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Jeanne Florek, 65

Jeanne Florek, 65 of Becker, MN passed away on May 9, 2018, at home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born to Grace Evelyn Deware Searle and Edwin Leroy Searle on January 11, 1953 in Cranston, Rhode Island.  She grew up on the east coast, and loved the ocean.

Jeanne married George Ignatius Florek on July 24, 1974, in Sioux Falls, S.D.  They renewed their vows at St. Michael Catholic Church in St. Michael, MN on their 15 year wedding anniversary.

Jeanne provided day care and worked as a housekeeping manager at the Best Western/Silver Fox Inn/Comfort Inn, and in housekeeping at the Buffalo Hospital until she retired in 2002.  She proudly taught religion class at St. Michael Catholic Church for five years.

Jeanne passionately loved her children, stating "My kids were my world!"  She enjoyed taking trips with her kids, family bonfires, camping, painting and water-skiing for the first time at age 44.  She also dearly loved spending time with her dog, "PeeWee."

Jeanne is survived by her six children: Tammy Rossberg and special friend Steve of Richmond, Minn.; Paul Carlsen and special friend Jean of Farmington, Minn.; Chris (Bridget) Carlsen of Elk River, Minn.; Diane Angell and special friend John of Big Lake, Minn.; Marty Florek and special friend Jen of St. Michael, Minn.; and Rebecca (Tim) Boecker of Becker, Minn.  She also is survived by 14 grandchildren: Tony, Grant, Cody, Cheyenne, Kaleb, Ashley, Austin, Noah, Devin, Cara, Brockton, Cassandra, Ryan, and Johnathon; and four great-grandchildren: Nora, Alice, Rayne, and Adaline.

Jeanne is survived by: siblings Gail Mailey, Joyce (Kenneth) Appleton, Deborah (John) O'Malley, Lynn (Ken) Strem, Keith (Lisa) McFarland and 11 nieces and nephews.

Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved husband, George, in 2014.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 17, at St. Henry Catholic Church, 1001 E Seventh St., in Monticello. Visitations was held 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16 at Peterson-Grimsmo Funeral Chapel, 250 E. Broadway, and also one hour prior to services at church.

Interment will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

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


Thomas Kleist, 63

Thomas William Kleist, 63, of Buffalo, Minn., passed away in his home on May 9, after a courageous battle with lung cancer.

Tom was raised in Milwaukee, Wis. where he attended Wisconsin Lutheran High School. After high school he studied at the School of Radiology Technology and immediately went on to become a Nuclear Medicine Technician.

It was during his studies in Radiology school he met the women that would become his wife of 42 years. Thomas and Kristine M. Kleist (O'Leary) married on February 21, 1976 and faithfully together, raised their eight children.

Thomas relocated his family to Buffalo, Minn. in 1991 after accepting a sales position with Lake Region Medical in Chaska, Minn. It was there he thrived professionally, winning numerous awards and consistently surpassing sales goals. He was a devoted employee and a pillar in the success of many of his co-workers. Of all that he accomplished throughout his career, he took the most pride in the many lasting friendships he made over the years. After traveling the world and 20 years of dedicated service, he retired as the Vice President of Marketing and Sales. 

After 35 years in the health care and medical device industry, he retired and returned to his love of yard work. Tom started Kleist Lawn Care and set out to "make Buffalo more beautiful one lawn at a time" – his clients would all agree he did just that. However, it didn't take long for office duties to come calling and in 2012, Tom was elected as the Clerk/Treasurer for the Buffalo Township.  It thrilled Tom to be part of a cause that bettered the community he lived in. He served on the board right up until his successor was trained in April 2018. A true testament to his strength and the dedication he had to his responsibilities.

While he enjoyed these many professional roles, they paled in comparison to his dedication to the Lord. As a member of Evangelical Lutheran Church in Buffalo, Minn. for 27 years, you could find Tom in church every Sunday and devoting much of his time to various outreach programs such as the church council, taking care of the lawn, ushering, and teaching Sunday school. 

Tom loved to fish, feed the birds, catch the fall colors, garden, and watch wildlife pass through his yard. He loved to visit with his grandchildren and hear about what was going on in their lives and, of course, spend time with his wife. Few things made him happier than taking in a movie or a dinner with his wife after a day's job well done.

Thomas leaves behind a legacy of hard work and unfailing humor. He is survived by: his steadfast wife, Kristine; eight children, Gregory (Emily) Kleist, Dan (Kari) Kleist, Justin (Alison) Kleist, David Kleist, Michelle (Trent) Seibel, Mary (Nick) Johnson, John (Becca) Kleist, Anna (Dylan) Ogren; 19 grandchildren; siblings, Rev. James (Jody) Kleist, Patti (Greg) Alsch, Nancy Just; numerous in-laws, nieces, and nephews.

Thomas is preceded in death by: his parents, Rev. Robert W. Kleist and Dorothy M. Kleist (Kirst). 

Honorary casket bearers are all of Tom's grandchildren.

Funeral service was held on Sunday, May 13, at 7:00 p.m., with visitation beginning at 4:00 p.m., at Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church: Pelican Lake, 1970 Edmonson Ave NE, Buffalo. Entombment at Assumption Cemetery in St. Cloud, Minn.

Serving the family is the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.


Steven Miller, 69

Steven Miller, 69, of Becker, passed away Monday, May 14.

Funeral service at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23 with visitation beginning at 3:00 p.m. at Peterson-Grimsmo Funeral Chapel, 250 East Broadway, Monticello. 

Full obituary to follow, Peterson-Grimsmo Funeral Chapel.


Rita Pouliot, 84

Rita Amelia Pouliot, 84, of Loretto, passed away on Friday, May 4.  She was born on March 23, 1934 to Theodore and Eleanor (Barthel) Dehn in Anoka, Minnesota.

Rita was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who was devoted to her family.

Rita was born and raised on a dairy farm in Anoka. She was one of 11 children. She met Donald Pouliot at the Lake Sarah dance hall. She was introduced by her sister's husband.

Donald was also a dairy farmer from Loretto. They were married in 1954 and built a home on the Pouliot farm where they raised their eight children. Not only did Rita care for them but also for several hired farm helpers.

She babysat for extra money as well as sold sweet corn/veggies. She loved to bake, entertain, volunteer at the church and play bingo! Her family was her first priority. Her grandchildren/great-grandchildren brought a lot of joy into her and Don's lives.

A huge passion of Rita's was to donate and help the less fortunate. She met a gentlemen from Kenya, Africa who gave her a purpose over the last 10 years. She knew the donations went directly to Africa either by himself or his family. She gathered school supplies, food, toiletries, bedding, clothing, shoes, etc. She also gathered items for the Appalachian Mountains thru her parish.

Donating gave her great joy knowing she was making someone's life more comfortable. She always put others first. Rita was diagnosed 16 years ago with a rare blood disease called Amyloidosis. She fought a long battle until she passed away on May 4, from complications due to the disease. She passed peacefully with all her children and some of her grandchildren by her side. 

Rita is survived by: her children, Julaine (Dave) Krier, Joyce (Randy) Hatcher, David (Louise) Pouliot, Allen (Donna) Pouliot, Douglas (Denise) Pouliot, Janice (Pat) Hank, Jodi (Dave) Thomsen, Aaron (Peggy) Pouliot; 21 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren;  siblings, Delores DeMars, James (Bernie) Dehn, Marie Picotte, Ron (Marie) Dehn; and sisters -in-law, Noreen Dehn, and Margaret Dehn. 

Rita was preceded in death by: her husband, Donald; her parents, Theodore and Eleanor (nee Barthel) Dehn; brothers, Harold, Gordy, LeRoy, Norbert; and sisters, Leora and Helen.

Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 14 at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Loretto, Minnesota. Visitation took place from 4:00 8:00 p.m. on Sunday May 13,  with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service in Ss. Peter and Paul Parish Center in Loretto, Minnesota.

Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano, Minnesota


Alice Wallin, 67

Alice Jean Wallin, 67, of Altamonte Springs, Fla., (formerly of Buffalo, Minn.) passed away on Thursday, March 8, with her family at her side. 

Alice J. Wallin was born on March 28, 1950 in Slayton, Minn. to Robert and Lola (Zedicher) Herrmann.  Alice grew up in Avoca, Minn. with her seven brothers and five sisters. She was always energized by time spent with her family, friends, and especially her granddaughter. Her home always had an open door where she always had a big hug, warm heart, and a delicious meal for everyone. 

She was an amazingly strong and caring mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and daughter.

Family left to cherish her memory are:  sons, Jason Davidson, Jamie (Cari) Davidson; granddaughter, Charley; brothers, Dan (Marianne) Herrmann, Tom (Maryjane) Herrmann, Sam (Joan) Herrmann, Ed (Lynn) Herrmann and Mike (Beth) Herrmann; sisters, Sarah (David) Couenhoven, Colleen (Brian) Buchanan, Leah (Doug) Brinks, Sharon (Jeff) Newburn, and Paula (Mike) Christophel; sisters-in-law, Phyllis Herrmann and Ruth Herrmann; also many foster children and other relatives and friends.

Alice was preceded in death by: her parents; and brothers, Pat Herrmann and Steve Herrmann. 

We can't possibly give enough thanks to the wonderful people at Grand Villa of Altamonte Springs and Vitas Hospice for all of their help and support, for Alice and for her family.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, May 26 at Sturges Park, 401 Lake Blvd. South, Buffalo. The gathering will begin at 1:00 p.m. with the service to begin at 2:00 p.m.

Both pavilions have been reserved, and services will most likely be at the pavilion closest to the lake. If weather becomes an issue, the gathering will be moved to the Buffalo Community Center, 206 Central Ave., Buffalo.

If planning to attend, please contact either Jason or Jamie Davidson via email. This will help to accommodate the family and friends that wish to attend. Jason Davidson at, or Jamie Davidson at zone10s@aol. com

We want to thank all of our family and friends for their support.  We look forward to seeing you all soon.


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