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Marlene Louise Thomas, age 62 of Buffalo, passed away Friday, November 23, 2018. She was born April 22, 1956 in Minneapolis, the daughter of Erick and Genevieve (Prickett) Nyberg.

Marlene graduated from Rockford High School in 1974. She worked 28 years at General Mills.

On June 10, 1998, Marlene was united in marriage to Richard “Rick” Thomas in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Marlene enjoyed gardening, crossword puzzles, and time spent with her family. She also had a true love for the arts.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Erick and Genevieve Nyberg; son, Matt Brandstrom; grandson, Keith Elkie; and brother-in-law, Chuck Stalberger.

Marlene will be missed by her husband: Rick Thomas; children: Marilyn (Luke) Elkie, Scott McCann (Jennifer), Kurt (Bonni) Thomas, Jocelyn (Ty) Schmatz, Joshua (Brandi) Brandstrom, Heidi (Danny) Weege, Jelly Thomas (Josh), Gabby (Casey) Stroad; grandchildren: Kyle Elkie; Jacob McCann; Jada, Sienna, Olivia and Kayla Thomas; Makenna, Lydia and Keagan Schmatz; Isaac, Carly and Max Brandstrom; Torianna, Alanah and Blaze Weege; Xavier and Valen Thomas; Brooklyn and Evelyn Stroad; siblings: Ken (Joyce) Nyberg, Jeanette (Steve) Kenney, Gerri Stalberger; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

A celebration of life will be held Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 5:00 PM, with visitation 3:00 to 5:00 PM, at The Peterson Chapel, 300 Main St N, St. Michael, MN.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel. 763-497-5362. www.thepetersonchapel.com.

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February 21, 1935-November 20, 2018

Leonard Joseph Demarais, age 83 of Buffalo passed away on Tuesday, November 20, 2018.

He was born on February 21, 1935 in Buffalo the son of Archie H. & Doris R. (Marquette) Demarais.

As a young man, Leonard drove a milk truck. He later engaged for many years in dairy and hog farming in Middleville Township north of Howard Lake. While farming, Leonard also was in construction.

Survived by children: Dale Demarais (Audrey) of Buffalo and Doreen Lopau (Shawn) of Maple Lake; grandchildren: Alicia Mengelkoch, Lacey (Tyler) Demarais, Chelsea Demarais, Devon( Andrea) Mauk and Daniel (Miranda) Hagfors; great grandchildren: Blake Demarais, Kennedi Borg, Kaleesi Hagfors and Max Hagfors; brothers: Lee (Joan) Demarais and Tom (Marge) Demarais all of Buffalo; a sister: Charlotte (Loren) Zimmerman of Howard Lake; many other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by a daughter Myra Jo Demarais in 1961, his mother Doris Demarais in 1987, a brother Archie Demarais Jr. in 1991, his father Archie Demarais Sr. in 2002 his wife Carol Hilde Demarais in 2016 and by a great grandchild Myra Jo Alexandra Demarais in 2017 and two sunshine great grandbabies.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Leonard Demarais will be held on Saturday, November 24th, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly. Father Kenneth O’Hotto will be the Celebrant.

Interment Marysville Catholic Cemetery.

A visitation will be held AT THE CHURCH on Saturday morning, November 24th one hour prior to Mass.

Casket Bearers will be Devon Mauk, Daniel Hagfors, Tyler Borg, Chad Jurgens, Dean Demarais and Daren Demarais.

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Janel “Nell” Francis Wohlenhaus (Peacock) passed away on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at the Park View nursing facility where she lived. She was 83.

Nell always took the time to make someone else’s life brighter. The centerpiece of her family, Nell was the heart of tradition. She and her husband, Don, were married more than 60 years. She was a former President of the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce, a nurse, and former Co-Owner of KRWC Radio alongside her husband, Don. Together they were Buffalo residents since 1975. Her energy for life was infectious. Her faith was deep and ability to find joy in anything, contagious. From camp trips, mission trips and road trips with her sisters, she enjoyed it all. Her family is grateful for the many years and are all finer people because she was part of them.

Nell is survived by her two children, Steve and Deb; her 5 grandchildren; sister, Sue; and brothers, Mike and Andy Peacock.

She is joining her daughter, Sheri Lynn; son, David; brother, Ron; sister, Lou; and husband, Don.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 2:00 PM, with visitation one hour prior, at Buffalo Covenant Church in Buffalo. A private family burial will be held.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.

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Charles Marion Kittrell, Sr., age 72 of Albertville, MN passed away Sunday, November 18, 2018.

Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery on Monday, November 26, 2018 at 11:30 AM.  Assembly Area # 2.

The Peterson Chapel, St. Michael, MN assisted the family with arrangements.

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July 17, 1951-November 17, 2018

Randal “Randy” Des Marais, 67, of Buffalo passed away on Saturday, November 17, 2018 surrounded by his loving wife and family.

He was born on July 17, 1951 in Monticello the son of Marah and Mabel Des Marais. He lived in Buffalo his whole life.

Randy had multiple accomplishments. He owned a hardware store with his brother Joe, where he met the love of his life and married her on November 22nd, 1980.  They spent almost thirty eight unforgettable years together, very rarely being apart.

He helped carry on the family auctioneering business encouraging his two sons to do so as well. Randy also worked in the assessing field for thirty three years as Wright County Assistant Assessor and as Marysville Township Assessor.

At home he enjoyed spending time with his family, singing with his grandchildren “You Are My Sunshine”, driving his team of horses and working on his hobby farm. He always said we had “A little bit of everything not much of anything”.

He taught his children the important things he valued, like never giving up on an animal until it was gone, and how important family is. Randy lived for his family!   He was very proud of his children and the people they have become.

Randy had a contagious laugh that would leave everyone with tears in their eyes and a smile that will never be forgotten!

Survived by his wife: Brenda; children: Jill (Ryan) Laudenbach, Bridget (Joe) Landowski, Matthew (Kassie) Des Marais and Michael Des Marais (Cheyenne Hickman); grandchildren: Lauren, Gretta and Emily Laudenbach, Kennedy and Charley Landowski, and Ella and Brody Des Marais; brothers: Joe (Jeanette) Des Marais and Curt (Carol) Des Marais; sisters: Constance Des Marais, Christine Hafften and Karen (Jake) Morvedt; sister in law: Janice Des Marais; along with several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by his parents Marah and Mabel Des Marais, his mother in law Beverly (Ordorff) Kowalke and by a brother Chester “Chet” Des Marais.

Funeral services for Randal “Randy” Des Marais will be held on Saturday, November 24th, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford, Minnesota.

Interment will follow at Marysville Catholic Cemetery in rural Waverly.

A visitation will be held on Friday, November 23rd from 4-8 P.M. AT THE CHURCH.  A Prayer service will be held at 7:00 P.M.  Further visitation will be held on Saturday, November 24th one hour prior to services at the church.