James R. Snow
James R. Snow, age 72, a resident of Little Falls, MN, diedMarch 12, 1998, at the Veterans Administration Center in St. Cloud, MN.
Funeral services were held March 16 at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls. Military rites were conducted by Little Falls V.F.W. Post 1112 and Little Falls American Legion Post 46.
James R. Snow was born July 23, 1925, in Golva, ND, to the late Francis and Clara E. (Lechler) Snow. At the age of six years his family moved to the Randall, MN area in Parker Township and farmed. James attended school in Randall,and graduated from Little Falls High School the class of 1942. He entered the United States Army and served in WWII and the Korean Conflict. He received an honorable discharge on August 25, 1953. He worked for Minneapolis Moline and in 1958 moved to Little Falls and was united in marriage to Shirley Johnson on December26, 1958. He owned and operated the Market Street Bar for two years, later changing the name to Snow’s Bar and Restaurant, which he operated for 28 years. He also worked for K & J Manufacturing for 17 years. Due to ill health he became a resident of the Veterans Administration Center in St. Cloud in 1995 where he resided until his death. He was a member of Little Falls V.F.W. Post 1112 and Little Falls American Legion Post 46.
Survivors include his wife Shirley; sons, Wayne Lee Snow and wife Janet of El Paso, TX; Kevin D. Snow and wife Carol of Little Falls; Scott A. Snow of Little Falls; daughter, Linda Medina and husband Rodolfo ‘Rudy’ of Little Falls; and, six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Calvin, and a half- brother, Dwight.
Honorary pallbearers were members ofLittle Falls V.F.W. Post 1112 and Little Falls American Legion Post 46.
Casketbearers were Kelvin, Scott and Wayne Snow, Rodney Brenner, Daniel Doucette and Joseph Urai.
Harriette M. Rocheleau
Harriet M. Rocheleau, age 72, a resident of rural Little Falls, MN, died March 14, 1998, at her home.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held March 17 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Belle Prairie Township with the Rev. Harold J. Kost officiating. Interment was in the parish cemetery.
Harriette M. Rocheleau was born on May 22, 1925, in South Shore, SD, to the late Henry and Minnie (Zirbel) Larson. She grew up and attended country school in South Shore. Following the death of her parents, she went to live with relatives. As a young lady, she moved to Chicago, IL, with her sister. She then moved to Little Falls where she worked for the Seward family who owned First National Bank. She was united in marriage to Jeddy Rocheleau on October 29, 1945, at Immaculate Conception Church in Rice, MN. Following their marriage, the couple made their home on the Rocheleau family farm northeast of Little Falls in Belle Prairie Township where they have resided up to the time of Harriette’s death. She enjoyed gardening and her many houseplants, watching the Minnesota Twins on TV and was an excellent cook and baker. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Belle Prairie Township and the St. Anne Christian Mothers.
Survivors include her husband, Jeddy of Little Falls; sons, Randy and Brian Rocheleau of Little Falls and Jim Rocheleau and wife Mary of Swanville, MN; daughters, Nila Zapzalka and husband Don of Little Falls, Sharon Kedrowski of Little Falls and Joan Czech and husband Ken of Flensburg, MN; sisters, Sylvia Stellmach of St. Cloud, MN and Rosabel Dubbin of Las Cruces, NM; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Vern and Verdi Larson and son-in-law, Gerald Kedrowski.
Honorary pallbearers were the StAnne Christian Mothers. Active casketbearers were Brent Zapzalka, Jayme Rocheleau, Shawn Czech, Jeremy Czech, Bradley Rocheleau and Michael Tretter.
Ermalinda Smieja, age 72, a resident of Royalton, MN, died March 13, 1998, at her residence in Royalton.
Services were held March 16 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Royalton with Pastor John Ramsbacher officiating. Burial was at Riverside Cemetery in Royalton.
Ermalinda was born in Albany, MN, to William F. and Ida (Barchenger) Kranz. She married Roman H. Smieja on May 1, 1945, in Baltimore, MD. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Royalton.
Survivors include her husband, Roman; children and their spouses, Donna Smieja, Marcia and Michael Blum, all of Little Falls, MN, Calvin and Susan Smieja of Royalton and five grandsons, Nathan, Wade, Adam, Isaac Smieja and Joshua Blum.
She was preceded in death by one son, Duane; two brothers and five sisters.
Beverly Belle Jensen, age 71, a resident of the rural Hillman, MN, area, died March 13, 1998, at her home in Hillman.
Services were held March 16 at the Brenny Funeral Home in Pierz, MN, with Pastor Roger (George) Davis officiating. Burial was at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery.
Beverly was born December 22, 1926, in Minneapolis, MN, to the late Newton and Julia (Spinden) Davis. She was the oldest daughter of five children. She and her three brothers and one sister grew up in South Minneapolis, where she also met and resided with her husband, Carl, and her three children, Rita, Kimm and son Todd. She retired to the Hillman area in 1989 where she had spent many summers and long weekends over the years. She will always be fondly remembered by her family and friends for her openness, quick wit and her desire to feed and can pickles. She could always be counted on to make people laugh when times were bad, and cry when times were good. Herpassions were her family and her love for the game of cards.
Survivors include her husband, Carl of Hillman; one son, Todd and wife Jacqueline Jensen of Hillman; two daughters, Rita Iverson and husband Norman of Hillman and Kimm Jensen and Daniel Yorek of Hillman; two brothers, Kenneth and wife Myra Davis of Minneapolis and Pastor Roger (George) Davis of Minneapolis; one sister, Carol Jensen and husband Lyle of Hillman; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and close family friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother and an infant sister.
Casketbearers were friends and family.
Sylvester Rudolph, age 61, a resident of Randall, MN, died February 20, 1998, at his home.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held February 24 at St. James Catholic Church in Randall with Father Alvin Quade officiating. Burial followed in St. James Parish Cemetery.
Sylvester was born June 5, 1936, in Bowlus, MN, son of the late Peter J. and Rose H. (Schlichting) Rudolph. His family moved to Belle Prairie, MN, where they lived for a few years and then moved to Randall in 1944. Sylvester worked for A&G Construction for several years. He attended St. James Catholic Church. Sylvester’s hobbies included hunting and fishing.
Survivors include five brothers, John Rudolph of Ft. Ripley, MN, Clarence Rudolph and Benny Rudolph of Randall, Leonard Rudolph of Ft. Ripley and Bernard Rudolph of Ft. Ripley; three sisters, Mary Kruchten and husband Richard of Brainerd, MN, Helen Heinz and husband Harry of Freedhem, MN, and JoAnna Zimmerman and husband Ray of Isle, MN.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Virginia, Rosemary and Josephine.
Casketbearers were Vern Kruchten, Lawrence Kruchten, Edwin Scepurek, Sammy Scepurek, Richard Kruchten, Jr., and Sylvester Kohl.
Margaret Piekarski, age 70, a resident of Fergus Falls, MN, died February 20, 1998, at the Merit Care Hospital in Fargo, ND.
Funeral services were held February 24 at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Fergus Falls with Father Joseph Korf officiating. Burial was in St. Otto’s Cemetery, Fergus Falls.
Margaret was born April 28, 1927, in Little Falls, MN, the daughter of Halver and Helen Hilmerson. She grew up and attended school in Little Falls. After high school graduation, she worked for the Morrison County Courthouse. On June 24, 1946, she married Louis Piekarski. In 1957, the couple moved to rural Fergus Falls and farmed in the Fergus Falls area. She enjoyed flower gardening and traveling. She was a member of the Buse Township School Board and she was also the treasurer for Buse Township for numerous years. She was an active member of Catholic Daughters and a volunteer for the Pioneer Retirement Community.
Survivors include her husband, Louis; three daughters, Kathy Hudson and husband Doug of Wahpeton, ND, Patricia Piekarski of Fergus Falls and Jane Piekarski of New Jersey; four sons, David Piekarski and wife Susan of Ashby, MN, and Robert Piekarski, Dan Piekarski and wife Susan and Michael Piekarski and wife Tamie, all of Fergus Falls; six grandchildren, Kari, Jason, Kevin, Alisha, Doug and Levi; sisters, Evelyn Hinnenkamp of Nevada, Mary Buss of Pequot Lakes, MN, Betty Thrasher of Alabama and Doris Larson of Little Falls; one brother, Jim Hilmerson of Little Falls and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Frank Hilmerson.
Gertrude H. Hedblom, age 92, a resident of Little Falls, MN, formerly of Freedhem, MN, died February 20, 1998, at St. Otto’s Care Center in Little Falls.
Funeral services were held February 24 at First Lutheran Church in Little Falls with Rev. David Steffenson officiating. Burial was in the Freedhem Cemetery in Freedhem.
Gertrude was born January 18, 1906, in Freedhem to the late Alfred and Anna (Malm) Swan-son. Gertrude grew up and attended District 89 school in Freedhem. She was united in marriage to Clarence J. Hedblom on June 15, 1929, at the Freedhem Lutheran Church in Freedhem. After their marriage, the couple farmed in the Freedhem area until 1946. Gertrude occasionally worked as a clerk at the Freedhem store. The couple continued to live in Freedhem until retiring in 1988 to the Alverna Apartments in Little Falls. Gertrude became a resident of St. Otto’s Care Center in November 1992 where she resided until her death. Gertrude enjoyed baking, making afghans and sewing. Her home and her family were her life. She was a former member of Freedhem Lutheran Church and a current member of First Lutheran Church in Little Falls.
Survivors include her daughter, Karen Talbott and husband James of Arden Hills, MN; sister, Mabel Peterson of Annandale, MN, and grandchildren Mary Talbott of Chicago, IL, and David Talbott of Minneapolis, MN.
She was preceded in death by her husband Clarence on June 15, 1990; daughter, Marian Hedblom, two brothers and two sisters.
Pallbearers were Willis Swanson, James Peterson, Glen Rychner, Harvey Rychner, Charlie LeBlanc and Paul Hedblom.
Kimberly Dawn Griffith, age 37, a resident of Staples, MN, died February 19, 1998, at her home.
Funeral services were held February 21 at Faith Lutheran Church in Staples with Rev. Stephen Sveom officiating. Burial followed in Bridgeman Cemetery.
Kimberly was born July 16, 1960, in Omaha, NE, daughter of Robert Mayberry and Jeneane Johnson. She grew up in Omaha and as a young lady moved with her family to Motley, MN, where she attended Motley High School. Kimberly was united in marriage to Timothy Scott Campbell. Following his death she moved to Staples where she had worked for several years as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) at the Greater Staples Care Center.
Survivors include her parents, Jeneane Johnson of Motley and Robert Mayberry of Motley; special friend, Ken Kalkman of Staples; five daughters, Corey Campbell of New York Mills, MN, Heather Campbell of Leader, MN, and Jessie, Elizabeth and Rebecca Griffith at home; two sisters, Kelly Bienusa and Dana Fischer, both of Staples; maternal grandfather, Arlyn Welling of Motley; maternal great-grandmother, Pearl Welling of Omaha, paternal grandfather, Ray Mayberry of Omaha and several nieces, nephews , aunts and uncles.
Casketbearers were Lonny Killian, Steve Mertens, Matt Morales, Pat Bienusa, Ron Fischer and Tracy Gibson.
Theresa R. Sura, age 85, a resident of Waite Park, MN, formerly of Bowlus, MN, and Swanville, MN, died February 21, 1998, at the St. Cloud Hospital.
Funeral services were held February 25 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Bowlus with Rev. Silverius Schmidt officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Theresa was born October 15, 1912, in Collegeville, MN. The family moved to the Upsala, MN, area, where Theresa attended school. She was united in marriage to Edmund A. Sura on February 16, 1931, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Holdingford, MN. The couple farmed in Stearns County. In 1954, they moved to the Bowlus area and farmed. Theresa worked as a seamstress for Munsingwear in Little Falls, MN, for five years. She then worked as a store clerk at the Karlinski General Store in Royalton until it was closed. In 1978, the couple retired to Swanville. In 1997, Theresa moved to Waite Park. She enjoyed playing cards, bingo, fishing, quilting, sewing and, most of all, her family and friends. She loved music and could play the harmonica, violin and the accordion. Theresa was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Swanville, Christian Mothers and the Swanville Senior Center.
Survivors include her sons, Raymond Sura and wife Delores of St. Cloud, MN, Eugene Sura and wife Jenny of St. Joseph, MN, Alois Sura and wife Gladys of Columbia Heights, MN, Arnold Sura of Ogilvie, MN, and Ronald Sura of Milaca, MN; daughters, Betty Marsolek and husband Emil of Columbia Heights, Florence Koshenina and husband Jerry of New Brighton, MN, Lucille Marsolek and husband Roman of Mounds View, MN, and Joanne Bobick of St. Paul, MN; sister, Vicki Mortenson of Comstock, WI; daughters-in-law, Delores Sura of St. Cloud, Cheryl Sura of St. Paul and Elaine Sura of Mesa, AZ; 37 grandchildren and 48 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edmund on January 21, 1990; sons, Albin, Vincent, Leonard, James, Dennis, Gerald and Donald Sura; daughter, Delores Sura; four brothers and four sisters.
Pallbearers were the grandsons.
Mrs. Agnes A. Warnberg, age 99, a resident of Little Falls, MN, formerly of the Freedhem, MN, area, died February 19, 1998, at the Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls.
Funeral services were held February 23 at GraceCovenant Church in Little Falls with Rev. Steven Anderson and Rev. Melvin Lundeen officiating. Burial was in the Evangelical Free Church Cemetery in Freedhem.
Agnes was born January 31, 1899, in Chicago, IL, to the late John and Sophia (Broman) Ellison. In 1903, the family moved to Antigo, WI. In 1909, the family came to live in Freedhem where she attended school. Agnes was united in marriage to Arthur Warnberg on November 8, 1920, at her parents’ home in Freedhem. The couple farmed in the Freedhem area until retiring in 1982 to Pine Grove Manor in Little Falls. Agnes became a resident of the Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls in July, 1993. After her children were grown, she enjoyed braiding rugs and making bed quilts, for which she won a 1st place prize at the Minnesota State Fair. Agnes also enjoyed gathering berries and canning them into jelly and jams. She was a member of Grace Covenant Church in Little Falls.
Survivors include her sons, Howard Warnberg and wife Margaret of Little Falls, MN, Rudolph Warnberg and wife Lorraine of Richfield, MN, and Harry Warnberg and wife Emily of Lynn Haven, FL; daughters, Lois Olson and husband Edward of Overland Park, KS, Opal Liljegren and husband John of Bellevue, WA, and Barbara Thill and husband Glen of Burnsville, MN; 23 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur on May 10, 1987; parents; son, Lawrence Warnberg; brothers, David, Arvid, Fred, Albin and Julius Ellison; sisters, Alma and Hilma Stromquist, Alice Beckman and Ellen Peterson.
Pallbearers were grandsons.