Obituaries 4/18/19

Kent Bogren, 52

Kent Jorgen Bogren aka “Swede,” 52, a longtime resident of Buffalo, and more recently Hutchinson, passed away on March 23, 2019 at Hennepin County Medical Center due to injuries suffered in an automobile collision.

A celebration of Kent’s life will be held 6:30-8:30 pm on Tuesday, April 30 at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo. This will be a time for friends and family to gather and share memories with his daughters Aimee and Kelsey. 

Kent was born July 26,1966 in Jonkoping, Sweden to Gert and Gertrud (Carlson) Bogren. It was from his father that he learned his love of racing cars and motorcycles and he grew-up working in his parent’s automotive center. After completing his high school education in Gislaved, Sweden, Kent went on to complete his compulsory military duty in the Swedish Army. It was in 1985 when he met the Rotary exchange student from Buffalo, named Ann Marie Mies. On January 23, 1989, he married his now former partner in Gislaved before moving to the United States of America and to Ann’s hometown of Buffalo.

Kent’s greatest joy was in being “Papa” to both of his beautiful daughters whom he lovely called his “American Girls.” Aimee was born in 1994 and Kelsey in 1998 in Buffalo. Kent was employed as a sales person and dent repair specialist with Starwest Automotive in Delano, for many years before working most recently for Valley Automotive in Hutchinson. He enjoyed detailing his vehicles to their highest standards and would spend hours peacefully hand waxing. He was a fan of Formula One racing and went to several races around the world during his life. 

Kent is survived by: his two daughters, Aimee Nicole Bogren and Kelsey Ann Bogren, both of Buffalo; his mother Gertrud Carlson, brother Tony Bogren and half-brother Pierre Bogren, who all reside in Sweden. He was preceded in death by his father Gert Bogren who passed in 2004.


Raymond Buffie, 83

Raymond Earl Buffie, 83 years old, of Rockford, died peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones, on April 5, 2019, of natural causes.

Ray was born November 13, 1935 to Ernest and Margaret Buffie in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Ray is survived by: his loving wife of 60 years, Irene (Nee Beatty); children, Beverly (Darrell) Koopman, Kenneth (Julie), Perry (Kimberly) and Jacquelyn Hansen; son-in-law, Lee Kittelson; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; siblings, David (Sue) Buffie and Winnie Klinger.

He was predeceased by: daughter, Mary (Lee) Kittelson; brothers, Ernie and Dick; sisters, Barbara and Gloria.

A graveside service of Christian Burial were held on Friday, April 12 at 2 p.m. at Elmwood Cemetery in Rockford. Pastor Cathy Jones was presiding minister. A celebration of Ray’s life will be held at a later date, to be announced.


Mark Fobbe, 86

Mark J. Fobbe, age 86, of Maple Lake, died Monday, April 8, 2019 at the St. Cloud VA Health System.

Mass of Christian Burial was held 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at St. Timothy Catholic Church with Fr. John Meyer as Celebrant. Burial followed at St. Timothy Catholic Cemetery. Visitation was held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday and from 9:00-10:00 a.m. on Tuesday both at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Maple Lake. A prayer service was held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

Mark James Fobbe was born June 23, 1932 in Buffalo, Minnesota to John and Ellen (Ward) Fobbe. Mark grew up on the family farm near Maple Lake. He honorably served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. On May 12, 1955 Mark was united in marriage to Pearl Walberg at St. Timothy Catholic Church in Maple Lake. They made Maple Lake their home, where they raised their family. Mark worked in the sewer and water construction field for 40+ years for both Orfie & Sons Construction, as well as Barbarossa Construction until his retirement in 1998. Mark was a member of St. Timothy Catholic Church, as well as a lifetime member of the Maple Lake VFW Post #7664. In his spare time, Mark enjoyed tending to his garden, fishing, hunting, playing cribbage, whist, and other card games.

Mark is survived by: his children, Mark Fobbe Jr. of Duluth, Julie Fobbe of Maple Lake, Lois (John) Wurm of Buffalo, Ronald Fobbe of Annandale, and Kristina Fobbe of Clearwater; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; sister-in-law, Naomi Fobbe of Buffalo; and many nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Mark was preceded in death by: his parents; wife, Pearl; daughter, Michelle; sons, David and Daniel; daughter-in-law, Dawn; brothers, John Jr., Ray, Roy, Donald, and Ralph; and sisters, Viola Desmarais and Mabel Emon.

Thomas Wurm, Theodore Wurm, Timothy Fobbe, Kenneth Fobbe, Paul Fobbe, and Spencer Fobbe served as pallbearers. Krista Elsenpeter and Shannon Paumen provided music for the service.

Arrangements were entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Maple Lake.


Daniel Fortune, 21

Devin Daniel Fortune, age 21, of rural Buffalo passed away on Friday, April 12, 2019 from injuries he sustained from an auto accident.

A Time of gathering will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2019, from 1-4 p.m., at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.

We would like to thank everyone for their love and support at this difficult time. 


Marilyn Legacy, 91

On Tuesday, April 9, 2019, Marilyn Legacy, age 91, died peacefully in bed at the care home in Surprise, AZ where she had been living for the past two years. Her daughter, Anita, was with her when she passed.

Marilyn Marguerite McDonnell (Legacy) was born on September 21st, 1927, in Buffalo, MN, the oldest child of James P. and Sadie (Sarah Hatcher) McDonnell. She was preceded in death by both parents, by her brother James P. McDonnell Jr., and by her beloved husband of 57 years, Lloyd William Legacy, of Duluth, MN.

Marilyn is survived by both of her daughters, Barbara and Anita, and by her granddaughter Claire.

A private inurnment will take place with her family.



Martha Mielke, 74

Martha Eldoris Mielke, age 74, of Waconia and formerly of Silver Lake and Winsted passed away on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at New Perspective Senior Living in Waconia.

She was born on August 16, 1944 in Buffalo the daughter of Herbert L. & Esther P. (Schultz) Epple.

Martha graduated from Buffalo High School in 1962.

She was a farm wife for many years and worked very hard. Martha was also formerly employed at Casey’s in Glencoe and at the Pantry in Winsted.

She was a companion volunteer.  Martha was a long-time 4-H leader and also a former Silver Lake Lions member.

Martha enjoyed playing bingo, called bingo too, puzzles, playing cards and telling jokes.

Martha is survived by: her loving children, Brenda Mielke of Brooklyn Park, Darlene (Brian) Kolling of Greenfield and Brian (Tiffany) Mielke of St. Michael; four grandchildren, Adam (Taylor) Kolling, Sarah Kolling, Morgan & Kendall Mielke; a brother, Herman (Joni) Epple of Montrose; a sister, Clara (Harold) Iverson of Waverly, Iowa; her former husband and lifelong friend, Donald Mielke of Plato; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A Memorial service for Martha Mielke was held on Tuesday, April 16 at 11:00 a.m. at Faith Presbyterian Church in Silver Lake. Pastor Carol Chmielewski officiated. Inurnment followed at Cassel Cemetery rural Delano. A visitation was held on Tuesday, April 16 at the church beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Urn Bearer was Brian Mielke.

The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake served the family.


James Quast, 78

James Aloysius Quast, age 78, of Buffalo, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at St. Cloud Hospital surrounded by his family.

He was born the son of John and Mary (Neumann) Quast on January 31, 1941, and grew up in rural Winsted. Jim graduated with the class of 1959 from Holy Trinity in Winsted. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1960 and served two years. 

On June 26, 1965, James A. Quast and Sharon M. Munsterteiger were united in holy matrimony at St. Francis Catholic Church in Buffalo. Jim and Sharon had four daughters: Tina, Tanya, Tasha and Trista. Their marriage spanned 53 years, just days shy of 54 years.

Jim worked at Bladholm Brothers in Osseo, for 27 years until the company was sold.  Then he worked for Peterson Chapel, Pam Oil and others.  Fall was his favorite time of the year as he worked at Plum Crazy Apple Orchard in Buffalo.  He was looking forward to working at the orchard again this Fall.

He enjoyed hunting grouse and pheasants, playing 500 and buck euchre, bus tours with Sharon, and coaching his daughter’s junior high traveling basketball teams. Jim most of all loved spending time with his immediate family.

Jim was a faithful member of the Catholic Church. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and he felt the key to heaven was saying the rosary. Each morning he spent two hours with EWTN, which guided his day.

Jim is survived by: his loving wife, Sharon; daughters, Tanya (Todd) Harrington, Tasha (Steve) Burslie and Trista (Mike) Hubbell; grandchildren, Carter, Sadie, Emerson, Everett, Cooper and Breckyn; siblings, Joseph, John, and Theresa; and many nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by: his daughter, Tina; his parents; parents-in-law, Ambrose and Stella Munsterteiger; and siblings, William, Jerome, Raphael, David, Clarine, Mercedes, Alma, Fedalis and Genny.

A memorial service will be held at St. Timothy in Maple Lake, on Friday, April 26, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. with visitation beginning at 9:00 a.m. 


Yvonne Visser, 88

Yvonne E. Visser, age 88, of Maple Plain passed away on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at her residence.

She was born on March 31, 1931 near Crawford Lake the daughter of Lawrence W. & Edythe A. (Dixon) Ramthun.

On June 25, 1959, Yvonne E. Ramthun and Harry E. Visser were joined in holy marriage in Rockford. She was formerly employed in seasonal work at The Flower Farm. Yvonne belonged to The Lyndale Lutheran Church.

She enjoyed fishing, hunting, shopping, traveling and gardening.

Yvonne is survived by: loving husband, Harry E. Visser; further survived by brothers, Lawrence F. “Sonny” Ramthun of Big Lake & William J. (Susan) Ramthun of Mound; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by: her parents, Lawrence W. & Edythe A. (Dixon) Ramthun; and by a sister-in-law, Dorothy Ramthun. 

Funeral services for Yvonne Visser were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Lyndale Lutheran Church in Lyndale.  Pastor Sheryl Bousu officiated. Interment Lewis Cemetery in Maple Plain. A visitation was held at the church on Saturday April 13 from 9:00 a.m. till 10:30 A.M. 

Honorary Casket Bearers: Deb Shackelton, Mary Bentley, Connie Guillet, Robert Ramthun, Melissa Mellima, Gail James, Aaron Ramthun and Marc Guillet.

Casket Bearers:  Brent Visser, Gary Hines, Mark Murto, Glen Ramthun, Eric Guillet and Burton Ramthun.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family. 


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