Obituaries 2/14/19

Wayne Kessler, 81

Wayne J. Kessler, 81, of St. Michael, passed away Monday, February 4. He was born June 19, 1937 in St. Michael, the son of William and Gertrude (Robeck) Kessler. Wayne was a 1955 graduate of St. Michael Catholic High School. On July 6, 1968, Wayne Kessler and Gloriann Sabo were joined in holy marriage at The Church of St. Michael in St. Michael. God blessed their marriage with a son, James. 

Wayne and his brothers, Bill and John, were dairy farmers until retirement in 1995. Wayne worked with Sam and Clay Montgomery, the people who bought the farm, for many years in his retirement. They became good friends.

Wayne was an active and faithful member of St. Michael Catholic Church and was a Knight of Columbus. Wayne was on the Frankfort Town Board for many years, served on the City Council from 1995 to 1998, and served as Mayor of St. Michael from 1999 to 2004. He was always interested in the goings on in the community and this enabled him to do just that. Wayne was also active in the St. Michael Historical Society. He rarely missed a family celebration or a funeral in the community.

He was preceded in death by: his wife, Gloriann Kessler; parents, William and Gertrude Kessler; parents-in-law, Elmer and Edith Sabo; sisters, Ardis (Donald) Schlief, Virginia Kessler; and brothers, Dale (Esther) Kessler, Bill (Patricia) Kessler, John (Marlene) Kessler.        

Wayne is survived by: his son, James Kessler; sisters, Lois (Gene) Zachman, Beverly Kessler, Kate (Ray) Daleiden; brother, Paul (Joyce) Kessler; sister-in-law, Marilyn (Carl) Gates; 41 nieces and nephews; and many, many other family and friends.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, February 9, at 11 a.m., with visitation beginning at 9 a.m., at St. Michael Catholic Church in St. Michael with Father Peter Richards as Celebrant. A private family interment will be held at St. Michael Cemetery.

A special thank you to the staff at The Legacy of St. Michael for all the loving care over the last year to Wayne and his family. They were truly like a second family to Wayne.

Memorials preferred to the Hanover Food Shelf.

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


Carol Peterson, 71

Carol Loraine Peterson, 71, of Buffalo, passed away on Thursday, February 7, at the Buffalo Hospital.

She was born on June 19, 1947 in Clark, South Dakota the daughter of Lawrence & Veronica (Nolan) Dunlavy.  She was the fifth from the oldest of thirteen children.

As a young girl, Carol attended school at Mallard Slough # 37, a one room school house, grades first through seventh.  She attended Conde High School for a year and a half and graduated from Clark High School in May of 1965.

On December 19, 1966, Carol L. Dunlavy and David C. Peterson were joined in holy marriage at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo by Reverend Cornell.  God blessed their marriage with three children.  Her family and friends were her dearest treasure!

She was retired from many years in accounting at various companies in the Twin Cities.  She enjoyed and kept busy at flower gardens, housekeeping projects and quilting.

Carol is survived by: her loving children, Tami (Terry) Johnson, Steven D. (Gail) Peterson and Amy Peterson; grandchildren: Ashley Johnson, Lucas Johnson, Stephanie (Mike) Gerard, Nicholas (Shanda) Marek and Anthony Marek; great grandchildren, Jade Pontinen, Emerald Johnson, Gavin, Sophia and Olivia Gerard; siblings, Jane (Dennis) Zinda, Catherine Ragels, Betty (LeRoy) Wasland, Darrel (Pam) Dunlavy, Tom Dunlavy, Bonnie (Fred) McDonald, Leo (Denise) Dunlavy, Jan (Sandie) Dunlavy and Kimberly (Kenny) Lewis; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Rosie Peterson, Karen (Dabet) Ngandali and Donna (Gary) Hopkins; other relatives, and friends.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, David Charles Peterson on January 16, 2007; her parents; brothers, Dale and Bob Dunlavy; a sister, Helen Ragels; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Norm Ragels, LaVoy Ragels, Merlene Dunlavy, Mike Peterson and Dale Peterson; and by her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Burton and Lorna Peterson.

A Memorial Service for Carol Peterson was held on Wednesday, February 13, at 11 a.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Buffalo.  Pastor Reid Gilbert and Pastor Max Frazier officiated. Spring inurnment at Swedish Mission Cemetery. A visitation was held on Tuesday, February 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.

Honorary Bearers were her many nieces and nephews whom she loved as though they were her own.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family.


Dorothy Tessmer, 92

Dorothy A. Tessmer (Haar), passed away on Thursday, February 7, at the age of 92 years.

Beloved wife of the late Glenard. Loving mother of Mark (Rosanne), Cynthia (Martin) Moldenhauer, Gretchen (David) Habeck, Juliet (Daniel) Garbow, Karna (Kevin) Naker and Katherine (William) Staab; survived by grandchildren, great-grandchildren, three sisters, one brother, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

A Funeral Service will be held in Minnesota at a later date.


Sue Wyckoff, 75

Sue Wyckoff, 75, of Buffalo, passed away in her sleep at 6:40 a.m. on February 4, 2019, at Lake Ridge Care Center.

The memorial service for Sue will be at 3:30 p.m. on February 28, in the Friendship Center at Lake Ridge Care Center, 310 Lake St. S, Buffalo.

A full obituary will appear in next week’s Journal-Press.


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