Funeral & Obituary for Walter Klatt – May 27, 2021

The funeral will be Thursday, May 27 at 11:15 am, with visitation starting 1 hour prior at 10:00 am.


Walter (Wally) Frank Klatt

Walter “Wally” Frank Klatt, age 94 of Monticello, passed peacefully with his sons by his side in the St. Cloud hospital on Tuesday, November 24, 2020.
Wally was born on February 18, 1926 in Wright county to William “Bill” and Ella (Salden) Klatt. On January 7, 1949, he was united in marriage to Helen Yonak, and the couple made their home in Monticello their whole lives.

He worked for Wonderalls in Buffalo for over 25 years as the cutting room manger. After semi-retirement he spent time helping build houses and worked for FSI Fulfillment in Monticello. Wally’s best days were spent doing wood working in his shop building lawn furniture. Many people are still asking about his furniture. When not working, he and Helen were usually at the hunting shack or trailer at Mille Lacs Lake fishing. His passion was deer hunting and fishing. He shot his last deer at age 90 when he decided to stop hunting. He was a member of the Rod and Gun Sportsman’s Club of Monticello.

Wally was preceded in death by his wife Helen, his parents Bill and Ella (Salden) Klatt, brothers Lyle and Lambert “Buck.”
He is survived by sons Bruce (Karen) of Theodosia, MO, Brad (Ann) of Melrose, MN; sister Gladys Bitzer; seven grandchildren Jennifer, Jessica, Hether, Billy, Ryan, Nicholas and Nicole; 12 great-grandchildren Brianna, Erica, Michael, Joseph, Hunter, Oliver, Victor, Fletcher, Cody, Grace, Will and Landen.

The Lord brought Walter into his family of believers through the waters of baptism and made him alive for eternity. He continued to hear of his Heavenly Father’s love for him in worship and Bible study. Walter publicly confirmed his faith in Jesus and throughout his life made it a point to gather with his family of God to listen to Jesus and his Father’s love for him. He was a life-long member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church of Monticello, MN. Walter was given personal encouragement and strengthen his faith regularly through the Lord’s Supper which continued to help him lift his eyes heavenward. The Lord has now called Walter home to paradise to be with the Lord forever. The Lord blessed Walter with many years of his grace. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, May 27th at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Monticello, MN. Visitation 10-11 a.m., service at 11:15 and light lunch to follow.

The family of Walter Klatt would like to thank everyone for your thoughts, prayers, cards, and visits. Thank you for coming today. The service will be available at

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

 The family of Pattsy would like to thank everyone for your thoughts, prayers, cards, and visits. Thank you for coming today. The service will be available at

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Maundy Thursday Worship — April 1, 2021

Palm Sunday — March 28, 2021

Midweek 6 Lenten Service — March 24, 2021

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Midweek 5 Lenten Service — March 17, 2021

4rd Sunday of Lent — March 14, 2021

Midweek 4 Lenten Service — March 10, 2021

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1st Sunday of Lent — February 21, 2021

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Transfiguration Sunday — February 14, 2021

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5th Sunday after the Epiphany — February 7, 2021

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3rd Sunday after the Epiphany — January 24, 2021

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2nd Sunday after the Epiphany — January 17, 2021

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2nd Sunday after Christmas Worship Service — January 3, 2021

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First Sunday after Christmas — December 27, 2020

Guest preacher: Seminarian Karl Christie

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Christmas Day Worship Service at 9:00 AM

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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.

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23 — Marriage Moments – March 8, 2021

Monday, March 1, 2021

“And they will become one flesh.”

Genesis 2:24

22 — Marriage Moments – March 1, 2021

Monday, March 1, 2021

“And be united to his wife.”

Genesis 2:24

21 — Marriage Moments – February 22, 2021

Monday, February 22, 2021

“For this reason, a man will leave his father and mother.”

Genesis 2:24

20 — Marriage Moments – February 15, 2021

Monday, February 15, 2021

The essence of marriage is commitment.

Genesis 2:24

19 — Marriage Moments – February 8, 2021

Monday, February 8, 2021

“She shall be called woman, for she was taken out of man.”

Genesis 2:23

18 — Marriage Moments – February 1, 2021

Monday, February 1, 2021

“Bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh.”

Genesis 2:23

17 — Marriage Moments – January 25, 2021

Monday, January 25, 2021

God brought the animals to Adam, “to see what he would name them.”

Genesis 2:19

16 — Marriage Moments – January 18, 2021

Monday, January 18, 2021

God brought Eve to Adam.

Genesis 2:22

15 — Marriage Moments – January 11, 2021, 2020

Monday, January 11, 2021

God clothes us in Jesus’ perfection.

Zechariah 3:1,3-5

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Monday, January 4, 2021

Remember we are sinful human beings.

Zechariah 3:1,3-5

13 — Marriage Moments – December 28, 2020

Monday, December 28, 2020

Adam is incomplete on his own.

Genesis 2:21

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Monday, December 21, 2020

God made woman from man’s side.

Genesis 2:21

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God created a suitable helper that fits like a puzzle piece.

Genesis 2:20

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Monday, December 7, 2020

It is not good for man to be alone.

Genesis 2:18

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Monday, November 30, 2020

God formed man and made woman.

Genesis 2:7,22

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Made by the Master Craftsman

Genesis 2:22

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Monday, November 16, 2020

God created a work of art.

Genesis 2:7

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God calls his creation really good.

Genesis 1:31

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See your differences as unique strengths.

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Monday, October 26, 2020

We are created in God’s image.

Genesis 1:27

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We are the crown of God’s creation.

Genesis 1:27

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God gave us special status.

Genesis 1:26

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We are God’s special creation.

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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.]

Last week we heard that “Jesus Is Our Demon-Crushing King!”
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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.