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Willard Lieder, 88

Willard Alexander Lieder, 88, of Rockford, Minn. passed away on Thursday, October 12, 2017.

He was born June 10, 1929 in Greenwood Township, Minn., the son of Alexander and Anna (Hohenstein) Lieder.  Willard was a lifelong member of Salem Lutheran Church in Greenfield. He was baptized on July 7, 1929 and confirmed on April 18, 1943, both at Salem Lutheran Church by Pastor W.P. Haar. Willard served on the church council, including treasurer, at Salem Lutheran Church.

He graduated from Buffalo High School in 1949.  He worked all his life in the dairy business, driving for Land O' Lakes.

On Aug. 27, 1955, Willard Lieder and LaVerne Lange were united in marriage at Salem Lutheran Church in Greenfield.

He enjoyed bowling, gardening, watching sports (especially the Minnesota Twins), and playing softball in his younger years.

He was preceded in death by: his parents, Alex and Anna Lieder; sister, Lois Stieg; nieces, JoAnn and Joyce Stieg; and nephew, Robert Stieg.

Willard is survived by: his wife, LaVerne Lieder; sons, Tom (Nancy) Lieder, Gary (Renee) Lieder, David (Janelle) Lieder, and Paul (Tawnya) Lieder; 12 grandchildren, Scott (Kay) Lieder, Kevin Lieder, Jason Lieder, Sarah (Ted) Schmidt, Laura Lieder, Derek Lieder, Jack Lieder, Maxwell Lieder, Andrew Lieder, Joseph Rivard Jr., Marissa Lieder, and Alex Lieder; 8 great-grandchildren, Madelyn, Mitchell, Mara, Mason, Trinity, Vince, Jace, and Keegan; brother-in-law, Willard (Jean) Stieg; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Janet (Dennis) Beise, Carol Jean (Ervin) Rassatt and Dan (Betty) Lange; and many nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Casket bearers: Scott Lieder, Kevin Lieder, Jason Lieder, Alex Lieder, Derek Lieder, Jack Lieder, and Ted Schmidt.

Visitation Sunday, Oct. 15, with a prayer service, at Salem Lutheran Church.  Funeral service Monday, Oct. 16, with visitation one hour prior, at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, with Pastor Paul Schuler officiating. Burial in the church cemetery.

Serving the family, the Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home.

Mark Lohmann, 80

Mark Lohmann, 80, of Wayzata passed away peacefully on Oct. 2, 2017 with his wife of 58 years, Marilyn, and his family by his side.

Born in Minneapolis on Nov. 2, 1936, Mark attended high school in Ortonville, Minn. and graduated in 1958 from St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn.  He earned degrees in economics and business management and played baseball, football and hockey.

He married Marilyn in 1959 in New York City.  Mark and Marilyn moved to St. Cloud, Minn., where he worked at Liturgical Press at St. John's University, and then to Ortonville, where he worked at Lohmann Motors. He continued his career in the auto business at Lohmann Motors in Miles City, Mont., where he and his family lived for 18 years.  Mark loved Montana and all it has to offer.

He lived the majority of the past 30 years in Buffalo, Minn. and worked at several auto dealerships in the Twin Cities metro area.

A devoted husband and loving father, he was also an avid sports fan, closely following his beloved Johnnies, Gopher hockey and Twins baseball. He was fond of playing golf, but his greatest joys in life were the times spent with family and friends.  He was loved by many and will be missed dearly.

Mark spent the last 15 years of his life battling recurring non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, ultimately succumbing to an unrelated glioblastoma multiforme brain cancer.

He was preceded in death by infant daughter, Michelle, and mother and father, Frances E. (Barry) and Stanford D. Lohmann.

In addition to his wife, Marilyn, Mark is survived by: his daughters, Jennifer Lohmann, Therese Lohmann, Carolyn Taylor, Amy (Jerry) Smith, Allison (Matt) Gruhn, and Bethany (David) Slack; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Chelsey (Brandon) Werth (and children, Riah, Thaddaeus, Henrietta, and Francis), Lauren (Chris) Hoeschen (and son, Easton), Jack, Mark and Will Taylor, Madison and Gabrielle Gruhn, and Taylor and Hunter Slack; brother, John Lohmann; and sister, Mary Findlay.

The family would like to thank caregiver, Famatta Mary, and also the Park Nicollet Hospice Team for excellent care.

Visitation Tuesday Nov. 21 from 5-7:30 p.m. at David Lee Funeral Home in Wayzata.  Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday Nov. 22, 10 a.m., at the Church of St. Bartholomew in Wayzata.  Luncheon to follow.

Should it be desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Minnesota Chapter or to Park Nicollet Hospice.

Kiara Petz, 17

Kiara Belle Petz, 17, passed from this world in the early morning hours of Monday, Oct. 9, 2017 in Buffalo, Minn.

Born in Tuscumbia, Ala. and growing up in Central Minnesota, Kiara was a spirited young woman who enjoyed drawing and writing poetry, and spending time with her friends.  Quick with wit and a touch of sarcasm, Kiara also had a deep and sensitive side and touched the lives of many she knew.

Kiara was preceded in death by her grandmother, Kathy Conaser (Hamm).

She is survived by: her mother and father, Rachel and Zachory; her brother, Tyler; her grandparents, James Conaser and Earl and Cindy Petz; and her aunts and uncles.  She will be deeply missed.

Visitation for Kiara Thursday, Oct. 12 at the Peterson Chapel, Buffalo.

Darlene Wood, 62

Darlene "Dee Dee" Joan Wood, 62, of Buffalo passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer.

Dee Dee was born May 18, 1955 in Buffalo, the daughter of Willard and Luella (Hentges) Schultz.  She was a 1973 graduate from Buffalo High School.  She was an administrative assistant for many years, retiring in September 2014.

Dee Dee enjoyed her bible study group, dancing, fishing, and spending winters in South Padre Island, Texas with Dave.  Her number-one priority was her family and friends, and spending time with her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Willard and Luella Schultz.

Dee Dee is survived by: her significant other, Dave Balk of Buffalo; children, Chad (Mollie) Wood of St. Paul and Bridget (Todd) Barton of Hanover; grandchildren, Evan Wood and Grace, Max and Aubrey Barton; siblings, Geri (Carl) Bruchmann of Buffalo, Debbie (Mike) Roehl of Pequot Lakes and Danny Schultz of Neillsville, Wis.; and many nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Funeral service Tuesday, Oct. 17, with visitation prior to service, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hanover, with Rev. Jocelyn Bakkemo officiating.  A private family burial will be held.

Serving the family is the Peterson Chapel of Buffalo.


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