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Dennis Mark Schwieters

Posted By Ballard Sunder Funeral Home On February 6, 2021 @ 11:06 am In 2021,Obituaries | 19 Comments

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Dennis Schwieters, age 66, of Prior Lake, MN, passed unexpectedly on Thursday, February 4, 2021, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, in Minneapolis, MN.

A visitation will be on Tuesday, February 9, from 4-6 pm, at Ballard-Sunder Funeral and Cremation, 4565 Pleasant Street SE, Prior Lake and on Wednesday, February 10, from 10-10:45 am, with a Mass of Christian Burial, at 11 am, at St. Michael Catholic Church, 16400 Duluth Avenue SE, Prior Lake. Masks are required. Father Tom Walker will preside. Dennis will be laid to rest at a family burial at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, in LaMoure, ND.

The amazing life of Dennis began on June 15, 1954, in Sauk Center, MN. The fifth of twelve children to Herbert and Aurelia (Stalboerger), he grew up on the family farm with siblings, Tom, Richard, Bob, Harvey, Joel, John, Leo, Phillip, Mary, Caroline, and Gloria. Working on the farm, Dennis quickly learned the core significance of working hard and dedication. These values along with having a strong sense of family and a deep faith eventually lead him down a path of success. He enjoyed pick up baseball on the farm, playing little league and legion ball. Dennis loved golfing and playing cards with his siblings.

After graduating from Melrose High School in 1972, Dennis continued being a farm hand. In 1975, he moved to the Twin Cities area and accepted a position with his cousin Steve, building homes for Wooddale Builders. Dennis quickly excelled at his craft. In 1984, Dennis sold his Corvette and formed Wentworth Construction. For the next 37 years, he worked hard building a successful business and became a legend in the industry. For Dennis it was more than the day-to-day business, he loved teaching and mentoring people in the construction trade. Dennis’ expertise and influences were also felt well beyond his own company, to his family, extended relatives and especially in the construction field. Dennis enjoyed construction, but looked forward to retiring with his wife, and spending time at their lake home and hunting land with their family.

Dennis’ life was the richest being a husband, father, and grandfather. He married the love of his life, Lorine Kocher on February 14, 1995, in Clearwater, FL. He welcomed with open arms, her children Tim and Ashley. This new formed family was everything to Dennis. He taught them to love unconditionally, be generous and kind to others. Dennis may have been strict as a father and boss but made them who they are today…good people. Life was the fullest becoming a grandpa. He relished being active in their lives and was proud of each of them.

Dennis was an avid NASCAR fan and was passionate about hunting, especially with his brothers and close friends. He was humble, good with jokes and loved making people smile. He was loving, generous, optimistic, and faithful. Dennis always lived life with God being the center, in his marriage, family and business.

The legacy of Dennis will be carried on in the hearts of those he loved the most, wife, Lorine; son, Tim (Rebecca) Hodsdon; daughter, Ashley (Tim) Garnhardt; grandchildren, Wyatt Hodsdon, Everett Hodsdon, Sawyer Hodsdon, Avery Garnhardt, baby boy Garnhardt in March; siblings, Richard (Shari) Schwieters, Bob (Kathy) Schwieters, Joel (Cindi) Schwieters, John (Lynnea) Schwieters, Leo (Robin) Schwieters, Mary (Kevin) Athmann, Caroline (Dan) Wander, Gloria (Randy) Welle; sister-in-law, Barb Schwieters; and many other loving relatives and friends.

Greeting Dennis home in Heaven are Lorine’s twin daughters, Aloysia and Amanda; parents, Herbert and Aurelia; brothers, Tom, Philip, and Harvey Schwieters.

Ballard-Sunder Funeral and Cremation proudly served and cared for the Schwieters family.



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Condolence from Jean Hellevik on February 6th, 2021 1:37 pm

To the Schwieters Family!
I am sorry for your loss. Sweet Dennis such a unique man! ❤️ always with a smile on his face and that laugh, one will never be forgotten. You are in my prayers, I love all of you!
Jean Hellevik

Condolence from Bonita Jean Schwieters on February 6th, 2021 1:40 pm

My heart goes out to Dennis’s family and friends. Dennis was the one person who could just make me smile just by thinking of him. He had that way of always making you feel good!
Rest In Peace and enjoy time with all of our loved ones in heaven!
Bonita Jean Schwieters

Condolence from Dave and Linda Wenker on February 6th, 2021 7:29 pm

We send our deepest condolences to Lori and the entire Schwieters family. I (Dave) have known Dennis since 1st grade. We were classmates but mostly he was a very special friend. We shared many good times….enjoying a beer together on top of the Big Horn Mountains…..fishing trips to Canada……freezing our butts off at a Vikings game at the old Met Stadium….traveled together from the tip of Florida to NW Washington state….. these are a few of the good times that come to mind. Shedding tears as I write this. Rest in peace good buddy.

Condolence from Larry Korf on February 7th, 2021 7:38 am

Our thoughts and prayers for the family. Dennis will be missed by all.
The Korf’s
Larry & Jo

Condolence from Tony Stalboerger on February 7th, 2021 11:18 am

Sadden to hear of the passing of Dennis. Remembering Dennis in his younger years when I would help his Dad on the farm. Our thoughts and Prayers to the family. Cousin Tony Stalboerger

Condolence from Steve and Dianne Schanhaar on February 7th, 2021 12:35 pm

To the entire Schwieters family, we extend our condolences. As a former trim carpenter for Schwieters, I recall working on Dennis home years ago. Prayers for peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Condolence from Brenda (Welle) Posch on February 7th, 2021 2:25 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. I am sister-in-law to Gloria Welle and have visited with her earlier today. My heart is breaking for all of you. May you find the peace that only Jesus can give, the peace that surpasses all understanding. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I pray that the love and prayers of many can bring you comfort in the midst of your sadness and that comfort may gently wipe away your tears. My sympathy to all of Dennis’ siblings as I know so many of them well.
Brenda Posch

Condolence from Mark Welle on February 7th, 2021 2:28 pm

Dennis was a very good friend and we had a lot of fun together in and around Greenwald back in our younger days. I wish we would have seen more of each other in our later years. You always think you will do that someday
but then we continue on with our busy lives. My condolences to Dennis’s family, he will be very much missed.

Condolence from Lori Heinz on February 8th, 2021 6:40 am

Lorine & family,
You have my heart felt sympathy.
I pray that God will give you peace & comfort during this difficult time.

Condolence from Barb Barten on February 8th, 2021 10:09 am

To the entire Schwieters family,
We were so sorry to hear of the passing of Dennis. Our hearts go out to all of you during this sad time. Even though we didn’t see cousin Dennis often he always did have that great smile, laugh and nod when we did meet at family events. Our sympathies and prayers are with all of you.

John and Barb (Stalboerger) Barten

Condolence from Marlene L Schneider on February 8th, 2021 12:13 pm

To The Family Of Dennis
You have our deepest sympathys and prayers for your loss.
He was always a fun guy to listen to and talk to great attitude and outlook.
Marlene/Gene Schneider

Condolence from Peg Woeste-Zimmer on February 8th, 2021 1:20 pm

My deepest sympathy to the Schwieters family. My thoughts and prayers are with you always. Hugs and love to all. Take care of eachother.

Condolence from Bev Hale Halleckson on February 8th, 2021 4:18 pm

Dear sweet friend, Lori, and family –
I extend my deepest and most sincere heartfelt sympathy. You are in my heart today and in the days, weeks, months to come. Your wonderful Dennis will truly be missed every moment. But he gave the very best of himself to all of you, and I pray that in time that gift will bring you peace. Thinking of you and sending all the love that your hearts can hold during this painful time.
Bev HH

Condolence from Susan Keen on February 8th, 2021 5:05 pm

Lorine, Tim, Ashley and the Schwieters family,

The world has lost a beautiful man. Dennis was always so dear and sweet with an easy smile. I hope you find comfort in knowing he was so cherished. My sympathy to each of you.
Susan (Ohmann) Keen

Condolence from Kelly kocher on February 8th, 2021 6:01 pm

To the schwieters family, all my kocher siblings and all that know Dennis! I am with you during your grief and loss. Dennis schwieters is a unique amazing incredible strong man, he lead by example his walk was blameless he never complained about his life or what was dealt to him instead he looked at those that needed him ! To many he was a rock a person that sheltered you in times of trouble and never judged you ! Dennis was a man after God’s own heart! Please leave your experiences here about Dennis to help us in our mourning, our friend our family and for a lot of us our mentor.

Condolence from Herb and Rosalie Welle on February 8th, 2021 7:29 pm

So sorry for your loss. We are Gloria” in-laws and you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Our sympathies to all of Dennis’ siblings and may God wipe away your tears and leave you with many precious memories.

Condolence from Neil and Betty Meyer on February 8th, 2021 8:32 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.
May he rest in peace in the arms of Jesus!

Condolence from Harvey and Janet Worms on February 9th, 2021 3:22 pm

Saddened and shocked to hear of Dennis ‘s passing. Such a good man and lifelong friend. I am left with so many great memories as we journey through this life. Dennis was always positive, quick with a smile, and a joy to be around. He will be sorely missed. We extend our sympathies to the family. Rest in peace old buddy.

Condolence from Jeff and Jackie Reed on February 9th, 2021 6:08 pm

Lorine and the Entire Schwieter’s Family-
We are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Dennis’ unexpected passing. May God’s Angels surround all of you with Strength, Love, Caring and Peace from above! We have been Graced by Dennis’ quiet, but Strong and Moral presence, and Blessed to have God cross our paths with one another. Ah yes! His Laugh! Rest In Peace, Dennis. God must have needed something pretty meticulous fixed, to call you Home. Our Deepest Sympathy. We Love You and Lorine!

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