Obituaries 04/20/23

Robert Moore, 70

Robert (Bob) Allan Moore was born on April 6, 1953, in Sioux Falls, SD. He graduated from Lincoln Sr. High School in 1971. Bob joined the Air Force the summer of ’71 and served in the Vietnam War, stationed in Thailand. After his service, he continued his education, earning his bachelor’s degree from Huron University. Bob started driving truck and eventually started his own trucking company.

Bob loved being outdoors, hunting and fishing, and flying his plane. Bob earned his private pilot’s license and owned two planes. He also enjoyed riding motorcycles and belonged to a motorcycle club while stationed in Germany. 

Bob passed peacefully on April 11, 2023, while in hospice at the Good Samaritan in Howard Lake, MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd W. Moore, Sr. and Louise Belle Moore (Young).

He is survived by siblings, Melissa Slominski, Lloyd Moore, Jr., Earl Moore, Linda White (Terry), and Dawn Friese (Rod); along with nieces and nephews.

Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Howard Lake, MN served the family, 320-543-3401.


Cynthia Padilla, 64

Cynthia Beatrice Padilla, age 64, of Maple Grove, MN, passed away on Feb 26, 2023. 

Cindy was born the daughter of Antonio and Delores Padilla on January 14, 1959, in Rochester, MN. This is where she and her family were raised.

Cindy worked as a Registered Nurse for over 20 years at Mercy Hospital. She had a passion for caring for others and had a love for the outdoors, such as camping in the Boundary Waters with her dog, “Sadie,” fishing, gardening, and creating things out of stained glass.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Antonio Padilla and Delores (Roelofs) Padilla; and brother-in-law, Harry Martin. 

Cindy was a beloved mother, daughter, sister, and friend, and is survived by her daughter, Brandy Mae (Joseph) Treptau; siblings, Cecilia Martin, Connie (Gary) Deitschman, Charles (Kay) Padilla, Curtis Padilla, and Carey Padilla.

Cindy will be greatly missed by all, and we have hope of being with her again.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, May 5, 2023, 1:00 p.m., with visitation one hour prior to the service all at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, MN.

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


Waldo Solberg, 84

Waldo James Charles Solberg, age 84, passed away peacefully on April 9, 2023.

Waldo was born on November 22, 1938, in a little house by the Crow River, the son of William and Esther (Ordorff) Solberg.

He graduated from Buffalo High School in 1957. He was on the football team and was All-Conference two years in a row. He also enjoyed track and wrestling.

He had a long career as a bricklayer and was a journeyman in the Bricklayers Union.

Waldo enjoyed Nascar, fishing, attending tractor shows, bird watching, polka music, and having a cold beer.

He was preceded in death by his significant other of many years, Rosella Wolfe; his parents, William and Esther Solberg; and by a sister, Eileen Solberg.

Survived by his siblings, Theodore “Ted” (Jean) Solberg and Myron (Linda) Solberg, both of Buffalo, and Leon Solberg, of Pompano Beach, Florida; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services for Waldo Solberg were held on Sunday, April 16, at 2:00 P.M. at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Pastor James Grabitske officiated.

Interment followed at Kreidler Cemetery, rural Montrose.   

A visitation was held on Sunday, April 16, one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

Casket Bearers were Shane Solberg, Corey Solberg, Aaron Solberg, Clay Bursch, Jacob Adrick, and Ronald Dick.

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


Irene Stevens, 92

Irene Josephine Stevens, age 92, entered heaven and back into the arms of her husband and love of her life, Steve, on April 9, 2023. She passed peacefully at home in Buffalo (formerly Maple Grove), surrounded by her loving family and embraced in the love of all who knew her.

Born October 9, 1930, to Peter and Frances (Gerardy) Metz in Adrian, MN, Irene attended grade school in Hadley and graduated Slayton High School in 1948. She completed her RN at the Presentation School of Nursing in Sioux Falls in 1952, a fact she was exceedingly proud of. It was during this time that, while seeing her brother off to basic training, a chance encounter between Irene and Robert “Steve” Stevens led to Steve falling in love at first sight and immediately declaring that “he was going to marry that girl.”  True to his word and after dozens of letters exchanged and not much convincing, Irene and Steve married on March 7, 1953. Together, they had, “three-and-a-half-dozen children”—three boys (Mark, Dave, and Bob) and six girls (Cathy, Jane, Madonna, Laurie, Mary, and Becky)—and were happily married for 53 years until Steve passed in 2006.

Irene’s interests included world traveling (especially Steve’s surprise trips), vegetable and flower gardening, walleye fishing, visiting casinos (when she won), balloon rides, camping, and just having an adventure. Most important to her, without a doubt, was her family. Irene often said that being a mother was the most fun she ever had, and her nursing degree certainly helped!

Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Steve; parents, Peter and Frances; brothers, Ervin, Matthias, Walter, Albert, and Wilfred; sisters, Mary Ann and Marcella; son-in-law, Michael Cory; and numerous in-laws and extended family.

She is survived by her children, Mark (Sally) Stevens, Cathy Cory, Jane (Ken) Loney, Madonna (Jamie) Cleaveland, Dave (Lori) Stevens, Laurie Slater, Mary (Clark) Darling Donnelly, Becky (Kenny) Severud, and Bob (fiancée Amy) Stevens; brothers, Ray and Joe; sisters, Jane and Dorothy; 32 grandchildren; and 49 great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial for Irene will be held on Tuesday, April 25, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. with visitation beginning at 9:00 a.m., all at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo, MN. Luncheon to follow at Huikko’s Bison Creek Event Center in Buffalo, MN.

Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN, on Tuesday, April 25, at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made online to (cancer research).

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


Jerdis Thornton, 79

Jerdis Kathleen Thornton, age 79, of Buffalo, MN, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her family on April 11, 2023.

She was born on January 29, 1944, in Alexandria, MN, to Theodore and Harriet (Nygaard) Anderson. She grew up working on her family’s farm, helping with the daily chores. This is where she developed her strong work ethic and love for the outdoors. Jerdis graduated from Glenwood High School with the class of 1962.

In 1964, she met her future husband and love of her life, Lonnie Thornton. They were joined in marriage on April 2, 1966, at Norunga Lutheran Church in Lowry, MN -- her home parish where she was baptized and confirmed. They were inseparable, and spent many hours volunteering at St. John’s Church events, bowling on leagues together, going to rodeos, and attending their grandchildren’s activities. They recently celebrated 57 years of blessed marriage. Jerdis bowled for 47 years on a bowling league and 24 years at the USBC Open Championship. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Jerdis was known for gentle and kind heart. Naturally, this made her excel at her job of being a nurse’s aide at Ebeneezer Care Center, now Lakeridge Care Center in Buffalo. She gave the utmost care to her patients for 33 years. She was known for putting other people’s needs ahead of hers, and often reached out to those who needed the most support. Jerdis was someone you could always count on to be there to lend a helping hand.

Her thoughtfulness was unmatched; she tailored many recipes and baked goods to fit certain dietary needs so that everyone could enjoy a little bit of her delicious home-baked goods. She was an excellent hostess; you never left her home empty handed and always made sure you had something to eat. She would give away her fresh canned garden vegetables or baked goods to anyone that visited, or she would drop off the items just because she was thinking of them. Jerdis was also known for making and giving away quilts to family and friends. The quilts were made with love and care, which will be cherished for many years by those who were on the receiving end of her gift.

Above all else, her family and faith meant the world to her. Her devotion to being a wife, mother, and grandmother was very important to her. She blessed her family with knowledge of cooking, baking, gardening, and overall, being a good and kind person to everybody.

Jerdis is preceded in death by her parents; brothers-in-law, Romaine Thornton, Carol and Judy Thornton, and Wayne Peterson.

She is survived by her husband, Lonnie; children, Todd (Keli) Thornton, Kathy (Chuck) Green, and Kelly (Ed) Schlegel; grandchildren, Jamie, Dustin Green (fiancée Mika Bordak), Chris, Emily, and Megan Schlegel; siblings, Ann (Don) Hurley, LaVerne (Duane) Tollefson, Myron Anderson and (Diane DePree), and Leon (Lisa) Anderson; sisters-in-law, Bonnie Morehouse and Linda Peterson; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Memorial service will be held Friday, April 21, 2023, at 11:00 A.M. with visitation beginning at 9:00 A.M. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Buffalo, MN. Inurnment will take place at Norunga Lutheran Church Cemetery in Lowry, MN.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo, MN. Online condolences to the family may be directed to




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