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Lois Hughes, 85, Paynesville
Lois A. Hughes, 85, of Paynesville, formerly of Benson, died on Saturday, June 26, 2021, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wed-nesday, June 30, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. The committal service will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the St. Bridget’s Catholic Cemetery in DeGraff. Lois Ann Hughes was born on Nov. 3, 1935, in DeGraff, the daughter of Peter and Margaret (McQuaid) Fath. She grew up on the family farm near DeGraff and attended country grade school in DeGraff and high school in Graceville. On Sept. 12, 1964, Lois was united in marriage to Franklin Hughes at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson. They made their home near Danvers where they farmed. They were able to share in 24 years of marriage before Frank’s death on Oct. 8, 1988. Lois moved to Benson in 1997 where she served as a custodian at St. Francis Catholic Church until her retirement in 2016. She moved to Paynesville in 2018 to be near family. Lois was a faithful member of St. Louis Catholic Church and a former member of St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson. She loved working at the church, walking, working in the flower garden, and visiting with everyone along the way. She is survived by her children, Mary (John) Peterson of Lago Vista, Texas, Teresa Hughes of St. Bonifacius, Patricia (Ken) Reiman of Paynesville, Jeannine (Wayne) Krienke of Benson, and James (Cheri) Hughes of Montevideo; five grandchildren, Andrew, Kayla (Kyle), Nicholas, Tyler (Gretchen), and Madyson; and brother, Joe (Donna) Fath of Benson. She was preceded in death her husband, Frank; parents; and sister, Sister Mary Ann Fath. Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville: www.hafh.org.


Paula Pederson, 57, Hawick

Paula M. Pederson, 57, of Hawick died unexpectedly surrounded by her family on Saturday, June 12, 2021, at the Long Prairie Hospital. Funeral services were held on Friday, June 18, 2021, at Hawick United Methodist Church in Hawick. Burial was in the Roseville Cemetery in Hawick. Paula Marie Pederson was born on June 12, 1964, in Paynesville, the daughter of Melvin and Pearl Patricia (Jackson) Jones. She grew up in Hawick and attended elementary in the Hawick school house and then Paynesville High School, graduating in 1982. She continued her education at Ridgewater College in Willmar. On Sept. 7, 1985, Paula was united in marriage to Vernon Tebben. They shared in four years of marriage before his death on October 4, 1989. On July 9, 2011, Paula was united in marriage to Scott Pederson at the Jones family lake home on Moose Lake near Burtrum. They made their home in Hawick, where she worked as a liaison for Rice Home Medical in Willmar and CentraCare in St. Cloud. She is survived by her husband, Scott of 10 years; children, Josh (Christina) Tebben, Tyler (Stephanie) Tebben, Justin (Amanda) Pederson, Chris (Kaitlin) Pederson, and Heather Pederson; grandchildren, Ellie, Tristan, Andrea, Kimberly, Zander, Brycen, Bodie, Hailey, Mia, and Jaxon; mother, Pat Jones; siblings, Monica (Tom) Rudnick and Brian Jones; Scott's siblings, Tamra Hart, Cindy Jenniges, Jay Pederson, and Randy Pederson; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Paula was preceded in death by her father, Melvin; and by her father- and mother-in-law, Kenneth and Becky Pederson. Arrangements were entrusted to the Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville : www.hafh.org.


Beverly Gustafson, 85, Paynesville

Beverly R. Gustafson, 85, of Paynesville died on Thursday, June 10, 2021, at her home near Paynesville. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, June 18, at the St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Beverly Rose Gustafson was born on June 21, 1935, in St. Paul, Minn., the daughter of George and Rose (Stohr) Herzan. She grew up in St. Paul, where she received her education at St. Francis Elementary School and graduated from Wilson High School. On Nov. 24, 1955, Bev was united in marriage to Harold Gustafson at St. Columbus Catholic Church in St. Paul. This union was blessed with two daughters and a son. The family started their home in Hanover, Minn., and continued to live in the Twin Cities metro. Bev worked as a real estate agent for Thorpe Realty in St. Louis Park. In 1995, Bev and Harold moved to Paynesville, where they lived in the summer, and moved to Mission, Texas, during the winters. On Aug. 3, 2018, Harold passed away. He and Bev shared in 62 years of marriage before his death. Bev was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. She was active there as a eucharistic minister and eucharistic adoration. Bev was also a member of the Koronis Hill Golf Club. She enjoyed crafting, sewing, quilting, knitting, bird watching, feeding wild animals, reading, playing cards, and playing mahjong. Above all else, Bev loved to spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Bev is survived by her children: Leah Mins of Ostego, Lori (Tina) Gustafson of Brooklyn Park, and Harold (Stephanie) Gustafson Jr. of Huntington, Texas; grandchildren: John Pierce Mins, Lori Rose Mins, Devin Tyler Gustafson, Sydney Danielle Gustafson, and Logan Riley Gustafson; brother, Robert (Peggy) Herzan of St. Paul; and many nieces and nephews. Bev was preceded in death by her parents, George and Rose; and her husband, Harold. Bev's family would like to thank all of Bev's very special friends in Paynesville. Services were entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville: www.hafh.org.


Sharon Schmidt, 83, Paynesville

Sharon L. Schmidt 83, of Paynesville, died on Monday, June 14, 2021, at the Paynesville Care Center in Paynesville. Her funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Burial will be at Paynesville Cemetery in Paynesville. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Sharon Lee Schmidt was born on Sept. 12, 1937, in Big Lake, Minn., the daughter of Henry and Ardis (Morris) Schultz. She attended Paynesville Elementary School and went on to graduate from Paynesville High School with the Class of 1955. On Sept. 17, 1955, Sharon was united in marriage to Donald (Red) Schmidt. Three sons and a daughter were born to this union. The family made their home in Paynesville where Sharon worked at the Ben Franklin for 10 years, the Lake Koronis Assembly Grounds, was the secretary at Grace United Methodist Church for 12 years, and from 2009-2011 as the site coordinator at the Belgrade and Brooten senior dining centers for Catholic Charities. Sharon was an active member of Grace United Methodist Church. She sang in the church choir and was involved with the woman's circle there. She was a member of the Belgrade VFW Auxiliary and Eden Valley American Legion Auxiliary. Sharon sang with the Choralaires and String O' Pearls singing groups. Sharon was a talented crafter, she enjoyed playing piano, reading, traveling especially to Branson and Wyoming, and she loved her dogs. Sharon also loved camping, progressing from a tent to a bus to a fifth-wheel trailer. Above all else, Sharon loved spending time with her family especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Sharon is survived by her children: Dean (Bonnie) of Paynesville, Dana (Tanya) of Richmond, and Cindy (Steve) Gray of Faribault; grandchildren, Tara (Sam) Sand, Hannah (James) Kracht, Alyssa Gray, and Brandon Gray; great-grandchildren, Lexi and Ali Sand and Sydney and Myles Kracht; and her niece, Barbara (Larry King) Schultz. Sharon was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald (2002); son, Don (1998); sister, Eldred Huemoeller; brother, Morris “Corky” Schultz; sister-in-law, Shirley Schultz; and nephew, David Andreas. Services are entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville: www.hafh.org.


Christine Hemmesch, 95

A Celebration of Life Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 6, 2021, at the St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring for Christine G. Hemmesch, 95, who died on Sunday, March 29, 2020, at the St. Cloud Hospital. There will be a luncheon following Mass and the service will be livestreamed at www.christcatholic.com. She was born on Aug. 27, 1924, in St. Martin Township to Nicholas and Theresia (Bauer) Olmscheid. She married Peter Hemmesch on May 18, 1943, in St. Martin Catholic Church. Auf Wiedersehen, Christine! Faith, family, and food describe Christine's passions so very well. Watching Mass, praying the rosary, spending time with family, hosting hundreds of Saturday suppers, and playing countless hands of cards will be part of her lasting legacy of 95 wonderful years. Holiday gatherings, birthday celebrations, and every day in between will not be quite the same. Her love for her family was unconditional, and that is a wonderful thing we will all cherish. Christine would always say when we were leaving her house, “please come again.” Please save a seat for us at the dinner table when our earthly journey is complete. We know you will be waiting there with a smile. She is survived by her children, Jerome, Eileen, Jim (Barb), Lenore Adey, Marion Sell, Joe (Schelly Heinen), and Linda (Roman) George; grandchildren, Shannon Ficker, Michael (Michelle) Hemmesch, Shawn (Eva) Burke, Jennifer (Mark) Ring, Brian Burke, Eric (Jessica) Sell, Kari (Nick) Waller, Peter (Kalina Larsen) George, and Maddy George; great-grandchildren, Kylie Ficker, Kim Ficker, Keaton Ficker, William Hemmesch, Alex Hemmesch, Elena Hemmesch, Bennett Ring, Camden Ring, Dustin Burke, Dominic Burke, Mason Burke, Colton Burke, Hailey Sell, Josie Sell, Karlie Sell, Aubrey Sell, Daniel Waller, and Emma Waller; siblings, Elmer (Marilyn) Olmscheid and Rose Terres; and sisters-in-law, Verena Olmscheid and Norine Olmscheid. She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter; grandchildren, Kate Sell, Aaron Sell, Kristen Sell, and Gabrielle George; siblings, Leander (Marie) Olmscheid, Lidwina (Ambrose) Rothstein, Joe Olmscheid, Lucille (Clarence) Jonas, and Francis Olmscheid; and brother-in-law, Ray Terres. Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring.


C. John Fredrick, 70, Paynesville

Cyrill John Fredrick passed away Thursday June 3, 2021, doing what he loved…fishing. There will be a Celebration of Life held at the Green Roof Area Center (located behind the Credit Union) in Paynesville on Saturday, June 26, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Cyrill was known by all as John. He was born in August 1950 and raised in the Paynesville area, graduating from Paynesville High School. John was a welder all his life. It is what he knew, and he did it well. He was the best in our eyes. He had a lot of pride in his work. If you're going to do something, do it well and be proud of it, he would always say to his girls. He retired from welding at Bobcat in Litchfield. He was enjoying his retirement doing what he loved…fishing and hunting. John met Terry (Sander) and married in 1971. Later divorced, they had three daughters: Dawn Koltes of Eden Valley and Sonja Arceneau and Heather Lee, both of Paynesville. John remarried to Judi Schultz; she has one daughter (Kristine) and three sons (Justin, Cory, and Jacob). John's passion was hunting and fishing. He participated in many local fishing tournaments with his brother-in-law David and every year he went deer hunting with his brother Les and grandsons Cameron, Jared, and Justin. He had planned this fall to go turkey hunting for the first time with his grandson Jake; he was so excited, making sure he had everything he would need. John loved his family; family was everything to him. He always told his girls it may be difficult, you may not always agree, but nothing good or forever is easy. Family is forever; family is work. He was always right. John was the quiet type, did not say a whole lot, but when he did everyone around him would listen, especially family. John had a tough couple of years, including multiple surgeries and triple bypass heart surgery in August 2020. That was a surprise to all of us, but he was a fighter and was not going to let that slow him down. You would always see John sitting outside on the picnic table or the chair and watching the traffic go by with a smile and waving at all who honked their car horn. He probably knew everyone who drove by. While outside he would be playing with the kids, tinkering with his boat, fixing on something, taking a nap, or enjoying the weather. If you did not see him sitting outside in his chair, he was up at Hilltop having coffee with the locals catching up on the latest news. Dad/John taught his girls to take responsibility for all their actions, deal with the consequences if any, and learn from them and grow from them. That is what makes you, you. We (your girls) love you Dad. John is survived by his daughters Dawn (Ron) Koltes of Eden Valley, Sonja (Dan) Arceneau of Paynesville, and Heather (Michael) Lee of Paynesville; wife Judi Fredrick and her four children; nine grandchildren, Jared (Valerie), Harley, Jake, Taylor, Jaxon, Amrit, Justin, Olivia, and Cameron; six great-grandchildren, Aiden, Ava, LeRoy, Bennett, Greyson John (due June 2021), and Giovanni (due September 2021); brothers, Les Fredrick of Dalton, Minn., and Allen and Steve Fredrick of Paynesville; and sisters, Millie (David) Peschong and Barb Fredrick of Paynesville, Irma (Donald) Pittman of DeGraff, Minn., and Rosie Smith of Benson, Minn. He was proceeded in death by his parents Charles and Cornelia Fredrick; sister Pauline Houck; and sons-in-law LeRoy Schmitt and Chad Lieser. We would like to give a sincere thank you to Jessie and Jen for finding our dad at the boat landing that Thursday night and starting CPR and to the two nurses who also came to help until the ambulance arrived. Thank you to the Paynesville Ambulance and CentraCare Hospital staff who did all they could for our dad. We deeply appreciate all you did for our dad. The family of John Fredrick says thank you!


Elmer Neu, 81, Paynesville

Elmer J. Neu, 81, of Paynesville died on Saturday, June 12, 2021, at his home near Paynesville. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednes-day, June 16, 2021, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation was from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15, at the church and for one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. Elmer J. Neu was born on Sept. 12, 1939, in Eden Valley, the son of Aloys and Loretta (Kron) Neu. On Oct. 28, 1960, Elmer was united in marriage to Carolyn Bratsch. They made their home on Rice Lake near Paynesville where they raised their four children. Elmer worked his career in the sewer/water construction industry with the highlight of owning his own construction company, NeuMont, Inc., in the late 1970s through early 1980s. He loved ice fishing, polka dancing, and his family. He always had a pocket full of Tootsie Rolls to make children young and old smile. The family appreciates the loving care provided by Centra Care Hospice. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; children, Julie Richardson of Dresser, Wis.; Steve and Tammy Neu of Paynesville; Allen and Wendy Neu of Cokato, and Paul Neu of Maple Grove; seven grandchildren, Nicole, Heather, Tyler, Rachael, Kendra, Christopher (Sarah), and Caitlin (Tim); four great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Harper, Briella, and Thomas: and siblings, Corrine and Roger Wicker of St. Cloud, Regina Neu of Millbank, S.D., Betty Neu of St. Cloud, Kenny Neu of Monticello, Bernie and Helen Neu of Shakopee, Duane and Ruth Neu of St. Cloud, Al and Mary Neu of Paynesville, Laura and David Stanger of Paynesville, and Sandy and Keith Deadrick of Paynesville. Elmer was preceded in death by his parents and seven brothers: David, Ralph, Dick, Gene, Jack, Jerome, and Don. Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville: www.hafh.org.


Cal Anderson, 84, Paynesville

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, June 11, 2021, at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville for Calvin L. "Cal" Anderson, 84, of Paynesville, who passed away at the Koronis Manor with family by his side on Saturday, June 5, 2021. Pastor David Rogers and Pastor Joel Sandahl will officiate. Private burial will take place at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls with full military honors on Friday, June 11, prior to the memorial service. An open-casket visitation will take place on Thursday, June 10, at the Daniel Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville. Visitation will continue on Friday, June 11, one hour prior to services. Cal was born on April 7, 1937, in Willmar, Minn., to Clarence and Micky (Olsen) Anderson. He married Arlene Stanger on June 20, 1981. He worked as a mechanic before working as a custodian for Paynesville High School. Cal drove special needs to school for 17 years during his retirement. He attended Cornerstone Baptist Church in Willmar. Cal was a member of the Paynesville American Legion Post #271. Cal enjoyed fishing, hunting, and woodworking. He especially enjoyed the grandchildren and was fondly known as the M&M Grandpa. Cal is survived by his wife, Arlene; children, James (Melinda) Anderson, Brownsburg, Ind., Joleen (Joel) Sandahl of Dresden, Germany, Jayne (Donnie) Plympton of Tampa, Fla., and Jill (Tom) Walding of Harshaw, Wis.; daughter-in-law, Heather Anderson of Murray, Utah; step-children, James (Val) Stanger of Paynesville, Charles (Mary Jo) Stanger of Clear Lake, Catherine (Hubert) Gerding of Hawick, Virginia (Craig) Schiffler of Melrose, and Suzanne (David) Binsfeld of Litchfield; 28 grandchildren; 58 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Mary (Layton)Anderson-Prosser; and extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Joseph Anderson in 2009; two infant grandchildren; and brother, Richard Anderson in 2008.


Scott Hartmann, 59, Paynesville

Scott Mathew Hartmann, 59, of Paynesville was born on Aug. 30, 1961, to James "Jim" and Louise "Lou" (Ferguson) Hartmann. Scott attended Paynesville schools and lived most of his life in the Paynesville area. Scott enjoyed many things throughout his life such as hunting, fishing, and ice fishing. He also enjoyed searching for treasures wherever he could find them. A good ol' fashion "dumpster dive" was his favorite thing to do! With one man's trash, Scott could always see the treasure. He always had a wise joke to tell and could make a person laugh til you were blue in the face! Scott was a survivor and took pride in himself by making anything work, a real "McGyver." He appreciated the small things and lived simply. He would get excited to send in his Publisher Clearing House entry for a chance at winning BIG!!! He will be so missed by many. Scott is survived by his son, Michael Phillips; stepmother, Marge Hartmann; siblings, Mary (Wally) Kollmann, Steve Hartmann, Larry (Rhonda Larson) Hartmann, Randy (Marla) Hartmann, Mark Hartmann, Tami (Robert) Meeker, Gretchen (Jim) O'Fallon, Paul (Laura) Heitke, Dean (Dawn) Heitke; and many nieces and nephews. Scott was preceded in death by his father, Jim Hartmann; his mother, Lou Hartmann; a sister-in-law, a niece, and a nephew. Scott passed away on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at his home. A celebration of Scott's life will be held on Saturday, July 10, 2021, down by Scott's favorite river spot that he called paradise! Pastor Bob Kandels will lead a beautiful service in Scott's name at 2 p.m. The day will continue with a campfire, grill out, and one last toast to celebrate his life…the way Scott would want it! Bring your lawn chair, and ALL are welcome to attend and to say a final goodbye to him. The river location is on Central Avenue, Paynesville, all the way down the hill, "Hartmann Park." The family hopes anyone that knew him can and will attend and bid a final farewell to Scott…a son, father, brother, and friend.


Barb Schlangen, 66, Paynesville

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, June 7, at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Roscoe, Minn., for Barbara V. Schlangen, 66, who died on Thursday, June 3, at her home in Paynesville. Burial was in the parish cemetery. Barb was born on Dec. 4, 1954, to Edward and Mary (Buchholz) Burg in Melrose, Minn. She grew up in Farming, Minn., and graduated from Cold Spring, Minn. She married Denis Schlangen on Aug. 30, 1975 at Sts. Peter & Paul Church in Richmond. After their union they resided in Roscoe and were blessed with six sons and one daughter. Barb worked at Animal Fair in Eden Valley sewing stuffed animals and then worked at Stearns Manufacturing in Paynesville sewing life jackets. She also worked at Casey's in Richmond in the kitchen making donuts. Barb enjoyed drinking her coffee on her deck, embroidery, crocheting, cooking, sewing, playing cards, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was a member of St. Agnes Church in Roscoe and a member of Christian Mothers. She is survived by her children; Kenny (Mary), Dean, Eric, Beth, Justin (Joan), and Cory (Sandi); 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and siblings, Hilary (Julie), Janette, Diana (Richard) Kollmann, James (Lynn), Linda (Morris), and Roger (Sherry); and many brothers- and sisters-in-law. She was preceded in death by her husband, Denis; son, Robert; her parents; siblings and in-laws, Dolores (Ray) Rolfes, Verena (Dan) Kuhl, Cyril, Virginia (Dennis) Shay, and Linus (Kathleen). Arrangements were with Wenner Funeral Home, Richmond.


Gladys Ristow, 98, Cambridge

Gladys Cecelia (Seeland) Ristow, 98, went to be with Jesus on Monday, May 24, 2021, at GracePointe Crossing, Cambridge, Minn. She was born in Paynesville, Minn., on June 13, 1922, to Sivert and Esther Rudd Seeland. On Aug. 24, 1944, she married Bernhard Ristow at Fort Snelling. He was serving as an MP in the army. After marriage the couple settled in Cedar then Anoka, Minn. Gladys worked at the New Brighton Munitions Plant, was a cook at Franklin Elementary School, and then for West Bend Thermoserve until her retirement. She is survived by three children Shirley (Jerry) Knode, Pine City, Minn., Eugene (Nancy) Ristow, Edgewater, Fla., and Pam Marshall, Chicago, Ill.; by nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Gladys was preceded in death by her parents; spouse Bernhard; daughter Sharon Nichols; siblings Kenneth, Harold, and Donald Seeland, as well as their spouses. At her request, there will be no funeral service. A brief family ceremony will be held at Fort Snelling Cemetery on Monday, July 5, 2021. Goodbye to a loving mom and granny.


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