Obituaries 1/24/19

Joseph LaFave, 54

Joseph Floyd LaFave, 54, of Buffalo, passed away on Wednesday, January 16, at the Good Samaritan Society of Howard Lake.

He was born on October 4, 1964 in Buffalo, the son of Gerald and Judy (Marquette) LaFave.

Joe was employed as a carpenter for many years at CCC of Montrose.

Joseph is survived by: his children, Tara LaFave and Tanya LaFave, both of Maple Lake; and Trever LaFave, of Buffalo; three grandchildren, Blake, Brayden and Brinley; his parents, Gerald and Judy LaFave, of Maple Lake; siblings, Robert (Donna) LaFave of Monticello, Tom (Heidi) LaFave of Buffalo, Dale LaFave of Fairhaven, Darrel LaFave of Cokato, Donald “Whitey” LaFave of Maple Lake, Chris (Harlan) Mauk of Howard Lake, and Jeanne LaFave of Maple Lake; other relatives, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by: a brother, Gerald “Gunner” LaFave; nephew, Cody LaFave; grandparents, Leo and Marie LaFave; Bud and Doris Marquette; two uncles, Edward and Fred LaFave; an aunt, Jeanette LaFave; and two cousins, Leo and Jessie LaFave.

Funeral services for Joseph LaFave were held on Wednesday, January 23, at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Buffalo.   Pastor Ryan Clark officiated.   Leanne LaFave-Dressen was the organist for the funeral.  Interment followed at Lakeview Cemetery in Buffalo.

A visitation was held on Tuesday, January 22 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.

Casket Bearers were: Tom LaFave, “Whitey” LaFave, Darrel LaFave, Alex LaFave, Harlan Mauk and Corey LaFave.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family.


Rosemary Mengelkoch, 79

Rosemary Alice Mengelkoch, 79, of Waverly, passed away January 18. She was born in Minneapolis on May 23, 1939 to Michael and Esther (Muniak) Taillefer.

She graduated from Osseo High School in 1957. She was known for her warm smile and friendly personality.

On June 3, 1972, she was united in marriage to William Mengelkoch at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo. Father Reynolds was the celebrant. The two had originally met at the Dominic Club, and were happily married for 47 years.

Together Rosemary and Bill farmed in Waverly for many years, eventually retiring and enjoying spending more time together. She was a devoted Catholic, and the two attended Mass frequently.

Rosemary was also a part of the Red Hat Society.

Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Homer.

She is survived by: her loving husband, Bill; brothers, Michael, Patrick, Francis, and Tom Taillefer; sisters, Sharon (Landis) Olson and Mary Neria; and many other relatives, and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Rosemary on Monday, January 28, at 11 a.m. with visitation one-hour prior at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Buffalo. Interment will be at Gethsemane Cemetery in New Hope.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Peterson Chapel of Buffalo.


Ardell Teige, 86

By God’s grace, Ardell J. Teige, age 86, of Buffalo, left this world into eternal life, Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at Park View Care Center.

He was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota on February 26, 1932, the son of George E. and Ragnhild (Geving) Teige.

Ardell honorably served his country as a member of the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War (1950-1954), stationed in Japan and the Philippines. He was also a proud member of the North Dakota American Legion (Post #299). On September 1, 1955, Ardell was joined in holy marriage to Phyllis E. Johnson at The United Lutheran Church in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

God blessed their marriage with five children. He graduated from the Wahpeton, North Dakota State School of Science in 1957. Ardell worked as an Electrical Technician and Service Manager at Monroe Systems for Business for 40 years. His devotion to his family and his faith defined him.

Ardell was a member of Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Duluth and St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Buffalo. Ardell had a great sense of humor. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and the outdoors. The ultimate tinkerer, Ardell had an incredible knack for making broken things new again.

Ardell lived by the Golden Rule. He shared, “It’s important to have a strong faith, good morals, and to be honest. I would like to be known as a good father, a strong person of faith, who treated others fairly.”

He is survived by: his loving children, Brian Teige, of Illinois; Steven Teige, of North Dakota; Valerie (Saad) AlKhafaji, of Texas; and Lorrie Teige, of Minnesota; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Ardell was preceded in death by: his beloved wife, Phyllis in 2004; his son, Alan, in 2017; his parents; and his brother, George Teige.

Funeral services for Ardell J. Teige will be held at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Buffalo on Saturday, January 26 at 11 a.m., with military rites to follow. Pastor Ryan Clark will officiate. A visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until time of service at the church. Entombment at Sunrise Memorial Park in Hermantown. 

Ardell’s family would like to express gratitude to the Church family at St. John’s and the staff at Park View Care Center. In lieu of flowers, family prefers memorials to The Parkinson Foundation of Minnesota or The North Dakota Veterans Administration.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family.


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