Obituaries 8/20/20

Larry Bishop, 75

Larry Garrit Bishop was born on September 14, 1944 in Willmar, MN and died at home in Buffalo, MN on August 9, 2020.

His parents, Otto Lester Bishop and Christine Frances (Christians) Bishop, raised their family in Murdock, MN. Larry attended school in Murdock.

Larry married Sharon Kay Hendrikson from Worthington, MN on June 7, 1969. They have two children, Troy Garrit Bishop (Anna), of Princeton, MN and Stacy Marie Bishop Kjelstad (Jon), of Dacono, CO. They have two grandchildren, Isabelle and Ryan Bishop.

Larry served in the Minnesota National Guard for six years; most of his career was spent driving truck for Fritz Trucking in Clara City, MN and 30 years for Super Value Stores in Hopkins, MN. His hobbies were flying small airplanes, camping, fishing, woodworking and riding his motorcycle.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife; children; grandchildren; and siblings, Dennis Bishop, of Zimmerman, MN and Marilyn Bishop Rucker, of Waseca, MN.

A memorial service was held Monday, August 17, 2020 at 12:00 p.m., with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m., at Buffalo Presbyterian Church, 507 County Rd. 134 NE, Buffalo, MN. Memorials are preferred to the American Diabetes Association.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, 763-682-1363,


Karen Foede, 69

Karen Ann Foede, age 69, of Two Harbors, formerly of Delano and Waverly, passed away peacefully, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Two Harbors, MN.

Karen was born Aug. 4, 1951 to Joe and Mary Reardon. She lived in Delano, MN for many years and worked as a registered nurse in Winsted, dedicating her career to caring for the elderly. She later found her home on the North Shore and settled in her “little house in the woods.” She continued to care for the elderly at the Sunrise Nursing Home in Two Harbors. 

Karen was married Nov. 1, 1985, to the love of her life and best friend, George Foede. For the past 30 years, they have created and shared many memories in their forever home on the North Shore.

Karen loved spending time with her family and friends. She especially loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom she adored and doted on every chance she got. She enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, reading and on more than one occasion, a nice glass of wine. Karen Ann Foede will be forever remembered as having a kind, generous spirit who welcomed everyone into her home and would give what she had to those who needed it.

She will be dearly missed by her husband, George; sister, Cindy (Wayne) Boman; son, Skip Joseph (Becky) Johnson; daughter, Shannon Lee (Nabeel) Johnson-Benalshaikh; step-daughters, Beth (Jeff) Werkman, Paula Foede; nephews, Bryce, Bryan, and Evan Boman; grandchildren, Brittany Johnson, Jehnah, Mahdi, and Shakura Benalshaikh, Rachel Werkman, Amanda, and Ellen Lerbakken, and Amanda, Kathleen, and Kimberly Rolfzen; great-grandchildren, Odin, and Kylie Starkey, Neveah Rolfzen, Braxton Cochran; best friend, Betty Miller; and many more extended family; and friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Reardon-Rauschendorfer (2008); father, Joseph Reardon (2017); great-granddaughter, Haven Starkey (2010); and dear friend, Ruth Cameron.

A memorial open house will take place Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020 at their home; 2673 Hwy#2, Two Harbors, MN from 12-6 p.m. Karen’s Celebration of Life memorial is located at May she rest in peace.


Bonnie Hayes, 72

A Celebration of Life for Bonnie Lou Hayes will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2020 at the Southbrook Golf Course located at 511 Morrison Ave. S., Annandale, MN from 1-4 pm.

Bonnie passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on May 29, 2020.  Full obituary ran in a prior publication of the paper, Journal-Press issue June 4, 2020.





Merle Jossart, 87

Proud husband, father, and grandfather, Merle Jerome Jossart, age 87, of Buffalo, Minnesota, passed away August 9, 2020.

He was born on April 13, 1933 in Benson, Minnesota to Ralph and Esther (Johnson) Jossart. Merle grew up and attended high school in Benson, where he graduated with the class of 1951. Following high school, he worked for the U.S. Forest Service in Montana for a few years.

In 1955, he was drafted to serve his country during the Korean Conflict. He was stationed in South Korea where he proudly served in the 6th Armored Division of the Army.  He also served in the Reserves after his active duty until he was fully discharged in 1963.

One day while watching a parade, Merle noticed the beautiful Miss Little Falls riding on a float waving to the crowd. As soon as he saw her, he knew he had to meet her! Merle and Patricia Klisch were then joined in marriage on May 3, 1958 in South Dakota and happily raised five children together. Merle worked for Northwestern Bell as a lineman, and with his hard work ethic, progressed his way to management. This led to the family moving to various cities around the state with each of his promotions, eventually settling in New Hope, MN.  Merle and Pat retired and moved to Buffalo MN in 1998.

Merle was a family man and took pride in providing for his wife and children. He had a very generous heart and made sure to spend quality time creating special memories with them. You could find him on the baseball fields, hockey rinks, and soccer fields coaching his children and other youth in various cities. He was involved in church organizations, playing bridge and other card games, and bowling in leagues. Merle also very much enjoyed golfing with family and friends, and he worked part-time as a grounds keeper and fixing equipment at Wild Marsh in Buffalo.  He was also an avid outdoorsman, hunting and fishing whenever he could in the Benson area that he grew up in. He would mostly hunt for pheasant and ducks. Merle and Pat both enjoyed traveling and sightseeing, hiking and camping as well.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Esther; brothers, Ron and Jim; and sister, Joyce.

Merle is survived by his wife of 62 years, Pat; children, Paul (Terry), Ruth, Dale, Gary (Francie), and Chad (Bobbie); 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and brother, Curtis (Sara).

A Memorial Service was planned for Monday, August 17, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo, MN. Military honors followed the service. An interment will take place at a later date at the Benson City Cemetery.

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


Kay Strand, 84

Kay Adele (Lundsten) Strand, 84, of New London, MN passed away peacefully at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, MN on Saturday, August 8, 2020.

Kay was born in Buffalo, MN to Malcolm and Ruth (Kilstofte) Lundsten on January 2, 1936. She graduated from Buffalo High School in 1953 and earned a bachelor’s degree in Education from Carleton College in 1957. Kay was united in marriage with Roger Strand on September 17, 1960, in Buffalo, MN. They began their married life living and working in the Twin Cities, Roger, as a medical student and Kay, as a social studies teacher in Richfield.

In July of 1961, the young couple moved to Tacoma, WA where Roger served a medical internship and Kay taught social studies at a local middle school. Their time in Tacoma also welcomed the birth of their first child, Mary, in June of 1962. Following Mary’s birth, Kay retired from teaching to become a dedicated, loving mother and homemaker. In July of 1962, the little family moved to eastern Montana for two years. Roger provided medical care at the Fort Belknap Indian Health Services Hospital, and Kay gave birth to their second child, Roger Malcolm “Mac,” in August of 1963. In 1964, the growing family returned to Minnesota and made their home in Plymouth. Kay and Roger became parents for a third time in July of 1966, when daughter, Katherine was born. In 1969, the now family of five moved to Willmar. Youngest child, Robert “Bob,” was born in Willmar in July of 1976. Following Bob’s graduation from high school, Kay and Roger moved to their beloved Stoney Ridge Farm adjacent to Sibley State Park near New London.

It was during her time in Willmar that Kay took up what became a lifelong passion for painting. Her dedication proved to demonstrate an exceptional natural ability, especially for landscapes. Kay was a talented, prolific and award-winning artist, including a coveted national award from American Artist magazine. Using oils, acrylics, and watercolors as her mediums, she painted lovely landscapes and still lifes of bucolic scenes in Kandiyohi County, and also in countries around the world while taking painting courses. Scenes from Stoney Ridge Farm were often the subject of Kay’s beautiful paintings. Family members fondly recall her sitting before her easel nearly every day, creating lovely canvases with the sound of classical music playing in the background. Kay’s artwork lives on, continuing to be enjoyed in homes and businesses throughout the local community and beyond.

Over the years Kay enjoyed her membership and participation in the Cosmopolitan Study Club, Willmar Musicale, the United Methodist Women’s Church Circle, the United Methodist yearly fundraising bazaar, and various church Bible study groups. Kay played countless hands of bridge with partners who became lifelong friends. Her artistic pursuits led to participation in many arts and painting-related organizations: most notably the Artists of Minnesota, Creating Art Together, and the Willmar Area Arts Council for which she created one of their annual and popular posters for the festival, Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee!

Kay is survived by her loving and devoted husband of nearly 60 years, Roger. Children, Mary, of Willmar, Mac (Jamie), of Marquette, MI, Katherine (David) Broze, of Phoenix, AZ, and Bob, of Minneapolis. Adored grandchildren, Jayne, Kayte and Christopher. Brother, John (Mary Ellen) Lundsten, of Buffalo; sister-in-law, Mary Davies, of Minneapolis; brother in-law, Loren Westby, of Mountain Home, AR; and many nieces and nephews.

Kay was preceded in death by her parents, Malcolm and Ruth Lundsten; her husband’s parents, Orrin and Eleanor Strand; brothers-in-law, Richard Strand and Peter Davies; sisters-in-law, Georgie Strand and Karen Westby; and son-in-law, Patrick Boros.

Memorials may be sent to the United Methodist Church of Willmar, the Rice Health Foundation, the New London-Spicer Community Fund, Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center, or a charity of your choice.

The family would like to thank the physicians and staff at Rice Memorial Hospital/Carris Health and Carris Health-Rice Hospice for their excellent care of Kay. Also, a special heartfelt thank you to the dedicated staff of Compassionate Care and of Lake Region Home Health, both who provided exceptional daytime home care for Kay for many years.

A celebration of life service will be held at a later date when all are safe from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Arrangements are with Peterson Brother’s Funeral Home.


Theodore Thompson Sr., 77

Theodore (Ted) V. Thompson Sr., 77, long- time resident of Buffalo, passed away Saturday August 14, 2020 at Richfield, a Villa Center in Richfield.

Ted was born in Glenwood to Merton and Gertrude Thompson in 1943. His family moved from Glenwood to Minneapolis where Ted graduated from De La Salle High School in 1961.

Ted met and married Linda (Murnane) in 1962. After spending time in the Air Force, they moved to Bloomington, MN and in 1974 moved to Buffalo. They had two children, Jill and Ted Jr.

Ted is survived by Linda, Jill (Scott) and Ted Jr.  (Heidi), all of Buffalo; grandchildren, Addison, Gabriel, Lucas and Isabella; and a great-grandson, Jayden.

Ted’s friends and family will remember many great days spent at the cabin in Maple Lake, watching Viking and Gopher football with his brother, Mert, and friend, Mark Harper. Ted loved playing the devil’s advocate. To get things stirred up, he would frequently say, “I don’t know...” when he was about to disagree with what was being said, even if he really didn’t disagree.

There will be a private family memorial and Ted will be laid to rest in the family plot in Glenwood, MN at a later date. Ted was an active member of the De La Salle alumni group and requested any memorials to go to the scholarship fund at De La Salle High School.



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