Obituaries

Richard Eugene Kozitka, 89, passed away peacefully September 22, 2023, with loved ones by his side after an 11-year battle with cancer. A private service will be held with internment at Lake Forest Cemetery. Born April 30, 1934, the seventh child of Mike and Ella Kozitka in Staples, a small...
Patricia (Pat) Crouse, 69, of New York Mills, passed away peacefully September 25, 2023. Private services will be held. Pat was born June 25, 1954, to Vivien and Donna (Loucks) Griffith in Brainerd. She was a free spirit and lived in many different places during her lifetime, but Wyoming was her...
Helen Allene Johnson-Riggs, 87, passed away peacefully on September 6, 2023.  A celebration of life service will be held September 23, at the Staples Church of Christ at 11 a.m. Visitation will be held at 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the church. Helen was born in 1936 to Evan and Ada Allen...
A Celebration of Life for Richard “Rick” Bartella will be held Saturday, September 30, 2023 at Ten-Hi in Motley at 2 p.m. Rick, 64, of Motley passed away September 1, 2023 at Lakewood Health System Hospital, Staples.               w39c  A00006B2023SP20  
Paula Jean Swecker (“Putzie”), 70, of Motley, passed away September 11, 2023, at her home surrounded by family. Funeral services were held Sept. 16, at the Motley Free Methodist Church with Pastor Jim Johnson officiating.  Interment was at the Motley Public Cemetery.   Paula was born May 23, 1953,...
Delores Jeane Eppelsheimer, 81, of Motley passed away September 14, 2023, at Lakewood Health system Care Center in Staples. A memorial service will be held Thurs., Sept. 21 at 11 a.m. at Casino Assembly of God Church (10387 49th Avenue, Pillager. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the...
Ann Marie Loose, 67, of Pillager, passed away September 11, 2023. A Memorial Service was held Sept. 17, at the Brenny Family Funeral Chapel in Baxter with Pastor Matt Sundquist officiating. Ann Marie was born June 9, 1956 to Michael and Katherine (Floren) Gilronan, in Montevideo. She was baptized...
Paula Jean Swecker ("Putzie"), of Motley, passed away at her home surrounded by family, on Monday, September 11, 2023. She was born on May 23, 1953, to Alvera (Hurlbut) and Joseph Bremer in Staples, Minnesota. She was the youngest of seven children. At 12 years of age, she met Kenneth Swecker, and...
Gary Bruce Johnson, 86, of Staples, passed away September 5, 2023, surrounded by his loving family at Lakewood Health System Hosptial. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Staples on Friday, September 15, at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m.  Gary...
Bernadine “Bernie” St. Pierre, 90, of Staples, passed away peacefully September 4, 2023, at her daughter’s home in Maple Grove. She courageously fought cancer four times, but sadly succumbed to dementia. Mass of Christian Burial was held Sept. 9 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Staples. Interment...

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