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Kathleen Anderson, 67

Kathleen Anderson, 67, of Buffalo, joined her Heavenly family on Tuesday, June 26.

She was born to Victor and Anne (Jenko) Laurich in Chisholm, Minn., on September 24, 1950.

She attended Chisholm schools and was a proud graduate of Chisholm High School with the Class of '68. She graduated from Minn. School of Business and worked at the Pillsbury Company.

On April 11, 1969 she married her high school sweetheart, Bruce Anderson, and several years later moved back to Chisholm where they built their home of 39 years. Kathy worked at retail stores until 1986 when St. Louis County hired her. She worked as a financial worker with Health and Human Services until her retirement in 2009.

Kathy and Bruce left Chisholm in 2011 when Bruce retired to move to Buffalo. She had wanted to spend some time with her granddaughters there and watch them play in multiple sports.

Her parents, grandparents, and her sister, Victoria Bennett, preceded Kathy in death.

She is survived by: her husband, Bruce; daughter, Kristin (Lance) Hovland; son, Bradley (Terasa) Anderson; sisters, Sharon (David) Terzich, Patti Farr; grandchildren, Dillon (Kayleigh) Anderson, Morgan Anderson, Mariah, Jillianne and Hillary Hovland; great-granddaughters, Maddie and Allie Anderson; many nieces and nephews and special cousins.

She greatly enjoyed spending time with her family, reading, walking, and gardening. She loved to travel, especially cruising and visiting gaming casinos. She also enjoyed the time spent volunteering at the Buffalo Food Shelf and delivering Meals on Wheels.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers a donation to your local food shelf or library.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 113 SW 4th St, Chisholm, with Fr. Fred Method as celebrant. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Inurnment will be held in Chisholm Cemetery at a later date.

 


Catherine Borell, 82

Catherine A. Borell, 82, of Maple Lake, died on Sunday, July 1, at Lakeside Oasis Hospice of Lake Ridge Care Center in Buffalo, with family at her side.

Mass of Christian Burial was held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 7, at St. Timothy Catholic Church in Maple Lake with Fr. Andrew Stueve as the Celebrant. Visitation was held 4-7 p.m. on Friday and 9-10 a.m. on Saturday, both at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Maple Lake. A prayer service took place at 7 p.m. on Friday at the funeral chapel. A private burial will take place at St. Timothy Catholic Cemetery at a later date

Catherine Agnes Borell was born February 27, 1936 in Waverly to Philip and Josephine (Steinkogler) Zeller. She grew up in Waverly and graduated with the Class of 1954 from St. Mary's Catholic High School in Waverly. She continued her education at Burrougs Bookkeeping School in Minneapolis. Cathy worked in accounts receivable at Dahl's Pharmacy for three years and as a secretary for Maple Lake Schools for 22 years.

She was a member of St. Timothy Catholic Church, St. Timothy CCW and Resurrection Choir, Sam Quilters, the Maple Lake American Legion Auxiliary and was a former Girl Scout leader. Cathy enjoyed spending time with family, quilting, biking, fishing and dancing.

She is survived by: her husband of 61 years, Jim; children, Tim (Ruth) Borell of Maple Lake, Ralph (Laurie) Borell of Buffalo, Carol (Bob) Latour of Buffalo, and Ron (Sandy) Borell of Ramsey; 11 grandchildren, Becky, Barbie, Tara, Michael, Brad, Bridget, Paul, Sarah, Rachel, Jeff and Dan; nine great-grandchildren, Madison, Natalie, Ryan, Sabrina, Jaxon, Jayden, Mack, Anna and Cody; sisters, Vi Asgian of Minneapolis, Mary Grotz of Delano and Rose (Wayne) Malachek of Maple Lake; brother, Ed (Labelle) Zeller of Brooklyn Park; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by: her parents; sister, Gertrude Donovan; and brother, Bob Zeller.

The casket bearers will be Michael Kuiper, Brad Borell, Paul Latour, Chris Pelletier, Scott Bruska and Matthew Howard.

Arrangements were entrusted with Dingmann Funeral Care Burial and Cremation Services of Maple Lake.

 


William Deneen, 50

William (Bill) Deneen, 50, of Buffalo, passed away July 3, after a seven-year battle with cancer. Bill was born February 24, 1968 in Arlington Heights, Illinois to David and Lynn (Henderson) Deneen. He grew up in Eau Claire, Wis., and attended Regis High School, graduating with the class of 1986.

Being raised in Wis., he was a devoted Packer and Badger fan, so it was fitting he continued his education by attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he received a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. He worked for the Minnesota Health Department, U.S. Aquatics in Delano, and most recently, Xcel Energy.

On September 23, 1995, Bill wed Catharine "Katie" Ames at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. Together they raised two children, Abby and Peter.

Family was Bill's priority in life; he never wanted to miss a moment where he could spend quality time with them. Whether he was attending sporting events, going on mission trips, or traveling various parts of the U.S. with them, he always made sure special memories were being made. Not only was he dedicated to family; he took pride in coaching and mentoring children in basketball, baseball, and soccer.

He enjoyed being involved at Zion Lutheran Church where he served as a council member, helping others, woodworking, and learning how things were made by taking objects apart and putting them back together. His sense of humor and caring and compassionate qualities will be greatly missed.

William is survived by: wife, Katie; children, Abby and Peter; parents, David and Lynn; brothers, John (Tennille) and Paul (Bethany); and many other relatives and friends. Proceeded in death by: grandparents; aunt, Mary; and cousin, Jimmy.

Visitation was held Sunday, July 8, from 4-8 p.m. with prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 1200 Hwy. 25 S, Buffalo. Funeral service was held Monday, July 9, at 11 a.m. with visitation at 10 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, in Buffalo. Interment to follow at Zion Lutheran Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the Hope Lodge in Rochester, or charity of donor's choice.

 


Andrew Haggenmiller, 4

Andrew was born on September 6, 2013 at the Buffalo Hospital. He was four years and 10 months old on July 6, 2018 when he died after he bravely and somewhat benevolently lived with cancer for the 15 months prior. Between those dates, he lived a full, happy life that would be the envy of most 100 year olds.  

Andrew is survived by: his parents, Nicholas and Victoria; and brother, Henry. Just as importantly, he is survived by: grandparents, LeRoy and Lori Haeuser (Mequon, Wisconsin); Tom Tessar (Portage, Wisconsin); and Greggory and Susan Haggenmiller (St. Peter, Minnesota); his great-grandparents;  aunts; uncles; and cousins that we're blessed to note are too plentiful to list! Andrew is further survived by hundreds of friends, medical and care providers, teachers and well-wishers that surrounded him until and through the end. All of whom loved him and sought to make his time fun, rich and selfishly longer. They succeeded and we are forever grateful.  

Andrew assumed many professions and vocations in his short life including firefighter, police officer, teacher, student of life, son, brother, nephew, grandson, friend, skillful negotiator, boastful performer, and most often, a farmer.  

Somewhere to "the left, right then straight" of "here", Andrew had 11 imaginary farms. After visiting his aunt and uncle's goat farm, we surmised by our best assessment, these farms were primarily crop farms and do not smell "crappy." He had at least one employee, Speedy. Speedy, again by our best assessment, is his imaginary 14-year-old son, has a brother named Henry (not related), a driver's license, and is charged with the day-to-day responsibilities of the 11 farms.  

Andrew loved maps, compasses, ornate keys, to-do-lists, and instructions of all kinds. The common thread is softly beautiful. They're all forward facing, self-guided means of learning, discovery, curiosity and independence.  

Andrew was a prolific problem-solver. When faced with a perplexing problem or task it was not long before he would proclaim, "Hey, I have an idea…" And follow with an unnecessarily complex explanation or solution to an otherwise simple problem. 

Whether spotting the fantastically rare or a simple tuft of hair out of place, he would say "Hmm, how odd."  His vocabulary and word choice was inexplicably advanced.  

Andrew's enviable traits included being both practical and passionate. When kissed, he would aggressively wipe it off. Andrew would insist he was "wiping it in, not off." After catching on to this, his poppa suggested putting extra kisses in his pocket. Andrew countered with making sure his pockets were full at all times.  

In January of 2016, Andrew became a big brother to Henry Harland. From this day forward, until nearly the end, Andrew took this role seriously and considered himself a protector, caregiver ,and most importantly, best friend to his little brother. Towards the end, these roles would reverse. At a particularly vulnerable time during the throes of chemotherapy treatments, Henry witnessed his big brother being pinned to the ground by a boy during a playdate. With one hand he continued to drink his chocolate milk and with the other, he casually tore the boy off Andrew, flinging him to the ground effortlessly. As Andrew grew weaker, Henry grew stronger emotionally and would help by giving pills, bringing toys to the bed, caressing Andrew's hair, and ultimately, asking to go to heaven with him.  

On September 5, 2017 Andrew began preschool at St. Francis Xavier Catholic School. Andrew loved school for his compassionate teachers, playing with friends but most of all – the structure and literal learning. Every new discovery, academically related or otherwise would be credited by Andrew to his teachers and school.  

But don't misunderstand. Andrew wasn't perfect. He performed best in being faulted… being with disease. 

Andrew approached everything with the diplomacy of a charismatic world leader, the strategy of a professional chess player and the fiery of a hurricane while maintaining the whimsy of a four-year-old boy. Cancer was no different. After an excruciatingly long and difficult diagnosis, treatment began.  Andrew was up for the challenge. At his strongest, he treated cancer like one of the countless adventures he would take with his mom, brother and Mom's Club friends during the day. At his weakest he treated cancer like a box to check before returning to playing or something of his immediate choosing.   

They say the first thing to go in cancer and the hardest to get back is your sense of humor. After regressing back into a pull-up for the first time in over three years Andrew would frequently pose the question "Hey guys? Am I in a pull-up?" We would confirm and he would interject quickly, "Whoo."  

As the procedures and treatment became more invasive and continuous his spirit never dissipated. He trusted his mom, dad and medical team and would always, albeit reluctantly, take the next step, put on the next gown or swallow the last pill.  

Andrew's final days were eventful and emotional. Unable to communicate for himself, Vicki feared that he would be afraid and refused to sleep or stop telling him that she loved him. Despite this, he managed not once, but three times, to lift his hand and with his pointer finger extended, tap Vicki's chest in response as she said,"I love you, Andrew." Andrew's final hours were found wrapped in his mom's arms, in a final acknowledgement of being Victoria's "Little Puzzle Piece." Those that loved him most surrounded him while his brother, cousins, and friends danced and played lightly in our front yard.   

There will be a Celebration of Life held on Friday July 13, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. A service will follow at 4 p.m. with a concluding meal of Andrew's favorite foods. All will be held at St. Francis Xavier School, 219 19th Street NW, Buffalo. All friends and family are welcomed. This will not be traditional; there will be no visitation as the physical part we loved most and later sought to "cure" has been donated to advance research. This will not be formal. Playgrounds should be put to work; little boys should belch or fart and then laugh loudly. Tears, emotion, and stories of how Andrew impacted your life are abundantly sought. Cheese curds and pizza will be eaten.  

In lieu of flowers and if resources allow, consider bringing a donation of a toy or book that will be brought to Children's Hospital in Minneapolis. In lieu of money to our family, please donate to whatever charitable effort you choose. Bonus points if that charity happens to be The Roberts Center for Pediatric Research at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.  

Above all else, here are a few suggestions to celebrate Andrew's life: hug your mom, greet your neighbor with exuberance, pet a puppy, dance while singing a "Beatles" song in the middle of a crowded airport terminal, take detailed meeting minutes, craft a to-do-list, debate politics or ruminate on the meaning of life, play trucks or superheroes, go camping but audibly express your distaste for tents, release a trapped insect to the outdoors, insist on shutting off your car's GPS and providing impromptu directions or just laugh… all things Andrew did and took great pride in doing.

 


Randy Helgeson-Vickerman, 56

Randy C. Helgeson-Vickerman, 56, came into this world May 28, 1962.

Randy had a passion for fishing, sharing jokes (not always good ones), making people laugh, and woodworking. The tables, chairs and shelves he refinished and created were works of art. He was employed in a variety of fields and was known for his hard work, dedication, and loyalty as an employee.

His search for the answers he sought all his life were found when he earned his wings on June 26, after a battle with cancer.

He is survived by family that loved him very much, and many friends. He will be truly missed.

A memorial service will be held July 28, 12 p.m. at Lakewood Cemetery Chapel, 3600 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis.

Memorials preferred to New Beginnings of Waverly, Minnesota.

 


Janice Riebeling, 74

Janice Elaine Riebeling, 74, of Saint Michael, and formerly of Buffalo, passed away on Friday, July 6.

She was born on May 17, 1944 in Ida Grove, Iowa, the daughter of Harry and Alice (Ploegher) Menter.

She was baptized and confirmed in the Presbyterian Church.

Janice graduated from Lake City High School, Lake City, Iowa in 1962. She attended business school and worked for a college as a secretary during those years.

On October 15, 1967, she was united in marriage to John Riebeling in Ames, Iowa.

John's National Guard service led them to relocate early in their marriage to Colorado. Three daughters blessed the couple: Michelle, Lisa, and Jennifer.

Around 1970, the family moved to Carroll, Iowa, then in the mid-1970s, the family relocated first to Minnetonka, and subsequently to Buffalo, Minn., where they would make their home for over 30 years.

In 1979, Janice began work for ISD 877 in the Buffalo District Special Education department as a secretary for the Elementary School and later the Junior High. Between the different schools, she served for a total of three decades.

Janice loved time with her family. During family gatherings, she enjoyed the craft of meal preparations and hospitality. She was famous for her gift giving including disguising small gifts in successively larger packages. She valued supporting her children and grandchildren in their endeavors.

Janice found strength and comfort through faith in Jesus Christ. She was active in the area congregations of Zion Lutheran and Buffalo Evangelical Free.

She is preceded in death by: her husband John Riebeling; and her parents, Harry and Alice Menter.

Janice is survived by: her daughters, Michelle Riebeling of Buffalo; Lisa (Clark) Stine of Buffalo; and Jennifer (Jason) Holt of St. Michael; seven grandchildren, Vincent, Sullivan, Caleb, Susanna, Phoebe, Magdalena, and Micah; brother, Jim Menter of Phoenix, Ariz.; sister-in-law, Betty (Ron) Gruis of Rock Rapids, Iowa; and nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 10 at 6 p.m., with visitation beginning at 4:30 p.m. prior to the service. Both were held at the Peterson Chapel, 119 Central Avenue, Buffalo. Officiating was Rev. Jesse Kneeland. A private interment will be at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Buffalo.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family. 

 


Ronald Then, 68

Ronald Lee Then, of Buffalo, passed away on Tuesday, July 3, at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids at the age of 68, with his wife by his side.  He was born on October 4, 1949 in Willmar, to Theodore and Rosemary (Fedor) Then.

Ron graduated from Willmar High School in 1968.  He attended the University of Minnesota and graduated in July of 1971 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was employed as a project engineer at Buhler Group in Plymouth for the last 32 years.

Ron met Janelle Renae Hanson in 1973 at a friend's party. On September 15, 1979, the two were joined in marriage at Calvary Lutheran Church in Willmar. God blessed their marriage with three children: Ashley, Stephanie, and Kyle. Ron and his family belonged to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo.

Ron will be remembered by his family and friends for his thoughtfulness in both words and deeds. In his spare time, he kept his mind sharp by mastering Sudoku puzzles.  He enjoyed being outdoors on their eleven-acre hobby farm where he spent many hours mowing the lawn, planting trees, sitting outside with his dog Bailey and enjoying the beautiful view.

Ron was a proud father who always attended his children's sporting events, near and far.  He also made traditions out of traveling with friends, including annual fishing trips to Canada that spanned decades. His favorite destination was Las Vegas where he looked forward to catching up with friends, staying downtown, playing video poker, and always hoping for that royal flush.

Ron lived his life for his family. He is survived by: his loving wife of thirty-eight years, Janelle; his children, Ashley Then, Stephanie (and Rick) Grider, and Kyle; then, his expectant grandson (Grider); his sisters, Sharon Then and Michelle Day; his nieces, Amanda and Briana Rodgers; and other relatives, and friends.

Ron is preceded in death by: his parents, Theodore and Rosemary; then, his sister, Lori Rodgers; and his brother-in-law, Duane Day.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Ronald Lee Then were held on Monday, July 9 at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic School, 219 19th Street N.W., Buffalo, a luncheon followed. Father Nathaniel Meyers was the Celebrant. A visitation was held on Monday, July 9 from 10 – 11 a.m., prior to the service. A private interment will be held at St. Francis Cemetery.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family. 

 


Dorothy Tupy, 79

Dorothy "Dotty" M. Tupy, age 79, of Buffalo, passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at Park View Care Center in Buffalo.

A full notice to follow. Serving the family is the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.

 


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