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  • Gregory A. Johnson

    Greg Johnson, age 70 of Sauk Centre, passed away in an accident on a motorcycle trip in Ecuador on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021.

    A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Sauk Centre. A celebration of life will follow the service for friends and family at GreyStone Golf Club in Sauk Centre.

    Visitation will be held from 3-4 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

    *In honor of Greg, dress for event will be casual and it is encouraged to wear tie dye, cut off t-shirts, doo rags, or Zubaz – Please, no black.

    Gregory Alan Johnson was born on Feb. 14, 1951 in Grand Rapids, to Fritz and JoAnn (Foley) Johnson [Badavinac]. He was a gifted athlete, competing in football and basketball throughout high school, Grand Rapids High School, and college, Hamline University. Greg influenced many lives through his years as an educator and coach. He and his wife, Kelley Johnson, developed and built a commercial health care laundry facility, Hygienic Service Systems, for hospitals and nursing homes serving a five-state area in Red Wing. He enjoyed cooking for his friends and family, golfing and experiencing new adventures. Most of all, he enjoyed getting lost on back roads on his motorcycle.

  • Paul G. Cavegn

    Paul Gregory Cavegn was born on March 24, 1951 in St. Paul, to Benedict and Evelyn (Wilson) Cavegn. He grew up in Little Canada and graduated from Frank B. Kellogg High School in 1969. Paul married Linda Dironca on April 24, 1971 in St. Paul. He worked for several different companies in the manufacturing industry over the years until he retired in 2013. 

    Paul enjoyed spending his summers with his family at the lake cabin, fishing, hunting, yard work, and cooking. His favorite pastime was getting out on the bike with Linda whether it was cross-country trips with their friends or bike runs for charity. Paul will be remembered most for the love he had for his family. Watching his kids grow up and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren were always his best memories.

    Paul passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 at the age of 70. He is survived by his wife, Linda; children, Rusty Cavegn and Tina (Kent) Cantrell; seven grandchildren, Agatha, Isac, Cassandra, Natasha, Brendon, Dylan and Dominique; 14 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Evelyn Cavegn and Pauline Inott. 

    He was preceded in death by his parents.

  • Michelle A. Poepping

    Michelle A. Poepping, age 36 of Avon, formerly of Sauk Centre, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021 at her home in Avon.

    A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Sauk Centre with Rev. Arnold Allison officiating.  Inurnment will be held at a later date.

    Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

    Michelle Ann Poepping was born on Feb. 24, 1985 in Sauk Centre, to Ronald and Julie (Pederson) Poepping. She graduated from Sauk Centre High School in 2003 and furthered her education at Rasmussen College, earning her degree in the Medical Assistant program. Michelle worked at the St. Cloud Eye Clinic for a number of years. She enjoyed fishing, taking in the beauty of the lake and nature. Michelle truly loved spending time with her children.

    Survivors include her children, Morgan Poepping and Riley Brown; parents, Ron (Diann) Poepping of Hutchinson and Julie Lieser of Sauk Centre; sister, Dawn Poepping (Jordan Adams) of Sauk Centre; stepbrothers and stepsister, Chace (Kristi) Jensen of Dexter, Michigan, Josh (Ivy) Harrison of New Ulm and Charity (Adam) Laidlaw of Willmar; and many loving relatives and friends.

  • Patricia M. “Pat” Bromenshenkel

    Patricia M. “Pat” Bromenshenkel, age 74 of Sauk Centre, passed away from a tragic automobile accident on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. Her children will honor her life in a private memorial mass with inurnment in the Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Elrosa. Family and friends are invited to an informal celebration of her life to be held at the Sinclair Lewis Park on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 1-3 p.m.  

    Patricia Mary Wiechmann was born on March 12, 1947 to Robert and Dolores (Herzog) Wiechmann and was raised on a dairy farm in Elrosa. She graduated from Belgrade High School in 1965. She then worked at the Sauk Centre Creamery, owned a home daycare business, and more.  Most notably, for more than 20 years she was a manager of a local agency, currently called WACOSA.  She was passionate about helping individuals with disabilities find opportunities to work and live in Sauk Centre and surrounding communities.  

    Patricia was an active member of the community throughout the years. She was the President of the local Dollars for Scholars Organization and the President of the local chapter of the American Cancer Society for multiple years. She also taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School at St. Paul’s Church and sang in the church choir.  

  • Rev. Richard Gans O.C.S.O.

    Rev. Richard Gans O.C.S.O.  rests in peace with our Lord after his death on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, at Our Lady of Miraflores, a Trappist monastery in Rancagua, Chile.  His funeral and burial took place on Sunday Oct. 10 with his loving monastic family laying him to rest within the community and home that he loved.

    Fr. Richard was born Norbert John Gans to Joseph Gans and Lidwina Bentfield Gans on Feb. 6, 1931. He grew up on the farm in a loving family and community that provided the ground for the seed of his vocation to the priesthood. He attended a small country school in West Union and after eighth grade, attended and graduated from Sauk Centre High School. He was out-going and fun-loving and easily made friends.

    After graduation from high school, he went on to attend St John’s University in Collegeville. It was there that the seed of a vocation for the priesthood was awakened. Being loved by many and the center of attention of his friends, he struggled with the call to leave everything behind and enter the religious life. He wrote a paper for an assignment on “What do you plan to do after graduation?”  He decided to write on the priesthood. “Raised eyebrows and snickers of disbelief were the general reactions, and he himself, filled with grave doubts, not only shared their disbelief but secretly hoped they be right.”

  • David D. Heinen

    David (Dave) D. Heinen, 77, formerly of Sauk Centre,  passed away unexpectedly April 12, 2021 at his home in Savage.

    Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. Oct. 26 at the Washburn McCreavy Funeral Home on 2300 W. Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington with the celebration of life memorial immediately following.  A private internment with military honors will take place at Fort Snelling National Cemetery on Oct. 27.

    Dave was born July 1, 1943 in Belgrade to Al and Margaret (Spanier) Heinen and graduated from Sauk Centre High School in 1961. Following graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1966. Upon returning home, he married Kathleen (Kitty) Blank and they had two children, Lisa and David Jr.  Dave worked as a Computer Engineer for Control Data Corporation (CDC) which took him around the world for many years and where he developed his love of traveling.  In 1978, he married Teresa (Teri) Daniels and they shared 42 years of marriage and a son, Daniel. They traveled to Europe for his work and lived in Germany for several years before returning to Bloomington.  Shortly after their return, he retired from CDC and started his own computer engineering business, Data Hardware, Inc.  He loved spending time with his family, telling old stories, and traveling. Close friends and family were fortunate to have him as their personal travel guide during many visits to Europe. He was a lifetime member of the Sauk Centre American Legion.

  • Peter L. Harsh

    Peter L. Harsh, age 69 of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Oct. 12, 2021 in Devil’s Lake, North Dakota.

    Funeral services will be  on Friday, Oct. 22 at River of Life Church with Pastor Kyle Peterson officiating.

    Peter Lawrence Harsh, the son of Darrell and Marcella Harsh, was born on Sept. 8, 1952, in Sauk Centre and graduated from Sauk Centre High School.

    A full-time promotional walleye angler, Pete lived and breathed walleye fishing and promotions 24/7/365 days a year. Dedicated to his sport, he worked hard to promote walleye angling at all levels. A former national sales manager of a major boat company, he brought a wealth of knowledge to his sponsors pertaining to the sales, marketing, promotions and development of walleye fishing and boating products. Pete had 13 wins and numerous top-10 and top-20 finishes in walleye tournament competitions across the northern tier of the United States including the states of Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Michigan, Montana, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

  • Beatrice F. Dahl

    The Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Beatrice Florence Dahl, age 84, of St. Cloud, will be at 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 22, at Church of the Holy Spirit in St. Cloud. Beatrice passed away peacefully at her home Oct. 8, 2021.  Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. There will be a visitation from 4-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 21, at the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home in St. Cloud and again at 10 a.m., Oct. 22, at Church of the Holy Spirit. Parish prayers will be at 5 p.m., Oct. 21, at the funeral home.

    Beatrice “Bea/Poo” was born Jan. 2, 1937, to John and Angeline (Pilarski) Paggen. She was raised in Holdingford and the family later moved to Waite Park. She attended Technical High School and the St. Cloud Business College. She started working for Stearns County in 1956 and remained until she retired as office manager.

    She married Elmer Dahl Sept. 3, 1956, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waite Park. Bea and Elmer were married for 57 years. After marriage, she lived in St. Cloud for the remainder of her life. Bea was able to remain in the home she helped build until she passed. 

    Bea was an active person and originated the term “Busy as a Bea.”  Over the years, she participated in softball, bowling and golf. She was a pretty good athlete. Bea spent many hours refinishing furniture and sewing. In retirement, she worked to unravel the mysteries of the slot machine and was one of the lucky few who came out ahead. She cherished her casino bus trips with friends and family. During the years with Elmer, they were very active members of the St. Cloud Antique Auto Club. The close-knit club members fondly referred to her as “Aunt Bea.” 

  • DuWayne H. Sabrowsky

    Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 22, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Albany for Duwayne H. Sabrowsky, 86, of Avon who passed away at the St. Cloud Hospital Oct. 16, 2021. The Rev. Steege will officiate and burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 21, at Williams Dingmann Funeral Home in St. Cloud and one hour prior to services at the church Oct. 22.  

    DuWayne was born May 5, 1935, in Collegeville Township, to Herbert A. and Rose B. (Ressemann) Sabrowsky. He married Marianne J. Ostergaard Feb. 24, 1957, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in St. Cloud. DuWayne proudly served for our country from 1953-57 in the United States Marine Corps,  honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant. After his time within the Marine Corps, he received a bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University and his master’s degree from St. Thomas University. He worked as an elementary school teacher and taught at Mora Elementary for three years and then St. Francis Elementary in Anoka County for 25 years before retiring in 1990. He enjoyed his retirement working for Barton Sand & Gravel. DuWayne is a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Albany, Albany American Legion and a life member at the VFW Post 428 in St. Cloud. DuWayne had a deep passion for children. He was truly an inspiration, and his students loved him. DuWayne enjoyed carving fish decoys, gardening, deer hunting, spear fishing and dancing with his granddaughter. He was a determined, special and caring person who will be dearly missed by all.

  • Felicitas “Phyllis” Vornbrock

    Felicitas “Phyllis” Vornbrock, age 80, of Upsala, passed away Sept. 19, 2021, at St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 22, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Upsala. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. A gathering of family and friends will at 9 a.m. Oct. 22 until the time of services.

    Felicitas “Phyllis” Vornbrock was born on March 6, 1941, in New Munich, to Anton and Christina (Eichoff) Massmann. On June 27, 1961, Phyllis was united in marriage to Gerald Vornbrock at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich.

    Phyllis was a member of St. Mary’s Christian Mothers. She enjoyed going to polka fests in New Ulm and dances in general. Phyllis was a lifetime homemaker who took pride in her cooking, family time and farm life.

    Phyllis is survived by her husband of 60 years, Gerald Vornbrock; children Pamela (Carl) Janssen, Anita (John) Wiechmann, Roman (Nona) Vornbrock, Donald (Kelly) Vornbrock, Judith Vornbrock, Marlene Vornbrock, Ann (Matt) Fonder and Daniel Vornbrock; grandchildren Brittany (Clint), Adam (Kenzie), Megan, Mitchell, Luke (Kailee), Nick (Lacy), Laura, Casey (Sheila), Alisha, Amber, Michael, Lori, Dylon, Emily, Anton, Joseph and Kobio; six great-grandchildren; siblings Anthony (Marion) Massmann, Christine Wochnick and Celestine (Bea) Massmann; as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.

    She is preceded in death by her parents, son Steven, seven brothers and three sisters.

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