Obituaries

John Edward Bartkowitz, age 72, of Pine River, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014, at St. Josephs Medical Center, Brainerd. He was born Oct. 9, 1941, in Sobieski, to Peter and Martha Bartkowitz. On Aug. 20, 1962, he married Janyce Witt of Browerville. John is survived by his wife, Janyce; children, John Bartkowitz, Jr. (Emily [...]

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Norris Edward Sowada, 76, passed away at his home, July 17, 2014. The mass of Christian Burial, celebrating the life of Norris E. Sowada was held July 21, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in North Prairie, with Father Laurn Virnig officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery. Norris was born Sept. 11, 1937, in Rice [...]

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James Peter Schweisthal, age 79, a native of Minnesota and a resident of Orange Beach, AL, passed away July 20, 2014. Jim is survived by his wife of 60 years Diane Schweisthal of Orange Beach; daughters, Laurie (Alan) Schmidtke of Waterville, MN, Denise (Randy) Plachecki of Hackensack, MN; son, Dennis (Dennise) Schweisthal of Little Falls, [...]

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Anthony C. Tony Vornbrock, age 85, of Elk River, formerly of Forest Lake and Garrison passed away March 9, 2014, after a short illness and a long struggle with dementia. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maurine Chenevert Vornbrock. Survived by his children, Barry (Ernest Lewis), David (Beverly) and Steven (Margery); as well [...]

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Donna C. Bates, age 81, of Little Falls, died Thursday, July 17, 2014, at her home. A private service will be held at a later date. Donna was born Dec. 30, 1932, in Hayfield, the daughter of Gerhard and Claudine Leckness. She graduated from Hayfield High School. In 1974, together with her husband, Robert, they [...]

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Bernice Katheryn Billig, 86-year-old resident of Royalton, died Thursday, July 17, 2014, at St. Ottos Care Center in Little Falls. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, July 22 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Royalton. A visitation will be held Tuesday from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m at Holy [...]

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State Rep. Mary Ellen Otremba, age 63, a resident of Long Prairie, who passed away peacefully July 16, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, July 21, at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Long Prairie with Fr. Omar Guanchez officiating and burial was in St. Marys [...]

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Dennis David Wochnick Dennis, 71 of Lynnwood WA, passed away July 8th at Swedish-Stevens Hospital. Dennis was born to Mary and Celestine Wochnick in Bowlus MN, November 26, 1942 and was raised in Little Falls MN. He married Mavis Gleich in November 1962 and had 5 daughters. In 1965 he moved his family to Seattle [...]

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Barbara Ann Thompson, 63-year-old resident of Little Falls, passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis. A funeral service will be held at 1 P.M. on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at the Emblom-Brenny Funeral Service in Little Falls, with Chaplain Ruth Jeremiason officiating. Special music will be provided [...]

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