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  • Joseph A. Yarke

    Joseph A. “Joe” Yarke, age 74 of Sauk Centre, died in surgery from heart complications on Monday, October 12, 2020 at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minn.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, October 19 at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Rick Aubol officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.

    Visitation will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Sauk Centre. There will be no visitation prior to the mass on Monday.

  • Leonard N. Orth

    Leonard N. Orth, age 95 of Sauk Centre, passed away surrounded by his loving wife of 65 years on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, at St. Benedict’s Community Center in St. Cloud.

    A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13 at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Jeremy Theis officiating. Interment was in St. Paul’s Cemetery with military honors by the Sauk Centre United Veterans Honor Guard.

    Visitation was from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Sauk Centre. Family asks that you respectfully wear a mask and practice social distancing.

  • Irma H. Otte

    Irma H. Otte, of Sauk Centre, died peacefully in the presence of her family on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020 at CentraCare-Sauk Centre Care Center.

    A Mass of Christian Burial was held at noon Wednesday, Oct. 14 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. Rev. Greg Paffel officiated with interment following in the parish cemetery.

    Visitation was held from 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Sauk Centre.

    Irma Hinnenkamp was born Aug. 13, 1920, in Melrose to Ben, Jr. and Mary (Angelbeck) Hinnenkamp. On Aug. 30, 1939, she married Casimir Otte at St, Boniface Catholic Church in Melrose. The couple farmed near Sauk Centre until retiring in 1974. She began working at the Sauk Centre Nursing Home in 1975, where she worked for about 12 years.

  • Arleta L. Cross


    Arleta L. Cross, age 94 of Sauk Centre, formerly of New Hope and Annandale, died Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, at the Sauk Centre Care Center.

    Private family graveside services will be held in 2021 at Woodlawn Cemetery in Annandale.

    Arleta LeRea Cross was born Dec. 15, 1925, in Yale, Iowa to Frank and Lottie (Long) Barcus. Arleta grew up in Yale, where she graduated from Yale High School. On Aug. 23, 1943, Arleta was united in marriage to John E. Cross Jr. in San Diego. They made their home in New Hope, as Arleta worked for General Mills. She remained a loyal employee for 29 1/2 years, retiring in 1983. Upon her retirement, Arleta and John moved to a home on Lake Marie, near South Haven. After 10 years of living by the lake, they moved into Annandale. After John’s death in 2003, Arleta relocated to Sauk Centre to be closer to family. She was a member of Sauk Centre United Methodist Church. In her spare time, Arleta enjoyed cooking for her family. Pets always held a special place in her heart.

  • Betty Anne Voller


    Betty Anne Voller, age 87, of Sauk Centre died peacefully on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020 at Waters of Oakdale in Oakdale.

     She was born Feb. 14, 1933 in O’Neill, Nebraska to Archie and Elsie (Vitt) Faulhaber. The family moved to Sauk Centre when she was a child.  Betty Anne grew up in Sauk Centre, graduating from SCHS, and later attended Marquette University.

    Betty Anne enjoyed cooking, baking and entertaining.  She was active in church activities in both Alexandria and Sauk Centre, including membership in Christian Mothers.

  • Dorine M. Schwagel

    Dorine M. Schwagel, of Spring Hill, died peacefully surrounded by her family Oct. 9, 2020, at Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Augusta, at the age of 77 years, 9 months, and 5 days.

    An outdoor Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, by the grotto at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Spring Hill with the Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating. Interment will follow the Mass in the parish cemetery.

    There will be no visitation prior to Mass at the cemetery. Please bring your own lawn chair.

  • Anthony F. “Tony” Welle

    Anthony F. “Tony” Welle, age 84, of Melrose, passed away Oct. 10, 2020, at St. Benedict’s Center in St. Cloud.  

    A private Mass of Christian Burial will be  at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport with the  Rev. Daniel Walz officiating and Deacon Ernie Kociemba. Interment will be in the parish cemetery with military honors provided by the Melrose Veterans Honor Guard.

  • Fran “Mootz” Thelen

    Fran “Mootz” Thelen, age 87, of New Munich, died peacefully, surrounded by her family Oct. 10, 2020, at her home in New Munich. 

    A private Mass of Christian Burial will be at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich with the Rev. Daniel Walz officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.

    Francella Elizabeth Maritsch was born June 1, 1933, in St. Martin to Henry and Helen (Mayers) Maritsch.  On June 23, 1955, she married Otto Thelen at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich. Fran worked as a bartender in New Munich for many years and later worked at Walmart in Sauk Centre. 



  • Shirley B. Uphoff, age 86 of Greenwald, passed away Oct. 7, 2020, at St. Benedict’s Center in St. Cloud. 

    A private family Mass will be held at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Greenwald with interment in the parish cemetery. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

    Shirley Bernice Hoeschen was born Sept. 26, 1934, in Freeport, to Conrad and Elizabeth (Kleve) Hoeschen. She was united in marriage to Virgil “Vir” Uphoff on June 23, 1956, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport. 

  • Marinus “Rini” Verwijs, age 75, of Avon, passed away Oct. 6, 2020, at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud.

    A Celebration of Life will be at 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct.15, at Avon Community Church in Avon.  A private family interment will be at St. Benedict’s Cemetery in Avon. Visitation will be from 3-4:30 p.m. Oct.15 at the church in Avon. 

    A full obituary will be in next week’s The Star Post. 

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