Complete obituaries can be found in the Paynesville Press each week.
font size=4 COLOR="BLACK" face="helvetica, arial, sans serif">Mirabelle Philippi, infant, St. Cloud|
Mirabelle Winter Philippi, eight months old, of St. Cloud, died in the arms of her loving parents, on Friday, April 21, 2017, at the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital. A gathering of friends and family will be held on Wednesday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, at the Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond. A private service will follow. Mirabelle was born in St. Cloud to Morgan and Melissa (Winter) Philippi. She was born with a rare genetic disorder called Zellweger Syndrome. Despite her medical challenges, she was full of life and personality. Mirabelle easily connected with all those who she came in contact with. People were drawn to her courageous and feisty personality. She was a fun-loving fashionista. Those who loved her were shown to appreciate life and live every day to its fullest. Mirabelle loved baths, swimming, wagon rides, and going hiking in the Quarries. Her parents brought her on many adventures and made sure to laugh and be goofy with her every day. Tummy time and early mornings by the fireplace with mom, as well as dancing and late nights in front of the computer with dad, will forever be remembered. Survivors include her parents, Morgan and Melissa; grandparents: Jack and Margie Winter, Janelle Philippi, and Ron (Cheryl) Philippi; great-grandparents: Jerome and Kathleen Nohner, Shirley Dickison, and Theresa Philippi; uncles and aunts: Corey (Chelsey) Winter, Matthew (DC) Philippi, Luke Philippi, Nick (Brittany) Philippi, and Pete (Ashley) Philippi; and cousins: Carter, Collin, Cienna Winter, and Harrison Philippi. She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents: Alvin and Janell Winter, Verlan Dickison, and Peter Philippi. She defied many odds in her life – we were lucky for every day we were blessed with our little angel. Morgan and Melissa would like to extend their appreciation for all those who loved and cared for Mirabelle. Your support is so very much appreciated.
font size=4 COLOR="BLACK" face="helvetica, arial, sans serif">Elmer Boeckmann, 86, Richmond
Elmer Boeckmann, 86, of Richmond, died on Monday, April 17, 2017, at the St. Cloud Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial was on April 22, at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Richmond. Burial was in the parish cemetery. Elmer was born in St. Nicholas, Minn., to Joseph and Barbara (Nies) Boeckmann. Elmer grew up on the family farm in St. Nicholas and served in the Marines from 1952 to 1954. He married Marcella Eisenschenk on May 2, 1956, at St. John the Baptist Church in Collegeville, Minn., and moved to Richmond. Elmer worked as a carpenter, a feed mill manager, and a hog farmer. He was a generous man who had a great sense of humor. Elmer enjoyed fishing, cards, gardening, bowling, and horseshoes. His faith and family were very important to him. Elmer was a member of the Richmond American Legion and Knights of Columbus. Survivors include his wife, Marcella; children: Melvin, Loren (Brenda), Mary (Dale) Lenzmeier, and Victor (Ruth); 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings: Gregor, Marcella, Alfred, Colletta, Hildegard, Ludvina, Sylvester, Sister Francetta, OSF, Othmar, Benedict, and Wendelin.
font size=4 COLOR="BLACK" face="helvetica, arial, sans serif">Marge Melby, 71, Paynesville
Marge Melby passed away accidently in her home on Monday, March 20, 2017. Services were held on Sunday, April 1. A private inurnment will be held at a later date, at the Paynesville Cemetery where she will rest with her father and mother. Marge was born on Aug. 16, 1945, to Orville and Nolene (Liestman) Stanger in Paynesville. She graduated from Paynesville High School in 1963 and married Phillip Melby on Aug. 23, of that year. They were married for 10 years and had one daughter named Kelli. After living in Paynesville a short time, they made their home in the Minneapolis area before Marge and Kelli moved back to Paynesville, where she lived until the time of her death. Marge was gifted in arts and crafts and could produce many unique projects from her well stocked craft room. She loved sports and especially enjoyed watching the Vikings and Twins. One place where Marge felt very comfortable was her kitchen. She always cooked holiday meals and baked treats for her family and friends. Marge lived well with her disability and could often be seen giving a wave from her red scooter as she navigated the streets of Paynesville. She was preceded in death by her parents and special friend, Steve Konrardy. Marge is survived by her daughter, Kelli of Duluth; three grandchildren: Nathan Younkin, Breane Meierhoffer, and Tanner Meierhoffer; three great-grand children: Scott Younkin, Serra Younkin, and Sean Younkin; and one brother, Gene (Karen) Stanger. She also leaves behind many cousins, nieces, nephews, and numerous friends.
font size=4 COLOR="BLACK" face="helvetica, arial, sans serif">Gerald Wiener, 83, Elrosa
Gerald Joseph "Jerry" Wiener, 83, of Elrosa, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at the St. Cloud Hospital. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 20, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Elrosa with Rev. Peter Kirchner officiating. Inurnment will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, at Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Sauk Centre and one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church. Catholic Aid will pray a rosary at 4:45 p.m., and parish prayers will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday evening at the funeral home. Gerald was born on Dec. 7, 1933, in Lake George Township, Stearns County, Minn., to Walter and Katherine (Haider) Wiener. Jerry joined the Army and was stationed in Germany. In Germany he served as a mechanic and helped with translation, as he knew both English and German. Jerry was sent home from the Army to take over the family farm after his dad had a heart attack, because he was the only boy in the family. Jerry and Elizabeth "Betty" Von Wahlde united in marriage on Oct. 22, 1960, at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. Jerry was a jack of all trades. He helped with cement work, was a part time bartender, and drove semi for many different people when help was needed. He also worked on Johnny Olmscheid's pit crew when the race track was in Sauk Centre. Over the years, Jerry was an instructor for gun safety training and participated on the Elrosa Saints Baseball Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and played a lot of BINGO when he lived at the assisted living center. One thing Jerry never missed was playing bar rummy with the morning coffee crew at Bucky's. He loved his ice cream and chocolate milk, but especially his westerns. He had watched every episode of MASH, Gunsmoke, and Bonanza many times. Jerry was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Elrosa, Catholic Aid, Senior Citizens, and the Lake Henry Legion. Survivors include his children: LeRoy (significant other, Kelly Wagner) Wiener of Elrosa/Belgrade, Wayne (Mary) Wiener of Sunburg, Luann (David) Kalthoff of Spring Hill, Chad (Cheryl) Wiener of Elrosa, and Julie (Chris) Pientka of New London/Spicer; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sisters, Florence (Ambrose) Dingman of Elrosa and Marcie (Ralph) Klassen of Paynesville. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Katherine; his wife, Elizabeth "Betty" Wiener on Oct. 6, 2006; sisters, Verena Pauly and Marion Reynolds; and brothers-in-law: Earl Pauly, Eugene Schlotfeldt, Chuck Reynolds, and Rodney Lieser. Serving as urn bearer will be Jim Von Wahlde. Cross bearer will be Amber Kalthoff and scripture bearer will be Samantha Wiener. Gift bearers will be Evan Wiener, Trent Pientka, and Austin Kalthoff. Lector will be Beth Watson and reading petitions will be Barb Bentfield. Arrangements are entrused to Patton-Schad Funeral and Cremation Service of Sauk Centre.
Dale Barsness, 78, Paynesville
Dale Rodger Barsness passed away on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at Quiet Oaks Hospice near St. Cloud, with his loving family at his side. Funeral services were on Monday, April 10, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery. Dale was born on July 19, 1938, at Starbuck Hospital. He was the son of Everall and Emma (Larson) Barsness. He attended and graduated from Starbuck High School. He attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and graduated from Southwest State Business College with a bachelors degree in business management. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1958 and served five years. Dale was united in marriage to Yvonne Marie Fasching on July 6, 1963, at Holy Trinity Church in Winsted. He then joined the U.S. Army Reserve and retired as a Master Sergeant after 30 years of combined military service. While he was in the Army Reserve, he also worked various sales jobs in the Willmar and Danube area. Dale was a kindhearted Christian man, a loving father, a devoted husband, and a confidante to friends and family. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, where he was a Sunday school instructor and sang in the men�s choir. He was a member of Paynesville American Legion Post 271, Willmar V.F.W. Post 1693, Paynesville Jaycees, Boy Scouts, Indian Guides in Willmar, a U-Zone volunteer, and Koronis Manor volunteer in Paynesville. Dale is survived by his children: Paul (Denise) Barsness, Lynette (Gary) Schreifels, and Lisa (Bob) Jewell; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Dale is further survived by his sisters: Lorraine (Orville) Felt, Deanna (Mel) Roller, Rebecca (Danny) Janish; sister-in-laws: Patty Barsness, Joann Fasching, Barbara (Harlen) Stender; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Yvonne Barsness; parents; brother, Everall Barsness, Jr.; mother and father-in-law, Ted and Marge Fasching; brother-in-law, Eugene Fasching; and four grandchildren: Sarah, Samantha, Jeremy, and Erin Rose McDougle.
Zeno Schmitz, 83, Buffalo
Zeno M. Schmitz, 83, of Buffalo, passed away suddenly at his home on Friday, March 31, 2017. Funeral services were held on Thursday, April 6, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo. Zeno was born in St. Martin to Annie (Stang) and Anton Schmitz. He was united in marriage to Joan Leopold on July 25, 1964, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in St. Paul. Zeno worked as a barber and then moved to Buffalo in 1972. He had a real estate license and worked for R.J. Steinchen & Co. He decided to open a barber shop in his home. Zeno worked for the Buffalo Hospital in maintenance for 33 years. He drove school bus for 20 years and also delivered The Star Tribune. Zeno loved to garden and share the fruits of his labor generously with others. He was devoted to his family and faith, especially to the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph. He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, a charter member of The Knights of Columbus, and an appointed member of St. Francis Xavier School Board.He also coached Little League. If he heard someone was sick or for any other reason that they couldn�t come to him, he would go to them if they needed a barber. When working at the hospital, he would donate his PTO hours to those who needed them. He liked going to auctions, playing cards (500), square dancing, and old time dancing. He volunteered to sell Christmas trees, worked with Bingo, and sold tootsie rolls with The Knights of Columbus. He also worked every year at the Parish Festival. He loved making rhubarb, apple sauce, and crisp. He is survived by his loving wife, Joan; children: Mary Schmitz (Daryl Jenkins) of St. Cloud, John (Kathy) Schmitz of Elk River, Ann (Rick) Bandemer of Sartell, and Jenny Schmitz of Foley; four grandchildren: Alexander, Robert, Elizabeth, and Cassandera; sisters: Melania Braegelmann of Richmond and Sylvia Schmitz of St. Anthony; brother, Linus (Margie) Schmitz of St. Louis Park; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Hedwig and Teckla; and by brothers: Clement, Isidore, Cyril, and Norbert. Funeral arrangements are entrused to Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.
June Bolstad, 93, Paynesville
June Bolstad (nee ina LaJune Hurd), 93, of Paynesville, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 27, 2017, with her children at her side. A memorial service is scheduled for Sunday, April 9, at the R.O.S.E. Center in Paynesville. Visitation will begin at 1:30 p.m., with a celebration of June�s life at 2 p.m. Pastor Anne Fischhaber will officiate. A private family interment will precede the service. Though personal and official accounts differ on the exact date, June was born to Carl and Alta Hurd in April 1923, in Eden Valley. She grew up alternately in the city of St. Cloud and on the family farm located between Eden Valley and Paynesville, occasionally living with relatives between moves, as everyone made do during the depression. June spoke with graciousness and mirth about the challenges they faced and the sacrifices made on her behalf. On Sept. 6, 1942, June married John Bolstad Jr., with whom she spent the next 62 years. Together they traveled the world from Guatamala to Japan and from Norway to Morocco, gathering fascinating stories and building a deep appreciation of other cultures. Her most treasured adventure was a trip to the country of her roots, Ireland. A woman of generosity and style, June maintained an engagement with the community throughout her life. Her unique flair will be sorely missed. She was preceded in death by her husband, John, and her sister, Orpha. She is survived by her three children � Laurie, Tom, and Cindy � and their families including six grandchildren. Memorials are preferred to the ROSE Center in Paynesville, in lieu of flowers.