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  • Marcella C. Tabatt

    Marcella C. Tabatt, 80, of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully May 11, 2022, at CentraCare Care Center in Sauk Centre.

    A visitation with a sharing time was May 15 at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Sauk Centre, followed by a lunch and gathering at the American Legion in Sauk Centre.

    Marcella Catherine Tabatt was born April 26, 1942, in Litchfield, to Cyril and Barbara (Theis) Ficker. She grew up in Litchfield on the family farm with her 12 siblings. Marcella attended school until the eighth grade and then joined the work force at the poultry factory in Litchfield. She was united in marriage to Alfred Tabatt Aug. 28, 1962, in Madelia, and later divorced in 2004. She lived a busy life raising eight children, growing large gardens, canning most everything she grew, baking bread and rolls nearly every day and sewing many quilts. Marcella rejoined the work force at Jennie-O-Foods in Melrose and then retired.

    She was a member of Kingdom Hall-Jehovah’s Witness in Sauk Centre.

    Survivors include her children, Sheila (David) Eke of Sauk Centre, Alfred (Lonna) Tabatt of Albany, Joe (Carol) Tabatt of Sauk Centre, Matthew (Denise) Tabatt of Gillette, Wyoming, Jim (Melodie) Tabatt of Melrose, Marcy (Craig) Dragseth of Melrose, Joan Tabatt of Sauk Centre, and Arnie Tabatt of Alexandria; grandchildren Kyle (Gaby) Tabatt, LeAnna (Paul) Cline, Christopher (Kassidy) Tabatt, Spencer Eke, Kayla Bueckers, Mercedes Eke, Breanna Dragseth, Belle Tabatt, Kirsten Dragseth and Brandon Dragseth; great-grandchildren Ryleigh Tabatt, Ana Bueckers, Teagan Tabatt, Chloe Bueckers, Chase Tabatt and Prairie Cline; siblings Mary Jane Klosher, Eileen (Fay) Theel, Joe Ficker, Dick (Shar) Ficker, Delrose (Ed) Fuchs, Caroline Ficker, Alice Poshek, Roger (Sandy) Ficker, Conrad (Jane) Ficker, Pat (Tony) Gueningsman and Ken (Patty) Ficker. 

    Marcella was preceded in death by her parents, infant son Arnie Tabatt, sister Lucille Wurzburger; infant sister, Juliann Ficker; and great granddaughter, Sage Tabatt.

    Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Sauk Centre.



  • Donald P. “Don” Jacobs

    Donald P. “Don” Jacobs, 89, of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully April 26, 2022, in Mesa, Arizona.

    A memorial service was May 16 at Zion Lutheran Church in Sauk Centre with the Rev. Marty Porter officiating. Inurnment was at Greenwood Cemetery in Sauk Centre. 

    Donald Paul Jacobs was born Oct. 9, 1932, in Sauk Centre, to Herbert and Bertha (Fischer) Jacobs. On April 18, 1956, Donald married Dorothy Beilke at Zion Lutheran Church in Sauk Centre. After their marriage, the couple took over the family farm. He was a farmer and salesman all his life. Don and Dorothy enjoyed wintering in Arizona, dancing and going on fishing trips. Don also enjoyed flying his airplanes, showing his Model A cars, going to tractor pulls and his clocks, his many clocks. 

    Don was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and the Sauk Centre Flying Club. He was the president of the Flying Club for many years and then served as airport manager.

    Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Jacobs of Sauk Centre; children Verna (Gerald) Boecker of Melrose, Bryon (Kathy) Jacobs of Sauk Centre, Leroy (Dottie) Jacobs of Sauk Centre, Cindy (Ronnie) Middendorf of Melrose, and Brenda (Mark) Leukam of Albany; 12 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren; sisters Luella (Erv) Alt of Grey Eagle and Marion Lunceford of Stanchfield.

    Don was preceded in death by his parents; sisters and brothers-in-law Vera (Vern) Asmus and Esther (Ray) Neumann; brother and sister-in-law Marvin (Joan) Jacobs; and brother-in-law Jim Lunceford.

    Serving as crucifer and urn bearer was Kevin Jacobs.

    Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Sauk Centre.

  • Richard R. “Tubby” Herges

    Richard R. “Tubby” Herges, 70, of Melrose, passed away May 10, 2022, at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud.

    A Mass of Christian Burial was May 17 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport. Interment was in St. Rose of Lima Cemetery in St. Rosa.

    Richard Raymond Herges was born March 22, 1952, in Melrose to Eugene “Red” and Alma (Brickweg) Herges. Tubby graduated from Melrose High School. He worked at Jennie-O for over 20 years until his retirement. Tubby enjoyed fishing on Big Birch Lake and had a passion for flowers and gardening. He was a wonderful storyteller and loved making maple syrup with his brother, Joe.

    Survivors include his brothers and sisters, Linda (Wayne) Engstrand of Chandler, Arizona, Randy (Suzy) Herges of Waconia, Ronald (Dee) Herges of Battle Creek, Michigan, Steve (Jeanette) Herges of Pelham, Alabama, brother-in-law, Paul Schneider of Perham, Joe Herges of Melrose, and Ann (Brad Klatt) Tschida of Melrose; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

    Tubby was preceded in death by his parents and sister Mary Schneider Nov. 28, 2015.

    Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.

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  • Donald P. “Don” Jacobs

    Donald P. “Don” Jacobs, age 89 of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, in Mesa, Arizona.

    A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 16 at Zion Lutheran Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Marty Porter officiating. Inurnment will be Greenwood Cemetery in Sauk Centre. 

    Visitation will be from 9:30-11 a.m. Monday at the church.

    Donald Paul Jacobs was born Oct. 9, 1932, in Sauk Centre, to Herbert and Bertha (Fischer) Jacobs. On April 18, 1956, Donald married Dorothy Beilke at Zion Lutheran Church in Sauk Centre. After their marriage, the couple took over the family farm. He was a farmer and salesman all his life. Don and Dorothy enjoyed wintering in Arizona, dancing and going on fishing trips. Don also enjoyed flying his airplanes, showing his Model A cars, going to tractor pulls, and his clocks, his many clocks.

    Don was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and the Sauk Centre Flying Club. He was the president of the Flying Club for many years and then served as airport manager.

    Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Jacobs of Sauk Centre; children, Verna (Gerald) Boecker of Melrose, Bryon (Kathy) Jacobs of Sauk Centre, Leroy (Dottie) Jacobs of Sauk Centre, Cindy (Ronnie) Middendorf of Melrose and Brenda (Mark) Leukam of Albany; 12 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren; sisters, Luella (Erv) Alt of Grey Eagle and Marion Lunceford of Stanchfield.

    Don was preceded in death by his parents; sisters and brothers-in-laws, Vera (Vern) Asmus and Esther (Ray) Neumann; brother and sister-in-law, Marvin (Joan) Jacobs; and brother-in-law, Jim Lunceford.

    Serving as crucifer and urn bearer will be Kevin Jacobs.

    Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Sauk Centre.

  • Donald P. “Don” Jacobs, 89, of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully April 26, 2022, in Mesa, Arizona.

    A memorial service will be at 11 a.m., Monday, May 16, at Zion Lutheran Church in Sauk Centre with the Rev. Marty Porter officiating. Inurnment will be Greenwood Cemetery in Sauk Centre. Visitation will be from 9:30-11 a.m., May 16, at the church.

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

  • Susan P. Lindahl

    Susan P. Lindahl, 57, of New Richmond, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully May 5, 2022, at the M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis.  

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. May 21, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Spring Hill with the Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. May 20, at the Bakken-Young Funeral Home in New Richmond. Inurnment will be at a later date at the Stockholm Lutheran Church Cemetery in Cokato.

    Survivors include her children Christina (Garrett) of Osceola, Wisconsin, and Laura of New Richmond; grandson Matthias and soon to arrive grandson McCoy; uncles Gerald Larson of Cokato, and Dr. Carl Norman of Houston, Texas; adopted Wuertz family; May and Jamie Ross; cousins and many friends.

    Susan was preceded in death by her parents Ernest and Ruth Lindahl.

    Susan Pearl Lindahl was born Feb. 8, 1965, in Litchfield to Ernest and Ruth Lindahl.  Later in 1965, the Lindahl family moved from Cokato to Princeton. Susan graduated from Princeton High School in 1983 and went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in social work from the College of St. Benedict in 1987. Susan managed group homes and provided case management during her career working at Cooperating Community Programs, LifeWorks, Peaceful Living, Paradigm Services and IRIS.   

    Susan’s greatest joy in life came in 2003 when she adopted Christina and Laura from Russia. She instilled values of patience, care and love in both of her daughters and taught them to live life to the fullest. Susan’s natural love of animals was also passed on to her daughters. She had a very special spot in her heart for “Trooper,” a golden retriever.

    Susan loved to sing. She shared the gift of her beautiful voice by participating in Four Joy, a musical ensemble that sang at nursing homes and retirement centers for many years. For 35 years Susan was a director of the St. Michael’s Choir in Spring Hill, Minnesota. Her dedication and commitment will always be remembered.

    Susan left her creative mark on the Stearns County Fair throughout the years. For instance, she could be found being “Happy” the clown, painting promotional signs and even making a S’more out of a big round bale in 2021. She enjoyed selling tickets for grandstand events and singing for the Mass at the fair.

    Susan’s optimistic attitude about accepting life as it came to her has been an inspiration to family and close friends through the years. Her love of life and devotion to family and friends will long be remembered.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Susan’s family to help with funeral expenses. Cards can be sent c/o Bakken-Young Funeral Home 728 S Knowles Ave., New Richmond, WI 54017

  • Lucille A. Harms

    Lucille A. Harms, 78, of Melrose, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, May 6, 2022, at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud.

    A funeral service was May 10 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Albany with the Rev. Anthony Christoffels officiating. Interment was in Our Savior’s Lutheran Cemetery.

    Lucille Arlene Cleveland was born April 22, 1944, in Storm Lake, Iowa, to Oscar and Bertha (Erickson) Cleveland. She was united in marriage to Cecil Harms Dec. 18, 1965, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Rembrandt, Iowa. Lucille helped Cecil on the farm but primarily focused on raising her family. She was an insurance agent in Slayton in 1990, and when the couple moved to St. Joseph in 1995, Lucille worked as a receptionist at Plaza Park Bank.

    She was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Albany. Lucille enjoyed outdoor activities such as fishing and camping, playing 500 and solitaire card games, sewing, watching the Minnesota Vikings, playing games on her iPad and loved visiting with friends and family, especially with her grandchildren.

    Survivors include her loving husband of 56 years, Cecil Harms of Melrose; children Cal (Diane) Harms of Freeport, Kim (Ken) Burton of Cottonwood, and Cory Harms of Menomonie, Wisconsin; grandchildren Justin (Samantha) Harms, Jeremy (Michaela) Harms, Bryan Harms, Micah (Wesley Isberner) Louwagie, Paul (Addy) Louwagie, Michael (Bailey) Louwagie and Katie Louwagie; four great-grandchildren Olivia, Jasper, Lucille and Alexis; and many nieces and nephews.

    Lucille was preceded in death by her parents; infant daughter Kari Lynn Harms; sisters and brother Arla Anderson, Stella Gilbertson, Darlene Aronson, Arvilla Sassman and John Cleveland. 

    Serving as casket bearers were Justin Harms, Jeremy Harms, Bryan Harms, Micah Louwagie, Paul Louwagie and Michael Louwagie.

    Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.

  • John G. Griffin

    John Griffin, age 86, of Glenwood, died Thursday, April 7, 2022, at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud. A memorial service celebrating John’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 10, at Glenwood Lutheran Church. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, May 9, at the funeral home in Glenwood and will continue at the church on Tuesday morning, one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be in Glenwood Lutheran Cemetery. Arrangements are with Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home of Glenwood.  

    John “Johnnie” Gregory Griffin, son of John Eugene “Jack” and Almora Edwinna (Arnold) Griffin, was born May 10, 1935, in Minneapolis. When he was 5 years old, his family moved to Glenwood. He attended school in Glenwood and graduated from Glenwood High School in 1954. On July 15, 1954, John entered the United States Navy. He served his country during the Korean Conflict, receiving the Good Conduct Medal, the China Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. Following his honorable discharge on June 13, 1958, John enrolled at St. Cloud State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Education. His first job out of college was at Barnesville Elementary School, where he taught for three years before accepting a position in Glenwood, where he taught elementary school from 1970 until his retirement on Nov. 16, 1992.

    On Aug. 20, 1960, John was united in marriage to Bonita “Bonnie” Berg at Glenwood Lutheran Church. They were blessed with a son, Todd, a daughter, Tami, and two sons who died in infancy, Stephan John and John Forrest. John and Bonnie later divorced but remained on good terms.

    On June 22, 1989, John was united in marriage to Teresa “Teri” Ring in Texas. With this marriage, John was blessed with three step-children: Tennille, Melissa and Jake. John and Teri made their home in Glenwood.

    John was a member of the Glenwood VFW, where he served as Commander from 1995-2000, and the Glenwood American Legion, where he was active in the honor guard and served as a Post officer and Jr. Vice Commander. He was also a member of Glenwood Lutheran Church, where he sang in the church choir. John loved to work outside, splitting and stacking wood and mowing his lawn. In his younger years, he enjoyed swimming and was a lifeguard while living in Barnesville. He was on a golf league in Glenwood and very active in Show Stoppers for Waterama. He was also known to enjoy dressing up for crazy days during Waterama.

    John will be remembered for his smile, with his one dimple on the right side of his face, a family trait that was also inherited by his daughter, Tami; his famous expressions and his jokes.

    John is survived by his wife, Teresa “Teri” Griffin of Glenwood; his son, Todd Griffin of Glenwood; his daughter, Tami (special friend, Brian Kayser) Griffin of Sartell; two step-children, Melissa “Missy” Ring of St. Cloud and Jacob (Roxanne) Ring of Hoffman; four grandchildren, Kayla and Kylie Ring and Detrick and Evan Grossman; his sister, Penny (John) Messenger; his former wife, Bonnie Holthusen; a step-son-in-law, Aaron Grossman; and other relatives and friends.

    John was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Almora Griffin; two infant sons, Stephan John and John Forrest Griffin; and a step-daughter, Tennille Grossman.

    John’s family would like to thank the doctors and nursing staff at St. Cloud Hospital for their exceptional care and expertise during his stay. They would also like to thank the St. Cloud VA and the Max Bielke Alexandria VA, the Glacial Ridge Health Care System, and a special thank you to Daryl Klous and his staff at Ridgewood Villa in Glenwood, for their care over the last several years.

    To send online condolences visit hoplinhitchcockfuneralhome.com and click on obituaries.

  • A memorial service for Florence Schurman will be held on Sunday, May 15, at 2 p.m. at 205 Fairy Lake Road. Please join us in celebrating her life. All are welcome!
  • Michael J. Wolf

    Michael “Mike” John Wolf, 67, of Richmond, passed away in the evening hours of April 25, 2022, at Quiet Oaks Hospice House surrounded by his family. 

    He was born in St. Joseph, Minnesota, June 19, 1954, to Tony and Betty Wolf, founders of the popular “Deutschmeister” band. Polka music was born into his soul. A natural at playing tuba, concertina and the drums, Mike was a frequent member of the band, playing on several of the family’s albums. 

    After high school, Mike joined the Navy and was on the USS Monticello where he began his career as a machinist. Most of his life was spent working at Midwest Automatic Products in Melrose. He began as a hard-working machine operator and graduated to a savvy business owner and level-headed boss. He ran a successful business for decades before finally selling the business in December 2021. 

    Mike married in his 20s and had five children. In 1993 he met Katherine “Kathy” Welsh, the love of his life. Kathy spoke up and said she would like someone to take her fishing, and he readily volunteered. Ten years later they were married. Together the couple took many trips in their much-loved motorhome and traveled the country, four-wheeling, fishing, camping, hiking and exploring the great outdoors. Playing cards with friends and family was a favorite pastime. The two also loved winning big at the casino with their good friends Mel, Lou, Deb and Randy. While Kathy was out befriending cats and collecting knick-knacks, Mike liked to spend time hunting, horseback riding and relaxing in a rustic cabin up north.

    Above all else, family was the most important to him. His most frequent request at Christmas and birthdays was time – time with his loved ones, time to make memories. His greatest wish for his children was for them to be happy. He was a fun-spirited, patient and loving man with very practical advice. Mike was a loyal friend, caring father and stepfather, warm-hearted brother and devoted husband. He lived life to the fullest. At his last birthday he stated, “Well, this is a day you won’t forget.” He will not be forgotten.

    Survivors include his wife, Kathy; his children, Brandy (Patrick), Tony (Emily), Joe (Mia), Katie (Andrew) and Candace (Wes); granddaughter Sigrid; stepchildren Robbie (Angie), Jodi and Andy Welsh; 10 step-grandchildren; brother Arnie (Gloria) Wolf and sisters Lola Wolf, Diane (Gary) Hansen, Marlene (Jerry) Eiynck, Mary (Edmond) Reischl and Lisa (Paul) Stock. 

    Michael was preceded in death by his parents, Tony and Betty; and brother Butch Wolf. 

    The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Coborn Cancer Center, St. Cloud Hospital, Paynesville Hospital, Richmond Fire and Rescue and Quiet Oaks Hospice House. 

    Services will be Thursday, May 5, at Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond. Visitation starts at 4 p.m. and the funeral service will be at 6 p.m. Dinner and music will follow at the Olde Coliseum in Richmond.

    Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, in Richmond.

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