April 2002 Obituaries
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from The Paynesville Press
April 2002

Johnson Funeral Home Gertrude Jacobson
Gertrude Jacobson Gertrude C. Jacobson, 94, of Paynesville, died on Thursday, April 25, 2002, at the Paynesville Good Samaritan Care Center.

Services were on Monday, April 29, at 11 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Rev. Richard Leisen officiated. Burial was in the Church of Our Lady Parish Cemetery in Manannah.

Gertrude was born on Oct. 12, 1907, in Lester Prairie, Minn., to John and Eva (Seth) Gazin. She married Oluf Jacobson on Sept. 23, 1930, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. The couple farmed in Union Grove Township, Meeker County, from 1932 until they moved to Paynesville in 1981. She has been a resident of the Paynesville Good Samaritan Care Center since 1995. She was a member of St. Louis Parish.

Survivors include her sons, John (special friend Etta) of Richmond, and Gordon (Rosemary) of Waverly; a daughter, Elizabeth (Jerry) Abeln of Anoka; 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband on Oct. 26, 1992; two grandchildren; two great-great-grandsons; one sister, Isabelle Johnson; and one brother, Francis.

Harold Eisenbacher
Harold T. Eisenbacher, 60, of Spicer, died on Thursday, April 18, 2002, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.

Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 24, at the Church of Our Lady in Manannah. Father Francis Garvey officiated. Interment was in Our Lady of Manannah Cemetery.

Harold Thomas Eisenbacher was born April 14, 1942, in St. James, Minn., to George and Florence (Poss) Eisenbacher. He attended school in Atwater and worked and lived with the Mensing family on the farm from 1956 to 1960. He received his G.E.D. in the early 1960s. He also took classes from a drafting correspondence school and received a degree in 1998.

Harold enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1960 and was discharged in 1966. He served on the eastern seaboard and in Iceland. While on the reserves for the Navy, he worked in Hawick for the blacksmith shop where he learned blacksmithing.

Harold married Paulette Ann Brown on Oct. 5, 1963, at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Eden Valley. Together they lived in Manannah where he worked for Mill Fur Farm in Eden Valley as a welder and in Manannah where he had his own blacksmith shop. He also dug graves at Our Lady of Manannah Cemetery from the early 70s to the late 80s. He did hog roasts for many parties over the years.

They moved to Lake Calhoun near Spicer in 1984 where they have lived for the past 18 years. Harold worked at Towmaster Manufactur-ing in Litchfield for the last 15 years where he was a welder.

Harold's hobbies were woodworking, metalworking, fishing, hunting, and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Paulette of Spicer; two daughters, Cindy (Dean) Krug of Litchfield and Gwenn (Emilio) Garcia of Willmar; three sons, Scott (Regina) Eisenbacher of Goshen, New York, Chris (Lori) Eisenbacher of Cold Spring, and Harold II (Janelle) Eisenbacher of Lake Lillian; nine grandchildren; three brothers, Kenny of Spicer, Roger of Davenport, Iowa, and Earl of St. Regis, Montana; four sisters, Lillian Windschitl of Comfrey, Marjorie Eisenbacher of Willmar, Rita Bidwell of Spicer, and Agatha Frank of Paynesville; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Walter, Donald, and Leonard; and three sisters, Arlene, Marion, and Helen.

Louis Theis
Louis Theis Louis J. Theis, 66, of Eden Valley, died Friday, April 19, 2002, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, at Assumption Catholic Church, Eden Valley. Rev. Virgil Braun officiated and burial was in St. Peter's Cemetery, Eden Valley.

Louis was born Oct. 22, 1935, in Luxemburg Township to John and Marie (Brinker) Theis. He worked as a warehouse man and lived in California for 22 years, before retiring and moving to Eden Valley in 1993.

He was a member of Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley.

He is survived by three sons, Charles (Juanita) Theis of Eden Valley, Mark Theis of Eden Valley, and Joseph Theis of Howell, Mich.; brothers and sisters, Lucille "Blondie" Blomker of Litchfield, Elmer Theis of Eden Valley, Mary Lou Rose of Palmer, Alaska, Irene Gard of Medford, Ore., John A. Theis of Paynesville, Ronald Theis of Medford, Ore., and Judy Martinson of Eden Valley; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Bernice Mills, Katherine Berg, and Beatrice Eickoff; and brother, Franklin Theis.

Sally Tschann
Sally Tschann Sally Tschann, 92, of Paynesville, died on Sunday, April 21, 2002, at the Good Samaritan Care Center.

Funeral Services will be 11 a.m. on today (Wednesday, April 24) at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial will take place in St. Louis Parish Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4-9 p.m. on Tuesday at the Daniel Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville and one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. The Daughters of Isabella and Little Flower Mission Group will pray at 4:30 p.m. followed by Parish Prayers at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Daniel Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville made the arrangements.

Sally was born Aug. 30, 1909, in Battleview, N.D., to John and Mary (Tande) Opdahl. She married Leo Tschann on Dec. 30, 1930, in Northfield, Minn. They moved to Paynesville in 1947 when Leo purchased the Paynesville Grain and Feed Company.

She enjoyed sewing, knitting, keeping up the house, going out to eat, and keeping her family happy. She was a charter member of the Little Flower Mission Group, as well as a member of the Daughters of Isabella and St. Louis Catholic Church.

Surviving Sally are her son, Robert (Luanne) of Paynesville; two grandsons; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband Leo (1989), and brother, Oscar Opdahl.

Ardine Schmidt
Ardine A. Schmidt, 66, of Paynesville, died Thursday, April 18, 2002, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 22, at the Paynesville Evangelical Free Church. Rev. Rich Hubert officiated. Interment was in the East Irving Mission Cemetery, rural Paynes-ville.

Ardine Adelyn Albrecht was born May 26, 1935, in Paynesville, the daughter of Edward and Alvina (Knebel) Albrecht. She grew up on the family farm near Paynesville and attended District 43 School.

On July 21, 1956, she married Roger Edwardson. Following their marriage, they farmed near Willmar. Roger died in 1959. From 1959 to 1963, Ardine lived in Litchfield where she atttended nursing school and received her L.P.N. certification.

On April 30, 1963, she married David Schmidt in Litchfield. Following their marriage, they moved to Paynesville where they farmed.

For more than 40 years, Ardine worked as an L.P.N. During this time she worked at the Meeker County Memorial Hospital in Litchfield, and the Koronis Manor and Good Samaritan Care Center in Paynesville. She retired in 1998.

Ardine was a member of the Paynesville Evangelical Free Church, where she was active with the women's group and served as a Sunday school teacher and played the piano. She enjoyed crocheting and working outside doing gardening and lawn work.

Ardine is survived by her husband, David of Paynesville; three sons, Dean (Dawn) of Paynesville, William (Kris) of Fort Riley, Kansas, and Gary (Toni) of Paynesville; a daughter, Lori (Jim) Fritz of Long Prairie; seven grandchildren; three brothers, Ermin (Clarice) Albrecht of Paynesville, Kenneth (Katie) Albrecht of Paynesville, and LeRoy (Char) Albrecht of Buffalo; and two sisters, Janice (Alec) Olson of Spicer and Doris (Ralph) Schmidt of Longville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Roger Edwardson; and brother, Orlin Albrecht.

Lewis Anderson
Lewis E. Anderson, 84, of Arlington, Virginia, and Lake Koronis, died on March 27, 2002, at the Virginia Hospital Center of Alzheimer's disease.

He was born in Litchfield on July 11, 1917, to Emmanuel and Hilda (Johnson) Anderson. He graduated from Litchfield High School and attended Macalester College.

Lewis served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was discharged Aug. 30, 1946. He was employed by the Corps of Engineers and the Army Material Command until 1976. He did consulting work for a number of companies. His work with the government and as a consultant made him a world traveler.

He especially enjoyed his time spent as a game and talent scout for the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting from his home on Lake Koronis.

Lewis is survived by his wife, Jackie; sister, Irene (Ernest) Clark of Plymouth, Minn.; brothers, James (Henrietta) of Litchfield and Elwin (Betty Lou) of Seattle, Wash.; and many nieces and nephews.

Leo Miller
Leo Miller Leo (Lee) B. Miller, 80, of Annandale, died on Wednesday, April 10, 2002, at the Veteran's Administration Medical Center, St. Cloud.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, 2002, at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Annandale. Rev. Stan Kozlak officiated. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Annandale.

Leo was born Feb. 28, 1922, in Breckenridge and was a resident of the St. Cloud Children's Home for his first 2+ years when he was adopted by Elmer and Thecla (Barthel) Miller of Paynesville. He graduated from Paynesville High School and Dunwoody Institute, Minneapolis. He married Doris E. Weidner on Sept. 26, 1942, in Minneapolis.

Leo was inducted into the U.S. Army on Feb. 19, 1943, and served as a staff sergeant in the 273rd Field Artillery Battalion of General George Patton's Third Army. He was injured in the Battle of the Bulge and was discharged on Aug. 16, 1946. He was awarded two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star.

A graduate of Elgin Watchmaker's College, he and Doris owned and operated Miller's Jewelry in Annandale for 30 years. He was a member of St. Ignatius Church, served as the first Grand Knight of the Father O'Brien's Council of the Knights of Columbus, commander of the Annandale VFW, president of the Annandale Area Chamber of Commerce, member of the Disabled American Veteran's, charter member of the Annandale Lion's Club, and was a board member of the Kimball Golf Club.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Doris of Annandale; eight children and their spouses, Sharon of Plymouth, Linda (Jeff) Schultz of Shawville, Quebec, Canada, Jeffrey (Mary Jane), Gary (Kim), Mark (Laurel), David, Bradley (Lisa), all of Annandale, and Jonathan (Laura) of Monticello; 27 grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.

Two grandsons preceded him in death.

Phyllis Anderson
Phyllis Anderson, 75, of Paynesville, died Thursday, April 4, 2002, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

The funeral service was at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 8, at Nordland Lutheran Church, rural Paynes-ville. Rev. Keith Ainsley officiated. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Phyllis Jean Haagenson was born Aug. 20, 1926, in Paynesville. She was the daughter of Melvin and Nellie (Olson) Haagenson. Phyllis grew up on the family farm near Paynesville and attended school at District 24.

On Aug. 16, 1950, she married Raymond Anderson in Minneapolis. Following their marriage, they lived in Minneapolis for several years. In 1959, they returned to Paynesville where they farmed. For the past five years they have lived in Paynesville.

Phyllis was a member of Nordland Lutheran Church, where she was baptized and confirmed.

She is survived by her husband, Raymond of Paynesville; sons, Ronald (Sandra) Anderson of Blue River, Wis., and Randy (Valerie) Anderson of Lakeville, Minn.; a daughter, Linda (Wayne) Aspenson of Wauzeka, Wis.; 11 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; brothers, Russell (Ruby) Haagenson of Fergus Falls, Kenneth (Barbara) Haagenson of Plymouth, Jerry (Beverly) Haagenson of Minneapolis, Raymond (Emilie) Haagenson of Plymouth, and Glenn (Linda) Haagenson of Eugene, Ore.; and sisters, Clarice (Warren) Rud of Fergus Falls, and Marjorie (Dennis) Anderson of Golden Valley.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Katherine Dugan
Katherine Dugan Katherine E. Dugan, 87, of Boulder, Colo., died on Tuesday, April 2, 2002, in Boulder.

A memorial service was held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 6, at the Friends Meeting House in Boulder.

Kay was born on Feb. 9, 1915, in Park River, N.D., to Dr. Nels and Millie Sandven. She grew up in Paynesville and graduated from Paynesville High School. She attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, where she completed a bachelor of arts degree in dietetics. She worked as a dietician at Syracuse Memorial Hospital, Syracuse, N.Y., and at Abbott Hospital in Minneapolis.

She married James Dugan on Oct. 5, 1940, in Paynesville. The family moved to Boulder, Colo., in 1946 where they have made their home since.

Kay enjoyed the outdoors, backpacking, hiking, and cross-country skiing. She also had a passion for cooking.

She is survived by her husband, Jim; a son, Thomas (Karen) Dugan of Boulder; a daughter, Ann (Patrick) Stacy; two granddaughters; a nephew and niece; and many other friends and relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Neil Sandven.

Gea Stanger
Gea Stanger, 28, of Mankato, died Monday, April 1, 2002, after a short illness.

A memorial service was held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, at the Centennial Student Union, Mankato State University.

She is survived by her mother, Gwen (Boyd) Thomas of Prior Lake; a sister, Jennifer (Peter) Lebens; grandmothers, Judith Cromwell of Paynesville and Amanda Allen; a niece; and other relatives and friends.

Bena Lanning
Bena Lanning Bena (Ruter) Lanning died on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2002, at the Koronis Manor.

The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 6, at First Lutheran Church, Renville, Minn. Rev. Gerald Giese officiated. Interment was in Fairview Cemetery, Renville.

Bena was born March 7, 1911, in Sacred Heart Township, Renville County, to Weike (DeVries) and Lucas Ruter. She was baptized Nov. 4, 1911, at Ebenezer Presbyterian Church, Renville. She attended country school in Sacred Heart Township and in Crooks Township. She worked as a hired girl until she married Harry Lanning on April 27, 1932, at First Lutheran, Renville. They were farmers.

She moved to an apartment in Paynesville in July 2000, and entered the Good Samaritan Care Center in September 2000, after a heart attack. On March 20, 2002, she became a resident of Koronis Manor.

She was a member of First Lutheran for 70 years. Bena enjoyed baking, embroidery, sewing, and cards.

She is survived by her daughter, Arlene (Rev. James) McCalmant of Paynesville; a son, Jerome (Norma) Lanning of Minneapolis; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; siblings, Henry Ruter of Sauk Centre, Ella Guyer of Las Vegas, Nev., Ann Knutson of South St. Paul, John Ruter of St. Cloud, George (Loretta) Ruter and Claus of Belgrade, Jeanette of Olivia, and Vivian of Spicer.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband in 1995; and siblings, Fannie, Martin, Thomas, and Eddie.

Clarence Sand
Clarence Sand Clarence J. Sand, 79, of Paynesville, died on Tuesday, April 2, 2002, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Funeral Services will be 11 a.m. on Friday, April 5, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Fr. Richard Leisen will officiate. Burial will take place in the St. Louis Parish Cemetery with full military honors.

Friends may call from 4-9 p.m. on Thursday at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. A Veteran Prayer Service will be held at 7 p.m. followed by Parish Prayers at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home on Thursday.

Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville made the arrangements.

Clarence was born Feb. 1, 1923, in New Munich, Minn., to Peter and Elizabeth (Thull) Sand. He served in the U.S. Army in WWII from 1944-1946.

After being honorably discharged, he enrolled at the Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis. He graduated with a masters in mechanics. He worked at the New Munich Garage until 1954 when he married Shirley Eckberg on May 6, 1954. He worked for Vern Johnson Motors in Paynesville for 20 years. He worked for Loren Meyer for five years and then ran a gas station in Sauk Rapids for three years. He semi-retired and ran Saukinac Campground until he fully retired.

Clarence loved fishing and woodworking. He was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church, the VFW Post 2853 in Sauk Centre and the American Legion Post 271 in Paynesville.

Surviving Clarence are his wife Shirley; three daughters, Susan (Scott) Mertesdorf, Sandra (Dennis) Stanger, and Shelly (Richard) Lecher; four grandchildren; brothers, Alcuin, Romuald, Levinus, and Severin Sand; and sisters, Marcella Fichtinger and Bertilla Caspers.

Preceding him in death were his parents; son, Timothy; one sister; and two brothers.


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