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Leonard Buttenhoff, 100

Leonard Emil Buttenhoff, 100, of Plymouth, and formerly of Rockford, passed away on Friday, August 10.

He was born on May 9, 1918 in Victor Township, Wright County the son of Fred and Alvina (Reek) Buttenhoff. He was baptized June 9, 1918, was confirmed March 20, 1932, and married Eleanor Pool August 19, 1941 all at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake.

He honorably served his Country for four years in The United States Army during W.W. II. He was inducted on October 7, 1941, left the United States July 11, 1943; destination the “Asiatic Pacific Theatre” and was stationed at the Aleutian Islands, arrived back in the United States December 16, 1944 and was honorably discharged on November 4, 1945.

Following his military service, Leonard farmed for several years but due to allergies he stopped farming and moved to Minneapolis.  There he installed combination windows and doors for the Richfield Yards; for thirteen years he owned a general insurance agency, and owned and managed rental properties. Leonard also had decades of interest in following and investing in the stock market. Leonard and wife Eleanor later would purchase a two hundred forty-acre farm near Morris, and the Morris Dairy Queen. After retirement, the couple moved to Buffalo. They divorced in 1978.

On April 20, 1983, Leonard E. Buttenhoff and Jeanette A. Peterson were joined in marriage in Littleton, Colorado. They eventually built a new home in Rockford and three years ago moved to a senior cooperative in Plymouth.

Leonard is survived by: his loving wife of 35 years, Jeanette; children, Richard Buttenhoff of Savage, Diane (Virgil) Rose of Anoka, Gene (Joan) Buttenhoff of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Joan (Frank) Opay of Monticello; step-children, Vernette “Lisa” (Howard) Sickle, Robert (Kris) Peterson, Susan (David) Hansen, Gerald (Barb) Peterson, Teresa (Steven) Grandlund, and Deanna (Joe) Peterson; 16 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; siblings, Raymond Buttenhoff, Garland Buttenhoff and Lucille Kraemer; many other relatives, and friends.

He was preceded in death by: parents; sisters and brothers,  Ardis Buttenhoff, Edna Beauregard, Lorraine Feit, Lila Chapman, Ottomar Buttenhoff, Gladys Peterson, and Melvin Buttenhoff.

Funeral services for Leonard Buttenhoff will be held on Thursday, August 16, at 11 a.m. at Our Father’s Lutheran Church in Rockford.  Interment will follow at Howard Lake Cemetery. A visitation was held on Wednesday, August 15 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Further visitation will be held on Thursday morning, August 16 one hour prior to services at the church.

Honorary Casket Bearers will be his brothers: Raymond and Garland Buttenhoff.

Casket Bearers will be Mark Buttenhoff, Erik and Kyler Grandlund, Jimmy Wong, Jason Ruch and Bruce Buttenhoff.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to Our Fathers Lutheran Church.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family. 


Patrick Donaghue, 53

Patrick John Donaghue, 53, of St. Michael, passed away Friday, August 10, after a long and courageous battle with stomach cancer. He was born December 16, 1964 in Minneapolis, the son of James and Kathern (Roff) Donaghue.

Patrick is a 1983 graduate of Onamia High School. His passion with the outdoors transcended throughout many generations. He always looked forward to the annual Frazee Homestead hunting gatherings. He enjoyed anything outdoors, hunting, fishing, mowing the lawn, gardening, and going to the family cabin and fishing from the dock. He had a passion for everything he did and was always there to help anyone. He had a true love for his animals, family and friends, and enjoyed the time spent together. Patrick was always strong throughout his multiple battles with cancer.

On August 15, 2017, Patrick Donaghue married his longtime love, Elizabeth Jungers.

He is preceded in death by: his parents, James and Kathern Donaghue; grandparents, Leo and Virginia Donaghue, Donald and Naomi Roff; and dogs, Smokey and Ginger.

Patrick is survived by: his wife, Elizabeth “Libby” Donaghue; children, Tyler Jungers, Kathern Donaghue, Kaylie (Kenny) Belland, Matt Dehn; furbaby, Casey; grandchildren, Dominic, Eli, Charlotte, Vincent “Big Vinny-V”, Octavia; siblings, Theresa (Bill) Burns, Jace (Shawna) Donaghue, Sean Donaghue, Mike Donaghue; best friend, John Ulschmid; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

A visitation was held Wednesday, August 15, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel, 300 Main St N, St. Michael. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, August 16, at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior, at St. Michael Catholic Church, 11300 Frankfort Pkwy NE, St. Michael.

Serving the family is the Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home.


James Druk, 75

James Russell Druk, 75, of Buffalo, was taken from us on Friday, August 10, doing what he loved - fishing on Buffalo Lake! 

He will be missed.  His grandsons, Caiden and Mac; his outdoor adventures, and the Green Bay Packers were his true loves.

Jim is preceded in death by his father, James Druk; and his mother, Winifred (Singleton) Druk.

He is survived by: his daughters, Pamela (Tim) Hunt and Tracy Beauchamp; grandchildren, Caiden, Mac, Amanda, Joshua, Zachary, and Elizabeth; great-grandchildren, Hudson, Oxlee and Wyatt; sister, Penny (Bob) Franklin; and brother, Thomas (Lynn) Druk.

Private family services to be held, contact 763-843-8745 for further information.

Memorials can be mailed to the Peterson Chapel. 

Serving the family is  the Peterson Chapel of Buffalo.


John Dziuk, 82

Dziuk, John R. 82, of Brooklyn Park, formerly of Buffalo, passed away August 8, after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

John was preceded in death by: parents, Tony and Mae; brother, Tom of West Covina, Cal.

He is survived by: wife of 59 years, Dianne; children, Cecilia (Mark) Laberda, Richard (Brenda), Karen Dziuk, and Edward Dziuk; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Born and raised in Foley, Minn.

He proudly served in the US Marines. John was a career court reporter. He owned Johnson and Dziuk Court Reporting and later retired from Wright County Courts.

He enjoyed spending time with grandchildren and swimming at the health club. We will miss his exciting legal stories, flare for politics, and love for animals. When we think of him, we recall his quick wit, abruptly clever jokes and his big, cheeky grin to follow.

Our Grandpa’s gentle demeanor and unwavering ability to stay humble and serene play a strong role in our memory of him.

Memorial Mass will be held Thursday, August 16 at 11 a.m. at Church of St. Gerard, 9600 Regent Ave North, Brooklyn Park with a visitation one hour prior to Mass. Private interment Fort Snelling.

Thanks to Twin Cities Physician’s, North Hospice and the staff at St. Therese of Oxbow. A special thank you, to Renee our dad’s PCA; and her daughter, Sanai, who dedicated their time to care for our father; we couldn’t have done it without you.

Memorials preferred to Parkinson’s Foundation, Minnesota Chapter or North Memorial Hospice.


Roland Johnson, 74

Roland “Skip” Johnson, 74, of Annandale, died on Tuesday, August 7, as a result of an auto accident.

Memorial Services will be held 11:30 a.m. Monday, August 20, at Lake Union Evangelical Covenant Church, 74246 CSAH 19, South Haven with visitation one hour prior. A Celebration of Skip’s life will follow at Madigan’s Pub and Grill in Maple Lake from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Burial will take place at a later date at Sunset Cemetery in St. Anthony. In lieu of flowers, please donate in Skip’s name to Lake Union Church or to the charity of your choice.

Roland Cornelius Johnson was born August 8, 1943 in St. Paul to Roland and Evelyn (Cornelius) Johnson and grew up in Highland Park. Skip served in the US Army National Guard from 1961-1964. He lived on Lake Francis near South Haven while his children were young and moved to Annandale in 1983.

He has hosted family and friends at his home for the Independence Day celebration in Annandale since moving to town. Skip worked as a liquor salesman and distributor for Griggs Cooper and Company and Wirtz Beverage for 37 years, retiring in 2008. He was a member of the Buffalo American Legion. He enjoyed target shooting, scuba diving, boating and was an avid Harley Davidson rider. In retirement, he became interested in electronics, gadgets, and technology.

Skip is survived by: his two daughters and their husbands, Tara and Mac Nelson of Brooklyn Park; Jill and Carr Muirhead of Carnation, Wash.; five grandchildren, Alexis, Claire, Andre, Reid, and Kate; and significant other, Bobbi Behlke of Maple Lake. He is preceded in death by his parents.

The urn bearers will be Randy Smith, Tom Wilcox, Mac Nelson and Carr Muirhead. Pastor Brent Stromme will officiate at the Memorial Service.

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


Taylor Lowell, 40

Taylor John Lowell, 40, of Buffalo, passed away on Wednesday, July 25, at Buffalo Hospital.

He was born on May 19, 1978 in Minneapolis the son of Fredrick and Ramona (Wideen) Lowell.

Taylor graduated from the Buffalo High School in 1996.

He was a former machinist and currently an installer at Five Star Office Installations.

Taylor enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, the out of doors, mushroom hunting and gardening.

Taylor is survived by: a daughter, Madison Paige Lowell; father, Fredrick Lowell; siblings, Justin (Jamie) Lowell, Kelly (Zach) Swanson, Matthew (Melissa) Lowell, and Destiny Lowell; other relatives, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother Ramona “Mona” Lowell on May 13, 2012.

A Celebration of Life for Taylor Lowell will be held at the family’s residence at 2198 Fenning Avenue N.E., in Buffalo, on Sunday, August 19, at noon.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family. 


Marilyn Pittman, 89

Marilyn Jane Pittman was born on October 30, 1928 in Cottonwood County, Minnesota to Dr. FW and Luella Therkelsen. She closed her eyes for the last time and entered into God’s waiting arms and eternal peace on August 9.

She graduated from Jeffers High School in 1948. On July 17, 1948 she married Donald Pittman. To this union were born: Paulette Graff Weese (Terry) of Buffalo, Philip (Mila) Pittman of Aiea, HI, and Stacy Danielson (partner Laurie Davis) of Maple Lake.

After Donald passed away in October of 1986, she married her brother-in-law, Ray Pittman of St. James on June 8, 1996 where they resided until Ray’s passing on December 19, 2003. She then moved to Buffalo where she resided with her daughter, Paulette and son-in-law, Terry on their farm for 14 years.

Since February, she has resided at Park View Center in Buffalo. She surrounded us with unconditional love and support. Marilyn was a member of the United Methodist Church in Jeffers and the Eastern Star. Family meant the world to her.

She is survived by her three children, 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life Service for Marilyn Pittman, 89, of Buffalo, formerly of Jeffers, was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, August 14, at the United Methodist Church in Jeffers, with Pastor Wesley Johnson officiating.   Burial will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery in rural Windom.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of the LaCanne Family Funeral Service.


Kim Wright, 66

Kim Wesley Wright, 66, of Buffalo, passed away on Friday, August 10.

He was born on September 25, 1951 in Montrose the son of Arthur C. and Eleanor (Bodin) Wright.

Kim graduated from Buffalo High School in 1969.

He loved the game of softball!  At one time he was playing in eight leagues at the same time.  He also coached little league baseball.

He was formerly employed as a manufacturing supervisor.

Kim is survived by: his wife, Norma Wright; sons, Nicholas (Wendy Ruff) Wright and Adam Wright, all of Buffalo; four grandchildren, Sommer, Taylor, Madison and Jordyn; a brother, Dale (Wilma “Willie”) Wright of Inver Grove Heights; many other relatives, and friends.

He was preceded in death by: a daughter, Jessica “Jess” Wright in 1999; his father, Art Wright in 1960; a brother, Daniel Wright in 1992; his mother, Eleanor Wright in 1993; and by a brother, Gary Wright in 1998.

Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, August 22 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Carver Softball Field in Montrose.

Arrangements for Kim Wright are by the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. 


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