Obituaries 03/14/24

Robert Colebank, 92 

Robert Frank Colebank passed away peacefully on March 7, 2024, at the age of 92.

He was born September 28, 1931, in Minneapolis, MN, to Donald and Merle (Laflin) Colebank.

Bob graduated from North High School in 1949. After graduation, Bob attended the University of Minnesota St. Paul Ag Campus and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Dairy Science and Agriculture Economics. He spent many summers working on his grandparents’ farms in Madelia and Maple Grove, MN. Bob told his mother in his younger years that he always wanted to be a dairy farmer.

On September 17, 1955, Bob married the love of his life, Ruth (Pipenhagen) Colebank, and they were married for 68 years.

Bob and his wife, Ruth, began farming in Maple Grove and then eventually moved to Corcoran, MN, in 1968 where they farmed until retirement in 1996. They were currently residing in Buffalo, MN, since 2006. Bob was awarded Outstanding Farmer of Hennepin County in 1963 and 1968 and also Farm Family of the Year for Hennepin County in 1984. In addition to farming, he also served three years on the City of Corcoran Planning Commission, 16 years as treasurer for Hennepin County Dairy Herd Improvement Association, Treasurer for Burschville Coop, Wright-Hennepin Electric Trust Board, and treasurer for Immanual United Methodist Church.

Bob is survived by his loving wife, Ruth; and children, Scott (Julie Berning) Colebank, Leanne LaFave (Chuck Dressen) and Linne (Bruce) Lemke; daughter-in-law, Kim Colebank and fiancé, Ken Shank; sister, Margaret (Bob) Telander; grandchildren, Tonya (Mike Witt) LaFave, Holly (Hollis) Larson, John (Heather) LaFave, Jason (Catie) Colebank, Brianna (Chris) Gadacz, Jenna Colebank, Brittni (Jon) Wawra, and Brielle (Domanick) Bainey. Bob was very proud of his 25 great-grandchildren and attended many of their sporting and school activities. He loved all his extended family and friends so much!

Bob is preceded in death by his parents; son, Robert; granddaughter, Jessie LaFave; and son-in-law, Ed LaFave.

A Visitation was held on Monday, March 11, at Peterson Chapel, 300 Main St. N, St. Michael, MN, from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.

A celebration of life was held Tuesday, March 12, at Immanuel United Methodist Church, 10025 Brockton Ln N, Corcoran, MN, at 11:00 A.M. with a reviewal one and a half hours before. Pastor Abigail Falk officiated. Pianist was Leanne LaFave, and soloist was Dale Brown.   

A lunch was provided at the church after the service.

Honorary Casket Bearer: Jessie LaFave

Casket Bearers were: Tonya LaFave, Holly Larson, John LaFave, Jason Colebank, Brianna Gadacz, Jenna Colebank, Brittni Wawra, and Brielle Bainey. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Immanuel United Methodist Church, 10025 Brockton Ln N, Corcoran, MN.

Services were livestreamed on Immanuel United Methodist Church’s Facebook page.

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



Sherryl Conzet, 67 

Sherryl Rose Conzet was born in California on April 12, 1956. She met the love of her life there, got married, and moved to Minnesota in 1973. She raised three kids and was later promoted to grandma and then great-grandma. She loved playing word games, baking, stopping at garage sales, and spending time with her family. She loved going on adventures, even if it was just to town to get some French fries. 

She took her final adventure on January 16, 2024, surrounded by her family, she slipped away peacefully. 

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Steve; children, Dave (Steph) Conzet, Keith Conzet, and Sarah Conzet; grandchildren, Ashley (Jake) Zieman, Xavier (Tiwonge) Conzet, Josh, Steven, David, Christopher, and Kayle Conzet; and great-granddaughter, Jordyn Conzet.  

A celebration of her life will be held on April 13, 2024, at 11 a.m. at the Maple Lake Bar and Grill.


Chester Huston, 79

It is with great sadness that we say our final goodbye to Chester “Chuck” Huston. Chuck passed away on March 7, 2024, at the age of 79, following a steady decline from the terrible disease of dementia. We slowly said our good-byes over the past two years, as his memory robbed him of the ability to recognize loved ones.

He was born on August 21, 1944, to Albert “Kay” and Mildred “Millie” (Carlson) Huston. He grew up in Buffalo and graduated with the Class of 1962 from Buffalo High School. He enlisted with the Naval Air Reserves and served from 1964-1970.

On September 17, 1966, he was joined in marriage with Doris Stumpf. Their marriage was blessed with two sons and a daughter. 

Chuck worked as a Culligan man before joining his brothers to form Huston’s, Inc. and working at Huston’s Sports in Buffalo. In 1982, Chuck and Doris bought the hunting and fishing business from a previous owner and began the shop under Huston’s Sports once again. After selling the business, Chuck worked as a custodian at both the Wright and Aitkin County Courthouses before retiring in 2006. 

Chuck loved watching his children and grandchildren through their school years in all of their many sporting events. He especially enjoyed being outdoors, going for long walks with Doris, and loved fishing and hunting.  

The past four years Chuck was able to live in the cabin of his dreams on a small lake in the middle of the woods in Palisade, Minnesota. He often asked people who in their right mind would want to live so far back in the woods! He loved fishing with his good friend, Jerry Wandersee, making some of the best moments of his retired life. 

Chuck is preceded in death by his parents and in-laws; brother, Kenneth; infant brother, Dale; and young sister, Sharon. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years who cared for him with so much love and understanding until she needed to reach out to others for help; son, Mark and his wife, Jane, and their children Connor, Brandon, and Brianna; daughter Shannon and her husband that was like a son to Chuck, Mike Diers, and their children, Carter and Jordan Diers and Morgan and Adam Huxell; and son, Adam and his wife, Jody Huston and their sons, Devon (Faith) and Cullen; brothers, Donald (Gerrie) and Larry (Diane); sister, Jeanne (Eugene) Dischinger; and sisters-in-law, Diane (Kenneth) Huston and Mary Lou Sherwin; along with many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. 

The family would like to thank the staff at Moments Hospice, Savanna Prairie, and the Geriatric Behavioral Health Unit at Monticello Hospital for all their loving care in the last months of his life. 

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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


Patricia Ingram, 76

Patricia “Pat” Frances Ingram, 76, lived an amazing life with the Lord and passed peacefully on March 9, 2024, after a very quick battle with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis/Lou Gehrig’s Disease). 

She was born on January 30, 1948, to parents Gerald and Bernice Dean in St. Louis Park. She was the middle of three girls. 

Pat married her high school sweetheart Dan Ingram February 25, 1968. They moved to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where Dan was based in the US Navy. Pat worked many years as a bank teller. Pat has always been an artist; painting has been her passion. 

Dan and Pat made their home in Corcoran, Minnesota, in 1976, with their daughter, Carrie, in the following years, Micah and Tiffany completed the family.  Pat’s pride was being the best mother to her children, homemaker, and a servant of the Lord. Pat and Dan moved to Rogers in 2012 and to Buffalo in 2019. 

Pat found the Lord and has been walking and sharing His word since 1973. She had no fear in leaving this earthly world, she was ever ready to be in Heaven. 

Pat participated in community Bible studies through her neighborhood and church. She attended Village School of the Bible and was currently attending Buffalo Community Bible Study. She and Dan attended Buffalo Covenant Church. 

Pat is preceded in death by her parents; and granddaughter, Amelie. 

She is survived by her husband, Dan Ingram; children, Carrie (John) Thompson, grandchildren, Van, Nora, and Quinn; Micah Ingram, grandchild Luke; and Tiffany (Benn) Endsley, grandchildren Oscar and Gus; siblings, Nancy and Bruce Young, Kathy and Don Anderson; nephews, Bret (Linda), Craig, and Jeff Young; nieces, Melissa (Jason) Karsky and Margaret (Shari) Pritchard; countless friends and neighbors over the years.

Memorial Service will be at Buffalo Covenant Church Tuesday, March 19, 2024, 2:00 P.M. Visitation, 3:00 P.M. Service, 4:00 P.M. Refreshments. 1601 Highway 25 North, Buffalo, MN 55313, 763-682-1470. 

Livestream will be available at at 3:00 P.M. CT.


Caroline Krone, 84

Caroline Krone, age 84, of Gaylord, passed away Monday, March 11, 2024, at Bayside Manor in Gaylord. 

Funeral Service will be Saturday, March 16, 2024, 11:00 A.M. at American Lutheran Church in Gaylord with interment in High Island Cemetery in New Auburn. 

Visitation will be Friday, March 15, 2024, from 4:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M. at American Lutheran Church in Gaylord and will continue one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Arrangements are with the Egesdal Funeral Home in Gaylord.

Online Guest Book is available at


Doris Ohnstad, 77

Doris Jean Ohnstad, age 77, of St. Michael, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at Abbott Northwestern Hospital on March 10, 2024. 

She was born on September 30, 1946, and was raised in Bloomington, MN.  

She graduated from Bloomington High School in 1964.  

Doris met the love of her life, Elmer “Ogie” Ohnstad that same year, and they were married on October 3, 1964. The Lord blessed their marriage with three children, Michael, Deborah, and Jennifer. They made their home in Buffalo for over 50 years, and Doris just recently moved to St. Michael to be closer to her family.  

Doris was a homemaker, until her youngest daughter started school. She then began her career with the State of Minnesota Driver’s Exam and worked primarily at the Plymouth location until her retirement in 2006. 

Doris and Ogie spent 38 wonderful years together with their loving family and created many long-lasting, dear friendships and spent special time with them all.  From cheering on the Minnesota Vikings, to camping at a variety of resorts and taking frequent trips to Las Vegas and local casinos, until Ogie passed away in 2002.

Doris continued to cherish those relationships and watched her grandchildren grow up into the fine young adults they are today. She loved supporting each of them in their individual interests and accomplishments. She was thrilled to welcome her first great-grandchild this last August.  

Doris is survived by her daughters, Deborah (Doug) Beise, Jennifer (Mark) Ottinger; grandchildren, Parker (Rachel) Ottinger, Alex (Nicole) Ohnstad, Ashley Beise, Benjamin Beise, Logan Ottinger; great-grandchild, Bradley Ohnstad; brothers-in-law, Jerry (Patricia) Ohnstad, Scott (Sarah) Lazer; nephew, Derek (Kara) Felber and their children Jaden and Evan.  

Preceded in death by her husband, Elmer “Ogie” Ohnstad; son, Michael Ohnstad; brother, Howard Felber. 

A Memorial Service for Doris Ohnstad will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2024, at 11:00 A.M. at The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home in St. Michael, MN. Pastor David Russow will officiate. Inurnment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Buffalo.

Special music will be by Cindy Steinke, singing “On Eagles Wings”.

A visitation will be held on Saturday morning, March 16, two hours prior to services at the funeral home. 

A special thank you to the healthcare and palliative care teams at Abbott Northwestern hospital. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred.  

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



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