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  • Celestine “Sally” (Wiener) (Schieffer) Pawlak

    Celestine “Sally” (Wiener) (Schieffer) Pawlak, age 87 of Surprise, Arizona, and formerly of Grey Eagle, passed away on Sept. 14, 2020. A funeral service will be held at 10 am, Saturday, April 24, 2021, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grey Eagle.  Inurnment will follow at the parish cemetery.

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  • Luckie J. Bjelland


    Luckie J. Bjelland, age 79 of Sauk Centre, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud.

    A gathering of friends and family will be held from 3-7 p.m. on  Friday, April 16 with a 6 p.m. prayer service at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Sauk Centre. 

    Luckie Jane Kuulei Ahuna was born Oct. 9, 1941, in Kealakekua, Hawaii to Randolph and Adeline (Kameekua) Ahuna. She graduated from high school and served in the U. S. Army.  She was united in marriage to John “Johnny Bee” Bjelland on Aug. 31, 1961, in Aurora, Colorado. Luckie worked as a counselor at the Minnesota Home School in Sauk Centre. In her younger years, she enjoyed singing at Noah’s Ark and Diamond Point.  Later in life, Luckie enjoyed fishing, camping, playing BINGO, taking car rides to look for animals, and loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

    Survivors include her daughter, Melodie (Jim) Tabatt of Melrose; granddaughter, Jessica (Jeremy) Marthaler of Sauk Centre; five grandchildren, Natalie, Persephone, Eleanor, Jackson and Zayden; two step-grandchildren, Dustin Pundsack and Lisa (Alfredo) Esparza; son-in-law, Patrick Bueckers of Freeport; daughter-in-law, Irene Bjelland of Burtrum; sister, Eloise Pung of Hilo, Hawaii; and brother, Randy “Sonny” Ahuna of Hilo, Hawaii. 

  • Lorenz Michael Ertl

    Lorenz M. Ertl (Larry) age 85 of Center City, passed away at his home on Friday, April 9, 2021, and is now in God’s garden in heaven.

    Lorenz was born in Sauk Centre on May 30, 1935, to parents George and Anne Ertl.  He attended Sauk Centre Schools and graduated in 1953. He resided in Sauk Centre and worked on the family farm. He married the love of his life, Joan Barbara Speldrich, on June 12, 1958. Initially they continued to live in Sauk Centre until relocating to Fergus Falls, where they owned and operated a local shoe store. They welcomed daughter, Barbara, in 1963 and son, Robert in 1965.

    In 1966, they moved to Apple Valley where Lorenz took a sales and carpentry position with Plywood Minnesota until he retired in 2001.  While in Apple Valley, Lorenz and Joan welcomed two additional children, David in 1967 and Donald in 1969, into their family. They moved to Chisago City just prior to moving to their lifelong home in Center City.  It is in Center City where they raised their four children and added son Matthew in 1978, who died shortly after birth.

  • Martha “Marte” Toenies

    Martha “Marte” Toenies, 93-year-old resident of Royalton, died April 6 at the Little Falls Care Center in Little Falls.

    A Mass of Christian Burial was April 12 at at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Royalton, with the Rev. Roger Klassen and the Rev. Laurn Virnig officiating.The burial will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery north of Little Falls.

    Martha Ann Toenies was born Nov. 7, 1927, in Melrose to the late Frank and Mary (Altendahl) Brickweg. She grew up in Melrose on the family farm and graduated from Melrose High School in 1946.  Martha “Marte” was a secretary for the city of Melrose and later worked as a receptionist at Jennie-O-Foods.

    Marte married Alcuin Toenies July 7, 1951, at St. Boniface Church in Melrose. Together they lived in St. Louis Park for four years where she worked as a secretary and Al worked for Standard Oil. In 1954, they moved to Royalton. Marte assisted her husband, Al in the Standard Oil business as a bookkeeper and secretary until he retired. They were a successful husband and wife team in Royalton. Marte was a longtime member of Holy Trinity Church in Royalton where she was a life member and secretary of the Legion Auxiliary. She was president of the Christian Mothers, a member of St. Kathryn’s Mission Group and religious education teacher.

  • Salli M. Brown

    Salli Brown, age 90 of Sauk Centre, passed away from complications of a stroke on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

    Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6th and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday at First Lutheran Church in Sauk Centre. A memorial service was scheduled at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 7 at First Lutheran Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Michael Carlson officiating. Inurnment followed at Greenwood Cemetery. 

    Shirley (Salli) Mae Sather was born Aug. 11, 1930 in Franklin, Minnesota to Ingnard and Gladys (Berg) Sather. She graduated from Franklin High School in 1948, and from Mankato State University in 1950, and Aug. 1976. She married Charles Brown on Aug. 8, 1953. From 1954 through 1957, they resided in Granite Falls, Japan, Wyoming, and Turtle Lake, North Dakota before settling in Sauk Centre in 1968.  

    Salli was a life-long learner and educator. She taught primary grades for most of her career and retired after teaching 1st grade at Holy Family School in Sauk Centre. Upon retirement, she continued to substitute teach into her 80s. She was passionate about literacy and tutored children and adults, including those who spoke English as a second language. 

  • Aaron M. Kroshus

    Aaron M. “Kro” Kroshus, age 33, of Melrose, died after injuries sustained in a work-related vehicle accident April 2, 2021, in South Dakota.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 8, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose with the Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating. A private family interment will be Friday, April 9, at Calvary Cemetery in Morris. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, at Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose and 10-11 a.m. April 8 at the church.  Parish prayers will be 7 p.m., April 7, at the funeral home.

    Aaron Matthew Kroshus was born Aug. 11, 1987, in Alexandria to Kim and Kimberly (Boon) Kroshus. He graduated from Melrose High School. Aaron worked at Melrose Ag Center in Melrose, Bueckers City Sanitation in Melrose and currently was working at Nature’s Best Ag Service in Albany.

    Aaron had an interest in cars, enjoyed snowmobiling and watching sports. He loved spending time with his friends playing corn hole, competing in Fantasy Football and hanging out on the pontoon on the lake, but most of all, spending time with his son, Oliver.

    Survivors include his son, Oliver Kroshus of Melrose; mother Kimberly Boon of Sauk Centre; father Kim Kroshus of Melrose; sister Jessica Anderson of Coon Rapids; nephews and nieces Carter, Dylan, Nicky, Jocelyn and Carlee all of Coon Rapids; special friend Laura Hagen; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

  • Arden D. Peterson


    Arden D. Peterson, age 84, of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, March 31, 2021, at The Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine.

    A memorial service was April 6 at First Lutheran Church in Sauk Centre with the Rev. Rebecca Thomas officiating. Inurnment, with military honors, will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 7. A lane number will be provided and posted later.

    Arden Dale Peterson was born May 30, 1936, in Rugby, North Dakota, to Aurin and Amanda (Aamodt) Peterson. He graduated from Rugby High School in 1954 and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1954 until his honorable discharge in 1957. Arden graduated from Minot State University in 1962 with a degree in accounting.  He was united in marriage to Annella Scheet July 2, 1960, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Rugby. He worked as an accountant at Control Data until his retirement. Arden and Annella lived on Little Birch Lake for 27 years where Arden loved to spend time in the sun, pontooning and working on his beautiful flower gardens. The couple retired early and loved spending their winter months at South Padre Island. 

    He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Sauk Centre and American Legion Post 67 in Sauk Centre. Arden ran many miles up and down Ash Street and the Lake Wobegon Trail in Sauk Centre. Arden was a tender-hearted man who enjoyed playing cards, especially 500; dice; flower gardening and was the go-to man for helping at the association. He loved spending time with his family and will be truly missed. 

  • Lynn J. Ersland

    Lynn J. Ersland, age 78, of Grey Eagle, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, March 16, 2021, at his home on Big Birch Lake near Grey Eagle.

    A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 10, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose with the Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating, the Rev. Vince Lieser concelebrating, and Deacon Ernie Kociemba assisting. A family inurnment will be at a later date. 

    Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday, April 9, at Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose and 10-11 a.m. April 10 at the church. Parish prayers will be at 7 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home. 

    Lynn Jay Ersland was born Jan. 29, 1943, in Fort Dodge, Iowa, to Jay and Golda (Hobbett) Ersland. He graduated from Eagle Grove High School in Eagle Grove, Iowa, and graduated from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, with an animal science degree. Lynn was united in marriage to Mary Kay Lane July 9, 1966, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Humboldt, Iowa. 

  • Robert J. “Bob” Schmidt

    Robert J. “Bob” Schmidt, age 93 of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at the CentraCare Care Center in Sauk Centre.

    A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 30 at St. Paul’s Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Greg Paffel officiating. Interment was in the parish cemetery.

    Visitation was held from 4-7 p.m. Monday and from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Sauk Centre. Parish prayers were held at 4 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home. Guests were asked to please wear a mask and practice social distancing. 

    Robert Joseph Schmidt was born March 15, 1928, in Freeport, to August and Mary (Schaffer) Schmidt. He was united in marriage to Evelyn Walz on Nov. 29, 1950, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. Bob owned and operated Schmidt Construction for many years until his semi-retirement in 2005. He was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. After a hard day’s work, Bob enjoyed having a beer with his friends at one of the bars in Sauk Centre.

  • Eleanor A. Niehoff


    Eleanor A. Niehoff, age 98, of New Munich, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family March 26, 2021, at the Tree of Life Assisted Living in New Munich. 

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 31, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich with the Rev. Daniel Walz officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.

    Visitation was 4-7 p.m. Tuesday and 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose.

    Eleanor Angeline Sand was born Nov.  20, 1922, in Grove Township, Stearns County, to Henry and Cathryn (Nefzger) Sand. She was united in marriage to Joseph Niehoff Oct. 21, 1953, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich, Christian Women, Catholic United Financial and the Schanhaar-Otte VFW Post 7050 Auxiliary in Melrose. Eleanor enjoyed cooking and baking, crocheting and embroidering, quilting, sewing, gardening and loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Eleanor was God’s humble servant, quiet and reserved and slow to anger.

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