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John Douglas Dixon, age 95 of Plymouth, passed away Sunday, November 17, 2019. He was born July 29, 1924 in Montrose, the youngest child of James Darrow and Evelyn Johanna (Wandersee) Dixon.

He was baptized on November 30, 1925 and confirmed on August 8, 1937 at Cross Lutheran Church in Rockford.

John graduated from Buffalo High School in 1941. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and his Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri in Columbia.

On August 26, 1949, John Douglas Dixon and Ruth Hildegard Mielke were united in marriage at Cross Lutheran Church in Rockford.

John was an electrical engineering professor at UND in Grand Forks for 35+ years until his retirement in the late 1980s. He was also past Department Chairman and ambassador for the Electrical Engineering program at UND.

John was a member of the P.o.L.K.of.A Group and past royalty with Ruth, and past Board Member and Sunday School Director at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Grand Forks.

John was very strong and active in his faith and was a faithful member of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Plymouth.

John enjoyed Polka dancing, and he especially enjoyed meeting people and socializing and laughing with them. He loved teaching and his students.

John was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who was kind and generous to all. He was a conscientious and peaceful man.

He is preceded in death by his parents, James and Evelyn Dixon; older siblings, Donald, Clifford, Kenneth, Aaron, Eloise Lieder; and granddaughter, Ramona Zeman.

John is survived by his loving wife, Ruth Dixon; children, Rita Zeman (Bryan Striemer), Ron Dixon (Patti Haase), Jeff (Barb) Dixon, Janice Dixon; grandchildren, Renee (Tim), Joe, Sam, Luke; great-grandson, Harrison; sisters-in-law, Hertha Dixon, Joanne Rogers, Irene Thompson, Judy Mielke; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Visitation Wednesday, November 20, 2019 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM, with a prayer service at 6:00 PM, at The Peterson Chapel, 119 Central Ave, Buffalo. Funeral service will be held Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 11:00 AM, with visitation one hour prior, at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 5005 NW Blvd, Plymouth. Interment at Elmwood Cemetery in Rockford.

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

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Mary Jo (McGinty) Hoadley, 89, of St. Benedict’s Assisted Living in Monticello, died peacefully Sunday, November 17 at Monticello Hospital.
Mary Jo was born in Mauston, Wis., August 16, 1930 to Nora and Martin McGinty. She attended the Milwaukee Hospital School of Nursing and had a long career as an RN, primarily in behavioral health, at hospitals in Rochester, Minn.; Calabasas, Calif.; and others.
Mary Jo married Dale Hoadley in June of 1954 and they had five children. The two divorced in 1978. She moved to Southern California in 1980 and loved being in the warm sun for almost 30 years. She then lived in Virginia Beach, Va., for two years before moving to Monticello in 2010.
Mary Jo loved reading, playing tennis, and creating amazingly beautiful needlepoint. She volunteered for her church, Lutheran Social Service, and the Girl Scouts, among other groups. Mary Jo enjoyed playing cards and was very tough to beat at rummy. She was an avid Minnesota Twins fan, watched as often as she could on TV and was able to attend a couple of games at Target Field.
Mary Jo was preceded in death by her parents, brother Tremain McGinty, infant son Dale Jr., and daughter Kathleen Franz. She is survived by daughters Carol (Mark) Lostetter of Buffalo and Barb Chesser (Mike Mueller) of Naperville, Ill.; son David (Cathy) of Buffalo, and special friends Gina, Louie and Sophie Tangalakis of Los Angeles. She was “Grandma Jo” to grandchildren Jeremy (Libby) Lostetter, Elizabeth Lostetter (Chad Giusti), Nick (Ashley) Lostetter, Laura Chesser, Eric Chesser, Alex Franz, Noah and Ana Engbloom; and great-grandchildren Harper, Guthrie, Juniper, Isabelle, and Lucy Lostetter.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 29 at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo. Visitation is at the church one hour prior and lunch at the church will follow. Private burial at a later date.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Monticello Hospital for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to American Heart Association, Planned Parenthood MN/ND or donor’s charity of choice.

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Barbara Renee Strehlow, 75, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 16th, 2019, with her husband of 54 years and family by her side, after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Barb was born on September 16th, 1944 in Crookston, MN to parents Russell and Edith (Grunhovd) Hanson. On April 3rd, 1965 she married the love of her life, James Strehlow. The newlyweds moved to Robbinsdale and later settled in Corcoran, where they raised four children, Steve, Dave, Wendy and Lisa.

She graduated from Fertile High School in 1962 and later attended Interstate Business School in Fargo.

Jim and Barb were blessed with fourteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren, who were the light of her world.

In addition to her children and grandchildren, Barb touched the lives of many through her teaching roles at Rainbow Connection preschool, Appletime Daycare, and General Mills Infant Care center, from where she retired.

Barb was also an active member at Our Father’s Lutheran Church, where she participated in choir, circle, Sunday school & confirmation coordinating, women’s ministry, and MOPS mom mentoring.

Above all, she was a homemaker, mother and grandmother who was renowned for her considerate and selfless personality. She always put others above herself and was an optimist throughout her Parkinson’s fight.

She is survived by her husband: Jim Strehlow, Corcoran; children: Steve (Sheri) Strehlow, Greenfield; Dave (Dena) Strehlow, Maple Grove; Wendy (JD) Gustafson, Rockford; Lisa (Craig) Schmidt, Delano; her grandchildren: Tim, Dan (Savannah), Abby (Matt), Allyssa (Zach), AJ, Trista, Jake, Ben, Calvin, Matthew, Ally, Mia, Sidney, Maxwell; her great-grandchildren: Kent, Wyatt, Waylon.

Barb is also survived by her siblings: Beverly (Ron) Rohweller, Hawley; Glenn (Karen) Hanson, Mahnomen; Luanne (Ritch) Mjelde, Willmar; Brad Hanson, Winger.

She is preceded in death by her parents: Russell and Edith; her twin grandsons Christopher and Cody Strehlow.

A visitation will be held at Our Father’s Lutheran Church Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM, with a service following at 4:00 PM.

Memorials can be sent to the OFLC Foundation, 3903 Gilbert Ave SE Rockford, MN 55373.

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

 

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Dennis James Aulwes, age 67 of Maple Plain, passed away Thursday, November 14, 2019. He was born January 18, 1952 in LeRoy, Minnesota, the son of Paul and Adeline (Miland) Aulwes.

Dennis graduated from Rockford High School with the class of 1970 and furthered his education at Anoka Hennepin Technical College.

On April 6, 1985, Dennis Aulwes and Stacey Gray were united in marriage at Buffalo Evangelical Covenant Church in Buffalo, MN.

Dennis enjoyed his retirement working at Pheasant Acres Golf Course in Rogers, where he enjoyed his work and the people he worked with.

He enjoyed camping, golfing, woodworking, cooking, westerns, and playing cards with his family.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Adeline Aulwes; and brother, Tim Aulwes.

Dennis is survived by his best friend and beloved wife, Stacey Aulwes; sons, Jamie (Stacey) Aulwes, Steven (Makenzie) Schultz, Jesse (Allison) Aulwes, Jakob Aulwes; grandchildren, Bennett, Teigan, Jude, Grady, Hattie, Jordan; siblings, Paula (Rodney) Ruesch, Ceil (Vern) Torgeson, Steve Aulwes, Tom (Wanda) Aulwes; sister-in-law, Debbie Aulwes; and many other family and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at the Buffalo American Legion from 3:00 to 7:00 PM. Military Honors will take place at 4:00 PM at the Buffalo American Legion.

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

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Richard Carl Milner, age 72 of Buffalo, passed away Wednesday, November 13, 2019. He was born February 26, 1947 in Oshkosh, WI, the son of Armin and Evelyn (Schliep) Milner.

On July 3, 1976 Richard Milner and Monica Bauer were united in marriage.

He was a hard worker and provider for his family. He enjoyed collecting stamps and coins, and spending time with his family.

He was a very loving husband, father and grandfather who will be deeply missed.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Armin and Evelyn Milner; sister, Lois; and brother, Bill.

Richard is survived by his wife, Monica Milner; daughters, Marilyn Bryant, Sara Milner; grandchildren, Jon Bryant, LJay Bryant, Dmon Bryant, JJay Bryant, LouAnn Bryant; sister, Etta Mathe; and many family and friends.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the Barrington Apartments in Buffalo, MN.

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

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July 2, 1928 – November 13, 2019

A Rosary will be recited at 8:30 A.M. Thursday, morning, November 21st at the Church.

Further visitation will be held from 9:00 – 10:45 A.M. at the Church.

Our Beloved Mother, Beatrice (Bea) M Gagnon, age 91 of Waverly, MN passed away peacefully on November 13, 2019 at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Howard Lake.
Bea was born on July 2, 1928 in Maple Lake, Mn to Joseph & Albina (Morin) Antil. She grew up on the south side of Lake Ramsey with 6 brothers; Victor, James, Arthur, Larry, Jerry, Frank and 2 sisters; Ursula (Sue) Perra and Theresa (Tess) Guggemos. As a young girl she loved to read, swim, ice skate and dance. Bea worked at Dirck’s Grocery Store in Maple Lake as a Cashier from 8th to 12th grade after school and on Saturdays. After graduation she worked for the Maple Lake Drug Store until she got married. She was baptized and confirmed at St Timothy’s Catholic Church in Maple Lake. Bea graduated from Maple Lake HS in 1946.
On April 22, 1947 Bea was united in marriage to Lawrence (Pete) Gagnon (from Waverly) at St Timothy’s Catholic Church in Maple Lake by Father O’Brien. They were married 59 years before Pete’s death in 2006 and lived on the Gagnon Homestead in Wright County. God blessed this union with 8 children: Steve (Gunner), Kay, Colleen, JoAnn, Mike, Ann, Mary & Patty.
She loved flowers, gardening, canning, baking bread every Sat., playing cards, visiting family/friends, bus trips and shopping! She was a great cook and loved having family & friends over for Holidays. Saturday night she was always ready for wedding dances in Waverly or at the Blue Note in Winsted. Bea loved when family came home and her grandchildren would visit. Bea worked part-time at New Beginnings as a cook.
She was a faithful member of St Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly. Always ready to help volunteer for the church’s many activities including teaching religion, communion minister, lector, adorer, circle chair, bible studies and a member of the social ministry committee.
Bea is survived by her sons, Steve (Judy) Gagnon, Mike (Wanda) Gagnon and daughters, Kay Gagnon, Colleen (Jim) Kimberly, JoAnn (Rory) Ostgulen, Ann (Mark) Wackler, Mary Pettit & Patty (Jeff) Lehner: 17 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren: sister Tess Guggemos and sister-in-law’s; Carol Gagnon(NJ) and Jean Antil(ND). She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brothers, 1 sister and a great grandson Evan LaCroix.

Mass of Christian Burial, 11:00 am Thursday, November 21st. Visitation Wednesday, November 20, 4-7 PM. Thursday Rosary at 8:30 am and visitation from 9-10:45 am. All at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Waverly, MN.