Obituaries 9/3/20

Robert Baumgartner, 71

Robert L. Baumgartner, age 71, of Annandale, died Sunday, August 30, 2020 at his home.

Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Annandale. Masks or face coverings are required, and attendees are asked to observe social distancing guidelines.

Robert Leo Baumgartner was born April 30, 1949 in Monticello, Minnesota, to Clarence and Bernadine (Greving) Baumgartner. Bob grew up on the family farm in rural Clearwater, and attended school in Annandale, graduating with the Class of 1967. After his graduation, Bob honorably served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, while be stationed in Germany. Upon his discharge, he returned to the family farm and worked construction with his brothers.

On September 23, 1972, he was united in marriage to Susan Groebner, whom he had met at a party. They made their home in Maple Grove, where they raised their family. They later divorced.

Bob worked as an auto mechanic for approximately 40 years for Barnett Chrysler Jeep in White Bear Lake. Bob returned to the Annandale area in the mid-1990s, where he has made his home since. For many years, Bob organized the pool tournaments at the Rendezvous Bar and Grill (formerly JJ’s) in Annandale.

In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing, fishing, and then finding some more time to fish. Cars were always of a special interest to him, and he was known to enjoy the occasional Pabst Blue Ribbon. Robert always remained a dedicated family man to his sisters and brothers.

Robert is survived by his children, Timothy of Annandale, Sean (Katy), of Dickinson, TX, and Lynsey, of Sauk Centre; five grandchildren, Christin, Roismarie, Johnathen, Philip, and Grace; siblings, Jerry, of Annandale, Nancy (Ken) Oksendahl, of Richmond, Joan Robinson, of Monticello, Alice (Alvin) Meemken, of Rice, and Margaret (Dan) Schumacher, of Milaca; and many nieces, nephews, other family members and dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Bernadine; and siblings, Dorothy, Donna, Frank, Tom, and Lester.

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Cynthia Booth, 72

Cynthia “Cindi” Booth, age 72, of Maple Lake, died Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at her home.

A public visitation will be held on Thursday, September 3, 2020 from 5-6:45 p.m. at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Maple Lake with a private Service Celebrating her life at 7:00 p.m. Holly Carroll will lead the service. Masks are required inside the funeral chapel. Physical distancing and capacity limitations will be observed. The service will be live streamed for those unable to physically attend.

Cynthia Claire Booth was born to Ralph and Marion (Clausen) Lidster on December 12, 1947. She graduated from Bloomington High School and continued her education at a business school. Cindi was united in marriage to Clair Booth at their home in Watertown in 1979.

She worked with her father at Lidster Upholstery in Long Lake and B&L Upholstery in Maple Lake. She also worked with her husband at Suburban Auto Body in Maple Plain. Cindi enjoyed being in the outdoors, especially boating, fishing, gardening, tending her flowers and working on crafts.

She is survived by her daughter, Rochelle (Schawn) Powell, of Ramsey; brother, Mark Wamhoff, of Portland, OR; and sister, Darlene Hagen, of Clinton, MT. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; granddaughter, Andrea Lee Northern; and brother, Randy.

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Frances Decker, 92

Frances Dolores Decker went to see her Jesus on August 25, 2020, at the age of 92.

She was born on July 2, 1928 to Frank and Carolyn (Meyer) Decker in Buffalo, Minnesota.  She grew up on what the family called the “Big Farm” on the north side of Buffalo Lake, where the Davis addition is now.

Fran attended Buffalo High School where she played girl basketball, as well as clarinet in the band. After graduation in 1946, she enrolled in St. Paul Bible Institute and College, majoring in Theology and graduated in 1951, and in Christian education in 1958. She took courses at St. Cloud State College, in St. Cloud, Minnesota. She had earned a master’s degree in religious education from New York University in New York City in 1964. Her gifts, talents and education were shared in churches in the Twin Cities area, witnessing to and touching the lives of many children and their families.

Fran moved to Chicago to work in the denominational offices in the Department of Christian Education as the director of mobile ministry and field service from 1971 to 1980. Throughout that time, she traveled to 400 Covenant churches in nearly every state to help develop Christian education programs. Fran then returned to congregational ministry, serving as associate pastor and minister of Christian education at Salem Covenant Church in New Brighton, Minnesota

Answering the call that she had felt as a young woman, she entered seminary at North Park Theology Seminary in Chicago. In 1986, Fran was one of the first women to be ordained by the Covenant Church. In 2008, she reflected on the changes in the denomination. “I’m just grateful that the Covenant saw the value in blessing women for ministry,” she said. Salem Covenant Church and Brookdale Covenant Church were blessed with her ministry.

In 1992, she began serving as chaplain at Bethany Covenant Home, a senior care facility in Minneapolis, a post she would continue for many years, even after 2012, when Bethany was sold by the Evangelical Covenant Church. In 2008, Fran was honored at a party to celebrate her 50 years of consecutive ministry and her 80th birthday. Over 200 people attended. At the time, Fran called the celebration “a powerful affirmation of me and my ministry.” She continued working long after others would have retired. “My call is to be faithful to the Lord,” she said. “Until he frees me to leave, I’ll be here.”

Fran relished traveling with her sister Lucille and brother Donald. She and Lucille accomplished their goal of seeing all 7 continents, bringing home treasures and memories to share. At one of the annual family picnics, she displayed the flags of each country from which our ancestors came. 

One of Fran’s passions was compiling the Decker and Meyer Family Trees. She organized family stories, recipes and photos and placed them in albums. Each summer at our picnic, we’d enjoy seeing the photos of grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-great-grandparents and share new photos and stories.

Fran lived at Covenant Living of Golden Valley for her final years. Fran was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Carolyn Decker, (Buffalo); brothers, Kenneth, (Buffalo), Gahart, (Monticello), and Donald, (Buffalo/Chicago). She is survived by her sister, Lucille Decker, (Buffalo/Princeton) and many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Visitation will be held at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, 2250 Saint Anthony Pkwy., Minneapolis, MN 55418 on Thursday, September 3, at 10:00 a.m., with the funeral following at 11:00 a.m.


Ellen Point, 92

Ellen M. Point, age 92, of Buffalo, passed away on Sunday, August 30, 2020 at The Park View Care Center.

Ellen was born in Minneapolis on April 2, 1928, the daughter of J.R. and Mary Ellen (Montgomery) Campbell.  At the age of 10, she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior. Ellen graduated High School in 1946 at Buffalo High School. She went on to Wheaton College and graduated in 1950. Ellen taught Home Economics in Jackson and Monticello Minnesota. Ellen joined her father at Campbell Abstract and took over the family business in 1964.

On June 29, 1957, Ellen M. Campbell and Lloyd K. Point were joined in holy marriage at The Buffalo Presbyterian Church. Their marriage was blessed with three children, Delbert, Mary Jo, and Russell.

She was a longtime member of The Buffalo Presbyterian Church, P.E.O., Christian Women, and The Red Hat Society.

Ellen is survived by her loving children, Delbert (Gail) Point, of Waterville, Mary Jo (E.G.) Smith, of Kingston Springs, Tennessee and Russell (Karen) Point, of Buffalo; six grandchildren, Charles (Dana) Smith, Russell Smith and Elliot Smith; Kandace Point, Joseph (Megan) Point and Erickson Point; a great-grandchild, Ira Joseph Point; sister-in-law, Ruth Zinter; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lloyd; her brother, Roy; sister-in-law, Merle Campbell; and brother-in-law, Donald Zinter.

Funeral Services for Ellen M. Point will be held on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Buffalo Evangelical Covenant Church. Interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Buffalo.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 9 at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo from 4-8 p.m. Further visitation will be held on Thursday, September 10 one hour prior to services at the church.

Casket Bearers will be Elliot Smith - grandson, Joe Point - grandson, Erickson Point - grandson, Doug Block - longtime family friend, Steve Markve - longtime family friend and Dave Spike - longtime family friend.

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



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