Obituaries 06/20/19

Harvey Field, 91

Harvey James Field, age 91, of Delano passed away on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. 

Harvey was born January 9, 1928 in Madison, Wisconsin to Edward and Ruth (O’Donnell) Field. He grew up and attended high school in Rice Lake, WI. Harvey served in the United States Army and was stationed in Occupied Japan.  Post service, he attended the MN School of Business.   

On June 5, 1954, he was joined in marriage to Mary Stafford at St. Anthony’s Parish in St. Cloud, Minnesota.  God blessed their marriage with nine children. They resided in Minneapolis and eventually moved to Delano.

Harvey was an award-winning Service Manager at Anderson Cadillac in Golden Valley for 39 years. He was a faithful member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Harvey enjoyed spending time with his family at the cabin, cooking, and playing with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend to many.

Harvey was preceded in death by: his wife of 60 years, Mary Field; parents, Edward and Ruth Field; brother, John Field; In-laws ,George and Magdalen Stafford; Brothers-in-law, Patrick Stafford, Father Michael Stafford, John Stafford and Robert Benolken; daughter-in-law, Paula Field; grandchildren, Magdalen Sutherland and Eric Sutherland Brush.

He is survived by: his children, Mike (Cheryl), Mary Jo (Dan) Graunke, Mark (Debbie), Tim (Kris), James (Diane), Margaret (Jon) Sutherland, Jean (Eric) Carlson, Bill (Sherri), Tom (Tracy); 28 grandchildren, Dan Field, Shelly (Erik) Peterson, Sarah (Joey) Sinkel, Caroline Field, David Field, Rob Field, Adam (Faye) Field, Brian Field, Allison Field, Darrick (Heather) Graunke, Jaime (Joe) Geyen, Chad (Jen) Weinzierl, Brad (Jami) Weinzierl, Kelsey Field, Anna Field, Kyan Kiel, Isaac Kiel, Stafford (Cady) Carlson, Emily (Tommy) Strafelda, Kristen Carlson, Cameron, Amelia and Keenan Sutherland, Dillon and Hannah Field, Ethan, Mason, Haden Field; 16 great grandchildren,  Tyler and Brayden Graunke, Quinne, Riley, Dru, Jaden, Kye, Cole Weinzierl, Evan, Savannah, Maci Geyen, Alexandra, Cody and Casey Peterson, Rowan Sinkel and Kylian Field, brother-in-law, Paul Stafford; sisters-in-law, Lucretia Benolken and Dorie Stafford; and many nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 21st at St. Peter Catholic Church, Delano. Visitation will be held 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday, June20th, Martha’s Hall of St. Peter Catholic Church. Visitation will continue 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Friday at Martha’s Hall prior to Mass. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery, Delano. Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers.

Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.


Gene Hansen, 64

Gene E. Hansen, age 64, of Buffalo passed away recently.

He was born in Buffalo on July 6, 1954, the son of Gordon E. and Dorothy (Bonk) Hansen.

Gene was baptized on July 18, 1954 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Buffalo. He was also instructed in the Lutheran Catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith on April 7, 1968, also at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Gene graduated from Buffalo High School in 1972. He later attended and graduated from The University of Minnesota.

He was formerly employed at The Wright County Courthouse.

Preceded in death by: his parents; and by an uncle, Floyd Bonk.

Graveside funeral services for Gene E. Hansen were held on Monday, June 17, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Lakeview Cemetery in Buffalo. 

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family. Online condolences may be made to


John Kemmerling, 86

John Beal Kemmerling, 86, of Buffalo, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on June 16, 2019. John was born September 29, 1932 in Monroe, MI to Don and Becky (Beal) Kemmerling.

After graduating from Michigan State University in 1954 (a devoted Spartan for life), he was commissioned as an officer in the US Air Force where he proudly flew T-33/T-Bird jet aircraft.

On September 12, 1959, he married Helen Hoffman in Monroe, MI, and they were married almost 60 years. Together, they had three children. After leaving the Air Force, he worked at Libbey Owens Ford Glass Company in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, and in 1975 he moved the family to Minnesota. After LOF, he went to work part-time for Foursome Shoes, finally retiring in 2011, where he settled into a peaceful life in Buffalo.

He was preceded in death by: son, David; and survived by: wife, Helen; son, Steve; daughter, Carrie (Tom) Keck; and sister, Judy LaMott; plus many special relatives and friends.

Memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 22 at 2 p.m. at The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo, with reception to follow.

Memorials preferred to Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation or donor’s choice. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo.


Beverly Kramber, 84

Beverly Kramber, age 84, of Spring Hill, Florida passed away on November 17, 2018.

She was born on July 19, 1934 in Rock Island, Illinois to Arthur A. De Paepe and Mamie L. Brennan.

On April 9, 2015 Beverly Jean Hamlin and Gerald Kramber were joined in holy marriage.

Beverly enjoyed life! She also loved dancing, had a fantastic sense of humor, watching golf and college football.

She is survived by: loving husband, Gerald Kramber of Spring Hill, Florida; a daughter, Joanny; sons, Bart and Rick; a sister; other relatives and friends.  

She was preceded in death by: her first husband, Richard Hamlin; two daughters; her parents; and by siblings.

A Memorial Service for Beverly Kramber will be held on Monday, June 24, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo. A time of gathering will be held on Monday, June 24 one hour prior to Mass at the church.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family.  Online condolences may be made to


Edward Perra, 95

Edward “Ed” Perra, age 95, of Waverly, Minnesota passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 15, 2019. Ed was born March 14, 1924, son of Frank and Christine (Paumen) Perra of Marysville Township. 

He attended St. Mary’s Catholic School in Waverly for nine years, then transferred to Howard Lake High School and graduated from their class of 1942.

The next few years were spent with a stint in the Merchant Marines and jobs in the Twin City area. During this time, he met Sue Antil, of Maple Lake. They were married on September 25, 1946. This marriage was blessed with six children.

They decided to operate the family farm near Waverly.  This proved to be a successful lifelong occupation.  Ed loved the farm and the constant challenges it presented, such as maintaining a quality dairy herd and always planning for next year.  He was named Wright County Farmer of the Year in 1981, for modern waste disposal and soil conservation practices. Ed was also a true history buff and when spare time was available, a trip to some historic destination was the thing to do. After retirement he continued to be involved on the farm for many years doing the things he loved to do, until he relocated to Buffalo in 2012. 

Ed was preceded in death by: Sue, his beloved wife of 66 years; parents; a sister, Elaine Cullen; a daughter, Elaine Luhman who passed away from cancer in 2002; and two sons-in-law, Tom Parnell and David Wohlenhaus.

He is survived by: five children, Tom of Waverly, Lu Ann Parnell (Elroy) of Elk River, Jerry of Waverly, Frank (Zoila) of Waverly and Mary Wohlenhaus-Schmitz (Francis) of Buffalo; eleven grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends. 

Services at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly where Ed and Sue were lifelong members, and Ed an usher for several years. A visitation will be held on Friday, June 21 from 4 pm to 8 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly. Further visitation will be held one hour prior to Mass. A Mass of Christian Burial for Ed Perra will be held on Saturday, June 22 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly. Father Kenneth O’Hotto will be the celebrant and music by the church choir. Interment will follow at the church cemetery. 

Serving as pall bearers: Eugene Boehlke, Dan Sawatzke, Chuck Dressen, Mike Gagnon, Jim Rozeske and Jeff Jaros.   

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family.  Online condolences may be made to


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