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Diane Burau, 68

Diane Elizabeth (Fistman) Burau of Buffalo, formerly Howard Lake/Waverly, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on July 11, 2017 at the young age of 68.

Diagnosed with dementia in 2013, she slowly mentally slipped away but remained her sweet loving self to the very end.

Diane and her husband spent much of their lives together living in the Hanover and Buffalo areas, where she loved selling pull-tabs for 20-plus years.

She was a very loving mother and grandmother to her three surviving children, Darin Burau, Brad Burau and Kristy (Burau) Lucchesi, and six surviving grandchildren. She was a devoted wife to her surviving husband of 47 years, DeLloyd Burau. Diane now dances and laughs with her dad, Lawrence Fistman, mom, Martina (Mardy) Fistman, and baby sister, Norma, in heaven.

Diane had quite an amazing personality, a very fun sense of humor and was loved by so many. Family, friends and others whose lives were touched by Diane are invited to attend her Celebration of Life on Friday July 21, 11 a.m., at St Paul's Lutheran Church, Hanover, Minn. Everyone is invited to join a toast to Diane's life at Mama G's Bar & Grill, Maple Grove, Minn. around 3 p.m.


Robert Gilbert, 91

Robert Aaron Gilbert, 91, of Buffalo, Minn. passed away on Friday July 14, 2017.

Born in Buffalo to Willard and Martha (Dixon) Gilbert on Sept. 22, 1925, Robert lived all but a few months of his life at the Gilbert Family Farm in Rockford Township and graduated from Buffalo High School in 1944.

He married the love of his life, Joyce Anderson, on June 22, 1950. Robert, Joyce and Grandma Martha worked the farm and raised two children, Minda and Reid. The Gilberts ran a dairy farm until 1986 and also raised, beef cattle, chickens, and pigs, along with growing crops.  He was a longtime member of the Buffalo Covenant Church.

For decades, Robert and Joyce served as fire wardens for Rockford Township. Other interests included Farm Bureau, Food For Life and Wright-Hennepin Electric Operation Roundup.

A regular at farm and estate auctions, Robert added to his many different collections. He delighted in showing visitors his "attic" and stumping them about the purpose of his many antique tools. The Gilbert Farm hosted many family gatherings and reunions over the decades.

Preceded in death by: parents, Willard and Martha (Dixon) Gilbert; wife, Joyce (Anderson) Gilbert; and sister Helen Bakke.

Survived by: sister, Joan Christiansen; children, Minda (Gary) Hill and Reid (Terri) Gilbert; grandchildren, Jennie (Brian) Dobson, Nathan Hill, Lindsey Gilbert, Emily Gilbert, and Audrey Gilbert; and great-grandchildren, Sky and Sula Boley, and Henrik and Magnus Dobson. Fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews, in-laws, cousins, and friends.

Memorial services for Bob will be held Friday, July 21 at 12:00 p.m., with visitation one hour prior to the service, all at the Buffalo Ev. Covenant Church of Buffalo.

Luncheon to follow at the church. Visitation for Bob will also be held Thursday, July 20 from 4-7 p.m. at the church. Interment Friday, 9:30 a.m., at Lakeview Cemetery of Buffalo.

Serving the family, the Peterson Chapel of Buffalo.


Gladeline Goerke, 89

Gladeline "Glady" Alberta (Lemke) Goerke, 89, of Maple Lake passed away on Sunday, July 9, 2017 at the Lakeside Oasis wing of Lake Ridge Care Center in Buffalo.

She was born on Sept. 3, 1927 in Annandale, the daughter of Albert and Evangeline (Gerard) Lemke. Glady was baptized on Nov. 27, 1927.  She was also instructed in the Lutheran Catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith on May 18, 1941 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Middleville Township, Wright County.  Her confirmation memory verse was Isaiah 54:10 "For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee." She belonged to Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Middleville Township, Wright County.

Glady was a former longtime waitress and was also a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Women's Auxiliary.  She enjoyed going to the casino, bingo, cribbage, playing cards with her brothers and sister, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.

She married James "Jim" Lemieux, and this marriage was blessed with four children.  Glady later was married to Larry Stoner and to Art Goerke.

Survived by: a son, Les Lemieux (Sharon Donovan) of Maple Lake; a daughter, Kaye (Jack) Wittern of Annandale; stepsons, Scott Stoner and Todd Goerke; stepdaughters, Jane Ziedler and Joyce Uecker; eight grandchildren, Jesse Lemieux, Shawn (Cassandra) Lemieux, Amber Lemieux, Ryan Lemieux, Heather Hagel, Jason Hagel and Jamie Hagel, and Jeremyah Wittern; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Al Jean Fuller of Maple Lake; brothers, William "Bill" Lemke of Annandale and John (Fay) Lemke of South Haven; and nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends, including special friend, Howard Glubke.

Preceded in death by: infant sons, Michael and Lester Lemieux; husbands, Larry Stoner and Arthur Goerke; daughter-in-law, Barb Lemieux; brother-in-law, Russ Fuller; sister-in-law, Carole Lemke; and stepdaughter, Jackie Johnson.

A Memorial Service for Gladeline "Glady" (Lemke) Goerke will be held on Monday, July 24, 2 p.m., at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Middleville Township, Wright County.  Pastor Rob Jarvis will officiate. Inurnment will follow at St. Charles Cemetery, rural Maple Lake.  A visitation will be held on Sunday, July 23 from 4-8 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, with further visitation Monday, July 24 from 1-2 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family.


Leon Hanson, 66

Leon Floyd Hanson, 66, of Watertown, formerly of Mound, passed away peacefully on July 13, 2017.

Leon was born the son of Leonard and Florence (Collins) Hanson on Oct. 27, 1950 in Langford, S.D.

He had a passion for riding his motorcycle and loved the rides that Sandra and he took to Sturgis.  John enjoyed the rides, camping and scenery along the way (especially the waterfalls), and was the kindest man to everyone he met.

Leon will always be loved and remembered for being the most selfless man. He married Sandra and her children because he always wanted a big family, and he became the dad that he didn't have to be! The love he showed to his kids and the example he was for the men in his family will be treasured forever.

Leon was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Sandra Hanson, and his son, Arthur Hendrix.

He is survived by: children, Sonja Hendrix, Robert (Sherry) Toland, Debra Johnson, Tonja (Abe) Springer, Jade (Bob) Weeda, James Osell, and Kaila (Paul) Savage; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Faye; and also many other relatives and friends.

Memorial service for Leon Wednesday, July 19, 4 p.m., at the Peterson Chapel, Buffalo, Minn. Officiating, Pastor Paul Kling, chaplain at Park View Care Center. Private family interment to held at a later date.

Serving the family, the Peterson Chapel of Buffalo.


Allen Hayes, 65

Allen Roy "Al" Hayes, 65, of Maple Grove and Bulverde, Texas, and formerly of Delano, passed away on Monday, July 10, 2017 at the St. Cloud VA Hospital after a very brief illness.

Al retired as a 49er after many years of service in the construction industry.

He was preceded in death by his father Marvin.  He is survived by: Alma Fitzloff, his friend of 25 years; his mother, Carol Hayes; siblings, Larry Hayes, Darlene (Earl) Stoll, Tim Hayes, and Jeff Hayes; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

No formal services and no memorials as per Al's wishes. A private family interment service with military honors was held at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano, Minn.


Roberta Newer, 89

Roberta Newer went home to be in the presence of her Redeemer on July 13, 2017. While she is now at peace before the Lord, she leaves behind a legacy of Faith, Joy and Love.

She was born in San Antonio, Texas on Oct. 19, 1927. She moved around as her father's position as a minister took them to places of need. After graduating high school in New York City, she went to college in Sterling, Kansas, where she met and then married her husband, Roy David Newer. They married in 1947, had three children and lived in Illinois, Wyoming and Minnesota.

Roberta used the music skills that she had refined in college to play and teach piano, organ and voice to so many around her. While Roy was a pastor, she would provide the power of praise through the leading of the choir and congregation in hymns and songs of joy to our Lord.

She taught at Central and Willow Creek Jr. Highs in Rochester, Minn. 33 years as a reading teacher. She also obtained her Masters of Psychology from Winona State and gave private lessons in the musical arts to many, as she sought to touch lives through music.

Roberta leaves behind her: husband of 69 years, Roy; her three children, Rebecca Yarnes, Ruth Vandal and Roy (David) Newer II; 8 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; as well as her sister, Mary Dill.

She was preceded in death by her stepsisters, Dorothy and Hazel, and her brother, Charles.

A celebration of life service will be held Aug. 5 at 11 a.m. (with visitation at 10 a.m.) in the Zion Lutheran Church, Buffalo, Minn.  Light refreshments will be served after the service.


James Schweitzer, 88

James A. Schweitzer, 88, of Maple Grove passed away on Friday, July 14, 2017.

He was born on Sept. 23, 1928 to Anthony and Barbara (Sahli) Schweitzer in South Dakota. James loved to hunt, fish, watch any sport, and spend time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Lorraine; son, Steve, and parents.

He is survived by: his children, Cheryl Gross, Cindy (Dave) Chandler, Tim (Betty) Schweitzer, Sue (Hank) Regard, and Tony (Chris) Schweitzer; 12 grandchildren, Melissa (Mike), Kyle, Kelly (Bill), Ryan (Kalie), Sara (Travis), Brian (Jenn), Amanda (James), Kevin, Joe, Jennifer, Nick, and Nathan; 6 great-grandchildren, Ben, Grace, Eli, Fiona, Mira, and Adrian; and siblings, Marjorie (Donald) Undesser and Elaine Dickey.

Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 22 at the Iten Funeral Home in Delano. A gathering of family and friends will take place on Saturday from 10-11 a.m., prior to the service. Inurnment will be in Ss Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Loretto.

Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.


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