Lawrence O. Pesch PDF Print E-mail




Lawrence O. Pesch, age 68, of Dumont, Minnesota, formerly of Minneota died on Saturday, September 5, 2009 at the MeritCare Hospital in Fargo, North Dakota.   Memorial service will be held at 1 pm on Monday, September 14, 2009 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Minneota with burial in the  church cemetery.

Visitation will be held 11 am – 1 pm on Monday at the church.Lawrence was born on April 3, 1941 on the family farm outside of Minneota, the son of Wayne and Maria (Rafnson) Pesch.  His family moved near Elbow Lake in 1952 and he later graduated from Ashby High School.  He served in the United States Army from 1958 – 1962. Lawrence married Joyce Cowan in 1964 and they had three children, Jeff, Sheri and Chris. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, the outdoors, and his dogs.

He is survived by his children, Jeff Pesch and his wife Peg of Rockford, Minnesota Sheri Brown and husband Mark of  Stillwater, and Chris Pesch and wife Michelle of Eagan; three grandchildren, Michele, Brittany and Joshua Pesch; three sisters Lois Chlebecek of Ghent, Mavis Verschelde of Ivanhoe , Ruth Van Hyfte of Porter; brothers Lyle Pesch and wife Marjorie of Taunton , and Gene Pesch and wife Jill of Bemidji ; two sisters-in-law Marge Pesch of Stillwater, and Gloria Pesch of Ashby;  and many nieces and nephews.  Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Maria Pesch, brothers, Wally and Donnie, a sister Dorothy in infancy, and long time companion Sara Duvall.


JoAnn "JoJo" Dawn Otto PDF Print E-mail
JoAnn “JoJo” Dawn Otto, 30, died August 28, 2009 at St. Alexius Medical Center from a heart attack, surrounded by her family and close friends.  
A Memorial gathering will be held Saturday, September 5th, in Elgin, ND at Hope Conservative Congrega-tional Church, 400 N. Park St. at 10:30 a.m. MST; a private burial will be held after the service.
A prayer and sharing service is being held at the Bismarck Funeral Home, Hwy 83 N and Calgary Ave. on Friday, September 4th from 7 to 9 p.m. CST. Cremation has taken place, there will be no viewing.
JoAnn was born on July 3, 1979, in Bismarck, ND to Glen and Patsy (Diehl) Otto. She lived in Elgin, ND before moving to Bismarck in 1984, where she attended Wachter Middle School and Bismarck High School. She received her GED from the Adult Learning Center in 2008.
In 1997, JoAnn was blessed with her daughter, Sierra. In 1999 she was joined in marriage to Jason Kramer of Bismarck. During their marriage, they were blessed with their sons, Eric and Michael.
JoAnn was an exuberant person and enjoyed time with friends and family. The thing she most enjoyed was spending time with her children, family and friends, whom she loved and cherished.  Her zest for life led her to enjoy many outdoor activities, hunting, fishing, camping, riding motorcycle, jet skiing, and anything adventurous.
She liked being creative and crafty and loved to bake and cook, experimenting with new recipes.
She enjoyed being surrounded by music.
She is survived by daughter, Sierra (11),  and her sons, Eric (8) and Michael (3), of Bismarck; her parents, Glen and Patsy of Trego, Montana; grandmother, Eliza-beth Otto, of Elgin, ND; siblings: Nicole (and Brian) Gislason, and their children Patricia and Kasey of Minneota, MN,  Jason (and Brandee), and their children Brandon, Travis and Marilyn of Mandan, ND; special friends, Manda Bailey of  Bismarck, ND, Jeff Levey of Benedict, ND, and ‘Doc’ of Wilton, ND; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends too numerous to mention.
She is preceded in death by her brother Nathaniel; and grandparents, Albert Otto, Clinton Diehl and Eleanor Diehl-Barber.
Irene Swedzinski PDF Print E-mail

(Posted Wednesday, Sept.  2, 2009)

Irene Katherine (Lanners) Swedzinski was born December 10, 1922, in Omro Township near St. Leo to John and Catherine (Nosbusch) Lanners.

Irene died on Friday, August 28, 2009, at the Minneota Manor Health Care Center

Irene attended St. Leo Catholic School and Canby High School for four years graduating in 1941.

Irene was employed at St. Leo Bank and Marquette National Bank in Minneapolis until her marriage.  She was united in marriage to Raymond John Swedzinski on July 12, 1945 at St. Leo Catholic Church.  Ray and Irene farmed in the Taunton area and resided in Taunton since 1966.

After many years as a homemaker, Irene worked at Berguth Insurance Company in Minneota and then at the Minneota Mascot.

Irene was amember of the Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church and the Council of Catholic Women.  She was active in the Catholic Aid Society and served as fraternal secretary for twenty-six years.

She thoroughly enjoyed working with other members of the society in planning social and fundraising events for the benefit of both adults and children.  Irene was a founding member of the Taunton Legion Auxiliary and was involved in numerous community service activities.

Irene spent many hours sewing clothes for herself and her three daughters often making an outfit for each for a specific occasion.

She always had a garden and would preserve fruits and vegetables for the rest of the year.  Irene enjoyed visiting with family and friends and a major social event was playing bridge.  She was a member of the local bridge club and often joined friends in playing at country clubs in the area.

Ray and Irene enjoyed traveling and spent a lot of time visiting their daughters in California.  They also traveled to numerous states to attend Ray’s World War II reunions.  A significant trip for both was a month long trip to France to retrace the steps of Ray’s crew when rescued by the French Resistance during the war.  Irene continued to travel until the last couple of years.

Irene is survived by her children Terrence of Chaska, Sandra Lawrence of Palm Desert, CA, Nancy (Charles) Veilleux of Roseville, CA, and Karen Rae of Taunton; two step-grandchildren David and Cindy Veilleux and siblings Leo Lanners of Marshall, Agnes Martinson of Maplewood and Vivian Gregoire of Marshall.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Ray; and three brothers Alvin, Gilbert and Roger.

A contribution from memorials will be made to the Catholic Aid Scholarship program.  Condolences may be sent to

Melinda McDowell, 43, Marshall PDF Print E-mail

Services for Melinda McDowell, 43, of Marshall were held at 3 p.m. Friday, June 5, at Christ United Presbyterian Church in Marshall. Pastor Celeste Laisch officiated. Margaret Greig was accompanist with Jim Doty at trumpet. Special music was provided by Scott and Roberta Josephson and Erin Josephson, soloists. Casket bearers were Stephanie Vlaminck, Keith Vlaminck, Erika Vlaminck, Megan Hardesty, Natalie Gillund, Jeremy Knutson and Samuel Gillund. Internment will be at a later date at the Lynd City Cemetery at Lynd, Minnesota. Military honors will be provided by American Legion Post 113.

Erma M. DePestel, 93, Canby PDF Print E-mail
Erma M. DePestel
Mass of Christian Burial for Erma M. DePestel of Canby was held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 in St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Canby with Father Tony Hesse celebrating.  Burial was in the Ss. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Cemetery, in Taunton, Minnesota.
Erma M. DePestel, 93, died Saturday, March 07, 2009 in the Sylvan Court Nursing Home in Canby.      
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