Cecelia Cichon, age 93, a resident of Swanville, MN, died September 17, 1997 at St. Otto’s Care Center in Little Falls, MN.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held September 20 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Swanville with the Rev. Thomas Meyer officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Cecelia Cichon was born September 11, 1904 in Swan River Township, Morrison County, MN to the late Mathias and Rosalia (Kubiak) Jelinski. She grew up in rural Flensburg, MN. She was united to marriage to Steve J. Cichon on November 20, 1928 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Sobieski, MN. After their marriage the couple farmed in Swanville Township, Morrison County, MN until 1944 at which time they moved to Culdrum Township, Morrison County, MN and farmed. Cecelia was a devoted homemaker. After their retirement the couple continued to live on the farm in Culdrum Township. Steve entered St. Otto’s Care Center in 1992 and passed away on September 30, 1996. Cecelia continued living on the farm until 1995 when she became a resident of St. Otto’s Care Center where she resided until her death. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Swanville and the Christian Mothers for a number of years.
Survivors include sons, Jerome M. Cichon of Swanville, and Philip M. Cichon and wife Marilyn of Swanville; daughter, Marcella M. Woitalla of Pierz, MN; sister, Margaret Crofts of Little Falls; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Steve Cichon; son, Bernard Cichon; brothers, John, Joe, Richard, Charlie, and infant twins, Michael and Jonny; sisters, Victoria, Mary, Kate, Hattie; son-in-law, Alfred Woitalla in 1992 and daughter-in-law Mary Ann Cichon in August of 1996.
Casketbearers were Bernice Marshall, Kathy Burgardt, James, David and Roger Cichon, and James Woitalla.
Evelyn M. Japp
Evelyn M. Japp, age 69, a resident of Brainerd, MN died September 17, 1997 at St. Cloud Hospital, MN. Funeral services were September 20, at St. Mathias Catholic Church with Father Henry Miller officiating. Burial was September 22 at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley.
Mrs. Japp was born in Frazee, MN on September 27, 1927 to Arthur and Mary (Manning) Baker. She married Robert Japp in Frazee on May 15, 1948. She had worked as a Home Health Aide for Crow Wing County. She was a member of St. Mathias Catholic Church, the Christian Mothers, VFW Auxiliary, Round Robin Garden Club, and active in the Sixth District Horticulture Society.
Survivors include her husband Robert; two sons, Larry Japp and James Japp, both of Brainerd, MN; one daughter, Elaine Johnson of Brainerd; seven grandchildren; mother, Mary Baker of Frazee, MN; one sister, Florence Briese of Forman, ND; three brothers, John Baker of Calloway, MN, George Baker of Fargo, ND; and Gordon Baker of Frazee, MN. She was preceded in death by her father and seven brothers and sisters.
Dorothy L. Pancratz
Dorothy L. Pancratz, age 87, a resident of Little Falls, MN died September 21, 1997, at St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls.
Funeral services were held September 26 at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls, with the Rev. Melvin Lundeen officiating. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery in Little Falls.
Dorothy L. Pancratz was born on January 1, 1910, in Little Falls Township, Morrison County, MN to the late George and Selma (Swanson) Ragan. She graduated from Little Falls High School in 1928. She worked for Gordon Fergeson Company in St. Paul, MN, at Lampert Lumber in Little Falls, for Doctors Olson and Weber in Little Falls for one and half years as a receptionist and for Jim Madden at the Pine Edge in Little Falls as a clerk for one year. She retired in 1956 when she married Lambert Pancratz and became a homemaker.
Survivors include a stepson, Tom Pancratz of Casper, WY; stepdaughter, Barbara Merner of Mesa, AZ; stepson-in-law, Chester Sears of Cushing, MN and cousins, Verone Riddle and Ed Swanson both of Little Falls, Louise Renquist of Minneapolis, MN, Beverly Clark of Richfield, MN, Dick Swanson of Anoka, MN, Clifford Swanson of Des Moines, IA, Jim Swanson of Omaha, NE and Shirley Keeler of California.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lambert Pancratz in 1969; parents; stepdaughter Gertrude ‘Trudy’ Pancratz-Sears; stepson, George Pancratz; brother, Dale Ragan and sisters, Charlotte Jackson, Genevieve Ress, and Norma Ragan.
Honorary pallbearers were longtime friends, Betty Hovet and Dorothy and Walter Rogosheske. Casketbearers were Alan Sandvol, Tom Sears, Gerald Erickson, Ken Severson, Mark ‘Maurie’ Miller and John Weber.
Simon “Sam” J. Zajac, age 80, a resident of Hillman, MN died September 18, 1997, at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held September 22 at St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Hillman with the Rev. Nathan Packard officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Simon “Sam” Joseph Zajac was born April 4, 1917, in Minneapolis, to the late Frank and Victoria (Felius) Zajac. At age four his family moved to the Hillman area where they farmed. As a young man he left home for a time and worked for Northrup King. He returned to the family farm near Hillman and farmed. He was united in marriage to Bridge O’Konek at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Brennyville in 1948. He served as Lakin Township fire warden for over 40 years, and was a former member of the Lakin Township Board, Ramey Creamery Board, trustee of St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Hillman, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Survivors include his sons and daughter, Donald of New Richmond, WI, Kenny, Marc, Richard and wife Debra, David, Dennis and wife Barb, all of Hillman and Janet Zajac of Crystal, MN; brothers, Joseph Zajac of Onamia, MN, Victor Zajac and wife Frances of Mantador, ND, Andrew Zajac and wife Anna Mae of Hastings, MN; sisters, Mary Beumer and husband Ed of Hillman and Louise Koerim and husband Bill of Las Vegas, NV and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife on December 2, 1962, parents and brothers, John and George Zajac.
Casketbearers were Gary, Tom and Tim Zajac, Jimmy Beumer, John O’Konek and Gary Gotvald.
Harold J. “Tommy” Thompson, age 87, a resident of Rice, MN, died September 18 at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center.
Funeral services were September 22 at the Dingmann Family Funeral Chapel with Rev. Peter Lundholm officiating. Burial was in Wattson Township Cemetery in Leonard, ND.
Harold was born August 27, 1910, in Leonard, ND to Torge and Inger (Mostul) Thompson. He married Sarah Elizabeth Brown on January 25, 1947, in Wichita, KS. He lived in Rice for the past 15 years, and prior to that he lived in Crystal, MN and Kansas City, MO. He was a chemist for Midland Cooperatives, Minnea-polis, which is now Land O’ Lakes, until retiring in 1975. He was an Army veteran of WWII.
Survivors include his children, Philip and Sue Thompson of St. Cloud, MN; and Linda and Paul Jacobson of Mankato, MN; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Sarah on May 31, 1988; son, Michael Thompson; sisters, Olive Shippey, Alto Thompson, Florence Thompson, and Alice Hobbis; brothers, Theodore Thompson, David Thompson and Philip Thompson. Casketbearers were friends.
Robert L. O’Hotto, age 60, of Waskish, MN died August 31, 1997, at North Country Regional Hospital in Bemidji, MN.
A memorial service was held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Waskish with the Rev. John Filius officiating. Military honors were provided by VFW Post 7052, Kelliher, MN.
He was born December 3, 1936, at home in Pulaski Town-ship in Morrison County to Albert and Margaret (Hoppe) O’Hotto. He was the youngest of nine children and was raised there. At 19 years of age, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served four years of active duty and eight years in the U.S. Navy Reserves. He was honorably discharged with the rank of BT2 in March of 1969. He then made his home in the Twin Cities area and was self-employed as a bricklayer and stone mason most of his life. He moved to Waskish in 1992 and had lived there since. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 7052 in Kelliher and enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening.
Survivors include Lil O’Hotto of Waskish; three daughters, Jacqueline Burchard of Boston, MA., Julanne Stevenson of Apple Valley, MN and Jill Pieri of Minneapolis, MN; a son, Daniel O’Hotto of Minneapolis; three granddaughters; four sisters, Evelyn Butterworth and Janet Bondetti, both of Salinas, CA, Madelyn Mulheran of Eden Prairie, MN and Bernie Carlson of Bowlus, MN and two brothers, Harold O’Hotto of Minneapolis and Eugene O’Hotto of Crosslake, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Reinhart and Don.
Edward G. “Eddie” Hoffman, age 81, a resident of Pierz, MN, died September 22, 1997, at St. Mary’s Villa in Pierz.
Funeral services were held September 24 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Pierz with Rev. Kenneth Brenny officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Edward G. “Eddie” Hoffman was born January 22, 1916, in Buh Township, Morrison County, MN, to the late Charles and Margaret (Held) Hoffman. He attended District #129 School in Buh Township. Upon completing his schooling, Ed began farming. He was united in marriage to Emma M. Stuckmayer on November 10, 1943, in St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church in Lastrup, MN. The couple farmed in Buh Township. Eddie also worked as a carpenter, butcher and painter. He retired in 1978 but continued to live on the farm until moving into Pierz in 1983. Eddie became a resident of St. Mary’s Villa in Pierz in 1993. He enjoyed playing cards, dice, bingo and fishing. Eddie was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Pierz and was the Buh Township supervisor for many years.
Survivors include his wife Emma; sons, Virgil Hoffman and wife Doris of Ramsey, MN, Dennis Hoffman and wife Janice of Pierz; brothers, William ‘Bill’ Hoffman of Pierz, Victor Hoffman and wife Delores of Pierz; grandchildren, Brenda and Dale Hoffman; great-grandchildren, Brandon and Kyle Hoffman.
Eddie was preceded in death by an infant son, Matthew Hoffman; granddaughter, Karen Hoffman; brother, Raymond Hoffman; sisters, Margaret Dehler and Bertha Hoffman.
Pallbearers were Lloyd, Gerald and Robert Hoffman, Brian and Allen Stuckmayer and David Saehr.
Lily Mary Harth
Lily Mary Harth, age 90, a resident of Medford, OR, died September 21, 1997 at her home.
The funeral service was held September 25 at Memory Gardens Chapel. Burial was at the Memory Gardens Memorial park in Medford.
Lily was born May 7, 1907, in Little Falls, MN. She married Elroy Harth on January 5, 1942 in Reno, NV. Mrs. Harth was born and raised in Little Falls. After moving to the Rogue Valley in California, she raised cattle in the Valley View area (Ashland) for 45 years. She enjoyed gardening.
Survivors include two sons, Gary E. Harth, Medford and Gene B. Harth, Medford; one grandchild and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Hector and Marion LeDoux and her husband Elroy in 1962.
Edwin S. Winskowski, age 90, a resident of Little Falls, MN, died September 18, 1997 at St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls.
Mass of Christian Burial was held September 22, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Little Falls with Father Leroy Kremer and Father Harold J. Kost officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Edwin was born January 7, 1907 in Holdingford, MN to the late Stanley and Blanche (Kollodge) Winskowski. He grew up in Holdingford, MN and was united in marriage with Josephine Wentland on September 24, 1929 in Holdingford. Following their marriage, they lived in Elmdale, Swanville, Upsala and Little Falls. Edwin was employed at the Hennepin Paper Mill for 43 years. He retired from the mill in 1972. Edwin was an avid outdoors man and loved to fish and hunt.
Survivors include his wife, Josephine of Little Falls; sons, Edwin Winskowski, Jr. of Starbuck, MN, George Winskowski and wife Marlys of Little Falls, Eugene Marsolek and wife Joanne of Duluth, MN; daughters, Loretta Marotte and husband Melvin of Little Falls, Margaret Barnes of Little Falls, Marian Johnson and husband Orville of Minneapolis, MN, Janet Swenson and husband Sexton of Little Falls, and Lucille Marsolek of Modesto, CA; brothers, Jim Winskowski of Seattle, WA, and Louis Winskowski of Modesto, CA; brothers, Jim Winskowski of Seattle, WA, and Louis Winskowski of St. Cloud, MN; sisters, Lucille White of Wanasch, WA and Berdi Mancille of Seattle, WA; 36 grandchildren and 59 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; six sisters; one brother; and four grandchildren.
Casketbearers were George Marotte, Michael Barnes, Bradley Johnson, Eric Swenson, Donald Swenson and Todd Winskowski.
Cindy Boser, age 37, a resident of Brainerd, MN, died September 25, 1997, at St. Joseph’s Medical Center.
Funeral services were held September 28 at the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Baxter, MN with Reverend Arthur Frenz officiating. Burial was in the Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
Cindy Boser was born October 13, 1959, in LaCrosse, WI, to Melvin and LaVonne (Krause) Buchholz. She moved with her parents to Winona, MN, at an early age. She graduated from Winona High School and then attended the Vocational Technical School for two years. Cindy moved to St. Paul. On March 12, 1988, she was united in marriage to Darrel Boser in St. Paul. They moved to Brainerd in 1988. Cindy worked in admission in the emergency room at St. Joseph’s Medical Center. She was a member of the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Baxter. Cindy enjoyed latch hooking, reading the Bible and other spiritual reading, music and playing the piano.
Survivors include her husband, Darrel Boser, and a son Eric Boser still at home; her mother, LaVonne Buchholz of Winona; two sisters, Linda Rixe of Graceville, MN, Sherry Tadewald of Winona; a brother, Daniel Buchholz of LaCrescent, MN, and grandmother, Rosella Krause of Winona.
She was preceded in death by her father, Melvin; a son, John; brother, Gary; and grandfather, Glenn Krause.