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January 30th, 2018

Margaret Buckentin, 82, of Hamburg

Margaret I. Buckentin, 82, of Hamburg, died Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, at the Waconia Good Samaritan Center.
The funeral service will be Friday, Feb. 2, at 11 a.m., at Emanuel Lutheran Church, 18175 County Road 50, Hamburg. Visitation will be Thursday, Feb. 1, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday, Feb. 2, for one hour prior to the service, all at the church.
Casket bearers will be Amanda Finnerty, Jason Buckentin, Ryan Mesenbring, Anthony Voigt, Justin Buckentin and Tyler Zajicek. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

Maynard E. Kirchoff, 85, of Mayer

Maynard E. Kirchoff, 85, of Mayer, died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted.
The funeral service was held Saturday, Jan. 27, at Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer with the Rev. Adam Gless officiating.
Casket bearers were Jack McMullin, Christopher McMullin, John Bening, Corey Weikle, Bill Adelmann and Bob Adelmann. Interment was in the St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Stewart.

John ‘Jack’ E.F. Mueller, 94, of NYA

John “Jack” Edward Frederick Mueller, 94. of Norwood Young America, formerly of Hamburg, died Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, at New Perspective Senior Living in Waconia.
Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 26, at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg with the Rev. Mark Tripplet officiating. Kathy Oelfke was the organist. The Emanuel Lutheran Men’s Choir sang “Beautiful Savior.” Congregational hymns were “I’m But a Stranger Here” and “Abide With Me.”

Robert D. Simondet, 61, of Silver Lake

Robert Douglas Simondet, 61, of Silver Lake, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, Jan. 30, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake with the Rev. Paul Schumacher as the celebrant. Burial followed at Holy Family Cemetery in Silver Lake.

Judith E. Kadlec, 72, of Hutchinson

Judith “Judy”  Emilie Kadlec, 72, of Hutchinson, died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, showing her strong will to live her life to the absolute fullest, despite the challenges that cancer happened to bring over the past two years.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, Jan. 29, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake with the Rev. Paul Schumacher as the celebrant. Alice Nowak was the organist, and special music was by Mike Wendolek and Lucy Newcomb.
Casket bearers were her six grandchildren. Interment was in the Bohemian National Cemetery.

Dorothy Jean Picha, 92, of Glencoe

Dorothy Jean Picha, 92, of Glencoe, died Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 25, at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Glencoe with the Rev. Michael Fritz officiating. Musical selections were “The Old Rugged Cross” and “Amazing Grace.”
Casket bearers were Greg Fleck, Matthew Fleck, Ralph Picha, Markus Fleck and Ray Urbaniak. Interment was in the Glencoe City Cemetery.

Bernard J. Zejdlik, 80, of Hutchinson

Bernard “Bernie” Zejdlik, 80, of Hutchinson, died Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson with the Rev. Jerry Meidl officiating. Bonnie Westmiller and Bobbi Ludewig provided the music.
Casket bearers were his nephews, Mike Fiecke, Marv Fiecke, Brad Mallak, Jeff Mallak, Bruce Heuer, Josh Heuer and Brad Jurek, with honorary casket bearers being his godchildren and nieces, Lori Jorgenson, Lisa Jurek, Lynn Mallak and Shelly Mallak.

Family affected by Kawasaki Disease encourages families to learn more

Julie Muenchow and her husband, Stephen (formerly of Silver Lake), encourage families to learn more about Kawasaki disease after their own son, Gavin, was diagnosed in 2016.
The fourth annual National Kawasaki Disease Awareness Day took place on Thursday, Jan. 26.

McLeod County GOP caucus sites announced

The locations for the McLeod County Republican caucuses, set for Feb. 6 at 7 p.m., have been announced.
Those who are eligible to vote in the 2018 election will have the opportunity to cast a vote in the gubernatorial preference ballot, which is a non-binding straw poll. Resolutions are also considered, and delegates are appointed for the county convention.
McLeod County North Complex, 2391 Hennepin Ave. N, Glencoe — cities of Glencoe and Plato and townships of Glencoe and Helen.

GSL FFA hosts donkey basketball event