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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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Patrick 'Pat' C. Smith, Sauk Rapids

Mass of Christian Burial was at 10 a.m., Monday, July 30, 2012, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Sauk Rapids, for Patrick “Pat” C. Smith, age 64, who passed away Tuesday, July 24, at his home after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Rev. Al Stangl officiated and burial was at St. Timothy’s Cemetery, Maple Lake. Friends and family called from 2-7 p.m. Sunday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids, and one hour prior to the services on Monday at the church. Parish prayers were at 7 p.m., Sunday, at the funeral home in Sauk Rapids. Pat was born Oct. 15, 1947, in Minneapolis to Robert and Pearl (Smith) Smith. He married Mary Ann Spielmann on Oct. 18, 1975, at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in Maple Lake. They lived in the Twin Cities prior to moving to Sauk Rapids in 1977. Pat was an industrial arts teacher at Bloomington Lincoln High School, Plainview High School and Maple Lake High School.

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Bernice M. Marohn, Annandale

Bernice M. Marohn, age 75, of Annandale, died Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at Sunrise Cottages, Buffalo. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 4, at Zion Lutheran Church, Annandale, with Rev. Thomas Queck officiating. Burial followed at Pleasantview Cemetery, Annandale. Visitation was at the church from 5-8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, one hour prior to services. There was a prayer service 7 p.m. Friday. Bernice Mary Marohn was born October 19, 1936, to Leo and Helen (Flatoff) Zurawski in Stevens Point, WI. She was baptized on October 25, 1936, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church and graduated from P.J. Jacobs High School, Stevens Point, in 1954; then later in life earned a Bachelor’s Degree from St. Cloud State University. She married Marvin Marohn on December 31, 1955, and they resided in Annandale where she worked with Marv in his produce business and later in the grocery business.

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Young Irish football team hopes to build on seasons of success.

The Maple Lake High School football team started their season on Monday, August 13, with high expectations and big shoes to fill. With back-to-back appearances in the state tournament, the Irish hope to go for the three-peat this year in addition to winning the conference and section. To do this, the team will need to step into the shoes of the 15 seniors they lost last year, including 2012 Central Minnesota Conference Players of the Year, Derek Rachel and Joe Mooney. However, this year’s roster features eight returning starters and the following seniors: Donnie Mavencamp, Isaac Kotila, Bosten Fieldseth, Drew Hanson, Isaac Hendrickson, Ben Hudek, Brandon Prowatzke, Ben Winkelman, Matt Mooney, Charlie Webb, Dylan Seth, and Kody Rolfzen. “The players have done a good job in the off-season,” said Head Coach Tim Knudsen.

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Beatrice M. Bruns, Maple Lake

Beatrice M. Bruns, age 84, of Maple Lake, died Tuesday, August 28, 2012, at the Annandale Care Center. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, September 1, 2012, at St. Timothy Catholic Church, Maple Lake, with Fr. John Meyer as the Celebrant. Burial followed at St. Timothy’s Catholic Cemetery. Friends called from 4-8 p.m., Friday, and from 9-10 a.m., Saturday, both at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Maple Lake. Parish prayers were held 7 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home. Beatrice Marie Bruns was born July 26, 1928, in Maple Lake to Martin and Isabelle (Reznicek) Paumen. She attended Annandale High School and graduated with the Class of 1946. On April 26, 1949, Beatrice was united in marriage to James Herbert Bruns at St. Timothy Catholic Church in Maple Lake. She enjoyed their annual trips to Branson, playing cards, dancing, socializing and having a good meal at Country Buffet.

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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. 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. A portion of the funds will go to the new high school parent-teacher group, Irish PATHS (Parents and Teachers Helping Students). Funds will also go to the elementary parent-teacher group PIE (Partners In Education). For mor einformation, contact Paula Schmidt at 763-245-0608; schmidtxteriors@aol.com.

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Doors open in Maple Lake for a new school year

Students, teachers and families were once again back in the hallways and classrooms at St. Timothy’s School and Maple Lake Public Schools as big crowds flocked to the school open houses on August 29. Each of the schools provided students at the open houses with information on the school year which began on Tuesday, Sept. 4. In addition, teachers and principals and office staff were on hand to answer questions and get students pointed in the right direction. On the following day, August 30, staff from all three schools met in the high school cafeteria for a breakfast hosted by Star Bank and listened to words of welcome provided by the building principals pictured at right: Deacon Mike Medley, Elementary Principal Kris Harlan and High School Principal Andy Almos.

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Kenneth L. 'Kenny' Marquette Jr., Maple Lake

Kenneth L. “Kenny” Marquette Jr., age 39, of Maple Lake, passed away on Monday, August 20, 2012, from injuries he received in an auto accident. He was born on July 18, 1973, the son of Kenneth and Bonnie Westphal Marquette. Kenny graduated from Buffalo High School in 1992. He honorably served his country in The United States Marines until March of 1993. On February 10, 1996, Kenneth L. Marquette Jr. and Mary J. Babatz were joined in holy marriage at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo. God blessed their marriage with two beautiful children. Kenny was a jack of all trades. He had worked many jobs in his life, mostly driving trucks and semis. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, hunting, trapping and gardening. Kenny loved demolition derbys. Kenny loved being with family and friends. He had a heart of gold and kept life interesting. He enjoyed animals of all kinds. Kenny loved to sing Hank Williams Jr. music on Karaoke. He enjoyed working on motors and fixing things.

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Carole LaVonne Lemke, Annandale

On Saturday, September 22, 2012, our beautiful and beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother Carole LaVonne (Skaar) Lemke of Annandale, and formerly of St. Paul, returned to her heavenly home to be with Jesus. Carole was born to James and Myrtle (Wickum) Skaar in St. Paul, Minnesota on February 27, 1935. She was baptized, confirmed, and married at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. She graduated from Wilson High School and attended Concordia University where she met and fell in love with William Lemke, her husband of 58 years. Together they welcomed seven children into the world. Carole loved her family and made every day special, always finding one-on-one time for each of her children and grandchildren. Carole enjoyed being with people and was a friend to many. She loved to cook and bake and often treated family and friends to home-baked goodies. Carole worked as an activities aide in nursing homes in St.

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Wanda M. Evers, South Haven

Wanda M. Evers, age 63, of South Haven died Thursday, September 20, 2012, at her daughter's home in Darwin under hospice care. Visitation was from 5-7 p.m., Monday, with Memorial Services held at 7 p.m., Monday, September 24, 2012, at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Maple Lake, with Rev. John Peterson officiating. Wanda Marlene Evers was born May 30, 1949, in Minneapolis to Clarence and Shirley (Ten Eyck) Wiler. She worked at Bernatello's Pizza in Maple Lake for many years and enjoyed doing beadwork and playing bingo. She is survived by her former husband, Terry Evers of South Haven, daughters, Jan Bapp of Tracy, Koreen Heller of Darwin, Karen Evers of Annandale, brothers and sisters, Sandy Wiler of AZ, Rose Lamb of MO, Richard Wiler of MO, Janie Murray of Apple Valley, Daniel Wiler of St. Cloud, George Benson of St. Cloud, 12 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and great-grandson, Kaden.

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Dean L. Marschel, Annandale

Dean L. Marschel, age 55, of Annandale died Thursday, September 20, 2012, due to a construction accident while working for Bituminous Paving Company near Hankinson, ND. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. with Funeral Services held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 29, at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Annandale, with Fr. Victor Valencia officiating. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Annandale. Dean Louis Marschel was born September 16, 1957, in St. Cloud to Benjamin and Delores (Looman) Marschel. He attended Annandale schools and enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing and hunting. He is survived by sons, Jason Hood of Knoxville, TN, Jeremy (Abby) Hood of Rogers, sisters and brothers, Karen Oberg of Annandale, Duane (Shari) of Eden Prairie, David (Donna) of Buffalo, Dennis (Mae) of Buffalo, Douglas (Coleen) of Buffalo, Linda (Joe) Baker of Maple Lake, Darrel (special friend, Mona) of Annandale, Judy (Guy) Negley of Maple Lake, Donald (Dorothy) of Buffalo, DeVan of St.

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