Barbara Sather, age 76, a former resident of Royalton, MN and Bowlus, MN, died October 16, 1998, atGood Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids, MN.
Funeral services were October 19 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Royalton, MN, with Pastor John Rambacher officiating. Burial wasat the East Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery in Amery, WI.
Barbara was born November 1, 1921, to Lee and Jessie (Torgerson) Jones in Cylon, WI. Barbara was united in marriage to Donald E. Sather on July 19, 1942. They resided in St. Paul and moved to Bowlus, MN, in 1948 where they owned the Bowlus Blacksmith Shop. Barbara moved to Royalton in 1981, to Pierz Harmony House in 1993, and then to Sauk Rapids in March of 1998. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and Ladies Aid in Royalton, Royalton American Legion Auxiliary, Royalton Senior Citizens, and former member of Bowlus American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.
Survivors include sons, Daryl Sather and wife Leona of Circle Pines, MN, and Neil Satherand wife Mary of Fort Ripley, MN; daughters, Judy Zapzalka of St. Cloud, MN, Shirley Kasella and husband Gerald of Silver Lake, MN, Sharon Eickhoff and husband Richard of Holdingford, MN, and Leann Kropuenske and husband Elwyn of Woodbury; brother, Curtis Jones of New Richmond, WI; sisters, Lorraine Palewicz of Glenwood City, WI, Marilyn Ringstad of Neilsville, WI, and Joann Jones of New Richmond, WI; 22 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Donald, son Jeffrey, parents and one grandchild.
Casketbearers were Scott Zapzalka, Jeff Eickhoff, Steve Sather, Andy Kasella, Nicole Czeck, and Jason Sather.
Olivia Meyer, age 87, a resident of Pierz, MN, died October 19, at St. Mary’s Villa in Pierz.
Mass of Christian Burial was October 22 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Pierz with Father Ken Brenny officiating. Burial was at St. Joseph’s Parish Cemetery.
Olivia was born February 15, 1911, to John and Cecilia (Tembruell) Gau in Pierz. She was united in marriage to Christ Meyer on October 6, 1937, in Pierz. Olivia was a homemaker raising four daughters. She also worked for the Star Cafe and Old Bank Restaurant. She purchased the Star Cafe in 1963 which she owned for six years. Olivia loved gardening, was a fast berry picker, loved shoveling snow and mowing lawn. She was a member of Christian Mothers.
Survivors include daughters, Sylvia Burggraff and husband Marvin of Pierz, Luanne Jansen and husband Duane of Blaine, MN, Maureen Bozovsky and husband Robert of Brooklyn Park, MN and Marleen Rusch and husband Eldon of Coon Rapids, MN; sisters, Evelyn Litke of Pierz, and Genny Janson of Pierz; sister-in-law, June Gau of Pierz; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Christ Meyer; parents, Cecilia and John Gau; and brother, Elmer Gau.
Casketbearers were Gary Burggraff, Tom Burggraff, Mark Jansen, Dale Bozovsky, Laura Dather, Raymond Litke and Jake Litke. Honorary casketbearers were Gertrude Kinzer, Tille Boser, Dori Pella , and Dolores Watercott.
Martha Marie Canfield, age 89, a resident of Swanville, MN, died October 5, 1998, at her home.
Funeral services were held October 9 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Grey Eagle, MN, with Rev. Ronald Tibbetts officiating. Interment was in Lake View Cemetery, Grey Eagle.
Martha was born July 11, 1909, in Ewington Township, Jackson County, MN, to the late Lorenz and Johanna (Jensen) Stumpf. She grew up and attended school in Ewington Township. She was united in marriage to Howard Canfield on November 29, 1931 at Grace Lutheran Church in Ewington Township. The couple made their home in the Worthington, MN, area. They moved to Slayton, MN, in 1947 where they farmed. In 1949, they moved to a farm southeast of Grey Eagle, MN, where they farmed until 1964. They co
ntinued to live on the farm for a year, at which time they moved to Swanville. Martha worked as a housekeeper at the Pine Edge Inn in Little Falls, cooked at Swanville School until her retirement in 1971 and then worked at the Swanville Senior Center. Martha had a large garden which she enjoyed caring for. She also enjoyed crocheting and bead work. Her family was most important to her. She was a charter member of both Grace Lutheran Church in Ewington Township and the American Lutheran Church in Worthington, MN, and was most recently a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Grey Eagle, MN.
Survivors include her sons, Delmar Canfield of Swanville, Norman Canfield and wife Arlene of Ellsworth, WI, Lorenz Canfield and wife Marleen of Fairfax, MN, and Leonard Canfield and wife Johnie of Winnamucca, NV; daughters, Anna Meagher and husband James of Grey Eagle, Luetta Rohde and husband Gerald “Bud” of Burtrum, MN, Marion Leebens and husband Lon of Slayton, Sylvia Hoffman and husband Eugene of St. Cloud, MN, Louise Walter and husband Roger of Little Falls, MN, and Elizabeth VanLith and husband Lampert of Delano, MN; sister, Louise Koning of Glencoe, MN; 50 grandchildren 99 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Howard Canfield June 25, 1975; daughters, Delores Graber and Gloria Clear; two brothers; five sisters; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Honorary pallbearers were Brian Canfield, Dustin Hoffman, Douglas Canfield, Jamie Clear, Debbie Canfield and Dale Canfield.
Casketbearers were Danny Graber, Mike Meagher, Wayne Rohde, Scott Leebens, John Walter and Joe Dolence.
Herman J. Tschida, age 71, a resident of Pierz, MN, died October 7, 1998, at the St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud, MN.
Funeral services were held October 9 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pierz with Rev. Kenneth Brenny officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Herman was born Mary 3, 1927, in Buh Township, Morrison County, MN, to the late John and Mary (Stangl) Tschida. He grew up on Buh Township and attended District #92 country school, graduating in 1940. Herman then farmed with his parents until entering the U.S. Army in July, 1945. He was honorably discharged in November, 1946 and returned to Pierz. Herman was united in marriage to Alice M. Schmidtbauer on September 13, 1949, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Pierz. He began working as a mechanic at Nagel Chevrolet in Pierz in December, 1946, and was promoted to parts manager. In July, 1980, he started working as a custodian at the Healy High School in Pierz until retiring in June, 1992. Herman enjoyed woodworking and visiting with his family and friends. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Pierz, a life member of the Pierz American Legion Post 341 where he was a past commander and a member of the Little Falls VFW. Herman also served on the Pierz Fire Department from 1957 to 1995. He was the Pierz Fire Department’s Secretary from 1961-1995, and also served as the Secretary of the Relief Association from1961-1995.
Survivors include his wife, Alice M. Tschida; son, Thomas Tschida and wife Jonette of St. Cloud; daughter, Amy Tschida of Sauk Rapids, MN; brother, Leonard Tschida and wife Delores of Pierz; sister, Theresia Selinger of Little Falls and grandchildren, Jonathan and Kelcie Tschida of St. Cloud.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Conrad Tschida.
Honorary pallbearers were retired firemen Dan Stangl, Ken Dahmen, Ted Weber, Ron Litke, Harold Meyer and Lee Meyer.
Pallbearers were Neil Korf, Dale Janson, Greg Fuhrman, Tom Albrecht, Rod Boser and Gerald Stuckmayer.
John Joseph Wojciak died October 2, 1998, at his home in Bradbury Township, MN, at the age of 82 years.
Funeral services were held October 6 at the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Onamia, MN, with Fr. Bernard Miscke officiating. Interment was in the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Onamia.
John Joseph Wojciak was born on September 8, 1916, to Francis and Tekla (Moskal) Wojciak in Minneapolis, MN. He attended school at Edison High School in Minneapolis, MN, where he graduated. He was united in marriage to Ann Dohanick on February 2, 1940, at the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Minneapolis. John served in the United States Navy during World War II. In 1946, the couple resided in Chicago for a few years. The couple then settled in the Johnsdale area near Onamia where John was a self-employed carpenter and mason. He was a member of the American Legion Post and the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Onamia. John enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening.
Survivors include his dear friend, Evelyn Snaza; daughter, Jannetta Spahn and husband, Michael of Brooklyn Park, MN; two sons, Frank of Pigeon Forge, TN and Jerry and wife, Leanne of Onamia, MN; seven granddaughters, one great-grandson, two half brothers, Ed Jachymowski of New Brighton and Ray Jachymowski of Minneapolis, MN. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ann in 1985, parents, a daughter in infancy, a grandson in infancy and seven brothers and sisters.
Casketbearers were Larry Milton, Kevin Gusk, Tom Kunz, Bobbie Hoheisel, Eddie Gibas and Jim Biniek.
Alfred Zak, age 89, a resident of Little Falls, MN, died October 6, 1998, at St. Otto’s Center in Little Falls.
Funeral services were held October 8 at St. Otto’s Care Center Chapel with Father Bernard Kahlhammer officiating. Burial was at Holy Family Catholic Church Cemetery in Bull Dog Lake.
Alfred was born December 1, 1908, to Walter and Annie (Schubert) Zak in Little Falls. He was united in marriage to Christine Hoheisel on November 27, 1935. They farmed in Aitkin County by Portage Lake in McGregor, MN. They had six children. In 1942, Alfred was classed Army Reserve Duty. He was sent to the Union Pacific Coal Company in Rock Springs, WY. Alfred returned back to the farm in late 1945 and did some work in the iron mines in northern MN. He also hada small wild rice business. He did a lot of hunting and trapping, Alfred liked the wooded outdoor country. In his trapping, he was a bit by a rabid mink and was infected with tularemia disease, which caused him to suffer for many years. He had spent several years at St. Otto’s Care Center in Little Falls.
Survivors include his children, Sharon Enger, Dale Zak, and Carol Goranson; 16 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; brother, Leo Zak of Hillman, MN; sisters, Louise Thommes of Lastrup, MN and Josephine Kainz of Harding, MN.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Christine; children, Donna May, Joyce and Janette; one grandchild; brother, Pete Zak; and sister, Bertha (Zak) Kahlhamer.
Ralph K. Truman
Ralph K. Truman, age 86, a resident of Little Falls, MN, died October 4, 1998, at St. Otto’s Care Center in Little Falls.
Funeral services were held October 8 at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls. Burial was in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Little Falls. Military rites were conducted by the Little Falls VFW and American Legion.
Ralph K. Truman was born February 10, 1912, in Highmore, SD, to the late Henry J. and Maude ‘Burnham’ Truman. He grew up in Highmore and graduated from the Highmore High School. Ralph came to the Little Falls area in 1938 and began farming. He was united in marriage to Dorothy Lasky on July 29, 1940, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Little Falls. Ralph worked on the Alaskan Highway from 1941-1942. He entered the U.S. Army in 1942 and served in the Pacific Theatre in Okinowa and the Philippines until his discharge in 1946. Ralph returned to Little Falls and worked as a bartender at Ring’s Red Bull Bar for three years. He served in the Minnesota National Guard from 1946-1950. He purchased a truck and worked a vending route for Von’s Supply Company from 1949-53. Ralph managedthe Little Falls VFW Club for many years. He later was a bartender at the Brass Rail and then worked at Bares Hardware in Little Falls until retiring in 1977. Ralph was named Senior Citizen of the Year in July of 1988. He served on the Board of Little Falls Senior Center and spent many hours volunteering as a meals on wheels driver and on donut delivery. He was very active in A.A. Ralph was a member of the Little Falls VFW Post #1112 and the American Legion Post #46.
Survivors include his sons, Garrold ‘Butch’ Truman and wife Janis of Orange Park, FL, Jim Truman and wife Peggy of Bertha, MN and Tim Truman of Little Falls; daughters, Pam Cameron and husband David of Audubon, MN and Lynn Adams and husband Jim of Bertha; one brother, Burnham ‘Bernie’ Truman of Havasu City, AZ; sisters, Pauline Pekarek of Little Falls and Fern Smith and husband Louis of California; 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, in March, 1976.
Pallbearers were grandchildren.
Richard L. DeMarais of Hillman, MN, formerly of Bloom-ington, MN, died October 4, 1998.
A memorial service was held October 8 at the Washburn-McReavy Chapel in Coon Rapids. Interment was at Sunset Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife, Ardell; son, Rick (Ann Marie); daughters, Sue (Lloyd) Schroeder and Sandy (Claus) Hildesheim; son-in-law, Michael Olson; grandchildren, Kristy (Bill) Fox, David Schroeder, Lisa (Andy) Bohlen, Marc Hildesheim, Craig Olson, Sean (Sherri) Hildesheim; great-grandchildren, Andy and Austin Fox, and Zach Hildesheim; brother, Charles (Vera) DeMarais; sister, Dorothy (John) Engdahl; brother-in-law, Bill Sparrey; five nephews and two nieces and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by daughter, Kathleen “Kaye” Olson and sister, Barbara Sparrey.
Memorials were preferred to the American Cancer Society Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Hillman, MN.
Veronica A. Finken, formerly of Holdingford, MN, passed away October 5, 1998 at the Mother of Mercy Nursing Home in Albany, MN.
Funeral services were held October 8 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Holdingford, MN. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Veronica Finken was born in Melrose, MN, to Henry and Agnes (Imdieke) Hinnenkamp. She married Mathew Finken on September 5, 1933, in Melrose. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Holdingford and the Christian Mothers.
Survivors include a daughter, Darlene Salitros of Bowlus, MN; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband who died October 6, 1980, a brother, Leo, and two sisters, Rose Barhost and Christine Stadherr.
Jack Fitzgerald, age 73, a resident of Little Falls, MN, died September 30, 1998, at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, MN.
A graveside service was held on October 6 at Oakland Cemetery in Little Falls.
Jack Fitzgerald was born on November 2, 1924, in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, MN, to the late Clarence and Ruth (Lilgenberg) Fitzgerald. He grew up in Minneapolis where he attended and graduated from South High School in the class of 1942. He worked at at hardware store and at Cook Paints in Minneapolis. He was united in marriage to Harriet Nora Nelson on October 11, 1952. The couple moved to Little Falls in 1984 where he resided until his death.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Harriet Fitzgerald (November 25, 1994).