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Mark Lehnen, 61, Paynesville
Mark E. Lehnen, 61, of Paynesville, died on Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021, at his home in Paynesville. Memorial services will be 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, at the Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville. Visitation will be Wednesday, Dec. 29, from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home and for one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Gausdal Lutheran Cemetery near Belgrade. Mark Eugene Lehnen was born on Feb. 19, 1960, in St. Cloud, the son of Donald and Carol (Nelson) Lehnen. He grew up on the family farm near Paynesville and attended Paynesville High School. As a young man he worked on a mink farm and helped on his family farm. He was united in marriage to Roxanne Nelson on Sept. 6, 1994. They were blessed with a daughter, Tammy and Roxanne’s two sons, Jeremy and Russell. Mark worked for AMPI for 30 years before retiring in 2014. Mark enjoyed hunting, fishing, going to the cabin, hunting with his dad, and spending time with his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Roxanne of 27 years; children, Tammy (Martin) Castellon, Jeremy (Naomi) Nelson, and Russell (Alissandra) Nelson; grandchildren, Gabe, Cameron, Olivia, Isaac, Abby, Hailey, Emily, Marissa, and Ezrah; siblings, Cindy (Paul) Anderson, Debbie (Chris) Kennedy, Bonnie (Danny) Rudy, Mary (Kenny) Schlangen, and John (Rosanne) Lehnen; aunt, Irene (Jerry) Diedrich; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; brother, David; nephew, Brent; niece Bobby Jean; and numerous aunts and uncle.


Carol Otteson, 88, Paynesville

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, at Zion-Irving Lutheran Church, rural Paynesville, for Carol DeEtta Otteson, 88, of Paynesville. She died on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021, at Deer Crest Assisted Living in Red Wing, Minn., where she had resided for the past two years. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021, at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville and at the church one hour prior to the service. Masks are recommended. Funeral arrangements are with Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel in Red Wing. Carol was born on Feb. 11, 1933, in Thief River Falls, Minn., to Carl and Bertha (Sandry) Duis. At a young age, her family moved to a farm south of Hawick, Minn. She graduated from New London High School in 1951. For a short time, she worked for a telephone company as an operator in Waseca. On July 11, 1952, she was united in marriage to Algene Otteson at Zion-Irving Lutheran Church. They were blessed with four children: Connie, Blake, Robyn and Todd. They farmed for many years in Irving Township, rural Paynesville. During that time, she also worked for the Black Saucer Restaurant as a cook and cleaned cottages for Bugbee Hive Resort. Algene died on Dec. 14, 2019. As a faithful member of Zion-Irving Lutheran Church, she served in many capacities within the church. After she and Algene retired from farming she volunteered at the Paynesville Hospital in the gift shop. Carol could always be found in the kitchen, cooking and baking many delicious meals and sweets. Besides being in the kitchen she enjoyed tending and taking care of her flower and vegetable gardens. She enjoyed playing cards and board games, reading, and sewing. She will be remembered for her gentle smile, kindness, and thoughtfulness and for always thinking and doing for others before herself. Carol is survived by her four children, Connie (George) Blank of Casselton, N.D., Blake (Shawna Larsen) of Volga, S.D., Robyn (Loren) Wendroth of Rochester, and Todd (Patty) of Red Wing; 10 grandchildren, Carl Blank, Laurie (Jake) Palen, Rebecca Baugher, Valerie (David) Unterberger, Collin (Katie) Otteson, Laura (Ricky) Hinman, Kaylyn (JT) Rhode, Keaton Wendroth, Amy Otteson, and Emily Otteson; 14 great-grandchildren, Carli and Kendra Blank, Winston and Scarlett Palen, Kuddyer Baugher, Bria and Chase Unterberger, Hans and Gwen Otteson, Olivia and Nico Hinman, and Avery, Hayden, and Payten Rhode; four sisters, Lillian (Henry) Solbrack of Pasco, Wash., Estelle Pickle of Paynesville, Elaine Solbrack of Puyallup, Wash., and Lois (Lowell) Burgener of Franktown, Colo., along with many nieces and nephews. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Mildred Nelson and Sharon Johnson. The family would like to extend their sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff at Deer Crest for all their compassion and kindness provided to Carol these past two years. Memorials are preferred to the church or donor’s choice.


Connie Erickson, 47, Eden Valley

A Celebration of Life will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021, at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville for Connie J. Erickson, 47, of Eden Valley. Connie passed away on Saturday, Dec. 11, at the St. Cloud Hospital. Reverend Bob Kandels will lead a prayer service at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 22, at the funeral home. Connie was born July 9, 1974, in Two Harbors, Minn., to John and Deb (Satterlund) Pearson. She attended Paynesville High School. She married Gary Erickson on March 25, 2000, at the Paynesville Lutheran Church. She will be remembered for her love of angels and crafts, as well as spending time with family and friends. She always looked forward to the holidays and family gatherings. Connie is survived by her husband Gary of Eden Valley; mother Deb (Burt) Manz of Paynesville; father John (Shelly) Pearson of Grand Rapids, Minn.; and extended family. Connie is preceded in death by her grandparents and other relatives. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.


Bernette Helling, 88, Paynesville

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021, at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville for Bernette Maxine "Ben" Helling, 88, of Paynesville. Ben passed away on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, at the Paynesville Health Care Center. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home on Wednesday, Dec. 22. Services will be live steamed. Bernette was born April 22, 1933, to Ben and Agnes (Atzl) Bauman in Paynesville, Minn. She graduated from Paynesville High School and St. Cloud Teachers College. Bernette retired in 1990 after teaching 39 years in Luverne and Adrian, Minn. She married Howard Helling on Oct. 9, 1955. They shared their lives in Luverne, Battle Lake, and Paynesville. Bernette enjoyed spending her time with her family (especially at their lake home). She enjoyed reading, playing cards, and coffeeing with her friends. She spent time taking friends on their errands, etc. Bernette is survived by her two daughters, Jill Meents of Minneapolis and Karn (John) Fleming of Bloomington; two grandchildren, Cash Rodamaker and Kacy Rodamaker; six step-grandchildren, Matt (Amanda) Meents, Claudia Boot, Jake Fleming (Matt Hiltner), Emily (Chuck) Unhjem, Hanna (Shane) Murphy, and Ellen Fleming; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Howard in 2004; brother Leo Bauman; and sister Delores Stickney.


Timothy Powers Sr., 57, Hawick

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville for Timothy George Powers Sr., 57, of Hawick. Pastor Barbara Jones of Hawick United Methodist Church will preside. Visitation will be after 12 noon on Thursday, Dec. 16, and a time of fellowship will follow the service, all at the funeral home. Masks will be encouraged. Timothy was born in Washburn, Wis., on April 6, 1964, to George and Carole (Faulkner) Powers. He worked on the family dairy farm until he graduated from Washburn High School in 1982. Then he began doing odd jobs in the Wisconsin area. In 1988, he started working for Stipes Show out of White Bear Lake, Minn. Stipes had a show for the Meeker County Fair that August, where he met Paula (Leuze) Powers and her daughter. He then got a job working for Green Giant, so they moved to Litchfield to begin a family. From there, their little family moved to Grove City, where Tim worked for Alan Thorpe as a dairy farm hand. Four years after Tim and Paula found each other, they got married in Willmar on Aug. 15, 1992. In the end, they moved to Hawick where he worked for K Korner Farms for about the last 26 years. This is where he passed away suddenly on Dec. 7, 2021, in his loving wife's arms. Tim had a heart of gold and was always willing to lend a helping hand to those that needed it. He enjoyed deer hunting every winter with his boys. In Tim's spare time, he enjoyed tinkering on his many toys (snowmobiles, four-wheelers, or anything with a small engine). He was a Chevy-loving, John Deere-driving, Windsor-drinking country man. He was a simple man and lived his life the same way. He worked every day of his life to provide the best he could. He enjoyed being a Papa with each new grandchild that came his way. He was especially excited about being a great Papa. He was also big into watching movies with the family, his favorites being "Smokey and the Bandit" and "The Man from Snowy River." Timothy is survived by wife Paula Powers of Hawick; children Timothy Powers Jr. of Rush City, Misty Powers of Belgrade, Ranea (Doug) Dressen of Alexandria, Steven Powers of Willmar, Michael Powers of Hawick, and Jackie (Lawrence) Chadderton of Hawick; his mother Carole Powers of Washburn, Wis.; brother Randy (Amber) Powers of Hawick; and sister Tammy (Walter) Maki of Washburn, Wis. He was preceded in death by his grandparents; father George Powers; granddaughter Rachelynn Nolden; brother-in-laws Walter Maki Jr., Sherman Leuze, and Michael Aitchison; along with other family members.


John Unger, 81, Monticello

John Unger of Monticello passed away on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021 at the age of 81. He was born on Sept. 7, 1940, to Herbert and Charlotte Unger in Paynesville. John met his wife-to-be, Marcia, in 1963 and were married that same year on Dec. 7, 1963. They had two sons, Jim and Jeff. In 2013, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. John spent 50 years in the transportation industry, retiring in 2008. John was preceded in death by his wife, Marcia; sister Florence; and brother Herbert (Tom). He is survived by sons, Jim and Jeff; sister Phyllis; grandchildren Shelby and Michael; several nieces and nephews; and many friends. John was kind and gentle, a man of faith, and a friend to all he met. Like his wife did, John donated his body to the University of Minnesota Anatomy Bequest Program. A Celebration of Life will be held at Advent Lutheran Church in Maple Grove, Minn., on Tuesday, Dec. 21. with visitation at 10 a.m., service at 11 a.m., and with a luncheon to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Diabetes Association. He will shed the sins and struggles that he has carried all these years. He'll leave his heart wide open; he will love and have no fear. When he gets to where he's going, don't cry for him down here.


Charlene Hennen-Winkels, 50

Charlene A. Hennen-Winkels, 50, of Spring Hill died on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.  A visitation will be held on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville: www.hafh.org. Charlene Amy Riddle was born on Sept. 7, 1971, in Minneapolis, Minn.,, the daughter of Jack Jr. and Margaret (Gerken) Riddle.  She grew up in Minneapolis, where she received her education.  Charlene was a mother of six children. She made her home in Spring Hill with her husband Jerome Winkels and her children.  Charlene was loved by all that knew her; she had a huge heart and helped wherever she could. She enjoyed gardening, camping, fishing, going to garage sales, and singing.  She was very artistic and loved to paint and also had a flair for fashion and decorating. Charlene also loved animals especially her cats. She was a perfectionist and was able to do everything she set her mind to do.  Charlene is survived by her husband Jerome; children:  Jordan Hennen of Becker, Veronica Hennen of St. Cloud, Jessica Hennen of St. Cloud, Jack Hennen of Rice, Jacob Winkels of Rice, and Job Winkels of Spring Hill; her mother, Margaret Riddle of St. Joseph; and siblings, Michelle Dicks of Montana and Jack Riddle of Spring Hill.  Charlene was preceded in death by her father, Jack Riddle Jr. 


Mary Ann Chladek, 90, Paynesville

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville for Mary Ann G. Chladek, 90, of Paynesville. Mary Ann passed away on Sunday, Nov. 28. at Centra Care – Paynesville Hospital. Reverend Glenn Krystosek officiated. Burial will take place in the St. Mary Parish Cemetery in Bird Island, Minn. Mary Ann was born on Sept. 27, 1931, in Bird Island, Renville County, Minn., to William and Theresa Rose (Brey) Gass. She grew up on the family farm and attended 12 years of Catholic school education at St. Mary's. Mary Ann married Florian J. Lingl on Sept. 27, 1952, and to this union six children were born. She worked for Northwestern Bell for many years. She also worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for Fullerton Lumber and Vern Johnson Motors. In 1981, she married James H. Chladek. Mary Ann was active in her church. She taught second grade religion for 20 years and was eucharistic minister for many years. She was also a member of Daughters of Isabella, St. Catherine's Mission Group, Christian Women, and a member of the fun-loving Red Hatters. Her family was most important to her, but she also enjoyed her hobbies of baking, crocheting, cross-stitch, gardening, reading, and her flower gardens. Mary Ann is survived by her children Theresa Rosenberger of Waite Park, Bradley (Paula) Lingl of Paynesville, Mary Jo Buermann of Paynesville, Nancy (Kenneth) Wetzel of New Ulm, Timothy (Marie) Lingl of Richmond, and Mark (Susan) Lingl of Litchfield; 19 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; sisters Catherine Lingl and Marlys (Richard) Nelson; and brother William Gass Jr. Preceding Mary Ann in death were her parents; husband Florian Lingl (1973); husband James Chladek (1996); infant granddaughter Jessica Lingl (1983); great-grandson Finnian Lingl (2019); and sons-in-law Gerald Buermann and Roger Rosenberger, both in 2017. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements were with the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville.


Justin Ettel Jr., 52, Kimball

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville for Justin J. Ettel Jr., 52, of Kimball. Justin passed away on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021 at the age of 52 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Reverend Glenn Krystosek officiated. A private burial will take place in St. Margaret's Parish Cemetery in Lake Henry at a later date. Visitation for Justin was held on Monday, Dec. 6, at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville and continued on Tuesday morning at the church. The Knights of Columbus Council #11345 prayed a rosary on Tuesday morning before the Mass. Justin was born March 26, 1969, in Sauk Centre, Minn., to Justin J. and Lorraine (Pundsack) Ettel.  He grew up in the Sauk Centre area and graduated from Sauk Centre High School in 1988. Justin was strong in his faith and active in the Catholic church community. In his youth, Justin was a mass server and in his later years he was an usher.  Justin was also a member of Knights of Columbus Council #11345. On Sept. 17, 2005, Justin was united in marriage to Pamela Horn at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville, Minn.; they had 16 wonderful years together. Justin loved spending time and riding with his father in the semi-truck. He would definitely follow in his father's footsteps. He was employed by several trucking companies over his life and was currently employed by K-way Express of Winsted. He had traveled to all the states except three.  Justin loved being outdoors. He enjoyed snowmobiling, ATV riding, cutting grass, or tinkering in his shed. He loved being an uncle to his nieces and nephews. Justin loved playing games with his family and will be remembered for his popcorn machine to provide popcorn for everyone. He also loved his dachshunds: Mable, Lucy, and Sandie. Lucy became Justin's co-pilot in the semi. Justin is survived by his loving wife Pamela; daughter Brittany Horn; mother Lorraine Ettel; brothers Fr. Dale Ettel, OSC, and Dwight Ettel; and sister Charlene Carpenter. He is also survived by his mother-in-law Mary Horn; in-laws: Jeffrey Horn (Jim Burt), Sharon (Keith) Fuchs, Lisa (Aaron) Lagred, and Dean (Amy) Horn with nieces and nephews Dylan (Missy) Carpenter, Brett and Brooke Fuchs, Austin Lagred, and Kendra and Kylie Horn. Justin was preceded in death by his father Justin Sr.; father-in-law John F. Horn; brothers-in-law Gary Hagen and John E. Horn; and grandparents, aunts, and uncles.  Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.


Nathan Erickson, 40, St. Paul

Nathan Allen Erickson, 40, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, at the St. John's Fairview Hospital in Maplewood, Minn. Although Nathan did not have COVID, he was a victim of the COVID pandemic. Due to the bed and staff shortages at hospitals Nathan was not able to receive the level of care he needed which lowered his chances of survival. This ultimately was the cause of his demise.  Nathan was born on July 24, 1981, to Jayne Ochs (Dilley) and Douglas Erickson. He was the youngest of three, born and raised in Paynesville, Minn. Nathan was always full of energy and a smile that never left his face. He had the Dilley sense of humor and made many friends and family laugh. As a baby, Nathan was the fastest crawler most had ever seen. If there was an Olympic category for crawling, Nathan would have taken the gold medal. After high school, Nathan moved many times until settling in the metro area. He lived with his son, Shia, and their cat, Maggie, in St. Paul until Nathan's passing. Nathan worked for American Transportation for 11 years and enjoyed working as a mechanic. He loved to fish and watch movies but took a lot of pride in his cooking. He was a master griller and loved to grill up a good steak. Nathan had five children Mylahia, Carter, Shia, Aria, and Destiny. Nathan loved his children deeply and tried to be the best father he could be. He would be the first to admit that he had made many mistakes in his life, but his children were never one of them. Nathan struggled with addiction and alcoholism.  His battle with alcohol robbed him of many things in life. In the end, alcoholism caused his medical condition, but COVID stole his chances of survival. He is loved by many and will be greatly missed. Nathan is survived by his mother, Jayne Ochs (David Caulfield); siblings, Amber Caulfield and Josh (Christy Krahmer) Erickson; special friend, Tammy Robinson (mother of Aria and Destiny); grandmother, Donna Erickson; children:  Mylahia, Carter, Shia, Aria, and Destany; aunts and uncles, Jacquie (Reggie) Richardson, Deb (Ken) Dilley/Rosenberg, Pam (Tom) Mitchell, David (Jan) Dilley, Theresa (Tim) Gavinski, Melissa (Jeremy Stover) Dilley, Steve Erickson, and Lee Erickson; and many cousins who loved him dearly. Nathan was preceded in death by his father, Douglas Erickson; sister, Cari Dilley; grandparents, Walter and Rosemary Dilley; grandfather, Roger Erickson; and his uncle, Randy Erickson.


David Ryks, 64, Cokato

David Ryks, 64, of Cokato, Minn., died on Tuesday, Nov. 16, at the Cokato Nursing Home from kidney failure. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 10, at Zion Lutheran Church in Hawick, Minn. David Bradley Ryks was born on Nov. 10, 1957, to Kathryn and Harold Ryks in Willmar, Minn. David attended Paynesville High School and graduated with a GED in 1976. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and was confirmed there. David moved to Willmar, Minn., where he worked at West Central Industries. David later moved home and developed congestive heart failure, kidney failure, and diabetes. He entered the Cokato Nursing Home on July 9, 2007. David traveled with his siblings every summer to places such as Grand Marais, Duluth, Alexandria, and Vining, and took a trip with his brother Gerry to Los Vegas, Nev., and St. Louis, Mo. David passed from this world on Nov. 16, 2021, of kidney failure. He is survived by his father, Harold Ryks (Lorraine); sister, Jan Wimmer; brother, Gerald Ryks; and sister Helen Baldwin (George). He has two nieces, Tiffany (Jeremy) Sheffey and Pam (Casey) Birch; four nephews, Brian, (Andrea) Wimmer, Adrian Baldwin, Michael Wimmer, and Evan Baldwin; and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents; many aunts and uncles; and by his mother Kathryn. We will miss you very much!


Bradley Kneisl, 31, Paynesville

Bradley Kneisl, 31, of Paynesville, died on Tuesday, Nov. 23, near Baldwin, Wis., from complications suffered in an electrocution accident on May 24, 2021, while cutting trees in Clarkfield. His memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2, at Living Hope Evangelical Free Church in Willmar. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at the Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday, Dec. 2. Bradley Charles Kneisl was born Sept. 5, 1990, in Willmar, Minn. to Richard and Debra (Epema) Kneisl. He grew up in the Kerkhoven area, and graduated from KMS High School in 2009. While in high school he was active in football and wrestling and enjoyed working in the preschool classroom. Following graduation, Brad continued to work on dairy farms in the Kerkhoven and Sunburg area. Brad worked for Quam Construction, Pete's Welding, and Hurley's Tree Service. Then, in 2018, he started Brad's Tree Service. His hard work and dedication helped him develop a very successful business, one that he thoroughly enjoyed and took pride in. On Sept. 15, 2018, he married Kelsey Stommes in Cold Spring, and they made their home in Paynesville. Brad enjoyed spending time outdoors, whether it was fishing, hunting, riding horses, or working. He took many hunting trips out of state, but always found his way back to Baldwin, a place he held near to his heart. He also loved animals, especially his three dogs: Berta, Hades, and Hubert. Brad will be remembered most by others for his great sense of humor, perfectly timed one-liners, and being a best friend to many. He was a man who would give the shirt off his back and, at the drop of a hat, would help anyone when they needed it. Brad loved being an uncle to his nieces and nephews, but his greatest joy was being a dad to Braelyn. He was an amazing father and truly loved spending as much time with her as possible. He found ways to make simple things fun and memorable for her. He used his time with her as learning opportunities where his patient nature was clearly evident. He will be dearly missed by his family and many friends. He is survived by his wife: Kelsey; his daughter: Braelyn; his parents: Dick and Deb Kneisl; brother: Gary (Holly) Kneisl and their children, Brook, Jayden, and Charlie; sister: Kristi (Paul) Schmidt and their children, Abel and Greta; and his maternal grandparents: Merle and Rose Epema. Also surviving are his father-in-law and mother-in-law: Roger and Karen Stommes; sister-in-law: Brooke (Aaron) Kleinschmidt and their children, Cohen, Sawyer, Grayson, and Kyler; two brothers-in-law: Brandon Stommes and Justin Stommes; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents: Chuck and Carolyn Kneisl. Brad's family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, and donations following his accident. Donations given will be put toward a trust for his daughter, Braelyn.


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