Mary Van Risseghem
Mary (Gohl) Van Risseghem, age 89, a lifelong resident of Onamia, MN, died November 18, 1997, at the Mille Lacs Nursing Home.
Funeral services were held November 22 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Onamia with Father William McNiff officiating. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, John and was buried next to him at the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery.
Mary was born May 23, 1908, in Buckman, MN, to Joseph and Ernestina Gohl. Her family moved to Onamia a few years later. She was a parishioner at the Holy Cross Catholic Church since shortly after it was founded. She grew up in Onamia during the Great Depression and the Roaring Ď20s and married John Van Risseghem in 1928. John and Mary made their home on a farm three miles west of Onamia for 57 years, where they farmed, operated a small lumber mill, and raised five children. A few years after John died in 1985, Mary moved in with her daughter Ilene (John) Swiderski of Onamia, where she lived until June of this year.
Mary is survived by her sons, Roger Van Risseghem and wife Arlene of Minneapolis, MN, and Art Van Risseghem and wife Charolette of Little Falls, MN; daughters Ilene Swiderski and husband John of Onamia, Mary Bleecher and husband Art of Denver, CO, and Evelyn Dybyik and husband Bill of Brainerd, MN, 18 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, five brothers; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Casketbearers were her 10 grandsons, Duane, George, Paul, Bob, David, John and Joel Van Risseghem, Jim Swiderski, Bob Kardoes and Kirk Dybvik. Honorary casketbearers included her eight granddaughters, Patti Fisher, LuAnn Polve, Julie Green, Tawni Gaslin, Mary Van Risseghem, Nancy Van Risseghem, Connie Massmann and Colleen Van Reesmann.
Devon Marie Notermann, age two, of Apple Valley, MN, died November 24, 1997.
Mass of Christian Burial was held November 26 at St. Maryís Catholic Church in Shakopee with the Rev. James P. McConville officiating. Interment was in the Catholic Cemetery, Shakopee.
Devon was born on November 4, 1995, in St. Paul, MN, the daughter of Nichole Notermann.
Survivors include her loving mother, Nichole; grandparents, Tony and Claudia Notermann and Robb and Lana Tice; uncles and aunts, Tony and Brett Notermann, Melissa Tice and Jason and Heather Zander; great-grandparents, Harold and Liz Keith, Joseph Notermann, Claude and Mary Lou Sinnen, Helen Tice and Richard Tice; special friends, Jackie and Jane Sonnek and many other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Brett and Tony Notermann II, Jason Zander and Adam Reiter.
Sister Mary Angela (Clara) Karsnia
Sister Mary Angela (Clara) Karsnia, age 91, died on November 4, 1997 at the St. Francis Convent, Little Falls, MN.
Funeral services were at St. Francis Convent on November 7.
Sister Mary Angela (Clara) was born on March 9, 1906, near Frazee, MN. She was the second child born to the late Louis and Josephine (Wolkowski) Karsnia. She was accepted as a Franciscan Sister of Little Falls on August 12, 1927. She made first profession of vows, August 12, 1929, and final vows August 12, 1932. She celebrated 60 years as a Franciscan Sister in 1987. Sister Angela ministered as a cook and/or baker at St. Gabrielís Hospital, Little Falls, 1929, and 1965-1978; St. Cloud Orphanage, St. Cloud, 1929-1940; St. Ansgar Hospital, Moorhead, 1940-1944; St. Francis Convent, Little Falls, 1944-1957; St. Cloud Childrenís Home, St. Cloud, 1957-1959; Our Lady of Mercy Hospital, Alexandria, 1959-1963; St. Maryís Convent, Alexandria, 1963-1965. In 1978 she retired to St. Francis Convent, Little Falls, where she continued to fill her days with tatting, crocheting and embroidery work in the activities department as long as she was able.
Survivors include her brother, Walter of Detroit Lakes, MN and her Sisters: Eleanor Trowbridge, Detroit Lakes, MN, Vivian Kline and Florence Shaskey, Brooklyn Park, MN, Jean Scheidecker, Frazee, MN, Harriet Fryer, Elk River, MN and her Sisters in religious life.
Bernice Eva Perry
Bernice Eva Perry, age 73, a resident of Athens, WI, passed away November 4, 1997, at Good Samaritan Health Center in Merrill, WI.
Bernice was born February 10, 1924, in Swanville, MN, to Winnie (Mortenson) and Ernest Axel. She was a graduate of St. Lukeís School of Nursing in Duluth, MN, and worked many years at St. Gabrielís Hospital in Little Falls, MN. She had been a member of First English Lutheran Church, Little Falls, was the former State President of the Emergency Department Nurses Association and was instrumental in getting the Kidney Dialysis Department going at St. Gabrielís Hospital. She retired from nursing on October 1, 1987. She enjoyed playing bingo, traveling, her children and grandchildren.
Survivors include a daughter, Barbara (Ronald) Nunnally of Richmond, VA; sons, John (Jennifer) Perry of Athens, WI, Curtis (Ginger) Perry of Little Falls; and Duane Perry of West Fargo, ND; nine grandchildren; sisters, Gertrude (John) Moe of Missoula, MT, and Florence (Ray) Green of Little Falls.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one grandson.
James J. Thielen
James J. Thielen, age 49, a resident of Little Falls, MN, died November 5, 1997, at St. Gabrielís Hospital in Little Falls.
Mass of Christian Burial was held November 8 at St. Maryís Catholic Church in Little Falls with Father Nick Landsberger officiating. Interment was in St. Josephís Cemetery in Pierz, MN.
James Joseph Thielen was born on October 15, 1948, in Little Falls to Leo and Dorothy (Motschke) Thielen. He grew up in the Pierz area and graduated from Pierz Memorial High School with the Class of 1966. He worked for Hennepin Paper Co. delivering pulp wood for a number of years. He also helped his father farm on the family farm near Freedhem, MN. He was an exceptional mechanic for Thielen Transfer. He enjoyed the outdoors activities of making wood, farm work and Godís creation.
Survivors include his parents, Leo and Dorothy Thielen of Little Falls; sisters, Bernadette Tax and husband, John of Pierz, MN; Diane Deick and husband, Jack of Randall, Mn; Bonnie Karnowski and husband, Bob of Pierz; and, Linda Tatro and husband, Paul of Pierz and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Peter and Marie Thielen and Albert and Marty Motschke.
Pallbearers were his cousins, Ronnie Meyer, Kenneth Britz, Michael Leeb, Jeffrey Virnig, Kevin Motschke and DeWayne Motschke.
Gene R. ďBearĒ Traxel, age 38, a resident of Urbandale, IA, died of cancer November 6, 1997, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center.
Services were held November 10 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Urbandale, where he was a member. Interment was at Glendale Cemetery following the service.
Gene was born in Las Cruces, NM. He also lived in Underwood, ND, graduated from Beulah High School, Beulah, ND, before attending college in Rapid City, SD. He lived in Des Moines, IA for 16 years. He was employed by Pioneer Hi Bred for 12 years as a project leader in the Technology Center.
Survivors include his wife, Bev; a daughter, Jenny; a son, Michael; parents, LeRoy and Norma of Bismark, ND; one brother, Kenneth and wife Peggy and family of Lincoln, ND; one sister and brother-in-law, Bev (Traxel) and Monte Gegleman and family of Andover, KS; grandmothers, Erna Traxel of Hazen, ND, and Pauline Zeiszler of Beulah; mother-in-law, Hilarion Nelson of Sartell, MN, and brothers-in-law, Bruce Gateley and wife Pat of Nisswa, MN, and Bob Nelson, Jr., and wife Carolyn and family of Sartell.
He was preceded in death by his sister, LeAnn; grandfathers, Robert Traxel and Walter Zeiszler; nephew, Christopher Traxel and a father-in-law, Robert Nelson, Sr.
Father Frederick Kampsen
Father Frederick Kampsen, age 86, priest of the St. Cloud Diocese since 1939, died November 7, 1997, at the St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud, MN.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Maryís Church in Melrose, MN, on November 12. Burial was at Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Elrosa, MN.
Father Kampsen was born on December 9, 1911, in Meire Grove, MN. He was the son of Bernard and Katherine (Peter-meier) Kampsen He attended St. Johnís School and Country Public School, Meiere Grove. Father Kampsen attended the Pontifical College Josephinum for his high school, college and seminary education. He was ordained at the Josephinum on May 28, 1939. He celebrated his first Mass in Worthington, OH, on June 13, 1939.
Father Kampsenís pastoral assignments were the following: Holy Angels Church in St. Cloud, 1944-47; St. Elizabethís Parish, Elizabeth; St. Leonardís Parish, Pelican Rapids; St. Joseph Church, Clarissa, 1947-54; St. John Nepomuk, Lastrup, 1954-61; St. Maryís Church, Breckenridge, MN, 1961-70; Holy Family Church, Belle Prairie, MN, 1970-74; Immaculate Conception Church, Osakis, MN, 1974-80; and St. Margaretís Church, Lake Henry. He remained there until he retired to Melrose on July 2, 1986, where he lived until his death.
Survivors include six brothers, Henry of Sauk Centre, MN, Norbert, Clarence and Herman of Elrosa, Edwin of Litchfield and Ron of New Boston, MI, and four sisters, Norma Salmond of Huntington Beach, CA, Loretta Meyer of Meire Grove, Verens Olmscheid of Elrosa and Marcella Burns of Clarissa. He was preceded in death by a sister, Rose Yarke and a brother who died in infancy.
Bud Manka, age 67, a resident of Isle, MN, died November 9, 1997, at his home in Isle.
A funeral Mass was held November 13 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wahkon, MN.
Survivors include his wife, Wilda, of Isle; six children, Michael and Sue Manka of White Bear Lake, MN, Mary Manka of Coon Rapids, MN, Maureen Manka of Coon Rapids, David Manka of Shoreview, MN, Margaret and Jeff Doonan of Champlin, MN, Jean Manka of Fridley, MN; his mother, Louise Manka of Randall, MN; nine brothers and sisters; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
John Konsor, age 82, a resident of Holdingford, MN died November 7, 1997, at the St. Cloud Hospital after a brief illness.
Funeral services were November 10 at South Elmdale Congregational Church in Holdingford with Rev. Terry Wilkinson officiating. Private burial services were in Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN.
John was born October 25, 1915, in Holdingford, MN to the late John and Anna (Micklus) Konsor. He grew up in the Holdingford area and joined the 8th Air Corps in 1942. He married Jean Chedzey on July 7, 1944, in Hemel Hempstead, England. They farmed with Johnís father in Holdingford until moving to Mounds View in 1967. John worked as a delivery driver for the University of Minnesota until retiring in 1983 when he moved back to Holdingford. He was a member of the South Elmdale Congrega-tional Church and Holdingford VFW Post #5160.
Survivors include his wife, Jean of Holdingford; daughter, Janette and her husband, Steve Sutton of Lino Lakes, MN; sons, Barry and his wife, Laurel Konsor of Litchfield, MN, and Brad and his wife, Sue Konsor of Coon Rapids, MN; sisters-in-law, Pam and her husband Carrie Carver of Pontypool, Wales; Gwentha Konsor of Holdingford and Agnes Konsor of St. Cloud, MN; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends; and his beloved dog, Tisha. Survivors also include his six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by twin brothers, Fred and Richard Konsor and grandson, Errol Konsor.
Pallbearers were Ray Warga, Ben Konsor, Phillip Konsor, Gary Konsor, Tim Berscheid and Ralph Hartung.
Teresa Dehler Teresa Dehler
Teresa Dehler Teresa Dehler, age 93, a resident of St. Maryís Villa in Pierz, MN, formerly of Buckman, MN died November 7, 1997, at St. Maryís Villa.
Funeral services were held November 10 at St. Maryís Villa in Pierz with Father Ron Dockendorf officiating. Burial was in St. Michaelís Cemetery in Buckman.
Teresa was born April 13, 1904 in Buckman, to the late August and Julia (Seifort) Dehler. Teresa lived much of her life in Minneapolis, MN. She was employed at Honeywell. She was a member of the Daughters of Isabella.
Survivors include nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, seven brothers and six sisters.