Charles Mark Trettel, age 79, a lifelong resident of Little Falls, MN, died April 26, 1998, at his home.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held April 29 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Little Falls with the Rev. Nick Landsberger officiating. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Charles was born October 26, 1918, in Little Falls, Morrison County, MN, to the late Otto D. and Veronica S. (Mohr) Trettel. He attended Little Falls School and graduated from the Class of 1937. Following his schooling, he worked with his father at Trettel Produce in Little Falls. He entered the United States Army on June 25, 1941. He served in Company A, 1710 Signal Service Battalion, receiving the Distinguished Unit Citation GO #23 with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Good Conduct Medal GO #16 79th FW Group 44. Charles received an honorable discharge on September 8, 1945. He returned to Little Falls working with his father in the produce business. Following his father’s death, Charles continued operating Trettel Produce, residing in Little Falls until his death. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Little Falls, Little Falls American Legion Post #46, Little Falls VFW Post #1112, Knights of Columbus and was an avid bowler.
Survivors include his brother, Otto and wife Nancy of Minnetonka, MN; sisters, Alice Romano of Farmgindale, Long Island, NY, Mary Phillips and husband Eldred of Owatonna, MN, Millie Ebert and husband Leo of Duluth, MN, Florence Mayer and husband Vince of Monticello, MN, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father in 1965, mother in 1970 and a sister, Bernadine Trettel at the age of three years.
Casketbearers were Vince Mayer, Eldred Phillips, Leo Ebert, Jack Zobova, Roger Blake and Ed Stumpf.
Memorial services were held in St. Cloud, MN, March 31, 1998, for Terrence D. Aleshire, a resident of Blairsville, GA.
Terrence was the son of Milo and Cecile (Gaboury) Aleshire of St. Cloud. He grew up in Little Falls and later moved to St. CLoud and Blairsville, GA. Terry was a retired U.S. Army staff sergeant and a veteran of the Vietnam war.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara; his mother, Cecile; sons, Staff Sergeant Terry of Korea and Arthur of Indianapolis; daughter, Linda of Michigan; three brothers, Dwight of Willmar, MN, Keith of Plymouth, MN, and Arlyn of Dallas, TX; and sisters, Dariel O’Hara of St. Cloud, Candace Reid of St. Cloud and Cheryl Shafer of Alexandria, MN.
He was preceded in death by his father and one sister.
Benedict ‘Ben‘ J. Lapos
Benedict “Ben” J. Lapos, age 76 and life-long resident of Flensburg, MN, died April 29, 1998 at the St. Cloud Hospital.
A Mass of Christian Burialwas held May 2 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flensburg, with the Rev. Anthony Kroll officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Benedict “Ben” J. Lapos was born November 15, 1921, in Morrison County, MN, to the late George and Mary (Kotch) Lapos. He grew up and helped his family farm in Culdrum Township, Morrison County. He attended country school and Little Falls High School, graduating from the Class of 1941. Ben entered the United States Navy on September 15, 1942, and served as a Boatswain’s Mate Second Class, receiving an honorable discharge on November 3, 1945. He was united in marriage to Lorraine M. Kulus on June 17, 1947, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flensburg. Following their marriage the couple, the couple lived in Flensburg where he resided until his death. He served as mayor of Flensburg in the 1970s and 1980s. From 1982 to the present, he worked as the Waste Plant Treatment Manager for the City of Flensburg, served as a formerClerk of the Culdrum Town Board and was a member of the Flensburg American Legion Post 136 and Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Survivors include his wife, Lorraine; son, Ronald Lapos of Tampa, FL; daughters, Sharon Kedrowski and husband Dennis of Royalton, MN, LuAnn Jarvis of Flensburg, MN and Jane Doroff and husband Paul of Cloverdale, CA; brothers, George Lapos of Randall, MN, Donald Lapos and wife Marion of Flensburg, MN; sister, Emma Wyrwicki and husband Frank of Little Falls, MN; four grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Florian and Joseph Lapos.
Honorary pallbearers and casketbearers were members of the Flensburg American Legion Post 136.
Lloyd G. Motzko
Lloyd G. Motzko, age 81,a resident of Little Falls, MN, died April 28, 1998, at St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held May 1 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Little Falls with the Rev. Nick Landsberger officiating. Burial was in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery north of Little Falls. Military rites were conducted by the Little Falls VFW Post 1112.
Lloyd G. Motzko was born July 4, 1916, in Little Falls, to the late George and Clara (Ginter) Motzko. He grew up near Bowlus, MN, and attended country school. He then worked on a farm East of Little Falls. Lloyd entered the U.S. Army in 1942 and served in the European Theatre until his honorable discharge in 1945. He was united in marriage to Geraldine M. Blahna on February 16, 1944, at the U.S. Army Camp Chapel in Lompoc, CA. Following his discharge, the couple returned to Little Falls where Lloyd worked as a mechanic at Camp Ripley until 1950, and also as a delivery truck driver for the Morrison County Co-op. He then was a salesman/delivery driver for the Lakeland Bakery for 17 years. Later, he worked for a beverage distributor as a salesman for four years, and finally worked as a truck driver/dispatcher for the Larson Boat Company in Little Falls until his retirement in 1981. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Little Falls,VFW Post 1112 and the Little Falls Knights of Columbus.
Survivors include his wife, Geraldine M. Motzko; sons, Lyle A. Motzko of Nevis, MN, and Kevin L. Motzko and wife Sheila of Brooklyn Park, MN; and grandson, Phillip Kevin Motzko of Buffalo, MN.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, John and Frank Motzko and a sister, DeLoris Jendro.
Pallbearers were Jacob Erhardt, Edward and James Jendro, Tom Motzko, Douglas Rebischke and Steve Burnett.
Helen F. Deering
Helen F. Deering, age 72, a resident of rural Little Falls, MN, died April 27, 1998, at St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls.
Funeral services were held April 29 at St. James Catholic church in Randall, MN, with Father Al Quade officiating. Interment was inur Lady of Lourdes Cemetery in Little Falls.
Helen F. Deering was born on September 17, 1925, in Pike Creek Township, Morrison County, MN, to the late Frank and Mary (Olek) Deering. She grew up in Pike Creek Township and attended country school there. She played piano and sang in Helen’s Melodiers for 30 years. She also went to beautician school and owned and operated Helen’s Beauty Shop in Randall for over 40 years. Helen still found time to volunteer at St. Otto’s Care Center for many years. She spent a lot of time with her nieces and nephews and had a great influence on their lives. She was loyal and devoted to her parents who she cared for up to the time of their deaths. She loved to socalize and found humor in most circumstances. Her musical talents allowed her to play the guitar, banjo, piano and organ. She was the organist at St. James Catholic Church in Randall for 16 years. Helen was an avid crafter, enjoyed decorating rocks and loved her house plants. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Randall and Christian Mothers.
Survivors include her brothers, Clem Deering of Little Falls, Alex Deering and wife, Barb, of Maple Grove, MN, Stanley Deering of Villard, MN, and Ed Deering and wife, Loran, of Fulton, IL; sisters, Sarah Wiherski of Little Falls and Eleanore Frey and husband, Albert Sr., of Randall; many nieces and nephews and many great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Sylvester and Constante Deering; and niece, Patricia Frey.
Pallbearers were Donald and Andy Wiherski, Steve and Joe Deering, Albert Frey, Jr., Barb Brown, Lenore and Kristin Pallansch and Beverly Kautz.
Daniel P. Tesch
Daniel P. Tesch, age 43, a resident of Post Falls, ID, died in a boating accident on Saturday, May 2, 1998. His funeral and burial was held May 9 in Post Falls.
Daniel was born Marcy 27, 1955, in Junction City, KS.
Survivors include his children, Gary and Christine of Germany; his parents, Elmer and Marie Tesch of Post Falls; brothers, Paul and Christopher of Spokane, WA, and Jeffery of Couerd’lane, ID, and sisters, Michelle Welker of Post Falls, Mary Amundson of Ramsey, MN, and Cheryl Lowe of Little Falls, MN.
He was preceded in death by his brother, David.
Freida Schamal, age 87, a resident of Pierz, MN, died May 5, 1998, at St. Mary’s Villa in Pierz.
Funeral services were held May 8 at St. Mary’s Villa Chapel in Pierz with Father Ken Brenny officiating. Burial was in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Pierz.
Freida was born September 27, 1910, in Buckman, MN, to the late Fred and Mary (Fischer) Sporlein. Frieida lived in Chicago, IL, for 41 years before retiring and moving to Brainerd, MN, in 1972. She had recently become a resident at St. Mary’s Villa in Pierz.
Survivors include several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Louie; five brothers and two sisters.
Casketbearers were Fred Sauer, Melvin Stuckmeyer, David Zupher, Leroy Gulden, Joe Bell, Bill Bucholtz and Herb Stumpf.
Roy B. Larson, age 85, a resident of Staples Care Center and formerly of Little Falls, MN, died May 2, 1998, at the Staples Care Center.
Funeral services were held May 6 at the Brenny Funeral Home in Little Falls with Father Harold J. Kost officiating. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Osakis, MN.
Roy was born May 16, 1912, in Osakis to the late James and Mary Larson. He farmed near Osakis most of his life, retiring in 1972 and moving to Little Falls. For the past five years he has been residing at the Staples Care Center.
Survivors include nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother and two sisters.
LaVerne Glen Hastings, age 59,died Tuesday, May 5, 1998, near his home.
Funeral services were held May 8, 1998, at the Apostolic Lutheran Church in Kingston, MN, with Rev. Arvi Aho officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.
LaVern was born on June 2, 1938, to Henry and Mamie (Dunderi) Hastingsin Kimball, MN. He attended country school near his home. LaVern worked in Minneapolis, MN, in roofing with his brother and later was a machinist. LaVern also worked on small engines in his spare time. In 1990 he moved to Lakin Township where he lived near his sister.
Survivors include four daughters, Pam Kompelien of Brooklyn Park, MN; Cindy Luzinski of Inver Grove Heights, MN; Barb Allen of Apple Valley, MN; and Sheryl Benjamin of Onamia, MN; four sons, Robert of New London, MN; Richard of Minneapolis; Troy of Willmar, MN; and John Benjamin of Onamia; 12 grandchildren, three sisters, Lorraine Soderberg of Minneapolis; Jane Soderberg of Pillager, MN; and Judy Fleck of Hillman, MN; and three brothers, George Hastings of Hillman, Earl Hastings of Missouri and Leslie Hastings of Little Falls, MN.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Doris, and three brothers, Harland, Dale and Lowell.
Tom Roman, age 49, a resident of Little Falls, MN, died May 6, 1998, at St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held May 9 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Little Falls, with Father Leroy Kremer officiating. Burial was in the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery. Military rites were provided by Post 12 of Long Prairie, MN, and 40 & 8 Voiture 1329 of Little Falls.
Tom was born May 21, 1948, in Long Prairie, MN, toEvelyn (Borgert) and Al Roman. He graduated from Long Prairie High School in 1966, and served two years in the U.S. Army. Tom was united in marriage with Linda Borgmann on June 4, 1970, in Sauk Centre, MN. He was an avid sportsman and really enjoyed spoiling his granddaughter. He was a member of I.B.E.W. Local 31, 40 & 8, was a life member of Trappers Association, and was a life member of American Legion Post 12.
Survivors include his wife Linda of Little Falls; son, Paul of Little Falls; daughter Krissi and husband Tommy Zwack of Sauk Centre;granddaughter Karla Zwack; mother-in-law Gert Borgmann of Sauk Centre; brother Bud Roman of Long Prairie; sisters, Clara Thornsley of Yucaipa, CA, Bonnie Keizer of Long Prairie, and Nancy Wilson of Farmington, MN.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Evelyn and Al Roman; and his father-in-law, Ernie Borgmann.
Casketbearers were Dennis Mills, Mark Sauer, Marcus Roman, Loren Freie, Dennis Priem, Steve Roman, Byron Freie, and Pete Wolkenhauer.
Honorary bearers were members of the American Legion and 40 & 8 and employees of Minnesota Power and Light.