Obituaries 10/22/20

William Anderson, 80

William Arthur Anderson, Bill, age 80, from Buffalo, Minnesota, passed away on October 9, 2020 at his home in Rohnert Park, California. Bill had endured a long struggle with ALS, (Lou Gehrig’s disease,) and passed away peacefully surrounded by his family. Bill is survived by his wife, Sharon, and his two children, Arthur and Christine.

Bill was born in Minneapolis, MN, son of Arthur F. Anderson and Lucille “Brownie” Johnson. He grew up in Buffalo, MN where his father was mayor of the town in the 1950’s. Bill is also survived by his sister, Joan Anderson Growe who served as Secretary of the State of Minnesota for over two decades.

Bill graduated high school in Buffalo in 1958 and went on to study Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pennsylvania, earning his Bachelor of Science degree. After working for Boeing for some time, Bill enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1963 and served with distinction until 1967. Bill met his wife, Sharon in 1975 in New York City. They found themselves travelling throughout the United States on various occasions, living for some time in Los Angeles, California where he worked as a machinist, and then in Florida, and finally settling in Northern California. Bill then earned his teaching credential at San Francisco State University and went on to teach mathematics and then photography with the Vallejo School District for fifteen years until his retirement in 2008. Bill spent much of his retirement traveling the U.S. by train with Sharon; hiking, pursuing his interests in photography and photo editing, and bicycling every single day. At the end of his retirement, he had the privilege of working with the Lighthouse Corps at the Point Reyes National Seashore where he helped implement and maintain the care, repairs, and refurbishment of the Lighthouse itself.

Bill will be missed dearly by his family.

In lieu of a memorial service, memorial donations in Bill’s name can be made to the Forgotten Felines of Sonoma County:


Donald Boettcher, 74

Donald James Boettcher, age 74, of Albertville, passed away Wednesday, October 14, 2020. He was born October 7, 1946 in Morris, the son of Martin and Nettie (Eklund) Boettcher.

Don was a 1964 graduate of Morris High School. He proudly served our country in the United States Air Force.

Don was a dedicated member of the Let’s Go Fishing group in Buffalo. He also worked at a small workshop in Buffalo that made toys for kids.

Don greatly enjoyed fishing and his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Nettie Boettcher; sisters, Beverly Nelson and Wendy Boettcher; and brother, Jerry Boettcher.

Don is survived by his children, Tawnia (Jim) Hartmann, Stephanie Boettcher, Aaron Boettcher; grandchildren, Rachel, Aimee, Maxwell, Piper; great-grandson, Silas; brothers, David (Diane) Boettcher and Joel (Debbie) Boettcher; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Memorials in Don’s name are preferred to Let’s Go Fishing in Buffalo, MN.

A small private family service will be held.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel in St. Michael, 763-497-5362,


Ronald Jacobs, 72

Ronald Earl Jacobs, age 72, of Buffalo, died Monday, October 12, 2020 at the St. Cloud Hospital.

He was born in Northfield, MN on April 28, 1948, the son of Earl H. and Alice V. (Radman) Jacobs. He honorably served his country in the US Air Force in Thailand.

On May 13, 1972 Ronald E Jacobs and Linda Ann Pucel were joined in holy marriage in Ely, MN.  God blessed their marriage with a son, Scott.

He was employed as an engineer in the electronics industry for many years. Ron was an avid fisherman. He enjoyed Disney World, computer games, playing with his grandson and being with family and friends.  Ron was a huge Packers fan.

Ron is survived by loving wife of 48 years, Linda A. Jacobs; son, Scott (Adrienne) Jacobs, of Zimmerman, MN; a grandson, Colton; siblings, Patricia (Kenneth) Bruce, of Eau Claire, WI, Steven (Beverly) Jacobs, of Somerset, WI, and Kathy (Paul) Spott, of Hudson, WI; sisters-in-law, Charlotte (Will) Ridley and Diane (Wayne) Orth; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Private family services will be held.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Online condolences for the family may be directed to


Susan Kolasa, 69

Susan “Susie” Carol Kolasa, age 69, of Rogers, passed away on Monday, October 19, 2020.

Full obituary notice to follow.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel in St. Michael, 763-497-5362,



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