Complete obituaries can be found in the Paynesville Press each week.
Ruth Hoskins, 91, Paynesville
Ruth I. Hoskins, 91, of Paynesville, died on Sunday, April 15, 2018. Services will be held at a later date.
Mary G. Stang, 90, formerly of Lake Henry, passed away on Sunday, April 22, 2018, at the Mother of Mercy Nursing Home in Albany. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 27, at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry.Reverend Glenn Krystosek will officiate. Burial will take place in the St. Margaret's Parish Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 26 and one hour prior to services on Friday, both at St. Margaret's Catholic Church. A rosary will be prayed at 4 p.m. on Thursday at the church. Mary was born on Feb. 6, 1928, on a farm by St. Joseph, to Frank and Anna (Horsch) Glatzel. She graduated from St. Ben's High School. She went on to attend St. Ben's College, and received an associate degree in education from St. Cloud Teacher's College. Mary taught grade school at the one room country school located near Kramer Lake, in St. Joseph Township. She married Louis Stang on June 5, 1950, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in St. Joseph. They began farming in 1955 and moved to their farm in Lake Henry Township in 1962. Mary enjoyed being outdoors and doing the daily tasks of farming. She treasured her family above all. She also liked photography, poetry, singing, gardening, planting flowers around the yard, fishing, embroidery, and praying the rosary. Mary is survived by her children: Ruth (Charles) Schultz of Clearwater, Charles of Lake Henry, Roger of Lake Henry, Paul Stang of Lake Henry, Michelle (Roger) Watkins of Madison, Wis., Virginia (Vern) Scherping of Swanville, Donna Bradford of Zealand, Mich., Evelyn (Ronald) Nietfeld of St. Michael, Earl (Anne) Stang of Paynesville, and Sonia (Donald) Dickerson of Roseville; 31 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and her brother, Leo (Theresa) Glatzel of St. Joseph. Preceding Mary in death were her parents; husband, Louis (2008); daughter, Marcia (1963); one infant son; and her siblings: John (Dorothy) Glatzel, Rose (Anthony) Gornik, and Margaret (LeRoy) Raupp. The family would like thank Mother of Mercy Campus care staff for their wonderful care of Mary during the past few years. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to Alzheimer's Research.
Bernard L. 'Bennie' Mayer, 82, of Paynesville, died on Friday, April 20, 2018, at Meeker Manor in Litchfield. A gathering of friends and family will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, at Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Harry L. Schuelke, 90, of Paynesville, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 12, 2018, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville. Mass of Christian Burial celebrating his life was held on Tuesday, April 17, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Reverend Glenn Krystosek officiated. Entombment was in St. Louis Parish Mausoleum. Harry was born on Sept. 24, 1927, in Bellingham, Minn., to Theodore and Frieda (Zuther) Schuelke. He graduated from Bellingham High School. He went on to St. Cloud State University and graduated with a bachelor of science degree and a master of science degree in business and industrial education. He moved to Paynesville in September 1948 and was the business and office instructor at Paynesville High School, where he remained for 35 years. He married Winnie Nehring, of Paynesville, on June 7, 1951. In 1953, their daughter, Kathleen was born. Harry served as a part-time vocational and adult education director from 1971 to 1975. He organized the Paynesville Area Vocational Center with Belgrade, Brooten, and Paynesville, which later became the Bonanza Valley Cooperative Center. He was a yearbook advisor for 21 years, charter advisor for both DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) and MOEA (Minnesota Office of Education Association), president of the Paynesville Education Association, and president of the Central Minnesota Business Educators. He was also a member of Minnesota Vocational Association, Minnesota Education Association, National Education Association, and the Retired Educators Association of Minnesota. Harry was a charter member of the Paynesville Knights of Columbus when it was organized in 1954, and served as editor of the monthly newsletters for 25 years. He served as an usher at St. Louis Catholic Church for 56 years, 40 of which he was head usher (1959-1999), and funeral usher thereafter until 2009. He was a member of the Paynesville Lions Club for 46 years, serving as president, secretary and treasurer at various times. He received the Melvin Jones Fellow Award in 1996. He served as city and school district election judge, and co-chairman of the American Cancer Society Card Cancerama for 15 years. He also assisted when needed at the Community Service Center. Harry enjoyed writing tractor magazine articles and became an honorary member of the J.I. Case Heritage Foundation for articles submitted regarding the Case VC tractor. Harry was an avid snowmobiler for 43 years and served as club treasurer for several years. He became an honorary member of the Paynesville Chamber of Commerce after serving as secretary and treasurer. Other lifetime memberships include: the Knights of Columbus, Future Farmers of America, Minnesota Office of Education Association, Minnesota Business Educators, and St. Cloud State University Alumni Association. Harry and Winnie enjoyed going to old time dances every weekend. They also enjoyed trips to NASCAR races, six fishing trips to Red Indian Lodge in Canada, eight trips to Branson, and a trip to Hawaii on their 25th wedding anniversary. After retirement they went to Arizona, South Padre, Florida, Key West – but only for a month as snowmobiling and ice fishing beckoned him back to Minnesota. He enjoyed spending time at the Koronis cabin – fishing, boating, and maintaining the property. He kept busy building projects (such as five additions to the house), tending the flower gardens and lawns, and driving the Corvair convertible in parades. He and his wife, Winnie, were selected as the grand marshals of the 1983 Paynesville Town and Country Days. Harry also took pleasure in attending class reunions, visiting with former students when having coffee at local restaurants (or wherever they met), weekly visits with the homebound and those in nursing homes, and he especially enjoyed old time dancing whenever possible. He was preceded in death by his wife, Winnie, on March 7, 2013, three months short of their 63rd anniversary; daughter, Kathleen Herzberg in 2000; sister, Sophia Burns; and brother, Norman. Harry is survived by his son-in-law, Neil (Patty) Herzberg of Paynesville; and five nieces and nephews. Memorials are preferred to the CentraCare Health Foundation in Paynesville. A heartfelt thank you to all who provided care over the last several months. Arrangements are with Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville.
Donna Mae Vadner, 82, of Paynesville, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 8, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville. Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 14, at the Eden Valley Church of God. Burial took place in the old Eden Lake Cemetery in Eden Valley. Donna was born on Nov. 23, 1935, in Eden Valley, to Henry and Luella (Driver) Lehnen. She married Russell Vadner on Sept. 23, 1955, in Glenwood, Minn. She worked as a nurse's aide at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Litchfield for many years. She enjoyed fishing – especially spear fishing, as well as playing cards and bingo. Donna is survived by her sons: Lester, Bruce (Jeannie), and Abraham, all of Paynesville; three grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and sister, Irene (Jerry) Diedrich of St. Cloud. Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Russell; son, Charles "Tuna"; brother, Eugene; and sisters, Ione Lehnen and Betty Kilanowski.
Bernice F. Busse, 87, of Paynesville, passed away on Sunday, April 15, 2018, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 20, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Burial will take place in the Paynesville Cemetery. Visitation will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville, and one hour prior to services at the Grace United Methodist Church on Friday. Bernice was born on Oct. 26, 1930, in Paynesville Township (Stearns County), to Herman and Anna (Kelm) Schultz. She was baptized at Ebenezer Evangelical Church in rural Paynesville. She was a member of the Ebenezer Church. She attended grade school at several different schools. She graduated grade school at District 77 and graduated from Eden Valley High School in 1948. She attended St. Cloud State College from 1948 to 1949. She worked as a cook and waitress at Mike's Cafe in Paynesville. She also worked at the Taystee Bakery in St. Paul while living with her brother, Melvin and family. Bernice and Arnold Busse were married on Sept. 16, 1950, at the Grace United Methodist Parsonage in Paynesville. To this union a son, Robert, and a daughter, Fern, were born. They made their living on a farm east of Paynesville. She loved being a homemaker, working in the kitchen, making bread, doughnuts and goodies, which she shared with relatives and friends. Bernice's pride and joy was her family. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Bernice is survived by her husband, Arnold of Paynesville; son, Robert (Ellen) Busse of Eagan; daughter, Fern (Karen Trout) Busse of Detroit Lakes; grandchildren: Angela Escobar of Eagan, Karl Busse (fiancé Crystal) of Baldwin, Wis., Jennifer (Zack) Kahmeyer of Eagan, Roger Busse of Eagan, and Jacob Trout of Detroit Lakes; great-grandson, Gustavo Escobar; and brother, Ellsworth (Kathy) Schultz of Paynesville. Preceding her in death were her parents; grandson, Kurt Busse (1995); brothers: Melvin, Myron, Orville, and LeRoy Schultz; sisters: Idella Tritabaugh, Rosemond Schultz, Beatrice Flanders, Marella Hickman, LuVerna Tysdal, Dorothy Nehring, and Joyce Spaulding; nephew, Eldon Tritabaugh; and nieces: Kim Spaulding, Beverly Voss, and Barbara Schoenherr.
Mr. Robert Dean Johnson, 87, of Paynesville, passed away on Thursday, April 5, 2018, at 12:31 a.m. A visitation will be held on Saturday, April 21, at 12 noon, at the Eden Valley Church of God (553 Maple Street, Eden Valley). Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m., at the church. A social will be held afterwards, and interment will be at the Eden Valley Cemetery. Bob was born to his parents, Roy and Emma Johnson, on Feb. 17, 1931, in Hector, Minn. He grew up as a middle child of five siblings: Frank Johnson, Vivian (Drabenstott), David, and Dale. In 1951, he married Barbara Jean Coulter of Eden Valley. Bob is survived by his children: Bradley, Jennifer (John), and Rodd (Molly); and grandchildren: Christian, Marin, Gretchen (Drew), Elliot, Nathan (Paige), Isaac (Shelby), Nicholas, and Nate.
Clarence Arnold Bertram, 94, of Spring Hill, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Monday, April 9, 2018, at the St. Benedict's Center in St. Cloud, Minn. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 13, at Saint Michael's Catholic Church in Spring Hill. Rev. Marvin Enneking will be officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 12 and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday at the church in Spring Hill. Catholic United Financial, Knights of Columbus, and St. Michael's Men's Society will pray at 6 p.m. Thursday evening at the church. Clarence was born on Feb. 12, 1924, in Spring Hill, to Joseph and Katherine (Hemmesch) Bertram. He was united in marriage to Viola Gruber on June 15, 1948, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Belgrade. They farmed in Spring Hill their entire life and raised four children. Clarence and Viola were members of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Spring Hill, a church his dad, Joe, helped build. Clarence joined the Knights of Columbus in 1966. He held all offices including Grand Knight in 1977 through 1978, was a 3rd and 4th degree member, and was a member of the honor guard. He was a member of Catholic United Financial and the St. Michael's Men's Society. He served in the ASCS County Committee for many years and served under President Clinton on the State ASCS committee for eight years. Clarence served as Secretary of AMPI for many years and served on the Stearns County Variance Board as well. Clarence enjoyed farming with his beloved wife, Viola, his whole life. He also enjoyed taking trips to Branson, Hawaii, and Florida. He was an avid bowler and bowled into his 80's. Clarence loved riding the Gator with his wife by his side – driving over his 400 acres. Clarence was very devoted to his church, his family, and his land he so proudly farmed. Survivors include his children: Corrine (Gary P.) Lieser of Spring Hill, Judi (Larry) Jansen of Sauk Centre, Joe L. (Sue) Bertram, Sr. of Spring Hill, and Jeff (Marlene) Bertram of Paynesville; 20 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Ann Hinnenkamp of Sauk Centre and Catherine Lieser of Plymouth. Clarence was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Viola Bertram, on Sept. 29, 2012; parents; sisters: Mary Lieser, Loretta Lieser, Aurelia Sunderman, and an infant sister, Theresa; and brothers: Leo, Nick, and Al Bertram. The family of Clarence Bertram would like to say a special thank you to all of the caregivers who took care of our dad during his journey. Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral and Cremation Services of Melrose.
Leora C. Lesser (Lieser), 78, of Plymouth, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, April 16, at 11 a.m., at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church, in Plymouth. Reception will follow the Mass. Visitation will be on Friday, April 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. at David Lee Funeral Home in Wayzata and on Monday, April 16, at 10 a.m., at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church. Leora had a long, courageous battle with chronic pain and dementia. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Leora was fun-loving, hard working, and had a beautiful smile. She was an expert seamstress who touched many with her talent. She owned and operated "Lea's Fine Art of Needle and Thread." She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Eugene; sons: Harvey (Bonnie), Roger (Lisa), and Dennis (Alicia); daughter, Joan (Bill); 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She is also survived by her brothers, Alverius and Paul (Judy); sisters, Genevieve (Vernon) and Leona; and sister in-law, Marlene. She was preceded in death by her parents, Aloys and Agatha Lieser of Lake Henry, Minn.; brothers, Werner (Wallie) and Alvin; brother-in-law, Jim; sister-in-law, Alma; and nephews, Chad Lieser and David Plemel. Memorial donations in memory of Leora may be made to: St. Mary of the Lake Prism (Plymouth).
Norbert Frank Duscher, 77, of Breezy Point, passed away on Saturday, March 31, 2018. Services were held on Friday, April 6, at Brenny Funeral Chapel in Pequot Lakes. Norbert was born on Aug. 27, 1940, in Georgeville, Minn. He was the son of Edward and Florence (Whealey) Duscher. Following his graduation from high school, Norbert enlisted and served in the United States Air Force from 1959 to 1963. In 1965, Norbert was united in marriage to Jane Niemela. For 30 years, he dedicated his working career to UPS. He was a lifetime member of American Legion Post #49. He enjoyed splitting wood, being the "anchorman" of bowling, playing softball, and operating a hobby farm. He will be missed by his wife of 53 years, Jane; children: David (Diane) Duscher of La Vista, Neb., Laura (Jim) Tucker of Breezy Point, Richard Duscher of Waite Park, Jonathan (Janet) Duscher of Brighton, Mo., Edward Duscher of Brainerd, and Jennifer (David) Arms of Baxter; grandchildren: Shawn, Joey, Luke, Sebastian, Samantha, and Austin; siblings: Pat (Linda) Duscher of Hawick, Pete (Judith) Duscher of Arkansas, and Maria Duscher of Atwater; and special family friend, Colleen Stevens. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Florence; siblings: Edward, Phillip, Robert, Timothy, and John; and his niece and nephew, Denise and Kevin Duscher.
Benjamin Joseph Knisley, 34, of Belgrade, died on Friday, April 6, 2018, at Koronis Manor in Paynesville. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, April 10, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial was in Colfax Cemetery near New London. Benjamin was born on July 5, 1983, in Paynesville. He was the son of Gerald A. and Debra (Matson) Knisley. He grew up in Paynesville and attended Paynesville High School, graduating in 2002. He made his home in Belgrade and worked for Nelson Plastics in Paynesville until 2008, due to health issues. Ben was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church. He enjoyed trapping, camping, being outdoors, and hunting – especially muzzle loading. He was very proud of his trophy buck in 2008. He is survived by his father, Gerald (Michele) Knisley of Paynesville; and siblings, Quinn (Kristine) Knisley of Richmond and Tessa (Brent) Christenson of Paynesville. Ben was preceded in death by his mother, Debra; and maternal and paternal grandparents. Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville.
Verena Mary Uphus, 91, of Belgrade, died on Good Friday, March 30, 2018, at CentraCare Health–Sauk Centre Nursing Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 7, at St. Francis deSales Catholic Church in Belgrade. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. prior to the Mass at the church. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Casket bearers will be Don Leukam, Joe Leukam, John Leukam, Kevin Rieland, Bruce Funk, and Rick Kleinschmidt. Honorary casket bearers will be the Christian Mothers and all of Verena's friends and neighbors. Cross bearer will be Jan Funk. Scripture bearer will be Gail Hiedeman. Gift bearers will be Sharon Kleinschmidt, Sharon Rademacher, and Theresa Kortan. Verena was born on June 18, 1926, in Grove Township, Stearns County, to Joseph and Elizabeth (Berling) Leukam. She grew up on her parents' farm east of Meire Grove. She attended school in Meire Grove. She was united in marriage to Edward Uphus on Sept. 9, 1947, at St. John's Catholic Church in Meire Grove. Verena and Ed lived in Greenwald and Lake Henry, then moved to Minneapolis in 1962. In 1974, they began farming east of Belgrade, and in 1991, retired and moved into town. In addition to being a housewife and working on the farm, Verena baby-sat and cleaned houses while living in Minneapolis, and did bookkeeping for Ed's McNess business. Verena and Ed loved to travel, and they took many trips together. Verena was a member of St. Francis deSales Church in Belgrade, Christian Mothers, the Catholic Aid Association, and Belgrade Senior Citizens. She enjoyed coffee, playing cards with her friends, visits from family and friends, watching television, and spending time with her cat, Mittens. Verena is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Fritz and Marilyn Uphus; sisters-in-law, Viola Leukam and Irene Leukam; many nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward, on Feb. 13, 2006; parents, Joseph and Elizabeth Leukam; infant daughter; brothers: Leo, Albert, Dillo, and Aloys Leukam; sister, Cecelia Rieland; brother-in-law, Norbert Rieland; and sisters-in-law, Evelyn, Leora, and Monica Leukam.
Isabelle Callais, 91, of Cold Spring, died peacefully on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at Savanna Prairie in Kimball, surrounded by family. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12 noon, on Thursday, April 5, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring. Inurnment will be in the parish cemetery. A gathering of family and friends will be from 10 a.m. until 12 noon on Thursday at the St. Boniface Church narthex. Isabelle was born in Clear Lake, Minn., to Henry and Clara (Neft) Hilsgen. She married James Callais on April 23, 1954, in St. Paul.They were blessed with five children. She was a homemaker and involved in the family farming operation located in the Lake Henry area for 25 years, before moving to Cold Spring. Isabelle was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church and Christian Women. She had a great love for the river and outdoors. She participated in numerous activities including biking, kayaking, and skiing. She is survived by her children: Dianne Gondringer of Cold Spring, Theresa (Jim) Sonne of Atlanta, Ga., Cyrus (Stephanie) Callais of Rochester, Minn., and LeRoy (Dianna) Callais of Richmond; brothers and sisters: Phyllis (Tom) LaTour, Marion Hommerding, Caroline (Leo) Wienke, Olive Guck, Dennis (Ella) Hilsgen, and Henry (Toni) Hilsgen; sisters-in-law, Vicky Callais and Mabel Callais; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Callais; son, Michael Callais; and six brothers.
O'Dean John Holstad, 51, of Paynesville, formerly of Spokane, Wash., died on Sunday, March 25, 2018, at the St. Cloud Hospital. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, April 3, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial was at the church cemetery. O'Dean was born on May 13, 1966, in Paynesville. He was the son of Alfred and Suzanne (Winter) Holstad. He grew up in Paynesville and graduated from Paynesville High School with the Class Of 1984. After high school, O'Dean attended Moorhead State University before enlisting in the United States Air Force. On March 13, 1988, O'Dean was united in marriage to Brenda Noble, in Spokane, Wash. where they made their home. They raised two sons, Andrew and Nathan, and a granddaughter, Brooklynn, for four years. After 21 years, O'Dean retired from the Air Force. In 2013, Brenda died. They shared in 25 years of marriage before her death. After Brenda passed away, O'Dean moved back to Paynesville to help his sisters take care of his father. While in Spokane, O'Dean enjoyed taking part in Hoop Fest, golfing, playing basketball, and watching sports and NCIS on television. In the short time he was back in Paynesville, he enjoyed hunting and fishing with his brothers-in-law. He is survived by his sons, Andrew and Nathan of Spokane; granddaughter, Brooklyn; father, Alfred of Paynesville; sisters, Sheila (Paul) Shepherd of Paynesville, Lisa (Jim) Winkels of Albany, and Kim (Terry) Johnson of Paynesville; and many nieces and nephews. O'Dean was preceded in death by his mother, Suzanne; wife, Brenda; daughter, Courtney; and mother-in-law, LaDonna Noble.
Gregory John Savage, 58, of Paynesville, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 26, 2018, at his home, while holding his children's hands and looking out at the lake as he arrived to the gates of heaven. Greg is now at peace following his battle with cancer. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Greg was born on Aug. 6, 1959, in Minneapolis, to Daniel W. Savage and Mary Judy (Lehman) Savage. He was known for his faith and love of 'the Man upstairs.' He had a deep compassion for others, a gentle heart, and a strong zest for life. He loved being outside with his friends and family, golfing, or boating. He enjoyed the art of cooking, pottery making, and was intrigued with the latest gadgets or anything that was handheld controllable. Like a true Minnesotan, he loved his Minnesota sports teams and always hoped for a 'miracle' as he cheered them on. His daughter Jamie will always remember her 'pops' as a genuine, kind-hearted father, who loved her and her family dearly. Jamie and Brad's children, Payton (5), Trinity (3), and Malachi (2), will always know that grandpa loved them to the moon and back. His son Tony will remember his father for the love he gave to his family, and being his mentor and best friend. Tony's children, Hailey (11), Dominic (10), Carter (10), and his wife Laura, will remember his strong values and genuine guidance throughout their lives, and that the 'golden rule' is to always do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Greg wanted his family and friends to know how much he loved and appreciated them. He is survived by his mother, Mary Judy (Lehman) Savage; brothers: Steven (Leanne), David (Suzanne), Jeffrey (Debbie), and Brian (Alycia); sisters, Cheryl (Dale) Sulander and Patricia (Joseph) Weiss; children, Jamie (Brad) Anderson and Tony (Laura) Savage; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Daniel. "We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28 In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the MDS Foundation at www.mds-foundation.org.
Gloria Ann Scheel, 80, of Paynesville, died on Thursday, March 22, 2018. A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 31, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Gloria was born on April, 22, 1937, in rural Paynesville. She was the daughter of William and Fern (Heitke) Krupke. She lived on a farm north of Paynesville with her parents, while attending grade school at District #139. In 1954, the family moved into Paynesville, where she graduated from high school. Gloria was a member of Salem Church until it closed, and taught Sunday school, bible school, and put on programs at Christmas time. She was also a member of the Ladies Aid, and later an active member of the United Methodist Women at Grace United Methodist Church. In 1959, she was united in marriage to Willie Scheel. Together they raised his three sons. The family lived in Paynesville where they ran the S&S Drive In, which in 1970 became the Black Saucer Hotel and Apartments. They volunteered for Meals on Wheels in Paynesville and together delivered over 16,000 meals. In 1999, they semi-retired and developed the Wilglo Acres addition, located west of the Highway 23 bypass. They shared in 58 years of marriage before their deaths. Gloria is survived by her step-sons: Ted of Denver, Colo., Leon (Linda) of Ft. Lupton, Colo., and Gary of Belgrade; step-grandchildren; and step-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Paulette (Dan) Renwick; step-mother, Ann Krupke; half-brother, Brady Krupke; brother-in-law, Jim Jones; and nieces and nephews. Gloria was preceded in death by her parents; step-daughter-in-law, Jean; sister, Peggy; and half-brother, Darrell Krupke.
Wilbert 'Willie' Alvin Scheel, 93, of Paynesville, died on Thursday, March 22, 2018. A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 31, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Wilbert was born on Oct. 24, 1924, on a farm near Rice, Minn. He was the son of August and Elsie (Stavrum) Scheel. He was raised on the farm until he was 19 and then volunteered for the United States Navy. He served his country honorably and was discharged. After his service, Willie started a traveling roller rink and bought and sold property. Willie enjoyed traveling, including making it to all 50 states, Mexico, Canada, Jamaica, South America, Grand Cayman, France, Italy, Switzerland, Holland, Costa Rica, and Guatemala. He also enjoyed downhill skiing, playing ping pong, and driving school bus for the Paynesville Area School for 17 years. One thing he was very proud of was escorting royalty in his 'pink' Cadillacs for 32 years. Willie was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. In 1959, he was united in marriage to Gloria. Together they raised his three sons. The family lived in Paynesville where they ran the S&S Drive In, which in 1970 became the Black Saucer Hotel and Apartments. They volunteered for Meals on Wheels in Paynesville and together delivered over 16,000 meals. In 1999, they semi-retired and developed the Wilglo Acres addition, located west of the Highway 23 bypass. They shared in 58 years of marriage before their deaths. Willie is survived by his sons: Ted of Denver, Colo., Leon (Linda) of Ft. Lupton, Colo., and Gary of Belgrade; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters, Marion Ketcham and Fern (Verne) Hansen; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter-in-law, Jean; sister, Emma Bennett; and brothers-in-law, Duane Bennett and George Ketcham.