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Michael Barnard, 29

Michael Arthur Barnard, 29, of Bay City, Mich. passed away unexpectedly but peacefully in his sleep on July 28, 2017.

He was born on Aug. 17, 1987 in St. Louis Park (Methodist Hospital) and grew up in St. Michael, Minn.  He graduated from high school in 2006 and had a passion for playing both baseball and football and always gave 100 percent.  He was proud of reaching the rank of Eagle Scout when he was 15, earning a total of 32 merit badges.

While attending college at Winona State, he met his wife, Erica. Mike graduated from Winona State in 2011 with a four-year degree in Composite Materials and a minor in mathematics.

Mike always had a positive attitude and enjoyed helping others. He worked for Gougeon Brothers Inc. of Bay City as a Technical Advisor for over six years.  The position truly was his calling and a dream job for Mike. He provided technical advice delivered in his very personable style.

He enjoyed traveling and was able to visit 43 states, as well as New Zealand, Australia, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark in his short but full life.  He will be missed by all who knew him.

Survived by: parents, Kerry and Bitta Barnard, aunts, Mary Lou (Gene), Melody (Rick) and Mari (Paul); and uncles, Tom (Paula) and Bill (Wendy).  Also survived by Erica Bengtson and pets, Kitty, Dora, and Zurg.

Preceded in death by grandparents, Edna and Richard Jewell, and Mary and Russ Barnard.

The family wants to extend heartfelt thanks to his employer, Gougeon Brothers, for taking our son under their wings and providing a position that allowed him to advance in the field of composites. In every way, they were his "family" that provided so much more than a job.

A celebration of life will be held on Aug. 26 at noon in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Hanover. Visitation prior to the celebration will begin at 10 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to your favorite charity preferred.


David Battig, 93

David Henry Battig, 93, of Buffalo, formerly of Minneapolis, passed away Aug. 13, 2017.

Funeral service on Monday, Aug. 21, 11 a.m., at Buffalo Covenant Church.  Visitation on Sunday, Aug. 20 from 3-6 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel, Buffalo and one hour prior to service on Monday at the church.  Noon luncheon prior to interment at Lakeview Cemetery, Buffalo.

A complete obituary will appear in next week's Journal-Press.

The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo is serving the family.


John Hendricks, 90

John William Hendricks, 90, of Cumberland, Wis. went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Aug. 9 after a short illness.

John was born at home in Buffalo, Minn. on Feb. 9, 1927, the son of Louise and William Hendricks. After high school, he joined the U.S. Coast Guard as a Cadet-Midshipman from 1945-47.  He graduated from St. Cloud State University in 1950 with a bachelor's degree in mathematics education and minors in physical education and social studies; he later earned a master's degree in guidance and counseling from Mankato State University.

John taught high school mathematics and coached in Annandale, Minn. from 1950-1953 and Glencoe, Minn. from 1953-1968.  The family then moved to Granite Falls, Minn., where he was the Director of Student Personnel Services at the Area Vocational Tech School until he retired in 1985.  For the next ten years, he was a Financial Aid Consultant and was active in White Bear Lake, Minn. with numerous community and church activities.  In 1995, he and Gay moved to Bella Vista, Ark. and lived there until October 2016, when they returned to their home in Cumberland.

The organizations he enjoyed for many years were the Masonic Lodges in Annandale and Glencoe, and more recently, the Garnet Lodge in White Bear Lake, as well as the Nomad Shrine Club in Bella Vista.  While living in Arkansas, he was active in the National Historic Railway Society and the Sugar Creek Model Railroad Club.

John and Gay loved their life in Bella Vista, spending winters in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and each summer returning to their lake cabin near Cumberland.  They traveled extensively, including numerous riverboat cruises in Europe, several trips to Australia and New Zealand, and many other favorites in the U.S.

He was a voracious reader and always enjoyed the company of his family.  They all joined in working on jigsaw puzzles and domino games.  And no matter where John lived, he always had a building or woodworking project in process.

John will be greatly missed by his loving family: his wife of 33 years, Gay Rauch Hendricks; his children (with Wilda Denton-Hendricks), Deborah Hendricks, Rebecca Hendricks (Ted Key), Bradley Hendricks (Marilyn Pearson Hendricks), and Cynthia Hendricks; his stepchildren, Todd Rauch (Debbie) and Laura Flaherty (Andrew); his granddaughters, Sarah Roemer, Elizabeth Roemer and Rachel Hendricks-Key; and his step-grandchildren, Kyle, Cody, Austin Rauch and Myles and Reagan Flaherty.

A memorial service and reception were scheduled at the First United Methodist Church in Cumberland on Tuesday, Aug. 15, with a visitation an hour prior.  The family would be grateful for memorials in John's honor to the Buffalo Tree Reforestation Project (checks to the City of Buffalo, 212 Central Ave., Buffalo, MN  55313; or call 763-682-1181 for credit card transaction)


Clyde Martin, 72

Clyde Thomas Martin, 72, of St. Michael, Minn. passed away peacefully at his home on Aug. 12, 2017.

He was born May 29, 1945 in Minneapolis to Raymond O. Martin and Lydia (Reich) Martin of Greenwood. He was baptized on June 24, 1945 at Salem Lutheran Church and was confirmed on March 22, 1959, also at Salem Lutheran Church.

Clyde was united in marriage to Linda Getchell in July of 1965.  To this union, four children were born.

On June 26, 1989, he married Maureen Dougherty.  They had one son.

Clyde was preceded in death by: his parents; a sister, Mavis (Moe); an infant brother; and brothers-in-law, Jerry Fixmer, Kevin and Tom Dougherty.

He is survived by: his wife, Maureen; five children, Lynn (Jeff) Eccles of Farmington, Ronald (Wendy) Martin of Rockford, LoriAnne Martin of Plymouth, Charles Martin of Coon Rapids, and Robert Martin of Madison, Wis.; grandchildren, Curtiss, Rachel, Riauna and Rileigh Martin; sisters, Nancy Fixmer of Hill City and Sandra (Tom) Sleypen of Buffalo; brother-in-law, Jim Moe of Hill City; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Clyde worked many years at Spancrete, Buffalo Bituminous (Knife River) and did bartending. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, growing flowers, playing cards, and spent many years cutting and delivering wood to many loyal customers, some for more than 25 years.

Visitation Tuesday, Aug. 15 from 4-8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7:30, and funeral at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 16, all at Salem Lutheran Church.

The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo served the family.


Kevin Nowacki, 46

Kevin Alexander Nowacki, 46, of Burton, Mich. died unexpectedly Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017.

Celebration of life Wednesday, Aug. 16 from 5:30- 8:30 p.m. at the VFW Hall in Burton, Mi.

Everything Kevin did was for his family. He loved watching and cheering his boys in their many sports and activities. While he loved the open road, his only regret was missing family time.

Kevin is survived by his wife, Cheryl (DeCambaliza) Nowacki and sons, Noel and Brendan.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the family c/o Sharp Funeral Homes.


Kenneth Rudolph, 99

Kenneth K. Rudolph, 99, of Annandale died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 at the Buffalo Hospital.

Funeral Services will be held 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 at Annandale United Methodist Church with Rev. Mary Keen officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Annandale. Visitation will be held from 3-7 p.m. Friday at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Annandale and one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church.

A complete obituary is forthcoming.


Shirley Sauve, 83

Shirley Mae Sauve, 83, of Buffalo, Minn. passed away at Cottagewood Estates, Buffalo on Aug. 12, 2017.  Her final resting place will be in Lake Wissota, Chippewa Falls, Wis.

She was preceded in death by: her parents; former husbands, Donald Muenkel and Richard Sauve; daughter, Janet; grandchildren; niece and nephew; and sister, Gloria.

Survived by: her two sons, Scott Muenkel and Michael Muenkel; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo is serving the family.


Robert Schermann, 80

Robert Douglas Schermann, 80, of Howard Lake passed away on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 at his residence.

He was born on July 15, 1937 in Watertown the son of Louis and Agnes (Keglar) Schermann. At the age of eight, Bob contracted polio and was in and out of the hospital for the next two years. Despite his adversities in life, he accomplished a lot.  He graduated from Holy Trinity High School in 1955 and later attended the Minnesota School of Business.

On Aug. 13, 1960, Robert Schermann and Lucille Keigan were joined in holy marriage at St. John's Catholic Church in Darwin.  God blessed their marriage with two daughters.

Bob was employed 35 years at Model Stone & Ready Mix and at Aggregate Industries as an accountant. He also worked 19 years in shoe repair.

Bob and Lucy enjoyed wintering in Tucson, Ariz. 20 years.

He served on the Howard Lake-Waverly School Board six and a half years, the Wright County Board of Adjustments twenty-five years and served as chairman for many of those years.  Bob enjoyed gardening, canning, the out of doors, had a great sense of humor, and loved to laugh!

He was a faithful member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Waverly.

Survived by: his loving wife of 56 years, Lucille "Lucy" Schermann; daughters, Deborah Schermann of St. Anthony Park and Joy (Jeff) Shockley of Howard Lake; grandchildren, Matthew Schermann (Princess Bautista) of Tucson, Ariz. and Samuel Sween and Ava Matthews, both of St. Anthony Park; a great-grandchild, Rylee Schermann of Tucson; and other relatives and friends.  Preceded in death by his parents.

Mass of Christian Burial for Robert Schermann Monday, Aug. 14 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Waverly with Father Kenneth O'Hotto as the celebrant.  Special music by the St. Mary's Choir. Private Inurnment at Holy Trinity Cemetery in Winsted.

Visitation Monday prior to Mass at the church.

Honorary bearers: Michael Zachmann, Steven Zachmann, Daniel Zachmann, Lanny Lachermeier, Ronald Zachmann, and Garner Diers. Urn bearer was Michael Zachmann.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family.


Keith Smith Jr., 72

Keith Longworth Smith, Jr., 72, of South Haven died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017.

A gathering of friends and family will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26 at the Smith family lake home, 10289 Hwy. 24, Annandale. Private graveside services will be held at St. Mark's Episcopal Cemetery near Annandale.  Arrangements are entrusted with Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Annandale.

Keith Longworth Smith, Jr. was born July 23, 1945 in Nashville, Tenn. to Keith and Earle (Pugin) Smith.  Keith grew up in Minneapolis, where he graduated from Washburn High School. He went on to further his education at the University of Minnesota, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Classics.

He honorably served our country as a Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.

On March 26, 1977, Keith was united in marriage to Sandy Jones in Minneapolis, where they made their home prior to moving to the South Haven area in 1989.  Keith worked for PrimeVest as a financial executive before retiring in 2009. He loved being a pilot, flying and "hangar flying" with his friends. Keith was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association.

Exercise and fitness were an important part of his life; he practiced Shotokan Karate, completed marathons and went to the gym daily. Keith enjoyed reading, music and fishing.  Above all, Keith treasured the time he was able to spend with his family and friends, especially with his grandson, Asher.

He is survived by: his wife of 40 years, Sandy Jones; daughter and son-in-law, Phoebe Latterell-Smith and Nathan Latterell of Apple Valley; sons, Robert Smith of St. Paul and Andrew Smith of Minneapolis; grandson, Asher Longworth Latterell; siblings, Marion (Dale) Thorne of Minneapolis and Welby Smith of St. Paul; and nieces, nephews, other family members, and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother.


Joanne Tasche, 57

Joanne Catherine Tasche, 57, of Buffalo, Minn. passed away at her home on Aug. 13, 2017.

Memorial service on Thursday, Aug. 17, 4 p.m., at the Peterson Chapel, Buffalo with a visitation one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment, Delano Cemetery, Delano, Minn.

Joanne was born on Oct. 14, 1959 in Waconia, Minn. to Edwin and Grace (Rodgers) Drews. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Delano. She enjoyed reading and spending time with her grandchildren and truly loved gardening.

Preceded in death by her parents, Edwin and Grace Drews; brother, Alan; and nephew, Travis.

Survived by: her daughters, Angie Tasche and Jennifer (Jon) Dickson; grandchildren, Tyler Tasche, Tristan Tasche, Lilana Dickson, and Thomas Dickson; great-grandchildren, Ariel Gutierrez and Sophia Tasche; sisters, Lynn Drews, DeeDee (Bryan) Georges, Gail (Jim) Jerde, Carol (Earl) Jones, and Laura Drews; and special friend, Roger Bonk.

The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo is serving the family.


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