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Rush Lind

May 04, 1947 - Sep 29, 2023

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Saint Peter, MN

Rush Victor Lind, 76, of St. Peter, passed away Friday, September 29, 2023.Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a. m. on Saturday, October 7, 2023 at the Church of St. Peter. Visitation will be 9:30 to 11 a. m. at the church. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, St. Peter with military honors provided by the St. Peter Legion Honor Guard. Celebration of Life to follow from 3 to 7 p. m. at the Flame Bar and Grill, St. Peter. St. Peter Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.Rush Vic...Read More

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Nicholas Olsen

Dec 26, 1935 - Sep 03, 2022

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Saint Peter, MN

Dr. Nicholas Andrew Olsen, 86, died Saturday September 3, 2022 at Ecumen Prairie Hill in Saint Peter, Minnesota. Dr. Nicholas Andrew Olsen was born December 26, 1935 in Benson, Minnesota to Oscar Gerhardt and Elgie Johanna (Blixt) Olsen, the first of three sons. Nick spent his childhood in Benson where he was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and graduated with the Benson High School Class of 1953. Shortly after his graduation, his family moved to Robbinsdale, Minnesota. Nick attended college at St. Olaf in Northfield, Minnesota, receiving his Bachelor of Art degree in Biology in 1957 and being named an All-Conference guard on the football team. He attended Officer Candidate School at Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island and proudly served with the United States Navy for 3 years (May 1957-May 1960) where he spent time in the waters of Japan on the USS Henderson DD-785. He was honorably discharged in October, 1960. He then furthered his education by obtaining his Master of Arts (August, 1964) and his Doctorate of Education (December, 1973) through the University of Minnesota. Nick married his wife, Joyce Elaine Berna Gustafson, on July 29, 1961 at University Lutheran Church of Hope in southeast Minneapolis. The union was blessed with three daughters, of whom they were extremely proud. Nick had a 35-year career in education. He taught in both Lake Benton and St. Paul Minnesota before he went into education administration. He was an administrator in St. Paul, Stillwater and Cloquet before he was the Elk River High School principal for 24 years, retiring in 1997. Nick's Lutheran faith was important to him. He was a member of Central Lutheran Church in Elk River, Elk River Lutheran Church, and finally attended River of Life Lutheran Church in Saint Peter. He served his church in varying capacities, including church choir, various committees, and serving on the Minneapolis Synod Candidacy Committee for ten years. Following retirement, Nick spent time doing those things he most enjoyed. These activities included fishing at his small cabin near Backus, MN, hunting for duck, pheasant, goose, as well as turkey hunting in ten states plus Mexico, ultimately achieving the "Royal Slam" of turkey hunting. The travels of Nick and Joyce took them to Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Norway, Israel, most U. S. Civil War sites, and other selected locations throughout the 50 states. He and Joyce were also avid sports fans, having season tickets to Gopher football, Gopher Men's and Women's Basketball, and Vikings Football and Wild Hockey, as well as attending Twins Baseball spring training for many years. Nick and Joyce also enjoyed all their grandchildren's activities, from football, soccer, tennis, basketball, and track & field, to theatre, band, choir, and speech. Following the passing of Joyce in 2017, Nick moved to Saint Peter and finished his life there surrounded by family and a welcoming community. Nick is preceded in death by his wife, Joyce; daughter Laurie; parents Oscar and Elgie Olsen; in-laws Bernard and Norma Gustafson. Survived by daughters, Wende (Shawn) Davis and Cinde (Corey) Wiebusch; son-in-law Brent Wiebusch; grandchildren Brandon (Naomi, daughters Arya and Ryleigh), Brian, and Amy Davis; Kelsey (Maria, son Sebastian), Trent (Kristen, daughter Lucy), and Trey (Kaitlyn) Wiebusch; Ella, Sienna, and Josephine Wiebusch; brothers Gerald (Barbara) and Ronald (Paulette) Olsen; other family and friends. To to the family or in memory of Dr. Nicholas A. Olsen, please

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Ann Beard

May 03, 1949 - May 01, 2022

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Saint Peter, MN

Dorothy "Ann" Ashmore Beard, 72, of Blytheville, Arkansas, passed away at Benedictine Living Community on May 1, 2022, in Saint Peter, Minnesota. We included her legal first name, but she hated "Dorothy" so don't call her that. Ann was born in Blytheville, Arkansas to Wilmer Ray Ashmore and Margie Lois Wilson Ashmore in 1949. She attended Blytheville High School, completed her GED, and attended Mississippi County Community College. Ann married her high-school sweetheart and soulmate Ronald Lynn Beard on June 3, 1996, in Blytheville. She worked as a cosmetologist for 35 years and was the owner and operator of "Trendsetters", serving beloved clients and friends. She was a licensed pilot with flights to the Central American nation of Belize and Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Ann was a classy lady who fiercely loved and protected her children and grandsons and was so proud of each one of them. She also loved her extended family and viewed their pictures and posts on Facebook often. Later in life, Ann was content to be left alone, drink Coke, watch TV, and talk on the telephone with family. She lived an independent life the way she wanted, which is all any of us could ask for. Ann is preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Beard; sisters, Jeanie Canamore and Mona Ashmore; brother, Hugh "Robbie" Ashmore; and parents, Margie Ashmore and Ray Ashmore; and other beloved family members. Ann is survived by her son, Keary Ashmore and his wife Robin; daughter, Deann Dusto Schloesser and her husband Shawn; sister, Susie Ashmore; and six grandsons, Paul Melton, Ethan Ashmore, Christian Ashmore, Riley Schloesser, Liam Schloesser and Noah Ashmore. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 6th at 3:00 p. m. in the Cobb Funeral Home Chapel with Billy Holifield officiating. Burial will follow in Elmwood cemetery next to her beloved spouse and friend, Ronald Beard. The family will receive friends from 2:00 p. m. until service time at Cobb Funeral Home. Flowers or plants are welcomed by immediate family members, but the family requests that in lieu of flowers, friends and acquaintances focus on spending extra time remembering or visiting with family, especially mothers, this Mother's Day weekend. The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Saint Croix Hospice, Benedictine Living Community and Klein Chapel Funeral Home in Saint Peter, Minnesota, and Cobb Funeral Home in Blytheville, Arkansas. Special mention goes to Jen, Samira and Kylie at Saint Croix Hospice for providing outstanding care for our mother, who was loved beyond measure. To send a flower arrangement or to plant trees in memory of Ann Beard, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.

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Roy Erhorn

Mar 03, 1924 - Feb 11, 2022

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Saint Peter, MN

Roy Erhorn of Saint Peter, Minnesota passed away on Feb 11, 2022. His loved ones are composing his obituary, which you will be able to read here.

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Marie Benson

Jun 20, 1930 - Jan 24, 2021

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Saint Peter, MN

Marie Schafer Benson, 90, of Saint Peter died peacefully at Ecumen Prairie Hill care community on January 24, 2021 from complications due to coronavirus. A funeral service with immediate family members was held at First Lutheran Church in Saint Peter on January 27, 2021 followed by burial at Resurrection Cemetery. St. Peter Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials be given to the Stan and Marie Benson Scholarship at Gustavus Adolphus College. Marie was born June 20, 1930 in Jackson County, Minnesota to Will and Emma (Welker) Schafer. Her brother, Elmer, was born in August of the following year. They grew up on a series of rented farms in the Lakefield and Okabena areas before the family finally settled in 1946 on their own farm in Minneota Township, south of Lakefield. Elmer's son, Ronald, still farms there. She was an excellent and determined student throughout her life. Having obtained a merit scholarship after completing Lakefield High School in 1948, she enrolled in Gustavus Adolphus College, the start of a lifelong connection with Saint Peter. She graduated cum laude from Gustavus in 1952 and found employment first as a high school English teacher in Gibbon, Minnesota and then as a school librarian in Mahtomedi. While at Mahtomedi, she became engaged through the mail to J. Stanley Benson, an Augustana Lutheran Church missionary in Tanganyika, East Africa. Stan and Marie had met at Gustavus, both being active in the Lutheran Student Association. In 1956, Stan finished his first term of missionary service and returned to the United States. Marie and he were married in August 1956 at First Lutheran Church in Saint Peter. Their first home was in Rock Island, Illinois, where Stan studied at Augustana Theological Seminary, while she worked as a high school librarian. Marie gave birth there to her first son, John. Stan was ordained in June 1959 with a pastoral call back to Tanganyika. Marie, Stan, and John took a freighter ship there, and settled in the remote settlement of Loliondo to work with the Maasai people. A second son, Todd, was born in Arusha in 1960, shortly before Tanganyika obtained its independence from Great Britain and later became Tanzania. Her last child, Jeffrey, was born in 1965, also in Arusha. After four years in Loliondo and seven at Oldonyo Sambu, she and Stan lived near or in Arusha for almost twenty years until their retirement. Marie was central to the Lutheran missionary circle and wider international community in northern Tanzania, including being a US Embassy consular assistant, board chair for the International School Moshi, Arusha Community Church founder, and International Women's Club president. Although all her sons were schooled away from home, she ensured that they had all they needed to succeed. She was repository of history, a facilitator of connections, and always willing to assist those in need of information, a means of communication, a good meal, or a night's rest. She was self-sufficient and self-confident, wholly committed in all her engagements, a blessing to those whose lives she touched. Retiring to a house on South Washington Avenue in Saint Peter in 1992, Marie and Stan became deeply involved with the Saint Peter community and First Lutheran Church. They received the 2007 Nicollet County Outstanding Senior Citizens award. At the same time, they traveled often around the globe to visit friends and to help their sons build their own families at various locations. Marie lost her husband, Stan, in August 2013 to leukemia. In 2015, she moved to Prairie Hill, first in assisted living and then in memory care. She received kind and close care from all of the Prairie Hill staff. Surviving Marie are her son, John, with wife, Cindy, and grandchildren, Claire and Sam; son, Todd, with wife, Betsy, grandchildren, Luke (wife Courtney) and Ellie, and great-grandchild, Noah; son, Jeff, with wife, Barb, and grandchildren, Carlee, Joel (wife Hannah), and Natalie; her brother-in-law, Sterling "Bud" Benson; and her sister-in-law, Florence Schafer. To send a flower arrangement to the family of , please .

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Michael Steinhaus

Feb 17, 1952 - Nov 06, 2020

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Saint Peter, MN

Michael Armin Steinhaus age 68 of Saint Peter Minnesota died on Friday November 6 2020 at Ridgeview Nursing Home in Le Sueur with his wife Victoria by his side. Funeral service to be held at 11am Saturday November 14, 2020 at the Church of St Peter Catholic Church (1801 west Broadway, Saint Peter Minnesota). Burial to follow at Calvary cemetery. Visitation for the public will be held at 10am before the funeral. Services can be watched on the church's Facebook ( ). Michael is survived by his wife and sweetheart Victoria Steinhaus; beloved children, Landon Michael Steinhaus and his wife Ann of Cokato Minnesota, Angela Marie Sparks and her husband Chad of Belle Plaine Minnesota, Christopher Francis Steinhaus and his wife Kadi of Duluth Minnesota, and Nathan Allen Steinhaus of Cleveland Minnesota; his grandchildren Austyn Steinhaus, Carsen Sparks, Sydnie Steinhaus, Schaden Steinhaus, Tristan Steinhaus, and Xavier Steinhaus; his siblings Ken Steinhaus and his wife Carolyn, Kathy Drake and her husband Tom, Susan Drake and her husband Richard, Dave Steinhaus, Chuck Steinhaus and his wife Karen, Jane Klement and her husband Rick; 17 nieces and nephews; his uncles, John Braunreiter and his wife Cathy, Carl Braunreiter and his wife Pam; his aunt Harriet Reiser and her husband Frank, cousins and countless other friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Armin and Mary Steinhaus; Uncle Eldon Steinhaus and Aunts Florence Forbrook, and Dorothy Ubl. Michael Armin Steinhaus was born on February 17, 1952 in New Ulm, Minnesota to Armin and Mary Steinhaus. He graduated from Winthrop high school, pursued a career in automotive repair earning an associate's degree and the title of Master Mechanic while working for Snell Motors in Mankato. He enjoyed playing with his grandchildren, fishing, gardening, hunting, carpentry, sudoku puzzles and traveling. He also enjoyed the company of family and friends as well as the mischief that tended to unfold when together. He was very active in his Church, as member of the Knights of Columbus he helped out with numerous fund raising activities that benefited the community including fish boils and bike marathons, he was active with the Boy Scouts as a scout leader, he took pride in clearing the sidewalks on his block whenever it snowed and lending a helping hand whenever asked. He will be missed by those who knew him but will live forever through the many lives he touched. To send a flower arrangement to the family of , please .

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Lucille Neils

Died : Oct 24, 2020

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Saint Peter, MN

Lucille Edna Neils, age 94, of Saint Peter, died Saturday, October 24, 2020 at Benedictine Living Community. Arrangements and obituary are pending. To send a flower arrangement to the family of Lucille Edna Neils, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.

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Donna Wick

Died : Jul 23, 2020

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Saint Peter, MN

Donna Mae Wick, age 74, of Saint Peter, passed away on Thursday, July 23, 2020. Celebration of Life is pending at this time.

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Joseph Pankratz

Mar 07, 1935 - Apr 21, 2020

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Saint Peter, MN

Joseph Leo Pankratz, age 85 of rural Saint Peter, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at home surrounded by family. Private services will be held for the family with a memorial service to follow at a later date. Joseph (Joe) was born March 7, 1935 to Leo and Eleanor (Hughes) Pankratz in Le Sueur, Minnesota. He attended John Ireland Catholic School and Central School before graduating from Saint Peter High School in 1953. He then attended Mankato Vocational School for auto mechanics. Joe was united in marriage to Donna Thorson on March 31, 1956. They lived in rural Saint Peter, where they raised their three children. Joe served in the Army National Guard from 1957 to 1963. He taught auto mechanics for many years at the Interdistrict School in Saint Peter and also worked as a mechanic at several auto businesses. Joe retired from auto mechanics in 2000 and worked part-time for Palmer Bus Service until 2016. He was a member of Scandian Grove Lutheran Church in Norseland, Minnesota where he served on several committees and the church council. Joe enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, playing accordion, working on friends' and neighbors' cars and tractors, helping his son farm, and spending time with family. Joe is survived by his wife, Donna; children: Terry (Kelly) Pankratz, Pamela Eckberg, and Peggy (Craig) Schlumpberger; seven grandchildren: Sarah (Albert) Reyes, Heidi (Paul) Scheurer, Mindy (Joshua) Oakley, Katelynn (Ben) Beaupre, Mallory (Daniel) Marlow, Marni Malecek, and Cole Pankratz; two great-grandchildren: Braxton Kurth and Aubrey Scheurer; uncle Ervin Weinkauf; son-in-law Rick Malecek; sister-in-law Susan Pankratz; nieces and nephews; and many friends. Joe was preceded in death by his infant daughter; parents: Leo and Eleanor; brothers: Gerald (Ruth) and Leroy; parents-in-law: Ellis and Hilda Thorson; brother-in-law Dennis Thorson; and son-in-law James Eckberg. The family is grateful for friends and caregivers that offered love and support in his final days. In lieu of flowers, gifts of memorial may be given to Shriners Hospitals for Children or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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Joseph Pankratz

Mar 07, 1935 - Apr 21, 2020

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Saint Peter, MN

Joseph Leo Pankratz, age 85 of rural Saint Peter, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at home surrounded by family. Private services will be held for the family with a memorial service to follow at a later date. Joseph (Joe) was born March 7, 1935 to Leo and Eleanor (Hughes) Pankratz in Le Sueur, Minnesota. He attended John Ireland Catholic School and Central School before graduating from Saint Peter High School in 1953. He then attended Mankato Vocational School for auto mechanics. Joe was united in marriage to Donna Thorson on March 31, 1956. They lived in rural Saint Peter, where they raised their three children. Joe served in the Army National Guard from 1957 to 1963. He taught auto mechanics for many years at the Interdistrict School in Saint Peter and also worked as a mechanic at several auto businesses. Joe retired from auto mechanics in 2000 and worked part-time for Palmer Bus Service until 2016. He was a member of Scandian Grove Lutheran Church in Norseland, Minnesota where he served on several committees and the church council. Joe enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, playing accordion, working on friends' and neighbors' cars and tractors, helping his son farm, and spending time with family. Joe is survived by his wife, Donna; children: Terry (Kelly) Pankratz, Pamela Eckberg, and Peggy (Craig) Schlumpberger; seven grandchildren: Sarah (Albert) Reyes, Heidi (Paul) Scheurer, Mindy (Joshua) Oakley, Katelynn (Ben) Beaupre, Mallory (Daniel) Marlow, Marni Malecek, and Cole Pankratz; two great-grandchildren: Braxton Kurth and Aubrey Scheurer; uncle Ervin Weinkauf; son-in-law Rick Malecek; sister-in-law Susan Pankratz; nieces and nephews; and many friends. Joe was preceded in death by his infant daughter; parents: Leo and Eleanor; brothers: Gerald (Ruth) and Leroy; parents-in-law: Ellis and Hilda Thorson; brother-in-law Dennis Thorson; and son-in-law James Eckberg. The family is grateful for friends and caregivers that offered love and support in his final days. In lieu of flowers, gifts of memorial may be given to Shriners Hospitals for Children or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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Benjamin Zieske

Jan 20, 1937 - Feb 17, 2020

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Saint Peter, MN

Benjamin Woodrow Zieske, age 83, of Saint Peter, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at Abbott Northwestern Hospital on Monday, February 17, 2020. A Celebration of Life will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on Friday, February 21, 2020 at 6:00 PM, with a visitation one-hour prior. Benjamin was born on January 20, 1937 in Springfield, MN. He attended school until the 9 grade. Shortly after, Benjamin met Marjorie who would become the love of his life of 60 years. They were united in marriage on December 6, 1960 at St. Mary's of Sleepy Eye, MN. Benjamin started out his working career moving buildings with his father, Benjamin Sr. until his untimely passing. Benjamin drove Semi for many years. He enjoyed having his children along during the many hauls he would take across the country. He would often let his children take a turn driving the rig while he would sit in the passenger seat or would crawl into the sleeper. When he was driving his rig, he was the king of the road and you had better move out of his way! He spent the later of his working career as a custodian for Gustavus Adolphus College in St Peter, MN. You could often find Benjamin working on one of his many projects, especially his pride and joy, the 59' Chrysler. He absolutely loved his 59' Chrysler. Benjamin will be long remembered as a devoted husband, loving father, and even better grandfather. He always enjoyed his time with his grandchildren. Teaching them how to wrench on cars and how to strum on the guitar! Benjamin is survived by his wife, Marjorie Zieske of St. Peter, MN; their children, Cindy (John) Brigan of Wrenshall, MN, Brian Zieske of Mankato, MN, Tammy Melchart of Kasota, MN and Lori Gilbske of Mankato, MN; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Jordan (Maria) Jonason of Belle Plaine, MN, Justin (Amber Grecco), Brooklyn and Vivian Danberry and Max Grecco of Fargo, ND, Brandon Melchart of Kasota, MN, Timothy Swenson of Wrenshall, MN, Kari, Avery and Isaac Gilbertson of Mankato, MN, Jeremy and Azalea Gilbertson of Rochester, MN and Lyndsy Gilbertson of Minneapolis, MN; Siblings, Tom (Lynn) Zieske of Minneapolis, MN, Susie Moldan of Sleepy Eye, MN and Bobby (Carol) Zieske of Minneapolis, MN. Benjamin is preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin Sr. (Irene) Zieske; Brother, Roger Zieske, Sister, Gloria Walters; and Son, Todd Zieske.

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