Obituaries 2/24/22

Virginia Buttenhoff, 92

Virginia “Ginny” Mae Buttenhoff (nee, Sigfridson) was born the oldest of three children to Clifford and Selma (Samstad) on a farm in Stockholm Township on August 13, 1929. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at the Swedish Lutheran Church in Cokato.

She attended the one-room Glasgow Country School followed by Cokato High School where she graduated in 1947. 

Ginny was employed as a secretary for Northern States Power Company in Minneapolis until her marriage to her husband, Otto, on May 21, 1949.

They rented a farm north of Howard Lake and in 1951, their oldest son, Gregory, was born, followed by a daughter, Brenda, in 1952.  In 1955, they bought a dairy farm in Marysville Township. Their son Joel was born in 1960.

In 1965, Otto and Virginia purchased 40 acres south of Buffalo and began planting an apple orchard, which became Deer Lake Orchard where Virginia’s homemade pies were in great demand and always seemed to be sold-out.

The dairy farm was sold and a new house was built at the orchard in 1972. From 1961 to 1974, Virginia was employed by the Buffalo Creamery and Monticello Creamery as a secretary.

In 1974, daughter Juli was born.

Deer Lake Orchard continued to prosper and was sold in 1993. Following the sale, they moved to a new house in Buffalo to retire, when Otto became blind in 1995. They moved to the Glenn Apartments in 2011. 

Otto passed away in September 2016, and Virginia passed away on Wednesday morning, February 16, 2022.

She was preceded in death by daughter, Brenda; granddaughters, Katie and April; her parents; brother, Wayne; and daughter-in-law, Jennie.

She is survived by her daughter Juli; sons, Greg and Joel; Joel’s wife, Chris, and sister, Corrine; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren; along with many other relatives and friends.

Memorial service for Ginny will be held Saturday, February 26, at 11:00 a.m. with visitation beginning at 9:00 a.m., all at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Buffalo. Pastor Chris Ryan will officiate. Luncheon to follow in church basement. Private family interment at St. James Cemetery – Dutch Lake.

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


Della Hirsch, 90

Della Mae Hirsch, age 90, passed away peacefully on February 17, 2022, at her residence in Waverly, Minnesota.

She was born May 19, 1931, in Montrose, Minnesota, to Leo and Catherine (Blummer) Yager. She was baptized May 24, 1931, by Pastor E.H. Bruns. Della confirmed her faith March 25, 1945, at Mount Olive Lutheran Church of Delano Minnesota by Pastor E.H Bruns. Della Hirsch graduated in the class of 1949 in Howard Lake.

Della married Eldon Hirsch on April 22, 1953, at Mount Olive Lutheran Church of Delano, Minnesota, by Pastor M.J. Lenz. They were each other’s pride and joy. They made their life together at a family farm north of Howard Lake. They were blessed with four children. Della spent most of her time working beside her husband, Eldon, on their farm; most important, she had her bird feeders full. Della loved spending her spare time listening to music and square dancing. Most Fridays, Della spent her time at Senior Citizens, above the library, playing cards.

Della provided her famous potato salad and rice krispies. Bus trips and traveling far and wide, this is how Della got the name Crazy Legs Hirsch. Della could always be found at local craft shows selling her doilies or taking orders to make other custom pieces for them to bring home to their families. Della was a member of the Wright County Historical Society. Della enjoyed her summers in the old log schoolhouse at the Wright County Fair educating and talking to members of the community.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Catherine Yager; husband, Eldon Hirsch; son, James Hirsch; granddaughter, Nicole Hirsch.

Della is survived by daughter, Kathleen (Rick) Marschel, of Maple Lake; daughter-in-law, Julie (John) Wilson, of Howard Lake; son, Lyle (Mary) Hirsch, of Howard Lake; and daughter, Cindy (Ronnie) Grangroth, of Waverly; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and a host of family and friends.

A funeral Service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, February 24, 2022, at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, with visitation one hour prior.

Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake, MN, 320-543-3401,


Rita Holland, 77

Rita Marie Holland, age 77, of Buffalo, passed away on Monday, February 14, 2022, at her residence.

She was born on February 18, 1944, in Buffalo, the daughter of Robert and Marion (Bonk) Lacina.

Rita graduated from Buffalo High School in 1962.

On September 7, 1963, Rita M. Lacina and Bradley M. Holland were joined in holy marriage at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Buffalo. God blessed their marriage with a daughter.

Rita worked for many years for Gruys Johnson Accounting Firm but retired from there due to declining health.

Rita and Bradley also farmed in Maple Lake Township, and she did the farm’s bookwork for fifty-eight years.

She enjoyed flower gardening, canning, and baking. Rita prepared nice meals for everyone to eat. She was a selfless caregiver. Rita loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren!

Rita is survived by loving husband, Bradley Holland; a daughter, Theresa (William) Henson; grandsons, Benjamin (Kaylee) Henson and Matthew Henson; great-grandchildren, Boone and Marley Henson; siblings, RuthAnn (Randy) Tronnes and Robert Lacina Jr.; brothers-in-laws, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews further survive.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services for Rita Holland were held on Friday, February 18, 2022, at 10:30 A.M. at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Pastor Ryan Clark officiated.

Interment Zion Lutheran Cemetery.

A visitation was held on Friday, February 18, one hour prior to the service.

Casket Bearers were Bill Henson, Ben Henson, Matthew Henson, Steve Bengtson, Edward Jordan, and Kellen Grosser.

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


Collin Langanki, 85

Collin Thomas Langanki, age 85, of Maple Lake, passed away on February 17, 2022. 

Collin was born the son of Joseph and Eleanor (Wolters) Langanki on August 2, 1936, in Clearwater Township, MN.

Collin is survived by his wife, Betty; children, Karen (Francis) Barbeau, Gary (Paula) Ergen, Dale Langanki and Patty (Loren) Yurek; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; also, many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Mary Bruns.

Memorial visitation for Collin will be held Thursday, February 24, from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. at The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo, MN.  Private family interment.

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


Michael McDonough, 70

Michael Eugene McDonough, age 70, of Montrose, MN, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, on Tuesday, February 15, 2022. He was born on April 28, 1951, to Eugene and Mary (Davidson) McDonough in Minneapolis, MN.

Michael attended St. Mary’s Catholic School in Waverly. He served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam and was honorably discharged. He also served in the National Guard. Michael was an active member of the Waverly Legion and marched in the Memorial Day and Waverly Days parades.

Michael married Susan Krause on October 8, 1988. He attended and earned an Associate Degree from Minneapolis Community College. Michael enjoyed spending time with his family, taking his grandchildren to the park and movies. A routine of going down the slide first to ensure there were no spiders started with granddaughter, Christina. Michael also enjoyed playing 1st base in a fastpitch softball league in Waverly.

Michael was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Mary; brother, Harold; grandson, Hudson Karau; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Marvin and Virginia Krause.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Susan; children, John (Kelly) Carpentier, Jennifer Carpentier, Jesse (Wendy) Carpentier, Veronica Fasching, Wessley Karau, and Curtis Karau; 18 grandchildren, Christopher Carpentier, Zachary Carpentier, Katelyn Carpentier, Daniel Carpentier, Josephine Carpentier, Chloe Hoedeman, Christina (Jesse) Mengelkoch, Samantha Anderson, Shane Smith, Lily Bebo, Leah Bebo, Madelyn (Nathan) Turner, Sophia Carpentier, Bella Carpentier, Bennett Carpentier, Wyatt Fasching, Jase Taylor, and Keaton Karau; seven great-grandchildren, Carson Anderson, Brody Mengelkoch, Beau Mengelkoch, Jack Brooks, Kolt Forstrom, Korbyn Forstrom, and Henry Zumwalt; siblings, Rita (John) McAlpine, Helen (Daniel) Rieland, John McDonough and friend (Barb Sohns), Thomas McDonough, and Dale (Mary) McDonough; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

A Memorial service will be held at 11 A.M. on Friday, March 4, 2022, at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Delano. The service will be live-streamed through the church. A Gathering of family and friends will be Friday, from 9-11 A.M. prior to the service, at the church. Inurnment at a later date with Military Honors by the Waverly American Legion Post #305 will be in the W. Mt. Olive Cemetery, rural Delano.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials preferred.

Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.


Raymond Pechek, 90

Raymond Anton Pechek, age 90, of Buffalo, MN, passed away peacefully on February 16, 2022. He was a dear sweet man with a wonderful sense of humor until the very end.

He was born on January 6, 1932, to Anthony (Tony) and Frances (Fannie) Pechek in Ely, MN. In recent months, he was a resident at Havenwood Memory Care facility, in Buffalo, MN. 

Ray grew up in Ely where he played basketball in high school and got the nickname Ribsy. During the summers, he was a fishing guide for Rom outfitters. He graduated from Ely Memorial High School in 1949. He earned his Associate of Arts degree at Vermillion Community College in Ely in 1951 and a Bachelor of Science Degree from St. Cloud University in 1953 where he met the love of his life Sharron Bahneman.

Ray enlisted in the Army in 1954 and was stationed for two years in Alaska, during the Korean War, where he was a Supply Sergeant and Radio Operator. When he returned from the Army in 1956, he accepted a job with Reserve Mining Company in Babbitt, MN.

Ray married Sharron Bahneman in 1957, and they resided in Babbitt, MN for six years where they had two daughters, Renelle and Terri. Ray was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, and Chairman of the Finance committee for the Babbitt Golf Association, which helped build the Babbitt golf course.

In 1963, Ray and his family moved to Silver Bay, MN where he was Superintendent of Personnel Relations for Reserve Mining Co. He was Chairman on the Board of Trustees for the United Protestant Church, on the board of Christian Education, and coached youth basketball. While living in Silver Bay, Ray and his family loved to camp, snowmobile, downhill ski, cross country ski, and golf with their many friends and neighbors.  

After his retirement in 1986, Ray and Sharron moved to Arizona where he worked at Hillcrest Country Club in Sun City, AZ. While there, he enjoyed the warm weather and time on the golf course.

In 2002, they moved to Buffalo MN, where he volunteered at the Buffalo Covenant Church and the Buffalo Community Orchestra. He also worked part-time as a ranger on The Wild Marsh Golf Course where he got a Hole-In-One.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Frances Pechek; sisters, Marjorie, Audrey and Frances (Francy).

He is survived by his wife, Sharron; daughters, Renelle (William) Kunau, of Maple Grove, Terri (Gary) DeVeau, of Maple Grove; grandchildren, Alyssa (Jacob) Puffer Kunau, Alex (Melissa) Kunau, Daniel (Krista) DeVeau, and Spencer DeVeau; his brother, Daniel (Marie) Pechek; great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Our family is deeply grateful to the amazing staff at Havenwood and Allina Hospice for their loving care and support.

A celebration of life will take place on Monday, March 14, 2022, at Buffalo Covenant Church, 1601 MN-25, Buffalo, MN; visitation at 3 p.m., service at 4 p.m. with reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Alzheimer’s Association, 7900 W. 78th Street, Suite 100, Edina, MN 55439 or online.

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


Betty Quast, 88

Betty Ann, (nee Bersie) Quast (KALK), went to her Lord and Savior February 17, 2022.  She was born October 4, 1933, in Holloway, MN, to Ovie and Irene Bersie. She resided in St. Michael this past year and prior, was a resident of Naples, Florida for 30 years.

Memorial Service Friday, February 25, 2022, at 11:00 A.M. at The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home, 300 North Main Street, in St. Michael, MN with visitation one hour prior. Private inurnment St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery-Corcoran at a later date. 

A full obituary is forthcoming for next week.

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


Celebration of Life


Virgil Tengwall


Virgil Gerald Tengwall, age 85, of Buffalo, passed away on Friday, January 7, 2022, at Park View Care Center in Buffalo.

A Celebration of Life for Virgil Tengwall will be held on Friday, February 25, 2022, at 5:00 P.M. at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. A time of gathering will be held on Friday, February 25, from 3-5 P.M. at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.

Online condolences may be made to



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