The Mass of Christian Burial for Alphonse Primus will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 21, 2013, at the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Bluffton, with Father Aaron Kuhn as celebrant. Friends may call at the church on Sunday from 4:00-8:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 6:00 and Parish Prayers at 7:00 The visitation will resume at the church on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. With family at his side, Alphonse passed away on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, at the 7th Heaven Assisted Living Home in Perham, MN.
Alphonse John Primus was born to William and Rose (Meyer) Primus on February 26, 1918, in Melrose, MN. He and Hildegard Wessel were united in marriage on May 14, 1946, at St. Pauls Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. Together they raised their family on their farm near Bluffton. He served as the Clerk of Bluffton Township for 48 years, as the Township Fire Warden for 55 years and secretary of the Bluffton Creamery Board of Directors for 18 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Albert, Alcuin and Urban Primus; and sisters Regina Wessel, Sr. Oranda Primus and Sr. Lynette Primus.
He is survived by his wife Hildegard of 7th Heaven Assisted Living in Perham, and formerly of Bluffton; son Harvey of Bluffton; daughter Mary Lou Waldorf of Superior, WI; grandchildren Joe Waldorf and Dan (Virginia) Waldorf; great-grandchildren Dylan Waldorf and Hannah Kile; brothers Joe (Catherine) of Melrose and Roman (Claire) of Long Prairie; sisters Betty Mascho of St. Martin and Rosie Schmeising of Meire Grove; along with his "extra kids" Joe, Eileen, Darlene, Joann, and other nieces and nephews.
Honorary pallbearers will be Tom Ament, Peter VanErp, Robert Roggenkamp, Henry Soenneker, Ralph Schwartz and Rod Goeller. Serving as pallbearers will be Joseph Waldorf, Daniel Waldorf, Scott Jahnig, Ian Jahnig, Katie Jahnig, Rocky Benoit, Bailey Benoit and Lindsay Benoit.
Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery in Bluffton.
Arrangements are with the Schuller Family Funeral Homes in Wadena. (www.SchullerFamilyFH.com)