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Obituaries

Phyllis Rosetta Bennett
May 22, 1936 – October 8, 2021

Phyllis Rosetta Bennett was Born on May 22, 1936, in Minneapolis, MN to Edward and Dorothy Lutgen. She passed away at her home, the Meadows on Fairview in Wyoming, MN, surrounded by her loving family on October 8, 2021, at the age of 85. She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 61 years, Jason Bennett, her parents, 4 brothers, 2 sisters. She is survived by son Vince (Alice) Bennett, Lance (Debbie) Bennett and Curt (Cathy) Bennett; daughters Barb (Ray) Renner, Karen (Joel) Feigum, and Ann (Dirk) Doble; 17 grandchildren 23 great-grand-children, her sister Janet Doud and several nieces and nephews. So adored, she will be greatly missed by all.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Gregory the Great on Friday, November 5, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.  Visitation will be prior to Mass at 10:30 a.m.  Luncheon to follow in off site.

Estelle “Corinne” C. McKenzie

May 27, 1926 – October 26, 2021

Estelle “Corinne” McKenzie was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on May 27, 1926 to Pauline and Earl Thomas. Her father passed away before she was born. Corinne and her mother lived in North St. Paul and was a member of the Church of St. Peter. She attended St. Peter’s Elementary School and North St. Paul High School. Corinne was a member of the band and thespian club. She graduated in
1944 and went on to college at St. Catherine’s. Her mother remarried in Corinne’s teen years to Bill Combs, so she gained a step-dad and a little step-sister, Mary.
Corinne married her high school sweetheart, Larry McKenzie, on June 14, 1947. With a husband in the Marine Corps, they got orders to move several times in his career. She was a great military wife, turning each house they were assigned into a home for themselves and their three daughters, Cathy, Laurie, and Paula. Corinne’s love and talent for music led her to the music and Christian education ministry in the churches that they joined across the USA. She was an organist or pianist, ran the children’s, adult and even a men’s choir at several church parishes. She and Larry also either taught or ran the religious education classes or programs too.
Corinne and her family returned to North St. Paul, Minnesota when Larry retired from the Marines. She found a career as a legal secretary and later became a clerk of court. When Corinne and Larry retired they built their dream “log” home on the shores of Cedar Lake in Aitkin, Minnesota. Enjoying lake life, fishing, boating or just sitting on their front porch looking at the lake. She also enjoyed
playing scrabble with her neighbor, Betty. That log home was the perfect place for her growing family as son-in-law’s, Ed and Butch joined her family. Then came the “grands”, Heidi, Heather and Loren. Grandma Mac helped instill her love for all things “lake” in those kids.
Eventually Corrine and Larry moved to North Branch, Minnesota and quickly fit right into both the church life at St. Gregory’s and the community. One of her favorite “hang outs” was the local coffee shop. She welcomed three great- grandchildren, Delia, Brighton and Jeff (and one on the way) into the family. She was very proud and loved her “grands” and “greats”.
Corinne’s legacy is her great faith in God and the family she cherished, a part of her will live on in all of them. She is now in death, reunited with “her Larry”, mother, and the father she never got to meet along with the loved ones who have preceded her. She was blessed with a beautiful long life and now is in her peaceful eternal rest with her Lord and Savior.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Gregory the Great on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.  Visitation will be 1 hour prior to Mass at 12:00 p.m.  Luncheon to follow in off site.

Arthur W. Onasch, Jr.

Arthur W. Onasch, Jr., age 86 of North Branch passed away on Sunday, October 3, 2021 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.Art was born on July 11, 1935 in Isanti to parents, Arthur and Martha (Foslin) Onasch, Sr. He attended schools in Isanti and North Branch. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his country during the Korean Conflict. Art married Marilyn Boll on October 25, 1958 at Assumption Catholic Church in Richfield. Art worked as mason for over 40 years. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and in his younger days spending time snowmobile racing. He was a hard worker but kind and fair to everyone. He will be remembered for “being rough on the outside but had a big heart.”
Art is survived by his wife, Marilyn, children, Dan Onasch of Bloomington, Debbie (Lance) Rochel of Center City and Michelle (Mark) Ashley of Brooklyn Park; his brothers and sisters, Hardy (Sandy) Onasch of Yakima, WA; Lola Crawford of Zimmerman, Darlyn (Vince) Glidden of Pine City, Daryl (Debbie) Onasch of Brook Park and Vonnie (Jim) Lee of Braham; his daughter in law, Vicki Onasch of Shafer; his five grandchildren, Mike Onasch, Rance (Leah) Ashley, Shelbie Rochel, Kennedy (Kayla) Ashley and Mandy Rochel and his two great grandchildren, Blake Onasch and Neveah Onasch. Art is preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Martha; brother, Sheldon, sister, Terri and son, Jim in 2015.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Gregory the Great on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.  Visitation will be 1 hour prior to Mass at 10:00 a.m.  Luncheon to follow in parish hall.