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Jesse Michael Ehlers, age 46 of Buffalo, passed away peacefully surrounded by family Tuesday, September 14, 2021. He was born February 7, 1975.

Jesse attended Burnsville High School. He enjoyed his job at Peterson’s Pool and Spa and allowing it to have him work outside, which he loved so much. He also dedicatedly cared for his grandmother.

With his love of the outdoors, Jesse enjoyed four-wheeling, snowmobiling, camping and fishing. He also enjoyed old vintage cars and working on cars, and he especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Jesse was the greatest husband and father; anyone could see the love he had for them. His daughters were his world! He had a funny and caring personality and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Leo and Betty Thielen; aunt, Terry Thielen; mother-in-law, Jackie Kennedy; grandparents-in-law, Douglas and Muriel Martin; and friend, Lauren Peterson.

Jesse is survived by his wife, Gina Ehlers; daughters, Autumn (12) and Addison (9); mother, Mary Thielen; father, Patrick (Sue) Ehlers; sister, Sarah (Phil) Whiting; father-in-law, Donald Kennedy; siblings-in-law, Michelle Kennedy, Todd (Jennifer) Kennedy; nieces and nephews, Skylar, Camrynn, Arie, Danielle, Mia, Lucas; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, family and friends.

Memorials are preferred to Jesse’s family.

A private celebration of life will be held.

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

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Judy Esther Peterson, age 73, of Maple Lake, passed away Wednesday, September 15, 2021, with her family at her side after bravely battling Melanoma cancer. She was born October 18, 1947, the daughter of Arthur and Erna (Goerke) Elfmann.

Judy was baptized and confirmed at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Middleville Township. She was a 1965 graduate from Maple Lake High School.

On October 18, 1968, Judy Elfmann and Ronald Peterson were united in marriage at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Middleville Township. They were blessed with three children: Sean, Jason and Tracy. Judy grew up and lived nearly her entire life on and by her family farm homestead near Rock Lake. She was a hardworking farm girl in her early years.

She and Ron shared over 50 wonderful years together side-by-side with love. Her greatest joy was her family. Judy dedicated her life as a stay-at-home mom. Many hours were spent as a family enjoying the nature and fun of the lake.

Judy was an avid Twins fan and enjoyed word finds, watching gameshows, country music, traveling, making beaded calendars and gifting them to family, and spending time with her family and friends. She especially loved her grandchildren and attending their activities. She also enjoyed traveling with her family and loved ones.

Judy’s grandchildren shared such a strong connection to their “awesome” grandma. She was a strong willed, and a very loving person to her family and friends. Many people came to her to talk to because she was a great listener. Judy was also very faithful, reading daily devotions and either attending or listening to church every Sunday.

She truly cared how everyone else was doing, even while she was sick. Judy was an inspiration of strength. During her cancer battle her family, friends and doctors described her as a “warrior” and echoed “Judy Strong.” She was blessed by the love and support of many and brought joy in so many lives.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Erna Elfmann and godparents Esther Marohn, Lydia Beckmann and Edwin Elfmann.

Judy is survived by her husband, Ron Peterson; children, Sean Peterson (Kristi), Jason Peterson (Shelly Zahn), Tracy Carlson (James); grandchildren, Owen Zahn, Caden Peterson, Noah Peterson, Claire Zahn, Griffin Peterson, Gavin Carlson, Tess Carlson; honorary daughter Susan Peterson; siblings, Sharon “Sherry” Olean (Donald), Michael Elfmann; sister-in-law, Carol Hudek (Frank); and many nieces, nephews, family and friends. She was a godmother to three.

A memorial service will be held Monday, September 20, 2021, at 11:00 AM, with visitation one hour prior, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Annandale. Burial following at St. John’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society.

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

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Lowell Frank Berning, passed away on Monday, September 13, 2021 at the age of 96. Lowell was born on April 24, 1925 in St. Michael, Minnesota, the youngest of three boys born to Ben and Mae (Gaulke) Berning.

On November 27, 1946, he and Esther Helen Kasper were united in Holy Matrimony at St. Michael Catholic Church. they raised four children, Pat, Ken, Bruce and Mark. In 1980 he opened Lowell’s Auto Repair in St. Michael with Esther by his side. They enjoyed working together until their retirement in 1990.

Lowell was a lifelong, faithful member of St. Michael Catholic Church. He was also a volunteer St. Michael fire fighter for over 20 years, and member of the Crow River Sportsman’s Club.

Lowell will be remembered for his strong work ethic and ability to fix anything. He loved his years of hunting and fishing and welcomed every opportunity to play euchre.

Lowell is survived by his daughter, Pat (Gene) Reddemann; sons, Bruce (Jeaneen) and Mark (Sue); daughter-in-law, Judy; 7 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Rosetta Swanberg and Alice Eicher; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Esther, and son, Ken, both passing in 2009; his brothers, Everett and Leon; and great-grandson, Ryan Hall.

Visitation will be held Thursday, September 23, from 4:00 to 8:00 PM, with prayer service at 7:00 PM, at The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, September 24, at 11:00 AM, with visitation one hour prior, at St. Michael Catholic Church in St. Michael. Burial following at St. Michael Cemetery.

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

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John Edward Wright, 91, died peacefully on September 13, 2021, at his home in Buffalo, Minnesota from heart and kidney failure.

John dedicated his life to God, to his wife, to his family, and to teaching.

He was baptized and confirmed at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato, Minnesota and was an active member of the Lutheran Church all his life, most recently at Zion Lutheran in Buffalo. He eagerly shared his deep Christian faith as a Stephen minister and with all who crossed his path.

John married Marie Olson, who he adored since he was fifteen years old on December 27, 1950, at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel. They have been committed to each other for more than seventy years, raising a family, traveling, and making music. Whenever they cared for grandchildren, John was ready with a list of entertaining activities, often scribbled on a scrap of paper the size of a matchbook.

The last several years John devoted his life to caring for Marie, who had struggled with dementia until she passed away just three days before he did.

John graduated from Cokato High School in 1948, went to Gustavus Adolphus for one year, and transferred to the University of Minnesota where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Arts degree in vocational agriculture. He taught five years at Kerkhoven, Minnesota and another twenty-five at Worthington High School and Community College. He was the 1972-73 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, and he received the American Farmer degree, the WCCO Good Neighbor award, and the 2012 Wright County Outstanding Senior Citizen award. Many of his former students have visited him to express their appreciation for how he mentored them in their careers. He was an Eagle Scout and a charter member of Buffalo Kiwanis.

He loved music, playing a Coke bottle with the “Bottleers” at the Cokato Corn Carnival, playing clarinet and harmonica in high school, singing in the choir, and learning to play the guitar after retirement so he could entertain local nursing home residents with Marie on the keyboard.

John is survived by his three sons, David (Susan) Wright of Buffalo, James Wright of Maple Lake, Daniel (Anita) Wright of West Plains, MO; a brother, Dean (Kathryn) Wright of Burlington, NC; a sister, Mary Jeanne Olander of McMinnville, OR; grandchildren, Tristan (Sarah) Wright of Raleigh, NC, Eric (Julisa) Wright of Longview, WA, Spencer (Kristine) Wright of Annandale, Mikayla Wright of West Plains, MO; and many affectionate nieces, nephews, and great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Marie (Olson) Wright; his father, Ernest Lester Wright; and his mother, Adalyn (Eckstrom) Wright.

Please direct memorials to the Zion Lutheran Church Foundation in Buffalo, Park View Care Center in Buffalo, or All Kids Can Learn International—Villages of Hope in Zambia.

A celebration of life is planned for both John and Marie on Thursday, September 30, 2021, at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo, Minnesota. Visitation will begin at 9:30 AM. The service will be at 11:00 followed by lunch and reception. The family will be assisted by the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. www.thepetersonchapel.com

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Marie Eldoris (Olson) Wright, 92, died peacefully on September 10, 2021, at Park View Care Center in Buffalo, Minnesota from complications with dementia.

Marie graduated from Dassel High School and attended Gustavus Adolphus College. She met John Wright, who became the love of her life in high school, and they married on December 27, 1950. Her life centered around family, but she also made time for employment, primarily as a stenographer and typist. She was a loving listener and a soft-spoken parent and grandparent who could quiet a throng of rowdy children with a simple, “Say…” or “Now, boys.” She hosted numerous family gatherings, but when complimented about what a fine meal she had prepared, her reply was, “It got good.” It’s difficult to compliment a Swede.

Marie had a deep faith and was active in the Lutheran Church, most recently at Zion Lutheran in Buffalo. She taught Sunday School, summer Bible school, and led church circle groups. Marie shared her musical talent by entertaining with John at nursing homes and other local venues. Marie played the keyboard while John sang and played the guitar and harmonica.

Marie and John traveled to all fifty states, first in their pickup camper and later with bus tours. They also visited Canada, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and the Panama Canal.

Marie is survived by John, her loving and dedicated husband of more than 70 years; her three sons, David (Susan) Wright of Buffalo, James Wright of Maple Lake, Daniel (Anita) Wright of West Plains, MO; a sister, Audrey Wessman of Plymouth, Minnesota; grandchildren, Tristan (Sarah) Wright of Raleigh, NC, Eric (Julisa) Wright of Longview, WA, Spencer (Kristine) Wright of Annandale, Mikayla Wright of West Plains, MO; and many affectionate nieces, nephews, and great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her father, Richard Olson; her mother, Minnie (Sundblad) Olson; her sister, Hazel Jensen; and her brother, Winton Olson.

Please direct memorials to the Zion Lutheran Church Foundation in Buffalo, Park View Care Center in Buffalo, or All Kids Can Learn International, Villages of Hope in Zambia.

A celebration of life is planned for both Marie and John on Thursday, September 30, 2021, at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo, Minnesota. Visitation will begin at 9:30 AM. The service will be at 11:00 followed by lunch and reception. The family will be assisted by the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. www.thepetersonchapel.com