The Princeton Union-Eagle » Announcements Community newspaper of Princeton, Minn. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:09:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Theresa Florence (Vegter) Los Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:09:37 +0000 Theresa Florence   (Vegter) Los

Theresa Los was born on January 22, 1931, in Chicago, Illinois to John and Fannie (Statema) Vegter. She died peacefully in her home on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, after a long battle with ovarian cancer.
Theresa was an example of Christian love and faithfulness and was ready to meet her Savior. Theresa grew up with her brothers and sister in Illinois, California and Wisconsin. She worked at Borgs Clock Works in Delevan, Wisconsin and was the fastest on the assembly line. Theresa met Wesley Los at Delevan Christian Reformed Church and they started dating. They were married on August 24, 1951. Theresa and Wesley farmed in Elkhorn, Delevan, McFarland and Darien, Wisconsin before moving to Minnesota to farm just north of Princeton in 1972. Theresa worked many years at Holiday Grocery Store in Princeton where she managed the bakery and deli. Theresa and Wesley were blessed with seven children, 20 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Theresa will be greatly missed by husband, Wesley; her children, Bradley, Harvey (Barb), Darlene Mouw (Dean), Russell, Louis (Jen Boyer), Marilyn Lemke (Keith) and Tami Rohweder (Alan Olson); her grandchildren; her great-grandchildren and many other close friends and family. She is also survived by her brothers, John Vegter (Joyce), Frank Vegter (Donna), Ron Vegter (Darlene) and her sister Florence Gerharz (John).
Theresa was preceded in death by her parents, John and Fannie Vegter; her brothers, Bill, Pete, Hank, Harry and her sister, Theresa.
Celebration of her life will be Friday, September 19, 2014, at Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Princeton.

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Becker / Latvala Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:52:52 +0000 Becker-Latval

Becker/Latvala Engaged
Doug Latvala and Lina Becker are excited to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding.
Doug is the son of Howard and June Latvala of Bemidji, MN. Lina is the daughter of Frank and Karin Becker of Cambridge, MN.
Doug and Lina share a love for travel, movies, dining out, comedy and most of all each other. They are thrilled to be sharing the most important trip of all – the journey together as husband and wife.
The couple will reside in the rural Cambridge area and a spring 2015 wedding is planned.

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John W. Gates Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:51:59 +0000 John W. Gates

John Warren Gates, age 70, of Princeton, passed away on Saturday, September 13, 2014.
He was born on December 15, 1943 in Princeton, MN the son of John Warren and Dorothea (Kresal) Gates.
John grew up on the family farm in Princeton and graduated from Princeton High School in 1961. John entered the United States Navy following graduation and served for three years as an instrument repairman. Following his honorable discharge from the Navy he worked at the Typewriter Shop in St. Cloud and then attended St. Cloud State University receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Arts. He taught Industrial Arts in Long Prairie for 10 years and then worked at Litton Industries before returning to teaching in the suburbs of the Twin Cities until his retirement.
In his spare time John enjoyed working with wood, photography, guitar, singing and music and tinkering with things. John loved his family farm, being outdoors and most of all spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
John is survived by his children, Brian (Stacie) of Osceola, WI, Aimee (Michael) Wagner of Eden Prairie, Eric (Sarah) of Menomonie, WI, Kari Gates of Duluth and John Michael (Kelli) of Billings, MT; grandchildren, Joshua, Elise, Anna, Talia and Karis, Miquela, Maran, Ava, Nora and Sophia, Broderic, Logan and Porter and Evan, Logan, Aaron and Atlantis; siblings, Marlene Christiansen of Falcon Heights, Bonnie (Rodger) Gustafson of Princeton, Duane (Patricia) Gates of Big Lake; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, September 18, 2014 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Princeton. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, September 17, 2014 as well as one hour prior to the service on Thursday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Princeton. Interment in Oak Knoll Cemetery, Princeton.
Arrangements were entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Princeton.

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Castiel David Michael Whitcomb Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:51:37 +0000 Castiel David Michael  Whitcomb

Castiel David Michael Whitcomb, age 2 weeks, passed away September 6, 2014 at 11:15 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview.
He was born on August 23, 2014 at 7:46 p.m., the son of Amanda Whitcomb and Frank Novak and step-father Kyle Flanigan. He was a beloved brother to Kylee Novak and Alli Fink; grandson of Michael Whitcomb, Betty Sampson, Ray Novak and Judy Rubin; was loved by many others, and gone too soon.
Arrangements were entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Princeton.

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Rhoda Gene Kennedy (Strand, Koehler) Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:51:22 +0000 Rhoda Gene Kennedy (Strand, Koehler)

Rhoda Gene Kennedy age 84, passed away peacefully at home in Princeton on Saturday, September 6, 2014 after a two year struggle with ALS.
Rhoda was born to Paul and Jonatte (Hamre) Strand of St. Thomas, ND. She grew up in South Minneapolis and graduated from Minnehaha Academy and Beauty School. She was married to Marvin Koehler in 1952 and lived on a farm in Hamel. She became a full-time mom and raised their family in Robbinsdale where she was a member of King of Grace Lutheran and Redeemer Lutheran Church where she sang in the choir. She taught community education classes, had her own beauty shop, worked for Wella Corp., National Beauty Supply and was an instructor at Bobbie Ferns Beauty College.
Rhoda married Bruce Kennedy in 1994 and they became avid travelers exploring our nations beauty in their Airstream Trailer and RV. After she became a widow she drove a 36 foot RV with a Ford Explorer in tow to and from Arizona, on caravans and to rallies for years by herself and always surprised the men and earned admiration from the women! Her little white dogs, Cookie and Sugar, The Girls, went everywhere with her. She lived in Sun City West, Happy Trails RV Park, Travelers Country Club on the Mississippi and in Becker where she went to Becker Baptist Church. She enjoyed humor and was optimistic, caring, fun, adventurous and dearly adored her family and friends from all over. Her hobbies included basically everything!…learning and trying new things, Bible study, cards, board games, traveling, ballroom and square dancing, singles group, crafts, silver jewelry making and of course going out for a bite to eat. Rhoda had a way of getting people involved and she made the most of every opportunity life presented her.
Rhoda was a dedicated follower of Jesus Christ and lived her faith. She was a loving, loyal friend and always had a kind and encouraging word for every person she happened to meet.
She accepted her ALS with remarkable grace. The day after getting the ALS diagnosis she said, I am not going to ask, why me? but rather why not me? I know I am going to heaven after this life because of my faith in Jesus Christ and I know God will give me the grace I need for every day. As she struggled, she had two prayers she wanted answered: more time with family and the opportunity to get to know her great-grandson Jackson (now three). Both prayers were answered when she was welcomed into the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Tara and Brian, where she lived until the end of her life. Although her body was withering, her spirit and love for Jesus remained strong and steadfast until she was finally welcomed at Heavens Gate and into the Kingdom of Glory.
Rhoda was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Bruce F. Kennedy and grandson, Ronald Koehler II.
She is survived by her sister, Sara Strand; her children, Ronald Koehler of Pine River, Tara (Brian) Weldon of Princeton; stepchildren, David (Coila) Kennedy of Grand Rapids, MI, Jacklyn Kennedy of Allen, TX and Brian Kennedy of Dallas, TX; grandchildren, Matthew Koehler, Kristina Philaya, Lindsey Philaya; step-grandchildren, Rochelle Kennedy, Travis Kennedy, Heather Hunt, Michael Kennedy; great-grandson Jackson Philaya and her Bichon, Sugar.
Heartfelt thanks to the staff of Fairview Home Care and Hospice of Princeton for all the visits, care and friendship extended to us.
Rhoda donated her body to the University of Minnesota Anatomical Bequest Program.
Memorial celebration will be 11 a.m. Saturday, September 20 with visitation one hour prior at Bethel Church, 8938 33rd St., Princeton, MN.

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Nancy! Johnson Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:54:03 +0000 Nancy! Johnson

Nancy! Ann Johnson, a Milaca, MN, native who lived in Edina, MN, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Sunday, September 7, 2014. It was her 52nd birthday.
Nancy! was born in Minneapolis on September 7, 1962. She grew up in Milaca, where her parents, Don and Susie Johnson, owned and operated the local lumber company, and were gregarious, active members of the community.
Nancy! was no different. In grade school and high school, Nancy! was involved in many activities, including band, choir, swimming and student government. She was often one of the ringleaders of her high school class, organizing and executing the planning and production of homecoming, prom dances and other student activities. Whether she was telling fortunes at a muscular dystrophy carnival, presiding over the entertainment for a Super Bowl half-time show in Don and Susies basement or acting as the captain of the swim team, Nancy! was always in the midst of the action, and often directing it! Although Don and Susie moved to Edina in 1979, Nancy! remained in Milaca to finish high school with her peers in 1981.
After graduating from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Nancy!s career choices continued to follow the vein of event production and promotion. Her most memorable workplace achievement was as an event director and producer for Best Buy, where Nancy! paired the consumer electronics giant with superstar music concerts around the U.S. During those years, she experienced an exhilarating rock n roll life that few get to call their own.
During her Best Buy tenure, Nancy! legally added an exclamation mark ! to punctuate her name, because she wanted to bring enthusiasm and excitement into literally everything she did. And she did!
Nancy!s work often included notable cause-marketing events. She loved projects that not only created income for her, but also raised money to help others. For three consecutive years, she served as executive producer of DIVA Minnesota, an annual fashion show that raised millions of dollars for HIV/AIDS victims in Minnesota. In those golden years of one her biggest successes, Nancy! was truly the diva of DIVA! She coordinated all show production, catering and event details, media coverage, models, celebrities and directed the activities of hundreds of volunteers, in a multi-year success that wasnt sustained after she departed. The organization has since ceased to operate.
Nancy! also worked as a volunteer for Camp Heartland, now part of One Heartland, an organization with a facility near Hinckley, MN, which provides a summer camp experience for children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. Her recent work included other projects, which touched upon medical and social issues, including marrow donor programs and colon/rectal cancer research, a subject close to home for Nancy! since her fathers death.
After a series of recent car accidents left her with chronic pain, Nancy struggled to regain her career stride. She worked as a freelancer on projects, as a jewelry sales associate at Herbergers, and very recently, as an accessories display coordinator at Target, a part-time position which allowed her to work on her own schedule. Nancy! saw this job as a perfect opportunity to build up to a return to work that included working for a major brand name, incorporating her expertise in both marketing and event production.
In her personal life, Nancy! also loved events, and was often seen back in her hometown of Milaca, an hours drive from her residence in the Minneapolis area. Its with a bit of humor that shes remembered as being a devoted attendee of weddings and funerals, as well as nearly any kind of local or family gathering. When there was something happening in Milaca, you could reliably count on seeing Nancy! there! And while she was in town, Nancy! was dedicated to making a round of brief social visits to her friends BINGO with Dorothy Leaf and Jeanette Hanenburg at the American Legion, an Elim Home visit with Edie Thilquist and a stop by the home of Ben and Dorothy Gorecki for a cup of coffee.
In all cases, Nancy! was a shiny penny who saw it as her personal duty to spread love, compassion and empathy for others. She sought to bring a little bit of light into the dark moments of other peoples lives. Her near-daily Facebook posts to friends were always upbeat and started with her favorite catchphrase, BLESSED BE!
At the same time, Nancy! intensely missed her father, Don (Donald H. Johnson), who died in 1997, and her brother, Donnie (Donald H. Johnson, Jr.), who passed away in 2004. In the wake of their deaths, she sought to stay in consistent contact with her mother, sisters and their extended families, who now survive her: Susie Johnson, Edina, MN, Barbara (Mike) Seger of Wabasha, MN and Jane (Tim) Johnstone of Idaho Falls, ID.
A memorial service is one of small-town Minnesotas best opportunities to discover whats happening with the living and to celebrate life. In death, Nancy! wont be short-changed on her social gathering of choice, so its appropriate that her own life will be acknowledged with two outgoing celebrations:
1: REMEMBERING NANCY!: Susie Johnson & Family host a memorial get-together. Join Nancys mom, Susie, her sisters Bree (Barbie) Seger and Jane Johnstone, and their extended families for a gathering in Edina, MN, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 20, 2014, in the social room at Susies residence at the Point of France condo complex. (Her address: 6586 France Ave. S, Unit 903, Edina, MN 55435). Susie expects to hold a short program with an opportunity for remembrances of Nancy! The Johnson family requests that the youngsters park in the Southdale parking lot across France Avenue, as theres limited parking at Point of France.
2: NANCY! JOHNSON MEMORIAL BINGO BASH at the Blue Moon Saloon in Milaca, MN, 6 p.m. to later on Saturday, Sept. 20th, 2014. Life is less vibrant without the loud laughter of Nancy! Whether youre stamping a bingo card or cracking a Bud Light, this will be a lighthearted celebration! Please break out your favorite pictures of NJ for a hometown tribute to our friend. Fun hats, nametags, photos and bingo wear are strongly encouraged. Were not quite sure whether well actually play BINGO which will be renamed NANCY! for the day but well all have fun.
NOTE: If you want to be ensured to chat with the Johnson Family, please attend the Point of France gathering. In both cases, all are welcomed. We will be equipped to accept cards to the family, photo tributes and memorial donations.
Thank you from the wide circle of Nancy! Johnsons family and friends for your enthusiasm in wanting to participate in the celebration of a life that ended too soon. Our gathering together now may make this pain a tiny bit less acute. Its not too difficult to imagine her saying, Im Nancy! Johnson and I approve of this message!

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Mary Ellen Lueck Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:52:32 +0000 Mary Ellen  Lueck

Mary Ellen Lueck, age 70, of Princeton, passed away on Friday, September 12, 2014.
She was born on August 12, 1944 in Chippewa Falls, WI the daughter of I.O. and Dorothy (Wilson) Teigen.
Mary Ellen married Butch Lueck on September 1, 1962. She has been a member of Zion Lutheran Church since her marriage. Mary Ellen was a grand champion quilter at the State Fair. She was a member of the Princeton Bowling hall of fame and enjoyed traveling and cooking. She was a big Elvis fan and was able to visit Graceland multiple times and also enjoyed traveling the lower 48 states and abroad. She loved spending time with her family especially summer vacations. Mary Ellen will be missed dearly by her family and many wonderful friends.
Mary Ellen is survived by her husband of 52 years, Butch of Princeton; sons, Rick and Joe (Karla) all of Princeton; grandchildren, Aaron, Jessica and Jake; sisters, Jane (Don) Kluender of Pemberton; Karen (Levi) Gomez of Denver, CO; along with many relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Margaret Sjoquist.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Princeton. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the Williams Dingmann Funeral Home in Princeton and one hour prior to services on Tuesday at the church. Interment was at the Zion Lutheran Cemetery Princeton.
Arrangements are entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Princeton.

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Warren Kamstra Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:51:59 +0000 Warren Kamstra

Funeral services for Warren Kamstra, age 74, of Milaca, held on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at the Christian Reformed Church in Pease with Pastor Michael Ten Haken officiating. Interment followed at Pease Cemetery. Arr. Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home – Milaca
Warren Dale Kamstra was born on June 14, 1940 to Albert and Sena Kamstra. He and his sisters, Louise and Karen, grew up on a dairy farm two miles southwest of Milaca. Warren attended District 32, Pease Christian School, and Milaca High School where he graduated in 1958. After graduation, he joined the National Guard and served six months active duty and six years in the Guard in Milaca. After active duty, he worked for Fingerhut for approximately four years and then for the Mille Lacs County Highway Department for several more years.
Warren was united in marriage to Carolyn DeJong on May 18, 1962 in Pease, MN. They purchased a farm in the Pease area when they married, and started milking cows in 1967. Warren and Carolyn were blessed with four children who grew up on the dairy farm where they learned to play and work hard together. They sold the cows in 2001 and Warren then went to work for Oakwood Game Farm for several years. He and Carolyn enjoyed traveling together to deliver pheasants to other game farms all over the Midwest. Carolyn passed away on May 2, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer and Warren continued living on the farm.
Together Warren and Carolyn enjoyed Gods creation by downhill skiing, taking summer vacations at the lake, traveling and camping with family. Warren also enjoyed fishing, hunting out west, golfing frequently and was planning to complete his third 5K next week for cancer awareness. Last summer Warren took his entire family to a dude ranch in Wyoming where they enjoyed horseback riding in the mountains and began making new memories since Carolyns passing. Warren made it his mission to share Christs love with those around him whether he was transporting his Amish friends or delivering Guatemala apple pies to people in the community. Warren was active in the Christian Reformed Church of Pease his entire life and most recently went on two trips to Guatemala where they spent time with the local Vine and Branches organization.
Warren was taken from us too soon during an automobile accident in Nebraska on Tuesday, September 9, while visiting his children and grandchildren and helping with a fundraiser for their local Christian School.
Warren will be greatly missed by children: Terri (Bruce) DeVries of Ham Lake, MN and their children Matthew (Amanda) of Holland, MI, Hannah (fiance; Taylor) and Emma; Judy (Brian) Heichert of Andover, MN and their children Breanna, Amanda and Sophie; Bruce (Kristin) Kamstra of Kansas City, MO and their children Andrew, Elizabeth and Ian; Kathy (Don) Griess of Grafton, NE and their children Caitlin, Heidi and Adam. He is also survived by sister Louise Spoelstra and sister Karen (Duane) Bouma both of Milaca.
Warren was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn, parents Albert and Sena, brothers-in-law Gerb Spoelstra and Bob Christensen.

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Ruby F. Tuura (Huff) Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:51:32 +0000 Ruby F. Tuura (Huff)

Ruby F. Tuura (Huff), age 81 of Princeton, MN, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones August 29, 2014 at Fairview Hospital in Princeton, MN.
Preceded in death by parents, Ruben and Ethel; sister, Irene Luberts (Matt); brother, Bert (Delores); and son, William.
Survived by daughters, Gloria Besonen (Brian), Debra Obrzut (Dennis), Leslie Wuollet (Dywane), Kaisi Mickler (Derrick); daughter-in-law, Susan Uhde (Rosa); very close family friend, Judy Obrzut; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She attended Junior and Senior High School in Little Falls, MN and later in life had business ventures into real estate as an agent, and also co-owner of an over-the-road trucking company. Her true passion however was family, with arms and heart always wide open, she thrived on a bustling family and friends filled household.
Rubys life will be celebrated with an open air memorial service (casual) on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 11 a.m. at Rivers Park in downtown Princeton with luncheon to follow at the VFW next door. If inclement weather, service will be at the VFW also. Visitation one hour prior.
Private family interment at Fort Ripley Community Cemetery.
Coon Rapids Chapel 763-767-1000

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Davids A son, Bryce Andrew, 7 Fri, 12 Sep 2014 22:52:05 +0000 Davids A son, Bryce Andrew, 7

A son, Bryce Andrew, 7 pounds, 14 ounces, was born Aug. 26, 2014 at Fairview Northland Medical Center in Princeton to Molly and Andrew Davids. Grandparents are Sandy and Brad of Zimmerman and Greg and Tanya of Zimmerman. Great-grandparents are Bernie and Georgia Taylor,  Bunny and Richard Nauer, and Sylvia and William Davids.

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