Obituaries


Audrey M. Sickmann, 92, Arlington

10/10/2019

Audrey M. Sickmann, age 92, of Arlington, passed away peacefully at the Arlington Good Samaritan Society on Sunday, Oct. 6.
A funeral service will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Arlington at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14. Deacon Tim Dolan will officiate.
A visitation will occur one hour prior to the service time at the church on Monday, Oct. 14.
Interment will take place in the church cemetery.  
Audrey Mae Sickmann was born in Minneapolis to Arthur “Frenchie” and Rosetta (Bauer) Morisette on March 4, 1927. She grew up in Henderson and was a graduate of Henderson High School. On Sept. 8, 1946, she married Reuben Sickmann at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Henderson. Audrey was a homemaker and was socially active in the community as well as an officer, organizer, leader and member of many organizations, especially those having to do with St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Sibley County. At age 52, she began working at the Arlington Enterprise and was a dedicated employee for 25 years before she retired. Audrey loved her family and was always very proud of all their achievements and successes. In her middle years, she loved playing cards, driving around the countryside of Arlington and Henderson, and fishing with Reuben. They were able to travel to many national destinations. In her later years she travelled internationally with her sisters. Audrey was an avid reader and writer, loved classical and most all music, her French heritage, and varied outings including dining out. Throughout Audrey’s life, her friends, family, and the beauty of nature (including birds and flowers), art, decorating, clothing, etc. were paramount and gave her great joy!
Audrey is survived by her children and spouses, Renee (Dan) Jaroscak of Coon Rapids, Sandy (Joe) Monahan of Burnsville and Mark (Colleen) Sickmann of Big Lake; grandchildren, Danielle (Adam) Gutzmer, Natasha (Nate) Streit, Meghan (Jeff) Kinate, Michael (Julie) Monahan, Michaela (Cody) Berra, Micah (Anna) Sickmann and Kodie Sickmann; great grandchildren, Helena, Theo, Emmie, Brody, Taylor, Nathan and Luca; sisters, Doreen Smith, Yvonne Knutson and Rosalie (Gene) Grazzini.
Audrey is preceded in death by her parents; and parents-in-law; husband, Reuben; and siblings, Lloyd, Art and baby Morisette.
Blessed be her memory.
If you choose, Audrey’s favored charities were MN Landscape Arboretum and DeMontreville Carmelites, Lake Elmo.
Kolden Funeral Home of Arlington is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Esther A. Beseke, 91, Arlington

10/10/2019

Esther A. Beseke, age 91, of Arlington, passed away at Golden Hearts Assisted Living Center in Arlington on Wednesday, Oct. 2.
Memorial services were conducted at Peace Lutheran Church in Arlington at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5.
A time for family and friends to gather was held two hours prior to the service time at the church on Saturday, Oct. 5.
Interment was in the Arlington Public Cemetery.
Esther Anna Pauline (Latzke) Beseke was born to Henry and Minnie (Krentz) Latzke on April 27, 1928. She was baptized and confirmed at Redeemer Lutheran Church. Esther graduated from Belle Plaine High School. On Sept. 30, 1947, she was united in marriage to Milberne Beseke at Redeemer Lutheran Church in rural Henderson. The couple made their home on the family farm. Three children were born to this union. Esther worked at Big Stone Canning Company and at Bongards after retiring to town in 1978. Esther enjoyed fishing and volunteering at Meals on Wheels. She was a faithful servant at church, volunteering in many capacities. Esther was competitive with other family members in donating blood and most recently received the 10-gallon pin.  As a couple, Milberne and Esther enjoyed traveling and visited Alaska, Hawaii, Europe and the Holy Land. She enjoyed spending time at the lake, fishing and playing cards. Esther loved music, especially spiritual and old time. After the death of her husband, she continued volunteering for various organizations as she enjoyed working with people.
Esther is survived by her children, Ruth (Clifford) Franke of Spring Valley, William “Bill” (Charlotte) Beseke of Arlington, and Mary Beseke of Hinckley; grandchildren, Kara Franke, Jessica (David) Frank, Douglas (Stephanie) Franke and Alizabeth (Wendy) Beseke; great-grandchildren, Kayanne, Isaac, Devon  (Mickayla) and Alaya; great-great-granddaughter, Lillian; sister, Laverna Schuldt; and sisters-in-law, Betty Latzke and Arlene Latzke.
Esther is preceded in death by her husband, Milberne; parents; brothers, Franklin, Harold and Lloyd Latzke; sisters-in-law; Louise Latzke and Verna Kessler; and brothers-in-law; Edwin Schuldt and Edwin Kessler.
Memorials are preferred to Peace Lutheran Church in Arlington.

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