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March 25, 1960 – January 15, 2020

Cindy Solien, age 59, of St. Michael, passed away peacefully on January 15, 2020 after a sudden and serious illness.

A Mother, Nana, Daughter, Sista, Auntie, Friend and Caregiver, Cindy was an avid Vikings fan.  She lived her life to help and care for others, cheer on the Minnesota Vikings, collect anything with dragonflies and frogs, chickens and Mickey Mouse.

The leader of the pack, Cindy was the oldest of four children of Vern and Claire Solien (Buffalo, Minnesota).

Daughter of Claire and Vern Solien of Buffalo, MN; Mom to Sarah (Junior) Geislinger of Watkins, MN; Jordan (Liz) Danielson of Hutchinson, MN; Danny (Alyssa) Callahan of Delano, MN; Nana to Brooke, Ethan, Henry, Emmitt, Kaydence, Layla; Sista to Pam (Rick) Brittan; Tim Solien and Janelle (Jared) Mutterer; Auntie to Theresa (Ed) Hugener and family; Jason (Amanda) Klein and family; Maci and Mara, Hayden and Chloe. Cindy had countless other non-traditional family members whom she considered as part of her family.

She was preceded in death by her nephew, Hayden.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, January 19, 2020 from 2:00 to 6:00 PM, with a prayer service and time of sharing at 6:00 PM at The Peterson Chapel in St. Michael.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

www.thepetersonchapel.com. 763-497-5362

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January 28, 1936 – January 14, 2020

Audrey Kilian, age 83, of St. Michael passed away peacefully January 14, 2020 surrounded by her loving family. Near the end, she imparted final words of wisdom to us, “The Lord has done a lot for us. We are going to do a lot for the Lord.” She loved the life the Lord gave her.

Audrey was born and raised on a farm in Albertville with her parents and 14 siblings. As the eldest of a large family, Audrey frequently cared for her younger siblings who often referred to her as a second mom. After graduating high school, Audrey worked at the Federal Reserve in Minneapolis and as a short-order cook on weekends for room and board. To commute from her home in Albertville to Minneapolis, she had to light a lantern and wave down the train in Albertville to ride to the Cities.

Audrey first met Archie during visits to his parents’ strawberry fields in St. Michael. The two would eventually begin dating, and their relationship led to marriage on June 28, 1958. During the early years of their marriage, they lived in Silver Bay, MN which is where they started their family with the birth of their oldest son, Jeff. They would eventually add to their family with 6 daughters and one more son. Audrey found her calling in motherhood. She blessed her children with her grace, kindness and strong faith. She was a woman of incredible generosity and selflessness, never asking or expecting anything in return. Audrey thoroughly enjoyed making holidays and birthdays special events for her children. She also loved to treat them to movies and restaurants. She deeply loved her family!

Audrey took such joy in spending time with her siblings, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She enjoyed singing, dancing and playing the piano. She liked gardening and loved cooking and baking; her kitchen specialties were potato salad and “Audrey” bars. She had a passion for reading, often reading multiple books at one time. Audrey loved playing cards and was ready for a game of nickel nickel any time, any place and especially loved playing with her grandchildren. She also liked going to the casino and playing the slot machines. Audrey was a faithful member of St. Michael Catholic Church and enjoyed Adoration, Church festivals and BINGO. To know Audrey was to love her. She was an amazing, joyful, caring and generous person with a warm smile for all she met. Audrey will truly be missed by all who were lucky enough to know her!

Survived by her husband Paul “Archie” Kilian; her children [Jeffrey] Paula (daughter-in-law), Pamela, Sheila, Lisa (Bill) Valerius, Sylvia (Jeff Becker), Paula, Karla (Tom Ripplinger), Jason (Jamie Anderson); grandchildren, Jacob, Andrew, Sondra, Kristine Kilian, Andrew Bohn & Stephanie (Curtis) Hakala; David Mah; Aaron Valerius (Sam Geisler) & Alayna (Keith) Arns; Derek (Rafia) Kilian, Cienna & Elle Becker; Taylor & Julia Ripplinger; Kira & Kinsi Kilian; 5 great grandchildren Bennett Kilian, Carson & Hailey Norton, Harrison & Charlie Hakala; siblings Arlene (Loren) Dehmer, Joanne Monson, Diane (Gerald) Milless, Betty McAlpine, Gerald (Mona) Martin, Donna Corbin, Mary (Jerry) Holland, Eldon (LeAnne) Martin, Linda (Gene) Kirk, Theresa (Terry) Bourgeois, Dale (Bev) Martin & Daniel Martin.

Preceded in death by her loving parents, Alrick & Mildred Martin; Father/Mother-in-law Leon & Stella Kilian; son Jeffrey Kilian; brothers Eugene & Duane; brothers-in-law Leon “Butch” Corbin, Larry McAlpine & Pete Monson.

 

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June 17, 1947 – January 14, 2020

James Allen Sargent, age 72, of Buffalo passed away on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.
He was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on June 17, 1947 the son of Lavon & Vera (Irwin) Sargent.
He honorably served in the United States Navy.
Employed for many years as a carpenter for Minneapolis Public Housing.
He was a former Boy Scout leader. James enjoyed camping, campfires, canoeing in the Boundary Waters, hunting, fishing and building things.
Survived by loving daughter: Nicole (Dave Lakabung) Sargent of Buffalo; grandsons: Alex and Cody plus a number of untold grandkids; loving relatives: Diane & Al Gapinski of Buffalo; three nephews: Corey (Colleen) Sargent of Florida, Eric Sargent of Blaine and Jacob Gapinski of Buffalo; other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by a son Jason, his parents, two brothers Larry and Roger Sargent, former parents-in-law: Murley & Jean Olson.
A visitation for James Sargent will be held on Sunday, February 2nd, 2020 from 2-4 P.M. at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.
The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to www.thepetersonchapel.com

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After 77 remarkable years, Robert “Bobby” Zrust of Buffalo, MN, passed away while being surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, January 12, 2020.

Bobby learned a strong work ethic on the family farm in Cologne, MN, and always considered himself a “farm boy”. He met the love of his life, Margie, in high school and they shared 56 wonderful years together as husband and wife. He cherished her each and every day. His great love spilled over to his children and grandchildren and he was so proud of each and every one of them. He often remarked, with great pride, “Look what we started!” to his family.

Bob touched many more hearts in the community with his role as a milkman for 48 years. He worked endless hours supporting his family and building relationships with many families and cooks. It was a source of great pride when his oldest son, Brad, took over the milk route in 2011, when Bob retired.

Bob was an avid sports fan throughout his whole life. His favorite sports and teams were the ones that his children and grandchildren were part of. He will continue to be their #1 fan from above.

Bob is lovingly survived by his adoring wife, Marge; blessed children, Brad (Sue) Zrust, Molly (Dean) Perry and Ted (Kim) Zrust; grandchildren, Samantha (Connor) Bauer, Jordan & Zach Zrust, Ben, Ellie & Charlie Perry, Cameron & Avery Sonju and Celia Zrust; great-grandchildren, Keegan and Quinn Bauer; two sisters, Sister Mary Ann Zrust, SLW and Jane (Duane) Heitz; siblings-in-law, Rita Zrust, Al (Pat) Ebert; and many other loving family and friends.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Rob and Mayme Zrust; brothers, Ralph (Janet) Zrust, Red Zrust; grandson, Lucas Perry; and father & mother-in-law, Roman (Cecilia) Ebert.

Visitation will be held Monday, January 20, 2020 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Bob Zrust will be held Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 11:00 AM, with visitation continuing one hour prior to the mass at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church of Buffalo.

Celebrant will be Father Nathaniel Meyers.

Urn bearers will be all of Bob’s grandchildren.

Private family interment will be in the St. Francis Catholic Cemetery of Buffalo at a later date.

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Lawrence “Larry” Raymond Young

passed away peacefully at home in St. Michael on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at the age of 85.

Larry was preceded in death by parents, Lawrence “Bill” and Hazel Young; and sister, Laura.

He is survived by loving wife, Lucille “Lucy” of 63 years; children, Jeffrey Lawrence “Jeff” (Heather Magee-) Young, Cindy (Doug) Skaalrud, Jill (Brad) Smith; granddaughters, Callan Young (John Leitch), Kelsey (Garrett) Battleson, Dr. Riley Young (Matt Novak); brother, Jim Young; and sister, Shari Tivy.

Larry was a journeyman plumber and lifetime member of U.A. Local Union No.15. He was a long-time resident of New Hope. Larry and family built a cabin near Aitkin, MN enjoying Gun Lake for 45 years. Fishing was his favorite hobby and fly-in trips to Canada with buddies were very special to him. Larry was an avid golfer and member at Minnesota National Golf Course preceded by Savanna Golf & Supper Club near McGregor, MN.

A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 11:00 AM, with visitation 1 hour before the service, at Word of Peace Lutheran Church in Rogers – 21705 129th Ave. N., Rogers MN 55374. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Parkinson’s Foundation at parkinson.org/ways-to-give.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home. 763-497-5362.

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Wayne Melvin Strehler
June 20, 1949 – January 9, 2020

Wayne M. Strehler, age 70 of Rockford, passed away on January 9, 2020 after fighting a 15 year battle with cancer.

Wayne was born on June 20, 1949 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the youngest son of Elmer and Edna Strehler. He was baptized on July 17, 1949 at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Greenfield by Pastor Haar and was confirmed in the Christian faith at Salem on April 7, 1963. Wayne graduated from Rockford High School in 1967 and went on to Dr. Martin Luther College where he received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Education.

On May 4, 1974 Wayne and Bonnie were united in marriage. God blessed their marriage with a beautiful life together and two sons, Seth and Matthew.

Wayne engaged in dairy farming in Hamel for 15 years. He later worked in sales and then to Boston Scientific where he finished his career. Wayne enjoyed gardening, chess, antiquing, baking and visiting with family and friends.

Wayne is survived by his loving and caring wife of 45 years, Bonnie; sons, Seth (Jennifer) and Matthew (Dawn); his fond grandchildren, Cody and Kaci; brothers, Donald (Karen) and Wilferd (Diann); many nieces, nephews, other relatives & friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Edna Strehler; and niece, Clarice Schleif.

Reviewal Monday, January 13, 2020 from 4 to 8PM, with a prayer service at 7:30PM at Salem Ev. Lutheran Church in Greenfield. Funeral service Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 11AM, with reviewal one hour prior, at Salem Ev. Lutheran Church 9655 Pioneer Trail, Greenfield.

In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to American Cancer Society or American Diabetes Association.

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