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JoAnn Marie Seifert, age 83 of Rogers, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Thursday, September 17, 2020. She was born August 2, 1937.

JoAnn was a 1955 graduate of Foley High School. She received her nursing degree at St. Cloud Nursing School and worked as an OB nurse at Golden Hills Maternity Hospital in Golden Valley, school nurse at Rogers Elementary, and retired as a Charge Nurse at Guardian Angels in Elk River.

On August 27, 1960, JoAnn Kotsmith and Edward Seifert were united in Holy Marriage at St. John’s Catholic Church in Foley. They moved to Rogers in 1965, where they raised their four children: Laurie, Joseph, John, and Robert. JoAnn cherished the community, where she enjoyed being the Rogers Avon Lady for the past 42 years, having daily coffee with her group of friends, traveling, and spending time with her family.

JoAnn was a faithful member of Mary Queen of Peace St. Martin Campus where she volunteered, sang in the church choir, was a member of Christian Mothers, and taught CCD.

Her lifelong priorities were God, family, and work. She was a foodie, and an exceptional cook and baker, who loved to share her food and famed cookies with family and friends. She had a kind heart, enjoyed socializing and was very proud of her family and loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Joseph, and Ella (Joseph) Kotsmith.

JoAnn is survived by her husband of 60 years, Edward Seifert; children, Laurie (Manny Jr.) Kissner, Joseph (Gigi) Seifert, John (Joan) Seifert, Robert (Jill) Seifert; 12 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; siblings, Robert (Mary) Kotsmith, Susan Johnson; and many other family and friends.

A rosary and reviewal will be held beginning at 10:30 a.m., before a Requiem Latin Mass at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at Mary Queen of Peace St. Martin Campus, 21304 Church Ave, Rogers MN. Burial to follow at St. Martin Catholic Cemetery in Rogers.

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On Monday September 15, 2020 Gary Lyle Schaben of Elk River, MN passed away at the age of 73 years while watching the sun rise with his loving family.

Gary will be dearly missed by his wife Rita (36 years) of Elk River, sons Chad (Debra) Schaben of Saint Michael, and Ben (Amanda) Schaben of San Antonio, TX, beloved grandchildren: Metabelle, Parker, and Will and Brother Edd (Diane) Schaben of LaCrosse, KS.

Gary will be greeted in heaven by many saints including his parents: Emma (Rothe) and Alva Schaben, brother John Schaben as well as Rita’s parents Winnie (Brees) and Al Friendshuh.

Among his many trades, Gary found passion while hybridizing daylilies. As a farmer and daylily genetics hobbyist, he was able to practice his problem-solving skills as an engineer and engage his creative mind as a journalist and a creative artist.

Gary was actively involved with many organizations throughout his life.  His fondest memories involved contributing to the mission of the Daylily Society of MN, the American Hemerocallis Society, the Monticello Rod and Gun Club as well as many youth baseball organizations.

Energized by connecting with nature, Gary found peace on a still lake, on a brisk fall morning usually while hunting or fishing, but also through photography. He often found joy while competing on a trap-shooting league, watching his 2 sons playing sports, hearing the stories of his grandchildren’s adventures, listening to the adventures of his many friends and sharing time in the garden with anyone who would listen to him.

A memorial service will be held Friday, September 18, 2020 at Otsego County Regional Park (15198 96th St. NE, Otsego MN 55330). Gathering welcome at 4:00 with a 5:00 service with snacks and memory sharing after the service.  The setting and dress is outdoor casual with limited seating so your own lawn chair is welcomed. The family is grateful for your presence (in body or in thought/prayer). Acknowledging the real threat of COVID-19, the family would be devastated if someone would become ill as a result of attending Gary’s funeral.  To maximize infection control, the family will be practicing social distancing and donning protective face coverings.

Memorial donations may be made in honor of Gary Schaben, to The Miracle League of Central Minnesota (www.miracleleaguecentralMN.com) or your local food shelf.

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Preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Maude (Terp) Peterson; siblings, Quintine, Vivian Piatt and Eugene

Survived by nephew, Ralph (Brenda) Peterson, she along with Maude raised Ralph from childhood; also nieces, nephews, great nieces, other relatives and friends.

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Joshua Thomas Como, age 40 of Rogers, passed away Friday, September 11, 2020 in the arms of his wife after a long 2.5 year fight with cancer. He was born February 29, 1980 in St. Cloud, the son of Thomas and Paulette (Claeys) Como.

Josh graduated from Cathedral High School in St. Cloud in 1998. He furthered his education, graduating from the University of St. Thomas in 2002 and earned his CPA in 2012.

On May 31, 2008, Joshua Como and Kari Lambrecht were united in marriage. They were blessed with two sons, Sawyer and Peyton.

Josh enjoyed vacationing with his family; watching sports, whether it be professional or his sons’ games; and spending time with his sons, family and friends. He was a man of few words, but had a quick wit and memorable sense of humor, loved his family and a cold Blue Mountain.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Virgil and Donna Como, Francis and Annabelle Claeys; uncle, Jamie Como; and aunt, Shirley St. Aubin.

Josh is survived by his wife, Kari Como and sons, Sawyer and Peyton Como of Rogers; parents, Tom and Paulette Como of St. Cloud; sister, Sarah (Phillip) Layne and their children Mason and Jayden of St. Cloud; parents-in-law, Bev and Bill Grigsby, Allen and Marilyn Lambrecht; siblings-in-law, Lisa (Andy) Nelson and their children Johnathan and Charlotte, Aron (Randi) Lambrecht and their son Eric; many step-siblings-in-law and their families; aunts and uncles, Dennis Como, Timothy (Renee) Como, Mary (Ronald) Deutz, Bonnie (Michael) Prieto Colburn, Linda Claeys Peterson, Dennis St. Aubin; and many other family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to family are preferred for Sawyer and Peyton’s education funds.

Funeral service will be held Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 7:00 PM, with visitation beginning at 4:30 PM, at The Peterson Chapel, 300 Main St N, St. Michael, MN. Burial Friday, September 18, 2020 at 4:00 PM at Mary Queen of Peace St. Walburga Catholic Cemetery in Fletcher, MN.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home. 763-497-5362. www.thepetersonchapel.com.

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Barbara Runkle (Davisson) Hinz passed away September 3, 2020 in Minneapolis, MN. She was 80 years old.

She was born on April 7, 1940, the daughter of the late Jack and Alma June (Hartman) Runkle in Denver, Colorado. Barbara led an interesting life with moves from Colorado, Illinois, to Kansas, and finally landing in Minnesota where she lived until her passing.

She was active in the La Lache League in Buffalo as well as the Lutheran churches she attended: St. John’s (Buffalo), Mount Olive (Minneapolis), Zion (Buffalo), and Mount Herman (Annandale). She was a skilled seamstress and would often make clothing for her children. Barbara loved spending time in the outdoor, especially camping on the North Shore near Gooseberry Falls. She was known for her massive collection of Precious Moments figurines and in her spare time, she like to participate in festivals and reenactments with the Viking Age Club and Society of Minnesota.

In 1996, Barbara fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming a Registered Nurse when she graduated from Anoka Ramsey Community College School of Nursing in Coon Rapids, MN. She worked as an RN until her retirement.

She is survived by her 9 children, Leigh (Olivier) Monichon, Timothy (Karin), Mark Davisson, Stephanie (Jim) Etterman, Christa (Joe) Hinz Lambrecht, Sarah (Bob) Hinz Everts, Matthew (Melinda) Hinz, Naomi Hinz, and Samuel (Jen) Hinz; 13 grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

Barbara is preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Alma June Runkle; and sister, Bonnie Lee.

Memorial Service will be held Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 2:00 PM with visitation one hour prior at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, MN. Online condolences for the family may be directed to www.thepetersonchapel.com

Due to COVID-19 guidelines, we ask that all attendees abide by social distancing regulations and practice safe precautions by wearing a mask if planning to attend the visitation and/or service.