Thomas Richard Nuesse, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, left this mortal life on Sept. 16.
Tom was born to Ernest and Opal (Boustad) Nuesse in Sacred Heart on May 1935. He was raised with his 11 siblings in a small shack in Hawk Creek Township.
After graduating from Sacred Heart High School, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served his country in the Korean conflict. He was honorably discharged as buck sergeant. When he returned home, he met Kaye Noble, the love of his life, on a blind date. They were married in January, 1960. As a young couple, they lived in Bayport while he was employed as a prison guard.
In 1961, he attended peace officer training in order to join the Minnesota State Patrol. Their growing family lived in homes in Bloomington, Arlington, Eagan, and Pillager while he was a State Trooper. He retired after twenty-five-plus years, last serving in the rank of Captain in the Brainerd area.
In retirement he tinkered around, and fished and hunted with family and friends. He and Kaye travelled in a fifth-wheel trailer for several winters before they settled in their winter home in Apache Junction, Arizona. While he was still able, he and Kaye took road trips on their Honda Gold Wing motorcycle. Along with family members, they even ventured to the Sturgis Rally in 2004.
During the summer months, they relaxed in their home near the Gull River in Pillager. They lived there year-round during the past few years.
Family and friends often gathered at the homestead property, the ‘Little Place’ in Sacred Heart, to camp out and enjoy recollecting stories of times past. It was his slice of heaven on earth.
We have great memories of hunting in the woods, and fishing with him. Some of his favorite foods to cook were potato balls, barbecued ribs, Philadelphia scrapple, fresh pan-fried fish, and homemade salsa that everyone enjoyed.
He especially cherished times with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Grandpa was always pulling their leg, and laughed at their jokes even if he heard them more than once. His legacy lives on.
Tom was the last surviving child of Ernest and Opal Nuesse. His brothers Ray, George, and Bob, and sisters Fern, Joyce, Ruby, Betty, Jean, Grace, Lu, and Marge and their spouses preceded him. Others include his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Frank and Ruth Noble, and in-laws Duane (Mary) Noble, Bud Shutter, Bill Wallbank, and Debbie Noble.
He is survived by his loving wife Kaye, and their five children Rodger (Jenny) in Arlington, Rick in Brainerd, Roxann (Joe) in Brainerd, Tommie (Sacred Heart), and Terry in Fall Creek, Wisconsin. His ten grandchildren who will miss him dearly are Nick, Kayla (Devon), Kory (Marisa), Chamile (Henry), Logan (Rachel), Tyler, Miriah (Brandon), Shayna (Blake), Cody, and Mason, and twelve great-grandchildren Michael, Jazzlyn, Lucas, Levi, Lincoln, Celeste, Paisley, Barrett, Piper, Beckett, Paige and Hailey. He is also survived by in-laws Bill and Snookie Noble, Jeanette Willbank, Rodney and Lois Noble, and Russell Nobel, and many nieces and nephews.
We are grateful for the kind care he received during his last days at Bethany Good Samaritan and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Brainerd. Tom's wish was to have no formal services, but for his ashes to be taken to the Little Place in Sacred Heart, where he was born. Family and friends will gather at a later date to share fond memories. May he rest in peace.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brenny Family Funeral Chapel, Baxter.
Eileen Marie Brau, age 96, of Chaska/Eden Prairie, and former resident of Arlington, passed away at her residence (Flagstone Retirement Center in Eden Prairie) on Sunday, Sept. 18.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, 218 West Second Street, Chaska, at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23. Father Tony VanderLoop presided.
The casketbearers were Abbey Brau, Samuel Brau, Haylee Brau-Smith, Michael Trocke, Nic Brau and Paige Kelly.
The visitation was held at Guardian Angels Catholic Church from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23.
The burial will be at Guardian Angels Catholic Cemetery, Chaska.
The first of four children to Nick and Mary (Rohlik) Kramer, Eileen was born in Lucan on Dec. 16, 1925. She was baptized and confirmed in Lucan, and graduated from Milroy High School in 1944. She then attended St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul,
On April 21, 1947, Eileen was united in marriage to her sweetheart, Harold Brau. They made their home in Arlington for 47 years and welcomed seven children together. They moved to Chaska in 1994.
Eileen was a master homemaker whose baking, sewing, calligraphy, and gardening were cherished by those around her. Her classic coffee cake, handwritten affirmations, and embroidered dish towels will leave a legacy. Eileen enjoyed sharing her talents with her many grandchildren, teaching them to bake and sew, embarking on a variety of arts and crafts, and joining them in games of cards and ping pong. She also loved to dance polka - especially to the Jolly Lumberjacks - watch the Minnesota Twins, and spend time at the family cabin on Lake Washington. Eileen’s gifts included her musical aptitude. She was known to join her husband for a tune, playing the trumpet alongside her jovial pianist.
Eileen’s strong faith was a steadfast anchor in her life. She was actively involved in her Arlington and Chaska parishes. She taught catechism in Arlington for many years, and was a member of the St. Mary’s Altar Society. In Chaska, she was a member of the Daughters of Isabella. She could always be counted on to bring fresh baked goods for the various events at the church. Her daily prayer lists and prayer cards were kept handy by her recliner; a demonstration of her belief in always keeping God close by.
Eileen’s patient, positive, and warm demeanor meant you could always count on her if you needed a listening ear, a laugh, or a bit of encouragement. She was a natural at making friends wherever she went and the staff at her care facility always mentioned that she never complained about a single thing. Despite her various active pursuits and full life, being surrounded by family was what Eileen loved most.
Eileen is survived by her children, Bev (Gary) Cuningham of Eagan, Don (Mary) Brau of Inver Grove Heights, Jim (Jennifer) Brau of Woodbury, Nancy (Randy) Trocke of Brooklyn Park, Jack (Ann) Brau of Minnetonka, Scott (Marie) Brau of Eden Prairie, and Mike (Kris) Brau of Fairmont; 23 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
Eileen was preceded in death by her husband, Harold; her parents; son-in-law, Bob Greenagel; and brother, Richard Kramer.
Funeral arrangements were with the Bertas Funeral Home of Chaska.
Marilyn Telthoester, age 84, of Arlington, passed away at her daughter’s residence in Arlington after a brief illness on Tuesday, Sept. 20.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at the Lions Center at Four Seasons Park in Arlington at noon Saturday, Oct. 1. A prayer service will be held at 2 p.m.
Marilyn Ann (Trocke) Telthoester was born on May 6, 1938. She was the eldest of four children of William and Marcella (Kroells) Trocke. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul's Evangelical Reformed Church, Hamburg, by Rev O.J Vriesen. She was a graduate of the Arlington-Green Isle High School.
On June 16, 1956, she was united in marriage to Reuben Telthoester. This union was blessed with 61 years of marriage and five children.
Marilyn held various employment throughout her life. She had a huge passion for sewing quilts. Many of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren have been gifted one of her many warm, cozy, handmade quilts. She enjoyed listening to her favorite music; old time or classic country, canning, baking, playing solitaire and cribbage and doing crossword puzzles.
Reuben and Marilyn did some travelling but really found their favorite place to be at Collinwood Campgrounds with their little camper. They would spend weeks there and commute to their daily jobs. They usually were fortunate enough to even wet a line early in the evening hours.
Marilyn’s highlight of her summers was attending Stiftungsfest as well as the Sibley County Fair where she looked forward to hearing the concertina.
Marilyn is survived by her children, Laura Reetz, Renee Stark, Dean (Marla) Telthoester and Wayne Telthoester; grandchildren, Miranda Stark (Joe Hoffmann), Melissa (Aaron) Hendrycks, Vanessa (Brandon) Johnsen, Heather (Kirby) Pautsch, Tylon (Ashley) Reetz, Danial (Kelly) Hanson, Caityln Solmonson and Trey Telthoester; great-grandchildren, Tucker and Eva Hendrycks, Alayna and Benjamin Johnsen, Liddy Pautsch, Reagan and Weston Reetz, and Caroline, Noah and Rhys Hanson. siblings, Don (Gerry) Trocke, Janice (Quintin) Raddatz, Karen Karow, and many nieces and nephews.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Marcella Trocke; husband Reuben Telthoester; and daughter, Carol Hanson.
Blessed be her memory.
Paul D. Mathwig, age 58, of Arlington, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 30. Funeral services were held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Green Isle at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5. Visitation was held at the Kolden Funeral Home in Arlington from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4. Visitation continued from noon until the service time at the church on Tuesday, Oct. 5. Interment was in the church cemetery. Paul Douglas Mathwig was born to Ernest and Dorothy (Hoppe) Mathwig in Gaylord on Aug. 2, 1963. He attended and graduated from the Arlington-Green Isle High School on May 27, 1981. He furthered his education by attending Hutchinson Technical College and graduated in the area of Metrology. Paul worked on the family farm until his parents’ retirement. His field service job brought him various employments including Schwan’s, Worldwide, Elkay Manufacturing and Goebel. Paul married Susan Oelfke at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg on Feb. 13, 1982. Paul was one of the first Figure 8 racers at the Arlington Raceway. He was a Boy Scout leader, FFA member, and always encouraged his children to be successful and was involved in their passions. Paul enjoyed cooking, hunting, canning, fishing, trapping, gardening and playing Sheephead. He was always up to a good pork burger at Porky’s during the Sibley County Fair. He enjoyed squirt gun fights with the grandchildren and all things family. Paul is survived by his wife, Susan Mathwig; children, Amanda (Lance) Westphal, Daniel Mathwig, Matthew Mathwig, Jenna (David) Mathews, Caitlyn Mathwig and Joe McClellan; grandchildren, Isabel Tigre, Jocelyn Tigre, Kristen Tigre, Leah Westphal, Hailey Mathwig, Blake Mathews, Bryce Mathews, Savannah Mathews, Riley McClellan and Spencer McClellan; sister, Bonnie (Rich) Tuchtenhagen; brothers, Warren Mathwig, Ellerd (Barb) Mathwig, Bruce (Lorinda) Mathwig, John (Althea) Mathwig, Mark (Barb) Mathwig, Eric (Bev) Mathwig and Ross (Kris) Mathwig; uncle, Chester Mathwig; aunt, Gladys Mathwig; mother-in-law, Vera Oelfke; brother-in-law, Bradley (Kathy) Oelfke; aunt and uncle, Marlys and Gerry Thomes; Godchildren, Teresa Evenson, Krysta Oelfke and Ethan Pomplun; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Paul is preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Dorothy Mathwig; and father-in-law, Ronald Oelfke.