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Eckroth OSB, Richard*  
Richard Eckroth OSB Monk of Saint John's Abbey Collegeville, Minnesota Born: 21 June 1926, Professed: 11 July 1946, Ordained: 7 June 1952, Died: 24 May 2015 Father Richard died on May 24, in the retirement center at Saint John's Abbey. He is survived by his brothers Charles Eckroth (wife Evelyn), Father Leonard Eckroth, Anthony Eckroth (wife Joanne) and the community at Saint John's Abbey. The monks, family, and friends will celebrate the Eucharist of Christian Burial for Father Richard on May 29 at 3 pm in Saint John's Abbey Church with interment in Saint John's Cemetery following the service. William Anthony Eckroth was born in Mandan, North Dakota, on June 21, 1926. William was the tenth child of fourteen born to Louis and Hattie (Gruenenfelder) Eckroth.  William graduated in 1944 as valedictorian of Saint John's Preparatory School and immediately enrolled in Saint John's University. William entered Saint John's Abbey in 1945, receiving the religious name Richard and in 1946 he professed vows as a Benedictine monk. He was ordained a priest on June 7, 1952. Following ordination, Father Richard taught undergraduate philosophy at Saint John's University for almost twenty-five years (1952-76). Father Richard had a love for constructing and demolishing. He did extensive work in the building of the new monastery residence (Breuer Wing) in 1954. On campus, he removed two barns, silos, sheds, a chicken coop, the old nursery as well as the old weather station. During the construction of Interstate 94, he cut lumber for its right of way. In 1977 Father Richard was assigned to the abbey mission in the Bahama Islands at St. Augustine's Monastery, After taking charge of six churches on the Family Island of Andros he did extensive repair and maintenance work, putting new roofs on the churches. Upon returning to Saint John's in 1993, he became the sexton of the Saint John's Abbey Cemetery (1993-99). Also during this time he was chaplain at both St. Raphael's Convent and at St. Scholas-tica Convent in St. Cloud. On September 20, 2001, a dead tree fell on Father Richard while he was cutting firewood. He sustained severe injuries to his neck and other parts of his body. Father Richard recovered from his injuries and moved to St. Raphael Hall where, despite diminished capacities, he enjoyed his retirement and participated as he could in the monastic horarium.
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Published in the St. Cloud Times on May 28, 2015
Eckroth OSB, Richard  
Richard Eckroth, 88, Collegeville, died 05-24-2015. Monks, family & friends will celebrate the Eucharist of Christian Burial 3 p.m. Fri., May 29 in Saint John's Abbey Church.
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Published in the St. Cloud Times from May 27 to May 29, 2015
Eggert, Beverly Ann*  
Beverly Ann Eggert, 84 Cold Spring June 24, 1930 - May 23, 2015 Beverly Ann Eggert, age 84, died May 23 at the Assumption Nursing Home in Cold Spring, MN.  Friends and relatives are welcome to gather with the family to share memories, and stories from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday May 28 at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring, MN, 56320. Beverly was born in Mount Vernon, IA to Harold and Mariam (Davis) VanderLinden.  She married William Eggert on April 24, 1950 in Nashua, IA. Together they had five children, and lived in a variety of places settling in the Black Hills. Beverly worked in the Dietary Department at Rapid City Regional Hospital.  She was a spirited woman who could bring smiles and laughter to all with her sharp sense of humor. Several of her favorite activities were: spending time at her cabin in the Black Hills, drives through Custer State Park and Wind Cave in search of wildlife and being a tour guide to friends and visitors to the local sites of the Black Hills.  She also enjoyed planting and maintaining her flower beds. She'll be deeply missed by her family and friends. Survivors include her children, Sandy (Bill Glover), Loren (Mary), Mike, and Gary "Jake" (Stacey); 2 nieces; 1 nephew; grandchildren, Michael Glover, Amber, Adam, and Jason (Amanda) Eggert; and great-grandchild, Devon Eggert. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Eggert; child, David; and brother, Gene VanderLinden.
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Published in the St. Cloud Times on May 26, 2015
Eggert, Beverly Ann  
Beverly Ann Eggert, 84, Cold Spring, died 05-23-2015 at the Assumption Nursing Home in Cold Spring. Arrangements: Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring. Gathering of family and friends at Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thur., May 28.
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Published in the St. Cloud Times from May 25 to May 28, 2015
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