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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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Robert Szczesny, Maple Lake

Robert Szczesny, age 62, of Maple Lake, died Saturday, April 28, 2012, at the Buffalo Hospital following a four-year courageous battle with cancer. He was a devoted husband and father and will be greatly missed. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 4, 2012, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Maple Lake, with Rev. Peter Martinson officiating. The pallbearers will be Ted Szczesny, Matthew Walker, Joseph Brinza, Ward Stidham, Allan Dale, and Dennis Petersen. The music for the service will be country gospel provided by Jeremy Petersen and Holy Cross Lutheran Church. Burial will follow at the Maple Lake Community Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Maple Lake, and at the church one hour prior to services. There will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m., Thursday. Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society or the Mayo Clinic Foundation.

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Bette L. Kramer, Crystal

Bette L. Kramer, 86, of Crystal passed away at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids on April 24, 2012, after complications from surgery on an aortic aneurism. A memorial service was held on Monday, April 30, at 11 a.m. at the Cremation Society of Minnesota, 7835 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Park. Interment will be at St. Timothy Cemetery in Maple Lake beside her beloved husband, Dale, at a date to be announced later. In addition to raising her seven children, Bette worked as a waitress, factory laborer, and pursued her love of sewing by making clothes for the souvenir industry. For 32 years she worked in domestic service in the Twin Cities and Maple Lake areas. She served on the Maple Lake American Legion Auxiliary and spent many years involved in the Maple Lake Community Theater. Bette loved to sew, read, and play with her grandchildren. Bette had a long-term love for birds and small dogs, owning many over her lifetime.

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Darla Kay Juday, Delano

Darla Kay Juday, age 55, of Delano passed away unexpectedly on April 25, 2012. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, at the Church of St. Mary in Waverly. Rev. Kenneth O’Hotto celebrated the Mass with interment in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Watertown. Darla was born January 19, 1957, to Irvin and Rosella (Gramman) Dahl in Minneapolis. Darla’s foremost dedication in life was to be the best of mothers to her children and will undoubtedly continue to watch over them. Darla and fiancé, Patrick Eischens, successfully developed their own business, while maintaining a small hobby farm at their Delano home. She was also an avid community volunteer with a particular interest in serving the homebound elderly. Darla loved animals and particularly horses. She devoted much of her time to assisting friends and neighbors with the care of their livestock. Darla was a model of resilience and her infectious spunk will be sorely missed by all who love her.

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Sep

Mary Higgins Jude, Maple Lake

On the day before her 94th birthday, choirs of angels came to take Mary Frances (Helget) Higgins Jude, of Lakeview Manor in Buffalo, to her lasting reward on May 1, 2012. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon on Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church, Maple Lake, with Fr. John Meyer officiating. Burial will follow at St. Luke’s Catholic Cemetery, Clearwater. Friends may call from 10 – 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Maple Lake. Mary was born in St. Cloud to Elizabeth (Wilfahrt) and Henry Helget on May 2, 1916. She lived an idyllic rural childhood including draft horses, a meandering creek, and a classic one-room school house. As a teenager she moved to Annandale where she attended high school and graduated in 1934. After working in Minneapolis, she married Daniel M. Higgins on June 23, 1943, at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Clearwater, MN. Living in the Stearns and Wright County areas, they farmed their entire life.

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Sep

Joyce A. Breyfogle, Maple Lake

Joyce A. Breyfogle, age 60, of rural Maple Lake, passed away on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at New River Medical Center in Monticello. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 1, at 1:30 p.m. at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Pastor Luke Schmidt officiated. Interment followed at Zion Lutheran Cemetery. Special music was provided by Marlene and Rolf Mohwinkel. A visitation was held on Tuesday, May 1, from 11 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home. Joyce Breyfogle was born on September 20, 1951, in Mahnomen, Minnesota, the daughter of Otto and Hazel E. Fahy Brockmier. Joyce graduated from Cottonwood High School and later attended Granite Falls Trade School to become a legal secretary. She was formerly employed at Gage/Carlson Company and at Cherub Corners in Delano. Joyce enjoyed gardening, photography, drawing and scrap booking.

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Sep

Patrick J. Casey, Annandale

Patrick J. Casey, age 81, of Annandale died Monday, May 7, 2012, at the Buffalo Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 11, 2012, at St. Timothy Catholic Church, Maple Lake, with Fr. John Meyer as the Celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Timothy Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, and from 9-10 a.m., Friday, both at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Maple Lake. Parish prayers will be at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. Obituary, Guestbook & Video Tribute online at dingmannfuneral.com.

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Sep

Public invited to Festival of Nations

The public is invited to visit the Maple Lake Elementary 6th grade Festival of Nations display from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 4, in the elementary gym. The students have worked throughout the school year researching countries around the world. They created displays in order to share their information with others at the May 4 event.

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Sep

5th-8th Grade Spring Band Concert set

The Spring Concert for band students in grades fifth through eighth is set for Thursday, May 10, in the Maple Lake High School auditorium at 7 p.m. The program includes “Boogie Blues,” “A Prehistoric Suite,” “Fireball,” “St. Louis Blues” and “Park Celebration.”

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Sep

Sr. High and Jazz Band Concert on May 7

The Senior High Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble will get together to perform on Monday, May 7, in the Maple Lake High School auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Numbers to be performed include “Gaelic Rhapsody,” “Exaltation,” “Amazing Grace,” “Take Five,” and “Coconut Champagne.” An awards ceremony will also be held between the Senior High and Jazz Band performances. 

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Sep

Clifton P. Jude, Monticello

Clifton P. Jude, age 88, of Monticello, died Saturday, May 12, 2012 at the Annandale Care Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 17, 2012 at St. Timothy Catholic Church, Maple Lake, with Fr. Michael Becker as the Celebrant. Pallbearers will be Jim, Todd and Kurd Jude, Paul Leason, Dale Fuller, David Marohn, Matthew Miller and Grant Leason. Sarah Goelz and Krista Elsenpeter-Tarbox will provide the music for the service. Burial will follow at St. Timothy’s Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and 9-10 a.m. Thursday, both at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Maple Lake. Parish prayers will be held 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Clifton Paul Jude was born February 10, 1924, in Maple Lake to Paul and Margaret (Reordan) Jude. He graduated from Maple Lake High School and lived his entire life in the Maple Lake area. Cliff served his country in the Merchant Marines during World War II.

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