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Joanne Mary Pettit, age 87 of Pequot Lakes, formerly of Corcoran, passed away Tuesday, March 19, 2019. She was born in Minneapolis on December 4, 1931, the daughter of Charles and Mary “Mamie” (Keran) Patnode.

On September 8, 1951, Joanne Patnode and Jerry Pettit were joined in holy marriage at the Church of St. Thomas in Corcoran. The two were blessed with 9 children.

Preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Pettit; son, David Pettit; son-in-law, Richard Harris; grandson, Shawn Sibbet; parents, Charles and Mary “Mamie” Patnode; and 6 brothers and sisters.

Joanne is survived by her children, Gerri Kay (Randy) Baumeister of McAllen, TX, Marianne (Ken) Kraft of Rockford, Shelly Aeshliman of St. Michael, Becky (Terry) Pauly of St. Michael, Rod (Sandy) Pettit of Buffalo, Jennifer (Rick) Altendorf of Loretto, Kelly Harris of Conroe, TX, Tony (Nancy) Pettit of Pequot Lakes; grandchildren, Brianne (Mark), Cassie (Josh), Nathan (Janae), Jeremy, Mick, Nicole, Amber (Travis), Jed, Shelly (Jason), Shereen (Jerry), Jenny (Jake), John, Nathan (Trina), Zak, Matt (Jessica), Dave (Mary), Marshall (Lindsey), Jake (Brittany), Kayla (Garett), Josh, Maddie; great-grandchildren, McKenna, Ian, Levi, Noah, Aubrey, Cohen, Hannah, Ella, Dallas, Chloe, Braxton, Ashlyn, Teagan, Griffin, Jaylen, Carter, Camryn, Nick, Alyssa, Kaya, Vada, Charlie, Hannah, Lillian, Olivia, Oakland, Eli, Rosie, Brody, Sophie, and two on the way; and many other loving family and friends.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at The Peterson Chapel in St. Michael. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 11:00 AM, with visitation one hour prior, at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Corcoran. Burial at a later date at St. Jeanne de Chantel Cemetery.

Memorials may be made in Joanne’s name to the donor’s choice of charity.

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

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Frank J. Niermann, age 85 originally of Sauk Centre, MN, passed away on March 13, 2019 at St. Benedict’s Care Center in Monticello.

Frank was born the son of Anton and Margaret (Ritzke) Niermann on February 13, 1934 in Melrose Township, MN.

Frank served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict from November 16, 1953 to October 10, 1956.

He was united in marriage to Arlene T. (Wessel) on June 6, 1959. They were married for 57 years until her death on January 29, 2017.

Frank was a loyal employee for over forty years, working for Wonder Bread until his retirement in 1996. Frank’s daughters remember having an endless supply of Ho Ho’s, Twinkies, Suzi Q’s, etc. in their basement freezer.

Frank enjoyed fishing, camping, playing cribbage and loved visiting with family and friends. His greatest love was found in the time that he was able to spend with his grandchildren, the memories made will always be treasured.

Frank is survived by his daughters, Ann (Don) Jones and Michelle (Kevin) Altenhofen; grandchildren, Tanner, Gracie, Chloe and Kira; sisters, Emma (Vern) Halverson and Rita (Franklin) Hittle; sister-in-law Joan Niermann; also many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Arlene; brother Ted and sister Mary.

Mass of Christian Burial for Frank will be held Monday, March 25 at 10:00 a.m. with visitation beginning at 9:00 a.m. all at St. Michael Catholic Church, 11300 Frankfort Parkway NE, St. Michael.

Luncheon to follow at church.

Interment will also be on Monday, March 25 at 1:30 p.m., Assembly Area #4 at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.


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Jacqueline “Jackie” Gustafson, passed away peacefully in her sleep at the age of 56, on March 12, 2019 in Surprise, AZ. She was a long time resident of St. Michael, MN, an avid golfer, a Transportation Logistics Manager at 3Wire for many years, and an incredible women who bravely fought an 8-month battle with Lung Cancer.

Jackie was born in Minneapolis, MN on December 11, 1962. She was raised in a family of 6 children, by Dick and Lois Johnson, who instilled the importance of hard work, respect and love, from day one. The Johnson family was a close-knit group, and you rarely found the siblings arguing or fighting with one another. As an athlete and self-proclaimed tomboy, Jackie would spend hours with her dad, working on her tennis swing or perfecting her free throw shot. As she got older, she used that same determination in many areas of her life, which is evident in her persistence and success in the career and hobbies she pursued.

Jackie had a knack for making everyone feel welcome, loved, and envious of her infectious smile and natural golf swing. Athletic and competitive, Jackie played many sports throughout her life, including tennis, softball and she even snuck onto the boys traveling soccer team as a teenager. It wasn’t until a little later in life when her husband, knowing it’d allow him to play more, convinced her to try golf. It took some practice and a few lessons from a golf pro, and then she was hooked. With just a few years of experience, she clinched a Club Championship at Cedar Creek Golf Course. She was a true competitor at heart.

Speaking of competition, Jackie was an expert in the sport of baby-holding. She had the innate ability to seek out the babies and children at a gathering, and draw them in immediately. “Jack Jack” could lull a crying baby to sleep in seconds, put a huge smile on the most anxious kiddo’s face, and was typically cuddling her grandnieces and grandnephews before taking off her coat and shoes (as long as her daughters didn’t get to them first).

If you were to ask her what her greatest accomplishment in life was, without a moment of hesitation, it would be the family she created with the love of her life, Tom Gustafson. Jack and “Gus” met at the age of 15, when they attended a graduation party, and ended up playing against each other in ping-pong. Naturally, Jackie and her partner won, and as he walked out of the room, Tom knew there was something special about her. They were married in 1985, at the age of 22, and quickly started a family of their own. They brought 3 incredible daughters into the world, and raised them to be strong, independent, brave and feisty women, just like their mother. She used any opportunity with family, friends, coworkers, etc. to bring up her family, and share how proud she was.

Jackie was the epitome of strength in the trying days she’s faced, and she did so with grace, love and the perfect amount of sass. She will live on in the hearts and minds of the countless people she loved, and will never be forgotten.

Survived by husband, Thomas; daughters, Meagan, Katie and Erin; parents, Richard and Lois Johnson; siblings, Craig (Cindy), Sandy (Les) Steinberg, Thomas (Mary), Robert (Cheri), and Julie (Tim) Hadden; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Memorial service will be held on Friday, March 22, at 11am at St. Michael Catholic Church, 11300 Frankfort Pkwy NE, with visitation one-hour prior, and luncheon following the service. Wake will be held on Thursday, March 21, 4-8pm at the St. Michael Peterson Chapel, 300 Main St N. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Park Nicollet Frauenshuh Cancer Center, who took incredible care of Jackie throughout her cancer journey.

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Mike Van De Berg, age 73 of Albertville, went home to meet our Lord on March 13, 2019.

He was born on April 30, 1945 in Sheldon, Iowa to William and Lavonne (Hubers) Van De Berg; he was the seventh child out of nine born in to the family. They resided in Sheldon, and Mike graduated from high school there with the class of 1963.

After high school, Mike worked in Minneapolis before he enlisted in the Marine Corps. During his time working in Minneapolis, he met Elizabeth “Betty” Trossen on June 21, 1965. They exchanged letters while he was on active duty, and eventually were reunited and married on October 5, 1968 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Crystal, MN. Mike proudly served his country for four active years (two tours in Vietnam) and two reserve years, being honorably discharged from the Marines in 1971.

Mike and Betty began their married life in Philadelphia where Mike was stationed for the military. They then moved to Chicago where Mike attended the DeVry Institute where their first two children were born. They eventually settled in Albertville in 1975 where their third child was born. Mike sold Kirby’s for about 10 years and worked for the United States Postal Service for many years, retiring in 2010.

Mike was a man of faith and a devout Catholic who regularly attended Adoration. Mike loved photography, fishing, traveling to Alaska and Europe, bike riding, listening to county and gospel music, and talking politics. Mike and Betty were very involved with TEC (Together Encountering Christ) and REC (Residents Encountering Christ) ministries for over 10 years, and Mike was also a Christian Clown. He was a past Commander of the St. Michael Legion Post 567.

Above anything else, Mike’s family was his pride and joy. He adored his grandchildren, and cherished creating special memories with each of them.

Mike is preceded in death by his parents, William and Lavonne; his sister, Linda Ostenforth; nephews, David Van De Berg and Billy Hayes; and brothers-in-law, Bill Hayes and Bob Schaa.

Mike is survived by his wife of 50 years, Betty; children, Steve (Larae) Van De Berg, Amy (Scott) Lands, and Heidi Van De Berg; grandchildren, Isaac, Gabriel, Seth, Josiah, and Ella Van De Berg; siblings, Muriel Schaa, Roger (Jeanne) Van De Berg, Howard (Mary) Van De Berg, Geri Hayes, Doris Van De Berg, Sheila (Bill) Simenz, Tom (Marcie) Van De Berg; and many other relatives and friends.

A visitation will take place Sunday, March 17, 2019 at St. Albert’s Catholic Church in Albertville from 4:00 – 8:00 PM with a prayer service beginning at 7:30 PM.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, March 18, 2019 at 10:30 AM with visitation one hour prior at the church. Interment will take place on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the Minnesota State Veteran’s Cemetery in Little Falls, MN.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of St. Michael-Albertville. Online condolences for the family may be directed to

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Mark Edwin Hollerud, age 56 of St. Michael, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 10, 2019. He was born August 28, 1962 in Robbinsdale, the son of Edwin and Lorraine (McKenna) Hollerud.

Mark graduated from Armstrong High School in Plymouth class of 1980. He worked many years with Innoflex.

On February 24, 1994, Mark Hollerud and Leslie Brady were united in marriage in Jamaica.

Mark was an avid Minnesota sports team fan and enjoyed traveling, fishing, being outside, and time spent with his family.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Lorraine Hollerud; and Grandma Loretta McKenna.

Mark will be dearly missed by his wife, Leslie Hollerud of St. Michael; children, Adam (Amy) Hollerud of New Hope, Stephanie Hollerud of St. Paul, Hannah Hollerud of St. Michael; brothers, Ken Hollerud, Jeff Hollerud; and many other family and friends.

Mark was a great husband and loving father who will be forever loved and missed.

A celebration of Mark’s life will be held Tuesday, March 19, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at The Peterson Chapel, 300 Main St N, St. Michael.

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age 88 of Hanover, passed away on March 9, 2019. She was proceeded in death by her husband, James Olson, and brother James Brandes. She is survived by her siblings, Fr. John Brandes, Raymond Brandes, Mary Griffith, and Kathleen Shearon; children Patricia (Paul), Mark (Jennifer), and Joseph (Nancy); grandchildren Emily (Dan), Abby (Chris), Alicia, Molly, and Amy; and great-grandchildren Stella and Ian; and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends. Barb lived a life of faith, love, joy and service which enriched the lives of those who had the pleasure of knowing her. Visitation be Thursday, April 11 from 4-8 p.m. at The Peterson Chapel of St. Michael. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, April 12 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church, St. Michael, MN. Interment will be in St. Michael Catholic Cemetery, St. Michael, MN. Luncheon to follow at the church.