Hubert “Herb” Braith, age 71, a resident of Little Falls, MN, died August 19, 1998, at his home after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held August 24 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Little Falls with Rev. Leroy Kremer and Rev. Nick Landsberger officiating. Burial was in the Calvary Cemetery in Little Falls.
Hubert “Herb” Braith was born October 25, 1926, in Bluegrass, Wadena County, MN, to the late John and Martha (Bushlingher)Braith. He grew up and attended school in Bluegrass. After completing his education, he met and married Phyllis Fischer on September 17, 1951, in Bluegrass. The couple moved to Casselton, ND, where they resided until 1953. In 1953, they moved toLittle Falls where he worked for Larson Boats before receiving his boiler’s license in 1963 from St. Cloud Vocational School. After receiving his boiler’s license, he worked for St. Mary’s School from 1963 until 1991 when he retired. Hubert enjoyed doing carpentry work as well as trapping, hunting, fishing, gardening, playing cards and his family. Hubert was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Ducks Unlimited, NRA, Minnesota Trap-pers Association and Minnesota Deer Hunters Association.
Survivors include his wife, Phyllis of Little Falls; sons, Wayne and wife Barb Moran of St. Cloud, MN, David and wife Denise Super-Braith of Colorado Springs, CO; daughters, Kathleen Solberg and husband Neil of St. Cloud, Anita Iverson of Forks, WA, Paula Waltman and husband Donald of Little Falls, Jacqueline Madges and husband Donald of Randall, MN; brothers, Peter Braith and wife Marie of Staples, MN, Frank Braith and wife Lucy of Wadena; sisters, Agnes Kaufman and husband George of Wadena, Mathilda Walimaa of Sebeka, MN, Angie Boyer and husband Sylvester of Duluth, MN; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers and three sisters.
Rose V. DeFoe
Rose V. DeFoe, age 73, a resident of Long Prairie, MN, died May 15, 1998, at her home in Long Prairie.
Funeral services were held May 19 at the Stephan-Stein Funeral Home Chapel, Long Prairie, MN, with the Rev. Paul J. Twist officiating. Burial took place in Bearhead Cemetery, Bruce Township, Todd County, MN.
Rose DeFoe was born April 23, 1925, in Augusta, WI, to Frank B. and Mabel E. (Cox) Turner. She married Joe DeFoe on March 26, 1971, in Kandiyohi, MN. She lived in Beloit, WI, and grew up in rural Swanville, MN. Before her marriage, she lived in Wheatridge, CO, where she did grounds work at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. After her marriage, she lived in rural Swanville, Bruce Township. She has lived in Long Prairie since August 1991. She enjoyed gardening, bird watching, and T.V.
Survivors include brothers and sisters, Donald Turner, Waterloo, IA, Allen (Florence) Turner, Lakewood, CO; Dolly (Jim) Parish, Long Prairie; Betty (Bill) Staadts, Denver, CO; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe, May 19, 1993; her parents; a sister, Dorothy Smith and four brothers, Chester, Carl, Earl, and Steven.
Casketbearers were Daniel Sutton, Robert Sutton, Loren Sutton, Nathan Coyer, Leslie Smith, Jeff Baum, Jim Parish and Leo Sutton.
John W. Merchlewicz
John W. Merchlewicz, age 95, a resident of St. Cloud, MN, died May 14, 1998, at St. Benedict’s Center.
Funeral services were May 18 at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Burial was in the Assumption Cemetery.
John was born June 23, 1902, in Little Falls, MN, to Joseph and Frances (Sniezek) Merchlewicz. He married Loretta Vouk on June 14, 1932, at Holy Angels Catholic Church in St. Cloud. He worked for St. Cloud Milling Co. (H.C. Ervin) for 32 years. He later worked as a maintenance engineer for District 742 schools for about 14 years. He wasa member of St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish and Crosier Apostalates.
Survivors include his wife, children, James of St. Cloud, Joseph of Andover, MN, Patricia O’Connell of Seattle, WA; seven grandchildren; two step-grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren and a sister, Evangeline Gwost of Little Falls.
He was preceded in death by three brothers and five sisters.
Memorial were preferred.
Bernadette ‘Tuddy’ Moritz Ringwelski
Bernadette “Tuddy” Ringwel-ski, age 57, a resident of Sobieski, MN, died May 14, 1998, at St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, MN.
Mass of Christian burial was May 18 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Sobieski, with Father Raymond Donnay officiating. Interment was at the parish cemetery.
Tuddy was born on November 1, 1940, in Belgrade, MN, to Norbert and Marie (Brinkman) Moritz. She grew up in the Sauk Centre area. She was united in marriage to Harold Ley on October 1958. He passed away on November 28, 1964. On May 27, 1967, she married Jerome Ringwelski in St. Anna, MN. They farmed in the Sobieski area. She belonged to St. Anna Mission Group in Sobieski and Swan River Mothers Club, and Little Falls TOPs Club. She enjoyed making quilts and quilting and spending time with family and friends. She worked at Coborn’s deli in Little Falls.
Survivors include her husband,Jerome Sr. of Sobieski; daughters, Brenda and husband Ken Kuchenmeister of St. Cloud, and Becky and husband Leon Vetsch of Little Falls; sons, Hubert Ley of Oak Harbor, WA; Tim and wife Lynn Ley of Little Falls, Harold and wife Julene Ley of Sobieski and Jerry Ringwelski Jr. of Sobieski; and 20 grandchildren; her brother and sisters include Irene and Ray Fussy of Little Falls, Leander and Fronie Moritz of Sauk Centre, MN; Albin and wife Darlene Moritz of Sartell, LeRoy “Butch” Moritz of Sauk Centre, Robert and wife Diane Moritz of Waite Park, Carol and husband Lyle Gamradt of Sauk Centre, Lois Marthler of Sauk Centre, and Norbie and wife Patty of Sauk Centre.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband Harold Ley Sr., and her brother, James.
Casketbearers were Ernie Ley, Kenneth Ley, Peter Fussy, Ronnie Moritz, Tom Ringwelski, and Dennis Koroll.
Florence J. Miller
Florence J. Miller, age 87, a resident of Foley, MN, died at the Foley Nursing Center May 16, 1998.
Funeral services were held May 20 at St. Marcus Catholic Church in Clear Lake with Rev. LeRoy Scholz officiating. Burial was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN.
Florence was born January 10, 1911, in Duelm to Matt and Mary (Kutz) Wakeman. She married Lawrence Miller on June 26, 1937, at St. Marcus Church in Clear Lake. She lived by Briggs Lake most of her life and was a Nurses Aide at High Point Lodge for 25 years.
She is mother and mother-in-law to, Violet Moeller of Foley; Charles and Virginia Miller of Villard, MN, Celia Marquette of Maple Lakes, MN; Delia Mar-quette of Maple Lake, MN; Ruth and John Pappenfus of Royalton, MN. Survivors also include a sister, Emma Connor of LeSeur; 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lawrence on November 9, 1944; daughters, Mary Miller; brothers, Albert, Edward, Anthony, George, Gust, Emil, Pete and William Wakeman, sisters, Clara Ehmke, Susie Am-born, Cecelia Shaw; grandchildren, Wanda Marquette and Kevin Todd Marquette.
Casketbearers were grandchildren, Jeff, Travis, Darin and Brenda Marquette, Donald Moeller, Brian and Scott Pappenfus.
Audrey Joyce Balaski
Audrey Joyce Balaski, age 63, a resident of Little Falls, MN, died May 16, 1998, at St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls.
Funeral services were held at Holy Family Catholic Church in Belle Prairie, MN, on May 19 with Rev. Harold J. Kost officiating. Burial will take place at a later time in the parish cemetery.
Audrey J. Balaski was born July 3, 1934, to the late Michael and Doris “Preble” Cregon in Minneapolis, MN. She moved to Little Falls with her parents where she grew up and attended school, graduating from the class of 1951. After completing her education she resided in the Little Falls area. She was united in marriage to Thomas Balaski on June 25, 1953. The couple made their home in Ripley township, raising their children. Audrey stayed at home raising the children until 1983, at which time she became a cook for the “Country Place” and “Castaway”. In 1986 she returned home and became a housewife. Thomas passed away August 12, 1994, and Audrey continued living at home until she became a resident of the Pine Grove Manor in March of 1998, residing there until her death. Audrey was a life member of Holy Family Church, she enjoyed reading and spending time with her grandchildren.
Survivors include her sons, Steven and wife, Mary of Little Falls, Terry of Little Falls and Brian of Little Falls; daughters, Brenda Balaski of Little Falls, Lori and husband Dave Kitchen of Fort Worth, TX, Sherril and husband, Bruce Lamont of Minneapolis, MN; brother, Roberg Cegon and wife, Joann of Arizona; sister, Beverly Trebiatowski and husband, Herman of Little Falls; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Audrey was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Thomas August 12, 1994.
Pallbearers were Michael Balaski, Thomas Balaski, Greg Vietek, Les Voigte, Randy Lemm and David Kitchen.
Juel Ann Pitzel, age 62, a resident of Little Falls, MN, formerly of Frazee, MN, died July 31, 1998, near Paris, France.
A memorial mass was held on August 8, 1998, in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Frazee, with Father Joe DeCrans officiating. Burial will be held in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Frazee at a later date. There will be a memorial service for her friends in Little Falls at a late date.
Juel Ann Marlene Pitzel was born on June 23, 1936, the daughter of Carl and Emma (Kratzke) Pitzel of Hobart Township, near Vergas, MN. There she was raised. She attended and graduated from Frazee High School in 1954. Following school, she graduated from Moorhead State University in Moorhead, MN, with a degree in teaching. She then taught school in the Perham, MN, area. She then taught school in Roseau, MN, before teaching in Little Falls. She retired in 1997.
Survivors include her mother, Emma Pitzel, Frazee; two sisters, Janice (Lloyd) Watt of New Hope, MN, and Jane (Orville) Schnabel of Moorhead; two brothers, Monroe (Rose) of Moorhead and Michael (Bette) of Frazee. She is also survived by 12 nephews and nieces and two great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Carl.
Julia ‘June’ Kedroski
Julia “June” Kedroski, age 80, a resident of Chicago, IL, formerly of Sobieski, MN, died August 4, 1998, at the home of her great niece Linda (Nouis) Carlson in Little Falls, MN.
Mass of Christian Burial was August 8 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Sobieski with Father Raymond Donnay officiating. Burial was at the parish cemetery.
June was born April 27, 1918, in Pike Creek Township to Ignatius and Mary (Tillman) Piotrowski. She married Leo Kedroski on August 30, 1941, in Chicago, IL. She worked at Merrimount Spring & Wire Co; then later she and her husband ran a tavern called “Leo and June’s Tap.”
Survivors include her sister, Louise Kroijer of Redwood City, CA; niece, Beverly Nouis of Little Falls; nephews , Louis Ginter of Little Falls; and many other nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; 12 brothers and three sisters.
Casketbearers were Perry Nouis, Scott Nouis, Troy Nouis, Richard Carlson, Lindsay Nouis, Kayla Carlson and Linda R. Carlson.
Mabel DeVriendt, age 88, a resident of Royalton, MN, died October 8, 1997 at the Lutheran Senior Citizens’ Home in Little Falls, MN.
Funeral services were held October 11, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Royalton, with Pastor John Ramsbacher officiating. Burial was in the Riverside Cemetery in Royalton.
Mabel was born April 9, 1909 in Austin, MN to the late Victor and Ella (Rafoth) Nelson. She was united in marriage with Carl Tverberg in January of 1930. Carl died in 1941. She was united in marriage with Edward DeVriendt on July 9, 1942. Edward died August 20, 1983. Mabel resided in Royalton from 1949 until 1979 when she moved to Little Falls. Her hobbies consisted of crocheting, cooking, gardening, reading, and dancing. She loved visiting with her family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include her sons, Lavern Tverberg and wife Corneal of Stacy, MN, Wayne DeVriendt and wife Betty of Sauk Centre, MN, Larry DeVriendt and wife Connie of Royalton; a daughter, Diane Sufka and husband Robert of Royalton; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; one son, Glenn; one grandson, Rick; one brother; and one sister.
Honorary casketbearers were Paul Tverberg and Brad Sufka.
Casketbearers were Randy, Mark, Dale and Dean DeVriendt, Vernon and Vance Tverberg.
Casimer A. Piasecki, age 88, a resident of Little Falls, MN, formerly of Harding, MN, died October 8, 1997, at the Lutheran Senior Citizens Home in Little Falls.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Casimer was held October 11 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Harding.
Casimer was born November 21, 1909, in Poland to Walter and Josephine (Novak) Piasecki. His family moved to the United States in 1911. Casimer attended school in Sauk Rapids. After his schooling, he moved to the Harding area where he then married Lucille Pularski on June 5, 1935, at Holy Cross Catholic Church. He farmed in the Harding area until 1975 when he retired. He also was a supervisor for the Pularski township for many years. Casimer became a resident of the Lutheran Senior Citizens Home in Little Falls in 1989. He enjoyed fanning, fishing, playing cards and wood working, Most of all he enjoyed spending time loving his grandchildren and telling them stories.
Survivors include his daughters, Loretta Hansen - Rudie of Little Falls, Bernice Huver of Pierz, MN, and Doris Paul of Kooskia, ID; brothers, Stanley Piasecki of Pine Center, MN, and Leo Piasecki of Center City, MN; sisters, Stephanie Shubert of Pierz and Helen Szlogowski of New Brighton, MN; 17 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandsons.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Richard Piasecki; brothers, Walter and Julius Piasecki; sister, Francis Waytashek; four grandchildren and one great fishing buddy, Harold “Shorty” Jorgenson.
Casimer will be remembered for his wonderful spirit and will for life. His family will never forget his strong and willing heart.
Pallbearers were Dan Waytashek, Tom Gerwing, Mike Waytashek, Janey Gerwing, Gary Piasecki, Mark Piasecki, Thomas Phelps and Mark Kuchinski.