Obituaries 10/6/22

Joseph Bares Jr., 86

Joseph “Joe” Bares Jr., age 86, of Buffalo, passed away on September 28, 2022. 

Memorial service for Joe will be held Saturday, October 1, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service all at the Albion Evangelical Free Church in Cokato. Reception to follow the service at church. Private family interment at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Arrangements were entrusted to The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, MN.  Online condolences for the family can be directed to


Albert Caminite, 77

Albert Charles Caminite, age 77, of Hanover, passed away on September 22, 2022, at the Buffalo Hospital.

He was born on February 28, 1945, in Ellwood City, PA, the son of Albert and Rose Jean (Largo) Caminite. Carpenter by trade, he also owned several different businesses. He was a lover of animals and very spiritual. He always said that his greatest joy was being with his family. He was especially happy being with his great-grandsons who always brought a smile to his face and warmed his heart and soul. He was very loved by his family and will be missed immensely.

Albert is survived by daughter, Angela Hanson (Gene); sister, Patricia Savage; grandsons, Mitchell Engstrom-Graves (Anna) and Nicholas Engstrom; great-grandsons, Hollis Graves and Rowan Graves; nephew and nieces, Camille Zuniga, Stacey Harbs, Danielle Burns, Wendy Kahn (Michael) and Liza Caminite; great-nephews and nieces, Natalia Vacciana, Aaliyah Zuniga, Dontae Vacciana, Grace Gilsdorf, James Gilsdorf, Isaiah Gilsdorf, Hannah Gilsdorf, Michael Kahn Jr, Luke Kahn, and Julian Barker.

He was preceded in death by mother, Rose Jean Buddie (Walter); father, Albert C. Caminite; sisters, Saundra Caminite and Jacqueline Weglarz.

Per Charlie’s wishes, no services will be held at this time.

The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo assisted the family with arrangements. On-line condolences can be made at


Timothy Drahota, 56

Timothy “Tim” David Drahota, age 56, of Buffalo, MN, died peacefully in his home October 1, 2022. He was born on April 15, 1966, to David M. and Margaret (Enger) Drahota in Princeton, Minnesota.

Tim spent his formative years making mischief and memories with his siblings and many friends in his hometown of Monticello, MN, which is where he met his wife, Lorrie. The two of them married on August 24, 1985.

Tim used his passion for creating things in his 25 years of work as a carpenter. He was a member of the Carpenters Union Local #322. One of Tim’s favorite past-times was cooking; he enjoyed finding new recipes to share with his family, even though a majority of the time he didn’t always follow the recipe.  Tim also enjoyed watching Vikings play football and could often be found at the bar watching a game.

Tim is survived by his loving wife, Lorrie M. Drahota; a daughter, Allison Drahota; a son, Andrew (Aleisha) Drahota, all of Buffalo; five grandchildren, Lily and Myles; Harper, Henley and Hazel; his mother, Margaret Drahota; a sister, Tami Damm, both of Monticello; a brother, Travis (Nikki) Drahota, of Becker; other relatives and friends further survive.

He was preceded in death by his father, David, and by his younger brother, Terry Drahota.

A visitation for Timothy D. Drahota will be held on Friday, October 7, 2022, at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo from 4-6 P.M. A memorial service for Timothy D. Drahota will be held on Friday, October 7, 2022, at the Peterson Chapel beginning at 6:00 P.M.

On-line condolences can be directed to

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family.


Sandra Georges, 79

Sandra “Sandy” Lee Georges, age 79, of Buffalo, passed away Monday, October 3, 2022, while at home.

Sandy was born April 30, 1943, to parents Bernhardt and LaVera (Zarn) Schultz in Truman, MN. Soon after, they moved to Monticello, MN, where she graduated, class of 1961.

On September 30, 1961, she was joined in holy marriage to Leo A. Georges at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Monticello where God blessed them with four children.

Sandy was known for her amazing fish-frying skills and her love to talk to everyone. She enjoyed camping, fishing, baking delicious cookies, and feeding the birds and rabbits.

Sandy was preceded in death by her son, Bryan; parents, Bernhardt and LaVera; stepmother, Elsie; infant brother, Richard; and sisters, Jeanette and Betty.

She is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, Leo; children, Dennis (Lisa) Georges, of Buffalo, Lynn (Terry) Wilson, of Clear Lake, Jody (Craig) Spooner, of Buffalo; grandchildren, Kristina (Shane) Fertig, Krystal Georges (Colby Mavencamp), Eric Wilson, Joel Wilson, Amelia Spooner, and Owen Spooner; great-grandchildren, Kristopher, Ryan, Crayton, and Madison; brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, and many other loving family and friends.

Memorial Service for Sandy will be held Friday, October 7, 2022, at 11:00 A.M. with visitation beginning at 10:00 A.M. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 11024 Church St. NE, Hanover, MN 55341. Luncheon to follow at church. Officiating will be Pastor Luke Schmidt. Private family interment will be held at a later date.

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


Wayne Hillstrom, 81

Wayne D. Hillstrom, age 81, of Buffalo passed away on September 26, 2022, surrounded by his family.

He was born in Minneapolis, MN, on December 4, 1940, the son of Glenn and Elsie (Peikert) Hillstrom.

Wayne graduated from Orono HS in 1958. He honorably served our country in the MN National Guard for six years. Wayne was joined in holy marriage to Mary C. Dixon on October 17, 1964, at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church – Pelican Lake. God blessed their marriage with three children. 

Wayne retired from MN DOT as a project supervisor after nearly 40 years. He also worked the hobby farm on the family homestead in Independence, MN. He was a faithful member of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Delano and was a past congregational treasurer and usher. In his spare time, he enjoyed ice fishing, deer hunting, and coffee with friends.

He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Mary C. Hillstrom; children, Heidi (Steve) Oscarson, of Delano, Michael (Cindee) Hillstrom, of Scottsdale, AZ, and Heather Hillstrom, of Plymouth, MN; eleven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Wendy (David) Fransen, of Milaca, MN; further survived by many other relatives and friends.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, James Peikert and Gary Hillstrom.

Funeral services were held on Saturday October 1, 2022, at 11:00 A.M. at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Delano, MN. Interment Lewis Cemetery in Maple Plain.  Pastor Paul Marggraf officiated. Visitation was at the church on Saturday, October 1, from 9 A.M. until time of service.

Casket Bearers were Mark Laven, Justin Laven, Mark Fransen, Donny Peschel, Michael Miller and Mike Hillstrom.

Memorials are preferred to Mt. Olive Building Fund.

The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo MN assisted the family with funeral arrangements.  On-line condolences can be made at


Jon Johnson, 59

Jon E. Johnson, age 59, of Annandale, died on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, at his home.

Funeral services were held 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 4, 2022, at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Annandale with visitation two hours prior. Rev. Todd Nelsen officiated. Burial will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 6, at Maine Prairie Cemetery near Kimball.

Jon Ernest Johnson was born September 13, 1963, in St. Cloud to Walter and Irene (Brown) Johnson. He grew up in Annandale, was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Annandale and graduated from Annandale High School. Jon continued his education in journalism following high school. In Jon’s younger years, he was a staff writer for Gold Mine Magazine and published the book “Make Your Own Kind of Music: A Career Retrospect of Cass Elliot.” As a man that loved the written and spoken word, he learned and became fluent in the Swedish language. Jon worked as the friendliest retail clerk a person could meet at Goodwill in St. Cloud, Ritz Camera Stores in Minneapolis, and, most recently, at Holiday in Annandale. He enjoyed writing, floral gardening, listening to wind chimes and music, and creating abstract art. His big smile and friendly spirit will be missed.

Jon is survived by his two sisters, Janet (Clarence) Temte, of Robbinsdale, and Karen (Joel) Critcher, of Boone, NC; Godchild, Jackie Knack; and many cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Irene Johnson; and grandparents, Ernest and Gerda Johnson and Hazel and Wesley Petty.

Obituary, Tribute Wall, Video Tribute and Funeral Webcast online at


Leo Larson, 90

Leo Larson, age 90, of Buffalo, MN, passed away Tuesday, October 4, 2022, at The Glenn in Buffalo. 

A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, October 7, 2022, at 11 A.M. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Buffalo. Visitation will take place at the church beginning at 9 A.M. on Friday.

Full obituary to appear in next week’s Journal-Press.

The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo is assisting the family with arrangements. On-line condolences can be made at


Elwood Manninen, 80

Elwood Walter Manninen, age 80, of Buffalo, formerly of Annandale, died Thursday, September 29, 2022, at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, Minnesota.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday, October 4, 2022, at 11:00 a.m., with visitation at 10:00 a.m. at the Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church in Cokato, MN, with Pastor Mark Olson officiating. Interment of the urn will be held at the church cemetery on a later date. There was a time to gather with the family from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church in Cokato on Sunday, October 2, 2022.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel is in charge of the memorial arrangements.

Elwood Walter Manninen was born on September 6, 1942, in Hancock, Michigan, to Walter Clemens Manninen and Vieno Maria (Jurva) Manninen. He graduated from Houghton High School and then attended Michigan Tech. In 1964, Elwood was drafted into the United States Army and served as a Military Policeman until his honorable discharge in 1966.

On December 10, 1966, Elwood married Karen Margaret Juusola at the Cokato Finnish Apostolic Church in Cokato, MN. He and Karen raised their four children in Michigan where he worked in research at the Eaton Corporation until his retirement in 2003, at which time they joined their children in Minnesota.

Elwood grew up in a Christian home and lived by faith. He was a member of Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church. He loved to spend time with his family, especially for holidays and special events. He loved to tell stories, always had a project going, and was always going to his grandchildren’s activities and sporting events. He will be missed immensely by his family and his friends.

He is survived by his wife, Karen; children, Eric (Jackie), Laura (Ben) Niemela and Andrew (Julie); sister, Virginia Saarela, of Anthem, AZ; 11 grandchildren, Emily, Hailey, Maila, Tarja, and Logan Manninen; Olli, Senja, and Suvi Niemela; Ethan, Gregory, and Phillip Manninen; and many family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Anne Margaret Manninen; his parents, Walter and Vieno Manninen; in-laws, Wayne Saarela, Norman Haag, Sally Haag, Pat Juusola, Detta Juusola, Steve Davison, and Phil Johnson.


Donald Olean, 81

Donald “Don” Olean, age 81, of Annandale, died Wednesday, September 28, 2022, at the St. Cloud Hospital surrounded by his family.

Memorial Services were held 11:00 a.m., Monday, October 3, 2022, at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Rev. Alex Becker officiating. Burial followed at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery near Annandale. Visitation began one hour prior to the service on Monday at the church. Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society. The service was live-streamed on the funeral home website.

Donald Leonard Olean was born north of Annandale, Minnesota, to Clarence and Dorothy (Triplett) Olean on June 13, 1941. He grew up in Annandale and graduated from Annandale High School with the Class of 1959. He was baptized in the presence of his parents and godparents, Ralph and Ella Johnson, and also confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Annandale. Donald was united in marriage to Sharon “Sherry” Olean on September 26, 1963, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Middleville Township. Don and Sherry lived in Hutchinson for a brief period of time, before moving to the Olean family farm. Don worked for General Mills for 19 years working overnights, in addition to farming during the day. A hard worker all of his life, Don eventually farmed full-time along with his wife, Sherry, and son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Barb. In his younger years, Don enjoyed racing snowmobiles, hunting, and water skiing. In his later years, when Don wasn’t farming, he liked to spend time in his shop tinkering on equipment or spending time on his excavator. Don enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s activities and events. Don was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

Donald is survived by his wife of 59 years, Sharon “Sherry”; son, Mark (Barb) Olean, of Annandale; daughters, Melissa (Adam) Perry, of Annandale, and Melanie (Jared) Frederick, of Woodbury; sister, Cheri (Howie) Walberg, of Annandale; grandchildren, Trevor (Mike) Kulzer-Olean, Tanner (Emeral) Olean, Carter and Hudson Perry, and Asher, Braxton, and Caelyn Frederick; great-grandson, Porter Olean; and three godchildren, nieces, nephews, other dear family members, and friends.

He was preceded in death by parents, Clarence and Dorothy Olean; grandson, Daniel Olean; and parents-in-law, Arthur and Erna Elfmann.

The urn bearers and honorary urn bearers were Don’s grandchildren and great-grandchild. Becky Unger and Rev. Alex Becker provided the music for the service. Arrangements were entrusted with Dingmann Funeral Care Burial and Cremation Services.

Obituary, Guestbook, Video Tribute, and Funeral Webcast online at


Ardelle Strand, 94

Ardelle Elizabeth Strand passed away on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, at the age of 94.

Ardelle was born in St. Cloud, MN, on November 12, 1927, to Arvid and Nellie Olson. She and her family moved to rural Monticello when Ardelle was in the 2nd grade, where she attended country school through the 8th grade. Her desire was to finish high school, which meant staying with her grandfather in town during the school year. She loved school, especially typing, bookkeeping, and shorthand. After graduating, she moved to Minneapolis for a few years and was able to use these skills she loved.

Ardelle grew up attending Buffalo Covenant Church in Buffalo. She had recently reminded us that, although she wasn’t the oldest member of Buffalo Covenant, she was the longest attending member of BCC. She always appreciated the solid preaching and teaching from the different pastors she had throughout the years. She was active with the NOW (Widows group) and SALT (Seniors group) in her later years. 

On May 18, 1949, Ardelle married Vernon Strand at Buffalo Covenant Church. After living in California for a year while Vernon was in the Air Force, Vernon and Ardelle moved back to Monticello for the rest of their years together. Ardelle worked as a secretary to the Monticello School Superintendent for 31 years before retiring. After retirement, she continued working part-time for two different attorney offices until she entered full-time retirement. Vernon and Ardelle loved to travel, with Branson as their favorite destination and Southern Gospel their favorite venue. 

Ardelle also loved to sew-especially quilts. It was her goal to make and give each niece and great-niece a quilt she had made, which she did accomplish. She also enjoyed the challenge of making things she saw and liked in magazines out of fabric or felt, which her family will also always treasure. 

Though Vernon and Ardelle were never blessed with children of their own, Ardelle will always be remembered as an aunt who was like a mom to her many nieces and nephews.

Ardelle is survived by her sister, Millie (Bill) Johnson; sisters-in- law, Virginia Bloomdahl and Jan Olson; and many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Vernon Strand; and brother, Eldon Olson.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 6, 2022, at 11:00 A.M. at Buffalo Covenant Church. Pastor Reid Gilbert will officiate. Visitation one hour prior to service at the church. Interment at Swedish Mission Cemetery. 

Casket Bearers will be Ron Carlson, Rich Carlson, Roger Carlson, Mark Olson, Billy Johnson, and Dennis Lingo.

Memorials are preferred to: Buffalo Covenant Church, Lake Beauty Bible Camp.

The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo MN assisted the family with funeral arrangements. Online condolences may be made to



The Drummer and The Wright County Journal Press

PO Box 159
108 Central Ave.
Buffalo MN 55313

Sign Up For Breaking News

Stay informed on our latest news!

Manage my subscriptions

Subscribe to Breaking News feed