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Marilyn Brummer, 93

Marilyn J. Brummer, age 93, of Montrose passed away on March 17, 2018.

Marilyn was born in St. Louis Park, Minn., on August 27, 1924, the daughter of Walter and Maude (Fuller) Linner.

On August 30, 1941, Marilyn Linner and George J. Brummer were joined in holy marriage at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Golden Valley.  God blessed their marriage with ten children.

She enjoyed fishing, gardening, line dancing, sewing and knitting, long walks and cooking (especially German pancakes).  Marilyn never complained, loved people and respected everyone.

Marilyn is survived by loving husband, George J. Brummer, Sr.; children, George (Kim) Brummer, Michael (Delores) Brummer, Walter (Linda) Brummer, Martin (Mary Ann) Brummer, Thomas (Barbara) Brummer, Gary (Rita) Brummer, Kathleen Baldwin, and Diane (Chuck) Von Ruden; daughter-in-law, Candice Monson; 29 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by sons, Paul and James Brummer; son-in-law, Allen J. Baldwin; grandsons, Brian Baldwin and Michael Brummer; a brother, John; and by a sister, Ruth.

Funeral services for Marilyn J. Brummer will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 22, at The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo.  Fr. Kenneth O'Hotto will officiate, and interment will follow at The Kreidler Cemetery in rural Montrose.  The vocalist will be Ricki Malerich.

The casket bearers will be Marilyn's six sons.

A visitation was held from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, and one hour prior to service on Thursday, March 22, all at the funeral home.

The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo, assisted the family with arrangements.


Carolyn Grant, 86

Carolyn Grant died peacefully at Lake Ridge Care Center in Buffalo, Minnesota on January 4, 2018. She was 86.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 25, at St. Bartholomew Catholic Community in Wayzata. Fr. Mike Van Sloun will Celebrate the Mass. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Carolyn was born and raised in the Fairmont, Minnesota area. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was married to Roger Grant of Fairmont for 62 years.

She is survived by: her husband, Roger; son, Gary (Barb Vizenor) of Clearwater,  Minn.; daughter, Liz Leeds of Eagle, Colo.; three grandchildren, Broby Leeds, Gabriela Leeds, and Rebecca Grant; great-granddaughter Aspyn Ludenia; and brother, Sief Meyer.

She is preceded in death by: her granddaughter, Jessica Ludenia; parents, Almon and Sofie Rudolph; brothers, Al Rudolph, Delmar Rudolph, Vince Rudolph, Clem Rudolph, Harold Rudolph, and Jim Brady.

Richard Clarke will provide the music for the service. Arrangements are entrusted with Dingmann Funeral Care Burial and Cremation Services of Annandale.


Lyle Heaton, 89

Lyle G. Heaton, age 89, of Clearwater, Minn., died of congestive heart failure on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Augusta, Minn.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, at Rejoice Lutheran Church, Clearwater. Visitation will be Friday, March 23, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Rejoice Lutheran Church  and one hour prior to the service at church on Saturday. A prayer service will be at 7:00 p.m. on Friday at the church. Burial will be in Acacia Cemetery, Clearwater,. Arrangements were made by Benson Funeral Home, St. Cloud.

Lyle was born on June 10, 1928, in Clearwater to James and Mildred (Watts) Heaton. He married Marlys Pramann on June 12, 1952, at Grace United Methodist Church. Lyle served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956. He worked the family farm, where he was born, his entire life and was very proud to have it established as a century farm in 1998. He also owned the grain elevator in Annandale from 1969 to1976 and drove tour bus for Farmers Union and Voigt's for many years.

Lyle was a member of  First Presbyterian Church, the Clearwater American Legion, and was a charter member and past president of the Clearwater Lions Club. He also served on the Lynden Township Board. He enjoyed playing 500, old time dancing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include his children, Dawn (James) Froelich of Clearwater, Keith (Rita) Heaton of Clearwater, and Denise (Barry) Schultz of Annandale; daughter-in-law, Cindy Heaton of Clearwater; sisters, Marion Bergs of Alexandria, Minn., and Joyce (Roger) Pierson of Brainerd; brother, Curtis Heaton of Clearwater; 8 grandchildren, Jeff Heaton, Ali (Shaun) Tyznik, Kurt (Jessica) Johnson, Michaela Rae (JJ) Johnson, Michelle (Kevin) Johnson, Heather Schultz, Derek (Jess) Heaton, and Ryan Heaton; five great-grandchildren, Dakota Heaton, Charles and William Johnson, and Bennett and Cole Johnson; and long time friend and companion, Mary Stumpf, of Annandale.

Lyle was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marlys in 1983; son, Kevin Heaton; infant daughter; sister, Alice Gray; son-in-law, Carmon Johnson; brother-in-law, John Bergs; and sister-in-law, Evelyn Heaton.


Corrine Skrukrud, 83

Corrine ("Corky") Harriet Skrukrud, 83, of Howard Lake passed away March 13, at Waconia Ridgeview Hospital with family and friends by her side.

 She was born February 14, 1935 to Kenneth and Stella (Benson) Skrukrud, the oldest of 3 children. She grew up, was baptized and confirmed in Granite Falls, Minn., and graduated from Granite Falls High School in 1953. Corrine attended Mankato College and then worked in the Social Services field for over 25 years including Lutheran Social Services in Minneapolis, Wright Direction in Waverly, and Wright County Human Services in Buffalo.  She was also church secretary at St. John's Lutheran Church in Howard Lake from 1978-1983. 

Corrine was married to Roger Lothringer for 39 years from 1957-1996. Together they had two  girls, Tami and Michelle, who were born in Bloomington. The family lived on a hobby farm outside of Waverly during their early elementary years, and then located to Howard Lake.

Corrine's love, support, and pride for her children and grandchildren were always evident and foremost in her life.  She enjoyed living at Shoreline Commons in Howard Lake for the past decade and gained many dear friends who watched over her in the last years.  

Corky was an avid reader, often times reading several books a week, until her sight was compromised due to glaucoma.  She also enjoyed crafting, decorating, gardening, and loved beautiful music. When she was younger she loved riding horses. She loved moving back to her family homestead in Granite Falls in 1996 and also loved spending time at the Zander farm in Howard Lake.

Corky also had a great passion and pride for her Norwegian and Swedish heritage and was able to visit her ancestral homeland in 1997 for the trip of a lifetime.

Corrine was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Howard Lake until she moved in 1996 then was a member of Hawk Creek Lutheran Church in Sacred Heart.

Her family and friends will miss her love, compassion, spunk, and strength.  "Takk for Alt, Corky. Now rest in peace." 

Corrine is survived by: her children, Tami Zander (Jed) of Howard Lake and Michelle Gehrz (Jon) of Plymouth; and her grandchildren, Tyler Zander (Elizabeth), Peter Zander, Amber Zander, Christopher Zander, and Nate Gehrz.  She is also survived by her brother, Ron Skrukrud of Olivia; Karen Johnson (Lynn) of Granite Falls; and her nieces, Nicole DeBoer, Ann Schlenner, and Holly Johnson. 

Corrine was preceded in death by her parents, ex-husband, and grandchild, Benjamin Gehrz. 

A memorial service will take place on Saturday, March 24 at 3:00 p.m., with visitation one-hour prior to service, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Howard Lake. 

Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Cokato.


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