Esther C. Johnson
Esther C. Johnson, age 89, a resident of Milaca, MN, formerly of Randall, MN, died August 9, 1998, at the Elim Home in Milaca, MN.
Funeral services were held August 13 at First Lutheran Church in Little Falls, MN, with Rev. Janeva Stromberg and Rev. Sanna Reinholtzen officiating. Burial was in the Randall Cemetery.
Esther C. Johnson was born October 28, 1908, in Parker Township, Morrison County, MN, to the late John and Mary (Turner) Olson. She grew up in Parker Township and attended country school. Esther was united in marriage to Clarence R. Johnson on August 3, 1932, in Little Falls. The couple farmed in Parker Township until 1971. Esther continued to live on the farm until coming to reside in Princeton, MN, in November, 1994. Esther became a resident of the Elim Home in Milaca, MN, in September, 1996. Esther enjoyed crocheting and quilting. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Little Falls.
Survivors include her daughters, Annette Jopp and husband Junior of Waite Park, MN and Marie Williams and husband Paul of Princeton, MN; sister, Emma Huebner of St. Petersburg, FL; three grandchildren, Tina Simmonds, Jackie Bloomquist and Tony Williams; six great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence; parents, grandson, Todd Williams; two infant grandsons; sisters, Clara Hovland and Ella Hill; brother, Richard Olson.
Honorary pallbearers were John, Todd and Troy Hovland and Rick Olson.
Pallbearers were Don Fitch, Andy, Norman and Richard Hovland, Tony Williams and Lee Olson.
Albert R. Kuklock
Albert R. Kuklock, age 89, a resident of Little Falls, MN, died August 5, 1998, at St. Otto’s Care Center in Little Falls.
Mass of Christian Burial was August 10, 1998, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Sobieski, MN, with Father Raymond Donnay officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Albert was born March 10, 1909, to Frank and Mary (Kuka) Kuklock. He grew up on the family farm in Swan River Township and attended School District 25. He was united in marriage to Agnes Retka on May 29, 1940, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Sobieski. Following their marriage, they moved to Detroit, MI, where Albert worked for Chrysler Corporation. In the early 1940s they returned to the home farm where he farmed until 1973. He also worked at Camp Ripley. He became a resident of St. Otto’s Care Center in 1995. He enjoyed card playing, wood working, and watching the Twins.
Survivors include his wife Agnes; sons, Richard Kuklock and wife Marion of Sauk Rapids, MN, and Benedict Kuklock and wife Donna of Little Falls; sister Rose Sadecki of Minneapolis, MN; and grandchildren Ann Marie, Jeffrey, and Julie Kuklock.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jacob, Peter, John, and Frank; sisters, Barbara Holupchinski, Ann Bodnar and Victoria Roth.
Casketbearers were Jeffrey, Carla, and Julie Kuklock, Charlie Gaulke, George Woidyla, and Rick Holtz.
Honorary casketbearers were Ann Marie Kuklock and Diane Magdziarz.
Catherine S. Heurung
Catherine S. Heurung, age 85, a resident of Pine Grove Manor, Little Falls, MN, died August 4, 1998, at St. Gabriel’s Hospital.
Funeral services were August 8, 1998, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Royalton, MN, with Father Laurn Virnig officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Catherine was born on April 30, 1913, of Rice, MN, to Albert and Elizabeth (Roszeck) Sufka. She was united in marriage to Ben Heurung April 6, 1935, and was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a member of the Christian Mothers, an avid quilter, and gardener.
Survivors include her husband Ben; sons, Donald Heurung of Grey Eagle, MN and Edward Heurung and wife Donna of Foley, MN; daughters, Doris Kliber of Little Falls, Darlene Thell and husband Joe of Mahtomedi, MN, Frances Kocinski and husband Melvin of Fridley, MN, Carole Proper and husband Fred of Little Falls, Shirley Peka and husband Leo of Little Falls; brothers, Blaise Sufkaof Royalton, Andrew Sufka of Rice, Lawrence Sufka of Des Moines, IA, and Raymond Sufka of Grey Eagle; sisters, Elizabeth Chirhart of St. Cloud, Emma Rassier of Sartell, MN and Hattie Lukaswicj of Little Falls; 19 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son Charles; brothers John, Joseph, Edwin, Albert, and Nicholas; and seven grandchildren.
Casketbearers were Thomas Kliber, Daniel Heurung, David Heurung, Mike Thell, Jeff Olesch, and Tim Miller.
Ruth Irene Olsen, age 70, a resident of Staples, MN, died at home August 10, 1998.
Funeral services were held August 14 at the Congregational Church in Staples with Reverend Doug Ostlund officiating.
Ruth was born on February 28, 1928, in Cumberland, WI, to the late Floyd and Ruth Silha Harder. She moved to St. Paul, MN, with her parents at an early age. She was united in marriage to Howard Olsen on June 23, 1945, in St. Paul. The couple moved to Little Falls, MN, in 1947, and then to Staples in 1949, where they lived until moving to Arvada, CO. They moved back to Minnesota in 1976, where they resided in Motley, MN, for 21 years before moving to Staples in August of 1997. Ruth enjoyed crafts and wood sculpturing and she traveled throughout the state displaying her work at craft fairs. She also enjoyed crocheting, quilting, gardening, fishing, drawing and painting and sign painting. Ruth was a member of the Staples Congregational Church and the VFW Auxiliary.
Survivors include her husband, Howard; four sons, Robin (Carol) Olsen of Toledo, OH, Howard (Myrna) Olsen, Jr., of Holton City, TX, Reggie (Robbie) Olson of Coon Rapids, MN, and Kevin (Penny) Olsen of Staples; two daughters, Jodi (Lauren) Ellison of International Falls, MN, and Kim (Jeff) Koppes of Staples; sister, Janice Kuene of Delta, CO; five brothers, Edwin Harder of Federal Way, WA, Bryan Harder of Craig, CO, Norman Harder of Colorado, James Harder of Los Lomas, NM, and Jack Harder of Goodwill, OK; 18 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and four sisters.
Beulah D. (Buth) Rodger
Beulah Rodger, 92, a resident of Minneapolis, MN, died July 26, 1998, surrounded by her family.
Interment was at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery on July 30.
Beulah was born July 30, 1905, in Little Falls, MN, to James Peter Larson and Elvina (Nelson) Larson.
Survivors include daughters Jeannine (N. Clifford) Wold, Britton, SD, Michelle (Darrel) Thelen, McAllen, TX; son, William (Delores) Buth, Coon Rapids, MN; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great- grandchildren.
Derald R. Gangstee
Derald R. Gangstee, age 66, died unexpectably March 8, 1998, at Baja, CA. He was a resident of Santa Clarita, CA.
Derald was born in 1932 in Elmore, MN. Shortly after he moved with his parents to Randall, MN, and then to Little Falls, MN, where he attended school. Derald served four years in the Navy, part of that time in Guam. After discharge in 1959 he became a member of the Los Angeles city fire department. He served 22 years as a fireman, six of those years as an emergency medical technician. He retired in 1982. Since then he spent his time between Santa Clarita and Baja,many times taking food and clothing to an orphanage and others in Baja.
Survivors include four children, sons, Dean of Canyon Country, CA; Scott of Santa Clarita; daughters, Pamela Bently and husband Jim of Citrus Heights, CA; Karen Shane of Woodland Hills, CA; seven grandchildren; sisters, Gerry Voltin of Laguna Hills, CA;and Buffalo, MN; Phyllis Bogs of Lansing, IL; one brother, Byron and stepmother, Berneva Gangstee of Ridgecrest, CA.
He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister.
George W. Reynolds
George W. Reynolds, age 79, a resident of St. Cloud, MN, died at his home on August 7, 1998.
Funeral services were August 10 at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls, MN, with Rev. Steve Schoepf officiating. Burial was at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery.
George W. Reynolds was born December, 14, 1918, in Akeley, MN, to the late Andrew and Florence (Alcott) Reynolds. George lived in various locations with his family throughout childhood. He entered the U.S. Army in February of 1941 and served until October of 1945. George re-enlisted in 1950 and was discharged the same year. After being discharged from the Army, he enlisted in the National Guard and served from 1950 until 1960. George worked for the Swift Co. in St. Paul from 1950 until 1955. George lived with hisfamily in Little Falls from 1950 until 1982 when he retired from Clark Oil. He also wanted at Camp Ripley as a custodian in the Armory. George moved to St. Cloud in 1982 where he resided until his death. George enjoyed fishing, painting crafts, and being a foster grandparent.
Survivors include his son, David and wife, Arlys of St. Cloud; daughters, Sharon Schwandt of Little Falls, and Edna Williams of Little Falls; brothers, Fredrick Buchholz, Clifford Reynolds, Dale Reynolds and France Reynolds; sisters, Nellie Brown, Betty Perkins, Fern Miller, Norma Gillory, Helen Henry, Cora Cole and Irene Knight; 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant twin daughters; son, Daniel Stanley; three infant brothers; brother, Chester Reynolds; sisters, Zella Wilkinson and Florence Buchholz.
Casketbearers were nieces and nephews.
Bernard J. Vasecka
Bernard J. Vasecka, age 86, a resident of Little Falls, MN, formerly of Staples, MN, died August 10, 1998, at St. Otto’s Care Center in Little Falls.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held August 13 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Staples with Father Lauren Germann officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Hills Cemetery.
Bernard James Vasecka was born on May 26, 1912, in Cass County, MN, the only child of the late James and Mary (Kaveney) Vasecka. He grew up on a farm near Staples. He attended Sacred Heart grade school and graduated from Staples High School in 1930. After his graduation, Bernard farmed with his father on the family farm near Staples. He was united in marriage to Hazel Buckingham on May 3, 1941, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Park Rapids, MN. The couple made their home on the family farm where they farmed. Bernard also was employed by Benson Optical in Staples for ten years until his retirement in 1978. In 1980, the couple purchased a home closer to Staples and lived there until their move to Little Falls in 1994. Bernard’s hobbies were mowing grass which he did at the Terrace Golf Course, golfing, dancing, reading and spending time with his family. He was a former member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Staples and was currently a member at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Little Falls. He was also a former member of the Terrace Golf Club.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Hazel Vasecka of Little Falls; daughters, Peggy Martin and husband Charlie of Little Falls, and Deb Schey and husband Chuck of Nisswa, MN; and grandchildren, Gina Madzo, Jennifer Retka, Maria, Paul and Matthew Martin.
He was preceded in death by his infant son, Bernard, and daughter, Patricia Madzo.
Honorary pallbearers were Gerald Steele and Ken Richardson and other co-workers at Benson Optical.
Casketbearers were Leland Webster, Duane Imsande, Paul Martin, Matthew Martin, Ronald Steele, and Mark Larson.
Dorothy Trepanier, age 85, a resident of Watertown, MN, formerly of Pierz, MN, died June 29, 1998, at Elim Nursing Home in Watertown.
Funeral services were held July 2 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Little Falls, MN, with Father Nick Landsberger officiating. Burial will be in the Harlingen, TX, next to her husband.
Dorothy was born in Hugo, MN, on October 19, 1912, to Michael and Elizabeth (Thein) Steiner. She was united in marriage with Arthur Trepanier on June 20, 1938, in Northwood, IA.
Survivors include two daughters, Elizabeth Trepanier of Watertown, and Renee Trepanier and husband Steve Tschida of Little Falls; step-son, Arthur Trepanier, Jr., and wife LaVonne of Casper, WY; sister, Bette Turner of West St. Paul; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Arthur; sons, James and Ronald; brother, Michael Steiner; sisters, Louise Carlson, Anne DeLonais, Nell Holmes and Catherine Steiner; and a grandson, Steven Trepanier.
Casketbearers were Nolan, David, and Art Trepanier, Jr., Gabe and Steve Tschida, and Ted Holmes.
John E. Burski
John E. Burski, age 66, a resident of Rice, MN, died June 29, 1998, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids, MN.
Services were held July 2 at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church in Rice. Rev. Aaron Asmus officiated. Burial, with full military honors provided by the Rice American Legion Post #473, was in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Sauk Rapids.
John E. Burski was born October 31, 1931, in Sauk Rapids, MN, to John Henry and Doris (Wittstock) Burski. He served his country in the United States Army from 1952-1954. He married Joann Poganski on February 4, 1956, in Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids. He lived most of his life in the Sauk Rapids/Rice area. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for Cecil’s Construction and later for Landwehr Heavy Moving, retiring in 1994. He was a member of Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church in Rice, Rice Senior Citizens, where he served as president, and the Rice American Legion Post #473.
Survivors include his wife, Joann of Rice; children and their spouses, John R. Burski of St. Cloud, Janna and Gary Skroch of Rice, Jeanne and Barry Anderson of St. Cloud, James and Aimee Burski of Hoffman, and Joel and Sandra Burski of Rice; brothers, Ralph Burski of Rice and Dennis Burski of Sauk Rapids; and ten grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two infant brothers, Ronald and Donald; two granddaughters, Katie Skroch and Teresa Anderson.