Anoka Knights in Memoriam

Francis A. Hornby

Francis (Fritz) A. Hornby, 87-year-old resident of Little Falls passed away Saturday, May 2, 2020 at St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls. A private burial will take place at Camp Ripley Cemetery. A funeral mass will take place at a later date.

Francis Arnold Hornby was born on August 7, 1932 the son of Clarence and Mary (Anderson) Hornby of Brainerd, Minnesota. At the age of 14, Francis learned how to fly while working at local airports. This passion lasted his whole life, piloting until his 80th birthday. At the age of 17 he enlisted in the United States Army, serving his country for two years during the Korean War and then joining the Army National Guard. Francis soon started working at Honeywell, it was while working there that Francis met the love of his life, Bernadine Biederman. Francis was such a gentleman he would tease her and then walk her home at the end of their workday. The couple was united in marriage on June 26, 1954 at Ascension Catholic Church in Minneapolis. Their union was blessed with five children, Charles, Carole, Paul, John and Mary.

When Francis was not busy at work or helping at home with the family, he would spend his time in the great outdoors, enjoying the scenery and hunting for wildlife. Countless hours were spent with his children and grandchildren, outside learning how to hunt and fish. Montana was a special place for his outdoorsman’s heart. Bernadine and Francis would spend time together gardening, canning, making their own sausage and camping. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, American Legion, Good Sam Club and volunteered at Camp Ripley. Francis always had a story to share with family and friends. He had great faith in the world and found peace in his relationship with God.

Francis was known as Fritz or Franny by friends, siblings, nieces and nephews. His dedication to his family and his warm hugs will be deeply missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Bernadine; children, Charles (Suella), Carole (Mark), Paul (Suzanne), John, Mary (Jamie); 10 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; brother, James; sisters-in-law, Elfie Hornby, Rita Hornby and Lucille Overbaugh.

He was preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Mary Hornby; stepmother Sophia; siblings, Ralph, Lucille, Mildred, Evelyn, Eugene and Bernice.


David H. Hudoba, Past Grand Knight (2013-2014)

David Henry Hudoba, age 82 of Coon Rapids, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loved ones, on April 26, 2020.

David was a member of the Anoka Knights of Columbus and  Member Nicollet Assembly 4th Degree.  Dave joined the order in 1966 but dropped out shortly thereafter.  He rejoined the Order in 2006, becoming Grand Knight in 2013.  Dave was instrumental in improving the lighting in the hall and chambers. He also spent many hours tending to the maintenance needs of the building.

Preceded in death by parents, Henry and Pearl; sister, Dorothy LaValley and brother-in-law Frank LaValley.  Survived by his loving wife Karen; children, Mark (Ann) Hudoba, Kurt Hudoba, Scott Hudoba, Stacy LaBarre, Margaret (Kyle) Betker, Alex (Marea) Hudoba, Amy Keller, Nancy (Matt) Novak, Zachary Keller; grandchildren, Brianna (Brandon), Logan, Rylee, Grace, Devyn, Natalie, Darius, Sawyer, Josie, Nick, Caroline, Wesley, Henry and Isabelle; brothers and sisters, John (Sharon) Hudoba, James (Mary) Hudoba, Susan (Mike) Shasky; and his much-loved nieces, nephews and cousins; and loving and loyal friends.


Jim Lovsted

James “Jim” Lovsted, age 78 of New Hope, passed away on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.

Jim was very devoted to his family and cherished being the father of four daughters.  He enjoyed taking his family on adventures to go fishing, camping, and hunting.  He didn’t let his Parkinson’s disease and mobility challenges stop him from attending sporting events for his grandchildren,  and he treasured spending time with them.  Jim was an active volunteer at church, Knights of Columbus, and school PTAs.  He loved being around his immediate and extended family, traveling with his wife, Ruth, and “going to look at leaves” which was the code phrase for going to the casino.  

In addition to his parents, Loren and Rachel Lovsted, Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth; brother, John; and grandson, Kevin Messer.  Jim will be deeply missed by his four daughters, Kimmarie Messer (John), Lori Peeples (Andrew), Michele Wolsmann, Nancy Lyons (Steve); grandchildren, AJ (Emily), Eric and Joelle Lyons, Alex Messer, Nate and Matthew Weaver, Maddie and Max Wolsmann; step-grandchildren, Susie, Andy and Catherine Peeples; great-granddaughter, Aaliyah Peeples; sisters, Laura Olson (Gary), Mary Mick (Terry) and Linda Cooper (Doug); brother-in-law, Tracy Karlson (Sharon), sister-in-law, Alice Kashmarek, and brother-in-law, Robert Wedekind (Joyce); along with many nieces, nephews and friends.

The family would like to thank the staff at North Ridge Health and Rehab and North Memorial Hospital for their excellent care of Jim.  They also extend their appreciation to Dehn’s Country Manor for making special accommodations for Jim when Steve and Nancy brought him in weekly for Prime Rib dinner.


William Kasper “Bill”

Kasper, William J. age 88 of Coon Rapids, passed away April 17, 2020.  Due to health and safety concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.  He enjoyed being a knight and loved going to the Twins games each year.


Leo Redmann

Redmann, Leo Melbert of Anoka, MN, born April 9, 1923, passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at the age of 96. Leo is preceded in death by Evelyn, his loving wife of 70 years. He is survived by brother Dean (Viola), sister Carol (Mervin), sons Gary (Georgene), Tom (Jan), and John (Cheryl) and daughters Nancy and Debra (Jim). He had 12 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. Leo was a proud Army veteran of World War ll, a successful business owner in Anoka, an avid golfer and enjoyed traveling. He loved spending time with friends and family at their lake home near Brainerd and spent retirement in Sun City, AZ.


Joseph Soler – Past Grand Knight (2014 – 2015)

Joseph Gerard Soler, age 70 of Andover, went home to his loving Savior on February 28, 2020.

He really enjoyed his career of over 45 years in industrial sales and spending time with family. Joseph was proud of his time in the National Guard from 1970-1976 and his membership in the Knights of Columbus Anoka Council #2018.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Lucy Soler; and siblings, George, Leo, Don, and John Soler, and Lucille and Kathleen Lutz. He will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 43 years, Joellyn J. Soler; children, Martha (Alvin) Wynia, Christian (Carla) Soler, Jessica Noreen, Mary (Andrew) LeMay, and Carrie (Okan) Kaim; grandchildren, Owen, Jack, Maya, Noah, Charlotte, Anthony, Henry, Elyjah, Willie, Oliver, and Logan; siblings, Ann Rinehart, Agnes Farrell, and Mary Olson; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great nephews.



Robert Ray – Past Grand Knight (1982-1983)

Ray, Robert S. “Bob” Age 83 of Anoka / Bigfork, MN. Bob was born in Phelps, WI and grew up in the U. P. of Michigan where he graduated from Bergland High School in 1955. He married Patricia McMaster on June 6, 1959 and they lived in Houghton, Michigan while he attended Michigan Tech and graduated in 1962 with a degree in Metallurgical Engineering. In 1964 he was hired by Federal Cartridge and his career spanned 35 years as an engineer for them. He was active within St. Stephen’s Church as well as a member of the Knights of Columbus, Anoka Council #2018. Bob spent 20+ years refereeing hockey and scheduling referees for MAHA District 10. Preceded in death by parents Stanley and Louise; brother Louis Paulman; and sister Louise Lincoln. Survived by wife of 60 years, Patricia “Pat”; sons Jeff (Lisa) and Scott; daughters Rebecca “Becky” (Deane) Smith, Kathy (Trent) Enebak, Julie (Jake) Jacobson and Laurie (Greg) Zahalka; grandchildren Alexandra (Jordan), Brooke (Sam), Samuel, Emily (Andy), Robert (Kristi), Lucas, Madilyn, Jordan, Margaret (Tyler), Zachary and Taylor; one great grandchild due next month; sister Betty Kalember; nieces and nephews.

Monico S. Ancheta

Ancheta, Monico S. Age 91, of Andover, passed away October 11, 2019. Survived sons Alberto, Stanley, and daughters Jocelyn, and Rufina.


Victor E. ‘Vic’ Mastley

Mastley, Victor “Vic” E. Of Princeton passed away surrounded by family on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at Sterling Pointe Senior Living in Princeton, MN, at the age of 95.


Bruce A Olson

Olson, Bruce A. Age 77 of Andover, passed away peacefully at home on August 26, 2019. Bruce was a Faith filled, loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and Brother. Preceded in death by daughter, Kara; son-in-law, Timothy Puhek; and parents, Cecil and Harriet Olson. Survived by wife, Susan; daughter, Marya Puhek; sons, Craig (Lisa) Olson and Eric (Amy) Olson; grandchildren, Anna and Grant Puhek, Ella Olson and Emma Karlson; twin brother, Dennis (Betty Ann) Olson; sister, Cathy (Jerry) Wieme; nieces and nephews.


Dave Conger

Conger, David Kerry MAY 13, 1926 JULY 24, 2019 David Kerry Conger, pharmacist, hunter, fisherman. Born in Ogilvie in a log cabin on May 13, 1926 and died July 24, 2019. US Navy Veteran. Preceded in death by parents, Howard & Frances; brothers, Gene Paul, Allen, and Jerry Conger. Survived by his lovely wife of 66 years, Winnifred Alice Hoch; seven children: Mary (Paul Pierce), Martha, Robert, William (Cynthia Lynch), Nancy (Tom Anderson), Jane (John Clifford) and Kathleen (Dale Dahlquist); many grandchildren and great-grandchil-dren; brother, Roger; sister, Rachel (Jim Mundell).


Richard J. 'Duke' Duclos, Sr.

Richard J. “Duke” Duclos, Sr.

Duclos, Sr., Richard J. “Duke” Age 89 of Anoka, passed away 6/10/19. Preceded in death by parents, George and Stella; beloved wife, Roslyn; sister, Norma (Jacob) Strouse; brother, Robert (Marion). Survived by children, Richard Jr. (Cindy), Gregory (Cathy), Paul, Roxane (Mark) Falls, and Mary Morical; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grand children; sister, Joan (Duane) Dingmann; many nieces; nephews; relatives; and friends.


Walt Bloch

Bloch, Walter F. “Walt” Age 81 of Champlin. Walt was a 31 year employee of Lakeland Engineering Equipment Company. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Anoka Council, #2018. He enjoyed many summer outdoor activities, but he hated winter. Preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Ellen; infant daughter, Traci Ellen; and his 14 year old son, Chris. He is survived by the love of his life, Jeanne; children, Andy (Dawn), Steven (Nikki), and Terri (Michael) Bouressa; grandchildren, Justin & Nathan, Adam & Jason, Jamie & Chris; nieces and nephews.


William Ayers

Ayers, William D. Age 85 of Anoka, formerly of Coon Rapids, passed away April 13, 2019. Survived by wife, Shirley; daughters, Marcia (Steve) Frank, Michelle (Mike) Bates, Lisa (Zibley); sons, Jim (Sharon), John (Janell), Jerry (Darcee); 15 grandchildren, 2 great- grandchildren; brother, Gary (Debbie) Ayers. US Army Veteran 82nd Airborne, member of Anoka JC’s, Knights of Columbus St. Stephens Council 2018, member of Anoka City Council, coach of youth sports and Boyscout leader. Bill was an avid fisherman, loved woodworking, camping, was a Vikings fan, and loved time spent with family and friends.



Robert W. Guthrie

Guthrie, Robert W. Age 80 of Anoka. Survived by his beloved wife, Bernice; children, William Guthrie (Angie Sather), Martina Morthberg (Louis), Daniel Guthrie (Angela Heying-Guthrie), Christopher Guthrie, Victoria Bird (Paul); grandchildren, Brandi Anderson (Jeremy), Joseph Morthberg (Lauren Oquist), Allison Guthrie, Connor Guthrie, Brock Bird, Domonic Bird and Emily Athmann; great-grandchildren, Jesse and Ashlynn Anderson; sisters, Maxine Halsey and Lillian Eggers; sister-in-law, Ellen Johnson; nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Preceded in death by sons, Joseph and Elwood Guthrie; parents, Bernice & William Guthrie; sisters, Patricia Ann Guthrie and Rose McNally; brothers, Richard “Art”, James “Jimmy” and Donald Guthrie.


James Joseph Van Horrick

James Joseph Van Horrick,  age 81, of Champlin, passed away peacefully in Minneapolis on Monday, December 10, 2018. He was a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps and preceded in death by his loving wife of 57 years, Marie, daughter Laurie and parents, Maurice and Mildred. Jim will be deeply missed by his children, Karen (James) Roo and Michael (Chris) Van Horrick; grandsons, Taylor, Carter, and Jordan Roo; brother Bill (Sharon) and sister Shirley, sister in-laws Wilma and Sister Sylvia CSJ, brother in-law Lawrence (Theresa) and other family and friends.


Gerald Joseph Dehn

Gerald Dehn, a life long dairy farmer, died at the age of 89. He was a Knight for 67 years & is survived by his wife of 63 years, Betty, 8 children, 19 grandchildren & 15 great-grandchildren. He is the brother of 3 other Knights from 2018 Earl (deceased), Allen & Willard.


John Hogan

Hogan, John Francis Age 82, of Coon Rapids, MN went to be with His Lord and Savior, September 25, 2018. John was a telephone company employee and was in the naval reserve, retiring after 30 years from both. Preceded in death by parents, John & Gata, and brother Gary. Survived by his loving wife of 28 yrs, Renee, daughters Jaki, Colleen, Tricia, step-son, Travis, 8 grandchildren, 1 great- grandchild, and best friends and canine companions.


Steve Munstenteiger

Brother knight Steve Munstenteiger Munstenteiger, age 74 of Coon Rapids, passed away peacefully at home on Sept. 24, 2018. He was a respected attorney in Anoka for over 40 years. Preceded in death by parents, Ben and Isabel; siblings, Anabel, Rita and Joe; granddaughter, Nora. Survived by loving wife, Mary Bakken; children, Jennifer Duncan, Matthew (Julie), Adam (Kareen), Noah (Alissa Prochniak) and Cindi (John) Quigley; grandchildren, Izak, Van, Asher, Ivy, Marley, Sienna and Jack; siblings, Mary Patricia Erickson, Larry (Janet) and Jim; sister-in-law, Kathy Groen; many other loving family and friends.


Dennis Hubert

Brother Knight Dennis Hubert died on September 5th at the age of 78.  He was a Knight for 31 years.  He and his wife, Loretta were married for 50 years & have two sons named Matthew and Nathan.  Dennis was a cook and both he and Loretta were avid bowlers in the 1990s.


Wayne W. Blue

Blue, Wayne W., Sr. Gone but not forgotten. Age 87, of Anoka, on 8/11/2018. Preceded in death by parents; 1 grand- daughter; and 2 brothers. Survived by loving wife of 65 years, Anne; sons, Wayne Jr. (Gail), Mike Sr. (Becky), David (Tammy), Mark (Cristal), Anthony Sr., Chris (Krys); 15 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; 8 siblings; and loving relatives & friends. Korean War and Vietnam Vet. 20 year. Army Ret. 20 year USPS employee. Forever devoted to his loving family and the DAV.





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