Obituaries 05/16/24

Daniel Biegler, 52

Daniel Howard Biegler, age 52, of Hutchinson, formerly of Buffalo, passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2024.

Arrangements are pending with The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. A full obituary will appear in next week’s paper.


John Christensen, 58

John William Christensen, age 58, of Buffalo, passed away on May 13, 2024, at Lake Ridge Care Center in Buffalo, MN.

John was born on January 8, 1966, in Britt, IA, the son of William and Avis (Finley) Christensen.  He was baptized at Burt Presbyterian Church in Burt, IA. John attended and graduated from Burt High School and then furthered his education receiving a communication degree from Buena Vista University.

John worked as a butcher for many years and most currently worked point of sales for J&B Meats for the past 22 years.

John had a great love for baseball. He enjoyed watching the MN Twins and coached his son’s baseball team for many years. John also loved to play games. He loved playing card games, especially cribbage with his dad.

John is survived by his significant other, Barb Vetsch, of Buffalo, MN; son, Tyler (Lindsey) Grant, of Montrose, MN; mother, Avis Christensen, of Algona, IA; siblings, Deb (Chris) Siegel, of Grimes, IA, Jeff (Lisa) Christensen, of Hutchinson, MN, Janet (John) Beavers, of Alexandria, IA, and Donna (Kevin) Larson, of Canby, MN; grandchildren, Lara and Tatum Grant; mother of Tyler, Tina Grant-Springbrum; also many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Memorial service for John will be held Friday, May 17, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service at The Peterson Chapel in St. Michael, MN.

Luncheon to follow the service at the funeral chapel.

Private family interment to be held at a later date.

Arrangements were entrusted to The Peterson Chapel in St. Michael, MN.


Dolores Kruck, 95

Dolores Theresa Kruck, age 95, of Buffalo, MN, a devoted servant of God, went to be with her Jesus on May 7, 2024.

She was born the daughter of Henry and Margaret (Briggs) Herbst on April 5, 1929, in Minneapolis, MN. Dolores and Bob were united in marriage on August 21, 1948, and this union was blessed with three sons.

Dolores was known for her steadfast commitment to her faith and in studying and teaching God’s Word. Her home became a sanctuary for those who had recently found their faith in Jesus Christ. With open arms and a warm heart, Dolores welcomed new believers into her home for Bible studies and discipleship, where the living room and dining room would overflow.

A true prayer warrior, Dolores had a profound impact on countless lives through her fervent prayers. Her dedication to interceding for others inspired many, and her absence leaves a void in the prayer community. Who will rise to take her place and continue her legacy of prayer?

Dolores was part of the group that founded the Assembly of God Church in Buffalo, MN.  A self-taught pianist, she used her talent to uplift others, playing for nursing homes and revivals, spreading joy and comfort through her music. 

Dolores cherished the simple joys of life, especially the time spent by the lake at her home. Her home was always filled with fellowship of friends and family gathered to share life together.

Dolores will be deeply missed and is survived by her husband of 75 years, Robert Kruck; sons, Larry Kruck and Robert (Kristine) Kruck; 13 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; also, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Margaret; sister, Mary Hendren; son, Randy Kruck; daughters-in-law, Beverly Kruck and Susan Kruck; great-grandson, Henry Kruck.

Memorial service for Dolores was held Monday, May 13, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service at Buffalo Evangelical Covenant Church in Buffalo, MN.

Officiating was Pastor Reid Gilbert.

Private family interment was held at the Swedish Mission Cemetery in Buffalo, MN.

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


Roseann McKinley, 78

Roseann (Carlson) McKinley lost her battle with Alzheimer’s and passed away on April 30, 2024, in Duluth, Minnesota. Roseann was born to Carl and Gertrude (Hayse) on July 11, 1945, in the small Minnesota town of Ashby. Roseann was one of 10 children and named by her sister, Carol. 

Roseann was married to Maurice McKinley in Colorado in 1962, only being 16 when she married, and 17 when her eldest was born. She raised their two boys, Troy and Kory, and daughter, Kaylyn, everywhere from Missouri to Guam, Kansas to California, Minnesota, Arizona, and back to stay in Minnesota. She worked many jobs starting at the age of 14 from housekeeper, factory worker, waitress, janitor, bus driver, but her favorite was being Mom. 

Roseann is survived by her children, Troy (Kjersti) McKinley, Kory (Julie) McKinley, and Kaylyn McKinley; eight grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She is preceded in death by her parents, all her siblings, and a grandchild. As she would say, “I am a tough ol’ bird,” and “I am mighty fine.”

Celebration of Life will be held at the Buffalo Community Center May 31, 2024, from 4-8 p.m. Laid to rest, back home where she wanted to be, in Ashby, Minnesota. Private Ceremony.


Patrick Michalicek, 71

Patrick Mark Michalicek, age 71, of Buffalo, passed away April 30, 2024. He passed peacefully, surrounded by loved ones in his home.

Pat may be remembered most for his dedication to his family and community. He gave his time, attention, and all his heart to bringing people together. He was extremely loyal to his family and supported them with all their endeavors. It may be impossible to count the amount of sporting events, band concerts, and other extracurricular events he attended over multiple decades, for multiple generations of nieces and nephews. He went above and beyond to ensure his family’s happiness and success, providing them with opportunities and support whenever needed. He always made sure every kid had gifts at Christmas, spending months preparing for the big celebration. He loved big celebrations.

Pat’s generosity knew no bounds, and this showed through his community service, as well. As past president of the Buffalo Rotary and Minnesota state vice-president of the Jaycees, he helped bring people together to make a difference in the lives of others. His community service brought him great joy. He was proud of what he and his colleagues were able to achieve.

Pat was proud of his alma maters and remained a lifelong fan of Iowa State and Purdue University, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, respectively. When watching his teams play, he enjoyed engaging in competitive banter with family and friends. College sports was just another way for him to bring people together and celebrate.

Pat was a historian and genealogist. He spent countless hours interviewing people and researching records so he could tell their stories. He wrote a history of the Maple Lake community. He wrote a history of his own family, including a special tribute to his father.

Patrick was born on March 26, 1953, in Cherokee, Iowa, to Steve and Doloris (Hohn) Michalicek. Patrick grew up in Iowa and attended West Waterloo High School, where he graduated with the class of 1971. After college, he made the move to Maple Lake, Minnesota, to live near his family. He has been a resident in the Maple Lake/Buffalo area ever since.

Patrick is preceded in death by his parents, Steve and Doloris; brothers, Andrew and Michael; sister, Judie Rose; nephews, Christopher, Astra, and Thomas; and niece, Angie.

He is survived by his brothers, Stephen (Linda), Randall (Carol), and Arnie (Gloria); sisters, Maribeth (Earl) Tuttle, Karolyn (Larry) Skudlarek, Kathleen Michalicek, and Anne (Michael James) Fordyce; sisters-in-law, Cheryl and Julie Michalicek; brother-in-law, David Rose; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, other relatives, and many close friends.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at 9:00 A.M. at the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo, MN. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at the church at 11:00 A.M. Inurnment at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cemetery in Buffalo, MN.

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



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