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Jeannette Mayer, 89, Paynesville
Jeannette Mayer, 89, of Paynesville died on Tuesday, April 24, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Friday, April 27, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Jeannette Mayer was born on Aug. 29, 1922, to William and Lillian (Lang) Schultz in Paynesville.

She attended the Brown Country School near Paynesville.

She married Raymond Mayer on Nov. 26, 1942, at her home.

They purchased their farm east of Paynesville, where they did general farming and also operated a mink fur farm. Their union lasted until Raymond's death in 1994.

Jeannette is survived by her daughters, Judy (Doug) Stanger of Monticello, Janet (Mike) Pelkey of Paynesville, and Arlana (Bill) Langner of Alexandria; nine grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Raymond; a grandson; sister, Lorraine Adams; and brother, Allen Schultz.


Carmen Brown, 86, Paynesville
Carmen E. Brown, 86, died on Sunday, April 22, at her Paynesville home.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, April 28, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Carmen Elizabeth Brown was born on Oct 30, 1925, to Horace and Helen (Olsen) Sheldon in Paynesville Township.

She grew up on the family farm. She attended a country school in North Town and graduated from Paynesville High School with the Class of 1942.

Carmen attended St. Cloud Teachers' College, now called St. Cloud State University.

On Oct. 7, 1945, Carmen married C. Edwin Brown at the Paynesville Methodist Church. This union was blessed with two daughters and a son. The family made their home in rural Paynesville.

Carmen taught in country schools, such as District 20, and in elementary schools and Head Start in Eden Valley and Watkins. She retired from teaching in 1985.

Carmen is survived by her three children, Kathee (Eugene) Martinson of Paynesville, Steve (Rosalyn) Brown of Paynesville, and Jill Brown (Tony Palumbo) of Blaine; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Clarys Anderson Dembowski; and six nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin, and parents, Horace and Helen.


Lillian Clark, 98, Paynesville
Lillian M. Clark, 98, of Paynesville died on Tuesday, April 24, at the Koronis Manor.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 1, at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home Chapel in Paynesville. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Lillian Clark was born on Feb. 23, 1914, to the late John F. and Mary (Abitz) Wagner in Eden Lake Township.

She went through eighth grade in Eden Lake Township and graduated from Paynesville High School in 1932.

She married Justin Clark Sr. on Feb. 5, 1937, at the Church of God in Eden Valley. They lived all of their lives in Paynesville, raising four children.

After raising her children, she was employed as a nursing assistant at Koronis Manor and Good Samaritan Care Centers, retiring in 1984.

She is survived by her children, Richard of Theodore, Ala., Justin Jr. "Johnny" (Diane) of South Port, N.C., and Karleen (Melvin) Klein of Austin, Texas; 22 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; nine great-great grandchildren; and sisters, Mildred Chapman, Arlene Stange, and Eva Wagner.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Justin Sr. in 1984; daughter, Sara (Vernon) Vogelpohl; three grandsons; a great-grandson; brothers, Morris, Harold, John Jr., Willard, and Carl Wagner; and sisters, Minnie Sutherland, Gladys Wagner, Freida Ortletf, Evelyn Lobitz, and Hazel Ring.

Memorials are preferred.


Randall Bengtson, 73, Paynesville
Randall Bengtson, 73, of Paynesville died on Sunday, April 15, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, April 19, at the Hawick United Methodist Church. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Randall LeRoy Bengtson was born on Oct. 31, 1938, to Arthur and Fern (Peterson) Bengtson on the family farm near Atwater.

He was baptized and confirmed in the Atwater Methodist Church. He attended country grade school and Atwater High School, graduating in 1956.

On July 9, 1960, Randy married Sandra Louise Madson. Together, they raised three daughters. They shared 52 years of marriage.

They made their home on the family farm near Atwater, where he drove milk truck for Kandiyohi Co-op Creamery.

In 1965, they moved to Paynesville, where Randy began his career with United Parcel Service. Throughout his career, he enjoyed meeting customers and spending time with his co-workers and their families. He retired from UPS in 1998 after 32 years of service.

Randy is survived by his wife, Sandy; daughters, Brenda (Troy) Caldwell of Hawick, Shelly Schmidt of Paynesville, and Angela (Patrick) Botz of Burnsville; brother, Jerry Bengtson of Atwater; a sister-in-law; a brother-in-law; nine grandchildren; a great-grandson; and nieces and nephews.

Randy was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Cynthia; his parents; two nieces; two nephews; and a brother-in-law.


Jerome McCann, 79, Kimball
Jerome "Jerry" McCann, 79, passed away on Tuesday, April 10, at the Heritage House in Kimball.

A memorial will be held at a later date.

Jerry was a Marine in the Korean War. After which, he married Carol Reinke, the daughter of Hubert and Irene Reinke.

They had one son, Andrew McCann of Blaine, Minn.

Jerry worked many years at Mate, Co. in Anoka, from where he retired.

Jerry is survived by his son, Andrew; mother-in-law, Irene Reinke of Paynesville; and a sister-in-law.


Minnie Forness, 104, New London
Minnie L. Forness, 104, of New London died on April 4, 2012, at GlenOaks Care Center in New London.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 7, 2012, at the Hawick Methodist Church. Burial was in the Roseville Cemetery in Hawick.

Minnie Louise Forness was born September 25, 1907, the daughter of John and Teckla (Wall) Jones. She grew up on the family farm in Roseville Township and attended country grade school in District #97.

On June 15, 1927, Minnie was united in marriage to Alfred Forness. They made their home near Hawick where they farmed. They retired from farming in 1982 and moved into New London.

They were able to share in 61 years of marriage before Alfred's death on February 6, 1989.

Minnie is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred, and three brothers and six sisters.


Leo Ludwig, 66, Grove City
Leo Ludwig, 66, of Grove City died on Monday, March 26, at his home.

Funeral services were held on Friday, March 30, at the Church of Our Lady in Manannah. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Leo W. Ludwig was born on June 11, 1945, to Alvis and Theresia (Schaeffer) Ludwig in Eden Lake Township.

He married Mary Brulla on July 5, 1980, at Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley.

Leo served his country in the Army National Guard.

He worked as a mechanic for Hoiseth Motors; worked construction for 3 Way Construction; farmed; and, most recently, worked for Gold-n-Plump for 23 years.

He is survived by his wife, Mary of Grove City; sons and daughters, Peter (Lynn) Ludwig of Grove City, Roxann Ludwig (Jon Bolland) of Grove City, Marie Ludwig of Mankato, and Andy Ludwig of Grove City; seven grandchildren; and brothers and sisters, Mary Ann Ludwig, Paul Ludwig, Loretta Roering, Jerome Ludwig, Robert Ludwig, Bernice Larson, Edward Ludwig, Delores Larson, Dorothy Ludwig, Rose Mary Ludwig, and Donald Ludwig.

Leo was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Joan Shaw; and brother, Raymond Ludwig.


Marion Brunner, 73, Belgrade
Marion S. Brunner, 73, of Belgrade died on Saturday, March 24, at St. Michael’s Hospital in Sauk Centre.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, March 29, at St. Francis DeSales Catholic Church in Belgrade. Burial was in St. Agnes Catholic Cemetery in Roscoe.

Marion Spanier-Brunner was born on May 10, 1938, to Edmund and Christine (Van Drehle) Schoenberg in Spring Hill.

She attended District 21 and Melrose High School, graduating in 1956.

On March 27, 1957, Marion married Adelbert Spanier of Lake Henry in Killian, Texas. Six children were born to this union.

They lived in St. Cloud for four years before moving to Foreston, where they lived for eight years. They then moved to Roscoe, where they owned the grocery store for five years and Marion did daycare for many years.

Together, Marion and Addie shared in 34 years of marriage before his death on Feb 9, 1992. After Addie’s death, Marion moved to St. Cloud and worked for HRA for seven years.

On April 20, 2001, Marion married Hilary Brunner in Belgrade. They made their home in Belgrade, were she worked for Home Instead and later enjoyed retirement.

Marion is survived by her husband, Hilary Brunner; children, Cheryl (Dave) Lieberman of Tustin, Calf.; Audrey (Chuck) Reiter of Paynesville, Gail Spanier of Rockville, Greg (Margaret) Spanier of Paynesville, Amy (Gregg) Johnson of Concord, Calif., and Scott (Pam) Spanier of Sartell; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and one on the way; 10 step-children; 22 step-grandchildren; and numerous sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Marion was preceded in death by her husband, Adelbert; parents; and two grandchildren.


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