Edwin “Ed” Duus
July 30, 1955 - July 20, 2021
Edwin “Ed” Duus, 65, of Lakeshore, passed away at his home Tuesday, July 20, 2021, after a three-year battle with prostate cancer.
The family invites you to celebrate “Fast Eddie’s Last Show” on Sunday, August 1, 2021, at the Pillager Community Center from Noon until 6 p.m. There will be a service honoring Ed held at 2 p.m. His family encourages you to arrive in a car Ed would be excited to see and maybe be prepared to grab a dollar-item or two from his collection. Graveside Services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, August 2, 2021 at Greenwood Cemetery in Nisswa.
Ed was born on July 30, 1955, in Brainerd, the son of Marvin and Evelyn Duus. After high school, Ed went right to work. He started with a job doing what he loved – cars; however, when he started his family, he found a position at Potlatch was the best fit. It also allowed him to retire early. He returned to his passion – cars. He enjoyed attending auctions and swap meets to dig through car parts, hoping to find the items that offered the best return. Ed loved his family and friends and looked forward to his daily coffee dates with grandson, Allen. When Ed was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he made it his mission to be informed. He was a well-researched advocate for his own health and became impassioned about encouraging others to be aware themselves.
Ed will be missed by his son, Barry Duus, of Lakeshore; daughter, Angie (Jeremy Ament) Duus, of Lakeshore; grandson, Allen (Haley) Duus, of Lakeshore; and best friend, Rod Kimball, of Pillager. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Gerald Duus and John Hasch.
Catherine Ann O’Donnell
April 22, 1927 - July 21, 2021
Catherine Ann O’Donnell, age 94, of Breezy Point, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 21, 2021 at her home. Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 AM on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Crosslake. Visitation will take place starting at 9:30 am prior to services. Internment will be at Pelican Woods Cemetery in Breezy Point following the luncheon.
Catherine was born on April 22, 1927 to Raymond and Mary (Schwartz) Prasch. She graduated from Sauk Centre Public School in 1944, and continued her education at St. Cloud School of Nursing graduating in 1948. She worked at St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud, MN and Richview Nursing Home in Richfield, MN. Catherine was married to Joseph O’Donnell on August 21, 1954 and they were married for 66 years. They moved to their lake home full time on Lake Ossawinnamakee in 1984.
She is survived by her beloved husband Joe; children Michelle (Bill) Boles, Jeff (Chris) O’Donnell, and Tom (Melissa) O’Donnell; 8 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; brothers Raymond (Mary) Prasch and Jim (Betty) Prasch. She was preceded in death by her parents, and two sisters Mary Margaret McLean and Theresa Prasch.
The family would like to give special thanks to the Good Samaritan Hospice team in Nisswa, MN for their loving care of Mom over these past several months. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting memorials to go to Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Cross Lake, MN (https://engage.suran.com/ihc/s/give/new-gift), or City of Breezy Point for Pelican Woods Cemetery in Breezy Point, MN.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brenny Family Funeral Chapel, Crosslake..
Marjorie A. Patterson
July 16, 2021
Marjorie A. Patterson passed away peacefully Friday, July 16, 2021.
She is survived by her son and daughter and their respective families.
A mass in Marge's honor will be held Thursday, July 29, 2021 at Immaculate Heart Church in Crosslake, MN at 11:00 am. Burial will follow immediately.
Gaylan Dean Pegel, Sr.
May 4, 1949 - July 13, 2021
Gaylan Dean Pegel, Sr., retired Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Army, was called home to be with the Lord on July 13, 2021 while at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California. He was surrounded by family as he entered eternal life.
Gaylan was born on May 4, 1949 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth, Minnesota. Gaylan grew up and was educated in the Brainerd, Minnesota area. He also attended and graduated from Maplewood Academy (Hutchinson, Minnesota), Class of 1967. Gaylan then enlisted in The United States Army and studied Medicine at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Following training, he served two tours of duty in the Vietnam War.
Gaylan served as a medic on the front lines, was shot in the shoulder, and was critically wounded. Gaylan continued to rescue fellow soldiers ignoring his own injuries until everyone was safe and that battle was over. This gallant effort earned Gaylan the Silver Star Award (3rd Highest in the Military) and his first Purple Heart. After healing from this wound, Gaylan volunteered for a second tour and was once again seriously wounded, earning a second purple heart. Gaylan also received 12 additional honorable medals for his work with the United States Army, including the Legion of Merit and 2 Meritorious Service medals. He earned his 4-year degree in Psychology from St. Cloud State and graduated Officer Candidate School shortly after. Gaylan went on to complete 38 years of military service including several years working at The Pentagon in Washington, D.C., narrowly surviving 9/11. After proudly serving his country, Gaylan retired while stationed at Fort Sam Houston, the very place where his military career began.
Gaylan retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army and eventually returned to his home state where he resided in Crosslake, Minnesota. He loved creating many memorable moments with his children, family and friends through his love of year-round fishing, family reunions, boating, hiking, and reminiscing about times gone by. Gaylan “Pops” enjoyed the strength and serenity he received from cutting & splitting wood, feeling like a lumberjack in his favorite plaid shirt. Pops was well known for his ability to make people laugh, even in the hardest of times or the best of times Pops could lighten or enlighten the mood of all those around him.
Gaylan’s biggest passion of all was to spread the Word of God, which he did with nearly everyone he met. Most every Saturday, traveling far and wide, Gaylan was preaching the Word of God. Furthermore, he would never pass up an opportunity to give or receive a hug. He clearly communicated that just one hug could positively change one’s entire day.
Gaylan never saw bloodline or namesake as the distinction of “family.” Many refer to him as Dad, Grandpa and Great-Grandpa simply because he took them in as his own. He was famous for his late-night chats and sharing of thoughts, passing on learnings and supporting those most in need, primarily sharing the Word of God. Many will remember & cherish his wisdom. Gaylan made a large impact on this world and will be dearly missed. He was more than prepared to meet his Lord and Savior when it was his time.
Gaylan is survived by his children: Dani Rene (Tommy) Farris, Gaylan (Marlene) Pegel Jr., and Mindy (Eric) Nelson, along with his bonus daughter Lisa (Kent) Larson; and by his 20 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Gaylan is also survived by: siblings Jan (Tom) Borden, Verna (Bill) Mitchell, Deb (Pat) Furrie, Polly Kerkvliet, Sydney Pegel, Jasper Pegel, Amy Pegel, and stepmother Rachel Pegel, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and also friends who he considered family. Gaylan was preceded in death by his mother Delores Wadsworth (Stropp), father Dale Pegel, & stepfather Darrold Wadsworth.
Gaylan’s Celebration of Life Service was held on Friday July 23, 2021 at the Brenny Family Funeral Chapel in Baxter MN. The Graveside Service was at the Baxter City Cemetery. Military Honors, including a Blackhawk Helicopter Flyover and 21 Gun Salute.
Celebration of Life
Mary Ann Stern Mel Stern
November 28, 1936 – May 15, 2021 June 7, 1933 – July 30, 2020
The family will have an Open House. Please join us to Remember their Life. Saturday July 24th from Noon to 4:00pm at their home at 39325 W Trout Ave, Emily, MN
Robert E. Moody
April 14, 1937 - June 22, 2021
Robert E. Moody, age 84 , formerly of Belle Plaine died on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd. He was currently residing at Lougee Lake, Merrifield, Minnesota. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at St. John Lutheran Church in Belle Plaine, Minnesota. Interment, with military honors by the Belle Plaine veterans, was in the Schlegel Cemetery, rural Belle Plaine.
Robert Edward Moody was born in Belle Plaine on April 14, 1937 to Edward and Frances (Latzke) Moody. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church. Robert graduated from Belle Plaine High School in 1955. He joined the U. S. Navy in the fall of 1955 and was honorably discharged in 1958. In the fall of 1959 he joined the Scott County Sheriff’s Department, as a Deputy Sheriff, under Sheriff W. B. Schroeder. On October 30, 1959 he married Lynn A. Simcox of Blakeley Township at the E & R Reformed Church in LeSueur, MN. Of this marriage they had two daughters, Lysa Lynn and Gayl Robyn.
In November of 1970 Bob was elected Scott County Sheriff and served from January 1971 to January 1979. He was then employed by the Scott County Highway Department as a heavy equipment operator for 10 years. On September 3, 1976 Bob’s wife, Lynn passed away. On January 12, 1979 Bob married Joan Schmitt, formerly Joan Goetz, at Our Lady of the Prairie Catholic Church in Belle Plaine.
He is survived by his wife, Joan. Children, Lysa Dols and Gayl Ediger. Step-children, Shari (Steve) Swenson, Tami (Doug) Brown and Dale (Suzanne) Schmitt. Grandchildren, Molly (Gerold) Holm, Cody Gerold and Jessy Dols. Step-grandchildren, Brooks (Angela) Swenson, Wes (Sarah) Swenson and Jacob Swenson; Jennifer (Josh) Foote, Gary (Ronda) Otto, and Jill (Brian) Lacek. Great-grandchildren, Austyn, Wayde, Cally, Cloey, Colten, Mason, Austin, Trevor, Hannah, Gus, Jack, Clare and Caylee. Brother, Roger (Les) Moody and Sister, Mary Maurelli. Nephews, Jack and Peter Moody and Nico and Armando Maurelli. Many other family and friends.
Francis Joseph Schreier
October 4, 1939 - July 1, 2021
Francis Joseph Schreier, of Emily, passed away peacefully on July 1, 2021, at Whitefish at the Lakes in Cross Lake MN. A Mass of Christian Burial, with visitation at 10:30 am, will be at St. Emily's Catholic Church on July 13, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be at a later date in Delano, MN.
Francis was born October 4, 1939, in Slayton, MN, to Joseph and Rose (Beach) Schreier. He grew up on the family farm near Currie, MN and attended Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School, graduating in 1957. He moved to Minneapolis, where he met his wife, Mary. They married on September 21, 1963 and had three children, Lori, Lisa, and Scott. They lived for many years in Delano and then Montrose.
Francis served in the Army National Guard and worked for Honeywell for 33 years. He and Mary retired early and moved to Emily, Minnesota. He enjoyed playing cards and looking for a good deal at auctions and garage sales. He was involved with the ATV club and was active member of St. Emily's Church. He enjoyed being a grandpa to his two grandsons, Wyatt and Chase.
Francis is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Mary, children Lori (John) McClay of Montrose, Lisa of Plymouth, and Scott (Deb Oelrich) of Delano, grandsons Wyatt and Chase McClay, three sisters and one brother and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and 4 brothers.
Barbara Ann DeLaHunt
September 26, 1938 - June 22, 2021
Barbara Ann (Holtsapple) DeLaHunt, 82, of Sun City West, AZ and Crosslake, MN passed away on June 22, 2021. She was born on September 26, 1938 in St. Paul, MN.
Barb earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at the College of St. Catherine’s in St. Paul, MN. She worked as a nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital and taught nursing at 916 Votech. She went on to use her nursing and management skills as the Administrator at both White Bear Lake and Pleasant Hill Care Centers and retired as Administrator of Ebenezer Luther Hall in Minneapolis, MN.
Barb was very active in the Mrs. Jaycees and the Lion’s Club. She was a loyal Viking’s fan, enjoyed quilting, golf, playing Maj Jong and loved solving crossword puzzles.
Barb married Ronald J. DeLaHunt in 1960 and together they had 5 daughters. Barb was preceded in death by her parents, Dorothy and Ronald (Jerry) Holtsapple, brother Roland and daughter Colleen.
She is survived by her husband Ron, children Cherye (Mark) Olmschenk, Beth (Bryan) DeLaHunt, Cindy DeLaHunt and Kelly Jo DeLaHunt. Grandchildren Kyle (Jen) Olmschenk, Kevin (Alexi) Olmschenk, Nicci (Tom) Barilla, Rick (Brittany) Sherman, Brandon (Stephanie) DeLaHunt, Austin Leibel, Katie & Billy Hardin. Greatgrandchildren Jack, Liam, Rylie, Lucianna, Mariano, George, Makenna, Kai, Weston, Rylan & Nikola.
Mom, we love you and you will be forever missed. A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date. Memorials to Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Please check the Brenny Family Funeral Chapel website at firstname.lastname@example.org for details in the future.
Dolores J. “Dee” Gragert
January 6, 1933 - January 8, 2021
Dolores J. “Dee” Gragert, age 88 of Emily died on January 8, 2021 at the St. Cloud Hospital. She was born in Minneapolis on January 6, 1933 to George and Caroline (LaCount) Sandhoff. Dee was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Outing.
Dee is survived by two sons, Larry (Carol) Gragert of Elk River and Mike Gragert of Apple Valley; one granddaughter, Rachel Dahlheimer and two great grandchildren, Destiny Campbell and Brody Dahlheimer.
Preceding Dee in death are her parents; her husband, Lloyd in 2013; grandson, Blake Gragert and one sister, Sharon Anderson.
Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Outing. If desired memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to Our Savior's Lutheran Church. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.
February 7, 1940 - June 23, 2021
Dale Melberg, 81 of Crosslake, passed away at his home on June 23, 2021 from complications of cancer with family by his side. Dale was born February 7, 1940 in Minneapolis MN to Oscar and Marie (Lindquist) Melberg. In the early years of his childhood he lived in Hector, MN, Richfield, MN and Willmar, MN. Dale graduated from Willmar Senior High School in 1958. He moved to Minneapolis and attended the University of Minnesota, studying electrical engineering.
On July 15, 1962 he was married to Sandra Drew. In 1963 Dale was drafted into the U.S. Army and stationed in Okinawa, Japan. He was a Nike missile repairman. In 1965 he returned to Minneapolis and rejoined the Appraisal Engineering Bureau where he had worked while in college. He eventually became the owner of that business. Electrical engineering was exchanged for real estate appraising. During the course of his career, he provided appraisal services to Anoka and Ramsey Counties and many other real estate entities.
Dale was one of the original members of the St. Anthony Athletic Club where he played handball, racquetball and took long walks along the Mississippi River. His favorite watering hole was Nye’s for a jumbo martini.
In 2004, Dale and Sandy built their retirement home on the Whitefish Chain of Lakes in Crosslake, MN. As a resident of Crosslake, Dale served on the Planning and Zoning and Public Works Commissions. In addition, Dale was a long time member of the Whitefish Area Property Owners Association and volunteered to test water quality conditions on the
When he wasn’t busy with all those activities, you could find him at his farm in Bagley, MN, riding his tractor and spending every hunting season with his buddies John, Tom, Allan, David and Sam.
Dale is survived by his wife, Sandra; brother, Curtis; sister Paisley (Dennis) Baklund; sister-in-law Sally Drew; many nieces and nephews and other family relatives. No services are planned at this time. Interment at a later date will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. In Dale’s memory, donations may be made to WAPOA, P.O. Box 392, Crosslake, MN. 56442. Designated to Water Quality.
A Life Didn’t Just End, A Life Was Lived. Arrangements have been entrusted with the Brenny Family Funeral Chapel, Crosslake.