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Brother Robert Ludwig, 87, Indiana
Brother Robert Sylvester Ludwig, C.S.C., 87, died on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Dujarie House in Notre Dame, Ind.

A mass of Christian burial was held on Thursday, Oct. 18, in Notre Dame. A memorial mass will be held at St. Margaret's Parish in Lake Henry on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 11:30 a.m.

Robert Ludwig was born on March 9, 1925, to Peter and Barbara (Mergen) Ludwig in Avon.

The family moved to Lake Henry, where he was a member of St. Margaret's Parish, attended elementary school, helped on the farm, and worked in the Lake Henry garage.

While in the U.S. Army from 1946-47, Corporal Ludwig was part of the Occupation Force in Tokyo, Japan.

Robert entered the Congregation of Holy Cross in September 1949. He pronounced his first vows on Feb. 2, 1951, and his final vows on Aug. 16, 1954.

Brother Robert's ministries took him to Rome, Italy, for seven years, where he had an audience with Pope Pius XII.

He spent 27 years in South America, working in Campinas and Santarem schools. In Santarem, instead of joining the pre-lenten carnival activities, Robert and a group of students organized a three-day retreat to celebrate Christ, not a carnival. The students loved the retreat, which grew bigger year after year. Now it is being held in the local football stadium to accommodate the thousands of participants.

He also spent two years in Tiberias, Israel. He was fluent in English, German, Italian, and Portuguese.

Robert spent time at various Notre Dame facilities, where he did volunteer work.

Robert is survived by his Holy Cross community; siblings, Loretta Wuertz of Waite Park; Michael Ludwig of Melrose, Mary Ann Fasbender of Paynesville, Herbert Ludwig of Waverly, Florence Graham of Hopkins, Florentine Zipko of Maplewood, and Anita Giuliani of Maplewood; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Peter, Celestine, Catherine Ludwig, O.S.B., and Olivia Salzl; and three infant siblings.


Michael Gruber, 83, Belgrade
Michael N. Gruber, Jr., 83, of Belgrade died on Monday, Oct. 22, at his home in Belgrade.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Oct. 25, at St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church in Belgrade. Burial was in St. Margaret's Catholic Cemetery in Lake Henry.

Michael Nicholas was born on Nov. 7, 1928, to Michael and Ida (Jaeger) Gruber in Lake Henry.

He married his faithful and loving Rosie, Rosemarie Korf, on Aug. 27, 1951, at St. John's Catholic Church in Meire Grove. They shared 61 years of marriage.

Michael was a hard-working farmer who believed in planting and prayer and was blessed with a life of abundance.

They farmed near Lake Henry until their retirement in 1988, at which time they moved to Belgrade. There, he was closer to his Euchre-playing buddies and enjoyed playing cards and being adored by his 40 grandchildren and 11 great- grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Rosie; children, Ron (Darlene) of Freeport, Gary (Karen) of Belgrade, Dennis (Bernice) of Belgrade, Roger (Kirsten) of Belgrade, Randy (Barb) of Burnsville, Luan Knoll of Sartell, Lori (Dan) Braegelman of Plymouth, Robert (Mary) of Sauk Centre, Jane (Paul) Weller of Brooten, Geralyn (Curt) Lieser of Paynesville, Brian (Kristi) of Glenwood, Barb (Tim) Lieser of Circle Pines, and Terry of Belgrade; sisters, Lenora Kampsen of Litchfield, Erma Reiland of St. Cloud, and Patricia Wensman of Paynesville; two sisters-in-law; and a brother-in-law.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Mary Kay; two infant grandchildren; brothers, Marcellus, Urban, and David Gruber; infant sister, Shirley; and sisters, Florence DeMorrett, Bergetta Lieser, Virgie Whitney, and Dolores Sunderman.


Emma Bennett, 83, Paynesville
Emma I. Bennett, 83, of Paynesville died on Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville. 

A funeral service was held on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Payne-sville Lutheran Church. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Emma Ilene Bennett was born on Nov. 2, 1928, to August and Elsie (Stavrum) Scheel in Rice, Minn.

She grew up in Rice, where she attended elementary school. She went on to attend high school at St. Cloud Tech, where she graduated in 1947. 

On May 30, 1948, Emma married Duane Bennett in St. Cloud. This union was blessed with two daughters and a son. 

They lived in St. Cloud and Washington, before moving to Paynesville in 1952.

Emma helped Duane run Bennett’s Auto Sales and Body Shop, working behind the scene as the bookkeeper for 40 years.

After Duane passed away she worked at the Paynesville Hospital for several years in many different aspects. 

Duane passed away on May 4, 1992; together they shared in 43 years of marriage.

Emma is survived by her children, Lisa Thorson of Spicer, Michael Bennett of Paynesville, and Kimberly (Tom) Wilson of Pueblo, Colo.; 11 grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and siblings, Willie Scheel of Paynesville, Marion Ketcham of Goshen, Ind., and Fern Hansen of Sauk Rapids.

Emma was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Duane.


Rich Vos, 38, Belgrade
Rich Vos, 38, of Belgrade died on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, from injuries sustained in an accident near his home.

Mass of Christian Burial was on Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa High School in Belgrade. Burial was in the St. Francis DeSales Catholic Cemetery in Belgrade.

Richard Carl Vos was born on June 27, 1974, in Arlington, Minn., the son of Tony and Marion (Schwartz) Vos. He grew up on the family farm near Green Isle and later Arlington. He attended Sibley East High School in Arlington and graduated in 1992. He continued his education and wrestled at UMD, graduating in 1996. He later received his masters through Southwest State University and was currently working on his second master’s.

On Aug. 5, 2006, Rich was united in marriage to Beth Lieser. To this union a daughter and son were born. They made their home in Belgrade where Rich has been a math teacher since 1998 and varsity wrestling coach since 2001.

He is survived by his wife, Beth; children Zoey and Clay; father, Tony Vos; mother, Marion (Bill) Godwin; siblings, Jan (JP) O’Neil, Jean Suttle, Len (Wendy) Vos, Lucy Zingsheim, Lisa Vos, Peter (Lynn) Vos, Barb (Rich) Soberski, Helen (John) Wiberg, Mark (Jackie) Vos, and Matt (Jenny) Vos; a sister-in-law; father and mother-in-law, Bill and Bev Lieser; Beth’s siblings; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother Jeff in 2007 and maternal and paternal grandparents.


Eileen Flanders, 88, Paynesville
Eileen M. Flanders, 88, of Paynesville died on Thursday, Oct. 11.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Oct. 15, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Eileen was born on Aug. 6, 1924, to John and Agnes (Kavanagh) Carroll in Willmar.

She grew up in the town of Kandiyohi and graduated from Willmar High School.

She married Kenneth Flanders on Oct. 25, 1941.

She was a legal secretary and travel agent in Paynesville.

Eileen was proud of her Irish heritage, which she instilled in her children.

Eileen is survived by her children, Diane (James) Braegelman of St. Cloud, Angela (Craig) Bruntlett of LaFayette, Ind., Michael (Jo) of Paynesville, Patrick (Amy) of Paynesville, and Barry (Janet) of Paynesville; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and sister, Kathleen Norine.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brother, Daniel Carroll.


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