Henry J. Mueller
Henry J. Mueller, age 77, a resident of Minneapolis, MN, passed away.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held December 22, 1998,at the Church of the Annunciation in Minneapolis, MN. Interment was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Henry serviced his country during WWII with the 88th Sea Bee Battalion, and was a Branch Sales manager for the Eureka Company.
Henry is survived by wife Nancy; children, Greg Mueller and wife Kathy, Carol DeWitt, Mary Jane Mueller and husband Dave Ray, and Charlie Mueller; sister, Elizabeth C. Mueller; brother, Lawrence Mueller and wife Sally;grandchildren, Sarah and Stephen Mueller; nieces and nephews.
Robbie J. Pollock
Robbie J. Pollock, age 35, a resident of Burtrum, MN, died December 23, 1998, at the Long Prairie Memorial Hospital in Long Prairie, MN.
Funeral services were held December 28 at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetry in Sparta, WI.
Robert “Robbie” Jay Pollock was born June 3, 1963, in Toma, WI to the late Charles and Cleta (Johnson) Pollock. He grew up in Toma and graduated from Toma High School with the Class of 1981. He attended Tech School in LaCrosse, WI, graduating from there in 1985. He lived in Arizona, Texas and later moved to Little Falls and presently was living in Burtrum. He worked for the past five years as a maintenance person at Falls Fabricating in Little Falls. He enjoyed music, his guitar, electronics, fishing and hunting.
Survivors include his fiance, Cynthia Maciej of Burtrum; daughter, Jamie LeMieur-Pollock of Little Falls; sister, Toni Erickson and husband David; and niece, Tiffani Erickson of Kilgore, TX, aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and step-son, Josh Odden.
Casketbearers were Tim Maciej, Lenny Maciej, Kelly Maciej, Ray Zanda, Scott Young and Butch Zimmerman.
Fred Yasgar, age 81, a resident of Sobieski, MN, died December 25, 1998, at the Lutheran Senior Citizens Home in Little Falls.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held December 28 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Sobieski, with Father Raymond Donnay officiating. Burial was in the St. Stanislaus Parish Cemetery. Military rites were conducted by Little Falls V.F.W. Post #1112.
Fred was born August 22, 1917, to George and Martha (Wroble) Yasgar in Sobieski, MN. Fred was united in marriage to Catherine Rossa on July 21, 1941, in Elmdale, MN. He then served in the Army during World War II. After the service, he farmed in Swanville Township. Fred also worked for Hennepin Paper Company in Little Fallsfor 17 years. He also bartended in Flensburg and Sobieski. Fred was a member of the V.F.W. He very much loved to bike ride.
Survivors include his wife, Catherine Yasgar, of Sobieski; sons Lawrence Yasgar of Huron, SD, Roger Yasgar of Champlin, MN, Bernard Yasgar of Moorhead, MN, and “Yub” Eugene Yasgar and wife Roxy of St. Cloud, MN; daughters Marie Frank and husband Al of Maple Grove, MN, Jane Spiess and husband Michael of Ellsworth, WI; and Kathleen “Tina” Frank and husband Gerard of Randall, MN; brothers, Bob Yasgar of Sobieski and Frank Yasgar of Little Falls, MN; sister Celia Fussy of Sobieski; 19 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son David; brothers Ted, Joe, and Lawrence; and sisters Gertrude Palashewski and Isabel Trutwin.
Casketbearers were Mike Yasgar, Ron Yasgar, Derrick Frank, Jeremy Frank, John Holtz, and Joe Trutwin.
Rosamond A. “Rose” Poissant
Rosamond A. “Rose” Poissant, age 94, a long-time area residentof Little Falls, MN, and Brainerd, MN, formerly of St. Cloud, MN, died December 28, 1998, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held December 31 at St. Mathias Catholic Church with Father Seamus Walsh officiating. Burial was in St. Mathias Church Cemetery.
Rose was born in Stewart, MN, on November 12, 1904, to Bernard and Josephine (Forcier) May. She had been a member of the Christian Mothers and St. Mathias and St. Francis Catholic Churches in Brainerd.
Survivors include two sons, Wallace Poissant of Mesa, AZ, and Irving H. and his wife Irene Poissant of Cold Spring, MN; one daughter, Mrs. Robert (Mary) Koering of Fort Ripley, MN; 22 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; one brother, Raymond May of Brainerd; and, one sister, Frances Doucette of Brainerd.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilfred; two sons, Kenneth and John Poissant; two grandsons; four brothers and sisters, Winnifred May, Lawrence May, Fred May, and Florence Moran.
Corinne Lanell Brooks, age 18, of Lincoln, MN, died unexpectedly on December 25, 1998.
Funeral services were held December 29 at the Lincoln Evangelical Free Church with Reverend Terry Stumbo officiating. Burial was in the Scandia Valley Cemetery.
Corinne Brooks was born on October 10, 1980, in Minneapolis, MN, to Laurie Bencker and Luxton Brooks. She lived in the Minneapolis area where she attended elementary school. In 1991, she moved with her mother to Lincoln and attended Staples-Motley Schools where she was currently a senior at the Staples-Motley High School and was a member of the Yearbook Committee. She worked several jobs in the area, including Hardees, was a waitress at the Ten-Hi in Motley and worked at the Cennex Station in Staples. She also enjoyed babysitting.
Survivors include her mother, Laurie Bencker of Lincoln; her father, Luxton Brooks of Newport, MN; two sisters, Amy Jill Pittman and Ashley Breanna Brooks; one brother, Joseph Brooks; maternal grandmother, Sonja Bencker of Lincoln; paternal grandparents, Melvin and Ruth Brooks; paternal great-grandmother, Dorothy Franklin of Staples; five aunts: Diane Hogle, Lisa Kelley, Natalie Lee, Darla Brooks, Lori Coenen; six uncles: Allen Bencker, John, Gary, Mark, David and Justin Brooks; special friend: Brian Tweeter and James Brandon; as well as many cousins, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Herb Bencker and uncle, Steven Brooks.
Robert Elmer Vincent Fiero, age 85, of Royalton, MN, died December 22, 1998, at St. Otto’s Care Center in Little Falls, MN.
Funeral services were held December 26 at the Brenny - Karlinski Funeral Home in Royalton with Father Tony Kroll officiating. Burial was at the Holy Trinity Catholic Parish Cemetery in Royalton.
Robert was born February 11, 1913, to Howard and Jessie Rose (Blake) Fiero in Forest Hills, NY. He actively worked in New York for such concerns as Bell Telephone Research Laboratory/ U.S. Export Corporation, U.S. Port of Embarkation, and U.S. Department of Agriculture. Robert enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on April 19, 1944, and was honorably discharged May 2, 1946. He served in Paris Island as instructor of infantry weapons until he was assigned to overseas duty in the Pacific. His unit received Presidential Citations from the late President Roosevelt while overseas. After the war, he worked for Fram Corporation as General Traffic Manager and retired at 65 from Fram (Bendix). Robert was united in marriage to Eleanor Margaret Peirce on May 20, 1939. She passed away in 1973. Robert was united in marriage to Cordelia Kroll on August 25, 1973.in Minneapolis, MN. In 1992, they retired in Royalton.
Survivors include wife Cordelia Fiero of Royalton; son Robert Edmund Fiero and wife Elaine of Falls River, MA; brother Howard Fiero of Jamaica, NY; sister Jessie Schultz of Largo, FL; and three grandchildren, Robert Edmund Fiero, Kelly Ann Fiero, and Thomas Howard Fiero, all of NH.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Eleanor and one sister.
Casketbearers were relatives and family.
Richard Frank Pekarek, age 49, a resident of South St. Paul, MN, died December 25, 1998, in South St. Paul.
Funeral services were held December 29 at the Church of St. John Vianney in South St. Paul with Father Martin A. Beckman officiating. Burial was in Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Richard was born in Little Falls, MN, on May 6, 1949, to Frank and Rose (Skaja) Pekarek. He married Karen Jean Anderson. He was employed at Long Prairie Packing Company and served in the Army from February 3, 1969, to January 9, 1972.
Survivors include his wife, Karen; daughter, Christiana; a brother, Ernest Pekarek; sisters, Margaret Peppersack, Mary Jane Gapinski, Florence Schrodek, Alice Pedersen, Rose Ann Zablocki, Frances Jorgenson and Evelyn Pekarek and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Theresa Ziwicki and brothers, Norman Pekarek and George Pekarek.
Winifred G. Rocholl, age 93, a resident of Little Falls, MN, died December 28, 1998, at St. Otto’s Care Center, Little Falls.
Private family services will be held at a later date.
Winifred was born May 24, 1905, in Detroit, MI, to Frederick Clark and Catherine Lorraine (LaLonde) Ward. She married Arnold Rocholl on October 11, 1923, in Detroit. She was a homemaker and bank teller in Detroit. She worked at Comerica. She moved to Onamia, MN,in 1970, and to St. Otto’s Care Center in 1993. She enjoyed classical music, bowling and crossword puzzles.
Survivors include her six children and their spouses, Rev. Arndol (Anne) Rocholl, Jr., of Long Prairie, MN, Edith Bunker of Madison, MI, Harold (Joan) Rocholl of Plymouth, MI, Evelyn (Clarence) Nagler of Sterling Heights, MI, Eleanor (Merle) Christie of Royal Oak, MI, and Elsa (Jess) Tenney, Hazel Park, MI; 17 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1987; one sister, Irene Snyder and one brother, Clayton Ward.
Kathleen Rose (Perlinger) Gangestad, age 63, a resident of St. Mathias, MN, died December 29, 1998, at the Greater Staples Hospital.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on December 31 at the St. Mathias Catholic Church with Father Henry Miller officiating. Burial followed in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley.
Kathleen was born on January 7, 1935, daughter of Andrew and Mary (Wally) Perlinger in Lennox Township. She grew up in St. Mathias and was united in marriage to Leo Gangestad on February 5, 1955. Following their marriage they moved to Zim, MN, on the iron range and in 1971 they moved to Little Falls, MN, where she worked for H&R Block. In 1985 they moved to the Perlinger home place in St. Mathias where she lived with her husband Leo until entering the Staples Care Center Alzheimer’s Unit in March of 1998. Kathleen enjoyed showing off her weedless garden and flowerbed. She enjoyed crocheting lovely doilies, cards, dice and spending time with friends and relatives, she enjoyed her kids, accounting and was a devoted grandmother.
Survivors include her husband, Leo; a son, Dennis (Michele) Gangestad of Little Falls; two daughters, Terry (Robert) Baker of Brainerd, MN, Penny (Steven) Scott of Staples; her parents, Andrew and Mary Perlinger of Brainerd; five sisters, Margaret Lightner of Brainerd, Ann Namyst of Woodbury, MN, Clara Perlinger of St. Paul, MN, Elaine Doucette of Winslow, AZ, and Joan Thesing of St. Mathias; two brothers, Larry Perlinger of Brainerd and Gary Perlinger of Waseca and nine grandchildren.
Casketbearers were Jenny Baker, Susan Lust, Danial Baker, Kelen Gangestad, Christopher Gangestad and Kenten Gangestad. Honorary casketbearers were Bethany and Alexander Gangestad.
Kenneth Pehr Olson, age 77, a resident of rural Richardson Township in Morrison County, MN, died December 29, 1998 at his home. He had been ill for some time.
A Memorial Service was held January 2, 1999, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hillman, MN, with Pastor Lynn Broughton officiating.
Kenneth Olson was born on May 18, 1921, to Swedish immigrant parents, Thea and Pehr Olson. They lived on a small farm in Mound, MN, and then moved to South Minneapolis where Kenneth grew up. He went to South High School and Dunwoody Institute and became a cadet at the Middle Georgia College in Cochran, GA upon entering the Air Force. He served his country as a bombardier during World War II, serving in Italy briefly just before the war ended. On June 15, 1946, he married Jennie Wall of rural Richardson Township. They were married at the Ak-Sar-Ben Gardens in Aitkin, MN. From this marriage, four children were born: Joyce, Bruce, Paul and Gordon. Kenneth graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Mechanical Engineer-ing. He joined Sperry Univac (later Unisys) where he played a critical role in many early space programs. His team was instrumental in the program that took the first pictures of Mars, which helped create and implement the program that fueled mid-air tankers and was significantly involved in the windows of re-entry programs for the early space flights. He was a wonderful husband and father and also served the Lord as a Sunday School teacher. He never missed a track meet nor a wrestling match and spent countless hours accompanying his ski racer son, Paul, to races in the midwestern and western states, then froze on the top of the slopes as a race monitor. He was a modest and humble man, never touting his own accomplishments. His family is grateful for his life and also grateful to the Lord who took Kenneth to be with Him now, free from pain and longing to be home.
He will be sorely missed by his wife of 52 years, Jennie Wall Olson of Platte Lake, MN; his daughter, Joyce Schweig and her husband Larry and children Lars and wife Jodi (children Riley and Matthew) of Chicago, IL; also surviving are three sons, Bruce Olson of Elk River, MN (his children, Gunnar and Andrea) and his fiancée Linda and sons Kyle and Garret; Paul Olson of Chanhassen, MN (and his children, Spencer and Jennifer) and his friend, Ila (and her children Anneka and Taylon); and Gordon and his wife Debbie of St. Louis, MO.
He was preceded in death by his parents.