Obituaries


Donald R. Kubal, 85, Arlington

6/21/2018

Donald R. Kubal, age 85, of Arlington, died at his home on Friday, June 15.
Funeral services were held at Peace Lutheran Church in Arlington at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 19. Rev. Kurt Lehmkuhl officiated.
Visitation was held at the church from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, June 18. It continued one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday, June 19.
Interment was in the Arlington Public Cemetery.
Don was born to Laurence and Blanche (Oblinger) Kubal in Minneapolis on July 22, 1932. He served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954 during the Korean War. Don married Shirley Wacker on April 14, 1956. He worked as a bricklayer for Les Pinske, Del’s Construction of LeSueur, and Adolfson & Peterson of Minneapolis. Don was a lifetime member, former post commander, and served on the color guard unit of the Arlington VFW Post 6031. He served on the Arlington A’s Baseball Association and was an active member of Peace Lutheran Church and bricklayer unions. Don and Shirley were inseparable – taking trips to area casinos, walking the town of Arlington, and going to their grandchildren’s activities.  Don enjoyed being with his family, having coffee with his “Guardian Angels,” and attending church on Sundays followed by breakfast with his friends.
Don is survived by his children and their families,  Greg (Corinne) Kubal and their children, Alex, Andrew (fiancé Olivia Bovee), and Aaron; Tammy Kubal and her children, Kirby (Brittany) and their children Hunter and Colton and Brittany (Matt) Turner; Lisa (Will) Holt and their children, Matthew (Christy), Angela, and Rachel; siblings,  Harold (Pat) Kubal and Robert (Aggie) Kubal; sister-in-law, Ellie Kubal; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Duane and Lois Wacker; and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Shirley; son, Gary; parents, Laurence and Blanche Kubal; and parents-in-law, Leona and Albert Wacker.

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Francis S. Bigaouette, 96, Arlington

6/21/2018

Francis S. Bigaouette, age 96, of Arlington, died at the Oak Terrace Living Center in Gaylord on Monday, June 18.  
Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Brendan’s Catholic Church in Green Isle at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 23.
Visitation will be held at the Kolden Funeral Home in Arlington starting at 4 p.m. and concluding with a Parish Prayer Service at 8 p.m. Friday, June 22. Visitation will continue at the Kolden Funeral Home in Arlington starting with an 8 a.m. Knights of Columbus Rosary and concluding at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 23. Family and casket will then proceed to St. Brendan’s Catholich Church for the 10:30 a.m. Mass.
Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Francis was born to Sylvester and Clara (Barlage) Bigaouette in Faxon Township, Sibley County, Oct. 2, 1921. He married Kathryn Bailey at St. John’s Catholic Church near Belle Plaine on May 5, 1943. He farmed his entire life in Sibley County.  Kathryn died on March 25, 1975.  He later married Florence Dahl at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Arlington on Aug. 26, 1994.  He loved spending time with his family and friends, listening to old time music and dancing. His lifelong passion was farming, horses, red tractors and his time on his farm.  He was a member of the Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus, Green Isle Lions Club, N.F.O, Prairie Down Charioteers, (raced chariots at the Minnesota Renaissances Festival for years), and St. Brendan’s Catholic Church for over 74 years.  
He is survived by his wife, Florence; children, Dennis Bigaouette of Mound, Betty Pederson of Sauk Center,  Mary Johnson of Jordan, Sharon (Gary) Lauwagie of Chaska, Francis (Wendy) Bigaouette of Arlington, and Theresa (Joe) Young of Arlington;  step-son; Bob (Debbie) Dahl of Arlington;  23 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter;  brother, Richard (Ardene) Bigaouette of Hamburg; sisters, Myrtle Buesgens of Norwood, Irene Castor of Belle Plaine, and Ethel (Andy) Hervin of Waite Park;  sister-in-law, Jo Dell (Merle) Battcher, of Arizona, and Beverlee Schultz of Apple Valley.
He is preceded in death by his first wife, Kathryn; sons-in-law, Bob Johnson and Gene Pederson;  daughter-in-law, Patricia Bigaouette; granddaughter, Sarah Bigaouette;   brothers, Ray (Fran), Tom (Georgia) and Jerry (Donna) Bigaouette;  sister, Marie (Irving) Brazil;  brothers-in-law; Eddie Deutsch, Elroy Buesgens, Bud Castor, Dennis Bailey and Robert Fritz;  sisters-in-law, Isabel (Myron) Farrell, Irene (Earl) Madden, Rosie (Mark) Berger, Helen (Pat) Meyer, Betty (Francis) Hammers, Teresa Fritz, Shirley (Cyril) Aretz and Mary (Gene) Fahey.

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