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July 14, 1956 – Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Service Information
Zion Lutheran Church Buffalo, Minnesota
Sunday, December 18, 2011
3:00 p.m.

Visitation Information
Zion Lutheran Church Buffalo, Minnesota
Sunday, December 18, 2011
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Markwardt, Karen (Thielen), age 55, of Buffalo died unexpectedly on December 13, 2011.

Karen was raised in Brooklyn Center and received a business degree from the U of M-Twin Cities in 1981 and an MBA from St Cloud State in 1988. In her early career she worked as a Market Research Analyst for several companies, including Fingerhut and the Federal Reserve Banking System. In 1993 she left her profession to focus on family and worked part-time with an adult illiteracy program. In 1996 she began an in-home business with Creative Memories and achieved several important promotions within that firm. In recent years she worked very hard trying to find relief from health problems which beset her.

Karen enjoyed raising her two wonderful sons, gardening, traveling, walking, reading, scrapbooking. She also completed two half marathons and instructed yoga.

Karen is preceded in death by her parents, Lois & Jerry Thielen.

She is survived by devoted husband of 28 years, Keith; beloved sons Ryan & Brent; sisters Maureen (Chuck Halvorson) Thielen, Jenny (Gary) Axberg & Sandi (Keith) Maile; brother Bob Thielen; her husband’s siblings Bob, Judy, Dan, Dave, & Terry; and many friends and relatives.

Visitation 1 to 3 PM and memorial service at 3PM (lunch to follow) on Sunday, December 18 at Zion Lutheran Church, 1200 HWY 25 South, Buffalo.

Please have all flowers delivered to the church library.

The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo assisted the family with arrangements.

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October 3, 1919 – Friday, December 9, 2011

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St. John’s Lutheran Church Buffalo
Tuesday December 13, 2011
12:00 p.m.

Visitation Information
St. John’s Lutheran Church Buffalo
Tuesday December 13, 2011
10:00 a.m.

LuVerne Johanna Erickson 92 of Buffalo passed away peacefully after visiting with her granddaughters on Friday at Parkview Care Center in Buffalo.
LuVerne was born on October 3, 1919 to Julius and Freda (Klatt) Krause in Buffalo. She attended St. Cloud State University where she earned her Master’s degree in teaching. LuVerne’s last position before retirement was as an Elementary Principal for Delano Public Schools.
LuVerne enjoyed gardening and took particular interest in flowers, fishing up north, needlework, quilting and she enjoyed watching the birds.
LuVerne was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Irene Becker, Eloise Denney and son Donald Erickson.
LuVerne is survived by her aunt Elsie Mutterer, sister Audrey Mainquist, daughter-in-law Diane Erickson, granddaughters Denys (Tyge) Zucker, Darla (Todd) Heikes, great-grandchildren Bryan and Zachary Zucker, Darci and Trista Heikes.
Funeral services for LuVerne will be held at 12:00 p.m. Tuesday December 13, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Buffalo. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Buffalo. Interment will be at Lakeview Cemetery in Buffalo.

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September 15, 1913 – Sunday, December 4, 2011

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Church of St. Michael
Friday, December 9th, 2011
11:00 A.M.

Visitation Information
AT THE CHURCH
Friday, December 9th, 2011
Beginning at 9:30 A.M.

Bertha L.“Sally” Krieger, age 98, of Rogers passed away on Sunday, December 4, 2011.

She was born on September 15, 1913 in Menomonie, Wisconsin the daughter of Frank & Frances Stoll Wedam.

On March 3, 1943, Bertha “Sally” Wedam & Oliver Krieger were joined in holy marriage in St. Paul.

Oliver & Sally wintered for many years in Sun City Arizona and spent their summers on Pelican Lake near Brainerd.

She loved gardening, birds, bowling, entertaining (was a great cook!) playing cards, fishing and mostly loved spending time with family and friends. Sally was a friend to all & had a great sense of humor!

Survived by a daughter: Kathy (Jim) Warehime; grandchildren: Christine Korzenowski , Brian (Bridget) Korzenowski, Heather Krieger, Ginger (Ulf) Deinert, Jason (Kathryn) Warehime; great grandchildren: Brittany, Alex, Cody & Ethan Korzenowski, Mikayla & Jacob Ebensteiner, Joshua Theis, Dylan Splittstoesser, Taylor Warehime and Jasmin Deinert; and by a great, great grandchild; other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by her loving husband of sixty eight years Oliver Krieger on July 11, 2011, a son: Michael Krieger, a grandson: Andy Krieger, her parents: Frank & Frances (Stoll) Wedam, sisters: Ann & Rose Hofacker, Elizabeth Gatten, Mary Spindler and Louise Steinke and by brothers: John, Joe and Alvin Wedam.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Bertha “Sally” Krieger will be held on Friday, December 9th at 11:00 A.M. at The Church of St. Michael in St. Michael. Father Nathaniel Meyers will be the Celebrant.

Gift Bearers will be Marlys and Bob.

Private entombment Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

A visitation will be held on Friday, December 9th beginning at 9:30 A.M. until time of Mass at the Church.

A special thanks to The Wellstead of Rogers, Dr. Chris Johnson and Becky Ahlstrom (Consultative Health & Medicine).

The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to www.thepetersonchapel.com

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Maria Coleman, (nee Cifuentes De la Vallina), age 72, of Shreveport, Louisiana, died unexpectedly at her son’s home on November 29, 2011.

Mourning her loss will be a loving son, Cosby Coleman.

Interment will take place in Saline, Louisiaana.

The Peterson Chapel, St. Michael assisted the family with arrangments.

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November 17, 1933 – Monday, November 28, 2011

Service Information
Buffalo United Methodist Church
Friday, December 2, 2011
11:00 a.m.

Visitation Information

Merton Mitchell was born November 17, 1933, at Ocheydan, Iowa, the oldest child of Donald and Lillian Mitchell.

Mert attended school at Shady Nook and Round Lake, Minnesota. He lived with his parents and farmed until 1977, when he moved to Round Lake with his mother and worked for the City of Round Lake as a maintenance worker until 1998. For the past thirteen years he resided in Buffalo, Minnesota, at Sunrise Assisted Living and Sunrise Cottages of Buffalo.

Merton was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by brothers Maurice (Bev) of Dublin, California, and Gerald of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and sisters Diane Coyle of Littleton, Colorado, Sharon Daugherty (Wayne) of Apple Valley, Minnesota, and Mary Ellen Johnson (Carl) of Buffalo, Minnesota, fifteen nieces and nephews, and twenty-five grand-nieces and nephews.

Mort loved his family, John Deere tractors, lawn mowers, of any kind, and country music.

A memorial service for Merton Mitchell will be held on Friday December 2, at the Buffalo United Methodist Church at 11:00 a.m.

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June 26, 1974 – Monday, November 28, 2011

Service Information
Peterson Chapel of St. Michael-Albertville
Saturday, December 3, 2011
3:00pm

Visitation Information
Peterson Chapel of St. Michael-Albertville
Saturday, December 3, 2011
2:00pm-3:00pm

Chad Michael Coleman, age 37, of Otsego, passed away unexpectedly Monday, November 28, 2011.

He was born June 26, 1974 in Minneapolis, the son of Don and Marlene (Oelke) Coleman. He lived in the Corcoran area before moving to Otsego in 1999.

Chad was a loving husband and a fantastic father who loved his children deeply. He was the best son and brother who had a big heart, beautiful smile and a calming, non-judgmental way about him. He loved anything to do with nature and outdoor sports, especially hunting, fishing and spearing. He also made spearing decoys and won awards for his abilities. He was extremely talented with tools and worked as a tool and die maker. He also built his house along with his father. Recently, he built his children a playhouse that was an exact model of their house. He was always willing to listen to anyone and had a unique ability to speak to strangers as if he always knew them.

He is survived by his wife, Heather (Dyreson) Coleman of Otsego; children: Mitchell age 8, Ashlynn age 6, and Morgan age 2; parents, Don and Marlene Coleman of Corcoran; sister, Brenda (Andy) Kane of Indianola, IA; father-in-law, Bernie (Denise) Dyreson of Delano; maternal grandmother, Marie Oelke of Perham; sister-in-law, Hilary Dyreson (Nate Schlosser) of Loretto; brother-in-law, Shane Dyreson (Andrea Jennings) of Buffalo. Also survived by many other relatives and friends.

Chad was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Debbie (Sersch) Rice of Howard Lake and his best friend and companion, his dog, Lucky.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00pm Saturday, December 3, 2011 at the Peterson Chapel of St. Michael-Albertville, 300 Main Street North, St. Michael. Visitation will be held Saturday afternoon at the funeral home from 2:00pm until the time of service.