Obituaries 9/24/20

Roberta Christenson, 91

Roberta Frances Christenson, age 91, of Buffalo, formerly of Northfield, passed away Wednesday, September 16, 2020, at Park View Care Center in Buffalo.

Roberta was born the daughter of Frank and Sarah (Simpson) Harkness on February 6, 1929, at the family home in Sciota Township, Dakota County, Minnesota. She started school at Randolph Public School. During first grade the family moved to the Simpson family farm in Greenvale Township, where she attended Kannary Country School through eighth grade.

She graduated from Northfield High School in 1947. Following high school, she attended the University of Minnesota. She was the co-editor of the University newspaper where she met a typist named Wallace. They were united in marriage on June 8, 1949, at the Methodist Church in Northfield. The couple moved to Chaska where they farmed with Wally’s parents until the fall of 1951, when they returned back to her childhood home in Greenvale Township. In 1973, the family moved to Excelsior, Minnesota located near Wally’s parents. In 1980, they moved back to Northfield, again making them closer to family. Roberta began working for St. Olaf College as a King’s Room cook.

They moved to Buffalo in 2001, where they enjoyed helping with their son Lloyd’s horse business.  Wally passed away in June of 2012.  Roberta moved to Park Terrace Assisted Living in July of 2016. 

Roberta enjoyed sewing especially quilting. Recently making all 10 grandchildren a special quilt. She also enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening. She was known for baking, especially her Grammie Rolls and canning her garden produce. Wally and Roberta farmed. Her passion for raising and caring for farm animals, cultivating the soil and raising crops was exemplary. Roberta was incredibly supportive of her family. She was a great listener to their concerns and shared in their accomplishments. Roberta valued her Christian upbringing and her faith was evident.

She is survived by her children, Cynthia (Philip) Terpstra, of Northfield, LuJean Paulson, of Northfield, Elizabeth “Betsy” Lund, of Buffalo,  Lloyd (Melissa), of Buffalo and Jennifer (Christopher) Hoff, of Woodbury; nine grandchildren, Scott (Jennifer) Paulson, Ryan (Molly) Paulson, Benjamin (Erin) Terpstra, William (Amy) Terpstra, Charles (Ashley) Terpstra, Jacob Christenson, Emma Hoff, Noah Christenson, and Sam Hoff; 15 great-grandchildren Peyton, Ava, Isabelle, Eli, Beau, Madilyn, Elsa, Zachary, Emerson, John, Frances, George, Sarah, Katherine and Claire.

Roberta was preceded in death by her husband, Wallace (2012); a grandson, Christopher Lund; two sons-in-law, George Paulson, Darwin Lund; an infant brother, James Robert; and a sister, Mary Harkness. Roberta was the last surviving cousin on both Harkness and Simpson sides.

Services will be held at Bierman Funeral Home and Crematory on Thursday, September 24, 2020 beginning at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Rachel McIver Morey officiating.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Roberta will be laid to rest alongside her husband at Red Rose Cemetery.


Michael Evenson, 69

Graveside services will be at a later date for Michael “Mikey” E. Evenson, age 69, of Rockford, who passed away at the St. Cloud Hospital on Saturday, September 12, 2020. Burial will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls. Arrangements are entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.

Michael Edwin Evenson was born on July 10, 1951 in Fargo, ND to Donald and Arlene (Harrington) Evenson. He lived most of his life in Rockford, and Bloomington prior to that. Mikey served his country in the United States Navy. He enjoyed fishing and traveling. Mikey was a likeable person, making friends with everyone he met. He had a great sense of humor.

Survivors include his fiancée, Marsha Ptacek, of Rockford; sister, Diane Weller, of Hackensack; brother, Donald (Beth) Evenson, Jr., of Monticello; and half-brother, Eldon (Karen) Miller, of Kansas City, MO. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother-in-law, Jerry Weller.

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Barbara Hinz, 80

Barbara Runkle (Davisson) Hinz passed away September 3, 2020 in Minneapolis, MN. She was 80 years old.

She was born on April 7, 1940, the daughter of the late Jack and Alma June (Hartman) Runkle in Denver, Colorado. Barbara led an interesting life with moves from Colorado, Illinois, to Kansas, and finally landing in Minnesota where she lived until her passing.

She was active in the La Lache League in Buffalo as well as the Lutheran churches she attended: St. John’s (Buffalo), Mount Olive (Minneapolis), Zion (Buffalo), and Mount Herman (Annandale). She was a skilled seamstress and would often make clothing for her children. Barbara loved spending time in the outdoor, especially camping on the North Shore near Gooseberry Falls. She was known for her massive collection of Precious Moments figurines and, in her spare time, she like to participate in festivals and reenactments with the Viking Age Club and Society of Minnesota.

In 1996, Barbara fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming a Registered Nurse when she graduated from Anoka Ramsey Community College School of Nursing in Coon Rapids, MN. She worked as an RN until her retirement.

She is survived by her nine children, Leigh (Olivier) Monichon, Timothy (Karin), Mark Davisson, Stephanie (Jim) Etterman, Christa (Joe) Hinz Lambrecht, Sarah (Bob) Hinz Everts, Matthew (Melinda) Hinz, Naomi Hinz, and Samuel (Jen) Hinz; 13 grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

Barbara is preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Alma June Runkle; and sister, Bonnie Lee.

Memorial Service will be held Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, MN.

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Kenneth Marohn, 86

Kenneth Edwin Marohn was born April 14, 1934, to Edwin and Esther (Goerke) Marohn.  Ken was born on the home farm in Middleville Township north of Howard Lake. He passed away at Mercy Hospital at the age of 86 years, on September 14, 2020.

He was baptized and confirmed in Bethlehem Lutheran Church and graduated from Annandale High School in 1952.

He joined the United States Navy and served for four years, spending most of his service time on the carriers.  Upon honorable discharge he worked in San Salvador as an electronic technician for RCA for two years.  He also worked for Control Data for about 20 years while farming north of Howard Lake.

Ken was preceded in death by his grandparents; his parents, Edwin and Esther; and his brother, Ronald. He is survived by his brother, Norman (Toots), brother, William (Kay); and sister, Jeanette (Vernon Beckala); and sister-in-law, Alice Marohn. Other survivors also include his 13 nieces and nephews, John and Eddie Marohn and Lisa (Jim Spitz); Dawnine Beckala, Jamie (Denise) and Chad (Denise) and Stacy (Michael Blackmun); Terri (Lon Spangrud), Keith Marohn, Heather (Scott Ludwig); Sarah (Nathan Miller), Jennifer (Chad Haas), and Holly (Scott Wellman); as well as friends and relatives.

Funeral services were held Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation 1 hour prior to service at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Middleville Township, Annandale, Minnesota. Pastor Rob Jarvis will be officiating.

Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home, 320-286-2534,


Lester Paumen, 91

Lester C. Paumen, age 91, of Maple Lake, died Thursday, September 17, 2020 at the Cokato Manor.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at St. Timothy Catholic Church, Maple Lake with Fr. John Meyer as Celebrant. Burial followed at St. Timothy Catholic Cemetery. Public visitation was held from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday and 9-10 a.m. Wednesday, both at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Maple Lake. Face coverings, physical distancing and capacity guidelines will be observed. The service will be live streamed on the funeral home’s website.

Lester Conrad Paumen was born November 11, 1928, at his family home in Maple Lake, the son of Jacob and Philomena “Minnie” (Wurm) Paumen. He attended school in Annandale, where he graduated with the Class of 1948.

On September 18, 1951, Lester C. Paumen and Darlene M. Beauchamp were joined in holy matrimony at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly. God blessed their marriage with seven children, Patricia, Gordon, Marie, Roger, Lynn, James and Douglas.

Les honorably served his country in the United States Army as an MP for 18 months while stationed in California and Washington; he was honorably discharged as a Corporal. Upon his discharge, he returned to Waverly to run Dar’s family farm after her brother and father died in 1954.

As a family, they made their home on the farm while continuing the operation. Les was a member of the Maple Lake American Legion Post 131. He was a member of St. Timothy Catholic Church during his younger years. After his marriage, Les and his family were members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly. They remained members until 1988, when he and Dar moved to Maple Lake and then, again, became members of St. Timothy’s Catholic Church.

Les enjoyed fishing, hunting, and constantly being on the go with his friends. He would visit friends and relatives in nursing homes often to help them pass the time.

Les is survived by his children, Patti (Henry) Becker, Gordy (Jan) Paumen, Marie “Missie” (Jim) Dooley, Roger (Cindy) Paumen, Lynn (Larry) Lindenfelser, Jim (Judy) Paumen and Doug (Paula) Paumen; 17 grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, five step-great-grandchildren; siblings, Orville (Rita) Paumen and Beatrice (Doug) Psyk; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Darlene Paumen; father, Jacob Paumen; mother, Philomena Paumen; brothers, Clayton and Clifford Paumen; and sisters, Margaret Rathje and Doris Mae Guggemos.

The casket bearers were Jake Paumen, Troy Lindenfelser, Tony Paumen, Dillon Paumen, Niki Engler and Jenny Schwartz. Sarah Goelz provided music for the service.

Arrangements entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care Burial and Cremation Services of Maple Lake.

A sincere thank you to everyone for all the love and support we have received during this difficult time. In lieu of sending thank you cards, we would like to thank everyone who has brought food, sent cards, beautiful flowers, and all the kind words.

- Love the family of Lester Paumen


Marian Roehl, 92

Roehl, Marian (nee Arens), age 92, of Buffalo, passed away September 21, 2020. Preceded in death by husband of 61 plus years, Edmund “Jack” Roehl.

See full notice next week. Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo, MN, 763-682-1363.


Tracey Rosso, 61

Tracey Marie (Snyder) Rosso, age 61, of Corcoran MN, passed away peacefully on September 6, 2020 with her loving family around her. God took her home after a truly courageous five-year battle with a brain tumor that could not break her spirit.

Tracey was born in Robbinsdale, MN to her parents, Ronald and Charlene Snyder. She grew up in Osseo, MN and excelled in high school there as a student and athlete, lettering in four sports. She graduated in 1977 and following in her mother’s footsteps, went on to pursue a degree in Elementary Education at the U of M.

In the summer of 1979, she took a trip that changed her life. During a grand adventure to see her high school sweetheart working in Alaska, she accepted his proposal under a double rainbow. She married Bill Rosso later that same year, and their love was blessed with four beautiful children, Blake, Derek, Kathleen and Lauren. Before starting her family, Tracey graduated from the U of M and would later receive her master’s degree from St. Mary’s University. Teaching and helping children was her passion. Tracey retired in 2018, after 34 wonderful years with the Elk River School District, where she touched the lives of thousands of students.

Nothing meant more to Tracey than family. Her children and grandchildren were her greatest joy, and she worked tirelessly to build a loving home for them. Tracey was an avid fan at their sporting events, especially hockey. From termites to college, she rarely missed the chance to cheer on her skaters. As they grew and moved away, her mission was to gather them up, all together once a year, and have them under one roof. From Maine to Minnesota to Montana, they would come, and she could put her arms around everyone again.

Tracey enjoyed and loved so much in life. The list is endless, but on the top would be these — canoeing and fishing and hiking with Bill, playing with her grandchildren, her home in Corcoran, babies and Christmas and John Denver songs, her garden, her cabin in Grand Marais with the autumn maples turning, heart rocks, the sound of owls, making chocolate chip cookies, Vikings football, her dearest friends from high school and teaching and life’s journey, and sunshine.

Loving heart. Compassionate teacher. Generous, caring and beautiful soul. This world’s loss is Heaven’s gain.

Tracey is survived by Bill, her loving husband of 42 years; precious children, Blake (Erika) Rosso, Derek (Maria) Rosso, Kathleen Rosso, and Lauren Rosso; dear sisters, Becky (Joe) Greeley and Shelly Gibney; dear brother, Mark (Sanchia) Snyder; cherished grandchildren, Charlie, Hannah and Ben (Derek), Sienna and Lila (Blake); as well as many loved nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents, Ronald and Charlene Snyder.

Funeral service and internment will be at 1 p.m. on Sunday, November 1, 2020 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Maple Grove, MN. Due to COVID restrictions attendance is limited to invited family and friends. The service will be live streamed at

Evans-Nordby Funeral Home, 763-424-4000,



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