Obituaries 03/23/23

David Anderson, 83

David A. Anderson, age 83, of Buffalo, passed away on Saturday, March 18, 2023, at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

Arrangements for David A. Anderson are pending at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.   

A full obituary will appear in next week’s paper.


Stacey Johnson, 53

Stacey Francine Johnson, age 53, passed away on Thursday, March 9, 2023. She was born on August 5, 1969.

Stacey spent her early years in her hometown of Menahga, MN. She grew up on a small dairy farm and attended school in Park Rapids, MN. Stacey had fond childhood memories and received an excellent education. She was blessed with an amazing special education teacher who went above and beyond by providing fun learning experiences and coordinating many wonderful events and adventures in the community for Stacey and her classmates. Stacey walked with the graduating class of 1990 and participated in the graduation ceremony. She also proudly participated in Special Olympics and competed in swimming events.

In the late 90’s, Stacey moved to St. Michael, MN, with her mother and then soon after to Buffalo, MN, which she would make her permanent home. Stacey lived at three residences over the years and with her participation at Functional Industries and by attending community events, Stacey had many friends in Buffalo. Most recently, she lived at Misty Meadows and was surrounded by a compassionate and loving team who cared for her in her final days.

Stacey was a social butterfly and a fun-loving person. She enjoyed bowling, listening to music, dancing, picnics, parades, crafting, puzzles, and making cards and letters. She was a girly girl who was often spotted wearing something pink or sparkly and definitely wearing her many rings and bracelets. Above all else, what mattered most to Stacey was spending time with her family. She absolutely loved family gatherings, holidays, celebrations, birthday parties, and weddings. But equally as meaningful were the simple visits, lunches, or outings to the coffee shop.

Stacey had a kind, generous, and joyful heart. Simply stated, to know her was to love her. She was quick with a smile and a hug, to make you laugh and to lift your spirits by just being with her.

Stacey is preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Viola Johnson.

She is survived by her siblings, Barb Johnson, Harold (Debbie) Johnson, Howard (Lorraine) Johnson, Carl (Connie) Johnson, Carol (Randy) Makela, and Sherry (Jim) Doyle; nieces and nephews, Marcus, Angela, Natalie, Adam, Andrea, Amy, Lance, Lacee, James, Mallory, Kalli, and Abby; 28 great-nieces and nephews; and many other loving family and friends.

A memorial service will be held Friday, March 24, 2023, at 11:00 A.M., with visitation beginning at 10:00 A.M., at The Peterson Chapel, 300 Main St. N, St. Michael, MN.

Burial at a later date at Bethany Lutheran Church Cemetery in Menahga, MN.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home, 763-497-5362,


Richard Van De Plasch, 85

Richard Lloyd Van De Plasch, 85, passed away on March 8, 2023, at home under the care of hospice and family knowing he was dearly loved.

Survived by his children: Jill (Joe), Bradley, Raedell (Bill), Kristin (Doug), Richard, Joseph (Shannon); and grandchildren.

A Memorial service will be held in Eveleth, MN, later this summer.


Patricia Vetsch, 67

Patricia “Pat” Agnes (Becker) Vetsch, age 67, of Clearwater, MN, formerly of St. Michael, MN, passed away March 13, 2023.

She was born on December 6, 1955, in Buffalo.

On June 29, 1974, Bill and Pat were united in marriage at St. Michael Catholic Church. God blessed their marriage with six children.

Pat and her husband ran a successful business, Vetsch Plumbing, for 20+ years. She loved her family and enjoyed attending sporting events, going to the lake, motorcycling, and the many trips to Florida.

She is survived by her devoted loving husband of 48 years, William (Bill) Vetsch; children, Daniel (Rita) Vetsch, Angela Vetsch, David (Samantha) Vetsch, Dion (Bill) Kopp, Andrew (Amanda) Vetsch, Alanna (Eric) Eull; grandchildren, Katherine Vetsch, Kendal Kopp, Jaxon Vetsch, Austin Schleif, Aiden Vetsch, Dallas Kopp, Braden Schleif, Evelyn Eull, Turner Vetsch, Dexter Kopp, Anthony Eull, Mav Vetsch, and Charlie Vetsch; along with her mother, Mary Becker and nine siblings; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Patricia is preceded in death by her father, Clemens Becker; father-in-law, Lloyd Vetsch; mother-in-law, Joan (Vetsch) Tholkes; brothers-in-law, Keith Vetsch, Jim Hirsch, and Kevin Vetsch; niece, Bethany Becker; and many other loved ones.

Celebration of Life to was held on Friday, March 17, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. with visitation two hours prior at

Heartland Evangelical Free Church, 10252 State Hwy. 55 NW, Annandale, MN 55302.

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




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