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Orlin Bonstrom, 86

Orlin Oscar Bonstrom was born on July 12, 1931, in Buffalo, and died January 2, 2018, at his home in Minneapolis.

After graduating from Buffalo High School, and serving in the Korean War, he furthered his education, and became Director of Special Education for the Anoka School District, where he remained until his retirement.

He ad his wife, Mary, led an active life, including teaching in Japan, and biking in Europe, along with extensive travel and visiting their sons and daughter in Boston, New York, and Paris, France. In recent years, they enjoyed their winter home in Arizona.

He will be sorely missed by: his wife, Mary; sons, Dana and Kim, and daughter, Kristine; daughters-in-law, Kim and Louise; and grandchildren, Alex, Sophie and Lindsay. He is also survived by nieces and a nephew in Minnesota, Arizona and Washington.

He was preceded in death by: his parents, Oscar and Alice Bonstrom; sisters, Gladys, Vernice, Marlys, and brother, Vernon; and several close relatives and friends.

A Memorial Service was held on Monday, January 8, 2018, at Evans-Nordby Funeral Home in Brooklyn Center. Interment will take place at a later date at Fort Snelling.

Donations are welcome to the Parkinson's Research Center.


Andrew Brallier, 58

Andrew Brent (Andy) Brallier, 58, of Lake Martha in Buffalo, Minn., passed away on Jan. 8, after battling a long illness. He joins his mother sitting at the feet of Jesus.

Andy is survived by: his "first wife" (and only!), Susan; sons, Bo (Emilie) and Zeke; daughter Archie; father, Marlin (Sylvia); and sisters, Amy, Emily (Ken), and Meg Anne (Shawn).

He "lived the dream" as an airplane pilot and lake dweller. Fishing, flying seaplanes, fine food, and family were his favorites. Andy was courageous, genuine, intentional, funny, hardworking, and much-loved.  He expected much, and gave more.

Memorial service is planned for  2:00 p.m.  Jan. 20, at Buffalo Covenant Church, Buffalo, with visitation one hour prior to service.  

In lieu of flowers, the family will donate memorials to Adventurous Christians, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, or donor's choice.

"Live like you were flyin'!"


Donald Doran, 85

Doran, Donald Norman, 85, of Monticello, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Thursday, Jan. 11.

Father of nine. He served our country in the Air Force. He was stationed in Puerto Rico, where he married Joan (Schaffer), with whom he shared his life with for the next 63 years.

A proud graduate of the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Education, he taught in the Anoka-Hennepin school district during the day and worked for KARE 11 in the evenings.  After 12 years, he retired from teaching but continued at KARE 11 for another 30 years. He also served the Monticello community as a School Board member for 15 years.

He is survived by: his loving wife of 63 years, Joan; children, Greg (Cindy) Doran, Brian (Denise) Doran, Dennis (Jane) Doran, James (Michelle) Doran, Mary (Heather) Doran, Sally (Jeff) Gardner, Lisa (Tony) LaPlant, Tricia (Larry) Haynes; 30 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and sister, Doris Neske.  

Donald was preceded in death by son, Jeff Doran; mother, Vivian; and father, Delbert.

Funeral Mass will be held on at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 10 at St. Henry Catholic Church, Monticello. Visitation one hour prior to mass at the church. Burial at St. Henry Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials to Special Olympics.

Arrangements are in the care of Peterson-Grimsmo Funeral  Chapel and Cremation Services of Monticello.


Jeffrey Femrite, 49

Jeffrey R. Femrite, 49, of Annandale, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017.

He was born Jan. 16, 1968 in South Minneapolis, the son of Marvin J. and Rose Anne (Femrite) McCoy.

Jeff attended school in the Rockford School District his entire life.

He loved to listen to and play music his entire life.  His talent on the guitar and harmonica will always be remembered and is a big part of many memories.

Jeff was somewhat of a "Jack of all Trades."  There wasn't anything that he couldn't figure out, fix, or carry on a conversation about.

Jeff also had a smile that was infectious and could instantly change your day.  Starting as a little boy and all the way to adulthood, you could never quite tell if that smile was a mischievous one or not. 

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Harvey and Lucy Femrite, Raymond and Bethel McCoy.

Jeffrey is survived by: his wife, Taunia; daughters, Carrina Melina, Cassandra Simonson, Ashley Femrite, Breanna Femrite, Tarisa Anderson; grandchildren, Heidi, Jenaya, Joshua, Jordan; parents, Marvin and Rose Anne; siblings, Gregory (Michelle) Femrite, Andria, Jennifer (Chad) McCoy-Lay; nieces and nephews, Tawni, Raven, Cylas, Willa; and other relatives and friends.

Memorial services for Jeff were held Sunday, Jan. 14 at 3:00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service all at The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo, Minn. Reception to follow at the chapel. Private family interment to be held at a later date.

Serving the family, The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo, Minn.


Elois Kassulke, 88

Elois Ann Kassulke, 88, of Buffalo, Minn., passed away peacefully Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018 at Cottagewood Senior Communities Memory Care Center in Buffalo, Minn.

Born in Mankato, Minn. to Anne and Walter Tate, confirmed in the Lutheran Church and graduated from Mankato Senior High School. Married Irvin F. Kassulke in 1948 and raised four children on the family farm outside of Trimont, Minn. In 1965, sold the family farm and purchased the Dairy Queen in St. James, Minn. which they operated for many years. Also lived in St. Peter, Minn. and Buffalo, Maple Lake, Minn. area in her later years.

Her passions included family, baking, reading, counter-cross-stitch, and watching sports.

Survived by: four children, Michael (Julie) Kassulke, Debra Kassulke, Kent Kassulke, and Jon (Kristi) Kassulke; grandchildren, Justin (Deanne), Jed (Christin), Zach (Anne), Laul (Chad), Lindsay, Erik, Dylan, Damon and Dane; ten great-grandchildren, Landon, Tate, Avery, Payton, Macy, Greyson, Taylor, Emily, Wyatt, Jayde and Gak, sister, Joy (Jay); brothers, Don (Eileen) and Dale (June).

Preceded in death by: husband, Irvin Kassulke; daughter-in-law, Delores Kassulke; brother, Harlen Tate; and other beloved family members.

Thank you for dedicating your life and love to your family and always being there for us. We love you deeply.

A family memorial service is being planned for a later date.


Jean Parker, 88

Jean M. Parker, 88, of Montrose, passed away peacefully at home with loved ones on Jan. 8, 2018.

Jean is survived by: her children, Bill (Kelli) Parker of Montrose, Doug (Bonnie) Parker of Onamia, Peg Monchamp of Osakis and Earl (Diane) Monchamp of Plymouth; sister, Shirley of Michigan; 13 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren; also many other relatives, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bill Sr.; sisters, Rosemary and Betty; and brother, Wilbur.

Jean loved her family, sports, and especially her flower garden.  She will be greatly missed here on earth but, never in our hearts.

There will be no service per Jean's wishes, but, she would love you to go out and celebrate her life.

Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep.  If I die before I wake, have a big party and celebrate my life, not my death!

Serving the family, The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo.


Betty Wilkes, 90

Betty Ione Wilkes, 90, of Buffalo, Minn., was called to her Heavenly home on Thursday, Jan. 11. She was born October 1, 1927 in Cedarburg, Wis., the daughter of Henry and Clara (Peters) Zeman.

A wonderful Christian woman, she was an example to us all of how faith and attitude can guide you through the toughest times. She leaves a legacy of strength and faith, which we all hold dear in our hearts. She will be greatly missed.

Betty Ione Zeman and Don Carroll Austin Wilkes were united in marriage. The two began their family in Spring Park, Minn., where Don "Porky" was the chief of police.

Betty worked as a nursing assistant for many years at Twin Birch Nursing Home, now known as Presbyterian Homes, until her retirement. She enjoyed Bible Study groups, painting, needlework, scrabble and word games, and time spent with her family.

She is preceded in death by: her husband, Don Wilkes; daughter, Linda Nash; son, Dan Wilkes; and brothers, John Zeman and Richard (Vi) Zeman.

Betty is survived by: her son, Don Wilkes II; daughter, Laura (Jim) Moyer; daughter-in-law, Kim Wilkes; son-in-law, Rick Nash; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; brother, Jim (Fay) Zeman; and other family and friends.

A visitation will be held Saturday, Jan. 20, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., with a time of sharing at 12:30 p.m., at The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo, Minn. Burial will follow at Mound Union Cemetery in Mound, Minn.

Serving the family is the Peterson Chapel of Buffalo.


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