Obituaries 10-18-18

Mona Aeshliman, 85

Mona L. (Keran) Aeshliman, age 85, of Corcoran.

Mona is survived by: husband of 64+ years, John “Jack”; children, Karen (Dick) Jordan, Sheree (Rod) Blue, Larry (Teresa), Sandra Jordan, Jim (Simone), Cindy (Dan) Patnode, Bill, Kenny (Jennifer); brother, Michael (Helene) Keran; brother-in-law, Glen Milless; 27 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by parents, Bill and Leone (Jorgenson) Keran; grandson, Adam Patnode; great-grandson, Braeden Jordan; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Shirley Keran, Bud Aeshliman, Guy Aeshliman, Elmer and Coletta Anderson, Jim and Margie Miller, Patty Milless.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, October 15 at 11:00 a.m., with visitation one hour prior, at the Church of St. Thomas the Apostle, 20000 County Rd. 10, Corcoran. Visitation took place 3:00-7:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 14, with 4:30 p.m. rosary and 7 p.m. memory sharing, all at the church hall.

Interment St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Maple Grove.


Mabel DesMarais, 94

Mabel L. DesMarais, 94, of rural Buffalo, passed away on Friday, October 12, at her residence.

She was born on March 9, 1924 in Annandale the daughter of Alvin & Esther (Steel-Anderson) Olson.

On January 16, 1943, Mabel Olson and Marah “M.T.” DesMarais were joined in holy marriage in Annandale. God blessed their marriage with seven children.

Mabel was a teacher and taught at rural country schools in Wright County. She later taught at St. Francis Xavier Catholic School in Buffalo.

Mabel enjoyed flowers and reading. She kept informed on school news and political news. She was a gracious mother and grandmother!  She will be missed by the ladies at the salon and by her dear friend Eleanor Franke.

She was a faithful member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo.

Mable is survived by: her loving children, Joe (Jeanette) DesMarais and Curt (Carol) DesMarais all of Montrose, Randy (Brenda) DesMarais, Constance DesMarais and Christine Hafften all of Buffalo, and Karen (Jacob) Mortvedt of Roseau; a daughter-in-law, Janice DesMarais of Buffalo; 27 grandchildren; and 38 great-grandchildren; sisters: Grace Rassat of Annandale, and Marie Rudolph of Crystal; sisters-in-law, Doris DesMarais and Norita DesMarais; and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, Marah “M.T.” DesMarais on October 7, 2000; her parents; a son, Chester “Chet” DesMarais on November 16, 2016; three sisters; and a brother.

A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial for Mabel DesMarais will be held on Thursday, October 18, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly.  Concelebrants will be Father Nathaniel Meyers and Father Kenneth O’Hotto. Interment will follow at St. Francis Cemetery.

A visitation will be held on Thursday morning, October 18 from 9 a.m. until time of Mass at the church.

Honorary Casket Bearers will be Justin DesMarais and Jason DesMarais.

Casket Bearers will be Daniel DesMarais, Jacob DesMarais, Michael DesMarais, Travis Hafften, Lucas Hafften, Katelynn Prestidge, Dustin Hafften and Skyllar Schoening,

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family.  


William Dunning, 78

William Edward Dunning, 78, of Buffalo, passed away on Saturday, October 13, at Park View Care Center in Buffalo.

He was born on April 7, 1940 in Minneapolis the son of Walter E. & Marcella (Johnson) Dunning.

He honorably served his Country in the United States Army from August of 1963 to August of 1965.

On September 24, 1966, William E. Dunning and RoseAnne “Rosie” Marron were joined in holy marriage in Bloomington.

Bill and Rosie owned and operated Mill Creek in Buffalo from 1978 until 1984.  They also had the Country Inn Restaurant at the Buffalo Heights Golf Course from 1983 until 1990.

He was an avid bowler and golfer. Bill enjoyed playing cards and spending time with family and friends.

Bill is survived by: his loving wife, Rosie Dunning; a daughter, Angela Carlson of Buffalo; a sister, Theresa Zappa of California; aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews further survive him.

He was preceded in death by: an infant daughter, Marcie Lynn Dunning; his parents; a brother, Walter Dunning; and by a sister, Florence Tuppa.

A Memorial service for William “Bill” Dunning will be held on Thursday, October 18 at 2 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, October 18th from Noon until time of service.

Honorary Bearers will be John Dunning, Charles Beekman, Rick West and Phil Marron.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family. 


Carole Haas, 69

Carole Lee Haas, 69 of St. Michael, passed away Saturday, October 13. She was born August 23, 1949 in Chicago, Ill., the daughter of Charles and Rose (Biolek) Cmolik.

Carole was raised in Chicago, and moved to Minnesota in 1982.

On February 1973, Carole Cmolik and James Haas were united in marriage.

Carole enjoyed family history and ancestry, gardening, cooking, traveling, and doting over her two granddaughters.

She is preceded in death by: her parents, Charles and Rose Cmolik; and brother, Charles Cmolik.

Carole is survived by: her husband, James; sons, Chris, Gary (Sara); granddaughters, Alexandra and Lauren; and many other family and friends.

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


Eileen Heuring, 95

Eileen C. Heuring, 95, of Albertville, passed away on Tuesday, October 9, at Engel Haus in Albertville.

She was born on May 5, 1923 in Albertville the daughter of Joseph J. & Henrietta (Bell) Theisen.

On November 6, 1945, Eileen C. Theisen and Guido A. Heuring were joined in holy marriage at St. Albert’s Catholic Church in Albertville. God blessed their marriage with six children.

Eileen worked for many years at Wonderalls in Buffalo as a sewing floor manager.

She was a faithful member of The St. Albert’s Catholic Church in Albertville and also belonged to its Christian Mothers.  She had a strong Catholic faith!

Eileen was an excellent cook and seamstress.   She enjoyed preparing a big Sunday meal for family.  Eileen loved having family around her. She enjoyed traveling and playing cards.

Eileen is survived by: her children, Shirley (Chuck) Fuller of Holt, Michigan, Ken (Cheryl) Heuring and Gary Heuring all of Albertville, Michael Heuring of Andover, Robert (Chris) Heuring and Donald (Valerie) Heuring all of Albertville; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; sisters, Delrose Komasinski of Lansing, Michigan and Louise Theisen of Buffalo; a brother-in-law, Owen Heuring of Shakopee; many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, Guido A. Heuring on June 16, 1995; her parents; and by five siblings.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Eileen Heuring was held on Monday, October 15, at 11 a.m. at St. Albert’s Catholic Church in Albertville. Father Joe Zabinski will be the Celebrant. Special music by Wayne and Mary Lou Kolles and Rachel Kimmerle

Interment will follow at St. Albert’s Cemetery.

A visitation was held on Sunday, October 14 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church.  Prayer Service 7 p.m. Further visitation was held on Monday, October 15 one hour prior to Mass at the church.

Casket Bearers were Jason, Brian, Daniel, Cory, Troy and Erik Heuring and James Fuller.

Arrangements for Eileen Heuring are by the Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home.


Fred Kalantari, 85

Fred Kalantari, of Edina, passed away early Sunday, October 14, from complications following a fall and hip surgery.  He was 85.

Fred came to this country from Iran in 1955 to attend college in River Falls, Wisconsin. After college, he worked in the restaurant business for many years as busboy, waiter, Maitre’D and Food and Beverage Manager. He worked at the Country House in Wisconsin, the Copper Hearth, the Rosewood Room, Marriott Inn, and the Minneapolis Athletic Club. In 1982 he went to work for Jim Michael managing Whirltronics, a manufacturing company that makes lawnmower blades. Eventually he bought the company. 

In 1991, he built a new plant in Buffalo, where it remains a family owned business to this day and is now run by his son-in-law Steve Thul.

Fred was a Champion Backgammon player and played in tournaments all over this country, Canada and Monte Carlo. He won many of them and was a force to be reckoned with.  He loved to gamble and enjoyed playing craps in Las Vegas and Poker at Canterbury.

Fred loved this country and was proud to be a citizen. He was kind and generous to his friends and family and had a ready smile for those who knew him. He loved nature and enjoyed watching the birds and feeding the squirrels and chipmunks.

Fred is survived by: Grace, his wife of 61 years; daughter, Michelle Kalantari of Richfield; son, Lawrence Kalantari of Venice, Cal.; daughter, Jeanette (Steve) Thul of Eden Prairie; grandchildren, Jason and Annie Thul, and Mackenzie and Connor Kalantari; many nieces and nephews here and in Iran. 

He was proud of his family and considered them to be his greatest accomplishment.

The family would like to thank the staff at English Rose Suites for the loving care they gave Fred over the last several months. 

A celebration of life will be held at Washburn McCreavy in Edina on Sunday, October 21, 2018 from 1:00-4:00.

Memorials are preferred to Second Harvest Food Shelves and the Animal Humane Society.



Scott Krause, 61

Scott “Tiny” R. Krause, 61, of Buffalo, passed away suddenly on October 15, at his residence.

Scott was born the son of Richard and Mary (Forsythe) Krause on June 18, 1957 in Buffalo. Scott lived his entire life in the Buffalo area and was a 1975 graduate of Buffalo Senior High School. He was known as the “Gentle Giant” by anyone that knew and loved him.

Scott is survived by: his mother, Mary “Muddy” Krause; sisters, Barb (Jim) Rancour of Onamia, Becky Steiger of Annandale; nephews, Dustin and Duane Schlagel; Joe and Richie Steiger; niece, Malorie Steiger; grandnieces, Gina Schlagel, Mia and Mylee Steiger-Chau; special friend, Mary Ann McDonald; also other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by: his father, Richard; grandparents, Reinhold and Evelyn Krause; and Winfred and Gladys Forsythe.

Memorial services for Scott will be held Sunday, October 21, at 4 p.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service all at Zion Lutheran Church, 1200 Highway 25 S., Buffalo.

Reception to follow at church.

Interment will be in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery of Buffalo.

Serving the family is the Peterson Chapel of Buffalo.


Doreen Master, 82

Doreen Janet Master, 82, passed away October 11.

She was preceded in death by: her daughter, Lori D. Burlingame; and many other loved ones. Survived by: her daughters, Lynn Galonski, Leanne Klein (Jeff), and Lisa Potter (Tony); eight grandchildren, Kristi Burlingame, Tim Burlingame (Amanda), Chelsey Arrowsmith (Matt), Nick Klein (Rachel), Cassie Galonski, Mitch Klein (Rose), Jesse Galonski, and AJ Potter; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Dyanne J. Olson; and many nieces and nephews. 

She was loved and will be greatly missed. Memorial Service will be held at the Peterson Chapel, 119 Central Avenue, Buffalo, on Thursday, November 1, at 7 p.m. with visitation one-hour prior.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Peterson Chapel.



Katherine Ritter, 63


Katherine H. “Kathy” Ritter, 63, of Buffalo, passed away on Friday, October 12, at Buffalo Hospital.

She was born on July 6, 1955 in North Dakota the daughter of Robert & Marlys Hoffman.

On October 18, 1986, Katherine H. “Kathy” Hoffman and Stephen V. Ritter were joined in holy marriage in Buffalo.

Kathy crocheted afghans and baby blankets. She enjoyed camping, crossword puzzles and jigsaw puzzles.

Kathy is survived by: her loving husband, Stephen “Steve” Ritter; a sister, Lori O’Donnell; brothers, Robert “Bobby” Hoffman, Mike Hoffman and Jason Hoffman; other relatives, and friends.

She was preceded in death by: her parents; and by brothers, Kevin Hoffman and Rod Hoffman.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Katherine “Kathy” Ritter will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Chokio.

Spring interment St. Mary’s Cemetery in Chokio.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family. 



Donna Sandhofer, 86

Donna Marie Wilcox Cox Sandhofer, 86, of Waverly, and formerly of Minneapolis, passed away on October 2, at Park View Care Center of Buffalo.

Born September 16, 1932 in River Falls, Wis., Donna was born and raised in River Falls, the fourth child of Elwood and Ruth (McLaughlin) Wilcox.

She was preceded in death by: her parents, and brothers, James and Howard. Survived by: husband, Richard; children, Tim Cox (Jo Ann Lawson), Jeanne Hoaglund, Mark Cox (Mary Bishop), Pam (Keith) Conner, Beth (Cliff) Krause, Lee Ann Cox, Sara (Doug) Roseth; 12 grandchildren; brother, Duane (Joan) Wilcox; and many other loved ones.

As a graduate of River Falls High School in 1950, Donna wanted to pursue a career in nursing. She was a much beloved and caring person who became a registered nurse at the age of 40, realizing her long-held ambition. Donna worked at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in a Skilled Nursing unit, later at Metropolitan Medical Center as an infection control nurse and finished her career at Business Health in Chanhassen.

In childhood, Donna enjoyed hunting and fishing with her dad, and gardening, sewing, and baking with her mom. Her later interests included her magnificent flower and vegetable gardens, her cats and her family. For 31 years, she and her husband Richard did creative renovations of rental properties.

A celebration of Donna’s life was held on Saturday, October 13, at O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home, 225 S 3rd St, River Falls. At Donna’s request, her remains have been cremated and interred in the Wilcox family plot at St. Bridget Cemetery in River Falls.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.



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