Obituaries


James ‘Jim’ Berberick, 66, Redwood Falls

11/14/2019

James “Jim” Charles Berberick passed away peacefully at his home in Redwood Falls on Friday, Nov. 8.
Services will be held at the United Methodist Church in Arlington at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15.  Visitation will be at 1 p.m. followed by the service.
There will be a light lunch following the service.  Wear camo in Jim’s honor, if you wish.
Jim grew up in Arlington.  He entered the Army and was stationed in Germany.  He returned stateside to Tomah, Wis., to complete his military service as a chef.  No matter where Jim lived, he proudly displayed the stars and stripes of the U.S. flag in his yard.  Jim later became Park Ranger (Ranger Jim) at McMullen County Park.  He established nature learning stations that were utilized by schools in the area.  Health reasons necessitated Jim moving closer to his daughter, Stacy, and grandchildren, Gage and Eva.  Jim lived in rural Henderson with family and loved gardening, the outdoors and feeding his birds.  He was well known for his annual garden party at the end of harvest by family and friends.  He was also an avid hunter and fisherman.  He then moved to Redwood Falls, near Ramsey Park, where he continued his love of gardening with friends.  This past summer, Jim helped to bring Veterans on the Water to Redwood Falls whose mission was to create an exciting fishing experience for veterans at no cost.  Jim’s “larger than life” personality will be truly missed by his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Chuck and his loyal companion, Ranger.      
He is survived by his loving daughter, Stacy; grandchildren, Gage and Eva Blue; mother, Iva; sisters, Cindy (Carl), Paula, and Carla (Brian), nieces and nephews; dog, Fury; and special friends, Pete and LaMae, Judy and Dennis, Lynn and Wendy, Gary and Margaret.

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Bryan Koepp, 55, Arlington

11/14/2019

Bryan Koepp, age 55, of Arlington, passed away at the Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine on Sunday, Nov. 10.  
Funeral service will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Arlington at 11a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14.  Rev. Matthew Rauh will officiate.  
Visitation was held at the church from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13. It will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday, Nov. 14.
Interment will be in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Arlington.
Bryan was born to Henry and Patricia (Behnke) Koepp in New Prague on June 24, 1964.  He grew up near Carver and attended Trinity Lutheran School in Belle Plaine through eighth grade.  He graduated from Belle Plaine High School in 1983.  On April 13, 1985, he married Joyce Dose at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Arlington.  Bryan worked as a superintendent of multiple golf courses and as a maintenance mechanic.  He loved hunting, fishing, working in his garage, cooking and entertaining family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce; children, Justin (Kelsey) Koepp of Arlington, Tyler Koepp of Mankato, and Stephanie (Bryan) Lamont of Owatonna; grandchildren, Wyatt and Dawson Koepp and Cade Lamont; parents, Hank and Pat Koepp of Carver; siblings, Randy (Kathy) Koepp of Belle Plaine, Rick (Sharon) Koepp of Arlington, and Judy Jacques of Chanhassen; mother-in-law, Marcella Dose of Arlington; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jeanne and Galen Ribar of Arlington, Leon and Renae Dose of Arlington, Harris and Linda Dose of Arlington, Sharon and Rick Koepp of Arlington; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his father-in-law, Melvin Dose; and grandparents Walter and Helen Koepp, and Fred and Erna Behnke.

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Death Notice-Sidney Sehlin, 80, formerly of Green Isle

11/7/2019

Sidney Sehlin, 80, Golden Valley, and formerly of Green Isle, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 30.
Funeral service will be held at the Lutheran Church of the Triune God, 5827 Humboldt Avenue North, Brooklyn Center, at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday, Nov. 9.
Memorials preferred for the Sehlin-Grack scholarship at Gustavus Adolphus College or for the church.

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Ernie R. Michaelis, 87, Glencoe

11/7/2019

Ernie R. Michaelis, age 87, of Glencoe, passed away at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson on Friday, Nov. 1. 
Memorial Service will be held  at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Helen Township, rural Glencoe, at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9. Pastor Steve Smith will officiate.
Christy Ittel will be the organist. Kenny Dose will provide special concertina music.
Congregational hymns will be  “Amazing Grace,” “How Great Thou Art”  and “Blessed Assurance.”
Pastor Adam Pilarski will sing “Lakt Mich Gehn.”
A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held at the church from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9.
Military honors will be provided by  Glencoe American Legion Post #95.
Ernie Richard Michaelis was born in Green Isle Township, rural Glencoe, on Sept. 20, 1932. He was the son of Richard M. and Elsie (Milbrand) Michaelis. Ernie was baptized as an infant on Oct. 2, 1932, by Pastor A. J. Dysterheft and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth on April 14, 1946, by Pastor H. H. Schaller both at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Helen Township, rural Glencoe. He received his education at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Parochial School, District 45 and then graduated from Glencoe High School with the Class of 1949.
Ernie entered active military service in the United States Army on March 6, 1953, and served his country during the Korean War.  He received an Honorable Discharge on March 4, 1955, and achieved the rank of Corporal.  He returned from serving his country to take over the family farm in rural Glencoe. On Feb. 20, 1959, Ernie was united in marriage to Evelyn (Evie) Bening at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gaylord.  Ernie and Evie farmed together for 28 years until he retired from rural life in 1987 and moved to Glencoe.  After that point, he realized a second career was in order and worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Hopkins for around 12 years. Their marriage was blessed with three children, Jim, Mary Ann and Lois.  Ernie and Evie shared over 60 wonderful years of marriage. 
Ernie’s church and faith were very important to him.  He was an active lifetime member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Helen Township, rural Glencoe. Ernie loved music and so enjoyed singing in the church choir.  For many years he sang in a quartet where his wonderful bass voice was enjoyed by many. Ernie was also a member of the Glencoe American Legion Post #95.
Ernie had a kind and gentle soul always wanting to do things “right.” He loved to have fun and his laugh was infectious, indeed booming. He enjoyed polka dancing, attending German festivals, snowmobiling, participating in bus trip tours and wintering in Arizona. Ernie and Evie were blessed to spend around 60 years playing cards with couples from the farming community, most of which were Ernie’s childhood friends.  Ernie was a faithful husband and caretaker for Evie for many years.  Family, both immediate and extended, was so very important to Ernie. You never knew when a sing-a-long would bust out.  Ernie easily made new friends and enjoyed lifelong relationships with so many wonderful people.
Ernie became a resident of Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson in June of 2019. He was treated with dignity and received wonderful, loving care even as he passed away there on Friday, Nov. 1, at the age of 87 years, 1 month, and 11 days.
Ernie is survived by his wife, Evelyn Michaelis of Hutchinson; children, Jim (Judy) Michaelis of Glencoe,  Mary Ann Haag of Urbandale, Iowa, and Lois (Bruce) Goode of Lakeside, Arizona; grandchildren, Katie (Mike) Hillesheim of Shakopee, Becky (Kelly) Lipinski of Otsego, Jodi Michaelis of Glencoe, Randi (Kevin) Taafe of Arlington,  Ted Haag of Jonesboro, Arizona, Tori Haag of West Des Moines, Iowa, Caroline Goode of Lakeside, Arizona, Josiah Goode of Lakeside, Arizona, and Anneliese Goode of Lakeside, Arizona; great-grandchildren, Cole Hille-sheim, Maggie Hillesheim, Henly Hillesheim, Owen Lipinski, Isaac Lipinski, Tarin Michaelis, Cody Michaelis, Jameson Perschau, Caden Perschau, Amelia Taafe, Paul Taafe, Addy Taafe and Stella Taafe; siblings, Ruth (Melvin H. Dose) of Glencoe, and Lois (Willis) Herrmann, of Glencoe; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Ernie was preceded in death by his parents, Richard M. and Elsie Michaelis; brother, Richard G. Michaelis; and grandson, Dustin Michaelis.
The family invites everyone to the luncheon at the church immediately following the committal service.
Arrangements by the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel of Glencoe.  Online Obituaries and Guest Book available at www.mcbridechapel.-com.  Please click on Obituaries/Guest Book.

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