Vernon Louis Yager was born September 16, 1925, on the family farm near Waverly, Minnesota, the son of Louis and Meta (Wandersee) Yager. A lifelong member of St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake, he was baptized on November 1, 1925, by Reverend C.G. Seltz and confirmed in his faith on April 2, 1939, by Reverend Eugene Seltz.
He farmed his entire life and during the Depression he left home to work for area farmers earning a salary to support his family.
On August 29, 1950, he was married to Mildred Krause. Their marriage was blessed with six children. During the Korean War, he was drafted into the army and served our country for two years.
Returning to the family farm he and Mildred raised their family there as he enjoyed working on the farm until retiring at the age of 78. As important as the farm was to him, it always took a second to his family and faith.
Jason James Siemieniewski, 45, of Maple Lake, MN, formerly of Geneseo, ND, passed away Monday, September 12, 2016, at his home. A gathering of family and friends was held Thursday, September 15, from 7-9 p.m. at The V in Maple Lake. Funeral service was Friday, September 16, at 11:00 a.m. at the Frank Family Funeral Home, Lidgerwood, ND, with burial at St. Martin’s Cemetery, Geneseo, ND. Fr. Jason Lefor officiated. Pallbearers were: Joe Vaplon, Brian Lesner, Justin Siemieniewski, Jon Siemieniewski, Kevin Siemieniewski, Kevin Nelson, Les Bergstrom and Brad Glarum.
Jason James Siemieniewski was born December 27, 1970, at St. Louis Park, MN, the son of Paul and Gloria (Mulock) Siemieniewski. He grew up near Geneseo, ND, and graduated from Lidgerwood High School. After high school he lived in Florida for a couple years moving to Maple Lake in 2001. In 2001 he married Sherri Griggs at Cayuga, ND.
Myrtle H. Penn (Oel-schlager), age 96, of Mpls., previously of Albion Township, Wright County, Minnesota, passed away peacefully, with her family at her side, on Sept. 12, 2016, at Lino Lakes Assisted Living. She was a spiritual woman and derived strength and inner peace as a life-long member of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod. Growing up on a farm, she had a strong connection to the beauty and wonder of nature. Gardening was her favorite pastime. Myrtle had a never ending thirst for knowledge, especially history, and loved learning through reading, research and travel.
Bruce B. Dalbec, age 78, of Crosslake, formerly of Maple Lake, died Wednesday, September 7, 2016, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. on Friday, September 16, at St. Timothy Catholic Church with Fr. Thomas McCabe as the Celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Timothy Catholic Cemetery in Maple Lake. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday and 9-10 a.m. Friday, both at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Maple Lake. Parish prayers will be at 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral chapel. Memorials are preferred to St. Timothy Catholic School.
Jeffrey M. Miller, age 68, of Annandale died Friday, September 9, 2016, after a 6-year battle with multiple myeloma due to exposure to agent orange in the Vietnam War.
Mass of Christian Burial was held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 13, at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Annandale, with Fr. George Kallumkalkudy as the Celebrant. Burial followed at Pleasantview Cemetery, Annandale. Visitation was from 4-7 p.m. Monday at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Annandale, with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation continued at the church on Tuesday one hour prior to the service. Memorials are preferred to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Jason Siemieniewski, of Maple Lake, died at his home on Sept. 12, 2016. Funeral service will be Friday, Sept. 16, at 11 a.m. at the Frank Family Funeral Home, Lidgerwood, ND with burial at St. Martin’s Cemetery, Geneseo, ND. A celebration of life will take place Sept. 15, 7-9 p.m., at The V by HH.
Justin A. Harvey, age 18, of Montrose passed away Sunday, August 28, 2016. He was born on March 19, 1998, in Johnson City, NY, to Robert Harvey Jr. and Kiley Hayes.
Justin was a 2016 graduate of Maple Lake High School. He played football and participated in track. Justin enjoyed hanging out with his friends, sketching and playing video games.
Justin is survived by his parents, Robert and Kiley; sister, Desiree Harvey; and many other family and friends.
Memorial service will be at noon on Friday, September 2, at the United Methodist Church of Montrose. Gathering of family and friends will be Friday, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the church. Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home, Delano.
Roger W. Riesgraf, age 92, of Maple Lake, died Sunday, August 28, 2016, at Quiet Oaks Hospice in Saint Cloud surrounded by family members, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 1, at St. Timothy Catholic Church, Maple Lake, with Fr. John Meyer as the Celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Timothy Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday and 9-10 a.m. Thursday, both at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Maple Lake. Parish prayers will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral chapel.
“Grandpa Roger” was a dearly loved and an irreplaceable person in the lives of his family, who cannot put into words how much he will be missed. A kind, gentle soul who always put others first, he is cherished beyond measure as one who loved being with his family at the cabin, golfing with his grandkids, and reading stories to his great-grandchildren.
Ruth (Wright) Vaa, of St. Cloud, was born on July 14, 1924, in St. Louis, Mo. to parents, Earl and Carrie (Jacobson) Wright. She passed away August 26, 2016, at the age of 92 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Ruth is survived by two daughters, Judy (Vaa) and Jerry VanDenEinde of St. Joseph, Sandy (Vaa) and Keith Sather of Maple Lake, one son, Harry Vaa of Lester Prairie; one sister, Grace Taylor of Columbus, Ohio; one brother, Glenn Wright of Genoa, Il; 13 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Carrie (Jacobson) Wright; two husbands, Albin Vaa and Frank Duncan; three brothers, Harry Wright, Earl Wright, Frank Wright; one sister, Dorothy Ohare; and three daughters, Mary Louise Vaa, Tammy Jo Vaa, and Carrie (Vaa) Dahl.
Ruth worked as camp manager at Schroeder Park in Annandale for 33 years and retired at the age of 90 years old.
George S. Nothnagel, age 94, of Buffalo, formerly of Maple Lake, died Thursday, August 18, 2016, at his residence in Buffalo, surrounded by the love and care of his family.
Mass of Christian Burial was held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 24, at St. Timothy Catholic Church, Maple Lake, with Fr. John Meyer as Celebrant. Visitation was held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Maple Lake, with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Visitation continued from 9:00-10:00 a.m. on Wednesday also at the funeral chapel. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Annandale.