Obituaries

Richard P. “Dick” Read, 89, of Chisago City, formerly of Sebring, Florida passed away January 5, 2023. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Dick was born May 28, 1933 to Richard and Gladys Read in Staples. He graduated from Staples High School in 1951.   Dick was a longtime employee...
June Mabel Haskin, 91, of Winthrop, passed away January 4, 2023.  A Memorial Service is planned for May 2023. Interment will be alongside her husband, LeRoy W. Haskin, at Fort Snelling in Bloomington.  June Mabel Haskin was born at 7:30 p.m. at home on May 2, 1931, to Arthur and Irene (Kuhnke)...
Jason Blessing, 43, of Brainerd, was called to his Heavenly home on Saturday, December 24, 2022, after a long battle with liver disease. Jason passed away at St. Cloud Hospital surrounded by family. A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  Jason was born January 21, 1979 to Mark...
Michael Marsh, Sr., 72, died suddenly at home in Brooklyn Center after going into cardiac arrest in the early morning hours of December 22, 2022. A memorial service will be held January 18 at 1 p.m. at Evans Nordby Funeral Home, 6000 Brooklyn Blvd. Brooklyn Center,  MN  55429. Visitation will  be...
A kind and generous man, Joseph Matthew Tkalcich, went home to be with the Lord on January 5, 2023.  A time of remembrance will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 12 at Christ Community Church, 24646 Hazlewood Drive, Nisswa, MN  56468 with services to follow at 5:30 p.m. Joe’z as he was...
Mandy Lee (Bledsoe) Cole, 66, passed away December 20, 2022, at her home, with her family by her side. Memorial services were held January 7, 2023, at the Iten Funeral Home in Browerville.  Mandy Lee (Bledsoe) Cole, was born July 24, 1956,the daughter of Artie and Marjorie (Jones) Bledsoe, II of...
Charles Lawrence Calhoun, 82, of Hutchinson passed away December 3, 2022 at Hutchinson Health in Hutchinson. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Charles was born May 2, 1940 to Floyd and Violet (Elias) Calhoun in St. Paul. He was baptized as an infant and later confirmed in his faith as...
The funeral service celebrating the life of LaDelle “DeeDee” Neal of Staples was held at 11:00 a.m. on Sat., December 31, at the Motley Free Methodist Church. DeeDee, age 90, passed away December 27, 2022, at Lakewood Care Center, Staples.  DeeDee was born to Maurice and Erma (Davis) Baker on...
The Mass of Christian burial for Jennifer Ashbaugh of rural Verndale was celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Fri., December 30, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bertha.  At age 69, Jennifer passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on December 23, 2022, at her home in rural Verndale. Jennifer was born...
Priscilla Mae (Grant) Gillespie, 96, formerly of Staples, passed away December 23, 2022 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin.  Priscilla requested cremation and that no services be held. She was born July 20, 1926 to Elmer and Selma (Swanson) Grant in Staples.  She graduated fifth in her class from...

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