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  • Irene C. Henry

    Irene C. Henry, age 84 of Sauk Centre, died peacefully, surrounded by her family on Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, at her home in Sauk Centre.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Greg Paffel officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.

    Visitation will be held from 9-10:45 a.m. Friday morning at the church.

    Irene Catherine Breitbach was born Feb. 14, 1938, in Elrosa to Mathias and Mathilda (Koll) Breitbach. She was united in marriage to Lorman Henry at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. Irene was the funeral lunch coordinator at St. Paul’s Catholic Church for over 50 years and also worked at Centre Floral and the Sauk Centre Herald office. She was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. Irene enjoyed spending time with family and friends first and foremost. She was a social person who loved to host larger gatherings for holidays or just have friends over for coffee and a lively game of Zilch. When not socializing with friends or family, Irene would be found tending to her beautiful gardens or baking. If anyone was having a difficult time, Irene would be there with a kind word, freshly baked treats and flowers. Irene was very knowledgeable when it came to gardening or bird watching, and quick to offer advice or assistance when needed.

    Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Lorman Henry of Sauk Centre; children, Jarmin (Penny) Henry of Sauk Centre, Patrick (Susie) Henry of Sauk Centre, Brent (Lisa) Henry of Sauk Centre and Michelle (Steve) Nixt of Mankato; ten grandchildren, Dirk, Chris, Justin, Jason, Patrick, Danielle, Andy, Casey, Taylor and Paige; eight great-grandchildren, Cullen, Colie, Caden, Libby, Isaac, Addison, Willow and Delilah; and great-great-grandchild, Westie Elizabeth; brother and sisters, Mary Ann (Melvin) Hoeschen of Detroit Lakes, Mathias, Jr. (Alice) Breitbach of Sauk Centre, Betty (Dennis) Froh of Sauk Centre and Marlene Bromen of Cincinnati.

    Irene was preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter, Erin Henry; brothers, Sylvester, Herbert and Leander Breitbach.

    Serving as casket bearers will be Dirk Henry, Chris Henry, Justin Henry, Danielle Woida, Andy Henry, Casey Nixt and Patrick Amelung. Cross bearer will be Taylor Nixt, and scripture bearer will be Paige Nixt. Lector will be Ernie Hedglin, and gift bearers will be Taylor Nixt, Paige Nixt and Addison Woida.

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

  • Ruth L. Oja


    Ruth L. Oja, age 97 of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022, at her home at Lakeshore Estates in Sauk Centre.

    A graveside service will be held at a later date at Bethel Cemetery, rural Park Rapids, with Rev. Steve Norby officiating.

    Ruth Louise Elizabeth Jacobson was born Nov. 28, 1924, in Evergreen Township, Becker County, to Jalmar and Martha (Bernu) Jacobson. She graduated from New York Mills High School in 1943. She was united in marriage to Hugo Oja on July 16, 1943, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wadena, Minnesota. Ruth stayed at home and raised her family while living in multiple cities in Minnesota, including Wadena, Cottage Grove, Park Rapids, and at Lakeshore Estates in Sauk Centre. Ruth’s faith was very important to her, and she held memberships at Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids, Zion Lutheran Church in Cottage Grove and Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wadena. Ruth enjoyed reading, playing cards and dancing.

    Survivors include her sons, Daryl (Nancy) Oja of Melrose and Mark Oja of Sauk Centre; grandchildren, Brent Oja and Kelsey Oja; and numerous nieces and nephews.

    Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Hugo Oja, on Sept. 5, 1991; and brothers, Russ Jacobson, Norris Jacobson, Jim Jacobson and Alvin Jacobson.

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

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  • Janice F. Derichs

    Janice F. “Jan” Derichs, 82, of Melrose, died peacefully, surrounded by her family, Sept. 24, 2022, at her home in Melrose.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 29, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose with the Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Sept. 28, and from 9:30-10:30 a.m., Sept. 29, at Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose. Parish prayers will be at 7 p.m., Sept. 28, at the funeral home. 

    Janice Frances Fiedler was born May 6, 1940, in Buckman, to Casper and Irene (Walkoviak) Fiedler and was baptized May 12, 1940. She was the third oldest child of 13 children. Jan grew up in West Union and graduated from Sauk Centre High School. She was united in marriage to Robert “Bob” Derichs Jan. 19, 1960, at St. Alexius Catholic Church in West Union. The couple was married for 55 years and 10 months when Bob passed away Nov. 19, 2015. Together they raised five daughters and lived in Melrose their entire married life. Jan worked at the Sauk Centre Hospital in her early years as well as Fingerhut and Jennie-O for many years.

    She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose and the Christian Women. Jan loved camping and enjoyed traveling to Texas in the winter when her health permitted. She loved watching the Minnesota Vikings and Twins (especially when they were winning) and was an avid Melrose Dutchmen basketball fan. She instilled that in many of her daughters. Jan loved crafting and visits with her grandchildren and baking. Her specialty was cookies and her famous pumpkin pie. 

    Survivors include her children, Glenna (Marvin) Blau of Mesa, Arizona, Cindy Gardner (James Lambert) of Melrose, Sandy Kleinfehn (Timothy Mudge) of Melrose, Nancy (Daniel) Pundsack of Melrose, and Jill Hubert (Dale Imdieke) of St. Cloud; 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters Bernice Akervik of St. Wendel, Arlene (Don) Messerich of Melrose, Helen (Tim) Hinnenkamp of Melrose, Casper (Dee) Fiedler of St. Cloud, Melvin Fiedler of Albany, Sylvester (Cindy) Fiedler of Albany, William Fiedler of Albany, and Allan (Jackie) Fiedler of Albany.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Bob” Derichs; parents; grandson Adam Tomford; two great-grandchildren Abigail Zander and Elijah Tomford; sisters Virginia “Tuffy” Fiedler, Lorraine “Mickey” Wessel and Constance Buersken; infant brother Marvin Fiedler; and son-in-law Philip Hubert.

    Serving as casket bearers will be Samantha Zander, Jeron Kleinfehn, Troy Tomford, Melanie Kraker, Andy Kleinfehn, Adam Pundsack, Travis Tomford and Alex Kleinfehn. Cross bearer will be Denise Kociemba and scripture bearer will be Jim Lambert. Honorary bearers will be Jean Hellermann, Cindy Duevel, Cindy Schmiesing, Steve Mayers and Lynn Duerr-Karasch. Gift bearers will be Glenna Blau and Nancy Pundsack. Readers will be Alex Kleinfehn, Melanie Kraker and Travis Tomford. Words of remembrance will be by Andy Kleinfehn and Troy Tomford.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

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

  • Ralph N. Inderrieden

    Ralph N. Inderrieden, 79, of Melrose, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, Sept. 20, 2022, at his home in Melrose.

    A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose with the Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating and Deacon Ernie Kociemba assisting. Inurnment will be in the parish cemetery with military honors provided by the Melrose Veterans Honor Guard. The Mass will be live-streamed and can be found on St. Mary’s website.

    Visitation will be 4-7 p.m., Sept. 30, at Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose and from 10-11 a.m., Oct. 1, at the church. The Melrose Veterans Honor Guard will pray at 6 p.m. followed by parish prayers at 7 p.m., Sept. 30, at the funeral home. 

    Ralph Norbert Inderrieden was born April 18, 1943, in Getty Township, Stearns County, to Aloys and Susan (Imdieke) Inderrieden. He graduated from Sauk Centre High School in 1961 and served in the U.S. Army Reserves. He was united in marriage to Rose Ann Hellermann Aug. 12, 1972, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose. He was a man with many abilities. Ralph owned and operated Inderrieden Trucking from 1969 through 1998, owned an over the road truck from 1999 until 2005 and continued to drive occasionally until 2020. He was a carpenter most of his life and at the age of 68 became a full-time farmer.

    He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose where Ralph served as usher for many years and served on the maintenance committee for St. Mary’s, was a charter member of the Greenwald Lions Club since 1975 and a member of American Legion Post 101, Melrose Veterans Honor Guard and Catholic United Financial. Ralph enjoyed farming, repairing equipment and working in his shop.

    Survivors include his loving wife of 50 years, Rose Ann Inderrieden, of Melrose; siblings Herbert (Carol) Inderrieden of Melrose, Rose Ann (Ronald) Steil of Richmond, and Al (Veronica) Inderrieden of Belgrade; and many nieces and nephews.

    Ralph was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law and mother-in-law Herman and Elsie Hellermann.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Mary’s Cemetery Fund.

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



  • Henry “Hank” H. Frieler

    Henry “Hank” Howard Frieler, 80, of St. Michael, formerly of Osseo, passed away Sept. 6, 2022, at North Memorial Hospital surrounded by his loving family. 

    A service was  Sept. 16 at St. Michael Catholic Church in St. Michael. 

     Henry was born at home in New Munich, March 14, 1942, to Edwin and Monica (Wensman) Frieler. Hank honorably served his country in the United States Army. He was united in marriage to Dianne B. Kuklok June 24, 1967, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Opole. God blessed their marriage with five children. Hank was employed for many years as a welder, working for Mereen Johnson and Five Star Welding. 

    Hank enjoyed teasing the grandchildren, playing cards and fishing. He was also a huge Green Bay Packer and Twins fan.  

    Left to cherish in his memory is his loving wife of 55 years, Dianne; children Annette (Michael) Kostreba of St. Joseph, Dean Frieler (Jenell O’Brien) of Buffalo, Kristy Laufenberg (John Radford) of Wayzata, Chad Frieler of St. Michael, and Ryan (Julie) Frieler of New Brighton; grandchildren Alyssa Anderson, Cortney and Callie Kostreba, Andrew and Noah Frieler, Hunter and Taylor Robarge, Mason Laufenberg, Ethan, Nolan and Paxton Frieler; siblings Arlene Desombre, Carol Pemberton, Virginia (John) Nathe, William (Betty) Frieler, Sandra (Allen) Jostock and Kevin (Patricia) Frieler; and stepmother-in-law June Kuklok. 

    Preceding him in death were his parents; sister Joan Hoppe; brothers-in-law Edmund Hoppe, Loren Pemberton and David Dombrovski; infant brothers Tim and Tom; and in-laws Cyril and Bridgette Kuklok.

  • Sharon V. Gamradt

    Sharon V. Gamradt, 72, of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, Sept. 19, 2022, at her home in Sauk Centre.

    A Mass of Christian Burial was Sept. 24 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose with the Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating. Interment was in Immaculate Conception Cemetery in New Munich.

    Sharon Veronica Klaphake was born April 27, 1950, in St. Cloud, to Mathias and Clara (Toenies) Klaphake. She attended country school 2 miles northwest of her parent’s farm through the eighth grade and graduated from Melrose High School in 1968. After high school Sharon worked at the Melrose Hospital for a year and a half, then at the Sauk Centre Creamery where she met the love of her life, David Gamradt. She was united in marriage to Dave Dec. 1, 1973, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich. Sharon stayed at home and raised her family until the fall of 1995 when she started working at the Sauk Centre Public School. She worked as a substitute paraprofessional for the first few years and eventually took a full-time position, working with special needs children. Sharon worked there 17 years until her retirement in 2019.

    Sharon loved dancing, traveling, fishing and going for drives with her husband. She raised her five children with love and patience, developing them into the wonderful adults they are today. Mom would drop everything to spend time with them no matter what they were doing. Nana cherished her grandchildren so much and made time for each of them, nurturing their souls and encouraging their individuality. Sharon’s special bond with her twin sister, Shirley, was God’s gift to each other and their families.

    Survivors include husband, David Gamradt, of Sauk Centre;  children Naomi (Chris) Kohn of Finlayson, Kathy (Mike) Wolff of Melrose, Joe Gamradt of Fresno, California, Marie (Jay) Haskamp of Melrose, and Erik Gamradt (Trevor Drake) of Minneapolis;  grandchildren Cooper and Riley Wolff, Jackson, Maggie and Morgan Haskamp, Presley and Jagger Gamradt;  brothers and sisters Kenny (Dorothy) Klaphake of Freeport, Florian (Doreen) Klaphake of Melrose, Eugene (Nancy) Klaphake of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Shirley (Steve) Worms of New Munich, Steve (Pam) Klaphake of Freeport, and Tom Klaphake of St. Cloud; and stepmother Rita Klaphake of Melrose.

    Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Harold and Jim Klaphake, sisters-in-law Betty Klaphake and Norma Karasch; and brother-in-law Jim Kohorst.

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



  • Sharon V. Gamradt, age 72 of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, at her home in Sauk Centre, Minnesota.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose with Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating. Interment will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery in New Munich.

    Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Parish prayers will be held at 7 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home. A full obituary will be published in next week’s Sauk Centre Herald.

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  • Dorothy M. Kortan

    Services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, for Dorothy M. Kortan who passed away on Aug. 8, 2022. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. at the River of Life Church, 705 12th S., Sauk Centre. Burial will be at 12:30 p.m. at the Long Bridge Lutheran Church Cemetery and the Celebration of Life will take place at 2 p.m. at the Little Sauk Legion, 16268 County 50 in Little Sauk.

    Please send condolences to the Kortan Family, 12308 US 71, Sauk Centre, MN 56378.

  • James V. Mills

    James “Jim” Vale Mills, an adventurous hunter, avid fisherman, Golden Glove boxer, scratch golfer, downhill skier, passionate poetry reader, knowledgeable historian, adored husband, world traveler and loving father to five daughters, died of natural causes on Sept. 15, 2022, in Rock Springs, Wyoming. His wife Tuck, daughters, son-in-law and grandchildren were by his side.

    Jim was born on March 11, 1933, on Long Lake in Burtrum. He was the first child of Lyle and Catherine Mills.  Jim’s early years were spent in Chicago, where he attended elementary school at St. Thomas of Canterbury, St. George High School and graduated from Loyola University in 1951. 

    While in high school Jim excelled in academics and sports. He was a member of the National Honor Society and captain of the football and golf teams. While at Loyola, he was ranked the No. 1 Northside Collegiate golfer with a zero handicap. After graduation, Jim enlisted in the army and, was Captain of the Army’s golf team.

    Jim met the love of his life, Laura “Tuck” DuBois Tonn, on a golf course in Sauk Centre, 15 miles from Burtrum. When she outdrove him, he knew she was the one! They were married in Sauk Centre on Dec. 21, 1959. Jim and Tuck spent their early married years in Chicago, where Jim worked three jobs simultaneously: State Farm Insurance adjuster, maintenance man and building manager. God blessed their union with five daughters.

    In 1978, Jim achieved his life-long dream of moving to Wyoming when he and his partners purchased the Holiday Inn in Thermopolis, Wyoming. Jim managed the hotel for the next 35 years. As an avid sportsmen, Jim and Tuck were blessed to have traveled the world in search of big game, bigger fish and adventure. Jim completed many Big Fives, but he was proudest of his final one which was all archery. In 1983, an addition to the hotel appropriately named The Safari Club became the home of the majority of his mounts and pictures. People from all over the world stopped by the hotel to admire his collections.

     James is survived by his wife, Laura “Tuck” Mills, of 63 years; brother, Jon Mills (Lisa) of Colleyville, Texas;  daughters, Patty Batenhorst (John) of Jackson, Wyoming,  Kelly Wagner (Jim) of Rock Springs, Wyoming, Tracy McDonald (Neal) of Billings, Montana and Jamey Nielsen (Ken) of Lander, Wyoming. They will treasure the memories of their father. James also loved his  14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lyle and Catherine Mills; beloved daughter Mary Mills and granddaughter Kelly Grissom. Consolendences can be sent to 124 Cedar Ridge, Thermopolis, Wyoming.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a hunting or fishing organization.

     A Rosary was held on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church with the funeral following on Friday, Sept. 23 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church in Thermopolis. 

  • Lorna Dierks


    Lorna Dierks, Age 76 of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully on Sept. 12, 2022, at the Sauk Centre Hospital. Lorna was the sixth child of Albert and Louise Friese. She grew up in Brooten. She was baptized and confirmed at Grove Lake Church. She met John Dierks in Detroit Lakes, and they wed Dec. 2, 1972. Together, they moved to Wahpeton, North Dakota, and started their family. 

    She is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Zona Baalson; and brother, Marlan “Boots” Freise. Survived by husband of 49 years and nine months, John; children, Colette (David) Hohman and Corwin (Jennifer); grandchildren, Heidi, Dana, Sydney, Andrew, Hannah and Emily; great-granddaughters, Kinsley and Aubrey; brother, Courtney Friese; and sisters, Kay Brock and Anne Heinze. 

    A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Sauk Centre, 316 Maple St. S., Sauk Centre, with visitation one hour prior to service. 

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