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Wendy Marie (Beck) Gimpl, age 55 of St. Michael, MN, passed away July 29, 2020.

She was born on December 5, 1964 in Buffalo, Minnesota to Floyd and Elizabeth “Betty” (Aydt) Beck. Wendy grew up in Rogers, Minnesota and graduated from Elk River High School with the class of 1983.

Shortly after graduation, she was joined in marriage to Gunnard “Butch” Gimpl on September 15, 1984 at St. Martin Catholic Church in Rogers, Minnesota. Together they raised their family in St. Michael.

She was known for her warm and kind personality; she could make friends with just about anyone! Her smile could light up a room. She was easy-going, caring, and had a great sense of humor.

Wendy worked at the State Bank of Rogers, Loram for 15 years, and most recently, Minnesota Equipment – John Deere (formerly Sharber and Sons). Besides working, Wendy enjoyed painting, tending her flowers and plants in her gardens, and trying to bowl a high series at her bowling leagues. By far her favorite past time was spending as much time with her grandchildren as possible. She loved taking them up north to the family cabin in Hinckley; it was there that Wendy and her grandchildren and other family members and friends would enjoy nature and each other’s company.

She is preceded in death by her parents; Floyd and Betty; and niece, April.

Wendy is survived by her loving husband, Butch; children, Amanda and Eric; grandchildren, Madison and Mason; siblings, Diane (Tom) Constant, Bruce (Mary) Beck, Scott (Judy) Beck, Barry Beck, and Myra (Richard) Van Horn; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

A visitation will be held Tuesday, August 4, 2020 from 6:00 -8:00 PM at The Peterson Chapel in St. Michael, MN. The Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 11:00 AM at St. Michael Catholic Church in St. Michael, MN with visitation one hour prior. The Memorial Mass will be livestreamed for those who would like to view from home. The link to watch is www.stmcatholicchurch.org/.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to be directed to the family.

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

Due to COVID-19 guidelines, we ask that all attendees abide by social distancing regulations and practice safe precautions by wearing a mask if planning to attend the events for Wendy. 

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Lemke, William Gerard

On Saturday, April 18, 2020, our dear, sweet, funny, wonderful father, grandfather and great-grandfather left us to join his beloved wife Carole in their heavenly home.

William, “Bill” was born to Albert and Evangeline (Gerard) Lemke at the family farm in Annandale, Minnesota on March 12, 1935. After confirmation and grade school at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Middleville Township, he graduated from Concordia High School in St. Paul. He attended Concordia University where he met and fell in love with Carole Skaar and together they welcomed eight children into the world.

Bill was a story-teller, jokester, teaser, polka dancer, accordion player, and church council member. He worked construction for many years and met many friends wherever he went. He was a hard worker, could fix anything and “retired” three times. Dad enjoyed his family farm, a good hot sauna and a beer with anyone. He looked forward to annual hunting and fishing trips with family and friends.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Carole, a son, Michael Lee Lemke, his parents and two sisters, Gladeline Goerke and Aljean Fuller.

Bill is survived by children Cindy (Dennis) O’Donovan, Scott (Jeanne) Lemke, Julie (Mike) McMullen, Mary (Tom) Batcher, Dawn Schmidt, Daniel Lemke, Melissa Vaughan, and his brother John (Fay) Lemke. “Papa” was cherished and will be remembered by 17 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

A memorial celebration will be held Saturday, August 29, 2020 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church.  Inurnment will be at Maple Lake Community Cemetery.

Memorials preferred to Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 5460 63rd St. NW, Maple Lake, MN 55358 or Gable Pines, 1260 East County Road E, Vadnais Heights, MN 55110.

The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo, MN is serving the family.
www.thepetersonchapel.com

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March 5, 1923 – July 27, 2020

 

Kathryn “Kay” Sturges Little Spike, age 97 of Buffalo passed away peacefully at the The Glenn Assisted Living in Buffalo on July 27,2020.

She was born March 5, 1923 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the daughter of Ray James Little and Myra (Sturges) Little.

Walter Spike and Kathryn Sturges Little were joined in holy marriage August 27, 1948 at Buffalo Presbyterian Church in Buffalo.  God blessed their marriage with 3 children, Kevin, Kurt and Karla.

Kay was a lifelong, faithful member of The Buffalo Presbyterian Church.

Kay worked in Washington DC prior to marrying Walter.  In 1957 Walter and Kathryn opened Spike’s Locker Plant and then built the Buffalo House Restaurant in 1964.

Kay was a 75+ year member of Eastern Star Galilee Chapter #53 in Buffalo, Minnesota.

Survived by her children Kevin Spike (Angela), Kurt (Judy) Spike and Karla (Randal) Blade; grandchildren: Nanette (Tony) Welnitz, Jeremy (Laura) Spike, Kristopher (Destiny) Spike, Jonathan (Brandi) Spike, Danielle Blade and Evan Blade; great grandchildren:  Dillon, Kyle, Brandie, Milla, Jayden, Haley, Lily, Hunter, Kolby, Brennan, Milana, Jordan;  sister-in-law: Marlene (Ray) Little; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Preceded in death by her parents Ray and Myra Little, brothers Jim Little and Ray Little, her husband of 68 years Walter Spike, sister-in-law Connie Little and 2 nephews Jeff Little and Todd Little.

A visitation for Kathryn “Kay” Spike will be held on Friday, July 31st from 6-8 P.M. at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.

A Private Graveside Burial will be held on Saturday, August 1st at 11:00 A.M. at Lakeview Cemetery in Buffalo.

Reverend Brian Entz will officiate.

Casket Bearers will be Kristopher Spike, Jonathan Spike, Jeremy Spike, Scott Little, Ray Little Jr. and Dave Spike.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to The Glenn of Buffalo.

 

 

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April 25, 1952 – July 24, 2020

Tebbe Eugene DeBoer, 68, died Friday, July 24th, after a battle with cancer. He was blessed to be able to be with many of his family in the last few days.

Tebbe was born April 25, 1952, to Maxine and Sydney DeBoer in Austin, MN. He was raised in Austin and graduated from Austin High School in 1970.

After graduation, he married his high school sweetheart, Sharene Wilke on June 9, 1973. They built their life together, welcoming Jacob in 1979; Zachary in 1982; and Samuel in 1987.

Tebbe worked the majority of his career-life for National Car Rental and Electronic Data Systems. After his beloved wife Shari died in 2000, he worked a variety of jobs in the Northfield, MN area.

Tebbe enjoyed Rendezvousing, fishing, riding his Harley, traveling, and spending time with family. Over the last many months, Jacob’s family was fortunate to have Tebbe in their home, building memories with his three grandchildren.

Tebbe is survived by his sons: Jacob (Trisha) of Steele, ND, Zachary and Samuel, both of Saint Michael; grandchildren: Luke, Zane, and Kate; siblings: Shirley (Bob) Grathwohl, Gloria (Mel) Jendersee, Brian (Daryl) Beadle, Diana (Bob) Novotny, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be directed to the Mayo Clinic, the American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.

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Jean Louise (Stewart) Diemert, age 85 of Rockford, died peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at North Memorial Hospital.

Jean was born in Kansas City, MO on April 4, 1935 the daughter of Emerson & Ruby (Gill) Stewart.

She was formally employed with Upsher-Smith Labs as a mail clerk for many years.

Jean enjoyed gardening, spending time outdoors with her dog Dixie Bell and visiting with her neighbors.

Jean is survived by her sons, Pat Diemert and Joel (Sheila) Diemert; daughter, Lynnell (Mark) Lang; grandchildren Jeremy (Samantha) Diemert, Jessica (C.J.) Benson, Skylar Diemert, Nick Diemert, Samantha Lang and Ciera (Bobby) Phothirath; also many great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Marland M. Diemert – Air Force Veteran; parents, Emerson & Ruby Stewart; sons, Chris and Randy Diemert.

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February 11, 1945 – July 24, 2020

Helen Adeline Beckius, age 75, of rural Buffalo passed away on Friday, July 24, 2020 at her residence unexpectedly.

She was born on February 11, 1945 in Eden Valley, Minnesota the daughter of Ervin & Johanna (Sullivan) Becker.

On November 23rd, 1963, Helen A. Becker and Kenneth G. Beckius were joined in holy marriage in Taylor, Michigan.   God blessed their marriage with six children.

Helen and Ken owned and operated Beckius Enterprises.

She enjoyed her many flowers, gardening, feeding birds, baking dad’s favorite cookies, not only for him but for many others and watching polka dancing on tv.

Helen especially loved her grandchildren!!

She overcame many medical obstacles in her life and was one of the toughest women we knew!   She will be missed by many!

Survived by her loving husband of 56 years: Kenneth G. Beckius; children: Sandra Stark and fiancée Dave Adams, Kimberly (Scott) Youngren, Brian (Becky) Beckius, Kenneth Beckius Jr., Charles (Julie) Beckius and Risa (John) Truenow; granddaughters: Sarah Stark, Alyssa (Adam) Farrell, Emily, Anah, Madison, Ellen Beckius, Olivia and Isabelle Truenow; grandsons: David, Derek (Emily), Dylan Youngren, Alex Stark, Victor, Brandon Beckius and Austin Truenow; great grandchildren: Kayden, Grayson and Haylen Farrell, Theodore “Teddy” Youngren; friendly dog: “Barnie”;  siblings: Kathy Egan, Louise (Leon) Daniels, Ervin (Kathy) Becker Jr., Joyce (Frank) Freund, Marietta (Don) Becker, Mike (Nora) Becker and Gary (Jeanette) Becker;  other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by her father Ervin Becker, mother and step father Johanna & Everette Barker, father-in-law & mother-in-law Victor and Hilda Beckius, sisters Joan Lindgren and Darlene Kerzman and by a sister- in- law Marlois Geislinger and brothers-in-law: Gordy Lindgren and James Egan.

 

A Celebration of Life for Helen Beckius will be held at the family residence on Saturday, August 8th, 2020 beginning at 12 Noon.   

Burial will be at a later date, with close family members.