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Norma Chadwick, 85

Norma Rose Chadwick, forever young of Watertown, left this world as she lived in it, conscious of God, fearless of death and at peace surrounded by her family and friends on Nov. 18, 2017.

She was born on Sept. 8, 1932 in Richardton, N.D. to Ferdinand and Emelia (Renner) Forster. Norma was a native to North Dakota, but devoted to Minnesota and her family as a resourceful mother and domestic engineer.

She is survived by: her loving husband, Allen; four sons, Lewis (Laura), William (Ann), Joseph (Nick), and Edward (Lisa); seven grandchildren, Ryan, Victoria (Tony), Ashley, Cory, Kyle, Lily, and Charlie; great-grandson, Connor; brother, Erhardt; sister, Margaret; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown. Gathering of family and friends Tuesday from 4-8 p.m., continuing Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., prior to the Mass, all at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Sharing and Caring Hands, c/o Mary Jo Copeland, 525 N. 7th St., Minneapolis, MN 55405.

Arrangements by Iten's Watertown Chapel.


Connie Chillstrom, 60

Connie Marie Chillstrom, 60, of Ramsey went home to be with the Lord on Nov. 13, 2017.

Connie was born on July 31, 1957 in Minneapolis to Curtis and Patricia Myrlie.  She grew up in Buffalo, Minn. and was a graduate of Buffalo High School in 1975.

She married Peter Chillstrom on Dec. 14, 1979 in Edzell, Scotland while both were serving in the U.S. Navy. The couple relocated several times early in their marriage, eventually making their final home in Ramsey to be close to family and raise their two sons, Curt and Tom.

Connie was a loving wife, a caring mother, a dedicated sister and daughter, a constant worrier of others' well-being, a proud Navy veteran, a dedicated bookkeeper, and a good friend.

Survived by: her sons, Curt and Tom; daughter-in-law, Lauren; grandson, Hudson; step-mother, Marilyn; siblings, Mike, Mona, Craig, Jeannie, Bobby, Billy, and Karen; many nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends. Needless to say, she will be greatly missed by many.

Preceded in death by: her husband, Peter; parents, Curtis and Patricia; and several other relatives.

Service Saturday, Nov. 18, with visitation an hour prior, at Dare's Funeral Home, Elk River. Memorials welcomed.


Michael Krueger, 68

Michael D. Krueger, 68, of St. Louis Park, formerly of Delano, passed away on Nov. 15, 2017 at The Villa at St. Louis Park.

He was born on July 18, 1949 in Watertown, Minn. to Edward and Eleanor (Splettstoeszer) Krueger.

Mike married Carol Brown on July 9, 2000. Mike was an active member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in New Hope. He was a Past Commander of the Delano Legion Post #377. Mike loved fishing and enjoyed golfing, tennis, goose hunting, playing board games, and cards.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; sister-in-law, Sandra; and nephews, Stephen and Eric Krueger.

He is survived by: his spouse of 17 years, Carol; step-daughter, Kim (Jeff) Huberty; sister, Darlene (Duane) Engelman; and brothers, Edward, Jr.   "Norm," Donald (Judy) and Stan Krueger.

Funeral services Wednesday, Nov. 22 at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Delano, with visitation Tuesday at the Iten Funeral Home in Delano and continuing Wednesday prior to service in the church.  Inurnment with military honors by the Delano American Legion Post #377 at a later date in the East Mt. Olive Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred.

Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.


Jessica Ludenia, 33

Jessica S. Ludenia, 33, of Watertown died Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.

Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 30 at St. Bartholomew Catholic Faith Community in Wayzata with Fr. Mike Van Sloun as the Celebrant.  Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will take place in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Memorials are preferred to the trust fund that will be set up for Jessica's daughter.

Jessica Suzanne Ludenia was born Oct. 14, 1984 in Minneapolis to Gary and Tracy Grant. She grew up in Maple Grove and attended Wayzata High School, graduating in 2002.

She was married to Kevin Ludenia; they lived in Maple Lake and Clearwater until their divorce.  Jessica lived in the Mound and Wayzata area prior to living the last two years in Watertown.  She worked as a district sales representative in the appliance industry at Almo Distributing and most recently at Samsung.  Jessica loved boating, snowmobiling, exercising, biking, running, being outdoors, having fun with friends, and volunteering at her daughter's school. She loved time spent with family, especially with her daughter, Aspyn. She was  always happiest when on the water!

Jessica is survived by: her daughter, Aspyn; father and stepmother, Gary Grant and Barb of Clearwater; sister, Becca Grant of Kyle, Texas; grandparents, Roger and Carolyn Grant of Pymouth, and Carol and Donald Hill of Albuquerque, N.M.; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her mother, Tracy Hart.

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


David Stoddard, 65

David Arthur Stoddard, 65, of Monticello passed away Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017.

He was born March 30, 1952 in Crystal, Minn., the son of Paul and Jan (Brown) Stoddard.

David was an antique lamp collector and enjoyed fishing, woodworking and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Jan Stoddard, and brother-in-law, Tom Barthel.

David is survived by: his sons, Matt (Robin) Stoddard and Nic (Brittney) Stoddard; grandchildren, Madison, Charlie, Elliot, and Malachi; best friend, Jeanette Stoddard; brothers, Mike (Mary) Stoddard, Pat (Barb) Stoddard and Joe (Alice) Stoddard; sisters, Jean Barthel and Beth (Joey) Hagen; and many other family and friends.

Funeral service Saturday, Nov. 25, 11 a.m., with visitation beginning at 9:00, at the Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home.


Janet Thompson, 92

Janet Anne Thompson, 92, of Monticello, formerly of Bixby, Okla., passed away on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 with her family by her side.

She was born on Sept. 19, 1925 in Syracuse, N.Y. to Karl and Mae (Weber) Heinrich.

Janet was united in marriage to Byron Thompson on Feb. 19, 1949 in Syracuse, N.Y.  Her top priority was her family, to whom she was selfless and dedicated.

She also enjoyed growing and propagating African violets, knitting and sewing, teaching Religious education classes and other church activities, prayer, and reading fiction and the newspaper.

She was preceded in death by: her parents, Karl and Mae; brother, William Heinrich; half-sister, Karla Heinrich; and an infant sister.

She is survived by: her husband of 68 years, Byron; children, Daniel, Kathleen (Daniel) Johnson, William, and Richard (Wendy); grandchildren, Marcia Johnson, Gregory (Jodi) Johnson, Matthew Johnson, Georganna Thompson, and Nicholas Thompson; great-granddaughter, Iona Johnson; sister-in-law, Cheryl Duarte; niece, Barbara Lindo; nephew, Robert Heinrich; and cousin, Mary Courtney.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 24 at the Immaculate Catholic Church in Watertown.  Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. prior to the Mass at the church.  Interment will be in the church cemetery.

Arrangements by Iten's Watertown Funeral Chapel.


Chris Vagle, 63

Chris Vagle, 63, passed away peacefully in his wife's arms with his family nearby on Nov. 10, 2017 at his home in Crosslake, Minn., after a courageous and admirable 14-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

He was born to Nina (Crow) and Arnold Vagle in Hallock, Minn. on March 2, 1954.  Chris graduated from Biwabik High School in 1972 and from Hibbing Community College in 1975 with an A.D. degree in Nursing.  He later attended Metropolitan State University, obtaining his B.A. degree in Health Care Computer Applications in 2000.

Chris married his high school sweetheart, Joanne Jaaskela, on June 19 ,1976.  They loved spending time together and made many great memories with their three children. Most recently, they moved to Crosslake, Minn. in preparation for their retirement and to be closer to their family.

He worked as an Emergency Room Nurse at Mercy Hospital in Roseburg, Ore. for 2 years, followed by 28 years of employment with Buffalo Hospital/Allina as an Emergency Room Nurse/ Manager and Manager of Electronic Medical Records. For the past 9 years, he was employed as a Manager of Computerized Medical Records with Ministry/Ascension in Tomahawk, Wis.

Chris loved life and had numerous interests and hobbies, including gardening, planting trees, woodworking, fishing, hunting, cooking, photography, and making campfires. He was an avid and passionate Minnesota Vikings fan. He enjoyed attending concerts and listening to great music, including his favorites, the Beatles, Neal Young, Tom Petty, John Fogarty, and John Prine.  He was an amazing husband, father and grandfather, and he especially loved spending time with his wife, kids and three granddaughters, who were his pride and joy.  He also enjoyed time spent with relatives and friends.

Survived by: his wife of 41 years, soulmate and love of his life, Joanne; daughter, Sarah Vagle; sons, Ian (Amanda) Vagle and Dan Vagle; granddaughters, Ella, Esther and Evelyn Vagle; brothers, Nick (Connie) Vagle, Keith Vagle and Scott (Terry) Vagle; and several loving nieces, nephews, relatives, and many friends.

Chris will be remembered for his great smile, twinkle in his eye and friendly, caring personality.  He will be forever and deeply loved and missed by his family. However, his great spirit, love and our memories of him will remain in our hearts always.

Per Chris' wishes, there will be no funeral but rather a celebration of his life to be held in Monticello, Minn. some time next summer.  Until then, when you hear a song by one of his favorite musicians/ bands, or the Vikings have won a game, please give him a thought and know he is smiling and very thankful you are remembering him.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake, Minn.


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