a member of the United Presbyterian Church in Rockford, The Rockford Senior Citizen, and the Order of the Eastern Star in Mound.

A Celebration of Life will be held in the future.

Burial will be at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines, IA at a later date. There, she will join Don and Denny.


Betty Curran, 87

It is with great sadness that we announce Betty Jean (Palm) Curran, 87, of Buffalo passed away on Friday, March 12, 2021 surrounded by loved ones.

She was born to Petrus and Alice (Engman), April 13,1933 in Roseau, MN. Soon after Betty graduating from Roseau High School in 1952, she married Lyle Wiskow and moved to Baudette, MN. From this marriage, they had five children. Betty and Lyle were divorced in 1979. Betty went on to school to get her bachelor’s degree in Sociology at Bemidji State and became a social worker for Beltrami County.

Betty met Dale Curran in Bemidji, and they married in 1981. Later, she and Dale divorced, and Betty relocated to Buffalo in 1993 taking a position at P.A.T.H., working with children in foster care until she retired in 1998. After retirement, she worked part-time grading high school student’s final exam essays and hosting for open houses.

Betty was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church and enjoyed helping with the Lutefisk dinners, Hands for Harvest, and other activities. Betty was also a member of County Line Square Dancers in Monticello and enjoyed taking pictures to share in the club’s history books. She was an accomplished square dancer and was a welcomed helper for new square dancers learning to dance at lessons each year. She was the club’s friendship ambassador from 2000-2001 and enjoyed traveling with groups of dancers to other clubs. Betty also had a love for “Old Time” dancing. She loved to work in her flower gardens and also enjoyed sewing and quilt making. Her deteriorating health in the past few years made it difficult for her to continue some of these pastimes.

Betty’s family meant the world to her and although they were spread out in different directions, she always enjoyed being with them whenever she could. Betty always had a warm welcoming smile for everyone! She was a blessing to all those people whose lives she had touched. She will be deeply missed by her family.

Betty is survived by brothers, Floyd Palm, of Mt. Vernon, WA, and Vernon Palm, of St Louis Park, MN; sons, Bryan Wiskow, of Denver, CO, Allan Wiskow, of Buffalo, MN; grandchildren, Adam, Andy, Ryan, Nicholas, Jessica, and R.J.; and five great-grandchildren.

Betty is preceded in death by her parents, Petrus and Alice; her sister, Millie; her sons, Rory and Ronnie; her daughter, Joni; and her granddaughter, Amanda.

Betty requested a memorial service. She always said she wanted to celebrate the happiest times of her life with lots of music, dancing, hugs and love.

Place and time for the memorial will be posted at a later date.


Walter Judd, 82

Walter Richard Judd, 82, of Buffalo, MN passed away March 4, 2021 at Doctor’s Hospital, Edinburg, Texas.

Visitation will be on May 15, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. at the Church of St. Mary of Czestochowa, Delano, MN, followed by funeral service at 11:00 a.m.

Full obituary to follow.


Shirley Marquette, 78

Shirley Susan (Czech) Marquette, 78, of Buffalo, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Saturday, March 20, 2021.

Shirley was born on February 5, 1943 in Watertown, the daughter of Valentine and Anne (Bronder) Czech. Shirley was baptized and confirmed at St. Mary’s of Czestochowa in Watertown, Minn. She graduated from Delano High School in 1961. She nannied in the cities on weekends starting at age 14, which she greatly enjoyed.

On June 24, 1961, Gordon Marquette and Shirley Czech were united in marriage at St. Mary’s of Czestochowa in Delano, Minn. She spent her early years as a homemaker and helping on the farm. She worked at Deer Lake orchard for a period of time, then cleaned houses for 25+ years.

Shirley found great enjoyment in gardening, cooking and canning. If you stopped to visit, she always had something to feed you. She was a great sewer, sewing clothes for her children when they were young, then quilting later, joining the SAM quilters at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in Maple Lake. She made quilts for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved visiting and playing cards; the longer the game, the longer the visit.

Shirley loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, attending as many sporting events, concerts, programs as possible.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon Marquette; parents, Valentine and Anne Czech; parents-in-law, Claude and Esther Marquette; siblings-in-law, Marlin Tonsberg, and Paul Christiansen, Shirley and Frank Fouquette, Lauren Marquette and Al LePage.

She is survived by her children, David Marquette, Dianne (Dan) Mosley, Valerie (Rick) Botzet, Timothy (Jana) Marquette, Kevin (Peggy) Marquette, Lawrence Marquette (special friend, Jon Fritz); grandchildren, Jessica ( Mike) Weiers, Justin (Britt) Mosley, Anna (Marshal) Kniffen, Ellie Botzet, Claudia Botzet, Gerald Marquette, Olivia Marquette, Alexander Marquette, Zachary Marquette, Samuel Marquette; great-grandchildren, Milly Weiers, Kennett Mosley and James Mosley; siblings, Delores Tonsberg, Barbara (Don) Berens, Sandra (Bruce) Ostenson, Linda Czech, Rita Christiansen; siblings-in-law, Ginny Marquette, Berneal (Jerome) Decker, Marcella LePage, Mary (Robert T.) Wurm, Roger (Mary) Marquette, Jody (Ron) Rassat; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, other family, and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, March 27, at 11:00 a.m., with visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m., at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo with Father Nathaniel Meyers as Celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in Buffalo.

Serving the family is the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.


Harold McDonough, 67

Harold J. “Harry” McDonough, age 67, of Waverly, MN passed away Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at his home surrounded by family. He was born on March 14, 1954 in Minneapolis to Eugene and Mary (Davidson) McDonough.

Harry graduated from Holy Trinity Catholic School in Winsted. He was long-time employed as a truck driver delivering ice cream. Harry was a member of the Waverly Lions Club. He enjoyed spending time with his family. He also enjoyed four-wheeling, golfing, and playing softball.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Mary McDonough; and nephews, Daniel McAlpine and Troy Rieland.

He is survived by his siblings, Rita (John) McAlpine, Helen (Dan) Rieland, John (friend Barb) McDonough, Michael (Susan) McDonough, Thomas McDonough, and Dale (Mary) McDonough; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 A.M. on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at Church of St. Mary in Waverly. Gathering of family and friends was Monday, from 4-8 P.M. with a 7:30 P.M. Prayer Service at the Iten Funeral Home in Delano. Inurnment was in the church cemetery.

Memorials will be given to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.


Liela Waibel, 45

Liela (Hoiland) Waibel (Wetch) passed away on Monday, March 15, 2021 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital with Paul by her side.

Liela Jean Hoiland was born on May 28, 1975 in Montevideo, MN to Alfred and Sandy Hoiland. She was later joined by sister, Martha, and brother, Roy.

Liela was raised in Sandstone, MN and graduated from East Central High School in Sandstone in 1993. Later that year, she moved to Buffalo, MN with Aaron Waibel. They were united in marriage on March 27, 2004. Years later, they went their separate ways but remained close friends.

She met Paul Wetch 13 years ago and has been the love of his life ever since. She has been a step-mom to his three children, Tanner, Noah, and Makenna.

Her favorite hobbies were scrapbooking, hunting, fishing, watching dirt track racing, and projects with Paul. She loved her dogs, Emma (who met her at Heaven’s door), Ellie, and Ben.

Liela worked at The Glenn Buffalo Memory Care and Assisted living for many years. She was loved and admired by staff and residents and their families. After Liela became ill, a resident frequently asked “where’s Liela?” Throughout her life, she has always put the needs of others ahead of her own and helped anyone she could, especially the elderly.

Liela will be lovingly remembered by her parents, Alfred and Sandy Hoiland; sister, Martha; brother, Roy (Anna); nephews, Kevin and Alex; niece, Kali; great-nephew, Levi; fiancé, Paul and his children Tanner, Noah, and Makenna. Many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She is preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Edwin and Beatrice Bakken, paternal grandparents Carles and Marjorie Hoiland, uncle and aunt Jack and Cindy Peura, and cousin Jeremy Hoiland. And furbaby Emma.

Services were held on Saturday, March 20, 2021. Visitation at 1 p.m. with service at 2 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Bruno, MN with Pastor Nate Anderson officiating. Burial will be at Vilstad Cemetery in Bruno, MN.

Arrangements by Methven Funeral and Cremation Services of Sandstone, MN.


Richard Weller Jr., 93

Weller, Richard S. Jr., age 93, of Howard Lake, passed away March 16, 2021 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN.

He was born January 28, 1928 in Hopkins, MN to Richard and Luella (Townsend) Weller. Richard attended Rockford Schoolhouse until the 8th grade and, later in life, obtained his GED. He held various jobs in maintenance, farming, and as a machinist. Richard enjoyed driving tractors, mowing the lawn with the lawn tractor, reading, astronomy, and watching storms.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Gertrude; son, Bruce; stepdaughter, Dawn; sisters, Rosie and Hazel; and brother, Willard.

He is survived by his sons, David and Brian; daughters, Kathy, Debbie, and Marla; stepsons, Frank Bulock and William Roth; and sister, Varona Seth.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at Albion Evangelical Free Church, with visitation one hour prior to services at church.

Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cokato & Howard Lake, Minnesota,, 320-543-3401.




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