Obituaries 01/11/24

Daniel Anderson, 73

Daniel Glenn Anderson, beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, and friend went home to be with his Lord on January 1, 2024, at the age of 73. He was born in Anchorage, Alaska on April 10, 1950, to Vernon and Ruth Anderson. After six years of ministry in North St Paul, MN, in 1959, the family was called to serve on the mission field in Brazil.

Over the course of the next nine years, Dan would have many adventures on the mission field, which he happily repeated to all who would listen, but more importantly he would develop a love for the four things that defined him: fishing, soccer, music, and service to the Lord.

Dan graduated from Del Mar High School in San Jose, CA, in 1968 while the family was on sabbatical. In 1973, Dan graduated from Bethel College, and in 1975, he earned his master’s degree in education from St. Thomas. On March 22, 1975, he married the love of his life, Barbara Lois (Sandstrom), and shortly thereafter, they relocated back to Brazil where they welcomed their first child, Michael David.

After teaching biology at an international school in Brazil for two years, Dan and Barb moved back to the United States where they settled in Buffalo, MN, and welcomed their second child, Christina Joy. Dan established the American Family Insurance Agency in Buffalo and ran a successful business for over 36 years. His real passion however was teaching, counseling, and playing music. For many years, he played in the band Cornerstone, which he founded with his brother, Tim, Kevin Walton, Shawn Kolles, and Dale Bergstrom, and most Sundays, you would find him on stage at Buffalo Covenant Church playing and singing in the worship band. In 1988, he earned his degree in family and marriage counseling from Bethel Seminary, which he used for many years to help others.  

After retiring from his insurance agency, he frequently joined his brother, Tim, on their cattle ranch in Brazil where he took great pleasure in running the estate.

Daniel was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Ruth Anderson; and his brother-in-law, Bob Anderson. 

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; his son, Michael (Stephanie) Anderson; and daughter, Christina (Chad) Hanson; as well as his sister, Priscilla Anderson; and brother, Tim (Robin) Anderson. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Peyton, Jack, and Mckenna Anderson, Kayla, and Emery Hanson. His memory will be cherished by numerous other relatives and friends whose lives he touched.

A memorial service to celebrate Dan’s life will be held on Thursday, January 11, 2024, at 11 a.m. at Buffalo Covenant Church, with visitation beforehand starting at 9:30 a.m., and a luncheon immediately to follow. 

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo, and online condolences for the family can be shared at


Mary Barnes, 67

Mary Beth Barnes, 67, longtime resident of Hanover, passed away at North Memorial Hospital in Maple Grove surrounded by her family on January 2, 2024, from complications with COPD and Influenza. 

She will be missed by husband of 34 years, Philip “Sam” Barnes; son, Brian (Amanda) Gronsberg; granddaughters, Savannah and Myla; siblings, Darlene Lambrecht, Jimmy Kuehn, Judy Bermel, Terry Kuehn, and Bonnie Hagen; nieces and nephews; many friends.  

Preceded in death by parents, Paul and Clara Kuehn; first husband, Philip “Skeeter” Gronsberg; siblings, Darwin (Cathy), Lisa (Dave) Harrington; in-laws, Wally Lambrecht, Larry Bermel, and Greg Hagen. 

Mary comes from a large, tight-knit family, and she enjoyed family get togethers, fishing, camping, motorcycling, playing cards, cooking, baking, and gardening, but most of all, spending time with her granddaughters, Savannah and Myla.

Mary wanted an old- fashioned funeral and Christian burial, which was held on Monday, January 8, 2024, at 11:00 A.M. at St. Thomas The Apostle Catholic Church, 20000 County Road 10, in Corcoran, MN  55340. Father Glen Jenson will be the Celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Thomas Cemetery. 

A visitation was held on Sunday, January 7, from 4-8 P.M. at The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home. Further visitation was held on Monday, January 8, one hour prior to Mass at the church.

Casket Bearers were Travis Bermel, Amanda Branchfield, Chris Hagen, Mark Kuehn, Josh Kuehn, and Randy Barnes.

The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home served the family. Online condolences may be made to


Weldon Ebert, 84

Weldon Bradley Ebert, age 84, of St. Michael, MN, passed away on January 7, 2024.

 He was born in Minneapolis (Corcoran), Minnesota, to Alfred and Lillian (Neumann) Ebert on May 28, 1939. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Lillian Ebert; brothers, Russell (Nancy), Alvin (Inga); Allan, Robert (Thelma); sister, Lorna Mae (Bobby) Holland; brother-in-law, Donald Potter; and foster daughter, Louise Amann. 

 To know Weldon was to love Weldon. He always had a joke and a smile for all that he met. Raised on the farm in Corcoran, he gained a strong work ethic and as one of the younger children, was a known prankster. During his lifetime, he proudly served in the Army as an MP at a nuclear missile site; he also served the Hanover community as a police officer (where he was known to give rides home when people were having too much fun), and a volunteer fireman for over 10 years. Weldon had strong hands that were always there to help wherever needed, working with concrete in the early days, on the Dixon family farm, as machinist at C & W Spinning, Caprice Woodcraft, B & D Machine Inc., delivering wood at the River Inn, or making his famous maple syrup at the sugar shack. 

 Survived by loving wife, Gloria (Dixon), of 62 years; and children, Janell (Dan) Goskey, Bradley (Amy) Ebert, LeeAnn (Fred) Fielding, Thomas (Tabitha) Ebert; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Also survived by sister, Dianne Potter, of Spooner, WI; as well as many nieces and nephews and several Godchildren.  

Weldon was blessed with a huge heart that not only encompassed his family, but everyone that he met, including our very special “family,” Kermit and Josh Amann; Troy Daily; as well as his special friends at the River Inn. He will live on in our hearts forever …… not half baked, but Wel Don!  

 Visitation Thursday, January 18, 2024, at The Peterson Chapel, St. Michael/Albertville Funeral Home, from 4:00-8:00 with prayer service at 7:00 PM.  Further visitation will take place one hour prior to the services at the church. 

Funeral Services for Weldon Ebert will be held Friday, January 19, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hanover, MN, at 11:00 AM.  Inurnment to follow at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Hanover. 

The Peterson Chapel, St. Michael/Albertville Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements. On-line condolences can be made at


James Lanie, 88

James “Jim” Elmer Lanie, age 88, of Buffalo, passed away on Thursday, December 28, 2023.  

He was born on August 16, 1935, in Browns Valley, Minnesota. The son of Louis and Ida Lanie. James honorably served his Country in The United States Navy where he was a plank owner on the world’s first super carrier, the USS Forrestal (CVA-59).

James, amongst many things, was an entrepreneur. He started, owned, and operated multiple businesses before finally settling on Buffalo Glass and Lock. He operated this business and lived in the Buffalo area for over 30 years. James’s hobbies consisted of working, fixing, or building just about anything. Over the years, he enjoyed restoring old cars, tractors, boats, and motorhomes. Some say, “if you gave Jim a box of parts, he could produce you a tractor.” He also built several houses through the years and was very proud of each and every one of them.

James’ real passion was firearms. Many hours were spent in the “gun room” or on the range building the latest “super gun,” or perfecting the best cartridge. He always said his bullets would shoot so far, he would load a little salt with them to preserve the meat until he could get there. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

James is survived by his loving wife, Donna; children, Louis Lanie, Karen (Bruce) Wenz, Ginger (Mark) Thompson, Cheri (Roger) Jones, Doug Minett, Mike (Stacy) Lanie and Troy (Nicole) Lanie; fourteen grandchildren, and fourteen-great grandchildren; other relatives and friends. 

James was preceded in death by his grandson, Brandon Lanie; his parents; a brother; and two sisters. 

Inurnment with military rites Thursday morning, January 11, 2024, at 11:00 A.M., Assembly Area #3 at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. 

A Celebration of Life for James E. Lanie will be held on Thursday, January 11, 2024, at 3 p.m. at The Bison Creek Event Center in Buffalo MN. 

A Luncheon will follow. 

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


Myron Rux, 90

With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Myron (Mike) Rux, age 90, of Rockford, MN. He passed away peacefully on December 23, 2023, at United Hospital where he was admitted for a brief time and never regained consciousness. 

He was preceded in death by his father, William Rux; mother, Mabel Harff Rux; and son, Rick Rux, all of Rockford, MN. 

He is survived by his wife and high school sweetheart, Ellie Morin Rux; children, Julie Patnode (Randy), of Minnesota, Lonny Rux (Lene), of Hawaii, Sandy Scarnato (Bill), of South Carolina; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and also, many relatives whom he loved very much. 

He was a graduate of Rockford High School, then served in the Army and went on to work for FMC where he retired after 45 years. He loved to travel, read, watch old westerns, research his family tree, and continue to learn about the history of his country. 

He had many hobbies and was a jack of all trades. He enjoyed his Grain Belt beer and his many friends at Billy’s and his kind neighbors, Perry and Linda Rux. Mike played amateur baseball from 1948-1973; he was inducted into the North Star Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994. We will all miss him very much; he was an amazing man. 

A celebration of Mike’s life will be determined at a later date. 

Arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo. Online condolences for the family may be directed to


Marvid Skeslien, 97 

Marvid “Bud” Harlin Skeslien passed away January 1, 2024, at the age of 97 and one day.  

He was born December 31, 1926, to the late Martin and Bertha (Olson) Skeslien in Glenwood, MN, the oldest of three children. He was confirmed in the Lutheran faith at age twelve. He attended school through the 8th grade and worked on farms in the local community for several years.  

Marvid honorably served his country in the Army from 1948 to 1952, receiving a Korean Service Medal with one bronze star, MKM Badge M-1, and Occ Medal (Japan) UN Services ribbon.

Marvid and Peggy (Berthiaume) were united in marriage on October 15, 1988, at their home in Waverly, MN. They enjoyed fishing several lakes in MN but loved Lake of the Woods and Mille Lacs Lake most. Many hunting trips were made to Underwood and northern MN.  Wintering at Wild Horse Ranch in Tucson, Arizona, and Burro Mountain, Silver City, New Mexico, was filled with several four-wheeler adventures.

Marvid is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Peggy; sister, Laverne (Clem) Reining; daughter-in-law, Dar Denzer; grandchildren, Pam (Dave) Ochs, Patty Denzer, Scott (Laureen) Denzer, Cheryl (Mark) Niebur, Craig (Mary) Denzer; 21 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Michael (Linda) Berthiaume; sisters-in-law, Eleanore Berthiaume, Leone Anderson, Rose (Kevin) Rasset, Pam Kummer; numerous nieces and nephews.

Marvid is preceded in death by his parents; son, Merle “Dug” Denzer; sister and brother-in-law, Elaine and Don Janssen; nephew, Mike Reining; mother-in-law, Leone Berthiaume; six brothers-in-law and one sister-in-law.

A special thank you to Triniti Home Health and Hospice for their unending care and support.

Funeral service with military honors for Marvid was held Saturday, January 6, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, MN.

Officiating was Pastor Dean Brown.

Luncheon followed the service at Huikko’s Bison Creek Event Center in Buffalo, MN.

Inurnment will take place at Ft. Snelling at a later date.

Arrangements were entrusted to The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, MN.


Gayle Yager, 86 

Gayle Ruby Yager, age 86 of Buffalo, MN, previously of Howard Lake, MN, peacefully passed away on December 23, 2023. 

She was born on August 2, 1937, in Buffalo, MN, the eldest daughter of Clarence and Florence (Holland) Rose. Gayle was raised in the Lutheran faith and confirmed at the age of 13 at Bethlehem Lutheran. She attended and graduated from Maple Lake High School. 

Growing up on the family farm, Gayle enjoyed all the outside chores like baling hay and milking cows. Her favorite was caring for her horse. 

Gayle was united in marriage to Ralph Yager on June 3, 1956, at Bethlehem Lutheran. This union was blessed with the birth of three children. Together, they made their home outside of Howard Lake. 

Known for her vibrant spirit, Gayle was a social butterfly who loved to dance. The Blue Note, Howard Lake Legion, and wedding dances were some of her favorites. Her enthusiasm for life extended beyond the dance floor; she genuinely enjoyed being in the company of others, making friends easily. 

Gayle lost most of her eyesight in her 40’s. The challenges she faced did not change her. She remained resilient and enjoying life to the fullest. Gayle found joy in the simple pleasures of life, traveling, going to the casino, shopping, girl trips, and swimming at the health club. She also had a passion for card games, particularly hearts and rummy, which became cherished pastimes shared with friends and family. 

Gayle is survived by her children, Connie (Chris) Johnson, of Cokato, MN, Kurt (Leah) Yager, of Brainerd, MN, and Jodi (Greg) Yee, of San Diego, CA; grandchildren, Michael Frieler, Kyle Johnson, Megan Johnson, Kayla (Ben) Tronson, Heather (Nate) Schleif, Deven (Emily) Yee, and Gayle (Andrew) Goerzen; 16 great-grandchildren; also, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Ralph; sisters, Kathryn Laager and Karen Klugow.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Vision Loss Resources.

Memorial service for Gayle will be held Friday, January 12, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service, all at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, MN.  

Officiating will be Pastor Mark Loder. 

Interment will be at St. James Lutheran Cemetery in Howard Lake, MN.

Luncheon to follow the burial at the South Shore Community Center in Howard Lake, MN.

Arrangements were entrusted to The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, MN.




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