Obituaries 11/21/19

John Dixon, 95

John Douglas Dixon, age 95, of Plymouth, passed away Sunday, November 17, 2019. He was born July 29, 1924 in Montrose, the youngest child of James Darrow and Evelyn Johanna (Wandersee) Dixon.

He was baptized on and confirmed at Cross Lutheran Church in Rockford.

John graduated from Buffalo High School in 1941. He received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and his Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri in Columbia.

On August 26, 1949, John Douglas Dixon and Ruth Hildegard Mielke were united in marriage at Cross Lutheran Church in Rockford.

John was an electrical engineering professor at UND in Grand Forks for 35+ years until his retirement in the late 1980s. He was also past Department Chairman and ambassador for the Electrical Engineering program at UND.

John was a member of the P.o.L.K.of.A Group and past royalty with Ruth, and past Board Member and Sunday School Director at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Grand Forks.

John was very strong and active in his faith and was a faithful member of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Plymouth.

John enjoyed Polka dancing, and he especially enjoyed meeting people and socializing and laughing with them. He loved teaching and his students.

John was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who was kind and generous to all. He was a conscientious and peaceful man.

He was preceded in death by: his parents, James and Evelyn Dixon; older siblings, Donald, Clifford, Kenneth, Aaron, Eloise Lieder; and granddaughter, Ramona Zeman.

John is survived by: his loving wife, Ruth Dixon; children, Rita Zeman (Bryan Striemer), Ron Dixon (Patti Haase), Jeff (Barb) Dixon, Janice Dixon; grandchildren, Renee (Tim), Joe, Sam, Luke; great-grandson, Harrison; sisters-in-laws, Hertha Dixon, Joanne Rogers, Irene Thompson, Judy Mielke; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Visitation was held on Wednesday, November 20, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at The Peterson Chapel, 119 Central Ave., Buffalo. Funeral service will be held Thursday, November 21, at 11:00 a.m., with visitation one hour prior, at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 5005 NW Blvd, Plymouth. Interment will be at Elmwood Cemetery in Rockford.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.


Beatrice Gagnon, 92

Our Beloved Mother, Beatrice (Bea) M. Gagnon, age 91 of Waverly, passed away peacefully on November 13, 2019 at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Howard Lake.

Bea was born on July 2, 1928 in Maple Lake, to Joseph and Albina (Morin) Antil. She grew up on the south side of Lake Ramsey with six brothers; Victor, James, Arthur, Larry, Jerry, Frank and two sisters; Ursula (Sue) Perra and Theresa (Tess) Guggemos.

As a young girl, she loved to read, swim, ice skate and dance. Bea worked at Dirck’s Grocery Store in Maple Lake as a Cashier from 8th to 12th grade after school and on Saturdays. After graduation she worked for the Maple Lake Drug Store until she got married. She was baptized and confirmed at St Timothy’s Catholic Church in Maple Lake. Bea graduated from Maple Lake HS in 1946.

On April 22, 1947 Bea was united in marriage to Lawrence (Pete) Gagnon (from Waverly) at St Timothy’s Catholic Church in Maple Lake by Father O’Brien. They were married 59 years before Pete’s death in 2006 and lived on the Gagnon Homestead in Wright County. God blessed this union with eight children: Steve (Gunner), Kay, Colleen, JoAnn, Mike, Ann, Mary & Patty.

She loved flowers, gardening, canning, baking bread every Saturday, playing cards, visiting family/friends, bus trips and shopping! She was a great cook and loved having family and friends over for Holidays. Saturday night she was always ready for wedding dances in Waverly or at the Blue Note in Winsted.  Bea loved when family came home, and her grandchildren would visit. Bea worked part-time at New Beginnings as a cook. 

She was a faithful member of St Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly. Always ready to help volunteer for the church’s many activities, including teaching religion, communion minister, lector, adorer, circle chair, bible studies and a member of the social ministry committee.

Bea is survived by: her sons, Steve (Judy) Gagnon, Mike (Wanda) Gagnon; daughters, Kay Gagnon, Colleen (Jim) Kimberly,  JoAnn (Rory) Ostgulen,  Ann (Mark) Wackler,  Mary Pettit and Patty (Jeff) Lehner; 17 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren; sister, Tess Guggemos; and sister-in-law’s, Carol Gagnon (NJ) and Jean Antil (ND). She was preceded in death by: her husband; parents; brothers; one sister; and a great-grandson, Evan LaCroix.

A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial for Bea Gagnon will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, November 21. Visitation was on Wednesday, November 20, 4-7 p.m. Rosary will be recited at 8:30 a.m. Thursday morning, November 21, and further visitation from 9-10:45 a.m. All at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Waverly.  Father Kenneth O’Hotto will be the Celebrant. Father Martin Shallbetter and Father Timothy Cloutier will be the Concelebrants. Soloist will be Eunice Oyewole. Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Casket Bearers will be Chad Gagnon, Dean Gagnon, Logan Kimberly, Tony Ostgulen, Andy Gagnon, Luke Gagnon, Daniel Wackler, Brian Pettit, and Cameron Lehner.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to


Mary Jo Hoadley, 89

Mary Jo (McGinty) Hoadley, 89, of St. Benedict’s Assisted Living in Monticello, died peacefully Sunday, November 17 at Monticello Hospital.

Mary Jo was born in Mauston, Wis., August 16, 1930 to Nora and Martin McGinty. She attended the Milwaukee Hospital School of Nursing and had a long career as an RN, primarily in behavioral health, at hospitals in Rochester, Minn.; Calabasas, Calif.; and others.

Mary Jo married Dale Hoadley in June of 1954 and they had five children. The two divorced in 1978. She moved to Southern California in 1980 and loved being in the warm sun for almost 30 years. She then lived in Virginia Beach, Va., for two years before moving to Monticello in 2010.

Mary Jo loved reading, playing tennis, and creating amazingly beautiful needlepoint. She volunteered for her church, Lutheran Social Service, and the Girl Scouts, among other groups. Mary Jo enjoyed playing cards and was very tough to beat at rummy. She was an avid Minnesota Twins fan, watched as often as she could on TV and was able to attend a couple of games at Target Field.

Mary Jo was preceded in death by: her parents; brother, Tremain McGinty; infant son, Dale Jr.; and daughter, Kathleen Franz.

She is survived by: daughters, Carol (Mark) Lostetter, of Buffalo and Barb Chesser (Mike Mueller), of Naperville, Ill.; son, David (Cathy), of Buffalo, and special friends, Gina, Louie and Sophie Tangalakis, of Los Angeles. She was “Grandma Jo” to grandchildren, Jeremy (Libby) Lostetter, Elizabeth Lostetter (Chad Giusti), Nick (Ashley) Lostetter, Laura Chesser, Eric Chesser, Alex Franz, Noah, and Ana Engbloom; and great-grandchildren, Harper, Guthrie, Juniper, Isabelle, and Lucy Lostetter.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 29 at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo. Visitation is at the church one hour prior and lunch at the church will follow. Private burial at a later date.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Monticello Hospital for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to American Heart Association, Planned Parenthood MN/ND or donor’s charity of choice.

The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo served the family.


Richard Milner, 72

Richard Carl Milner, age 72, of Buffalo, passed away Wednesday, November 13, 2019. He was born February 26, 1947 in Oshkosh, WI, the son of Armin and Evelyn (Schliep) Milner.

On July 3, 1976 Richard Milner and Monica Bauer were united in marriage.

He was a hard worker and provider for his family. He enjoyed collecting stamps and coins, and spending time with his family.

He was a very loving husband, father and grandfather who will be deeply missed.

He was preceded in death by: his parents, Armin and Evelyn Milner; sister, Lois; and brother, Bill.

Richard is survived by: his wife, Monica Milner; daughters, Marilyn Bryant, Sara Milner; grandchildren, Jon Bryant, LJay Bryant, Dmon Bryant, JJay Bryant, LouAnn Bryant; sister, Etta Mathe; and many family and friends.

A celebration of life was held Saturday, November 16, at 11:00 a.m. at the Barrington Apartments in Buffalo.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.


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