Obituaries 10/8/20

Doris DesMarais, 98

Doris A. DesMarais (nee DeMars), age 98, a longtime resident of Buffalo, passed away on September 28, 2020. She was born in Otsego Township on July 25, 1922 to Emil and Cecelia (Fissette) DeMars. Doris was baptized at St. Albert’s Catholic Church in Albertville.

Doris and her sister, LaVerna, enlisted in the United States Navy in August of 1944. They were stationed at Miami Naval Air Station in Florida. Doris was discharged in August of 1946, at the rank of Storekeeper 3rd Class.

Before enlisting, Doris went to seamstress school, which was the beginning of her love of sewing. She could make anything with or without a pattern. In later years, she was her family’s mender and tuck taker.

Doris was joined in Holy Matrimony on June 23, 1949 to Lomer DesMarais at St. Albert’s Catholic Church in Albertville. Their marriage was blessed with a son, Gary, and a daughter, Laurie.

Doris and Lomer started their marriage at The DesMarais Brothers farm north of Buffalo where they stayed until 1980. In 1980, they retired and move to a farm closer to Buffalo. Doris and Lomer went to many auctions all over the state of Minnesota. Doris loved flowers. There wasn’t a plant that wouldn’t grow and blossom in her care.

Doris is survived by her children, Gary (Joann) DesMarais and Laurie DesMarais (Glen Williams); grandchildren, Tammy Hackett (Rob Osborne), Tina (Joel) Eich, Darin (Nicci) DesMarais, and Tabitha DesMarais; great-grandchildren, Bill, Lucas and Charlie Hackett, Avery, Lomer, Riley and Hazel Eich, Caden, Davis, Noah and Darin Jr. DesMarais and Christian and Alexander DesMarais; a sister, Leona Summers, and by a brother, Richard DeMars; sisters-in-law, Marilyn DeMars and Anita DeMars; brother-in-law: Gerald Kostuch; many nieces and nephews, and by her caregiver for many years, Ralph Unglesbee.

Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Lomer DesMarais, in 2007; her parents, Emil and Cecelia (Fissette) DeMars; her sisters, Beatrice (Arthur) May, Vivian (John) Wilson, LaVerna (Ed) VanKeuran, Corinne (Herbert) Dehmer, and Edna Kostuch; her brothers, Gordon (Mary) DeMars, Rowland DeMars, Leon DeMars, and Ed DeMars; and by brother-in-law, Lyle Summers. Doris was the last of her generation in the DesMarais family. 

She will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Doris was a lady of few words but was the wind beneath the wings of her family!

Visitation will be Thursday, October 8, 2020, from 4-8 p.m. at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, October 9, 2020, at 11 a.m. with Rosary at 9:30 a.m. and visitation beginning at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo. Military rites will follow the Mass. Private interment will be held at a later date at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in Buffalo. Father Nathaniel Meyers will be the Celebrant. Doris’ great-grandchildren will serve as honorary casket bearers.

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


Winston Klatt, 74

Winston Carl Klatt, age 74, of Lakeville, Minnesota, passed away on Saturday, October 3, 2020.

He was born on January 30, 1946, in Buffalo, Minnesota, the son of Leo and Helen (Westphal) Klatt.

Winston was baptized and confirmed at St John’s Lutheran in Buffalo. In high school, he played football, basketball, and played clarinet in a quartet. After graduating, he attended the University of Minnesota until enlisting in the military.

Winston honorably served his country in the United States Army and was stationed overseas in Germany for three years, traveling often in that time.

On June 27, 1969, Winston Klatt and Gloria Gutknecht were joined in holy marriage at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church-Pelican Lake, and God blessed their marriage with three children.       

Winston started his employment at First Bank in the Twin Cities as a systems analyst and later transitioned into management. He then worked at Citibank in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, for 15 years, before returning to the Twin Cities, working at US Bank, in 1999. During this time, he was also always active in the church. 

Winston liked to travel and took the family on numerous road trips across the country. He had a lively personality and enjoyed the jokes and laughter that were staples of family get-togethers. In his later years, he enjoyed working at Target and socializing with coworkers and patrons alike, while also serving as a regular greeter for guests at Sunday church services. Additionally, he looked forward to taking the dog for long walks and mowing the lawn every four days on his “Deere.” He collected a variety of different items, including: antique furniture and toys, model trains, old cars, and farm implement toys. 

Winston is survived by his loving wife, Gloria; children, Jeffrey (Krista) Klatt, of Minneapolis, Christina Sailer, of Aurora, Illinois, and Kerrianne (Jon) Cassem, of Lakeville; four grandchildren, Carson, Kaden, Lynnea, and Ethan; brothers, Randy Klatt and Johnny Klatt, both of Buffalo, Roger (Carol) Klatt, of Monticello, Peter (Gail) Klatt, of Eagan, and Woodrow “Woody” (Kari) Klatt, of Howard Lake, and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Duane Klatt; sister-in-law, Ginger Klatt; and his parents-in-law, Arthur and Doris Gutknecht.

A private funeral service for immediate family will be held on Friday, October 9, 2020, at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church-Pelican Lake (rural Buffalo, Minnesota). The Reverend Matt Ewart will officiate. Interment will follow at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. A visitation will be held at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church Thursday, October 8 from 2-5 p.m.

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


Joshua Webb, infant

Joshua George Edward Webb, infant son of Joshua and Joy Webb, passed away on October 2, 2020. 

Joshua was born on May 6, 2020 in Buffalo, MN. He was tough fighter and such a loving little boy during his short life. He is loved and will be dearly missed by his parents, Joshua and Joy; his three sisters, Joslyn, Jada and Jemini; also, many other relatives and friends.

Visitation for Joshua was held Monday, October 5, 2020 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Rockford Baptist Church in Rockford, MN. Funeral service was held Monday, October 5, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. also at the Rockford Baptist Church in Rockford, MN. Private family interment will be held at a later date.

Arrangements were entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo, MN, 763-682-1363.





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