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of Rogers and formerly of Buffalo, MN

March 23, 1934- April 5, 2024

Marilyn J. Rabe passed away peacefully in her home on April 5th, 2024.  Marilyn spent the last year living in Rogers with family and was previously a resident of Buffalo, Minnesota.  She was born on March 23, 1934, in Iowa City, Iowa. She was born to parents Hugh F. & Regina K. (McDermott) Smith.  Marilyn spent her early years in Grinnell, Iowa and graduated from Grinnell High School.  On August 4, 1956, Marilyn J. Smith and Eugene (Gene) W. Rabe were joined in holy marriage. God blessed their marriage with three children. As a family they gained many friends over the years and lived in multiple cities including Arlington Heights, IL; Cherry Hill; NJ; Wayzata, MN; West Des Moines, IA; Hot Springs, AR and finally settled back in the Rogers/Buffalo, MN area for the last 24 years.

 

Marilyn’s family was her pride and joy, especially her Grandchildren and Great

Grandchildren. She enjoyed watching the Minnesota Twins and Vikings and attended many games with her Grandchildren.  She also loved watching her Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren participate in their many sports-related events over the years.

 

Marilyn never met a stranger and was an instant friend to all. Rather than talk about herself, she would invest in learning all she could about you. She was the life of every party and usually the last to leave. She genuinely enjoyed getting to know others and loved you for who you are.

Marilyn enjoyed participating in social hour and pulling pull tabs. She was known to be quite lucky in that regard.

 

Marilyn enjoyed traveling with her husband Gene to many domestic and international destinations over the years. She continued to travel to visit family and friends near and far for the rest of her life. Traveling highlights included family trips made for her 75th and 80th birthdays where most of her family gathered for beach vacations to celebrate.

 

Marilyn is survived by her loving children: Stacia (Anthony) Flores of Houston, Texas; Tamara (Jeffery) Sahr of Rogers, Minnesota and David (Cassondra) Rabe of Gayville, South Dakota. Seven grandchildren: Joshua (Katie) Macleod, Eric (Fran) Macleod, Colin (Ally) Macleod, Grant (Callie) Sahr, Tyler Sahr (Rebecca Rostamo), Daulton Hawthorne and Darien Rabe. Eleven Great Grandchildren, two Nephews and a Niece; other distant relatives and many friends. Marilyn is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Gene, parents Hugh and Regina and her brother, Carroll Smith.

 

A Memorial Service for Marilyn Rabe will be held at The Peterson Chapel in Saint Michael, MN on Tuesday, April 9th, 2024.  The visitation will be held from 4-6pm with a prayer service starting at 6pm. A Celebration of Life will immediately follow at 7:00 P.M. at The River Inn in Hanover, Minnesota.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to go to the Gayville Fire Department in South Dakota; P.O. Box 163, Gayville, South Dakota 57031 or use the following QR code or direct link:

https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=YJL4PAKXAA84W

 

 

 

 

 

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of Buffalo, MN

September 17, 1995 – April  2, 2024

Celebration of Life

Friday, April 19, 2024

5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

B’s on the River, 1455 County Road 27, Watertown, MN

Kurt Alexander Klitzke, age 28 of Buffalo, MN passed away unexpectedly on April 2, 2024.

Kurt graduated from Watertown Mayer High School in 2014. While in high school he was active in football, basketball and baseball.  Kurt went on to receive his bachelor degree in corporate finance from Minnesota State University – Mankato, MN and graduated in 2018.  For the past five years Kurt has worked for the Huntington Bank in Minneapolis, MN as a lead dispute specialist.

Kurt had many hobbies and interests.  He loved to fish at Oak Lake with his friend Michael Herd and always loved to catch the “big ones”.  He looked forward to his annual winter fishing trip with his friends up to Arnesen’s on Lake of the Woods.  Kurt had just returned from fishing trip in Canada with friends where he enjoyed catching his limit on walleyes every day.  Kurt was a big hunter, he loved to bow & gun hunt for deer every fall.  Kurt enjoyed watching sports, especially football and basketball.  For the college basketball season he was a March madness fanatic and followed every game.  He also enjoyed UFC fighting and even flew to Las Vegas and Vancouver to watch in person.

The best part of the year for Kurt was when Winstock was in town.  He loved planning everything and would spend every day/evening at the campground with family and friends.

Kurt loved his family and looked forward to the annual family vacations at a cabin every summer.  He loved spending time with family, playing games, holidays or just sitting around the fire pit enjoying a beer and visiting.

Kurt will always be remembered for his humor, quick wit, impersonations and quotes from many movies and television shows.  He was the best person and could get anyone to smile or laugh in any situation.  He had the biggest heart and was a loyal friend to many.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Thomas Zabel and uncle, Tim Zabel

Kurt is survived by his parents, Kellie & Mike Wright of Montrose, MN and Scott Klitzke of Watertown, MN; sisters, Samantha (Trent) Pfeffer of New Prague, MN and Kirstin (special friend, Zach Hruby) Klitzke of Plymouth, MN; niece, Raelyn Pfeffer; nephew, Kye Pfeffer; grandparents, Nancy Zabel of Howard Lake, MN and Milan & Kathy Klitzke of Aitkin, MN; along with many aunts, uncles and cousins; Kurt’s closest friends Michael Herd, Lexy Heldt, Matt Pysick and Cameron Killian.

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December 16, 1959 –  April 3, 2024

Severt Clarence Jarvi, age 64, of Buffalo passed away on Wednesday, April 3, 2024 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

He was born on December 16, 1959 in Minneapolis the son of Clarence and Donna Mae (Gerke) Jarvi.

Severt honorably served his Country in The United States Army.

On July 27, 1991, Severt C. Jarvi and Jane Marie Smith were joined in marriage at St. Francis Catholic Church in Buffalo.

He enjoyed camping, fishing, watching wrestling on T.V., old Westerns, going to the Zoo and also to the apple orchard.

Survived by his loving wife of thirty-two years: Jane M. Jarvi; a sister: Melody (Samuel) Trom-Bennett of Maryland; nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Donna Jarvi and by a brother Garry Trom.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2024 one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

A Memorial Service for Severt Jarvi will be held on Saturday, April 13th at 1:00 P.M. at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.  Melody Trom-Bennett and Crystal Adelman will officiate.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family.

Online condolences may be made to www.thepetersonchapel.com

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It is with a heavy heart, we lost our husband, dad, grandpa, great grandpa, brother, uncle and friend on April 4, 2024 to Parkinson’s and Lewy Body Dementia.

Jerome honorably served his county in the United States Army Reserve from 1956 to 1963.

He worked twenty-seven years at Delano Granite and then seventeen years at Universal Circuit, retiring in 2001, he then worked for Casey’s making Pizzas.  Jerome enjoyed talking to the customers, always predicting the weather or sports. He loved old country music, polka music, Twins baseball, the Minnesota Vikings and WWE Wrestling.

Jerome loved going to his camper up north at Breezy Point. He enjoyed spending time with his boys, cutting wood, deer hunting, just getting together with family, friends, his grandchildren and his great grandchildren.

He will be sadly missed by his wife of 63 years “Midge “(Nee Schumacher)”; sons: Scott (Chris), Jeff (Dix); grandchildren: Nick and Jamie, Andrea, Matt, Ryan and Sadey, Carli and Tom; great grandchildren: Christopher, Sam, and Morgan, Logan, Allie and Liam; further survived by his brothers and a sister: John (Carol) Niesen, Joe (Rosemary) Niesen; Sophie (Leonard) Stoppelman, Jerry (Margie) Niesen, Fred Kiphuth, many nephews and nieces, other loving relatives and friends.

Jerome was preceded in death by his infant daughter: Laurie Ann; his parents: Christ and Sophia; step-mother: Laura Niesen; his brothers: James, Jacob and Randy; sisters-in-law: Marge and Margaret; brothers-in-law: Roland Schumacher and Burley Stevens, God child: Christopher Niesen and sister-in-law: Geraldine Schumacher

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Lowell Mark Johnson, age 78 of Buffalo, passed away on April 4, 2024. Born on November 15, 1945, in Golden Valley, Minnesota, Lowell was the cherished son of Paul and Alice (Battig) Johnson.

Lowell attended Benilde High School class of 1963.  He was exceptional wrestler, finishing his high school career with runner-up finish at the state wrestling championship. He later coached a few years for Olympic youth wrestling, sharing his knowledge and passion for the sport with the younger generation. Other life passions and hobbies were waterskiing, fishing, hunting, racing/fixing cars and competing in horseshoes.

On March 31, 1967, Lowell was joined in marriage to Barbara Lillian Johnsen at St. John’s Catholic Church in Excelsior. They enjoyed building their family with three daughters.  In 1977, Lowell and his family moved to Lake Charlotte, where they created countless cherished memories together.

Lowell attending trade school to become a technician. He worked a summer internship with his father at General Mills. Lowell also worked several decades at Knapp Radio and TV in Excelsior, where he later became the owner in 1986 and then retiring around 2009.

He was a social butterfly who effortlessly made friends wherever he went. With his warm personality and genuine kindness, he could have a conversation with anybody. Above all, Lowell was a devoted family man who wholeheartedly supported and cheered on his daughters and grandson’s in all their athletic endeavors and events with pride and enthusiasm.  His zest for life, adventurous spirit, and unwavering dedication to his family and community will be remembered fondly.

He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Barbara; parents: Paul and Alice; and brother: Thomas.

Lowell is survived by his daughters: Sheila Wells (Brandon), Cheri Lerdon (Court), and Sarah Johnson (Nate Limerick); grandsons: Paul Wells, Thaddeus Wells, and Brody Lerdon; siblings: Kurt Johnson, Kate (Mark) Helling, Susan Johnson, and Theresa (Aram) Nazarian; several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Memorial service will be held Thursday, June 6, 2024 at 11:00 AM with visitation beginning one hour prior to the service at The Peterson Chapel – 119 Central Avenue, Buffalo, MN.

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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of Albertville, MN

July 14, 1973 – April 3, 2024

Garrett Layne Isaacson, age 50, passed away unexpectedly on April 3, 2024.  He will be remembered for his unique humor, bad jokes, and his passion for work and play.

He was born July 14, 1973, in Litchfield MN, the youngest son of Duane and Bette (Johnson) Isaacson. He moved around while growing up but spent his teen years in the Annandale area. He was on the golf team, held many school records and went to State in golf, his senior year. He graduated in 1991.

 

He met the love of his life, Gwyn in Math class. They were always in trouble for telling jokes. A few years after graduation they met again and never left each other’s side. Garrett and Gwyn Baazard were married June 5, 1998, at Zion Lutheran Church in Annandale. They were blessed with a daughter Solie Emma on April 3, 2001.

Garrett’s family was the center of his life. They worked together, golfed, bowled and fished together. Adding his wife and daughter along the way.

 

Garrett was a true Finnish carpenter all his life. He started his career at Isaacson and Son’s upon graduation. His dad and brothers taught him the trade. A long the way he mastered the craft with the help of other great men. His fear of heights didn’t stop him from his expertise at crown molding and decorative wood ceilings. He also loved building beautiful pieces of furniture for friends and family.

 

His love of golf began at a very young age, playing with his dad and brothers. As a teen he worked at Whispering Pines picking range ball and moving holes on the greens. Then spent the rest of the day playing the course. He did set the 9-hole course record with a 29. Because of this love he played over 200 different courses, collecting score cards and ball markers from each. With as much as he played, he never got a Hole in One, but Gwyn did.

 

He loved fishing whether in a boat or on the ice, this allowed him to enjoy peace and quiet.

 

He also loved to bowl. He bowled on many leagues starting at a young age. He brought home many trophies and titles, but only managed a 298 score. He loved being one of the coaches for Solie’s High School team.

 

Garrett is survived by wife Gwyn, daughter Solie of Albertville. Brothers Kim (Deb) of Remer, Scott (Pam) of Outing, Ryan (Lisa) of Elk River, sister DeeAnn Isaacson of Litchfield, sister-in-law Tammy Piatte of Billings MT.

He was preceded in death by his brother Shayne and parents Duane and Bette.