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Arlene Berzins, 78

Arlene Marie Berzins (Harwood), 78, of Delano, Minn. passed away peacefully on Dec. 3, 2017.

Arlene was born in Spring Valley, Minn. but spent her childhood years in St. Paul and Richfield. She settled in Delano, Minn. with her husband Charles and established their farm as Summit Stable.

Arlene's passion and love of horses led to a life filled with showing Morgan horses and helping others to become proficient at riding and showing.  It was important to her to promote and support the horse community.

She served as a member on several committees, to name a few: Trail Dusters of Bloomington, Tri State Horsemen's Association, and North Central Morgan Association.

One of her all-time favorite horse shows was the Minnesota State Fair. Arlene loved the crowds, the food, and the energy. The atmosphere, she said, was the best training tool for patience. Arlene's door was always open to all, always there to listen, give advice, and be supportive.  She loved her family, friends, horses, and dogs, and lived her life doing what she loved.

Arlene will be deeply missed by: husband, Charles; sons, Stephen Berzins and Ron and Janet Berzins; grandchildren, Sarah and Jeremy Mikkelson, Michael Berzins, Daniel and Kristin Berzins, and Suzie Berzins; great-grandchildren, Jordan, Hailey, Ryan, Karly, Claire, and Wyatt; nephew, Daniel, and Stacy Harwood.

Preceded in death by: father and mother, Elmo and Edith Harwood: brothers, Leon and Betty Harwood; Ron and Jim Harwood; and grandson, Scott Berzins.

The family would like to invite everyone to a Celebration of Life at Island View Golf Club, Waconia MN 55387 from 4 to 7 pm on Feb. 10, 2018.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to

Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.


Clarence Bruhn, 88

Clarence "Deacon" Bruhn, 88, of Delano, Minn. passed away on Dec. 5, 2017 in Delano.

Deacon was born on Nov. 17, 1929 to Frank and Frances (Lemmerman) Bruhn in Silver Lake, Minn.  He was married for 42 years to Eleanor "Elly" Hanson of Delano, Minn.

Deacon was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife, Elly. 

He is survived by: his three sons, Doug (Pat), Brad (Carol), Greg (Carol); grand-daughters, Allison (Anthony) Hesano, Jacque (Ben) Gottlieb, Ashlee Finn-Bruhn, Meghan (Stuart) Schumacher, Kate and Claire Bruhn; 6 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Ann Jackson and Ruby Hanson, and his dear friend, Marion.

Deacon lived a life-time of service, volunteering at: Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, The United Way, Delano Friends of the Library, Relay for Life, The City of Delano, the Ridgeview Foundation, and the Ridgeview Hospital. His passion was to be around people, which led him into volunteering later in life. 

After a thirty-year career at the Delano Granite Works, he started his second career of selling cars at Star West in Delano, finally retiring in 2005.  Deacon was honored with the Delano Citizen of the Year award in 2008, being recognized for his contributions to the local communities.

Funeral services Monday, Dec. 11, 11 a.m. at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Delano.  Visitation Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. in the church, continued Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the services. Interment will be in the E. Mt. Olive Cemetery in Delano, MN.


Bonita Dockendorf, 83

Bonita L. Dockendorf, 83 of Annandale, died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 at her friend's home in Annandale.

Memorial services held 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Annandale, visitation from 4-7 p.m. Pastor Mary Keen will officiate. Burial 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 at Grace Southside Cemetery near Annandale.

Bonita Louise Dockendorf was born May 8, 1934 at home in Richville to Dorsey and Myrtle (Hanson) Castle. She grew up in Richville and graduated from Perham High School with the Class of 1953. After graduating, Bonnie moved to the metro area where she met and later married Orin Simons. They made Brooklyn Park their home until moving to South Haven in 1969.

Bonnie worked at Rachel's Café in South Haven.

They divorced and Bonnie moved to Buffalo where she worked at Buffalo Dry Cleaners. On Apr. 26, 1982, Bonnie was married to Alvin Dockendorf in Buffalo. They moved to Annandale shortly before Alvin's death in 2003.

Bonnie enjoyed taking trips to the casino, working on crossword puzzles, and crocheting. She was not shy to voice her opinion and was always ready to give fashion coordination advice.

Bonnie's grandchildren and great grandchildren, who lovingly called her "Grandma Tillie", were more important than anything else in this world to her.

She is survived by: her four sons, Ronald (Deb) Simons of Annandale, Rick Simons of Knobnoster, Mo., Randy "Whitey" Simons of Pequot Lakes, and Rodney (Kim) Simons of Annandale; step-son, Dan (Tracy) Dockendorf of Howard Lake; grandchildren, Corky, Ramsey, Perry, and Samantha Simons, Ryan Arneson, Michael Dockendorf, Lizzy, and Angela; great-grandchildren, Zach, Hayley, Ben, Carter, Cura, Raina, Lily, Carson, Mallory, Fallon, Hayden, and Connor; brothers, and sisters, Melvin Castle of Xenia, Ohio, Joanne Buchanan of Sauk Center, Marlys Johnson of Bellingham, Wash., Duane Castle of New York Mills, Darrel (Janice) Castle of Seattle, Wash., Roger (Jan) Castle of Kent, Wash., Shirley (Art) Buntrock of Otter Tail; and special friend, Arnie Pederson.

She is preceded in death by: her parents, Dorsey and Myrtle Castle; husband, Alvin Dockendorf; and two infant brothers.

The urn bearers will be: Corky, Ramsey, Perry and Samantha Simons, and Ryan Arneson.

Arrangements are entrusted with Dingmann Funeral Care Burial and Cremation Services of Annandale.


George Liefert, 86

George Albert Liefert of Monticello, Minn. passed away at his home on Tuesday Dec. 5, 2017. 

George was born on Feb. 15, 1931 in Buffalo to Edward and Edna Liefert.  He graduated in 1949 from Buffalo High School and then he served in the Air Force. 

On Dec. 8, 1956, he married Mabel Klatt. George and Mabel had two sons, Jerry and Thomas, and for 40 years they operated their business, Liefert Trucking ('Let Geo do it!')

George was very active in many levels of the Monticello American Legion and the 40/8, where he most recently served as Chaplin. He served 27 years on the Monticello Volunteer Fire Department. He was also a member of the Monticello Rod & Gun Club.

Geo enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, camping, bowling, curling, woodworking, spending time with family and friends, and all the hugs.

George is survived by: his wife, Mabel; son, Tom (Barb); daughter-in-law, Jan (Jeff Hofford); 6 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren and 1 soon to be; and many, many friends. Sister-in-Law, Lois Liefert; sister, Joan Barthel; and brother, Richard (Betty).

He was preceded in death by: his parents; son, Jerry; brother, Arnie; and brother-in-law, Rollie Barthel.

Visitation Thursday Dec. 7th, 4-8 p.m. at Peterson Grimsmo Funeral Chapel, Monticello. Legion, VFW & Prayer, 7 p.m.

Funeral services for George Friday Dec.8th, 11 a.m. at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Monticello, visitation one hour prior.

Casket bearers: the grandchildren; Kurt Liefert, Jeremy Kemmetmueller, Vince Hofford, Erin Hofford, Jeff Wald, and Theo Lenneman.

Peterson Grimsmo Funeral Chapel.


Marsella Mackereth, 98

Marsella Marie Mackereth, 98, of Annandale died peacefully on Tuesday, Dec.5, 2017 surrounded by her loving family at her son Joel's home in Buffalo.

Memorial Services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church in Annandale with visitation one hour prior to the service. Rev. Thomas Queck will officiate. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Annandale.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Marsella's honor may be given to Zion Lutheran Church in Annandale.

Marsella Marie Mackereth was born Oct. 25, 1919 to Edward F. and Lily (Haas) Hinz in Crystal, N.D.  The family moved to Minn. to raise their four children on a farm near Kimball.

Marsella was confirmed in her faith on Sep. 9, 1934 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Kimball. She graduated from Kimball High School in 1936 and then attended a St. Cloud business school, which led to her employment with Army Glider Pilot Training School in Monticello during World War II.

On Jan. 25, 1944, she married Dr. Robert D. Mackereth, DVM. They settled in Annandale to open a veterinary clinic from their home with Marsella maintaining the business records for the clinic. They raised seven children together and were active members of Zion Lutheran Church in Annandale.

Marsella was a den mother for Scouts, and enjoyed bowling in leagues with friends and her husband. Mars and Bob were founding members of the Kimball Golf Club where she was the Women's Club Champion 18 times. Mars loved family gatherings, and she lived by the theme "A family that plays together, stays together".

Mars was renowned for her crispy fried chicken, which was the favorite Sunday dinner after church and at family gatherings.

She is survived by: her seven children, Dale (Anne) of Minneapolis, Jon (Cheryl) of Afton, George of Minneapolis, Janet (Laurie Reardon) of Wayzata, Alan (Diane) of Monticello, Bryan (Sharon) of Annandale and Joel (Laurie) of Buffalo; fourteen grandchildren, Heather, Mikael (Amanda), Stephanie (Ian) Perkins, Michele, Timothy (Rachel Weiss), Robert (Rhonda), Kari (Clint) Campbell, Ronda Reardon, Jeff Reardon, Brett (Samantha), Nicholas, Kailan, Kelsey (Nate) Blinn, and Kiley; six great-grandchildren, Aubree, Ophelia, Guinevere, Grace, Adelyn, and Savannah.

In addition to her husband, Robert, of nearly 66 years, she was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Luvern and Sidney Hinz, and sister, Viola Elliott.

The urn bearers will be: Heather, Mikael, Timothy, and Brett Mackereth, Kelsey Mackereth, Blinn and Kari Reardon-Campbell. Jon Mackereth and Rev. Ken Tatkenhorst will provide the music for the service.

Arrangements are entrusted with Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Annandale.


Luke Markve, 85

Luke Herlickson Markve passed away on December 2, 2017, at Abbott NW Hospital in Minneapolis.

He was born August 20, 1932, in St. Paul, MN, the son of Arthur and Beata (Herlickson) Markve.

He graduated from Minnehaha Academy in 1950, where he played basketball and tennis. He then attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, and graduated from the pastor's course in 1953.

He went on to Baylor University in Waco, TX, and graduate in 1957. From there he went to Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary graduating with a Master's of Divinity in 1961. He served pastorates in Albion, IL, Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands, Hedrick IA, Salem, IL, and finally at the Presbyterian Church in Buffalo, MN. He also worked as the supervisor of the weatherization program at Wright Co. Community Action.

Luke is survived by his wife, Louise Robertson Markve, and their five children: Jennifer (Don), Mary (Fred), John (Shelley), Stephen, and Benjamin (Sarah). They have twelve grandchildren: Mackenzie, Alexa, Connor, McKinley, Victoria, Lydia, Charles, Tyler, Hannah, Ella, Ellis, and Mae, and two great-grandchildren: Kenra and Leif.

The Markve Family invites friends to participate in a Tribute to Luke by sharing a quip, poem, critique or simply a good story. Join us at the Buffalo Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, December 27 at 6:30 p.m.


Shawn Paumen, 59

Shawn LaRae Paumen, 59, died peacefully Dec. 4, 2017 in Benson, Ariz. surrounded by her loving family.  Her battle with cancer has come to an end.

She was born Oct. 12, 1958 in Buffalo, Minn. into the loving arms of her parents, Tom and Honey Lou Elliott.  After her early years growing up in Buffalo, the family relocated to Maple Lake, Minn.  She was raised on the family horse farm until she graduated from high school.

She continued to live in Maple Lake after her marriage to Clyde Paumen until 1996, when they moved to Bon Carbo, Colo. and a 300-acre ranch in the mountains.  She moved to Benson, Ariz. in 2007 with Cade, to be near family and to continue her education at the University of Arizona.

Shawn was a remarkable woman who was extremely generous with her time, talents, knowledge, and love.  She put her piano lessons to good use playing for school, for churches and for weddings.  She joined 4-H at the age of 9 and was also a member of the Minnesota and National Paint and Pinto Horse clubs.  She also had the honor of being Minnesota's first APHA Youth Champion.  Many Wright County 4-H members were lucky enough to have her leadership and experience, and she continued her involvement in Colorado and eventually Arizona.  She also found time to establish a winning kennel of Australian Shepherd dogs, many of which are still winners in the show ring.  Shawn also loved to capture memorable moments for others and had a successful photography side business.  She had great business savvy and helped run a successful family business, as well as working at multiple insurance agencies, attending school and earning her master's degree in Education, which led to her final career as a teacher.

Shawn is survived by: her parents, Thomas and Emma Lou (Wannebo) Elliott; two daughters, Joelle (Matthew) Hadra and Bailey (Peter) Perricone; a son, Cade Paumen; three grandchildren, Tanner and Tarenn Hadra and Connor Perricone; a sister, Jill (Ross) Vieu; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

There will be a private family memorial service on Dec. 9.  A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory. - Dr. Seuss


Lucille Scherber, 101

Lucille Scherber, 101, formerly of Buffalo, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 in Las Vegas.

Lucille was preceded in death by her husband, Wilfred, and two grandsons.

She is survived by: her children, Ralph Scherber (Mimi), Arlene Troup (Bob), Larry Scherber (Thea) and Kathy Munsterteiger; 14 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19 at Peterson Chapel, Buffalo, Minn.  Internment following at Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Cemetery in Rogers, Minn.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family.


Wendell Setterberg, 89

Wendell Dale Setterberg was born Mar. 11, 1928 to Walter and Signe Setterberg near Forest City, Minn. He enjoyed playing basketball and trumpet in school, and he graduated from Cokato High School in 1946.

 After graduation, Wendell joined the Merchant Marines and traveled around Sweden and Poland. He later served in the Naval Air Reserves for five years. Wendell was proud of his military service.

 In 1950, Wendell married Lois Hammerberg and they celebrated 67 years of marriage. Daughters Wendy and Susie, and later son-in-law Tom Hafner made their family complete.

 Following in Walter's footsteps, Wendell learned the watch-making and jewelry trades, eventually earning titles of Registered Jeweler, Certified Gemologist, and Certified Appraiser. Wendell and Lois owned Setterberg Jewelers in downtown Buffalo, until John and Toni Kock purchased the business in 1983. The Kocks continue the Setterberg Jewelers name, and offer fine quality jewelry, custom jewelry designs, and repair work.

 Wendell and brother Irving opened Setterberg Jewelers on Bell Road in Sun City, Arizona in 1981. Wendell enjoyed the jewelry business and eventually was involved in seven successful Setterberg Jewelers for over fifty years. He loved every minute of it.

 One of his favorite activities over his lifetime was hunting. His dad, brothers, friends, and sometimes, Lois accompanied him.

 Wendell's interest in flying led him to earn his private pilot's license, and later his Instrument, Commercial, Instructor, Seaplane and Glider ratings. He was part of a small team that flew a 1954 Albatross airplane around the world in 2001. What a thrill that was! He also flew a Cessna with Lois across Australia, did bush pilot work and fishing with Wendy in Alaska, and taught Susie how to fly. With over 7,000 hours in the air over 45 years, Wendell had many adventures. You would enjoy hearing about flying and fishing in Canada with his buddies. Life was extra good when the fish were biting, stories were flowing, and the bears hadn't trashed the fishing shack again.

 Wendell and Lois spent most summers in Buffalo, and winters in Glendale, Ariz. In 2016, they moved to the mountains of Prescott, Ariz. to be closer to Susie and Tom. Wendell passed peacefully away Nov. 22 at age 89 - a life well lived.

 Survivors include: Lois, Susie and Tom; siblings, Betty Barnes, Mariann Dickinson, Roger (Shirley) Setterberg; sister-in-law, JoAnn Larson. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins also mourn Wendell's passing.

 A memorial service for Wendell Setterberg will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 at the American Lutheran Church at 1085 Scott Drive in Prescott. The celebration of his life will continue at the Hassayampa Inn downtown after the service.

 Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Heritage Memory Mortuary. Please visit www.heritagemortu to sign Wendell's online guest book.


Lyle Veaderko, 85

Lyle George Veaderko, 85, was born on Sep. 28, 1932 and passed away Dec. 8, 2017 in Delano, Minn. after a long illness.

Lyle was preceded in death by: his parents, Leo and Lois (Plath) Veaderko, and brother, Harlan Veaderko. 

He is survived by: his son, James (Janell) Veaderko, and stepdaughter, Elizabeth (Ralph) Titus; grandchildren, Jim Jr., Lisa, Clinton, and Morgan; 4 great-grandchildren; special friend/caregiver, Susan Veaderko; sister-in-law, Mary Veaderko; nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Lyle worked for 37 years for the Delano and Wayzata School Districts' buildings and grounds, retiring in 1989. He also worked for the Delano Granite Works, Lund & Byerlys, Star West, and Wayzata Woods in maintenance and care taking. He was a "Jack-of-all-Trades."

Lyle loved to ride motorcycles, travel, bowl, and eat out anywhere. He always kept a spotless yard, garage, and home. Nothing compared to his Oatmeal Pecan cookies and Chicken & Dumplings. His favorite saying was "Marvelous."

Private family services held Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. Interment with Military honors at Delano Public Cemetery.

A special thanks to the Legacy Memory Care, Estates of Delano, and Ridgeview Hospice.

Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.


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