Obituaries

Fri
26
Aug

Gerald J. Meier

Gerald J. Meier, 68 of Sauk Centre, died peacefully on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, at Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Augusta.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, Aug. 25, from 4 - 8 p.m. at Patton-Schad Funeral Home and continues on Friday, Aug. 26 from 9 – 10 a.m. at the funeral home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Kay (Merten) Meier; daughter and son-in-law, Kristi and Cory Sabrowsky of Sartell; son, Jeremy and his girlfriend, Heidi of Duluth; grandchildren, Kenna, age 9, Keaton, age 6, and Cannon, age 3; sister, Kathy Salaymeh; and brothers, Gary Meier and Jeff Meier; other relatives and friends.
Jerry is preceded in death by his father and mother, Clarence and Lorraine (Sieben) Meier and his in-laws, Virgil and Marie Merten.

Fri
26
Aug

Viola M. Bromen

Viola M. Bromen, age 89 of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016, at Fairway Pines in Sauk Centre.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 22, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Greg Paffel officiating and Rev. Richard Gans, Rev. Thomas Myboya, and Rev. Andrew Marthaler concelebrating. Interment was in the parish cemetery.
Visitation was from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Monday at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre.

Fri
19
Aug

Frances C. Borgerding

Frances C. Borgerding, age 91 of Freeport, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016, at the CentraCare Health Nursing Home in Sauk Centre.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport with Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating. Interment was in the parish cemetery.
Visitation was from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church. The Goldenaires Senior Citizens and Christian Mothers will prayed at 9 a.m. Friday at the church.
Frances Catherine Kometscher was born Sept. 4, 1924, in Indianola, Neb. to Henry and Catherine (Kuppenbender) Kometscher. She was united in marriage to Alphonse Borgerding on Aug. 25, 1948, in Indianola. The couple came back to the family dairy farm west of Freeport and farmed until 1972. They moved into Freeport shortly after their retirement. For the past three years, Frances resided at the CentraCare Health Nursing Home in Sauk Centre.

Fri
19
Aug

Rev. Ronald W. Mahnke

Rev. Ronald W. Mahnke
Rev. Ronald William Mahnke, age 75, St. Cloud, died Monday, July 18, 2016, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home, Sauk Rapids.
Funeral services were Saturday, July 23, 2016, at 11 a.m. at Holy Cross
Lutheran Church, St. Cloud. Visitation was Friday, July 22, 2016, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home Chapel. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery, Sauk Centre. Funeral arrangements were made by Benson Funeral Home, St. Cloud.
Ronald was born Feb. 19, 1941, in Carroll, Iowa to William H. and
Luella (Anton) Mahnke. After graduating high school Ron attended St. Paul’s Jr. College at Concordia, Mo., Concordia Senior College at Ft. Wayne, Ind.and Concordia, Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Mo., where he received a Master of Divinity Degree in 1968.

Fri
19
Aug

Tom L. Schwieters

Tom L. Schwieters, age 67 of Melrose, died unexpectedly on Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, at his home, after a ten year battle with Parkinson’s disease.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Greenwald with Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating and Rev. Mitchell Bechtold and Rev. Daniel Ohmann concelebrating. Private family inurnment will take place at a later date.
Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose. Parish prayers were at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Fri
12
Aug

Roger F. Meyer

Roger F. Meyer of Pittsburgh, Pa., passed away peacefully on July 9, 2016, on Hilton Head Island, SC., at the age of 80.

Fri
12
Aug

Jonathan W. Schlaak

Jonathan W. Schlaak, age 44 of the Padua area, passed away Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, at the home of his parents from complications of diabetes, which he dealt with since age 7.
A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Grove Lake with Rev. Philip Beyersdorf officiating. Family inurnment service will be held at a later time.
Visitation was from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the church.
Jonathan Wayne Schlaak was born on Nov. 26, 1971, to Wayne and Nancy (Poock) Schlaak in Waseca. He attended elementary school at Peace Lutheran School, 9th grade at Bethlehem Academy, and then senior high all in Fairbault. He graduated from Fairbault Senior High School in 1990. Jon then went on to Alexandria Technical College to work on small engines and later on went to Ridgewater College in Willmar for welding.

Fri
12
Aug

Elizabeth A. ‘Bette’ Michels

Elizabeth A. “Bette” Michels (Schammel), age 79 of Belle Plaine, formerly of Shakopee and Sauk Centre, passed away Aug. 3, 2016, at Kingsway Retirement Community in Belle Plaine.
Bette was born in Rose Creek on Dec. 9, 1936. She married Robert (Bob) Michels on Dec. 27, 1955.
They raised six children living the majority of their married life in Shakopee, but enjoyed spending summers at their cabin in Sauk Centre.
Bette was a homemaker, a member of the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary in Shakopee and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary in Sauk Centre as well as a Girl Scout leader. She enjoyed her work at Michel’s Accounting and Tax alongside Bob and had many fond memories working at the A & W in Shakopee.

Fri
12
Aug

Marie E. Korf

Marie E. Korf, age 100 of Elrosa, was welcomed into heaven on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, at her home in Elrosa.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 8, at STS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Elrosa with Rev. Joseph Korf officiating and Rev. Peter Kirchner presiding. Interment took place in the parish cemetery following the service. Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, and one hour prior to the service Monday, all at the church. A rosary was prayed by the Christian Mothers at 6:45 p.m. on Sunday followed by parish prayers at 7 p.m.

Mon
01
Aug

Donna Backen

Donna Backen
Donna Backen, age 50 of Monticello, died Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at her home. A memorial service was held Saturday, July 23, 2016, at 3 p.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church; 9300 Jason Ave NE in Monticello. Visitation was from 2 p.m. until the time of service on Saturday at the church.
Donna was born on May 5, 1966, in Sauk Centre to Darwin and Deloris (Nemmers) Judes. She married Robert (Bob) Backen on June 17, 2000.
She is survived by her husband, Robert (Bob); mother, Deloris Judes; grandmother, Lillian Nemmers; brothers, Darron Judes of Montrose, and Delwin (Theresa) Judes of Sauk Centre; sisters, Doreen (Wade) Finch of West Richland, Wash., Diane Anderson of Buffalo, Debra (Dennis) Mostad of Eden Prairie and Denise (Brad) Harkman of Cokato; sister-in-law, Candi Peach of Brooklyn Park; brother-in-law, Bill (Shirley) Backen of Brooklyn Center; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

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