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Greeted by a class of student nurses, William Gordon Jennings Lantto entered the world on September 12, 1968 at St. Barnabas Hospital in Minneapolis, MN.  He departed this world on May 16, 2022 at St. David’s Hospital in Round Rock, Texas.

Only son of parents, Judy and Reuben, he spent his school years in St. Louis Park, Brooklyn Park and Plymouth. Gordie was a 1987 graduate of Wayzata HS.  After attending Mankato State, he was employed by American National Can, Continental Machines and for the last 15 years, UNIVAR in St. Paul. He enjoyed skiing, golf and watching football but snowmobiling was his passion!

Grandparents Emma and Ernest Lantto and Ruth and Ed Jennings preceded him in death as well as his Father, Reuben.  Also, predeceased by six aunts, three uncles, and several cousins.

He will be missed by those he leaves behind.  Mother:  Judy, of Pflugerville, TX.  Sisters:  Caprice Lantto-Walker (Russ Walker) of Pflugerville, TX and Jolie (Kent) Lillie of Farmington, MN.  Nephews:  Reece (April Ashleson) Wagstaff of Circle Pines, MN; Micah Lillie, student at SDSU in Brookings, SD; Harrison Lillie, student at Mizzou in Columbia, Mo.  Godparents:  Aunt Karen and Uncle Bill “Sonny” Reeves of St. Louis, Mo.  Aunts:  Sharon (Bruce) Bekkala; Katherine Johnson; Judy (Steve) Byman).  Uncles:  Ernest “Stan” Lantto; Chris (Vicki) Lantto; Curtis (Marlene) Peterson; Waldo Schacht.  Further survived by many cousins and friends.

Celebration of Life to be held on June 25, 2022 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM at Holiday Inn Suites located at 20800 Kenrick Ave. in Lakeville, MN 55044.  Refreshments to be served.

Memorials preferred and will be directed to LVAD patient groups.

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of Albertville, MN

October 15, 1965 – May 14, 2022

Gathering of Family & Friends

Friday, June 24, 2022

3:00 – 7:00 p.m.

The Peterson Chapel – St. Michael, MN

Edelman, Jeffrey “Jeff” age 56, of Albertville, MN passed away peacefully on Saturday May 14, 2022, at Engel Haus in Albertville, with his family by his side.
He was born in Park Rapids, MN to Lyle and Carol (Voshell) Edelman on October 15, 1965. He was raised in Akeley, MN and graduated from high school in 1984. He furthered his education by attending St. Cloud Technical College, where he received his Associates Degree in Computer Programming and moved to the Twin Cities to begin his 30+ years as a CNC Machinist. He worked in machine shops in Plymouth, St. Michael, Elk River and Monticello.
He met Sharon in 1988 at work and they married on October 20, 1990. While they lived in Maple Grove, MN, they welcomed their daughters Teresa and Maria. In 2004, they moved to Albertville, MN. Jeff volunteered his time in the area as a Firearm Safety Instructor for over 10 years. He also was a member of the Albertville Lions Club, where he held multiple roles, including two years as club President. He was awarded Lion of the Year and the Melvin Jones award for his service and dedication.
Jeff loved to hunt, fish, camp and work with his family and friends on various outdoor projects. He was always a phone call or text away, if someone needed help.
Survivors include his wife of 31 years Sharon; daughters, Teresa (Parker) Yost of Redfield, SD and Maria Edelman of Moorhead, MN; grandson, Charlie Finn Yost; father, Lyle Edelman; sisters, Sandee (Trig) Edelman-Karl, Judy (Jeffery) Thielen and Jackee (Chad) Sackett; nieces and nephews, and other extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Carol; grandparents, and other family members.
A gathering of family and friends to celebrate Jeff will be held Friday, June 24 from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. at The Peterson Chapel in St. Michael / Albertville, MN
In honor of Jeff’s passion to serve others, the family will be accepting old glasses on Friday during his celebration of life and donating them to the local Lions eyeglass recycling center.

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Rose Ann Krause, age 94 of Rockford, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Sunday, June 19, 2022. She was born September 30, 1927 in De Smet, South Dakota, the daughter of Arthur and Kate (Boss) Rydbom.

Rose Ann was baptized on May 10, 1945 and confirmed in the Lutheran Catechism on May 20, 1945 at American Lutheran Church in De Smet, South Dakota.

Rose Ann was raised in the De Smet-Erwin area where she was raised on the family farm. She attended Erwin Public School. Rose Ann worked on the family farm before working at Lutheran Hospital in Watertown, South Dakota, where she met Gerald “Jerry” Krause.

On November 2, 1945 Rose Ann Rydbom and Gerald George Krause were united in marriage at St. Martin Lutheran Church in Watertown, South Dakota. The two were blessed with seven children.

After farming in South Dakota, the family moved to Greenfield, Minnesota in 1965 and in 1970 moved to Rockford, Minnesota. Rose Ann spent many years working as a nurses aid at Delano Healthcare, until she was in her 80s.

Rose Ann was a faithful member of Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford, where she taught vacation bible school that all her grandchildren enjoyed attending. She volunteered her time at Wise Penny for many years. She was also a member of the silver sneakers, Cross Lights, “Birthday Club” and called Bingo at the senior center. Rose Ann enjoyed all things crafting -including crocheting, quilting, and beadwork. She also enjoyed baking, clowns, and spending time with her family, especially with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Rose Ann had a positive spirit, being able to see the good in everyone. She loved to laugh and kept the room alive. Her generous and caring nature will be greatly missed by all.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Gerald “Jerry” Krause; son, George Henry Krause; daughter, Rosella Mae Krause; parents, Arthur and Kate Rydbom; and siblings, Lottie, Ruby, Vernon, Dorothy, Anna, John, Arthur, Barney, Donald, Albert.

Rose Ann is survived by her children, LeWayne (Patti) Krause, Michael (Margie) Krause, Dennis (Dianne) Krause, Cynthia (Kurt) Kessler, Gregory (Paula) Krause; grandchildren, Brandon Krause, Brent Krause, Jason (Aletta) Schaefer, Dustin (Tammy) Krause, Heather (Chris) Cummings, Jaime (Tim) Schendel, Jared Krause, Matthew (Jill) Kessler, Alex (Jessica) Kessler, Todd (Jordan) Kessler, Melissa (Kyle) Bechtold, Molly (Zachary) Jacobson; great-grandchildren, Brooke, Blake, Bella, Betty, Hayley, Grace, Madison, Madelyn, Garrett, Oliver, Henry, Abigail, Isaac, Reid, Amelia, Esther, Job, Tobias, Micah, Viviana, Jaxson; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Funeral services for Rose Ann Krause will be held Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 4:00 PM, with visitation one hour prior, at Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford with Pastor Michael Barlow as officiant. Interment will follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Rockford.

The Krause family would like to thank you for your sympathy and support during this time of loss. A donation in Rose Ann’s name will be made to Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford.

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

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Alvin Joseph William Welch, age 81 of Buffalo. He was born June 18, 1941 and passed away at home with his wife and daughter at his side on June 18, 2022.

Al graduated from International Falls High School with the class of 1959. He enlisted in the US Air Force and served until 1967. While enlisted, he served in Laon, France, where he met the love of his life, Colette Venet. The two were married on April 10, 1965 and were blessed with two children: Nathalie and Anthony. Al and Colette enjoyed 57 wonderful years together, raising their family and enjoying many travels.

Al loved his family and was always available to help with any fix-it project. Papa Joe was a big supporter of his grandsons, attending many school and sporting events. He was a craftsman, making many beautiful cribbage boards in his retirement.

He is preceded in death by his son, Anthony; parents, George and Margaret; infant sister, Doris; and brother, LeRoy.

Al is survived by his loving wife, Colette; daughter, Nathalie (David); grandsons, Daniel (Jessica), Matthew, Steven; great-granddaughter, Riley; sisters, Darlene Carlson, Janice (John) Ludwig; brother-in-law, Jean-Pierre Venet; sisters-in-law, Jacqueline Shaw, Ginette (Dennis) Cravoisier and Penny Welch and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, July 17, 2022 at 2:00 PM, with visitation one hour prior, at The Peterson Chapel, 119 Central Avenue, Buffalo, MN. A private family interment with Military Rites will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Special thank yous to Drs Behbahani, Carter, Haley, nursing/support staff, Park Nicolett Hospice for their compassion and care.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo, MN. 763-682-1363. www.thepetersonchapel.com.

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Ramon “Ray” Edmund Thomes was born in 1930 in Arlington, Minnesota to Mathilda (Murray) and Edmund Thomes. He attended grade school and two years of high school in Arlington and transferred as a junior to St. John’s Prep School in Collegeville, Minnesota. Ray graduated from St. John’s University followed by two years as a cryptographer and Sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married Barbara Pluth in December of 1954 and moved to Buffalo, MN where he joined the J.W. Thomes Insurance Agency staff. Ray bought the agency from his uncle John Thomes in 1958, and subsequently sold it to his son Greg in 1989. Ray and Greg also co-owned Buffalo Bail Bonds from 1992 to 2017.

Ray remained active throughout the years in PIA (Professional Insurance Agents Association) serving as state president, national board member, national vice-president, and public relations for the Minnesota PIA. He was selected as Minnesota Agent of the Year in 1969 and given a Mr. Chairman award in 1974. He also earned a life membership in the Insurance Firemark Society. Ray received his CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor) designation in the first class offered outside of the state of Texas and served as president of the national CIC board. He received a Chemical Dependency Counselor Certification from Hennepin Community College.

Ray was an active member of Serra International (Catholic lay organization) serving as president of the Wright County Chapter and as Minnesota’s District 7 Governor. He was an active member and former Grand Knight of the St. Francis Knights of Columbus council. He was also very active in the Boy Scout organization and was awarded the Eagle Scout rank. Ray achieved the Boy Scouts’ Order of the Arrow, worked summers as waterfront director and counselor at Camp Clyde, and served as Scout Master of the Buffalo Boy Scouts for several years. He sang with the Bisonaires choral group for many years, recording an album and singing at the Minnesota State Fair. Ray served on several local boards including Buffalo Industrial Development, Inc., Buffalo Chamber of Commerce, Wright County Retirement Center (Park View), and Functional Industries.

Ray enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, skiing, reading, being with his family, and was a faithful member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo. He is preceded in death by his wife Barbara and son Peter. Ray is survived by his children Greg (Betty), Maple Lake; Cathy Behrens, Sedan; daughter-in-law Verna, Underwood; Judy, Buffalo; Chris (the late, Ann), Longville; Brian, Buffalo; and by ten grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. He is also survived by sister Joan Urbanski, Cloquet; sister-in-law Mary (Pluth) Palmquist, St. Cloud; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Friday, July 1, 2022 from 5:00 to 7:30 PM, with a prayer service at 7:15 PM and Knights of Columbus rosary recited at 7:30 PM, at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. A Mass of the Resurrection will be held Saturday, July 2, 2022 at 11:00 AM, with visitation one hour prior, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo. Burial with Military Rites will be held Saturday, July 9, 2022 at 11:00 AM at St. Francis Cemetery in Buffalo.

Ray’s preferred charitable organization is the District Seven Catholic Serra Club of the Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis. Memorials may be offered to the “Catholic Serra Club of Wright County” and handed to family or mailed to: 100 Center Drive, Buffalo, MN 55313.

Services will be livestreamed at: https://perkinsmediagroup.com/thomes/

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo, MN. 763-682-1363. www.thepetersonchapel.com.

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Marlys Anne (Schaber) Jacobs of Buffalo, 86, passed on June 12, 2022 with her family by her side. She had the kindest heart and loved to help those in need. She was born on March 21, 1936 to Sylvia (Bourgeois) and Everett Schaber, was raised near Hamel and lived in the farmhouse she grew up in until moving to Buffalo in 2002. She graduated from Wayzata High School in 1954 and then attended secretarial school. She loved her job at Minneapolis-Moline. She valued education and was proud to have helped her children and grandchildren attend college. She married Dale Jacobs in 1960 and they had three children, Jill Barth (John), Jon Jacobs (Gretchen) and Jolene Huston (Ward). She was deeply loved by her seven grandchildren, Cory, Katie and Kiley Barth, Olivia and Maggie Jacobs, and Jacob (Jake) and Annika Huston. She loved her brother Howard Schaber and her late brother Donald. She was loved like a mom and grandma to so many others. She loved gardening. She ran Jacobs Produce before specializing in pumpkins and had one of the largest U-pick pumpkin farms in the area. After moving to Buffalo, her love of gardening turned to Hostas, and she loved her beautiful gardens.

A memorial celebration will take place on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at Peterson Chapel in St. Michael; 10am visitation, 11am service, noon luncheon. Private burial to follow.

We ask that you remember Marlys by planting a Hosta in your garden this summer.

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