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  • Please join us to celebrate the life of Dr. Richard Salk who passed away after a short battle with COVID-19 Nov. 13, 2020. 

    Memorial services will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 5,  at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany, followed by inurnment with military honors, in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.





  • A burial service for Gerry Osendorf will be at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 7, at Oak Hill Cemetery in Melrose.

    Please join us for this service.



  • Aloys R. “Al” Bauer

    Aloys R. “Al” Bauer, age 76, formerly of Melrose, passed away July 26, 2021, at the Harmony House in Pierz.

    A memorial service will be held privately with the Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating.  Inurnment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Melrose with military honors by the Melrose Veterans Honor Guard.

    Aloys Raymond Bauer was born Feb. 5, 1945, in Melrose, to Ervin and Cecelia (Stern) Bauer. He graduated from Melrose High School and was drafted into the U.S. Army where he was honorably discharged after his service. He was united in marriage to Linda Hallermann and later divorced. Al farmed and also owned and operated a milk hauling business. He enjoyed socializing, playing bingo and was a jokester who had an infectious laugh.

    Survivors include his children, Vicky (Chad) Doetkott of Grey Eagle, Jason (Kim) Bauer of Melrose, Sara (Corey) Sand of Melrose, Kevin (Mindy) Bauer of Melrose, and Kurt (Jean) Bauer of Villard; 11 grandchildren Jordan, Erika, Olivia, Bryant, Nolan, Devin, Isaac, Kaylee, JaLynn, Ava and Kaden; one great-grandson Brooks; brothers and sister Ervin, Jr. (Cecilia) Bauer of Melrose, Joann Gerads of Freeport, and Sylvester “Butch” (Kathy) Bauer of Melrose; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. 

  • Zida L. Tiemann

    Zida Lorraine Tiemann, age 92, of Melrose, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, Nov. 15, 2020, at CentraCare Care Center in Melrose.

    A Memorial Mass will be 11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 13, 2021, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grey Eagle with the Rev. Ronald Dockendorf officiating. A private family inurnment was at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Melrose. 

    Zida Lorraine (Kaproth) Tiemann was born Dec. 13, 1927, in Foley. She was the youngest of 10 children born to Joseph and Pauline (Kampa) Kaproth. She graduated from Foley High School and started working for Nash Finch and Montgomery Ward. When she was hired by Northwestern Bell she moved to Sauk Centre where she met George Tiemann. They married April 29, 1950. They moved to Dickinson, North Dakota, and then to Staples, where she continued to work for Northwestern Bell. Later they moved to White Bear Lake. Zida completed her business training at Globe Business College. She worked for Honeywell, Univac and the Northern Pacific Railroad and the Burlington Northern Railroad. Zida retired from the communications division of the Burlington Northern Railroad in December 1985. Upon retiring, they moved to Roseville and then decided to move back to where it all started, the Melrose area, and lived many enjoyable years on Big Birch Lake. Zida went back to school in St. Cloud to train and then work with hospice patients in Long Prairie for several years.

  • Rudolph (Ralph) Beste

    Rudolph (Ralph) Beste, passed away July 23, 2021 at the Melrose nursing home.  He was the son of Ralph and Monica (Miller) Beste, born Oct. 9, 1936, in Kandota Township. He attended country school through sixth grade, then attended Sauk Centre Public Schools grades 7-12, graduating in 1954. 

    He worked for Whitney Land Co. 1954-55, Centre Jobbing Co. 1955-70, Standard Oil 1970-84, owned and operated the Corner Bar 1984-92 and 1997-99, loaded route trucks for Interstate Brands Bakery (Wonder Bread) for 10 years, drove transport for Kane Transport and hauled chemicals for UAP. Ralph was a member of the Sauk Centre National Guard from 1954-62 and was a sharpshooter on the rifle team. He was honorably discharged as Staff Sergeant E-6. He served Mass at St. Alexius Catholic Church in West Union from 1946-53. 

    He married Elaine Ecklund on Aug. 2, 1958 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre.

    Ralph loved moose hunting in Canada, elk hunting in Wyoming, deer hunting in Minnesota and fishing in both Minnesota and Canada. He enjoyed snowmobiling, cards, golf and any sports on TV.

  • Catherine Ann O’Donnell

    Catherine Ann O’Donnell, age 94 of Breezy Point, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 21, 2021, at her home. Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Crosslake. Visitation took place starting at 9:30 a.m. prior to services. Internment was at Pelican Woods Cemetery in Breezy Point following the luncheon. 

    Catherine was born on April 22, 1927, to Raymond and Mary (Schwartz) Prasch. She graduated from Sauk Centre Public School in 1944, and continued her education at St. Cloud School of Nursing graduating in 1948. She worked at St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud and Richview Nursing Home in Richfield. Catherine was married to Joseph O’Donnell on Aug. 21, 1954, and they were married for 66 years. They moved to their lake home full time on Lake Ossawinnamakee in 1984. 

    She is survived by her beloved husband Joe; children Michelle (Bill) Boles, Jeff (Chris) O’Donnell and Tom (Melissa) O’Donnell; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; brothers Raymond (Mary) Prasch and Jim (Betty) Prasch. 

  • Gerald “Gerry” Zenzen

    Gerald “Gerry” Zenzen was born on Feb. 28, 1939, to Clara (Dehmer) and Richard Zenzen. He would be the 3rd of six children. He grew up on a farm in Elrosa. He often told stories of the farm: working with teams of horses, sleeping in the hayloft and doing chores. He completed school through the eighth grade, then worked on the family farm. He later would complete his GED. 

    After leaving the farm, Gerry worked a few jobs including the granite quarry in Cold Spring, hauling turkeys, driving truck for a lumber company, (Silver Fir) and later Kane Transport. He was then hired by Stearns County Highway Department where he was employed for over 30 years. While employed with the county, he also did field work on a farm northwest of Sauk Centre. Upon his retirement, he worked for a construction and excavation company and drove cars for local car dealerships. He also hauled weeds, which had been removed from Sauk Lake, for the Sauk Centre Watershed.

    In 1958, Gerry joined the military. He served in the Minnesota National Guard for over 24 years. He achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant and held the position of Squad Leader. He later joined the American Legion and was proud to be a member of the Honor Guard.

  • Rose M. (Rosee Sieben) Gorman

    Rosee Gorman, aged 81 of St. Cloud, passed away peacefully at the St. Cloud Hospital surrounded by her family on Saturday, July 17, 2021. The Mass of Christian Burial will be on July 30 with a visitation at 9:30 a.m., followed by an 11a.m. Mass at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud.  Lunch will follow immediately after Mass in the church dining hall.   

    Rosee was born in Sauk Centre on March 2, 1940, to Frank and Agnes (Ahrens) Sieben. She graduated from Sauk Centre High school in 1958 and moved to the Twin Cities where she worked for General Mills. On one fateful weekend, upon returning home, she met Erv, a man she would fall in love with and marry just three months later.  Rose and Urban (Erv) were married on June 17, 1961, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre.  They lived for a short time in Sauk Centre, then moved to St. Cloud soon after their first child, Patti, was born in 1963, and have remained residents of St. Cloud ever since. Erv and Rosee had three children together, and this year, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.  

  • Mildred M. “Millie” Gans, age 91 of West Union, passed away Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020 at her home at Mother of Mercy Assisted Living in Albany.

    A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021 at St. Alexius Catholic Church in West Union. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.

    Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the church in West Union.

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



  • (Feb. 16th – November 13, 2020)

    Please join us to celebrate the life of Dr. Richard Salk who passed away after a short battle with COVID, on November 13, 2020. Memorial services will be held at 2:00PM On August 5th, 2021, at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany, MN, followed by inurnment with military honors, at the parish cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

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