Obituaries 8/8/19

Florence Cardinal, 100

Florence Elizabeth (Babatz) Cardinal, 100, passed away peacefully with family by her side at her home on Saturday, August 3, 2019.

She was born on June 2, 1919  on a farm in Watertown,  the daughter of John & Mary (Ceryes) Babatz.

She graduated from Montrose High School in 1938 and continued onto beauty school in Minneapolis.

On November 21, 1939, Florence E. Babatz and Ervin J. Cardinal were joined in holy marriage at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly. God blessed their marriage with six children.

Florence owned and operated “Cardinal Beauty Salon” for 50+ years. She loved meeting new customers and conversations with long-time customers. She attended several “stylist” conventions during her career so she could keep educated at the newest techniques for haircuts and styles.

She was a long-time, faithful member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly.

Florence enjoyed spending time with family, visiting and having visitors. She looked forward to the yearly family get togethers at her house during the Christmas holidays. She always needed to have a garden of vegetables…even this year when she turned 100 years old. Many years of fishing with Ervin and family members.

Florence and Ervin traveled the USA in their motorhome when they retired. She helped Ervin on their farmland when she wasn’t working in her beauty shop. She “enjoyed” sitting in her “Three Season Deck” and admired the beautiful view. She also had occasionally admitted to spending some time “playing the slot machines. 

Florence is survived by: her children, Gerald Cardinal, of Buffalo, Nancy (Barrett) Hamlink, of Cokato, Jeffrey (Debra) Cardinal and Colleen (Greg) Donovan all of Buffalo;  a daughter-in-law Candy Cardinal, of Cokato; nine grandsons, Christopher Cardinal, Anthony Cardinal, Daniel Cardinal, Timothy Cardinal, Thomas Cardinal, Gerad Cardinal, Jonathan Donovan, Nathan Donovan and Kenneth Segler; five granddaughters, Julie Morrow, Jill Schrupp, Sarah Cardinal, Charity Donovan and Jessie Donovan; 30 great-grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren; sister, Ellen “Sis” (Marvin) Scheuble, of Montrose; and sister-in-law, Norma Babatz, of Spring Lake Park; and nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by: sons, Thomas Cardinal on July 1, 1970 and Steven Cardinal on September 22, 1997; husband, Ervin J. Cardinal on December 1, 2006; her parents, John and Mary Babatz; brothers, William Babatz, John (Jack) Babatz; sisters, Mary Motzko, Agnes Pfeifer and Margaret Salonek.

Visitation was on Tuesday, August 6 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Prayer service was at 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial for Florence E. (Babatz) Cardinal was held on Wednesday, August 7 at 10:30 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly. Further visitation was Wednesday morning, August 7 from 9:00-10:15 a.m. at the church, prior to Mass. Father Kenneth O’Hotto was the Celebrant. Interment followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Honorary casket bearers were grandsons, Kenneth Segler and Nathan Donovan.  Casket bearers were grandsons Anthony, Daniel, Timothy, Thomas and Gerad Cardinal and Jonathan Donovan.

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


Ruth Heisel, 93

Ruth Betty Heisel, age 93, of Buffalo, passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2019, after a three-year battle of severe nerve pain from an extreme case of shingles; which she battled with grace.

Ruth was preceded in death by: her husband, Herbert; her three sisters, Frances, Helen and Betty; four brothers, George, Laddy, Pep and Charlie.

Ruth is survived by: her children, Steve Heisel (Rose), Gail Heisel, Tim Heisel (Diane); and daughter Jewell Zwack. Ruth has 10 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

Ruth will be remembered for her can-do attitude, love of gardening, beautiful crafting and her love for the Farmers Market. She also lived for her family, who she was always there for in every way.

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A Celebration of Life will be planned for a later date.


Gwen Luce, 63

Gwen Leone (Jorgenson) Luce, age 63, of Annandale, formerly Buffalo, passed away Thursday, August 1, 2019. She was born November 1, 1955 in Blue Earth, the daughter of Bernard and Leona (Bakke) Jorgenson.

Gwen was baptized at Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Winnebago, and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Buffalo.

Gwen was a 1974 graduate of Buffalo High School. She was a dedicated worker at General Mills for 27 years.

Gwen was an avid Minnesota Twins fan, and enjoyed bowling, playing cards, cribbage and bingo, and she enjoyed a good glass of beer and a good time.

She was preceded in death by: her parents, Bernard and Leona Jorgenson; sisters, Carolyn Ertel, Judi DeMarais; and nephew, Michael LaPlant.

Gwen will be deeply missed by: her daughter, Amber Luce; siblings, Arlys (Bill) LaPlant, Jim (Char) Jorgenson, Tom (Cathy) Jorgenson; brother-in-law, Gary DeMarais; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 1:00 p.m., with visitation beginning at 11:30 a.m., at The Peterson Chapel, 119 Central Ave., Buffalo. Interment followed at Lakeview Cemetery in Buffalo.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo.


Gregory Rassat, 66

Gregory F. Rassat, age 66, of Maple Lake, died Wednesday, July 31, 2019 surrounded by his loving family at his home, after a battle with liver cancer.

Funeral Services will be held 12:00 p.m. Friday, August 9, 2019 at Heartland Evangelical Free Church in Annandale with Pastor Denny Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Highland Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be held 4-7 p.m. Thursday, August 8, at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Maple Lake and one hour prior to the funeral on Friday at the church. Memorials are preferred to Haitian Ministries, C/O Dassel Church of Christ.

Gregory Francis Rassat was born October 16, 1952 in Buffalo to Leo and Grace (Wurm) Rassat. He attended St. Mary’s Catholic School until it closed in 1970 and graduated from Howard Lake-Waverly High School with the Class of 1971. He enlisted in the US Army Reserves during the Vietnam War. On June 22, 1985, Greg was united in marriage to Lisa Ludwig at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. They made Maple Lake their home and were blessed with three children. Greg worked as a heavy equipment operator, was a member of the Union Local 49ers, and retired from Northdale Construction Company in Rogers. He enjoyed the time he spent with his children, grandchildren and especially his horses.

Greg is survived by: his wife, Lisa Ludwig-Rassat; three children, Daniel (Kate) Rassat, of Maple Lake, Abigail Rassat (Jonathan Boey), of Tucson, AZ, and Aaron (Kiona) Rassat, of Olympia, WA; four grandchildren, Hudson, Landon, Noah and Vaiola; brothers and sisters, Thomas Rassat, of Buffalo, Kay Manteuffel, of Elk River, Mary Rassat, of Monticello, Lloyd (Barbara) Rassat, of Buffalo, John (Karen) Rassat, of Waverly, Timothy (Vonnie) Rassat, of Winsted, and David Rassat, of Minneapolis; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Herbert and Michelle Ludwig.

He was preceded in death by: his parents, Leo and Grace Rassat; three infant siblings, Joan, Mark and Michael; nephew, Patrick Rassat; brother-in-law, Gary Manteuffel; and mother-in-law, Theresa Ludwig.

Phyllis Johnson will provide the music for the service.

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

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