Community

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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Bernadine C. "Bernie" Larson, Buffalo

Bernadine C. "Bernie" Larson, 77, of Buffalo; faithful, loving wife of 57 years to Leo L. Larson and devoted loving mother of seven: Agnes, Bertha, Catherine, Denise, Evelyn, Florence, and Gerald (also known as the ABC kids); grandma and great-grandma, sister, sister-in-law and friend to many, passed away peacefully in her home Friday Aug. 2, 2013. Bernie was born Sept. 29, 1935, to the late August and Bridget (Dehmer) Kasper in St. Michael. She attended St. Michael Catholic School through eighth grade. At a young age, Bernie’s kind, loving, and caring qualities shone through as she became the “primary” personal care attendant of her late grandmother. Although Bernie always had a special place in her heart for family and friends, whether it was out for a night of dancing or a big family get-together, she always kept God closest to her heart. Her life was blessed on Aug. 3, 1955, when she married Leo L. Larson at St. Michael Catholic Church in St. Michael.

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Donna Mae Luoma, South Haven

Donna Mae Luoma, 67, passed away peacefully in her South Haven home Sunday afternoon surrounded by family, friends and dogs. She was a much-loved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Donna was born on Oct. 21, 1945 to Melvin and Ruth Sigerson. Following her father's death two months after Donna's birth, her mother remarried and the family settled in Hopkins where she attended public school. She married Fred Luoma in 1962 and eventually moved to a small farm in South Haven where Donna was free to indulge her passion for gardening, horses, cats and stray dogs. She worked for the past 14 years at Product Technologies in Maple Lake. Donna was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Kenneth Sigerson.

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Edna Mabel Vieau, Howard Lake

Edna Mabel Vieau, age 91, of rural Howard Lake, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, at Park View Care Center. She was born Feb. 13, 1922, in Albion Township, the daughter of August and Esther Bonnick Uecker. Edna was baptized on March 12, 1922, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Middleville Township. She was also instructed in the Lutheran catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith on April 14, 1935, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Her confirmation memory verse was 1 Timothy 6:12-14 On Nov. 25, 1941, Edna M. Uecker and Leo J. Vieau were joined in holy marriage at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly. God blessed their marriage with three children. Edna and Leo purchased a farm in Middleville Township in the early '50s. They engaged in dairy farming there for many years. Edna and Leo built and moved into a new home on their farm in 1977. She enjoyed reading, gardening, canning, caring for Leo and their cats.

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Thomas accepted into New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Abby Thomas has been accepted by the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine. She is a 2008 graduate of Maple Lake High School. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Minnesota Duluth in May, 2012 with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree. Abby is the daughter of Rick and Lori Thomas.

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Robert Cumler, formerly of Maple Lake

     Robert S. Cumler, 73, formerly of Maple Lake, passed away on July 20, 2013. Bob was an Eagle Scout and a proud Marine veteran.  He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was survived by his loving wife of 16 years, Kathryn, of Apple Valley; sons: Fred (Carrie), of Maple Lake; Jason (Sandra), of Brownton; Robert C., of Eagan; and James, of Savage; 14 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents: Clarence and Lulu, and brother, John.

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Sep

Lois Theresa Price, Maple Lake

Lois Theresa Price, age 80 of Maple Lake, passed away on July 23, 2013, due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was born on Dec. 4, 1932, the daughter of George and C. Mae (Holmberg) LaPlant. Lois was joined in marriage to Delano “Del” Price in January 1984. Lois was a “jack of all trades” who enjoyed gardening, baking, sewing, woodworking and a multitude of other hobbies. She was very organized and worked at cleaning homes, Road Runner, Wonder Alls and Tonka Toys. She was an excellent calligrapher. She also enjoyed playing bingo and going to the casino but always had time for anyone, especially her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by her children, Steve (Donna) Wiczek of Nisswa; Chuck Wiczek, of Cushing; Debbie Rosas, of Anaheim, Calif.; and Mary Krueger (Byron TenEyck) of Alexandria; aunt, Lou Ahlm, of Buffalo; siblings, Mark (Nancy) LaPlant, of St.

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Delano Price, Maple Lake

Delano Price, age 71, of Maple Lake, passed away Tuesday, July 23, 2013, in the Maple Lake area. He was born Aug. 28, 1941, in Erwin, Tenn., to James and Decky Price. Delano moved to Minneapolis in 1959 and lived with his oldest brother, Larry (Joyce) Price. He was united to marriage to Marlene Baltus on June 7, 1962, at Swedlanda Lutheran Church in Hector. This union was blessed with the birth of one son, Keith, and one daughter, Diane. He worked for the Supervalue warehouse for several years before retiring. He also drove bus for Buffalo and Minnetonka schools. In 1983, he married Lois Raisanen. Delano is preceded in death by his parents, wife, four brothers, a half- brother and a half- sister.

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June H. Slager, formerly of Maple Lake

June H. Slager, age 97, of Argyle, Wis., formerly of Maple Lake, MN died Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at Lafayette Manor in Darlington, Wis. Graveside services were July 12, at 1 p.m. in Oakland Memory Lanes, Dolton, Ill. The Erickson Funeral Home in Argyle served the family. Online condolences may be expressed to the family on the website: www.ericksonfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, please plant flowers, go to a sporting event, or have a meal with a friend or family member. June would want you to be happy, notice the beauty of nature and enjoy the simple pleasures of life. June was born June 28, 1916, in Maple Lake, the daughter of Bert and Nora (Bergstrom) Meintsma. She graduated from Maple Lake High School in 1934. She was united in marriage to Adrian Slager on Aug. 1, 1936, in Chicago. She lived in Chicago until moving to Argyle in 1979.

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Gregory C. Jude, Maple Lake

Gregory C. Jude, age 86, of Maple Lake, died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, surrounded by family at the Annandale Care Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church, Maple Lake, with Fr. Mark Juettner officiating. Burial will follow at St. Timothy’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Maple Lake. There will be a prayer service 7 p.m. Wednesday. Memorials are preferred to the Alzheimer’s Association or St. Timothy’s School. Gregory Calvin Jude was born Aug. 19, 1926, in Maple Lake Township to Cyrus and Mary (Ramey) Jude and he graduated from Maple Lake High School in 1944. On Oct. 29, 1947, he was united in marriage to Anabel Munstenteiger. Greg was a farmer and carpenter, building his own home on the farm. He was a member of St. Timothy’s Catholic Church and Catholic Order of Foresters and was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus.

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Eric Raisanen, formerly of Annandale

Eric J. Raisanen, age 40, of Sauk Centre and formerly of Annandale, died suddenly Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, after a tragic accident. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Annandale with Rev. Edward Groop officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery in French Lake. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to the service on Friday, both at the funeral chapel. A prayer service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral chapel. Eric Joseph Raisanen was born March 2, 1973, in St. Cloud, to Raymond and Doris (Kangas) Raisanen. He grew up in Annandale and graduated from Annandale High School with the Class of 1991. Eric was working as the assistant superintendent at GreyStone Golf Club in Sauk Centre. He enjoyed sports of all kinds, especially baseball and golf.

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