Obituaries 2/10/22

Sherlyn Anderson, 55

Sherlyn Muriel Anderson (Carl), age 55, of St. Michael, passed away Sunday, February 6, 2022.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, February 19, 2022, at 4:00 P.M., with visitation 1:00 to 5:00 P.M., at The Peterson Chapel, 300 Main Street North, St. Michael, MN.

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


Robert Carlson, 82

Robert LeRoy Carlson, age 82, of Buffalo, passed away on Monday, February 7, 2022. He was born on December 15, 1939, in North Branch, the son of Oliver and Evelyn (Nelson) Carlson.

On July 1, 1967, Bob Carlson and Donna Nygren were united in marriage.

Bob worked until his retirement from Century Tool in Rogers. He enjoyed hunting, trout fishing, gardening, being up North, smoking meats, spending time with his family, and he greatly loved his labs. Bob also enjoyed yodeling and playing the guitar. He was a talented craftsman, enjoying woodworking. He made many clocks for his family, guitars, deer shacks, and even a house and garage.

Bob was a social butterfly, sparking up conversations with many people. He was a man set in his ways but softened up as he got older.

He was preceded in death by his son, Bob Carlson Jr.; daughter, Debbie Carlson; parents, Oliver and Evelyn Carlson; siblings, Roland, Alan, Charlie, Earl, Ken, Harold, Shirley, Norma; and beloved dogs, Brutie, Cody, Molly, Buster and Mikko.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Donna Carlson; children, Bonnie (Ken) Chenal, Rick (Monica) Carlson; grandchildren, Anjeanine, Nicole, Amorae, Kayonna, Ben, Caitlyn, Charlie, Zach; great-grandchildren, Caleb, Adrionna, Annika, Elle, Joseph, Lily, Roseline, Benjamin, Tristan, Paytan, Kylie, Georgie, Carter, Alydia, Giovanni, Vinny, Neveah, Naiomiand, Chad; brother, Otto (Nita) Carlson; beloved dog, Buddy; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 19, 2022, at 2:00 P.M., with visitation one hour prior, at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, MN.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo, MN, 763-682-1363,


Sandra Grams, 61

Sandra Mary Grams, “Sandy,” age 61, of Delano, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, February 3, 2022. She was born May 2, 1960, to Leonard and Maxine (Wurm) Schaust in Watertown, Minnesota.

Sandy was a loving wife, mother, nana, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend to many. Sandy grew up in Delano and graduated from Delano High School in 1978. She was united in marriage to Rickie Grams on June 21, 1986, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Delano, Minnesota. Two years later, they were blessed with a baby girl, Whitney, and in 1990, twin baby boys, Cole and Chase. In 1993, they were again blessed with a baby girl, Billie Jo.

She loved cooking, cleaning, gardening, and taking care of her family. She always sacrificed her needs for the good of others. She also loved to read her Bible and praying for others.

Sandy was a people person. She lit up a room with her bright smile and loud personality. She loved to socialize and spend time with family and friends. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy. Faith was a daily part of her life, and she instilled this in her family. A firm believer in prayer and attending weekly Mass.

Sandy loved to do things for people and was known for her selfless care for others. She will be remembered for her generosity, unconditional love for others, and for always being the life of the party. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends, and her memory will live on in our hearts forever.

Sandy was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Maxine Schaust; infant children, Cole and Chase Grams; parents-in-law, Milo and Beverly Grams; nephew, Payton Schaust; numerous aunts and uncles and extended family.

She is survived by her loving husband, Rick; daughters, Whitney Grams, Billie Jo (Jon) Hanson; grandchildren, Amara, Brooklyn, and Jayden Bogenrief, and Liam Hanson; siblings, Leonard (Laurie) Schaust, Luann (Dale) Hoese, Gary (Debbie) Schaust, Betty (Charlie) Checkal, David (Shellie) Schaust; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Janell Yager, Robin (Greg) Close, Dawn (Josh) Etzler; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, February 11, 2022, at 11 a.m. at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, St. Peter’s campus in Delano, Minnesota. Visitation will take place on Thursday, February 10, from 4 to 8 p.m. at St. Martha’s Hall of the St. Peter’s campus. There will be a 3:30 p.m. rosary service on Thursday at the start of the visitation. Visitation will continue on Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the Mass. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Delano, Minnesota.

Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano, Minnesota.


Marlene Howe, 81

Marlene Della Baltus Price Howe, age 81, of Buffalo, passed away Wednesday, February 2, 2022. She was born March 8, 1940.

Marlene graduated from Franklin High School in 1955. She enjoyed her careers with UPI in Maple Grove for 20 years, Munsingwear in St. Louis Park, and as a cook at the Buffalo Schools and Lighthouse in Buffalo.

Marlene was a faithful member of Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo being active in their Women’s League and with Bible study.

She enjoyed traveling to the casinos, dancing, roller skating, listening to country music, camping, fishing, and spending time with her family and friends.

Marlene was a Mom and Grandma to everyone! She was so kind and caring to all she met. She will be greatly missed.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Delano Price and Patrick Howe Sr., siblings, Delbert Baltus, Leonard Baltus, Lorraine Frey; parents, Della Baltus Schmalt and Ervin Baltus; foster parents, Elmina and Clarence Johnson; and foster sister, Elvie (Marv).

Marlene is survived by her children, Diane (Ron) Daniels, Keith Price; grandchildren, Andrew, Patty, Amy, Ryan, Robert; great-grandchildren, Basil, Leo, Shontaia, Sayani; stepchildren, Mary, Darla, Mike, Dianna; siblings, Evangelynn, Darlene, Lewie, Ruth, Charlie; half-siblings, Donald, Dave, Duane, Shirley; and many nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, February 10, 2022, at 11:00 A.M., with visitation beginning at 10:00 A.M., at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo. Burial will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery on Friday, February 11, 2022, at 12:45 P.M.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo, 763-682-1363,


Kathleen Kanduth, 76

Kathleen Ann Kanduth, age 76, formerly of Buffalo, boarded her final flight…

Departure date: Friday, January 28, 2022

Departure time: 10:52am

Destination: HEAVEN

Flight duration: Immediate

Layover length: FOREVER

Crew members: Her parents, friends and relatives

Captain: Her Lord and Savior

First officer: husband Joseph, the love of her life

Kathleen was born the daughter of Oswald and Beatrice (Lind) Fox on February 28, 1945, in Robbinsdale, MN.

Kathleen received her first wings with Northwest Airlines in 1964 and was forced to quit when she married the love of her life, Joseph. The couple was joined in holy marriage on November 13, 1965. She received her second set of wings in December 1989, from Northwest Airlines when the ‘No rehire’ policy was dropped and retired after about 15 years due to heart issues. On January 28, she received her last set of wings when she took her final flight.

This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

Kathleen is survived by her children, Steven (Holly) Kanduth, Stephanie (David) Schindeldecker and Christopher Kanduth; grandchildren, Crystal (Austin) Timm, Chelsea and Courtney Kanduth, Brady and Chase Schindeldecker, Sabrina, Brittany and Austin Kanduth; great-grandson, Landyn; also other relatives and friends

She was preceded in death by her parents, Oswald and Beatrice Fox; husband, Joseph.

Memorial service for Kathleen was held Saturday, February 5, 2022, at 11:00 a.m., with visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m., all at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Delano, MN. Officiating is Pastor Paul Marggraf. Interment was in the Mt. Olive West Cemetery in Delano, MN. Luncheon followed at the church.

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


James Karie, 54

James Allen Karie, age 54, of Buffalo, passed away on February 2, 2022, at Abbott NW Hospital in Minneapolis, MN.

Jim was born the son of Allen and Doris (Goerke) Karie on March 10, 1967, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Minneapolis, MN.

He was baptized on April 16, 1967, at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, MN, and confirmed his faith on May 2, 1982, at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Buffalo, MN.

Jim attended and graduated from Buffalo High School in 1986. Over the years, Jim worked as a die caster at various companies in the area.

For enjoyment, Jim loved to play cards at the Delano American Legion, his favorite card games being Euchre and cribbage. He spent many hours in his fishing boat and always seemed to know where the fish were biting, even though most people never seemed to believe him.  Jim also loved to go deer hunting and looked forward to the time he was able to spend at Sherwood Forest near Mille Lacs.

Jim is survived by mother, Doris; twin brother, John (April); nephew, Alic; niece, Sissy and nephew/Godson, Lucas; aunts and uncles, Eunice (Jerry) Abrahamson, Diane Karie, Deane Karie, Marylyn Welte, Darryl Karie, Beatrice Goerke, Jane Zeidler, A. Todd (Monica) Goerke and Ronald Uecker; favorite dog, Daisy; also, many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Allen; grandparents, Axel and Elma Karie, Adolph Goerke and Arthur and Alice Goerke; aunts and uncles, Ronald Karie, Curt Welte, Ronald Zeidler, Jacquie Johnson and Joyce Uecker.

Funeral service for Jim was held on Saturday, February 5, 2022, at 2:30 p.m. with visitation which began at 12:30 p.m., all at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Buffalo. Officiating was Pastor Ryan Clark.

Casket bearers were Julie Perrizo, Ray Perrizo, Scott Zeidler, Christine Stark, Kyle Karie and Alic.

Honorary casket bearers were April, Sissy and Lucas.

Interment was at the Riverside Cemetery in French Lake.

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


Douglas Kofoed, 46

Douglas Alan Kofoed, age 46, of Miami Beach, FL, passed away unexpectedly on January 30, 2022.

He is survived by Janice Kofoed-Middlestadt; Dan (Darlyn) Kofoed; three siblings and families; four step-siblings and families; three uncles; three aunts and families; and grandmother, Delilah Burmeister.

As a skilled and diverse craftsman, he met many clients’ needs with precision. Accomplished, respected and requested. Independence fueled his free will, from start to finish. Unafraid of opinions, and not shy to share them, his loyalty was matched only by his sense of fairness and equality. His coarse humor uplifted the spirit of all who would laugh. A special place in his heart held close the ones he loved, including his crew at “Lost Weekend” SB. His purpose fulfilled, he is powerfully missed.

Funeral service will be Saturday, February 12, 2022, 1 P.M. at Peterson Chapel, 119 Central Ave., Buffalo, MN 55313, preceded by a visitation from noon-1 P.M.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family,


Mark Krause, 65

Mark E. Krause, 65, of Menahga, MN, passed away on Saturday, Feb 5, 2022, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Services are pending at this time; a celebration of life service will be scheduled in the very near future for next month.

A full obituary will appear in this publication shortly. Friends may view obituary at 

Arrangements are being handled by the Cease Family Funeral Home of Park Rapids, MN.


Connie Nelson, 70

Connie Jo Nelson, age 70, of Montrose, passed away on Sunday, February 6, 2022, at her residence.

She was born on August 14, 1951, in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, the daughter of Jack and Darlene (Borth) Beckwith.

Connie was baptized at Mount Olive Church in Bovee.

She was joined in holy marriage to Charles L. “Charlie” Nelson on November 6, 1987, at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel. They enjoyed twenty -six years of married life together.

She was formerly employed as a lead operator at HTI in Hutchinson.

Connie was a faithful member of The United Methodist Church in Montrose and belonged to its Hannah Circle. Connie was also very active in Food Share at the church.

She enjoyed playing cards, dancing, gardening and crafts, especially rosemaling, and hanging out with her ladies.

Connie was especially proud of her family! She enjoyed each and every moment spent with them, whether it was for one minute or a day.

Connie is survived by loving children, Peter (Carol) Nelson, of Pine Island, Eric (Mee Lee) Nelson, of Minneapolis, Scott (Jamie) Isakson, of Watertown, Melissa (Derrick) Abraham, of Paynesville and William (Kristie) Isakson, of Litchfield; grandchildren, Anthony and Kelly Weigel;  Annabelle, Charles, Leland and Francis Nelson;  Ramsey, Avery and Gabrielle Nelson;  Matthew, Drew and Noah Isakson; Devon Abraham;  Alexis and Dylan Isakson; two great-grandchildren; brothers, Brad (Tammy) Beckwith and John (Cindy) Beckwith; a step-brother, Steve (Linda) Soeffker; many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Charles L. “Charlie” Nelson on December 6, 2013, and by her parents.

Funeral services for Connie Jo Nelson will be held on Friday, February 11, 2022, at 2:00 P.M. at The United Methodist Church in Montrose. Pastor Paul Baker will officiate. Organist will be Jacque Vanderlinde, and vocalist will be Annabelle Nelson. Interment will follow at Kreidler Cemetery in rural Montrose. A visitation will be held on Thursday, February 10, from 4-8 P.M., at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Further visitation will be held on Friday, February 11, one hour prior at the church.

Honorary Casket Bearers will be Kevin Borth, Butch Poole, and all other grandchildren.

Casket Bearers will be Dylan Isakson, Devon Abraham, Ramsey Nelson, Alexis Isakson, Robin Borth, and Duane Nomeland.

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


Joseph O’Connor, 92

Joseph “Joe” O’Connor, age 92, of Monticello, passed away peacefully on February 2, 2022, at home surrounded by his family. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Irene (Murphy) O’Connor; and siblings, Rick O’Connor, Marilyn Lindenfelser, and Donald O’Connor, Jr.

Joe is survived by his beloved wife of 72 years, Clarice (Hoglund) O’Connor; children, Debbie (Jim) Otten, Judy (John) Fuller, Mike (Sharon) O’Connor, Wendy Sierra, Patti (Dale) Lusti, and Amy (Tom) Mielke; 20 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Joe was a hardworking husband and father, working as a truckdriver, business owner, and car salesman. His handle on the CB Radio was “Archie Bunker.” He enjoyed his work and considered it one of his hobbies. He had a variety of interests including riding his motorcycle, playing cards, Polka dancing, listening to old-time music, and farming. He loved entertaining the grandkids and spending time with his friends. He also wintered in Florida with Clarice for 34 years.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 A.M. on Tuesday, February 15, 2022, with visitation one hour prior to Mass at CHURCH OF ST. HENRY, 1001 E. 7th Street, Monticello. Private interment at a later date at St. Henry’s Cemetery.

Arrangements by Peterson-Grimsmo Funeral Chapel, Monticello, 763-295-2918, (


Lawrence Ramthun, 87

Lawrence “Sonny” Floyd Ramthun, age 87, of Big Lake passed away on Thursday, February 3, 2022, at his residence.

He was born on October 29, 1934, in rural Buffalo near Crawford Lake, the son of Lawrence and Edythe (Dixon) Ramthun.

Sonny graduated from Buffalo High School in 1952.

He honorably served his Country in the United States Army.

On October 18, 1958, Lawrence “Sonny” Ramthun and Dorothy F. Robasse were joined in holy marriage at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo. God blessed their marriage with six children.

Sonny was formerly employed as a service attendant at Paul’s Standard in Buffalo. He also farmed for fourteen years with his dad. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, cutting wood, and doing yardwork.

Sonny is survived by his children, Debra (James) Shackelton, of Monticello, Connie (Dave) Guillet, of Minnetonka, Mary Bentley, of Big Lake, Robert (Kelly) Ramthun, of Clarkfield, and Gail James, of Elk River; 12 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren; a brother, William (Susan) Ramthun, of Hillman; a brother-in-law, Harry Visser, of Maple Plain; many in-laws; other relatives and friends, including his dog “Boy Junior” (BJ).

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Dorothy Ramthun; his parents; a daughter, Brenda Ramthun; grandchildren, Angela James and Nathaniel Bentley; a great-granddaughter, Katelyn Buscher; and by a sister, Yvonne Visser.

A Memorial service for Lawrence “Sonny” Ramthun will be held on Sunday, February 13, 2022, at 2:00 P.M. at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Chris Jaeb Williams will officiate. Inurnment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Sunday, February 13, 2022, one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

Arrangements for Lawrence “Sonny” Ramthun are by The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Online condolences may be made to



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