Obituaries 3/10/22

Harriet Ebert, 98

b. July 18, 1923

d. Jan. 20, 2022

Harriet E. Ebert, age 98, of Remer, MN, passed away peacefully at Americare Lodge, Remer, MN.

Harriet and her husband, George, raised their six children on a farm near Rogers, MN. She loved cooking and purchased the New Rock Cafe in Rockford, MN. She moved to Remer in 1984. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, reading, playing cards and loved the outdoors. She was a long-time member of the YAH Club in Longville, MN.

Harriet was preceded in death by husband, George; granddaughters, Janine and Rose Mary; parents, Avery and Blanch; five sisters and one brother.

She is survived by her six children, Jeanette (Lloyd) Anderson, Evelyn Daluge, Betty Ebert, Georgia (Chester) Jones, Lynda (DeWayne) Vergin and Carl (Roxy) Ebert; fourteen grandchildren; twenty-four great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

Special thanks to Americare Lodge Hospice, St. Croix, MN. Cremation Society of Duluth for all their great services.

Family gathering at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Maple Grove, MN, at a later date.


Dennis Jancik, 85

Dennis Jancik, 85, of Clive, IA, formerly of Buffalo, MN, passed away February 8, 2022, at Urbandale Healthcare Center, Urbandale, IA.

Dennis was born in St. Cloud, MN, to Thomas and Mary (Soltis) Jancik on March 2, 1936. He grew up in Sartell, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, and earned a teaching degree from St. Cloud State University. In 1967, he was united in marriage to Sandra Hill, and they made their home in Buffalo, MN. Dennis was employed as an educator for over 40 years, the majority with Rockford Independent School District, Rockford, MN. During his teaching career, he taught science, math, and behind-the-wheel driver education. 

Dennis loved looking at cars, often going for a drive with the sole purpose of going to a car lot to browse. He also had a fondness for cats, calling them “fleabags” as a term of endearment. A Minnesota Vikings fan, Dennis spent his Sundays watching the Vikings play and made sure his children were fans as well. Another of his hobbies was fishing. He would often bring his children along to fish from his canoe. When they were older, he would bring them on day-long fishing trips on the Mississippi river.

Dennis was not much of a talker, but he was a very good listener. He was always available if a family member or friend needed someone to talk to. Dennis also had a very dry sense of humor, piping into conversations with witty remarks. Even though he often looked serious, he had a kind and gentle soul, welcoming people into his home and creating an extended family that is still strong today.

Dennis is survived by his children, Jennifer (and Kendall) Bailey, of Clive, IA, and Thomas (and Erica) Jancik, of Minneapolis, MN; four grandchildren; sister, Leona “Toots” Ekker, of Eden Prairie, MN; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Sandra; sisters, Helen and Rosemary; and brothers, Alvin, George, and Thomas.

Visitation will take place on March 17 at 10 a.m., followed by a Celebration of Life at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Buffalo, MN.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation to The Michael J. Fox Foundation or an animal shelter of your choice.


Thomas LaTour, 78

Tom was born on January 26, 1944, in Maple Lake, MN, and moved with his family to a farm near Annandale, MN, at the age of five. Tom graduated from the Annandale High School.

Tom joined the military and was active from 1963 – 1969, achieving the rank of Sergeant, and was also an active Veteran.

Tom was an inventor and entrepreneur, he made significant contributions in his industry.

Tom married in 1967, and was a father and grandfather, survived by two children and grandchildren.

Tom was a mentor, a sponsor, and made a difference in many people’s lives. He was generous with his time for others.

Tom passed on February 28, 2022. He had an amazing life, saw the world, and had no regrets. Tom’s assets will be donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Private family services will be held.

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


Allen Miller, 68

January 10, 1954 -

March 2, 2022

Allen was born on January 10, 1954, in Shakopee, Minnesota, and grew up on the family farm in Cologne, Minnesota. He graduated Waconia High School in 1972. He graduated Willmar Tech School with an associate degree in Small Electronics in 1974.

Through the years, he worked in computers - both hardware, software, and administration. His years working in software systems support, he traveled the world on business trips - enjoying time (but working hard!) in England/Scotland, Australia, Germany, Sweden, Brazil, Thailand, Japan, Mexico, Canada, as well as all over the United States.

Allen and Elaine married June 9, 1973, full of love that never faded. They lived in Chaska, Willmar, Shakopee, and New Hope, before settling in Buffalo in 1986. Allen enjoyed being out in the country and watching the fields across the street, and the animals in the woods - and tolerated the stray cats that moved in. He enjoyed everything to do with his family and friends - whether watching kids in concerts and parades, and helping build and remodel, or just answering questions - computers or otherwise. He loved trivia and music - he always said there was a song about everything, and he probably knew it, too! He read everything and loved to learn.

He passed away at home from pancreatic cancer. His body was donated to the University of Minnesota per his wishes.

Survived by wife, Elaine; children, Henry (Rebecca), Beth, Jacob (Jessica), and Rebecca (Paul) Plusa; grandchildren, Caleb, Keturah, and Keziah Miller; Jaydon, Erick, Michael, and Michelle Miller, Elizabeth and Victoria Plusa; siblings, JacLynn (Jerry) Ries, Paul (Carol), and Daniel (Vicky Todnem-Miller); sister-in-law, Althea Hanson; and brother-in-law, Kenneth Sieber, as well as many cousins, nephews and nieces, and friends.

Preceded in death by parents, Donald and Myra Miller; parents-in-law, Marwell and Elizabeth Sieber; brothers, Mark Miller and Roy Miller; and sisters-in-law, Cindy Miller and Kum Cha Sieber.

Memorial Service was Tuesday, March 8, 2022, at 11:30 a.m. at Bison Creek Event Center in Buffalo. A time of gathering was held on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, one hour prior to services.

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


Ida Schirmers, 97

Ida “Kay” Schirmers, age 97, of St. Michael, passed away on Sunday, February 27, 2022, at The Legacy of St. Michael.

She was born on November 6, 1924, in Vermillion, Minnesota, the daughter of Anthony and Ida (Vasseur) Scherber.

On November 22, 1945, Ida “Kay” Scherber and Elroy N. Schirmers were joined in holy marriage. They were blessed with four children. A tragic farm accident claimed the life of their only daughter, Susan, in 1953.

Kay and Elroy lived and farmed near Hanover for many years. Elroy preceded his wife in death on December 28, 2007.

Kay belonged to St. Albert Catholic Church in Albertville and to The St. Michael Foundation.

She enjoyed gardening, flowers, dancing, playing bingo, and cards, especially euchre.

She is survived by three sons, Doug (Fran) Schirmers, Steve (Debbie) Schirmers and Jerry Schirmers; five grandchildren, Sunde Schirmers, Nick (Samantha) Schirmers, Keith (Annie) Schirmers, Kelli (Greg) Regenscheid, and Drew (Sarah) Schirmers; great-grandchildren, Lily, Leighton, Gibson, Hailey, Ava, McKayla and Aidan; sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law, Joanne Scherber, Pat Scherber and Harlan (Betsy) Schirmers; other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband and daughter, Kay was preceded in death by her parents; an infant brother, LaVerne; and brothers, Tony and Jim Scherber.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Kay Schirmers was held on Monday, March 7, 2022, at 11:00 A.M., at St. Albert’s Catholic Church in Albertville. Father Joe Zabinsky was the Celebrant. Interment followed at St. Michael Cemetery. A visitation was held on Monday, March 7, at the Church, one hour prior to Mass.

Casket Bearers were Nick, Sunde, Keith, Kelli and Drew Schirmers.

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



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