The celebration of life for Anthony “Tony” Joseph Cherne, Jr., age 75 of Albany was held Monday, May 15, 2023, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, St. Anthony, MN. Father Julius Boeckermann officiated. Interment will be at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery (Camp Ripley) in Little Falls, MN later. Tony passed away peacefully on May 10 at his home in Albany surrounded by his loving family after a long, courageous battle with cancer.
Tony was born on September 3, 1947, in Melrose, MN to Anthony and Edna (Hiltner) Cherne, Sr. He grew up and farmed in the St. Anthony area. Tony was united in marriage to Linda Binsfeld on September 23, 1972, in St. Nicholas. He and Linda farmed on the Cherne home farm until they moved to their home in Albany. Tony served in the United States Army from November 16, 1966, to October 28, 1968. Following his discharge, Tony was a truck driver for many years working for both Joe’s Trucking and Ramler Trucking in Albany. Tony enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, golfing and bowling. He was a member of the St. Anthony Catholic Church and the Albany American Legion.
Survived by his wife, Linda of 51 years, Albany; daughters, Tanya Knutson (Blaine Kennedy), Mosinee, WI; Tammy (Tim) Lieser, Paynesville; three grandchildren, Paige Thielen, Tressa and Trevin Lieser; brothers and sisters, Jim (Gail) Cherne, Freeport; Linda (Ken) Gerads, Royalton; Ione (Gerald) Heinen, Albany; Mary (Hugo) Wuertz, Spring Hill; Judy Zenzen, Elrosa; Joanie (Peter) Schmidt, Big Lake; Elaine (Ron) Ritter, Freeport; Eileen (Gary) Middendorf, Melrose.
Preceded in death by his parents, Anthony Sr. and Edna Cherne, son-in-law, Nate Knutson, brother-in-law, Donnie Zenzen, mother and father-in-law, George and Elsie Binsfeld, and niece, Ember Schmitz.
Arrangements were made with Miller-Carlin Funeral Homes of Albany.