Obituaries 6/3/21

Carol Dixon, 85

Carol Ethel (Conzet) Dixon, age 85, of Annandale, passed away peacefully on May 26, 2021.

She was born on November 5, 1935 in Rockford, MN, the youngest of eight children, to George and Ethel (Snodgrass) Dixon. Carol graduated from Rockford High School with the class of 1953, and briefly worked as a legal secretary for a law firm in Minneapolis following graduation.

On June 23, 1956, she was joined in marriage to Dean “Buck” Dixon at the Buffalo Presbyterian Church in Buffalo, MN. Together, they worked and raised their children on the family farm in Rockford Township. After selling their dairy cows, Buck worked as an Old Dutch route man. Carol supported him by helping deliver and re-stock product. During this time, the family also owned and operated a sod business. Carol played a vital role in that business by doing the record keeping and the scheduling of orders and deliveries. In all, they spent 48 years on the farm in Buffalo until they moved to the Duxbury area for 11 years. They have been residing in Annandale, MN after moving back from Duxbury.

Carol was an exceptional cook, and was known for making the best potato salad and pies in town. She loved to provide delicious meals for her family and friends. People always expected one of her famous dishes to be at any holiday or social gathering, and she always made sure there was enough for second helpings.

Carol had a genuine, charitable, and compassionate heart; she easily made friends with just about anybody. She had a warm and welcoming personality that made people feel right at home. Carol was a natural provider and many considered her like a second mom. Her family was her priority and she made sure that all of their needs were always taken care of, along with keeping an immaculate home.

Together with Buck, she enjoyed getting together with friends and family to play cards. They especially liked playing 500, cribbage, and Euchre.

She is preceded in death by her parents, George and Ethel; and her siblings, Alice Harff, Glenn, Vernon, Russell, Floyd, and Jimmy Conzet, and Elaine Harff.

Carol is survived by her loving husband of almost 65 years, Dean “Buck”; children, Kent (Lesley), Kay (Dale) Keller, and Karla Dixon; grandchildren, Jerome, Meighan, and Adam; great-grandchildren, Teagan and Ari; and many other relatives and friends.

Memorial Service was held Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at 1:00 PM with visitation two hours prior beginning at 11:00 AM at the Buffalo Presbyterian Church in Buffalo, MN. Interment will take place following the service at Elmwood Cemetery in Rockford, MN.

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


Carol Horsch, 89

Carol Helen (Duske) Horsch, age 89, of Waverly, passed away May 26, 2021.

She was born on October 18, 1931, in Albion Township, Minnesota to Herbert and Helen (Mahlstedt). She was baptized at Bethlehem Lutheran in Maple Lake and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Montrose.

On August 28, 1951, Carol was joined in holy marriage to Orville A. Horsch at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Montrose. Orville and Carol would have celebrated 70 years of marriage this coming August. Together, they raised two children.

Carol was a hard worker and held various jobs. She helped staining homes and wood projects for the family business, cleaned homes in the Metro area, worked at the Wise Penny, and helped seasonally at the Flower Farm.

She was a faithful member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Montrose, and proudly taught Sunday school for 67 years. She was a member of the Women’s Circle at church and sang in the choir, and devoted many hours helping her church community.

Carol was caring, genuine, and loved to socialize at family gatherings and events. She was especially proud of her family and was even considered a second mom and grandma figure to many people she knew. She liked to tend her flower and vegetable gardens, sew and quilt, and take many trips up north for vacation with Orville.

Carol is preceded in death by her husband, Orville in February of 2021; parents, Herbert and Helen; brother, Stanley Duske; sisters, Ardis Mauk and Muriel Ramthun.

She is survived by her children, Deborah Ann Horsch and Paul Orville (Chersti) Horsch; grandchildren, Austin P. Horsch, Gavin C. Horsch, Hataleen Martinson, Ronisha Hawkins, and Bird Hawkins; siblings, Norman (Joel), Clifford (Wendy), Keith (Kathy); brother-in-law, Jim (Kathy) Ramthun; sister-in-law, Karen Duske; and many other relatives and friends.

Visitation was held Monday, May 31, 2021, from 4:00 – 8:00 PM with a prayer service beginning at 7:00 PM at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Montrose. Funeral service was held Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at 2:00 PM with visitation one hour prior all at the church. Interment will be held at a later date at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Montrose.

Casket bearers were Brad Duske, Joe Mauk, Curtis Duske, Doug Duske, Eric Duske, and Dale Bauman.

Funeral arrangement was entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo. Online condolences for the family may be directed to


Mary Johnson, 87

Mary Lou (Secora) Johnson, age 87, resided in Maple Plain, and formerly of Buffalo, passed away Thursday, May 27, 2021. She was born in Waverly, MN on October 1, 1933, the daughter of Joseph and Esther (Roban) Secora.

On July 6, 1957, Mary Lou Secora and John M. Johnson were joined in holy marriage at the Church of St. Mary in Waverly, MN. God blessed their marriage with three sons.

Mary Lou worked for over 20 years with the US Postal Service, retiring in 1996. She enjoyed traveling in her later years, going to country music shows, playing scrabble, feeding and watching the birds, and she especially loved her grandchildren and family.

She is preceded in death by her husband, John Johnson; parents, Joseph and Esther Secora; and brother, Bill Secora.

Mary Lou is survived by her sons, James (Christine) Johnson, Steven (Nancy) Johnson, Kevin Johnson; grandsons, Blake (Jessie Wu) Johnson, Matthew Johnson; great-grandson, Raynor Wu Johnson; brother, Don Secora; and many other family and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 11:00 AM, with visitation one hour prior, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo, MN. Burial at Fort Snelling National Cemetery at a later date.

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


Shirley Otten, 87

Shirley Ann Otten, age 87, of Buffalo, MN (formerly of Maple Lake, MN), passed away May 26, 2021, at Lake Ridge Care Center in Buffalo. Shirley was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to many.

She was born July 27, 1933, to Willard and Elsie (Varner) Rassat at home in Maple Lake. She was one of seven children.

Shirley attended the Welton Country School – District 28 through the 8th grade. She then attended Maple Lake High School and graduated in 1951. She went to work at Wonderalls in Buffalo for one year.

On August 27, 1952, Shirley Rassat and Richard Otten were united in marriage. To this union, four children were born: Walter, Bonnie, Vickie, and Randy. They divorced in 1979.

After the children were older, Shirley worked at Carlson Dolls in Maple Lake, making wigs for dolls. She worked there for four years. She then went on to work at the Maple Lake Café for thirteen years, where she made many friends that she had to this day!

Shirley loved to travel and saw so many things. She was so excited when she saw Las Vegas, especially since she loved the casinos. She loved seeing the Empire St. Building and Niagara Falls and so many other things. She traveled mainly with her son, Wally and daughter-in-law, Suzanne. She made it to nearly every state, and she has her spoon collection to prove it. Her first time out of Minnesota was on a weekend in South Dakota with her son, Randy, daughter-in-law, Marie, grandson, Joe, and son, Wally.

Shirley’s greatest times were spent having fun with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and of course her children!

She loved baking and cooking for family and friends. Her banana bread was special!

She is survived by her children, Wally (Sue) Otten, Bonnie (Mike) Anderson and Randy (Marie) Otten; grandchildren, Alex Anderson, Joe Otten (Ana Bautista, fiancée), Bill Otten (Annika Nelson, fiancée), Tom Otten, Peter Daniels (Laura Mathews, fiancée), Chris Carlson (Mel Bonk, fiancée), Tony (Vanessa) Carlson, Caty (Denny) Wurm; and great-grandchildren, Landon, Beckham, Reid, Melody, Kaylin, Allison, Josh, Alex, Jackson, and Luna.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Willard and Elsie Rassat; daughter, Vickie Otten; and brothers and sisters, Clarence (Muriel) Rassat, Walter Rassat, Harold (Bud) Rassat, Ralph Rassat, Phyllis (Jim) Gutzwiller, and Betty (Wayne) Harden.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at 11:00 AM, with visitation beginning at 9:30 AM, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo with Father Nathaniel Meyers as Celebrant. Burial at St. Timothy’s Cemetery in Maple Lake.

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


James Redepenning, 84

James “Jim” Redepenning, age 84, passed away peacefully on November 23, 2020 at home in Scottsdale, Arizona surrounded by family. He was born on August 13, 1936 to Otto and Lena (Goetsch) Redepenning in Revillo, SD.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, June 11, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Buffalo. Inurnment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Buffalo. A Time of Gathering will be held on Friday, June 11, 2021 one hour prior to services at the Church. The family of Jim Redepenning would like to invite you to a reception to celebrate his life to be held at 6530 Elmwood Drive, Greenfield, MN  55357.

Memorials may be designated to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 302 NE 2nd Street, Buffalo, MN 55313 or Shepherd of the Desert Lutheran Church, 9590 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85260.  

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


Margaret Wurm, 92

Margaret A. Wurm, age 92, of Annandale and formerly of Maple Lake, passed away on May 31, 2021.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, June 4th at 11:00 AM at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo. Visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to services. A full obituary will follow in next week’s paper.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo, MN.  On-line condolences can be made at



Celebrations of Life





A celebration of life for Karen Jean (Mau) Foede, will be held on June 12, 2021, 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Delano American Legion Post 377, 240 Babcock Blvd. W, Delano, MN 55328.





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