Obituaries 4/11/19

Abraham Benson, 43

Abraham K. “Abe” Benson, age 43, of Albertville, died Monday, April 1, 2019. He was born in Forest Lake, on April 26, 1975, the son of David J. and Susan K. (Karkhoff) Benson. 

He honorably served his Country in the United States Army. On October 11, 1997 he was joined in holy marriage to Holly A. Dissell in Red Wing.  God blessed their marriage with two children, Tristan and Chloe.  

He was employed as a Field Operations Supervisor at The Metropolitan Mosquito Control District.  Abe was a FAA licensed drone pilot and an active swim dad.  He enjoyed studying history; cooking, and being a wine connoisseur. He belonged to Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity, the St. Michael Lions Club, and to Word of Peace Lutheran Church in Rogers. Abe was fond of duck hunting, ice fishing, Vikings football and attending U of M Gopher Wrestling with his dad.

Abe is survived by: his loving wife, Holly; son, Tristan; daughter, Chloe; mother, Susan K. Lindberg of Brooklyn Park; father, David J. Benson of Minneapolis; brother, Erick R. (Erin) Benson of Juneau, Alaska; parents-in-law, Robert and Shirley Dissell of Red Wing; and many loving relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by: Curt Lindberg. 

Funeral service was held Friday, April 5, 2019 11:00 a.m. at Word of Peace Lutheran Church in Rogers. Visitation was held at the church on Friday, April 5, 10-11 a.m.  

The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home in St. Michael served the family. Online condolences may be made to


Paula Bergquist, 61

Paula Jean Bergquist was born in Litchfield, Minnesota on January 23, 1958 to John and Mavis (Anderson) Driggers. She grew up first in Cokato and then Maple Lake, graduating from Maple Lake High School in 1976.

After High School Paula moved to Howard Lake.  She married Ben Bergquist on January 23, 1982.  To this union 2 daughters, Ashley and Amanda were born. 

Throughout her life, Paula did many things: she did daycare for a time and worked in retail. She enjoyed crafts, reading, riding motorcycle, and taking pictures. Most of all she enjoyed her grandchildren.

Paula passed away at Mercy Hospital of Coon Rapids on April 6, 2019. She had reached the age of 61 years, 2 months and 13 days.

Paula’s survivors include: her daugters, Ashley (Andy) Schwindel of Annandale, Amanda (Adam Loch) Bergquist of Howard Lake; former husband, Ben Bergquist of Howard Lake; grandchildren, Payton, Lucas, and Noah Schwindel, and Xander and Lennox Loch; parents, Jim and Mavis Lemieux; sisters, Jonae (Harlan) Zander, Kaye (Jack) Wittern; brother Les Lemieux; many nieces and nephews.

Paula was preceded in death by: father, John Driggers; brothers Derek and David Driggers.

Memorial Service will take place at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2019 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 5460 63rd St. NW, Maple Lake. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. on Friday. Interment will take place at Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery, Cokato. 

Swanson Peterson Funeral Home Howard Lake is serving the family.


Dale Demarais, 57

Dale Joseph Demarais “Chipper,” of Buffalo, passed away in the early morning hours of Saturday, April 6, 2019. He was surrounded by his three daughters and his beloved dog “Otie” at his home in Buffalo after a courageous 5 month battle with Stage 4 Colon Cancer.

Dale was born in Buffalo on February 24, 1962. He grew up on a hog farm in rural Howard Lake. Dale was a graduate from Howard Lake High School in 1980. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing horseshoe in the summertime.

In 1982, he was blessed with his first daughter Alicia from his first marriage.  On March 17, 1988, Dale was united in marriage with Audrey Filosi and blessed with two more daughters, Chelsea and Lacey.

He worked at Lake Region Co-op and Cenex in Buffalo for almost thirty-three years.

He greatly enjoyed helping people out with their vehicles and loved the relationships he built over the years with the customers. It was very important to him!

Dale was a “Yes” man. He did anything for anyone, at any time. He was an amazing father to his three daughters and a wonderful grandfather to his grandkids. His children were very proud to call Dale their father. He will be deeply missed by all!

Dale is survived by: his wife, Audrey of thirty-one years; his mother, Carol (Clinton) Hayner; sister, Doreen Lopau; daughters, Alicia Mengelkoch, Chelsea Demarais and Lacey (Tyler) Demarais-Borg; two grandkids, Blake & Kennedi; beloved dog Otie.

He was preceded in death by: his father, Leonard Demarais; sister, Myra Jo; and his granddaughter, Myra Jo Alexandra.

A visitation will be held at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo on Saturday, April 13 from 12-2 p.m.

Funeral services for Dale Demarais will be held on Saturday, April 13 at 2 p.m. at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.

Dale will be cremated and buried next to his father Leonard at the Marysville Catholic Cemetery.

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


Mike Horsch, 58

Mike Horsch, age 58, of Annandale unexpectedly left this world to be with our God in Heaven on April 6, 2019.

Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 12, 2019 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Annandale with Paul Bravinder and Rev. David Nelson will officiate. Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Annandale with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the funeral on Friday at the church. Private burial will be held at Mt. Hermon Lutheran Cemetery in Albion Township.

Michael George Horsch was born on December 24, 1960 in Cokato, Minnesota, to Gaylan and Eunice “Lulu” (Ryti) Horsch. He was raised on his family farm just south of Annandale along with his siblings, Joe, Betsy, Todd, Jenny, Emily, and Ryan. He attended Annandale Schools where he was a multi-sport athlete in football and hockey; graduating with the Class of 1979. He was well-known and loved throughout his community due to his friendly and comedic personality and his willingness to lend a hand to anyone in need.

After high school, he married the love of his life, Debbie Endres, of Buffalo, on June 1, 1985 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Buffalo. They moved into his childhood farmhouse where they raised their two daughters, Amanda and Jessica. He has maintained close relationships with his siblings and has been a beloved uncle to his many nieces and nephews. He has also enjoyed being a grandfather to his grandboys, Evan and William Rudningen, who adore him. His family meant the world to him and he spent as much time as possible with them. In his free time, he enjoyed woodworking, gardening, days by the pool with his family, and vacations with friends in Mexico.

Mike will be dearly missed. We love you Mike.

Mike is survived by: his wife of 33 years, Debbie of Annandale; his daughters, Amanda (Kyle) Rudningen of Madison, WI and Jessica (significant other, Braidy Solie) of Eagan; his grandsons, Evan and William Rudningen; siblings Joe Horsch, Betsy Horsch, Todd (Cindy) Horsch, and Jenny Moe, all of Annandale; and his many nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. Mike was preceded in death by his father, Gaylan; mother, Eunice; sister, Emily; brother, Ryan; and stillborn daughter, Jacqueline.

Chris, Greg and Austin Horsch, Dwight Moe and Dustin Ahlm will serve as pallbearers. Music will be provided by Orma Lou Jacobsma.

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


Matthew Hunt, 45

Matthew Gordon Hunt, 45, formerly of Buffalo, went home to Heaven to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus, his Dad, Gordon Malcolm Hunt, and his Mom, Mary Kaye Hunt on Sunday evening, March 31, 2019. 

Matthew was born on May 1, 1973, and is survived by: three sisters, Allison Maye Hunt-Leuthold, Amanda Kaye Hunt, Kristen Mary Hunt; and his beloved niece Elly Maye Leuthold; his Uncle, David of Washington; his Aunt Marilyn of Minnesota; loved cousins, extended family, and friends.

Matthew loves Jesus with all of his heart, and he gently told of and extended the love of Jesus everywhere he went.

On earth, Matthew was an outstanding skateboarder, excellent golfer, and avid fisherman. He had such a tender heart toward people and animals. He always wanted to give and to help others.  Matthew’s big smile, twinkling eyes, and laugh would light up a room. He loved Star Wars, and old westerns-his favorite was Gunsmoke. Matthew always said he looked forward to meeting Paul of the New Testament, and we take comfort in that reality now. He was an amazing son, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend.

Matthew is rejoicing with his Dad and Mom in Heaven, his best friend Jason, and all the saints that went before him. 

Matthew liked things simple.  Memorial Committal Service will be held at Kreidler Cemetery, Montrose, at a later date.

We deeply miss him so very much, but we will see him again soon. “Jesus said to her, I am the Resurrection and the Life, he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” John 11:25. “And we know that all things work together for good for those who love the Lord.” Romans 8:28

Arrangements entrusted to Peterson Chapel.


Melissa Janzen, 48

Melissa “Missy” Jo Janzen, age 48, of Buffalo, loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend to many passed away peacefully on April 5, 2019, surrounded by the ones she laughed with, lived for and loved. 

After she married in 1994 Melissa pursued a career in real estate. She was a real estate agent for many years. Real estate was one of her pas-sions. She spent 10 years working for Wright County where she worked her way up to real estate assessor. After leaving Wright County she became a real estate specialist for the MN Dept of Transportation, where she worked until this spring.

Nothing was more important to her than family. She was a devoted mother to her three children, Jonathan, Emma, and Josie.

Missy is survived by: her husband, Thomas; children, Jonathan, Emma and Josie Janzen; mother, Jean Mueller; sister, Kris (Ed Anderson) Paterson; brother, Randy (Stacy) Paterson; niece, Lauren Paterson and nephew, Mark Paterson. 

She was preceded in death by: her father, Paul Mueller. 

Funeral service for Missy was Wednesday, April 10 at 2:00 p.m. with visitation beginning at 12:00 noon, all at Zion Lutheran Church, 1200 State Hwy 25, Buffalo.  Luncheon to follow at church. Private family interment at Zion Lutheran Cemetery of Buffalo.

Casket bearers will be Mark Paterson, Matthew Montplaisir, Mitchell Benson, Isaac Noble, Isiah DuBois, and Benjamin Kiernan.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.


Bernadine Neumann, 90

Bernadine M. Neumann, 90, of St. Michael, passed away peacefully on April 3, 2019, with family by her side.

Bernie was born to Roy and Helen (Schrauth) Fries on March 15, 1929 in Minneapolis. 

Bernadine is survived by: children, Dominic (Deb) Dahlheimer of Plymouth, Lucy (Harlan) Holmes of Omaha, Colleen (Steve) Tompkins of Chaska, Byron (Judy) Dahlheimer of Center City, Paula (Scott) Liptak of Andover, Jennine (Paul) Klosterman of Cold Spring; 15 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; siblings, Ralph (Vonnie) Fries, Sue Jadwin; sisters-in-law,  Delores Fries, Sister Corrine Dahlheimer SSND and Alverna Dahlheimer; step-children,  Pat (Richard) Giebenhain, Kathy (Daryl) Kohlhaas, Tom (Judy) Neumann, Sue (Adrian) Aurzada, Jim (Sue) Neumann, LuAnn Neumann and Jean (Joe) Beattie; 20 step grandchildren; 37 step great grandchildren; and many other relatives and close friends.

She was preceded in death by: her parents; Lauren Dahlheimer (first husband); Anne Foley (daughter); Raymond Neumann (second husband); and Floyd Fries (brother).

Bernie enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoyed fishing and playing cards, especially 500.  The importance of family has been instilled, through multiple generations, and will be forever cherished.

The family would like to thank The Legacy in St. Michael, along with the caring staff at Buffalo Hospital, for their care and sincere kindness to Bernie. 

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at 11 a.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church. Visitation was held from 9:30-11 a.m. at the church. Private family burial was held at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Minneapolis. 

The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home served the family.  Online condolences may be made to


Phelomina Silva-Bryant, 52

Phelomina Silva-Bryant, age 52, of St. Michael worked for a nonprofit company Hammer Residences Inc. as a direct support professional and program manager for almost 28 years.

Cooking was her passion!  Phelomina also did catering.  She was a caregiver and always had a soft spot for children and babies. She loved to travel. Phelomina was good at counseling and was a mentor to many.  She was a member of Lamco & Dunbar families.

Phelomina is survived by: husband, Michael J. Bryant; children, Nadia Bah, Amelia Bryant and Michael J. Bryant Jr.; a grandchild, Harper Adams; her mother, Amelia Nama; sisters, Kathleen Williams Carter, Jaunita Silva, Irene Silva, Margaret Silva and Tracy Silva; further survived by other grandchildren, relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by: her father, Joseph Silva.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 12 noon Maple Ridge Church, 13400 Maple Knoll Way, Maple Grove. Visitation will take place at the church, Friday, April 12, 4-10 p.m.  

The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home in St. Michael is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to


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