Funeral & Obituary for Pattsy Wagner

The Lord called Pattsy Wagner to paradise on Easter Sunday. She knew her Lord and was looking forward to seeing Jesus!

The funeral will be Saturday, April 10 at 11:00 am, with visitation starting 1 hour prior at 10:00 am.

Pattsy Darlene (Berthiaume) Wagner

Pattsy Darlene (Berthiaume) Wagner, age 78 of Monticello, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her family on April 4, 2021.

She was born on March 14, 1943 on the family farm in Monticello, Minnesota to Willard and Lillian (Kehn) Berthiaume.

On May 22, 1965, she was joined in marriage in Renville county to Dale James Wagner, and the two briefly resided in Redwood Falls. They then moved back to Monticello, where they made their forever home at the farm and raised their family.

After her farming days, Pattsy held a job at FSI for several years, until she finally retired from working to spend more time at home with her family. She loved being outdoors and spending time doing various chores outside where she could enjoy the sunshine.

Her family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, were her pride and joy; she loved taking care of them. Pattsy had a kind, gentle, and good-natured personality. She will be missed by so many.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Dale in December of 2020; parents, Willard and Lillian; sister, Marlene Chavez; and son-in-law, Tony Klein.

Pattsy is survived by her children, Bonnie Klein and Donna Wagner; grandchildren, Christopher Klein, Naomi (Braeden) Nieling, Melissa Klein, Jessica Klein, Dalton Wagner and Dylan Skalak; great-grandchildren, Isabell Klein, Hunter Nieling and Madelyn Nieling; sister, Shirley (Gordy) Griffin; and many other relatives and friends.

The Lord made Pattsy his child through baptism on October 3, 1943. She confirmed her faith in Jesus, her Savior on July 21, 1957. Her confirmation passage was Luke 11:28: Jesus replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”  Pattsy followed the direction of the Lord and looked for blessing from her Lord as she listened to his Word. Pattsy regularly received encouragement communing with Jesus. Pattsy believed that Jesus had a place prepared for her in his Father’s house. She is now with Jesus in paradise enjoying eternal life. The Lord blessed Pattsy with many years of his grace, she is now with the Lord. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 11:00 AM with visitation beginning at 10:00 AM at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church in Monticello.

Arrangements were entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo, MN

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Obituary & Funeral for Ivadell (Ivy) Erdman

Ivadell Mae Erdman

The Lord called Ivy to her eternal home with Jesus on March 15, 2021.

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Ivadell Mae Erdman
FEBRUARY 13, 1936 – MARCH 15, 2021
Ivadell Mae Erdman was born on February 13, 1936 and passed away on March 15, 2021 and is under the care of Sunset Funeral Chapel.

Funeral will be Thursday, March 25th at 11:00 am. Visitation will take place one hour before the service, starting at 10:00 am.


Ivadell “Ivy” M. Erdman, 85, of Monticello, formerly of Fridley, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 15, 2021.

Ivy was born in Stephen MN, the only child to Vern and Alice. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith in Stephen.

Her dad was a co-owner of the John Deer Implement with the Peterson Brothers in Stephen, prior to moving to Morris, MN in 1949, and purchasing the Marshall Wells hardware store, which they ran until 1954. Her parents then built the first motel in Morris in 1955 — The Morris Motel. Ivy graduated from Morris High School in 1954. She then attended beauty school in uptown Minneapolis, and then operated her own shop in the basement in Hancock.

She met Rollo Erdman on April 10, 1954 while still in high school shortly after Rollo returned from the Korean War. They married two years later. They lived in Hancock, MN for 13 years before moving to Fridley in 1969 so that daughter Melissa could attend her special education school near home. She continued working as a beautician at the Holiday Village store in Fridley, prior to opening her own shop again in the basement of their Fridley home. Both she and Rollo retired in 1993, and moved to Forada, MN in 1996 to live at the lake (Maple Lake). They travelled during the winter months, to California for two years, and then Texas for ten years. After Rollo’s death, Ivy made a couple more trips south with daughter Melissa. Ivy was known for enjoying cribbage, solitaire, and Rummikub. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rollo, and her parents, Vernon and Alice.

Ivy will be deeply missed by her children, Greg, Mitch (Joyce), Sheldon “Charlie”, and Melissa; daughter-in-law, Laura Bernstein; grandchildren, Zak, Zeth, Quinton, Alex (Amanda), Nate (Hayley), Alesha, and Sarah; great-grandchildren, Jaiden, Kayla, Lukas, Kora, Brody, Sophia, Keegan, and Hudson; nieces; nephews; and other family and friends.

Funeral Service will be Thursday, March 25 at 11am with visitation one hour prior at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 413 3rd St. E, Monticello. The service will be livestreamed at

Private Interment at Sunset Cemetery, Minneapolis.

Obituary & Funeral for Audrey Carlson

Obituary of Audrey Carlson

Audrey nee Borscheid (Davis) Carlson of Monticello passed away, on Wednesday March 3rd, at the age of 92.

She was born July 19th, 1928, the 3rd child of William and Emma (Schmedeke) Borscheid of rural Buffalo, MN.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Buffalo.  Her scripture passage was Gen 15:1, Fear not; I am thy Shield and thy exceeding great reward.

In 1948 she was married to Freeman Davis, Jr. of Monticello where they lived and farmed until Freeman’s death in 1965.  She then was employed at Kjellberg’s Home and Parks for 9 yrs, and with Sunny Fresh Foods for 18 yrs, retiring in 1993.

In 1994 she married Allen Carlson, whom she leaves to mourn her passing, along with her 4 children, Larry (Pam) Davis of Cokato, Lucy (Rod) Bechtold and Lonnie Davis, both of Hanover, and Lorraine (Doug) Roush of Buffalo, 15 Grandchildren- Larry, Karl, Daniel, David, Daryl, Cindy, Katie, Jessica, Devon, Dawn, Duane, Dustin, Deanne, Dennis, Denise, and 33 great-grandchildren.  Also, cousins, nieces & nephews.  She is further survived by Allen’s son Paul (Kathy) Carlson of Truman, Keith (Melanie) Carlson and Connie Carlson, both of Monticello, 9 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren; and Allen’s sister, Betty Christianson.

In addition to her first husband, she is preceded in death by her parents, sister & brother-in-law Doris (Arthur) Gutknecht, brother and sister-in-law Donald (Ruth) Borscheid, brother Marlin Borscheid, and daughter-in-law Julie Davis.

The Lord made Audrey his child through baptism and continued to strengthen her in her faith through Word and Sacrament. Audrey regularly received encouragement communing with Jesus, singing his praise in choir and serving the Lord at her church. Audrey believed that Jesus had a place prepared for her in his Father’s house. She is now with Jesus in paradise enjoying eternal life. The Lord blessed Audrey with many years of his grace, she is now with the Lord. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

A Christian Funeral service is being held Sunday, March 7th, 2021 at 12:30 PM at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 413 3rd. St. E. Monticello, MN.  Visitation will be from 11:00 AM to the time of the service service, all at St Peters Evangelical Lutheran Church. Interment will take place at Riverside Cemetery, Monticello, MN, following the service. Arr. Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel 763-295-2918 The service will be available as a Live-stream link at and following the service.

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Email Note – Lord, Take My Hand and Lead Me

Living In Jesus’ Kingdom!
Lord, Take My Hand & Lead Me!
Tomorrow we sing a couple of my favorite hymns: “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” and “When Peace Like a River”. When Peace Like a River is written by Horatio Spafford. Maybe you have heard the story of him writing the hymn. He was a Christian attorney that live in Chicago with his family. He and his wife, Anna, had 5 children, however their son died from Scarlette fever when he was four. A year later, Horatio lost a large number of his properties in the Chicago fires of 1871. Even with the losses, they did what they could to show Christian love and helped others. Two years later, Spafford planned a trip to England for a family vacation and to listen to the famous preacher and friend Evangelist DL Moody. Horatio was delayed because of business, so he sent his family ahead: his wife and their four daughters on a ship.
On 22nd November 1873, while crossing the Atlantic on the steamship, Ville du Havre, their vessel was struck by an iron sailing ship. Two hundred and twenty-six people lost their lives, as the Ville du Havre sank within only twelve minutes. All four of Horatio Spafford’s daughters perished, but remarkably Anna Spafford survived the tragedy. Those rescued, including Anna, who was found unconscious, floating on a plank of wood, subsequently arrived in Cardiff, South Wales. Upon arrival there, Anna immediately sent a telegram to her husband, which included the words “Saved alone…”

Receiving Anna’s message, he set off at once to be reunited with his wife. One particular day, during the voyage, the captain summoned him to the bridge of the vessel. Pointing to his charts, he explained that they were then passing over the very spot where the Ville du Havre had sunk, and where his daughters had died. It is said that Spafford returned to his cabin and wrote the hymn “It is well with my soul” there and then, the first line of which is, “When peace like a river, attendeth my way..”

It is hard to imagine going through that much tragedy. However, when difficult times come, we may wonder how I would do. As Christians, we know our Lord Jesus is with us. It is this Lord that gave Horatio Spafford strength to go on, knowing his children were with the Lord and his life was in Jesus’ hands.
Tomorrow, we hear of Jesus healing a leper. Can you imagine being isolated outside of your town, made to call out “Leper, leper … stay away!” Well, maybe you can after this year. In this account, we hear the leper go to Jesus with the confident request, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus was willing. He had compassion on the man, even touching him! He healed him!

This same compassionate and powerful Jesus is your Lord and Savior! God at times allows trials to come into our lives. Obviously, we know Satan also does what he can to bring evil into our lives. However, our Lord is always there to grow us and give a way through it. He has come to free you from your sins and soul-sickness that you can live in his Kingdom and serve him! Rejoice! Come and worship him! We will sing the favorite hymn: “When Peace Like a River” and “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”. Look to meet with Jesus in that personal opportunity you have at the Lord’s Supper. In communion with him, he lifts you up and assures you of forgiveness and a clean conscience. He sends you forth to serve him.
What is keeping you from serving the Lord and worship? Join us in person or online tomorrow. We will do everything we can to have it up and running tomorrow! (Sorry about last week for the livestream!) Come meet with Jesus in worship. We worship together at 9:00 am on Sunday morning or Monday evening at 7:00 pm. Even if you are not able to make it in person, I hope you will take time together with your family to sit at Jesus’ feet!! Livestream is on at 9 am or check out the service later at [Communion is always available on an individual basis. Contact Pastor Green.]

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Obituary & Funeral for Marjean Ruddle


Marjean Louise Ruddle
Marjean Louise Ruddle was born on Sept 9,1941 in Wood Lake, Minnesota, a twin daughter born to Arnold and Louise (Behm) Voigt. She was baptized into the Kingdom of God and made an heir of eternal life on October 12,1941. Marjean confessed her Christian faith and faithfulness to her savior and Lord Jesus Christ thru the Rite of Confirmation on May 22,1955. She graduated from Wood Lake High School in 1959 and Mankato Commercial College in 1960 for Business machine Accounting career. First employed by the Soo Line Railroad, then after raising 2 boys, with the City of St Louis Park. She retired to Maple Lake in 2000. Marjean was a breast cancer survivor (1998).

Marjean was united in marriage to William Ruddle on April 1, 1967 at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, MN. Her hobbies included bowling, sewing and gardening. She was active with Maple Lake Red Hats lunch group and Maple Lake Lady Bug garden club. She was an active volunteer with the Wise Penny Thrift Shoppe In Buffalo for many years. Marjean was a member of the choir at Timothy Lutheran, St Louis Park MN, and St Peter’s Lutheran in Monticello, MN.

The Lord Jesus called Marjean to himself in heaven on Sunday, January 3rd, 2021 at the age of 79 years.

Survivors include her husband William, (son) Kevin Ruddle and wife Becky of New Hope, MN; (son) Kenneth Ruddle of Prior Lake, MN. 9 grandchildren: Zach, Nich, Evan, Amanda, Jack, Luke, Caitlin, Lexie, Emma and 2 great-grandchildren : Aubrey, Harry.
Sisters and brother as follow: Merlin Voigt and wife Pamela of Waukee, IA; Marian Mundale and husband G. Ronald of Maiden Rock, WI and Marcia Schottler and husband Wayne of Helena, MT. Nieces and nephews as follow: Tamra and Garry Voigt; Melissa Mazurek; Jennifer Corrigan; Jeff Mundale.
Marjean was preceded in death by her parents; (sister) Marlys Jones; (sister) Mavis Hatcliff; (daughter-in-law) Anne Ruddle.

A Christian funeral and memorial service is being held at 2:00 pm on Friday, January 8, 2021 at St Peters Lutheran Church, with Pastor Darren Green officiating.

Visitation will start at 1:00 pm until the service. Family, friends and members of St. Peter’s are welcome to come to the service and/or visitation.

Interment will take place at Lakeview Cemetery in Silver Creek, MN. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Church or as donors choose.

Marjean had a stroke early Sunday morning. She never fully recovered and was called home to Jesus at 8 pm on Sunday evening. A service of worship and praise to our Lord will take place on Friday at 2:00 pm. We thank the Lord for having brought her to faith and now bringing her to paradise. May the Lord be with Bill and his family at this time and give them comfort and peace in Jesus’ sure Word.

What comfort the reading we heard this last Sunday from Hebrews 2 was. I was able to share this with Bill, Marjean and family in the hospital. We are reminded that Jesus came and calls us family. He especially came to destroy the devil and free us from the fear of death!! Yes, Jesus is true God and true man that stepped into our lives to make certain that we would be holy before God and eventually enter the glory of God. Jesus made atonement for us so we could be confident. Marjean knew Jesus and his precious gift. We take comfort that she is now with the Lord.

Hebrews 2:10–11, 14-18 —10 In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. 11 Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. … 14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. 16 For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. 17 For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. 18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

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Readings for Pentecost 11 – August 16, 2020

Isaiah 55:1–51 “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. 2 Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare. 3 Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David. 4 See, I have made him a witness to the peoples, a ruler and commander of the peoples. 5 Surely you will summon nations you know not, and nations you do not know will come running to you, because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has endowed you with splendor.”

Romans 8:35–3935 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Matthew 14:13–2113 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.” 16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” 17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. 18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Rest – Come to Me


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[Jesus said] Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28

President Abraham Lincoln once described how tired he felt. “Nothing could touch the tired spot within,” he said, “which was all tired.”

None of us has ever faced what President Lincoln had to face, of course. Nevertheless, his description of how he felt might touch a nerve with more than a few of us. As you read or listen to this devotion, perhaps you’re on vacation. Perhaps you’re enjoying some downtime or getting ready to dive into a favorite hobby. Or maybe you’re just looking forward to a good night’s sleep or at least a good nap. Whatever it is, enjoy it. Each, in its own way, is a gift of refreshment from God.

But it could also be that, at this moment, you have your own version of “the tired spot” that nothing can touch. It’s the kind of tired that no vacation, hobby, or good night’s sleep will remove.

That’s what sin can do—your sin and mine. The sinfulness of this broken world and the sinful failures of my own life can all roll together into a weariness difficult to describe. But the weariness is there. The weariness is deep.

But, listen to what Jesus tells us in our Bible reading for today, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened.” Jesus, here, is speaking as someone who knows precisely the kind of profound weariness that sin can bring. For this reason, when Jesus says, “I will give you rest,” he’s describing the kind of rest he knows we need.

The rest he brings is not in the perfect vacation. It’s not in your favorite pastime. It’s not in a dreamless sleep. The rest he brings is himself. “Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows,” the prophet Isaiah said. In going to the cross on our behalf, not only has Jesus washed our sins away. He has also lifted from us the burden of guilt that went with those sins.

In its place? Himself. His forgiveness. His peace. His untiring love.

Lord, bless my moments of refreshment. Most of all, give me rest in you. Amen.

Taken from WELS Daily Devotions, July 24, 2020.
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