Obituaries 12/5/19

Dianne Fitzgerald, 56

Dianne Fitzgerald, age 56, of Saint Michael died Friday, November 22, 2019 at the University of Minnesota Medical Center.

Dianne Justine (Hansen) Fitzgerald was born on July 29th, 1963 in Austin, the second youngest of four children, to Duane and Darleen (Ferguson) Hansen. She grew up on the family farm, where she developed her love for animals.  There were horses, calves, dogs, cats, rabbits, and a goat.  She rode horses for pleasure and competitively, most of her childhood. One year on the farm, there were 39 cats and kittens. Dianne and her sister, Dawn gave names to every one of them.

She graduated from Austin High School in 1981. She went on to work at her family’s restaurant, called the Riviera Supper Club. There she gained valuable experience and skills, she put to good use the rest of her career, in many different establishments.

She moved to Rochester, Minnesota, where she met her soulmate Paul Fitzgerald (Pauly, as she affectionately called him). They moved to the Twin Cities and were married on March 17, 1997 in Stillwater, by a judge who was painted in Green for Saint Patrick’s Day. Her brother Dallas, to whom she was very close, was one of their witnesses, on that special day.

Dianne and Paul did not have a child together, but they did have their puppies: Muffy, Lucy, and Gracie, that they loved very much, and treated them like they were their children. She had two step-daughters, Katie (Fitzgerald) Welp who spent some time and shared some great memories, while in high school, and Caroline (Fitzgerald) Monson, who gives Dianne credit for teaching her how to cook.  Dianne loved to cook for Paul and herself. Caroline and Dianne talked daily for a couple of years, before she became very ill. She also had a step-son, Matthew Fitzgerald, and a step-grandson, Linkin who visited her in the hospital.

Dianne was a tough little (tomboy) girl and grew up to be a beautiful and strong woman when she was healthy.  After she fell nine years ago, her health steadily went downhill. Her loving and devoted husband, Pauly took care of her in their home in Saint Michael.  Their love and commitment to each other was amazing and inspiring.

Dianne is survived by: her husband, Paul; his children, Caroline, Katie, Sean and Matthew; many grandchildren; her parents, Duane and Darleen (Ferguson) Hansen; her brothers, Dallas Hansen and Derrick (Terrie)Hansen; her nieces, Ashley, Hannah, Stephanie, Kimberly and Tanya; her nephew, Kevin; her great nieces, Gracie, Roslyn, Leah, Gabrielle and Emma; and her great-nephews, Caleb, Jalen, Brandon, Logan, Ethan and Dillon.

Dianne is preceded in death by: her sister, Dawn (Hansen) Ehret.

A Celebration of Life gathering was held on Saturday, November 30, 2019 from 12:00 (Noon) to 4:00 p.m. at the Liberty Restaurant & Bar, American Legion Post #567, 25 Central Avenue East, Saint Michael.

The Peterson Chapel, St. Michael/Albertville, served the family. On-line condolences may be made at


Doris Guggemos, 87

Doris Mae Guggemos, age 87, of Buffalo passed away peacefully with family at her side on Friday, November 22, 2019.

Born on April 29, 1932, Doris was the fifth of eight children on the Maple Lake farm of parents Jacob and Minnie (Wurm) Paumen. She was a cheerleader, graduated from Maple Lake High School in 1949, and worked a wide variety of clerical jobs throughout her life, including at Red Owl, Control Data, and finally 30 years as a ward secretary at Buffalo Hospital.

Steadfast in her Catholic faith, Doris was a faithful member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo, a longtime volunteer at the Christ the King Retreat Center in Buffalo, and an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 270.

Doris is survived by: her loving children, Doug (Jamie) Vieau, of Buffalo, Dave (Stephanie) Vieau, of Chanhassen, Joe (Bodhi Kannon) Vieau, of Coon Rapids, and Amy (Mark) Strommen, of Buffalo; eight grandchildren, Andrew (Angela Weldon) Vieau, Katie (Mike) Gutierrez, Taylor (Jake) Zehren, Jake Vieau, Jenna (Ryan) Stanley, Jill Vieau, Sophia Strommen, and Emily Strommen; five great-grandchildren; brothers and sister, Lester (Darlene) Paumen, Orville (Rita) Paumen, and Beatrice (Doug) Psyk; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by: husbands, Donald Vieau (1963) and Kenneth Guggemos (2005); a newborn son; her parents; two brothers, Clayton and Clifford Paumen; and sister Margaret Rathje.

Mass of Christian Burial for Doris Guggemos was held Monday, December 2, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Buffalo.  Visitation was held at the church on Monday beginning at 9 a.m.  Fr. Nathaniel Meyers was the Celebrant. Interment at St. Timothy Cemetery, Maple Lake.

Casket bearers were Andrew Vieau, Jill Vieau, Jake Zehren, Jake Vieau, Mike Gutierrez and Ryan Stanley.

The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo served the family. On-line condolences may be made at


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