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July 27, 1993 – July 17, 2024

Mitchell “Mitch” Paul Dehmer, age 30, of Elk River passed away on Wednesday, July 17, 2024.

He was born on July 27, 1993 in Coon Rapids, Minnesota.

Mitch graduated from St. Michael-Albertville High School in 2012.

He honorably served his Country in the United States Air Force from 2012-2018.

Mitch belonged to The Monticello V.F.W.

He enjoyed camping, joking with people, golfing, fishing, hunting and 4 wheeling.

He had been employed for the past six years at MoneyGram.

Survived by his parents: Steven and Janice Anderson; a sister: Celeste Lobeck; a brother: Dane Dehmer; a sister: Amanda Anderson; nieces: Autumn Lobeck and Violet Lewandoski and a nephew: Milo Lewandoski; a good family friend: Grace Betcher; many aunts, uncles and cousins further survive.

Preceded in death by his grandparents: Herbert & Corinne Dehmer and James & Janet Barrows; an aunt Kathleen “Kitty” Goeb and by a cousin Chad Dehmer.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Mitchell “Mitch” Dehmer will be held on Thursday, July 25th at 2:00 P.M. at St. Albert’s Catholic Church in Albertville.   Father Joe Zabinzki will be the Celebrant.

Interment with military rites will follow at St. Albert’s Cemetery.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 24th from 4-8 P.M. at the Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home in St. Michael.   Further visitation will be held on Thursday afternoon 1 ½ hours prior to Mass at the church.

Casket Bearers will be Jon Sorensen, Baxter Zaiger, Andrew Semo, Kevin Vote, Chelse Dehmer and Kendall Lindenman.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to The American Diabetes Association.

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Joanne Carol Florin (Posthumus), age 89, passed away peacefully with family at her side on June 2nd, 2024. Born in Buffalo, Minnesota, she lived a life full of love, music, and community service.

She is survived by her children, Carole Florin-Newberry, Beth Florin (Jeffrey Parker), Brad (Lisa) Florin, Amy Florin, and former husband Rodney Florin, as well as her grandchildren, Chris (Ana) Florin, Jon Florin, Anika Florin, Jackson Florin, Alex Rich, Zoe Rich and her sister, Arlene Nelson. Joanne was preceded in death by her loving parents, Albert and Hazel Posthumus, siblings Edna Heales, Beatrice Pfeniger, and Clifford, Eugene and Douglas Posthumus.

An exceptionally talented pianist and organist, music was her greatest joy. Joanne shared her passion for music with many. She served as the Church organist and chorale director in both Minnesota and Florida, taught piano lessons, was the musical director and piano accompanist for the Lakeshore Playhouse, founded and led the Seminole Community Chorus, and loved entertaining at Nursing Homes, bringing people together through the joy of song. She played until she was 88, at home or in the social room of her building.

Her leadership extended beyond music.  She has served the community throughout her life.  A few of her many accomplishments include President and Executive Vice President of the Mrs. Jaycees, Chairman of Seminole Middle School Advisory Board, Chairman of Bauder Elementary School Advisory Board, Member of the Coalition for Responsible Funding for Education, Member of the Seminole YMCA Board, and Education Chairman for the Seminole Chamber of Commerce. She also held Officer Positions for multiple Republican Clubs and Organizations over the years. She once had the honor of picking up George H.W. Bush at the airport for a rally in St. Petersburg, and also attended Ronald Reagan’s inaugural ball.  Joanne had a deep love for our country and showed a great spirit of patriotism.  Her dedication to the community earned her numerous awards and recognition, including the Merit Award from the Seminole Chamber of Commerce.

Joanne graduated from Buffalo High School in 1953 and attended Hamline University and the University of Minnesota. Her other hobbies included bridge and poker, and she was quite the card shark.

She was a force of nature, embracing all her passions with great vigor. When we think of Joanne, we will remember her love of music and her tireless efforts to invest in the community.  Her legacy of service and love will continue to inspire all who knew her.

Services will be held at noon on August 10, 2024 at Peterson Chapel, 119 Central Avenue North, Buffalo, Minnesota followed by a reception at the Wild Marsh Golf Club, 1710 Montrose Blvd. Buffalo, MN.

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of Buffalo, MN

May 31, 1939 – July 10, 2024

Visitation

Thursday, July 18, 2024

one hour prior to the service

Buffalo Presbyterian Church – Buffalo, MN

Memorial Service

Thursday, July 18, 2024

11:00 a.m.

Buffalo Presbyterian Church – Buffalo, MN

Luncheon at the church following the service

Interment

Lakeview Cemetery – Buffalo, MN

Joanne “Jo” Margaret Hatcher, age 85 of Buffalo, MN, passed away at her home in Buffalo on July 10, 2024.

Joanne was born the daughter of Clarence and Eleanor (Brose) Westphal on May 31, 1939 in Buffalo, MN.

Jo was a woman of many facets, describing herself as loyal, lovable, stubborn, industrious, artsy, talented, and active. She embodied these qualities throughout her life and used them to serve her family and the Buffalo community

Joanne was a dedicated member of the Buffalo Lions and Lionesses, where her commitment and organizational skills helped her to serve as the gambling manager. Her role as office manager at the Buffalo Clinic also reflected her diligent work ethic and dedication to her community.

Known as a “night creature,” Joanne relished the quiet hours when creativity flowed freely. Jiggs would often wake up to the furniture in the house being completely re-arranged. Joanne loved a clean house but could never quite bring herself to organize the closets to her satisfaction.

Family meant the world to Joanne. She found that the time spent with them were some of her most treasured moments of her life. Joanne “Jo” Hatcher leaves behind many memories and a legacy of love, laughter, and kindness. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and all who had the privilege of knowing her.

Jo is survived by her husband of 65 years, Charles “Jiggs” Hatcher; children, Jill (Douglas) Mills and Jason Hatcher; grandchildren, Steven (Abbi) Mills and Anthony Mills; great grandson, Jaxson Mills; also many other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents and brother, Lloyd Westphal.

 

 

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of Buffalo, Mn

October 5, 1939 – July 11, 2024

William “Bill” Robert Murphy, a gentle and playful man, joined his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in Heaven on July 11, 2024.

Born to Leonard and Ruth Murphy on October 5, 1939, Bill grew up in Graceville, Minnesota, where his family farmed.

He enlisted in the United States Navy in November 1958, at the age of 19, and served on the USS Coral Sea as a Navy Air Traffic Controller.

Bill worked as a supervisor at Tonka Toys and Wagner Spray Tech before retiring. Bill admired classic cars; his favorite was a 1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk. He was most content doing just about anything with his best friend and love of his life, Wife Peggy Murphy. They loved traveling together and spending time with immediate and extended family.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife Peggy, 6 children [Shannon (Amy), Jeff (Sophia), Scott (Patti), Bobby (Lisa), Tracy (Mike), and Tara (Roger)], 17 grandchildren (and 4 spouses), 3 great-grandchildren, sister Gail Kehoe (Don), many nieces and nephews, and numerous other beloved family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Sharon Vold (Kenny) and brother Jerry Murphy (Donna).

“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9

 

 

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Garry Lee Jones, a cherished longtime resident of Olean, New York, peacefully passed away on July 6, 2024, at the age of 83 in Monticello, Minnesota after a short battle with cancer.

He was born on November 23, 1940, in Rockland, Pennsylvania, the son of Dama Jones (Hart) and Floyd Jones.

Garry graduated from Allegheny Central School in 1959 and went on to proudly serve his country in the Air Force from March 1960 to March 1964. On October 26, 1963, he married the love of his life, Audrey Stowell, and together they made their home in Olean, New York. Garry dedicated many years of his life to CF Industries, where he worked diligently until his retirement in June 2000.

Garry and Audrey shared a blissful life together in Olean, NY, and later in Lakeville, MN, before settling down in The Villages, Florida, during their retirement years. Their journey was marked by love, laughter, and countless cherished memories. After Audrey’s passing, Garry returned to Minnesota to be near family and quickly endeared himself to all who surrounded him. He was renowned for eliciting smiles through his compliments and expressions of appreciation.

Throughout his life, Garry found joy in the open road, whether on motorcycles, bicycles, or rollerblades, and was known for organizing and leading rides with friends and family. His adventurous spirit extended beyond his hobbies, defining his approach to life and relationships.

Garry was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Audrey, his sisters Shirley Jones, Linda Richardson, and infant daughter Christine Jones. He is survived by his loving sister Phyllis Doban, children Greg Jones (Jill), Brian Jones (Moana), Cyndee Budion (Chris), and Jeffery Jones (Kathy), along with grandchildren Matthew Jones (Satoko), Kristine Golden (Jamal), Mary Beth Jones, Theresa Jones (Joseph), Joshua Frakes, Kaitlyn Budion, Jacquelyn Budion, Isabella Jones, Brenton Jones, and Kaden Jones.

In a heartwarming turn of life’s cycle, Garry also welcomed two great-grandchildren, Avery and Audrey Golden, into the world earlier this year, bringing him immense joy and pride.

The Jones family will be holding a celebration of life for Garry on August 9th, 2024 at the Florida National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.

Garry will be remembered fondly by all who had the privilege of knowing him. His legacy of kindness, adventure, and family devotion will continue to inspire those whose lives he touched. May he rest in eternal peace, reunited with Audrey and forever in our hearts.