Obituaries 3/28/19

Bernett Kasper, 86

Mass of Christian Burial was at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 25, 2019 at Mary of the Visitation Catholic Church in Becker for Bernett “Bernie” A. Kasper, age 86, who passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. Rev. Michael Kellogg officiated and burial was in the parish cemetery. Visitation was 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at Mary of the Visitation Catholic Church in Becker and one hour prior to services at the church on Monday. Parish Prayers were at 7:30 p.m. at the church on Sunday. 

Bernie was born on December 17, 1932 to Raymond and Regina (Barthel) Kasper in St. Michael. He proudly served our country in the United States Army. On June 14, 1954 he married Florence Dehmer in St. Michael. Bernie enjoyed farming and also worked many years in the auto mechanic industry.

He was a member of Mary of the Visitation Catholic Church in Becker, Knights of Columbus Council 4174 and the St. Michael American Legion Post 567. Bernie loved music and dancing. He was hard working, strong, stoic, kind, generous and giving with his time. Family was very important to Bernie. He took pride in all of his grandchildren. In his retirement, he handcrafted many cribs, birdhouses and barns for friends and family. Bernie will always be remembered for being loving, caring and compassionate.

Bernie is survived by his children, Cheryl (Korb) Schwietering of Becker, Randy (Sue) Kasper of Becker, Greg (Linda) Kasper of Becker, Joan (Dave) Schuster of Monticello, Wayne (Heidi Goelz) Kasper of Annandale; fiancé, Susie Pundt of St. Michael; 19 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; siblings, Diane (Joe) Scherber of Rogers, Darlene Cardinal of Osseo; Betty (Bruce) Dexter of Frederic, WI, Kathy (Ken) Duerr of St. Michael, Joseph (Donna) Kasper of Brooklyn Park and sister-in-law, Margie Kasper of Osseo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Florence on March 28, 2015; brothers, Norman, Fred, Mervin and sister, Ione Zachman.

Arrangements were entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Becker.

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George LaFave, 75

George F. “John” LaFave, age 74, of Buffalo passed away on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at The Estates at Delano.

He was born on March 28, 1944 in Buffalo the son of Leo J. & Marie (Glunz) LaFave.

John was formerly employed at Delano Granite Works. He also was a carpenter, a welder and a mechanic.

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

Survived by his wife: Gloria L. LaFave; brothers: Gerald (Judy) LaFave of Maple Lake, Joe LaFave of Monticello, Jim (Nancy) LaFave and Sam (Nancy) LaFave all of Buffalo; a sister-in-law: Leanne (Chuck Dressen) LaFave of Waverly; other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his son Leo F. LaFave on June 21, 2011, his parents, brothers Edward and Freddie LaFave, a sister Jeanette LaFave, nephews Gerald “Gunner” LaFave and Joseph LaFave, a niece Jessie LaFave and by a great nephew Cody LaFave.

A Mass of Christian Burial for George “John” LaFave will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo.  Father Nathaniel Meyers will be the Celebrant.

Interment will follow at St. Francis Cemetery.

A visitation will be held on Friday, March 29 from 4-8 P.M. at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Further visitation will be held on Saturday, March 30 one hour prior to Mass at the church.

Casket Bearers will be Tom, Dale, Darrel, Whitey and Travis LaFave, Christina Mauk, Corey LaFave, and Johnny LaFave.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to www.thepeterson


Kevin Mason, 59

Kevin R. Mason, age 59, of Kimball, Minnesota and La Concordia, Ecuador, died Friday, March 22, 2019 at Mayo Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.

Memorial Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at Silver Creek Community Church with Rev. Luke Baehr officiating. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Maple Lake with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the church. Memorials are preferred to MEDE (Mision Evangelica del Ecuador).

Kevin Ray Mason was born February 19, 1960 in Buffalo, Minnesota to Raymond and Doris (Klemz) Mason. Kevin grew up in Crystal and graduated from Cooper High School in Robbinsdale. He continued his education at Bethel College in Arden Hills, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.

On October 22, 1990 Kevin was united in marriage to Veronica Tufino in Checa, Ecuador. Kevin was a missionary with MEDE, living in Ecuador from 2006-2016. He taught at a school that he had built in La Concordia, Ecuador, Light of the Gospel School (Luz del Evangelio). Kevin enjoyed many things, including canoeing in the Boundary Waters, spending time at the cabin, designing, building, golfing and photography. He was an active member of the church and often taught Bible studies. Kevin’s faith in Jesus Christ was at the center of his life.

Kevin is survived by his wife of 28 years, Veronica of Kimball; children, James, David, and Rebekah all of Kimball; father, Ray of Maple Lake; step-father, John Miceli of Kimball; siblings, Keith (Marie) of Inver Grove Heights, Kristine (Randy) Hickman of Monticello, and Karen (Dale) Strength of Minneapolis; and many other family members and dear friends.

Kevin was preceded in death by his mother, Doris Mason and aunt, Gloria Fieldseth.

Music will be provided by David Schut, Dale Strength and Rebekah Mason.

Arrangements are entrusted with Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Maple Lake.


Charlotte Miller, 85

In between the most Irish holiday of all-St Patrick’s Day-and the promise of the First day of Spring, on a morning of the brightest finality of a Super Full Moon-and later that night a glorious red/creamy tangerine/and blue-denim sunset, Mom left us-our Irish lass with sparkling blue eyes and a heart like a cheery sunflower.

A ND farm girl-Charlotte Ann Hilgers Miller-by way of Canada, by way of Ireland-a long-legged basketball center star with flowing unruly curls; the oldest daughter of Vern and Olive Hilgers, grew up on the wheat, barley, alfalfa, rye & sunflower fields of North Dakota; big sister to Ginny, Robert and Mike.

Living in the big house, at the end of the dirt road, down from the Chinchilla House, around the corner from the grain elevator, and up past the railroad tracks; in a town sporting a population of 2 or 300—maybe, if you counted cats and dogs.

First attending St. Mary’s Academy Catholic School, in Devils Lake, sometimes traveling by horse-drawn hay wagons piled high with blankets. Next at the Public Schoolhouse in Crary, she met Mike Miller in 3rd grade, and they were an item ever since (with a pretend wedding, and sealing the deal with an ashtray?! (not sure who gifted who), they attended with their siblings and friends, and graduated together in a class of 9.

After graduation, Char started at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, MN, but missing Mike—she got on a bus and made a cross-country trip to ‘follow a boy’, to the Naval Aviation School in Pensacola, FL—where they wed on May 19, 1956.

Moving back, they began their life and young family, living first in a trailer home in Moorhead, MN where Dad went to college and Mom worked as a bank teller. Then traversing ‘the Cities’ of MN, and many school districts—Char cheerfully accepted the role of school administrators wife, and followed Mike through his career of Teacher Principal Assistant Superintendent and then Superintendent of Schools, we lived in Burnsville Bloomington Fridley back to Burnsville Mahtomedi and finally Buffalo—every move Mom unpacking, making a home, meeting friends and neighbors, spending some years, then packing again to start at a new district.

She always said the Next house and the Next friends and neighbors they made, were ‘the Best’. When her sister and family moved in next door to us in Burnsville, we had 4 more instant cousin friends, and we raced back and forth all day between the two houses, until either dinner bell rang from the front step.

Char was active in the Buffalo community, working part time at the ‘round’ bank for 30 yrs, everyone knew her as the drive-up teller, and when the big box bank came in, she said No Thank You to that and Yes to leisure time reading in her sunroom overlooking Buffalo Lake, writing out her Notes in the AM-keeping in touch, lunches with friends and being full-time Gma Char.

Always generous and supportive to her 4 kids, 10 grandchildren, 3+ great grandchildren, and countless grand-cats and dogs, in any and all of their different endeavors—whether scholastic, athletic, social, creative, business, educational, traveling the globe...we were all made to feel incredibly special with our talents.

Dad passed in June of 2000, leaving a huge empty space in all of us, Mom filled her time ferrying grandchildren to and fro in the Cadillac, being an after school drop-off Gma so someone could run to Cub, putting up entire families in her townhouse lower level while we built our houses, bringing out meals in the cooler while the next house was built, and going on weekends of junkets in the Jeep around the counties, to pick out just the right place to build the last house, welcoming new members into the family, she was involved and had a special bond with all.

Gracious, genteel and unassuming—entertaining educators and spouses at district events, hosting the Ladies Flower Shows, being Cookie Mom Manager of district 191, but a strong, no-nonsense woman as well—Mom loved toast, Plain Everything, Grumpy Cat, Lipstick, White plates, Thanksgiving, Dogs, Fresh garden produce, Reading and re-reading her floor to ceiling novels, Looking up new words in the dictionary, Talking about ‘what’s new’ with you, Taking a day trip, KUWTK (much to our chagrin), and was an Observer of people.

She did Not like Mayonnaise, Having her picture taken, Talking just to talk, and was fond of saying “If you can’t say something nice, then don’t say anything at all”. She spoke her mind, perfected the snappy clap-back before that was a thing, let you know when she’d had enough of your company, but was perfectly happy to see you the next time, when you called, emailed or just stopped in for a visit.

Leaving us with heavy hearts and sadness, but immensely grateful she is now free of pain, free of suffering, and reclaiming her strength and dignity that Parkinson’s disease stole from her; she is Free, she is reunited with Dad, and we will relish our memories.

Preceded in death by brother-Robert Hilgers, parents-Olive and Vern Hilgers, husband-Merton Darrell (Mike) Miller, brother-in-law-Jim Ackerman.

Remembered with love by sister and brother-in-law-Ginny & Larry Nehasil, brother-Mike Hilgers, sister-in-law-Janet Ackerman, sister-in-law and brother-in-law-Carole & Don Mattern, aunt-Cathryn Cowan, aunt-in-law-Nelle Rice, many other relatives, nieces and nephews, special neighbors & lifelong friends.

Leaving a legacy with Children, and their spouses—Julie Miller, Mark & Gayle Miller, Jon & Pam Miller, Sara & Tony Graham / Grandchildren—Nathalie Miller Rinehardt (Tayt), Andrea Miller, Melisa (Matt) Hill; Mackenzie, Michael & Mary Miller; Sullivan, Mollie, Margaret & Kate Graham / Great grandchildren—Toren, Leif, & Landon (+ one on the way).

Mom has left Here, but she will never leave Us.

We love you.

Memorial Service was held Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 2:00 PM with visitation one hour prior at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Online condolences for the family may be directed to www.thepeter


Cilfford Mol, 87

Clifford J. Mol, age 87, of Annandale died on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the Annandale Care Center after a long battle with Parkinson’s with family at his side.

Funeral Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Tri-County Alliance Church, Clearwater, with Rev. Dr. Verlyn Boone and Rev. David Fogal officiating. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery near Maple Lake. Visitation will be held 4-7 p.m. on Friday, March 29, at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Annandale with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the funeral on Saturday at the church.

Clifford Jake Mol was born March 19, 1932 in Corinna Township, near Annandale, to Jacob and Ella Mae (Dalman) Mol. He grew up on the family farm in Corinna Township and graduated from Annandale High School with the Class of 1950. On March 19, 1954, Cliff was united in marriage to Karen Elizabeth Lee at the Silver Creek Reformed Church in Silver Creek Township. Together, they farmed and raised their family on the same farm that Cliff was born.

Cliff served on the Wright County Human Services Board, on the Corinna Township Board for 14 years, on the International Messengers Board of Directors for 20 years and was a member of the Silver Creek PTA. He enjoyed farming, woodworking, fishing, hunting, time at the cabin, traveling and mission work. He loved his family and the time he was able to spend with them. His faith in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, was the guide of his life.

Cliff is survived by his children, Julie (Nick) Anderson of Maple Lake, Suzan (Verlyn) Boone of Sioux Center, IA, Timothy (Jane) Mol of Annandale, Connie (Chuck) Peterson of Fargo, ND and Daniel (Stacy) Mol of Annandale; 14 grandchildren, Karie Anderson, Adam (Courtney) Boone, Andrew (Kimberly) Boone, Micah (Ashley) Mol, Elisa (Jeremiah) Legatt, Sarah (Jerad) Happe, Josh (Kasey) Mol, Caleb (Jessica) Mol, Marie Peterson, Kara (Brian) Phipps, Ashley (Brandon) Engelstad, Jacquelynn Mol-Sletten (Adam Sletten), Danielle (Marty) Lefebvre, and Nicole Mol; 26 great grandchildren, Ryan, Cohen, Avonlea, Madilynn, Harrison and Hewitt Boone, Adlyr, Maddox, Amelia, Isaac and Alana Mol, Eli, Malachi, Anna, Isaiah, Elizabeth, Noah and Esther Legatt, Ethan, Levi and Alexa Happe, Lily and Cooper Engelstad, Charleigh Mae and Evelyn Lefebvre, and Ada Sletten; sister Geraline Schut of Buffalo; and many nieces and nephews and other family members. He is preceded in death by his wife, Karen; and parents, Jacob and Ella Mae Mol.

The casket bearers will be Cliff’s grandchildren. Marilyn Lee will provide the music for the service.

Arrangements are entrusted with Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Annandale.


Kristina Wall, 39

Kristina JoAnn (Krueger) Wall, age 39 of Buffalo, went home to the Lord on March 19, 2019, surrounded by her family.

She was born on August 10, 1979 in St. Louis Park to Roger Krueger and Kathy (Rettig) Mausehund.

Kristina attended Buffalo High School and graduated with the class of 1997. She was a flag line member of the Buffalo Marching HERD, an activity she loved participating in. She was also a member of the Buffalo Assembly of God Church youth group, where she made a lot of special friends.  She was a loving sister to her brothers, Kyle and Kevin.

After high school, she briefly attended St. Cloud State and Tech college. Through a mutual friend, she was introduced to Brian Wall, and the two were eventually joined in marriage on May 18, 2002 at First Baptist Church in Cokato.  Together they raised three daughters: Mylie (13), Gemma (11), and Taya (8). Most recently, they made Buffalo Covenant Church their church home.

Kristina loved art, enjoying painting and drawing as well as creating art with her daughters.  She loved trips on airplanes, especially if they brought her to a beach. She enjoyed scrapbooking with friends, the occasional all-girl Target run, and taking care of her niece Hazel.  She loved tulips, coffee, elephants, dance, and her cats. She even liked to borrow a few cats while fostering for Tri-County Humane Society.

Above all else, she cherished her time with her husband and daughters. Creating special memories together was the most important part of her life. She took so much pride in raising her daughters and was a natural caregiver who was kind and generous.  Kristina loved Jesus, and it showed in how she cared for her family.

She is preceded in death by her grandma, Kay Krueger; grandpa, Virgil Rettig; and step-father, Dale Mausehund.

Kristina is survived by her loving husband of 16 years, Brian; daughters, Mylie, Gemma, and Taya; father, Roger (Cathy) Krueger; mother, Kathy Mausehund; brothers, Kyle Krueger and Kevin (Shannon) Krueger; step-brothers, Jeremy (Kaylee) Dircks and Eric Dircks; sister-in-law, Suze Nelson; special cats, Scooter and Ernie; and many other relatives and friends.

A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 4:00 PM with visitation one hour prior at Buffalo Covenant Church, Buffalo, MN. Pastor Reid Gilbert officiated.

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


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