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June 26, 1932 – September 24, 2022


Joan Vetsch Tholkes, age 90, of Buffalo passed away on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at The Annandale Care Center.

She was born on June 26, 1932 in Cogswell, North Dakota the daughter of George W. & Catherine (Paul) Schlagel.

Joan was joined in holy marriage to Lloyd J. Vetsch on August 8, 1951.   God blessed their marriage with six children.   Lloyd Vetsch preceded his wife in death in 1995.

She was joined in holy marriage to Matt Tholkes on September 7, 2000.   He preceded her in death in 2014.

Joan loved flowers, reading, traveling and all puzzles.   She enjoyed doing a lot of hand embroidery work.   Joan belonged to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo.

Survived by her loving children: Brian (Marilyn) Vetsch of Monticello, Bruce (Bonnie) Vetsch of Saginaw, Minnesota, Bill (Pat) Vetsch of Clearwater and Julene (John) Wilson of Howard Lake; daughters-in-law: Brenda (Curt) Steurer of Elk River and Teri Vetsch of Cokato; eighteen grandchildren and thirty-two great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husbands, Joan was preceded in death by sons Keith and Kevin Vetsch, son-in-law Jim Hirsch, her parents and by twelve siblings.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Joan Vetsch Tholkes will be held on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo.   Father Nathaniel Meyers will be the Celebrant.

Interment Holy Trinity Cemetery in Winsted.

A visitation will be held AT THE CHURCH on Thursday, September 29th from 9:30 A.M. until time of Mass.

Casket Bearers will be Bridget Johnson, Nathan Vetsch, Dan Vetsch, Julisa Hirsch, Colton Vetsch and Nicolas Vetsch.


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July 4, 1932 – September 20, 2022

Lawrence “Larry” Ambrose Schulte, age 90, of St. Michael passed away on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at his residence.  He was born on July 4, 1932 in Golden Valley the son of Henry & Petronilla (Vetsch) Schulte.  Larry honorably served his Country in The United States Army.  On June 27, 1959, Lawrence A. Schulte and Roseanna Kasper were joined in holy marriage at The St. Michael Catholic Church in St. Michael.   God blessed their marriage with six children.  Larry established Schulte’s Greenhouse & Nursery in St. Michael in 1963.  The family business will soon celebrate its 60th year anniversary.   He was a faithful member of The St. Michael Catholic Church.  Survived by loving wife of sixty-three years: Roseanna; children: Patty (Curt) Fischer, David (Deb) Schulte, Doug (Pat) Schulte, Danny Schulte, Jeanne (Scott) Zachman and Leanne (Larry) Guenther; grandchildren: Jesse (Kaylan Wurm) Zachman, Nichole (Jeff) Hauser, Matthew Fischer and Mitchell Zachman; great grand children: Warren & Maddox;  a sister: Imelda Schulte; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  Preceded in death by his parents and siblings Sister Benedice, OSB, Corintha, Kenneth, Bernice, Barbara, Emmett, Richard and Allan.  Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 A.M. Monday, September 26th, 2022 St. Michael Catholic Church.  Visitation AT THE CHURCH Monday, September 26th 9:00 A.M. until time of Mass.

Please follow the link below to live stream the services for Lawrence Schulte

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Wesley Floyd Puffer, age 56, of Buffalo passed away on September 18, 2022.

Wesley Floyd Puffer was born on January 3, 1966 in Buffalo, MN. His loving parents Richard (Dick) and Mary Puffer welcomed him home to meet his older brother Seth, and his sisters Brenda and Susie.

Wes married the love of his life Julie Dalton on May 24, 1986 at St. Francis Xavier in Buffalo MN.

Together they built a beautiful life and family with their three children, Andrew, Krystle, and Brandon, along with their five precious grandchildren Grayson, Cord, Cris, Shakayla, and Shaden all of whom Papa adored.

Julie and Wes are lifelong residents of Buffalo, and even shared childhood neighborhoods.

It seems there was never a Wes without Julie, or a Julie without Wes.

Those who knew and loved Wes were always prepared for his trademark one-liners, and sarcastic banter, which was the way he showed his endearment to others.

You could always find Wes tending to his yard or eager to lend a helping hand in his garage. If it needed fixing, Wes was your man.

Wes was a dedicated and committed truck driver for 36 years. He loved the time in his truck, and the connections he made with his coworkers and customers.

His family will love and miss him forever!

Wes is survived by his wife Julie of 36 years; his children: Andy (Anj), Krystle (Shadell) and Brandon; his five grandchildren; his brother: Seth (Susan) and sister: Brenda; his aunt: Margie Puffer and uncle Dwayne (Delores)Puffer; mother-in-law: Kay Dalton; brothers-in-law: Tim Dalton (Tina) and Dan Dalton (Joan); sister-in- law: Laurie Tweten (Cam); along with several nieces and nephews.   Wes is further survived by the amazing neighborhood friends who have become part of Julie and Wes’s family.

A very special thank you goes out to the neighbors who were there on the day when we needed them most!

A Prayer Service with a time of sharing will be held on Friday, September 23, 2022 at 11:00 AM at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, MN.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, September 22, 2022 from 5-8 PM at the funeral home.   Further visitation will be held on Friday at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.



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Ralph Virgil Lauseng, age 82, of Red Wing, MN, passed away May 5th.  He was born in Minneapolis, MN on December 25, 1939.

He enjoyed spending time with family and friends.  He and his wife were able to spend winters in CA for many years.

Ralph was pre-deceased by his parents, Ralph Sr, Juanita Lauseng; and brother, Roger Lauseng.

He is survived by his wife, Carron Lauseng; son, Tal Lauseng; step-children, Sandra (David) LaChance; Dennis Gerger; brothers, Stanley (Janice) Lauseng; Kenneth Lauseng; grandchildren, Tori and Trevor Lauseng; Drey and Danielle Gerger; many family and friends.

Memorial service for Ralph Lauseng will be held on Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 11:00 AM at Zion Lutheran Church, Buffalo.  Pastor Kari Bahe will officiate.

Visitation will take place one hour prior to services at the church.

Inurnment at Zion Cemetery, Buffalo MN.

The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo, MN assisted the family with arrangements.

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May 17, 1972 – September 16, 2022

Brian Leonard Clark was born May 17,1972 to Bob and Lorine Clark. He had one sister Deborah Clark Penny and one brother Jeremy Clark.

Brian attended Crown College graduating in 1994 with a degree in history pre seminary.  In November of 2015 he graduated with his master degree in counseling from Adler Graduate School.

In June of 1993 he married his wife Michelle Farrand. They had three amazing children Victoria Clark, Isaac Clark and McKenzie Clark. In 2016 he welcomed into the family one grandson Aiden Brian Clark.

Brian has done a variety of jobs: a youth pastor, CSO, a police officer, a driver’s education instructor, security guard, security guard manager, and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.

Brian enjoyed hunting and fishing, hanging out with his family, playing practical jokes, going to movies, sitting by a bonfire, hanging out with Aiden, helping others, being Gena’s God father and making egg rolls.

He is preceded in death by his Father Robert Clark, sister Deborah Clark Penny, father-in-law Ronald Farrand, several grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Visitation is at The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home in St. Michael on Wednesday, September 21st from 4-8pm.   Further visitation will be held on Thursday morning, September 22nd one hour prior to services at the church.

Funeral Service for Brian Clark will be held on Thursday, September 22rd, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. at Riverwood Covenant Church in Rockford.   Pastor Keith Robinson will officiate.  Eulogy by Mike Edgington.    Special music by Pastor Dan Adolphson.  Coffee reception following services before going to the cemetery.

Interment Elmwood Cemetery in Rockford.

Honorary Casket Bearers will be Mike Edgington, Mike Roberts, Marty Hoeft, Brice Lamey and Richard Hawks.

Casket Bearers will be Isaac Clark, Victoria Clark, McKenzie Clark, Richard Farrand, Jeremy Clark, Jeremy Farrand and Jeremy Brown.


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of Buffalo, MN

October 28, 1963 – September 15, 2022


Saturday, September 24, 2022

beginning at 10:00 a.m. until the time of service

The Peterson Chapel – Buffalo, MN

Funeral Service

Saturday, September 24, 2022

12:00 p.m.

The Peterson Chapel – Buffalo, MN

   Kurt David Lovold, age 58 of Buffalo, passed away unexpectedly on the morning of September 15, 2022, at home with his wife and family.

Kurt was born in Fort Bragg, NC on October 28, 1963 the son of Dr. Dean Lovold and Joanne (Hagen) Lovold

Kurt and his family grew up in Willmar on Long Lake and he enjoyed playing the trumpet, the piano, boating, swimming, water skiing, playing tennis and working on cars. His memories were made alongside cousins, siblings, parents and friends.

Kurt attended grade school and high school in Willmar, MN.  He then attended St. Cloud State, Ridgewater Community College, and Hutchinson Technical College. His schooling began with his passions of auto body, and restored his first car a Studebaker. His favorite memory of this car by his sister Janel, was getting to drive the car once, but to also ride along with Kurt through town. Kurt knew just what windows of local businesses to drive by to get the best reflection of his car, from all angles. His current project has been restoring a 1929 Ford Model A with his father-in-law Shaddie.

Later he studied non-destructive testing, which took him around the country and into California working for GE, and eventually back to Minnesota. He worked as a Quality Inspector, and IT Specialist for Kurt Manufacturing, overnights in inventory/allocation for Walmart, and most recently as a driver for Nordstrom Metal, in Rockford.

Kurt continued to grow his family when he married Amy (Holman) on October 23, 1999.  Together with their children Zach (35) Lauren (22) and twins Ella and Oliver (18) created a foundation on which to build family memories and a legacy of pure goodness, unconditional love, friendship, and parenthood.

Together they enjoyed concerts, collecting vinyl records, movie nights, swimming, boating, skiing, tubing, camping, family trips including favorites of his, a trip to Washington with Zach, and South Dakota with Amy, Lauren, Ella and Oliver.

Kurt was a stay-at-home dad for years, and was truly the best friend to his wife, and 4 children.  He was impactful to everyone he met, and was instantly your friend.

Kurt is survived by his wife Amy (nee’ Holman) of Buffalo, MN; son Zach (Breiha) of Buffalo, MN; daughter Lauren of Annandale, MN; twins Ella and Oliver of Buffalo, MN; mother, Joanne Lovold of Willmar, MN; brother Craig (Linda) of Spicer, MN; sister Janel (Brent) Schuenke of Willmar, MN; nieces and nephews Austin, Sydney, Reese, Rachael, and Ilexa, cousins and friends.

Funeral service for Kurt will be held Saturday, September 24 at 12:00 p.m. with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. all at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, MN.  Private family interment at a later date.