Obituaries

Janis Mary Goff, 87, of Staples, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away on Christmas Day, December 25, 2021, at the Lakewood Care Center, Staples. A Catholic Funeral Mass will be held Sat., January 22, 2022, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Staples. Visitation will be held at 10 a.m....
Ann Vorgert, 90, of Staples, passed away January 3, 2022, at her home.   Funeral services were held January 10 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial at Evergreen Hill Cemetery in Staples. Ann was born September 4, 1931, to Michael and Francis Zilka in Little Falls. She married Elmer Vorgert...
Donabelle “Donna” Denny, 90, of Staples and formerly of Verndale, passed away December 26, 2021, at Lakewood Health System Care Center, Staples. Funeral services celebrating her life will be held at Sunday, January 9, at 4:00 p.m. at the Verndale Alliance Church. Visitation will be held at the...
Leonard, L.J. “Pat” Miller, 92, of Staples went to be with the Lord on December 25, 2021, at the Lakewood Health System Care Center in Staples. A private family memorial service will be held. A recording of the service will be available after January 20, 2022 on www.brenny.com. Pat was born June 17...
Rudolph “Rudy” A. Bjerga, Sr., 79, of Staples, passed away unexpectedly December 26, 2021, at Lakewood Health System Hospital, Staples.  Services were held January 3, 2022, at the Motley Free Methodist Church Interment was at the Motley Public Cemetery. Rudy was born July 22, 1942, to Mikkel and...
Mark Allen Weishalla, 65, of Brooklyn Park, passed away December 20, 2021, at his home. A Memorial Mass was held Dec. 27 at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Brooklyn Center.  A private family burial will take place at a later date  Mark was born April 18, 1956 to Thomas and Barbara (Vasecka)...
Barbara Ann Olson, 88, left her earthly house in Palmer, Alaska for her heavenly home on December 4, 2021, with several family members by her side. The oldest of three daughters, she was born August 29, 1933 to Robert and Ellen (Dickson) Batcher in Staples, where she grew up. During her teen years...
Officer Ronald “Ron” Smith, 58, of rural Browerville, passed away Wednesday, December 15, 2021, at the St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. Funeral services were held December 21, 2021, at the Motley Free Methodist Church. Ronald William Smith was born May 16, 1963, to Harold Smith and Jeraldine (...
David A. Carlson, 49, of Ohio passed away unexpectedly December 8, 2021. Services will be held Wednesday, Dec. 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. at The Ripepi Funeral Home, Parma, Ohio. David is a 1991 graduate of Staples High School. He was a proud team member at First American Title for many years. He was a...
Merle Norman Killian, 85, of Staples, passed away December 5, 2021, at CentraCare Hospital in Long Prairie. A memorial service will be held Friday, December 17 at 11 a.m. at the Assembly of God Church in Staples. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church. Merle was born March...

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