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Thursday, February 24, 2011 nty News * Kimball, MN Obituaries Katelynn Kuechle, 3 days Katelynn Kuechle of South Haven died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at the St. Cloud Hospital. She was 3 days old. A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, at St. Igna- tius Church in Annandale with Fr. Victor Valencia officiating. Katelynn Ann Kuechle was born Feb. 10, 2011, to Scott and Kristein (Kotek) Kuechle of South Haven. Katelynn was preceded in death by her grandmother Shirley Meyer of Montgomery, Minn. She is survived by her lov- ing parents Scott and Kristein Kuechle of South Haven; brother Trent; grandparents Robert and Myrna Kuechle of Maple Lake, and Marvin and Betty Kotek of Maple- wood. Ervin Waiters, 91 Ervin C. Waiters of Watkins died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, at the Hilltop Care Center in Watkins. He was 91 Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, gt St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins with Fr. John Brunner and Fr. Richard Gross officiating. Vis- itation was Friday from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday from 8-10 a.m. at the Ertl Funeral Home in Watkins. A parish rosarywas prayed at 4 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, fol- lowed by parish prayers at 6 p.m. Interment was in the St. Athiony Catholic Cemetery. Ervin C. Waiters was born Jan. 3, 1920. at St. Nicholas Stearns County, to John and Kath- erine (Rausch) Waiters. Ervin Cr l:l il1 the, Unitc[l 3ti/tc8 nrmy from June 1942 to October 1945, and was involved in all eight major campaign battles. He earned the Bronze and Silver Star medals and the France Liberation Medal of Honor. On Nov. 12, 1949, Ervin was united in marriage to Lil- lien Marschel in Minneapolis. They resided in Minneapolis and Bloomington where Ervin was employed as a foreman for Model Stone Company for 35 years. Ervin retired in 1983, and they moved to a home on Clear Lake near Watkins. Ervin was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins. He was also a member of the Kimball American Legion. His hobbies included fishing and hunting, crossword and jigsaw puzzles, playing cards and danc- ing. He especially enjoyed spend- ing time with family and friends. Ervin and Lillian loved to travel and have visited both coasts, Hawaii, and were to Alaska four times. Ervin became ill about a year ago, and was recently hospi- talized. He became a resident at the Hilltop Care Center in Wet- at the age of 91 years, I month and 12 days. Ervin was preceded in death by his parents; brothers and sis- ters Peter, Louis, Ernie, Norb, and Elmer Walters, Marie VanNurden, Ann Neu, Caroline Helmbrecht, Christine Schreiner, and Viola Hartneck. He is survived by his wife Lil- lien Waiters of Watkins; chil- dren Barbara (and Bill) Liedman of Kimball, Beverly (and Rich- ard) Arten of Burnsville, Kathleen (and Michael) Ryan of Dellwood, Thomas (and Renee) Waiters of Pine River:and Todd (and Traci) Waiters of Darwin; eight grand- children and six great-grandchil- dren; and sister-in-law Lucetta" Waiters of Watkins. Music for the service was by Kathy Pauls. Casket bearers were Dale W~lters,-Rodney Waiters, Ronald Hartneck, Mark Marschel, Duane Marschel, and Roger Marschel. Kathleen Jensen, 80 Kathleen Mary Jensen of Kimball, formerly of Bloomington, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011. She was 80. Mass of Christian Burial ~ll be at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 25, at St. Peters Catholic Church at 6730 Nicollet Ave. in Richfield. Visitation will be one hour only prior to the service. Interment will be in Assumption Cemetery. Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents Charles and Myrtle (Weber) Kartes; husband Bernard "Bud" Jensen; and one granddaughter. She is survived by her children Sherry (and Richard) Hinz, Charles lensen, Sandra (and Steve) Vermillion, Douglas Jensen, Marilee (and Frank) Trzcianko, and Thomas (and Teresa) Jensen; eight grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren. Arrangements were by Gill Brothers Funeral Home in Bloomington. n emoriam We Remember Kristi Monday, Feb. 28, would have been Kristi (Bahn) Merten's 36th birthday. She will never cele- brate this birthday because of her untimely death in a tragic auto- mobile accident Oct. 21, 2010, leav- ing behind her husband and five children. Her body was found along a road near Rockville, lying in a soft bed of grass among brush and thorns at the base of a steep incline. To express her love for her younger sister Kristi, Dr. Jeanni Foss composed the following poem which she included in the West Central District News which she writes and edits in Northwest Dentistry, Journal of the Minne- sota Dental Association. Fall Forever Ever so gently the fall leaves float down from the trees, and all but0ncjuin thc ruv to the 8round as it takes its time teetering along an unknown path. The pheasants scurry through the corn. dodg- ing the determined dogs sniffing their tail feathers. Hot apple crisp coexists with a spoonful of melted vanilla ice cream as a cold bed- time wind rips through the maze of pines and hardwoods. The mist in the morning creeps across the meadows whilst the rust and gold colors mingle on the glass lake- shores. The grass is a soft bed amongst the thorns for someone who no longer whistles, but waits. The symphony of fall in central Minnesota cordially invites all to listen, to partake, and to remem- ber.., fall is forever for you. Kristi's parents Howard and Terri Bahn, her siblings, and her family, as well as many of us that knew her well are incredibly proud of her accomplishments as grad- uate of the College of St. Bene- dict nursing class of 2000. Kristi was a well-loved and respected pediatric intensive care nurse at St. Cloud Hospital. Kristi has received many testimonials attest- ing to her skill and compassion. On occasion, she even came in on her day off to be with a critically ill patient. The mother of a small boy that was severely injured in a car accident and was not expected to survive wrote often of the "won- derful nurse Kristi" in her Car- ingbridge journal. She told of the spectacular responses Kristi was able to garner from the small boy and the hope it gave them when his survival was under question. Fol- lowing is a quote from that moth- er's journal when she learned of Kristi's death: "For those who remember way back in the beginning, Kristi, my son's day nurse at St. Cloud Hos- pit l died in uto accident, L The news crushed me as she has always been a hero in my eyes. She not only took wonderful care of my son. but our family as well. I still see her giving me that big smile of hers and saying 'I am not supposed to say this, but he could pull through this and in a year from now, you could be walking in here to show us all how well he is doing.' She gave us hope when there was little to be found. She leaves behind a large family, and even more friends that must be in pain. Please keep them in your thoughts for us. The world just lost an amazing, kind, wonder- ful caring woman. She will always remain in our hearts." I could site many more exam- ples of the respect and love that patients, their parents, supervi- sors and nursing colleagues had for Kristi. Dr. Carie Braun, Chair of the College of St. Benedict Depart-" merit of Nursing, has informed us tha{ plans are in the works for Ervin Linn, 94 Ervin Linn of Watkins died Monday, Feb. 21,2011, at the Hilltop Care Center in Watkins. He was 94. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 25, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in St. Nicholas with Rev. Thomas Olson and Rev. Richard Gross offi- ciating. Visitation is Thursday from 4-8 p.m. and Friday from 8-10 a.m. at the funeral home followed by Knights of Columbus and St. Nich- olas Men's Society prayers at 5 p.m. Interment will be in the St. Nicho- las Cemetery. Mr. Linn's full obituary is online at www.tricountynews.MN, and it will be printed in next week's Tri- County News. a renovated nursing department that will include the long-awaited simulation laboratory along with state-of-the-art collaborative classrooms, a functional home- care space, and a nurse's station. We were very excited to learn that the members of the College ot St. Benedict Department of Nurs- ing are going to dedicate the pedi- atric critical care and family nurs- ing simulation to Kristi. Her name will continue to live through and among those who use and visit the building. Kristi's children and family will be ever-minded of how important She was to the members of the nursing department as both a colleague and a friend. You can help make this room a reality. In total, $125,000. will be needed to build and equip Kris- ti'8 Room. Your tax deductible gift or gift pledge will be greatly appreciated. All contributions will be earmarked for Kristi's Room. In a recent conversation with Dr. Braun, I learned that we are nearly half way toward reach- ing this goal. For those of you that have already pledged, as well as those that are planning a pledge, please accept our sincere appreci- ation and gratitude. Send your gift to the following address: College of Saint Benedict Nursing Department 37 S. College Avenue St. Joseph, MN 56374 ATT: Dr. Carie Braun If you have questions, con- tact Dr. Carie Braun, Chair of the Department of Nursing at (320) 363-5223. For a packet showing the plan for the Nursing Department Transformation including Kristi's Room and more information on contributing to her room, call Carl Hoffman at (320) 398-5390. Check daily for new stories at (obituaries are posted as we receive them) www.tricountynews. Burial and Cremation Services View obituaries, guestbooks and uideos on-line Kimball, (320) 398-5055 MN Kimball Area Emergency good [ Inc. St. Anne's Church in Kimball 10 - I0:45 a.m. Tues./Thurs. A6;ooi en2nilMonda ;6fi:he month: 5:30-6:30 p.m. tel. (320) 398-2211 For after-hours emergencies, call one of the area churches. 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