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Get all your Community information here! There's information on school including a link to Maple Lake Public Schools, area obituaries, and links to various places in the Maple Lake Community. You will also find a link to the Friends of the Maple Lake Library and Maple Chamber of Commerce.  If you have anything happening in the community and would like these programs and/or events to show up in our "Community" Section of our Messenger, e-mail your information to news@maplelakemessenger.com.  Please make sure to check out our Community section of the Messenger which usually shows up in pages 4-6 of the newspaper.

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James M. Leahy, Denver, CO

After a more than a two-year battle with metastatic prostate cancer, James Miland Leahy Jr., 72, of Littleton, Colorado, died on Sunday, June 10th, 2012, in Denver. Jim was born on September 8, 1939, in St. Cloud, Minnesota, first child of Margaret M. and James M. Leahy. He was followed in birth by siblings, Timothy, Molly and Lenora over the next six years. “Mino” and his siblings grew up in Maple Lake, MN where he went to Maple Lake Elementary and High Schools, worked at his father’s hardware store, his uncle Leo Weismann’s grocery store and attended St. Timothy’s Catholic Church. Among his best friends growing up were his cousin, Denny Leahy, and younger brother, Tim, who gave him his lifelong nickname of Mino. Jim always enjoyed telling stories of coming of age in a small and predominantly Irish Catholic town surrounded by his extensive family. He loved to recount that his Leahy uncles were the town lawyer, dentist, and banker.

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Janet Lenore Hance, Monticello

Janet Lenore Hance, age 64, of Monticello and formerly of Buffalo, passed away on June 17, 2012, at her home on Little Cedar Lake. Jan was born on April 3, 1948, in Franklin Township, Wright County, the daughter of James and Lenore Pillatzki Bauman. Jan graduated from Delano High School in 1966 and went on to attend St. Cloud State. On June 8, 1968, Janet L. Bauman and Lawrence T. Hance were joined in Holy Matrimony at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Delano. God blessed their marriage with six children. Jan began teaching preschool at St. Francis Xavier School and taught there for many years off and on. She was made principal there in 2006. Jan also partnered with her husband, Larry, dairy farming and later in the family business, Hance Utilities, from 1983-2011. Jan was a faithful member of St. Francis Catholic Church in Buffalo. She was very active at church and at St. Francis Catholic School. Jan was the co-founder of The Wright County Tea Party and a former 4-H leader.

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Patricia Marie Mavencamp, Apache Junction, AZ

Patricia Mavencamp died peacefully on July 6, 2012, at Arizona Hospice in Mesa, Arizona. Patricia Marie Paumen was born in Buffalo on July 19, 1957, to John and Alma (Uecker) Paumen. She attended St. Timothy’s Catholic School and graduated from Maple Lake High School with the class of 1975. She was an employee of Wagner Spray Tech for many years. Her career there ended on January 9th, 2002, when she became the wife of John (Jack) Mavencamp and moved to North Pole, Alaska. There she helped Jack build homes until they retired and moved to Apache Junction, AZ. In 2010 she was diagnosed with advanced liver disease and fought a brave battle until she succumbed to the disease. She leaves behind her husband, Jack; sisters, Marilyn (Roger) Wurm, Joni (Jeff) Whittaker; brothers, Duane, Dennis (Mary), William (Phyllis) and Fred Paumen; step-children, Jon and Tom Mavencamp, Mike (Meridith) Mavencamp and Missy (Colin) Meskell; and 7 step-grandchildren.

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Donald K. Bolyard, Kenosha

Donald K. Bolyard, 87, of Kenosha, passed away on July 9, 2012, at United Hospital System – Kenosha campus. He was born on June 9, 1925, to David Donald and Adeline Bertha Bolyard in Homestead, Montana. He moved to Breckenridge, Minnesota, as a youth and graduated from high school there in 1943. He has maintained life-long connections with his classmates. On October 3, 1943, he married Shirley M. Gaulrapp in Breckenridge, Minnesota, at St. Mary's Rectory. They were blessed with 68 years of marriage and 13 children. Donald received his Bachelor Degree in Education from Concordia College and his Masters of Educational Administration from the University of Minnesota. He was a combat infantryman with the 96th Infantry Division, participated in the Invasion of Leyte during World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star. He was a life-long member of the American Legion Post.

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Kurt W. McClanahan, Annandale

Kurt W. McClanahan, age 19, of Annandale, died Tuesday, July 3, 2012, in Annandale. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 10, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Annandale, with Rev. Ali Boomershine officiating. Burial followed at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery. Friends called from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Annandale, and at the church one hour prior to services. There was a prayer service at 7 p.m., Monday. Kurt William McClanahan was born January 3, 1993, in Buffalo and attended Maple Lake Schools. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and enjoyed playing sports, frisbee golf, skateboarding, and spending time with family and friends. He is survived by his mother and step-father, Krista and Justin Jackson of Annandale; sister, Alexus Jackson of Annandale; grandparents, Leo and Teresa McClanahan of Annandale, James Jackson Sr. of Annandale; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

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Arnold Clarence Neutz, Maple Lake

Arnold Clarence Neutz, 95, of Maple Lake, died peacefully at his home on July 4, 2012. He was born on the family farm, Silver Creek Township, Wright County, Minnesota on June 23, 1917, to Frank and Sophia (Swanson) Neutz. Growing up on the farm, Arnold learned the value of hard work, an ideal that served him well throughout his life. He was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Buffalo, for the past 60 years. As a young man, Arnold was drafted into the U. S. Army in 1941. He served as a water supply technician and First Sergeant. In April 1942 he was one of the first soldiers to arrive at the newly established Desert Training Center in California under the command of General George Patton. While in Europe he served at the Battle of the Bulge. Later he was transferred to Okinawa preparing for the invasion of Japan. Arnold was discharged in December 1945, he then returned home. On April 14, 1946, he was united in marriage to Adeline Marohn at St.

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Edward L. Kunkel, Ham Lake

Edward L. Kunkel, age 53, of Ham Lake died Sunday, August 12, 2012, at his home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, August 16, 2012, at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church, Maple Lake, with Fr. John Meyer officiating. Burial will follow at St. Timothy’s Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m., Wednesday, and 9-10 a.m., Thursday, at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Maple Lake. There will be a prayer service at 6 p.m., Wednesday. Edward Leo Kunkel was born March 4, 1959, in Buffalo to Richard and Ruth (Meemken) Kunkel. He was a 1977 graduate of Maple Lake High School and received an Associate’s Degree in electronics from Northwestern Electronics Institute. He enjoyed bicycling and participated in the MS 150 ride from Duluth to Minneapolis for several years to raise money for multiple sclerosis. He also enjoyed woodworking and spending time with his family. Ed was a caring, gentle, and well-loved uncle to 20 nieces and nephews.

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Phyllis Ann Glunz, Buffalo

Phyllis Ann Glunz, age 83, of Buffalo, passed away on Thursday, August 9, 2012, at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids after complications from a heart attack. Phyllis was born on August 18, 1928, in Maple Lake, the daughter of Louis and Ethel (Provo) Opat. She graduated from Maple Lake High School in 1946. On November 4, 1950, she was joined in holy marriage at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in Maple Lake to Raymond John (Jack) Glunz with Father Morgan performing the ceremony. God blessed their marriage with five children. As a young woman, she held various positions at Wonderalls, the King’s House, Moulded Products and her proud and loving passion at the United States Postal Service in Buffalo for 22 years, from 1970 to 1992. She also owned and operated Glunz Construction with her husband. She enjoyed country music, bingo, garage sales, crossword puzzles, collecting snow globes and was a frequent winner of KRWC’s time capsule.

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Esther J. Johnson, Annandale

Esther J. Johnson, age 87, of Annandale, died Saturday, August 11, 2012, at Centennial Villa, Annandale. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 14, 2012, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Annandale, with Rev. Ali Boomershine officiating. Burial followed at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery. Friends called from 5-8 p.m., Monday, at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Annandale, and at the church one hour prior to services. There was a prayer service at 7 p.m., Monday. Esther Julia Johnson was born April 14, 1925, at Maple Plain to Ernest Vernon and Georgia Martha (Gustafson) Peterson. She married Harold Wilton Johnson on October 21, 1950, at Maple Plain and he preceded her in death on April 6, 2008. She worked at Miller's Grocery Store, Maple Plain, and was a Sunday School teacher at Christ Lutheran Church, Maple Plain. She was a homemaker and member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Annandale, where she was a member of the WELCA.

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Irish Wear consignment sale planned

The first-ever Irish Wear Athletic Gear & College Wear Consignment Sale is being planned for Maple Lake Elementary and High School. Families can bring in gently-used Maple Lake Irish Spirit Wear, athletic gear, or college wear to sell to other local families. There will be three opportunities to drop off items: August 28 during the Seventh Grade Open House scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. at Maple Lake High School; the Maple Lake Elementary Open House, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on August 29; or the Maple Lake High School Open House from 5 to 7 p.m. on August 29. Clothes must be clean and stain-free, with no holes, rips or tears. Athletic items could include cleats, helmets, knee pads, baseball gloves, head gear and more. All athletic gear will be disinfected prior to re-sale. After volunteers have had time to log, tag and sort the items, there will be three dates when the sale is open for purchases: 3 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11; Monday, Sept. 24; and Monday, Oct. 15.

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