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March 24, 1923 – January 29, 2020

Donald Richard Mahler, life-long resident of Hanover, Minnesota passed away on Wednesday, January 29, 2020. Donald was born on March 24, 1923 in Hanover to Richard and Marie (Strehler) Mahler.
He grew up and attended Hanover Grade School and graduated from Buffalo High School in 1941. Don attended the Hanover Zion EUB Church (later Hanover Zion United Methodist Church) and was confirmed in the Christian faith in 1937 by Rev. Ezra Budke. Don contributed to church life as a trustee, an usher, and on various committees.
Don had to assume many responsibilities as a 13 year old when Richard, his father, passed away. He helped his cousin, Harold, on the farm with livestock and crops. After graduating, he had various jobs to help his family. He followed in his father’s footsteps and started a livestock trucking business. This was his career for several decades.
After meeting Lois Sandhoff, who became the love of his life, they married on October 24, 1952 at Parker’s Lake Methodist Church. After the couple married, they built a house and made their home in Hanover, Minnesota. During their marriage, in addition to trucking, Don and Lois purchased a farm where they both actively participated in the operation. After retiring from those occupations, Don enjoyed driving vehicles for an auto auction in Maple Grove, Minnesota.
Don was active in the Hanover community, serving on the city council, as a volunteer firefighter, and as a member of the Lions.
Don and Lois enjoyed traveling, taking many road trips. As a retired couple, they took a respite from the cold by traveling to Texas and Florida several times.
Don enjoyed his cabin on Big Pine Lake, fishing, playing cards, and spending time with family and friends.
Don is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Lois Mahler; sister-in-law, Elaine Olson; nieces and nephews, Bryon Gustafson, Claire Saatela, Marion (Steve) Conwell, Craig (Janis) Wokson and Gail Wokson; great nieces and nephews, Jared, Erin, Aaron, Holly, Logan, David, Daniel, Michelle, Jenna, Diana and additional extended family. Further survived by close family friends, the Kiphuth’s, Karl, Sue, Angela, Brooks, Sophia, Steven (Brianna) Sydney and Macie.
Don was preceded was in death by his parents, Richard and Marie; sisters and brothers in-law, Ruth (Byron) Gustafson, Nadine (Charles) Wokson and Robert Olson; nephew, Gary Wokson and a great nephew, Douglas Wokson.
Funeral Services for Donald Mahler will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 12 Noon at The Buffalo United Methodist Church in Buffalo. Pastor Bill Reinhart will officiate. Interment will follow at The Hanover United Methodist Cemetery.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, February 1st one hour prior to services at the church.
Honorary Casket Bearer will be Brooks McNelis.
Casket Bearers will be Bryon Gustafson, Steve Kiphuth, Loren Mahler, William Mahler, Craig Wokson and Daniel Wokson.
The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to www.thepetersonchapel.com

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Darlene Kay (Keller) Beightol, age 81 of Rockford, passed away peacefully on January 27, 2020.

She was born on February 26, 1938 in Esterville, Iowa to Louis and Evelyn (Green) Keller, and eventually she and her family moved to Webster City, Iowa where she grew up.

Darlene was joined in marriage to Gene A. Beightol, Sr in 1955. They were blessed with four children: Kim, Linda, Mandy, and Gene “Sonny”.

Darlene was a hard worker and worked several jobs to support her family. She enjoyed taking road trips in the fall to view the changing colors of the leaves, and would always find the time to stop at her favorite casinos along the way for a bit of fun. Another one of her hobbies was tending to her garden, growing many vegetables and flowers. She was known for her extravagant Christmas light display, often attracting hundreds of people throughout the season to see her decorated home. She mostly enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and creating special memories with them.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Gene Beightol, Sr; daughter, Kim Swanson; sisters, Dorothy, Rose Marie, Marylou, and Shirley; brothers, Edwin, Robert, and Dale; and partner, Richard Beyer.

Darlene is survived by her children, Linda (Perry) Rux, Mandy (Jim) Fautsch, and Gene “Sonny” (Cristi) Beightol, Jr; grandchildren, Kari, Brian, Sara, Trevor, Tanya, Tiffany, Trisha, Tessa, Amber, Ryan, Nick, and Tara; great-grandchildren, Mason, Evelyn, Cody, Shelby, Austin, Ashtin, Alec, Emerson, Kaden, Amira, Kay Kay, Rylee, Conner, Nick Jr, Payton, and Aiden; brother, William (Joyce) Keller; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. with visitation from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at United Presbyterian Church in Rockford, MN. Interment to follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Rockford. Lunch to follow at United Presbyterian Church.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo. Online condolences for the family may be directed to www.thepetersonchapel.com.

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Kathy Jean (Wandersee) Parker, age 63 of Buffalo, passed away on January 24, 2020.

She was born on March 25, 1956 in Buffalo, Minnesota to George and Lidia (Krause) Wandersee. Kathy attended and graduated from Delano High School with the class of 1974.

She enlisted to join the Army in Memphis, Tennessee in November 1983. She attended boot camp at Fort Lee in Virginia, and was stationed in various parts of the country, including Oklahoma and North Carolina. She served two tours in Germany; one in Heidelberg and the other in Stuttgart. She proudly served her country for 16 years; Kathy was honorably discharged and retired from her military duties in 2002. Kathy was a proud member of the VFW and Legion.

During her time in the military, she met James Willard Parker, and the two were joined in marriage on March 25, 1995 in Lawton, Oklahoma.

Kathy was known for her heart of gold; she was always giving and made sure her family was always taken care of. She had a genuine and sweet personality. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Kathy was an avid hunter, loved fishing, and enjoyed being in the outdoors. She once caught a massive sailfish on a trip to Mexico with family; a highlight of her trip!

She is preceded in death by her husband, James Willard Parker in 2003; parents, George and Lidia Wandersee; brothers, Donald, David, and Richard Wandersee; sister, Elizabeth Schmidt; and brothers-in-law, Dennis Bodin and Kenny Huston.

She is survived by her sons, Benjamin (Renee) Butler Jr. and Eric Butler; grandchildren, Mariah, Kenneth, Karissa, Corey, Caleb, Isabelle, and Olivia; and great-grandchildren, Alayah, Austin, Kinslee, and Oaklynn; siblings, Robert (Joan) Wandersee, Frederick (LaDonna) Wandersee, Charles Wandersee, Duane (Julia) Wandersee, Kenneth (Virginia) Wandersee, Jerry (Karen) Wandersee, Diane Huston, Nancy (Jack) Sawyer, and Shirley Bodin; sister-in-law, Sandra Wandersee; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral Service will be held, Friday, January 31, at 7:00 PM with visitation beginning at 4:00 PM at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, MN. Interment will take place at a later date at Wachapreague Cemetery in Wachapreague, Virginia.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo. Online condolences for the family may be directed to www.therpetersonchapel.com

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September 8, 1936 – January 25, 2020

Ann C. Greenhagen, age 83, of Buffalo passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.
She was born on September 8, 1936 in Waverly the daughter of John E. & Loretta M. (Rassat) Copeland.
On November 19, 1955, Ann C. Copeland and Donald W. Greenhagen were joined in holy marriage at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly. God blessed their marriage with three children Lori, Mike and Mary.
Ann was formerly employed as an accounting manager at U.S. West Telephone Company and retired in 1990 after 35 years of service. After retirement, she started a second career and was employed as an Administrative Assistant at St. Francis Xavier Catholic School for twenty- seven years finally retiring at the age of 80.
She was a faithful member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and was their choir director, a soloist and choir member for several years. She had a strong faith and a great love of children and music.
Survived by her loving children: Lori Loberg, Mike (Barb) Greenhagen and Mary (Charles) DeWitte; seven grandchildren: Shane (Bethany), Jeremy (Rachel), Cole, Nick (JoLaina), Brock (Nicole), Justin, and Robbie (Caitlin); great grandchildren: Gavin, Cohen, Eliana, Matthew, Maddie, Ben, Miles, Josie, Hendric, Quinn, Vaughn and Vienna; a sister: Sister St. Luke SJ; and other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by her husband Donald W. Greenhagen on January 1, 1996, infant great grandson Evan, by her parents and by two brothers and two sisters.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Ann Greenhagen will be on Thursday, January 30th at 11:00 A.M. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo. Father Nathaniel Meyers will be the Celebrant. Inurnment St. Francis Cemetery.
A Time of gathering will be held on Thursday, January 30th one hour prior to Mass at the church.
Urn Bearers will be her seven grandsons: Shane Loberg, Jeremy Greenhagen, Cole Loberg, Nick Greenhagen, Brock Greenhagen, Justin Greenhagen and Robert DeWitte.
The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to www.thepetersonchapel.com

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February 21, 1937 – January 24, 2020

Loren R. Dehmer age 82, of St. Michael passed away unexpectedly January 24, 2020. Loren was born on February 21, 1937 to Matthew and Mary (Kirscht) Dehmer. He married Arlene M. Martin on October 3, 1959. God blessed their marriage with 8 children. Loren enjoyed family time, cabin life, fishing, playing cards and listening to old-time polka music. He loved his grandkids and great-grandkids. He took pride in his farming and also worked many years as a mechanic. During his retirement years he enjoyed driving his gravel truck and driving the countryside. No matter where Loren went, he seemed to know someone; he had a kind heart and truly enjoyed socializing. He was a faithful member of the St. Michael Catholic Church. Survived by loving wife of 60 years: Arlene M. Dehmer; children: Julie (Steve) Sirr, Lynn (Peter) Berning, Mark (Angie, special friend) Dehmer, Joel (Nita) Dehmer, Scott Dehmer, Sandra Dehmer, Keith (Angela Martinez, significant other) Dehmer; 23 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren; sisters: Margie Robeck and Alberta (Pat) Fitzsimmons; many other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by parents: Matthew and Mary Dehmer, son: Gary Dehmer, sisters: Arlene Lindenfelser, Irma Perrault, Alice Steffens, Delores Steffens, Florence Kasper, Brother-in-laws: LeRoy Lindenfelser, Jerome Perrault, Norman Steffens, Lloyd Steffens, Bernie Kasper and James Robeck. Mass of Christian Burial for Loren Dehmer will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, January 28 at The St. Michael Catholic Church in St. Michael. Father Peter Richards will be the Celebrant. Interment St. Michael Cemetery. A visitation will be held at the St. Michael Catholic Church TODAY (Monday), January 27 from 4-7 PM. Further visitation will be at the church one hour prior to Mass.

 

 

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Bonnie Mae Nelson, age 80 of Buffalo, Minnesota, passed away January 24, 2020.

She was born on July 31, 1939 to Osborne and Beatrice (Shogren) Nelson and attended high school in Atwater.

Following her graduation from Atwater, she moved to Minneapolis to begin her career at Prudential.

Bonnie had an independent and adventurous spirit; she loved to travel and take on new experiences. After living in Minneapolis, she decided to move to Hawaii, then Seattle, and finally made her way to her favorite city, Denver.

While exploring the world with friends and family, she would take pictures wherever she went. She worked as a photographer, and was known for taking photos at any opportunity she could.

Bonnie was beautiful inside and out. She loved coming home to visit and we loved when she came home. She was loving, kind, witty, and had such a sweet smile and gentle demeanor.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Robert; nephew Justin; and brother-in-law, Robert “Curly”.

In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to suicide prevention, Alzheimer’s, Cancer Society, or a donation of your choice.

Bonnie is survived by her siblings, Roberta (Jim) Swenson, Marge Nelson, Roger (Elvina), Richard (Betty), Darlene (Bob) Mickelson, Carol (John) Olstad, and Janet Beety; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 11:00 AM with a visitation one hour prior at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, Minnesota.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo. Online condolences may be directed to www.thepetersonchapel.com