Star News » Announcements The Star News covers community news, sports, current events and provides advertising and information for Elk River, Otsego, Rogers and Zimmerman, Minnesota and their surrounding areas. Thu, 02 Apr 2015 05:09:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Helen Sonya Buness Wed, 01 Apr 2015 22:10:12 +0000 Helen   Sonya  Buness

Helen Sonya Buness (Edstrom) died in her home on March 28, 2015, in Elk River, MN at the age of 71 due to complications following a battle with pulmonary hypertension.
Visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m. on April 11, 2015, followed by a Memorial Service at 11 a.m. at Peterson-Grimsmo Funeral Chapel, 250 E. Broadway, Monticello, MN 55362. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Helen’s life.
Helen was born on February 15, 1944, in Bemidji, MN to Andrew and Sarah Edstrom. She married Duane Buness of Clearbrook, MN in December of 1961. They moved to International Falls where Duane worked at Boise Cascade and Helen raised their five children. Helen and Duane moved to Elk River, MN in 1985.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Duane; children Todd (Kathy) of White Bear Lake, MN, Troy (Arlene) of Miles City, MT, Tracy (Jim) of Boise, ID, Trevor (Beverly) of St. Louis, MO, and Trent (Jennifer) of Big Lake, MN; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to the PHA (Pulmonary Hypertension Association) online at

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Kathryn (Kathy) Deutchman Tue, 31 Mar 2015 22:10:03 +0000 Kathryn  (Kathy)   Deutchman

Kathryn “Kathy” A. Deutchman, 70, of Marion, formerly of Elk River, Minnesota, passed away at home surrounded by her family on Saturday, March 21, 2015.
Funeral Service held 11 a.m. Saturday, April 11, 2015, at Living Waters Church in Elk River, Minnesota. Inurnment at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN.
Survivors include her husband, Ronald; daughters, Jennifer (Jon) Houtman and Stephanie (Ken) Highley; grandchildren, Joshua Highley, Jacob Highley, Connor Houtman and Owen Houtman; and brother, Michael Kamb.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Kathy was born July 20, 1944, in St. Paul, MN, the daughter of George and Margaret (St. Germain) Kamb. She graduated from South St. Paul High School in 1962, and married Ronald Deutchman on October 18, 1969, in Minneapolis.
Kathy doted on her four grandsons, who brought joy to her life. She had a generous spirit that expanded to include the ‘family of her heart.’ Kathy was a devoted Christian and lifelong servant of the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Anna Purna Ghosh Foundation in Kathy’s memory.
Please share a memory of Kathy online at under obituaries.

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Arlene N. Kunzer Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:21:12 +0000 Arlene   N.  Kunzer

Arlene Norma Kunzer was born July 13, 1934 in Hibbing to Oscar and Alice (Wertz) Waldahl. She was raised in Hibbing and graduated from Hibbing High School, Class of 1952. On December 8, 1952 she married LeRoy Kunzer at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Hibbing. They made their home in Hibbing and started their family. In 1965 they moved to Bloomington where she would become an active member of Grace Lutheran Church. In 2000 they moved to Zimmerman where she has since made her home. Arlene was a devoted, compassionate wife, mother and grandmother. Every day she read the newspaper and did the crossword puzzle. She enjoyed crafting, knitting, crocheting baby sweaters, snowmen and Easter baskets. Arlene was a cook and baker and known for her frosted sugar cookies. She enjoyed going out to eat and going to garage sales. Arlene was a great role model and was deeply loved and respected by her family and friends.
Arlene went home to her Lord Jesus and husband LeRoy on March 30, 2015.
Besides her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her sister, Luverne; brother, Lenny; granddaughter, Cherish Lacey.
She is survived by her five children, Alana Kunzer of Big Lake, LeRoy, Jr. of Zimmerman, Lenny of Zimmerman, Russ (Sue) of Lino Lakes, Kathy (Andy) Miller of Zimmerman; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services 1 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 2015 at Strike Funeral Home – Isanti Chapel with Rev. Dan Nordin officiating. Burial in Atna Cemetery in Isanti County.

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Marian and Oscar Engstrom Mon, 23 Mar 2015 22:30:23 +0000 Marian Engstrom, 90, passed away on September 20, 2014. Oscar Engstrom, 97, passed away on February 7, 2015.

Marian and Oscar were married for 55 years. They raised four children on their farm near Kensington, all surviving: Christine (Greg), Edward (Beth), Ruth (Michael), Vernon (Peggy). There are seven grandchildren. Also surviving are Marians brother, Johnny (Juanita) Thoen; sister-in-law, Pat Thoen; and Oscars sister, Edith Lokker.

Oscar was preceded in death by his first wife, Eleanor.

Private burials by Oscar and Marians family have taken place.

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Irvin E. Dehn Mon, 23 Mar 2015 18:31:58 +0000 Dehn

Irvin E. Dehn, age 95, of Elk River, formerly of Rogers, passed away peacefully on March 21, 2015.
A WWII veteran, longtime dairy farmer, a member of NFO, and a member of both St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Rogers and St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Elk River.
Preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor; sisters, Lucille Martin and Angela Ruprecht; brothers, Leroy and Lowell.
Survived by children, Deanna Coschignano, Steve (Terry), Jeanette Maruska, Linda Phillips, Donna (Mike) Praught, David, Donald (Michelle), Judy DeMars, Kenny (JoAnne), Barbara (Bob) Ayers, Robert (Lisa) and Lloyd (Julia); 40 grand and great-grandchildren. Also survived by his sisters, Marlene (Robert) Heinz, Geraldine (Andy) Mangelsen; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial Friday, March 27, 12:30 p.m., St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, 566 4th St. NW, Elk River. Visitation Thursday 4-8 p.m., Dare’s Funeral Home, 805 Main St. NW, Elk River. Also at church one hour prior to Mass at church. Interment St. Andrew’s Parish Cemetery. Arr. by Dare’s Funeral Home, 763-441-1212.

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Diane Marie Pearson Fri, 20 Mar 2015 22:29:00 +0000 Diane   Marie  Pearson

Diane Marie Pearson, 68, of Elk River, Minnesota and Detroit Lakes, Minnesota entered eternal life and peace with her Savior on March 19, 2015 at home surrounded by her loving family after a battle with lung cancer.
Diane was born on June 15, 1946, in New Prague, Minnesota to Duane and Elsie (Meyer) Hawthorne of Elysian, Minnesota. Her elementary years were in north Minneapolis. She survived polio at the age of nine. Diane’s family later moved to Brooklyn Center, Minnesota where she graduated from Brooklyn Center High School. After high school she worked various jobs till she went to work for Control Data, where she was trained as a computer programmer. Diane married Roger N. Pearson on June 18, 1966 at the Church of the Triune God in Brooklyn Center. They enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting. She worked till 1974, when her second child was born, then took on the full time role of a mother. Diane spent her time raising her children and volunteering in the community. She volunteered at the school as the computer mom to teach children how to use the computer. She volunteered for school functions, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.
Diane enjoyed watching her children play sports and her favorite concerts were band and choir. She enjoyed the outdoors and sharing it with her family. She was able to travel with her husband to the Bahamas, Iceland, Montana, Texas and around the country. Her favorite places were spent with family and friends. Diane returned to work after her children graduated from high school and her favorite job was driving the kindergarten bus. As she got older she enjoyed being with and watching the activities of her grandchildren, especially the baseball games.
Diane is survived by her husband, Roger Pearson; son Norman (Lori) Pearson; daughters, Claire Pearson Ph.D. (Frank Servidone) and Elizabeth Pearson; grandchildren, Victoria Lavrenz, Spencer Pearson, Logan Pearson, Francesco Servidone and Benjamin Servidone; brother, Randy (Sandy) Hawthorne of Tyler, Texas; nieces, nephews, and sisters-in-law.
Diane was preceded in death by parents, Duane and Elsie Hawthorne.
Diane was a loving daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother.
Memorial service will be held Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 2 p.m. at Richwood Lutheran Church, rural, Detroit Lakes, MN with Pastor Ann Newgard-Larson, officiating.
Visitation will be Monday, March 23, 2015 from 5-8 p.m. at West-Kjos Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7 p.m.
Those wanting to share memories and condolences may use the guest book section at
West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, MN

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Harriet Louise Kroeger Wed, 18 Mar 2015 18:32:07 +0000 Harriet    Louise  Kroeger

Harriet Kroeger, age 80, died peacefully in Stillwater, MN on March 17, 2015 surrounded by her three daughters, Michele (Mike) Hudson and Christie (Jim) Lindquist both of Elk River and Jenn (Peter) Hovland of Stillwater.
Preceded in death by her husband Michael, of 48 years.
Survived by three daughters, 10 grandchildren: Nicole, Chad, Erika, Tyler, Jordan, Josh, Ryan, Alyssa, Mae and Nola; and seven great-grandchildren: Belle, Audrey, Laina, Hannah, Jaiden, Brooklyn and Jack.
Harriet was born October 29, 1934, daughter to Charles and Louise Hinkley. She grew up with four loving brothers in the Iowa countryside.
Harriet loved the North Shore of Lake Superior and spent much time there with family. She also loved to read and spend time in the garden.
Our dear sweet Momma was a wonderful and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother and made every one she met feel special. She will always be in our hearts and we will miss her deeply.
Funeral service held Friday, March 27th at 11 a.m., at Ascension Episcopal Church, 214 3rd St. N, Stillwater, MN 55082. Visitation will be held one hour before the service at the church with a lunch reception following the service.
Memorials or flowers may be sent to Ascension Episcopal Church.

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James (Mike) Taylor Wed, 18 Mar 2015 18:31:18 +0000 James  (Mike)   Taylor

Mike Taylor passed away Saturday, March 14, 2015.
Mike was born to James and Darlene on September 4, 1959 in Bunker Hill, Indiana. Mike graduated from Elk River High School in 1978 and served in the U.S. Air Force in Grand Forks, N.D. After serving in the Air Force he returned to Minnesota and worked for North Star Steel (now Gerdau Ameristeel). Mike loved spending time with his friends and also loved being a new grandfather. He enjoyed spending time at his cabin, hunting, fishing, and four-wheeling. Mike was loved by many and will be deeply missed.
Survived by wife, Sue; children, Jason (Heidi) and Elizabeth (Brian) Laska; grandson, Jackson; mother, Darlene Sherrard; sisters, Monica (Steve) Carpenter, Shelly (Randy) Jacobsen, and Loni Calgaro; and many other relatives and friends.
Interment Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.
Wulff 651-738-9615

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Wesley Erwin Richard Hillukka Tue, 17 Mar 2015 22:30:41 +0000 Wesley Erwin Richard Hillukka, age 85, of Elk River, passed away March 13, 2015. Arrangements by Dares Funeral Home, (763)441-1212.

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Prayer to the Holy Spirit Mon, 16 Mar 2015 22:32:42 +0000 Holy Spirit, you who make me see everything and show me the way to reach my ideals. You who gave me the divine gifts to forgive and forget all that is done to me, and you who are in all the instincts of my life with me, I in this dialogue what to thank you for everything and affirm once more that I never want to be separated from you, no matter how great the material desires may be. I want to be with you and my loved ones in their perpetual glory. To that end, and submitting to God’s holy will, I ask from you (whatever your request may be). This prayer should be said for three consecutive days, after the third day the request will be granted, (no matter how difficult it may be.) Promising to publish the entire “dialogue” is a condition of having your request granted. KAF

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