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Joyce Spaulding, 73, Paynesville
Joyce Spaulding, 73, of Paynesville died on Tuesday, April 26, at her home.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 30, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the St. Louis Parish Cemetery in Paynesville.

Joyce Spaulding was born on Nov. 19, 1937, to Herman and Anna (Kelm) Schultz in Eden Lake Township.

She married Joe Spaulding on July 14, 1962, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville.

Joyce enjoyed working with people. She was a nurseŐs aide at the Paynesville Area Hospital, worked as the social director at the Good Samaritan, and found her calling when she became a volunteer coordinator for the R.O.S.E. Center in Paynesville.

Joyce is survived by her husband, Joe of Paynesville; children, Susan (Mark) Lingl of Litchfield, Steve (Jodi) of Blaine, and Kent (Naznin) of Rochester; seven grandchildren; brother, Ellsworth Schultz of Paynesville; and sister, Bernice Busse of Paynesville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Kim; brothers, Melvin, Myron, LeRoy, and Orville Schultz; and sisters, Idella Tritabaugh, Beatrice Flanders, Marella Hickman, Rosemond Schultz, Dorothy Nehring, and Laverna Tysdol.

Memorials are preferred to the R.O.S.E. Center in Paynesville.

Mary Winther, 100, Paynesville
Mary Winther, 100, of Paynesville died on Friday, April 29, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, May 28, at 2 p.m., at the Paynesville Area Center.

Mary (Lens) Winther was born on April 6, 1911, to Charles L. and Johanna M. (Kerkvliet) Lens in Lester, Iowa.

She received her schooling in Lester, Iowa, Tyler, Minn., and Green Valley, Minn. She graduated from St. Gabriel's High School in Fulda, Minn., in 1929. She then went on to attend St. Cloud Business College and received her dental assistant certification at the University of Minnesota Continuation Center.

Mary moved to Paynesville in 1931, when she began working at the Pilon Hospital.

Mary worked in the medical profession for some 40 years, working for Dr. Pilon and Dr. Sandven at the Pilon Hospital and for Dr. Conrad P. Winther at his dentistry practice.

Mary married Con Winther on June 27, 1957. They shared 26 years of marriage.

Mary is survived by many nieces, nephews, and close friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Con Winther; her parents; and all of her siblings.

Memorials are preferred to Camp Courage.

Mel Jones, 75, Hawick
Melvin P. Jones, 75, of Hawick died on Thursday, April 21, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 26, at Hawick United Methodist Church. Burial was in the Roseville Cemetery in Hawick.

Melvin Paul Jones was born on Jan. 18, 1936, to Fred A. and Helen E. (Ferrier) Jones.

He grew up in Hawick, where he attended grade school in District #1 and Paynesville High School, graduating in 1953.

On Sept. 4, 1958, Melvin entered the United States Army, where he was stationed in New Orleans and met his wife Pearl "Pat" Jackson. They married on Dec. 21, 1959, in New Orleans. To this union, two daughters and one son were born. Melvin and Pat were able to share in 51 years of marriage.

After his honorable discharge on Sept. 2, 1960, they returned to Hawick.

Melvin purchased the Paynesville Excavating business in 1975 from Harold Putzke and was currently working with his son, Brian, in the family business.

Mel is survived by his wife, Pearl "Pat;" children, Monica (Tom) Rudnick, Paula Tebben (fiance, Scott Pederson), and Brian (Kellie) Jones; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; siblings, Muretta Prokes, Margaret Schneel, Laura Bloomquist, Charlie Jones, Donnie Jones, Ruth Ann Boyer, and Emma Miller; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Larry and Keith; and his mother-in-law.

Adeline Holper, 89, Paynesville
Adeline M. Holper, 89, of Paynesville died on Friday, April 22, at her home.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 27, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 26, from 4-8 p.m. and on Wednesday after 9:30 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville.

Adeline Holper was born on Aug. 29, 1921, to Gerhard and Catherine (Jaeger) Schleper in Lake Henry.

She married Peter Holper on Aug. 28, 1945, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Their union lasted until Peter's death on Oct. 9, 2009.

Adeline lived in Paynesville all of her married life.

She was employed by the municipal liquor store in Paynesville for many years until her retirement.

Adeline is survived by her children, Linda (Tom) Mueller of Gilman, Peter (Jeannine) Holper of Foster City Calif., Timothy (Roxanna) Holper of Elgin, Catherine (Scott) Robinson of Carbondale, Colo., Robert (Kathleen) Holper of Farmington, and James (Joan) Holper of Stillwater; 17 grandchildren; sister, Mary Hagen of Lino Lakes; and a brother-in-law.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Peter; brothers and sisters, Alberta Loxtercamp, Leon Schleper, Hermina Olberding, Irene Hein, Gerald Schleper, Ernie Schleper, Charlie Schleper, and Annette Tolzman; and a granddaughter.

Dick Morelan, 83, Willmar
Richard "Dick" Morelan, 83, of Willmar and formerly of Paynesville, died on Thursday, April 21, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.

Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, April 26, at Paynesville Lutheran Church. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Dick Morelan was born on Feb. 20, 1928, to Floyd and Myrtle (Monson) Morelan in Faribault.

He grew up in Faribault, and, prior to his senior year, his family moved to West Linn, Ore., where he graduated.

He returned to Minnesota and worked at the Faribault State Hospital for eight years.

He married Margaret B. Rafdal on July 17, 1952, in Faribault.

After Margaret passed away in 1988, he met and married Kristi Dahl in 1994. They were married for 14 years.

Dick began his 27-year career as a Minnesota state trooper in 1957 and was stationed in Paynesville. During the last ten years of his career, he was the safety officer. He enjoyed teaching children about bike safety across the state with his signature sidekick "Mike the talking bike." He also penned the newsletter, "Tiptoeing Through the District with Tricky Dicky."

He was also a three-term mayor for the city of Paynesville, during which he started the local "Clean the River" program, which later led to the development of the Crow River Trail Guards.

Dick is survived by his daughters, Vaneesa (Pat) Karsch of Paynesville and Darcy (Larry) Alstead of Paynesville; two grandchildren; a step grandson; two great-grandchildren; two step great-grandsons; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Margaret; brother, Roger; and a great grandchild.

Memorials are preferred.

Ralph Schmidt, 72, Longville
Ralph Schmidt, 72, of Longville, Minn., died unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 19, while on a hunting trip with his son, Tim, and "other son," Jeff Neuman.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 23, at Salem Lutheran Church in Longville. Burial was in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls on Monday, April 25.

Ralph Reuben Schmidt was born Aug. 18, 1938, to Reuben and Marie (Schaefer) Schmidt in Paynesville.

At the age of 17, he enlisted in the National Guard and then graduated from Eden Valley High School.

Following graduation, he attended Humboldt Institute (Dunwoody) for two years in the air traffic control program.

He returned to Litchfield and worked at Harding Dry Cleaners prior to his marriage to Doris Albrecht on Feb. 25, 1961. They shared 50 years of marriage.

Ralph then continued his career with the Minnesota Army National Guard, beginning in Litchfield as a private first class, and moved up in rank.

In 1990, Ralph was transferred to Battalion Headquarters in Willmar, retiring in 1997 as a command sergeant major after 41 years of service.

During his military tenure, Ralph was stationed in Guatemala, Norway, Alaska, and multiple other bases on training and humanitarian missions.

In 1994, Ralph and Doris moved to the Longville area, where they enjoyed their retirement years on beautiful Hunter Lake.

Ralph is survived by his wife, Doris Schmidt; daughter, Deb (Tom) McCann; son, Tim (Jodi) Schmidt; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Bob Schmidt; sisters, Alice Thissen and Kathy Holtz; his Ňbonus dad,Ó Arnie Ohnstad; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Reuben and Marie; a grandson; and a nephew.

Phyllis Frauenshuh, 75, Lonsdale
Phyllis Frauenshuh, 75, of Lonsdale, died unexpectedly at her home on Tuesday, April 19.

Funeral services were held on Friday, April 22, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Northfield. Burial was in the Roselawn Cemetery in St. Paul.

Phyllis Marie Frauenshuh was born on Jan. 11, 1936, to Herbert and Winifred (Schneider) King in St. Paul.

She was baptized on the day of her birth and confirmed at St. PeterŐs Lutheran Church in St. Paul on April 2, 1950. She graduated from St. Paul Monroe High School in 1955.

On July 2, 1955, she married Ronald Frauenshuh at St. PeterŐs Lutheran Church. They shared 55 years of marriage.

After their marriage, they lived in St. Paul, where they started their family.

In 1964, they moved to Paynesville. Phyllis worked for over 14 years as a cook at the Paynesville Area Hospital and spent over 20 years doing volunteer work there.

In 2007, Phyllis and Ron moved to Lonsdale to be near their daughter and her family.

Phyllis is survived by her husband, Ronald; children, Ronald Jr. of Milbank, S.D., Sharon (Henry) Hage of Hillsborough, N.J., and Colleen (Jerome) Pompa of Lonsdale; eight grandchildren; two sisters, Carol of St. Paul and Marjorie Schmidt of St. Paul; and nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Kay Eisenbacher, 62, St. Regis, Mont.
Kathryn "Kay" Eisenbacher, 62, of St. Regis, Mont., died suddenly on Thursday, March 24, at the Mineral County Hospital of Superior.

A funeral was held on Monday, March 28, at St. Mary Queen of Heaven Catholic Mission of Superior, Mont.

There will also be a memorial service at Our Lady of Lakes Catholic Church of Spicer in July 2011.

Kay Eisenbacher was born May 1, 1948, to Mildred and Lawrence Fuchs in Willmar.

Kay graduated from Atwater High School and formerly lived near Hawick.

On May 28, 1966, she married Earl Henry Eisenbacher. They raised four children.

She attended Willmar Vo-Tech (Ridgewater College) for Cosmetology and operated her own shop, Kay's Kut n Kurl, from 1975 until her retirement.

The family moved to St. Regis, Mont., in 1983, where Kay continued her salon. She had various jobs in St. Regis throughout the years, however, being a beautician was the work she enjoyed the most.

Kay is survived by her husband, Earl; children, Dawn (Donny) Kelley of Elkland, Mont., Michelle (Jerome) Cann of Jericho, Vt., Sarah Sue (Randy) Miller of Hickory N.C., and Earl Matthew (Sara) Eisenbacher of Springfield, Mo.; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three brothers, Don "Butch" Gable of Willmar, Bob Fuchs of Pennock, and Gary Fuchs of Atwater; three sisters, Rita Broers of Clara City, Susan Lee of Winfield, Iowa, and Laurie Miller of Pennock; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Kay was preceded in death by her mother and father.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the St. Mary Queen of Heaven Catholic Mission Altar Society in Frenchtown, Mont.

Helen Ringen, 99, Paynesville
Helen Ringen, 99, of Paynesville died on Saturday, April 9, at the home of her daughter, Karen.

A family commemoration of her life is planned. Burial will be in Trinity Cemetery in Kenmare, N.D.

Helen Catherine Ringen was born to Charles and Catherine (McGillivray) Irwin on March 5, 1912, on her parents' homestead in Burke County, N.D.

She attended Bowbells, N.D. and country elementary schools. She graduated from Kenmare High School and attended Minot State Teachers College.

She taught in two rural schools and in Kenmare. Helen married Wesley Larson in 1936.

After Wesley's death in 1952, Helen worked as a doctors' office assistant in Kenmare while raising their three children and continuing her involvement in youth activities.

In 1961, she married Carl Ringen and helped raise his daughter, Pauline. Carl died in 1967.

She is survived by her sister, Ruth Reddick of Hayward, Calif.; children, Karen (Roger) Reede of Paynesville, Nancy Lund of Salisbury, N.C., and Tom Larson of Laramie, Wyo.; five grandchildren; a great-grandson; and stepdaughter, Pauline (Norbert) Neilson of Kenmare, N.D.

She was preceded in death by her husbands; sisters, Mildred Cart and Dorothy Wells; and brothers, Floyd and Howard Irwin.

Memorials are preferred to the UZone Youth Center, in care of Grace United Methodist Church of Paynesville.

Ruth Yamamoto, 91, Two Harbors
Ruth Yamamoto, 91, of Two Harbors, Minn., and formerly of Paynesville, died on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, at the Sunrise Nursing Home in Two Harbors, Minn., following a stroke.

A memorial service will held on Sunday, April 17, at the Cremation Society of Minnesota Chapel in Edina.

Ruth Yamamoto was born on Nov. 24, 1919, to Riyokichi and Itoye Morishita in Calexico, Calif.

On Dec. 11, 1938, she married James M. Yamamoto in Los Angeles, Calif.

They made their first home in Jim's parents' home in what is now known as Little Tokyo in downtown L.A.

In 1943, Ruth and infant daughter, Joyce, joined Jim in Paynesville after he was able to arrange their release from the Gila River Relocation Camp in the desert in Arizona.

Jim worked as a "chicken sexer," a.k.a. poultry technician, at RussellŐs Hatchery in Paynesville and in other regional hatcheries. Ruth was his wife/partner, who did the work of boarding the men on Jim's crew throughout the New Year's Day to Memorial Day hatching season each year, and gardened, raised chickens in their backyard chicken coop, and raised their children: Joyce, Jamey, and Jan Yamamoto.

While living in Paynesville, Ruth worked as a waitress at Jim and Irene Weber's cafŽ and at Jim and Betty Loomis' steak house; as a sales clerk in Lucille's Dress Shop; and as a nurse's aide at the Paynesville Hospital, which she left to create a child care center for Joyce's children and their friends in St. Paul.

Ruth lived in San Francisco, L.A., Hawaii, and moved back to Minnesota to retire.

She lived at the Walker Methodist Health Center in south Minneapolis before moving to Sunrise Nursing Home in Two Harbors, Minn.

Ruth is survived by her children, Joyce and Jan Yamamoto; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim, and son, Jamey.

Melvin Looman, 84, Kimball
Melvin J. "Buck" Looman, 84, of Kimball died on Friday, April 8, at his residence.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 12, at the Dassel Evangelical Covenant Church.

Melvin Joseph Looman was born May 7, 1926, to John and Mary (Arens) Looman on the farm in rural Watkins.

Buck grew up in the Kimball area, helping his family on the farm. He was self employed as a milk truck driver.

He married Carole Dawn Norgren on Jan. 7, 1950, in Kimball.

Buck first began working as a mechanic and eventually in maintenance for AMPI in Paynesville, before retiring at the age of 62. He then drove truck for J-Craft for 18 years before finally retiring again at the age of 80.

He is survived by his wife, Carole; children, Bruce (Nandra) of Paynesville, Connie Olmscheid of Hutchinson, and Brad (Kerri) of Kimball; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Gladys Grossinger of Watkins and Donna Conradt of Rose Creek, Minn.; a sister-in-law; and many other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter; siblings, Marcella and Norbert Looman; and a brother-in-law.

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