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Matthew Gordon Hunt, 45, formerly of Buffalo, went home to Heaven to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus, his Dad, Gordon Malcolm Hunt, and his Mom, Mary Kaye Hunt on Sunday evening, March 31, 2019.

Matthew was born on May 1, 1973, and is survived by: three sisters, Allison Maye Hunt-Leuthold, Amanda Kaye Hunt, Kristen Mary Hunt; and his beloved niece Elly Maye Leuthold; his Uncle, David of Washington; his Aunt, Marilyn of Minnesota; loved cousins, extended family, and friends.

Matthew loves Jesus with all of his heart, and he gently told of and extended the love of Jesus everywhere he went.

On earth, Matthew was an outstanding skateboarder, excellent golfer, and avid fisherman. He had such a tender heart toward people and animals. He always wanted to give and to help others.  Matthew’s big smile, twinkling eyes, and laugh would light up a room. He loved Star Wars, and old westerns-his favorite was Gunsmoke. Matthew always said he looked forward to meeting Paul of the New Testament, and we take comfort in that reality now. He was an amazing son, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend.

Matthew is rejoicing with his Dad and Mom in Heaven, his best friend Jason, and all the saints that went before him.

Matthew liked things simple.  Memorial Committal Service will be held at Kreidler Cemetery, Montrose, at a later date.

We deeply miss him so very much, but we will see him again soon. “Jesus said to her, I am the Resurrection and the Life, he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” John 11:25. “And we know that all things work together for good for those who love the Lord.” Romans 8:28

Arrangements entrusted to The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. 763-682-1363.


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Martha Eldoris (Epple) Mielke, age 74, of Waconia and formerly of Silver Lake and Winsted passed away on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at New Perspective Senior Living in Waconia.

She was born on August 16, 1944 in Buffalo the daughter of Herbert L. & Esther P. (Schultz) Epple.

Martha graduated from Buffalo High School in 1962.

She was a farm wife for many years and worked very hard.  Martha was also formerly employed at Casey’s in Glencoe and at the Pantry in Winsted.

She was a companion volunteer.

Martha was a long time 4H leader and also a former Silver Lake Lions member.

Martha enjoyed playing bingo, called bingo too, puzzles, playing cards and telling jokes.

Survived by her loving children: Brenda Mielke of Brooklyn Park, Darlene (Brian) Kolling of Greenfield and Brian (Tiffany) Mielke of St. Michael; four grandchildren: Adam (Taylor) Kolling, Sarah Kolling, Morgan & Kendall Mielke; a brother: Herman (Joni) Epple of Montrose; a sister: Clara (Harold) Iverson of Waverly, Iowa; her former husband and lifelong friend: Donald Mielke of Plato; other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death her parents.

A Memorial service for Martha Mielke will be held on Tuesday, April 16th at 11:00 A.M. at Faith Presbyterian Church in Silver Lake.   Pastor Carol Chmielewski will officiate.  Inurnment will follow at Cassel Cemetery rural Delano.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 16th at the church beginning at 9:00 A.M.

Urn Bearer will be Brian Mielke.

The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake is serving the family.  Online condolences may be made to


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Curtis Iver Olstad, Sr. age 79 of Greenfield, passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, April 10, 2019. He was born March 30, 1940 in Lee Township, MN, the son of Olaf and Cora (Aaserud) Olstad.

Curtis was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Grygla, MN. He was a 1957 graduate of U of M NW Agricultural School in Crookston, MN. He was a patriotic US Navy Veteran and was a proud member of the Backus American Legion Post 368 and Jenkins VFW. In 1968 he received an Associate in Arts degree from the University of Minnesota. Curtis was also a member of the Masonic Star Lodge 62 for over 50 years serving as Worshipful Master in 1981 and 1982 and a Zuhrah Shriner member. He was also a member of the Northstar Chapter of the ICC, formerly known as the ICBO where he was president in 1993 and 1995.  Curtis served as a Council Member for the City of Greenfield. His career began as the city inspector for the City of Greenfield.  In 1978, he started working for the City of Champlin where he became the first building official until his retirement in 1999.

On September 22, 1962, Curtis Olstad married the love of his life, Catherine Roach.  They were united in marriage at St. Bridget Catholic Church in Minneapolis. The two enjoyed traveling during their 48 years of marriage before Cathy’s passing on October 26, 2010.  The union was blessed with four children: Laura, Butch, Audra and Anna.

Curtis enjoyed watching westerns, listening to old-time country music and wintering in Arizona.  He loved spending time in Grygla hunting, farming and tinkering with his Allis Chalmers tractors. One of his true happy places was his lake home in Backus where he would fish, sit around a campfire, go to meat raffles and spend time with loved ones. He was a true craftsman who, with the help of his father, built his home that he and his family lived in for almost 48 years.  He also built his cabin, some of his children’s homes and many other projects. Along with this, he instilled a hard work ethic in his children which has served them well throughout their lives.  He greeted everyone with a “Howdy, Howdy” and those who knew him well know that he loved to spend time celebrating and socializing with family and friends for any occasion.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Catherine Olstad; parents, Olaf and Cora Olstad; and sister, Marian Schroeder.

Curtis is survived by his children, Laura Sundell, Curtis “Butch” (Tammi) Olstad Jr., Audra (Brad) Etzel, Anna (Trevor) Palmer; grandchildren, Brett Sundell, Kayla (Ryan) Stevens, Mattia Olstad (Ellis Riley), Hanna Olstad, Meg Etzel (Eric Carlson), Natalie Etzel, Samantha (Devin) Hopkins, Sophia Palmer, Stella Palmer, Suzi Palmer; great-grandchildren, Ryker Stevens, Stanley Etzel; sisters, Olive (Tom) Pinske, Sharon Ellingson, Janet Kostick; Goddaughter, Suzi Jaworski; and many other family and friends.

As Curtis might say, “Bye for now!”: A visitation will be held Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 2:00 to 6:00 PM, with a Masonic Service at 2:00 PM, at The Peterson Chapel, 300 Main St N, St. Michael, MN.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 11, 2019 a 1 PM, with visitation one hour prior, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, 37408 Hamre Rd NW, Grygla, MN. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Grygla or Masonic Star Lodge 62 in Rockford.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel in St. Michael. 763-497-5362. And, Johnson-Green Funeral Service in Thief River Falls. 218-681-4331.

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March 31, 1931 – April 10, 2019

Yvonne E. Visser, age 88, of Maple Plain passed away on Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 at her residence.

She was born on March 31, 1931 near Crawford Lake the daughter of Lawrence W. & Edythe A. (Dixon) Ramthun.

On June 25, 1959, Yvonne E. Ramthun and Harry E. Visser were joined in holy marriage in Rockford, Minnesota.

She was formerly employed in seasonal work at The Flower Farm.

Yvonne belonged to The Lyndale Lutheran Church.

She enjoyed fishing, hunting, shopping, traveling and gardening.

Survived by loving husband: Harry E. Visser; further survived by brothers: Lawrence F. “Sonny” Ramthun of Big Lake & William J. (Susan) Ramthun of Mound; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Preceded in death by her parents Lawrence W. & Edythe A. (Dixon) Ramthun and by a sister-in-law Dorothy Ramthun.

Funeral services for Yvonne Visser were held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, April 13th, 2019 at Lyndale Lutheran Church in Lyndale.   Pastor Sheryl Bousu officiated.

Interment Lewis Cemetery in Maple Plain.

A visitation was held at the church on Saturday April 13th from 9:00 A.M. till 10:30 A.M.

Honorary Casket Bearers: Deb Shackelton, Mary Bentley,

Connie Guillet, Robert Ramthun, Melissa Mellima, Gail James, Aaron Ramthun and Marc Guillet.


Casket Bearers: Brent Visser,   Gary Hines, Mark Murto,     Glen Ramthun, Eric Guillet and Burton Ramthun.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to



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Mueller-Janzen, Melissa “Missy”, age 48 of Buffalo, loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend to many passed away peacefully on April 5, 2019, surrounded by the ones she laughed with, lived for and loved. Missy is survived by her husband, Thomas; children, Jonathan, Emma and Josie Janzen; mother, Jean Mueller; sister, Kris Paterson (Ed Anderson); brother, Randy (Stacy) Mueller; niece, Lauren Paterson and nephew, Mark Paterson. She is preceded in death by her father, Paul Mueller. Funeral service for Missy will be Wednesday, April 10 at 2:00 p.m. with visitation beginning at 12:00 p.m. all at Zion Lutheran Church, 1200 State Hwy 25, Buffalo. Luncheon to follow at church. Interment at Zion Lutheran Cemetery of Buffalo. Serving the family…

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Dale Joseph Demarais “Chipper” of Buffalo passed away in the early morning hours of Saturday, April 6th, 2019. He was surrounded by his three daughters and his beloved dog “Otie” at his home in Buffalo after a courageous 5 month battle with Stage 4 Colon Cancer.

Dale was born in Buffalo on February 24th, 1962. He grew up on a hog farm in rural Howard Lake.

Dale was a graduate from Howard Lake High School in 1980.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing horseshoe in the summertime.

In 1982, he was blessed with his first daughter Alicia from his first marriage. On March 17th, 1988, Dale was united in marriage with Audrey Filosi and blessed with two more daughters, Chelsea and Lacey.

He worked at Lake Region Co-op and Cenex in Buffalo for almost thirty-three years.

He greatly enjoyed helping people out with their vehicles and loved the relationships he built over the years with the customers. It was very important to him!

Dale was a “Yes” man. He did anything for anyone, at any time. He was an amazing father to his three daughters and a wonderful grandfather to his grandkids. His children were very proud to call Dale their father. He will be deeply missed by all!

Dale is survived by his wife: Audrey of thirty-one years; his mother: Carol (Clinton) Hayner; sister: Doreen Lopau; daughters: Alicia Mengelkoch, Chelsea Demarais and Lacey (Tyler) Demarais-Borg; two grandkids: Blake & Kennedi; beloved dog Otie.

He is preceeded in death by his father Leonard Demarais, sister Myra Jo and by his granddaughter Myra Jo Alexandra.

A visitation will be held at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo on Saturday, April 13th from 12-2 p.m.

Funeral services for Dale Demarais will be held on Saturday, April 13th at 2 p.m. at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.

Dale will be cremated and buried next to his father Leonard at The Marysville Catholic Cemetery.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to

February 24, 1962 – April 6, 2019