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Joseph Sawrey, 89, Paynesville
Joseph Sawrey, 89, of Paynesville died on Friday, Aug. 29, in Harcourt, Iowa.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Joseph Sawrey was born on Nov. 8, 1918, to James and Vesta (Oxley) Sawrey in Cogswell, N.D.

He married Veronica Gordon on Nov. 4, 1937, in Cogswell. Joe served in the U.S. Army during WWII.

He had been a resident of Paynesville since 1944. Joe owned various businesses in Paynesville, including a shoe store and a sundae store. He worked for Hoiseth Motors and North American Creameries. He also owned an egg-candling business in Eden Valley.

He is survived by his wife, Veronica; one daughter, Claudia (Bruce) Harrison of Harcourt, Iowa; a daughter-in- law; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; brother, William Sawrey of California; and a brother-in- law.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Joeleen; son, David; and brothers, Howard, Jim, and Doug.


Evelyn Illies, 94, Melrose
Evelyn M. Illies, 94, of Melrose and formerly of Elrosa, died on Saturday, Aug. 30, at Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 3 at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Elrosa. Rev. Jeff Ethen and Rev. Ken Thielman will officiate with interment following in the parish cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and from 8 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Sauk Centre. Christian Mothers will pray at 7:30 p.m. followed by parish prayers at 8 p.m. on Tuesday evening.

Evelyn Illies was born on Jan. 7, 1914, to Joseph and Elizabeth (Deters) Meyer in Meire Grove, Minn. On May 10, 1938, she married Andrew Illies at St. John's Catholic Church in Meire Grove.

The couple farmed near Elrosa after their marriage and moved into town in 1976. Their union lasted until Andrew's death on July 4, 1981.

Evelyn is survived by her children, Betty Fuchs of Paynesville, Robert (Margie) Illies of Belgrade, Doris (Charles) Stueve of Grey Eagle, Roger (Janice) Illies of Cold Spring, Marilyn (Sam) Stanger of Elrosa, Kenneth (Betsy) Illies of Belgrade, and Andrew Illies of Elrosa; one daughter-in-law; 22 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; sisters, Pauline Imdieke of Melrose and Olivia Schmiesing of Sauk Centre; and brother, Francis Meyer of Meire Grove.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband Andrew; son, Duane Illies; one son-in-law; two great-grandsons; a great-great-granddaughter; sisters, Della Welle, Catherine Korf, Regina Illies, Hilda Meyer, and Erma Welle; and brothers Henry and Bernard Meyer.


Katherine Ochs, 90, Paynesville
Katherine V. Ochs, 90, of Paynesville died on Tuesday, Aug. 19, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Aug. 22, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Emtombment was held in the St. Louis Parish mausoleum.

Katherine Ochs was born on Aug. 12, 1918, in Cauga, N.D., to Harry and Elizabeth (Engalhardt) Decker.

She married William "Bill" Ochs on July 30, 1940, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Aberdeen. They raised their family in Bloomington, Minn., until 1980 and then retired to Lake Elizabeth near Atwater.

They moved to Paynesville in 1994. Their union lasted until Bill's death in 1998.

Katherine is survived by her children, Bonnie Peterson of Florence, Ariz., Tom of Apple Valley, Bill Jr. of Las Vegas, Nev., Dennis of Paynesville, and Jim of Paynesville; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and sisters, Anne Levy of South Dakota and Virginia Morris of Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bill; infant daughter, Linda Kay; brothers, Joe and Hank Decker; sister, Marie Grosinger; and infant sister, Frances.


Elnora Odell, 87, Paynesville
Elnora Orella Odell, 87, of Paynesville and formerly of Brooten, died on Thursday, Aug. 21, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

A family memorial service was held at Zumbro Lutheran Church in Rochester. Burial will be at the Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery in Brooten at a later date.

Elnora (Ellingson) Odell was born on Jan. 16, 1921, to Ole and Minnie (Jorgenson) Ellingson on the family farm in Norway Lake Township in rural Sunburg.

She attended eight years of country school and graduated from Brooten High School. She was Brooten High School's first cheerleader.

She was united in marriage to Wallert Francis Odell of Brooten in 1940. After her marriage to Wallert, she worked for five years at the Gambles store. She also worked for several years as a bookkeeper at the Brooten Creamery and for 25 years as a bookkeeper and assistant to Dr. Frear, M.D.

She served 10 years on the Glacial Hospital Board, acting as both secretary and treasurer. She also served as treasurer of Trinity Lutheran Church.

She lived at her residence in Brooten until having a stroke. She had been a resident of the Koronis Manor in Paynesville since January 2001.

Elnora is survived by her son, Wayne (Ethelyn) of Rochester; a grandson; three great-grandchildren; two siblings, Oris Ellingson and Idella Knutson, both of Brooten; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wallert, and a granddaughter.


Leona Mehr, 87, Paynesville
Leona Mehr, 87, of Paynesville died on Friday, Aug. 22, at Mother of Mercy Nursing Home in Albany.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Aug. 25, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the St. Martin Parish Cemetery.

Leona Mehr was born on Dec. 25, 1920, to Joseph and Catherine (Nietfield) Miller in Spring Hill.

She married John M. Mehr on Nov. 18, 1940, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Spring Hill. She worked with her husband on the farm north of Paynesville for many years. Their union lasted until John's death in 2003.

She is survived by her children, Roger (Veneel) of Twin Falls, Idaho, Betty (Harvey) Toenies of Mora, Ralph (Ann) of Paynesville, Janice (Bill) Schoenberg of Hancock, Ruth (Bill) Heitke of Paynesville, Karen (Gene) Thul of Alexandria, Louise Mehr (Rick Haines) of Cold Spring, and Joyce Strodtman of Denver, Colo.; 25 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; sister, Armella Eveslage; and brother, Fr. Joseph Miller.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John; sisters, Sr. Mary Gordian, OSB and Juliana Miller; brothers, Fr. Henry Miller and Mathias Miller; a grandson; a son-in-law; one infant brother; and three infant sisters.


Janelle Reetz, 35, Eden Valley
Janelle Reetz, 35, of Eden Valley died suddenly on Tuesday, Aug. 19, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Eden Valley-Watkins High School gymnasium. Burial was in Assumption Cemetery in Eden Valley.

Janelle Reetz was born on July 9, 1973, to Jim and JoAnn (Moser) Rademacher in Paynesville.

She married Eric Reetz on May 11, 2001, at Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley.

Janelle lived in the Eden Valley area all her life. She was a dispatcher for the Minnesota State Patrol and was a part- time dispatcher for the Stearns County Sheriff's Department.

She was an assistant volleyball coach at Eden Valley- Watkins High School and a mentor for New Beginnings.

She is survived by her husband, Eric of Eden Valley; children, Andrea and Ethan, both at home; parents, Jim and JoAnn Rademacher of Eden Valley; sisters, Julie (Jeff) Wendroth of Eden Valley and Jill (Troy) Sogge of New Munich; brother, Justin Rademacher of Eden Valley; grandmother, Florence Rademacher of Eden Valley; her father-in-law and mother-in-law; sisters-in-law; a niece; and two nephews.

Janelle was preceded in death by her grandparents.


Robert Westvig, 67, Paynesville
Robert Westvig, 67, of Paynesville died on Saturday, Aug. 9, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Aug. 15, at Paynesville Evangelical Free Church in rural Paynesville. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery with military honors.

Robert Allen Westvig was born on April 10, 1941, to Sigvald and Lois (McFarland) Westvig in Aitkin. He was baptized and confirmed into the christian faith in Palisade, Minn.

He attended and graduated from Aitkin High School with the Class of 1959. In 1962, he joined the United States Army, where he served in Germany until 1964.

On May 15, 1965, Bob was united in marriage to Linda Ford at the Deerwood United Methodist Church in Deerwood. Two sons and two daughters were born to this union.

The family lived in the Minneapolis area, where Bob worked for Butler Manufacturing, UPS, drove taxi for Yellow Cab, and leased the Dairy Queen in Bloomington.

In 1971, the family moved to Paynesville, where they bought and ran the Dairy Queen. After purchasing the Dairy Queen in Paynesville, Bob also operated heavy equipment for the Local 49.

Linda and Bob started the Little Miss and Mr. Dairy Queen Pageant in 1990. He is survived by his wife, Linda of Paynesville; children, Richard of Maplewood, Roxanne (Bruce) Nielsen of Lake Benton, Rebecca of St. Paul, and Russell (Darla) of Big Lake; five grandchildren; mother, Lois of Paynesville; siblings, Kenneth of Aitkin, Marvin of Fergus Falls, Alice Anderson of Eau Claire, Wis., Warren of Coon Rapids, and Dale of Chanhassen; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Sigvald; sister, Karen Blume; a sister-in-law; and a nephew.


Kenneth Bergstrom, 77, Paynesville
Kenneth M. Bergstrom, 77, of Paynesville died on Monday, Aug. 4, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Aug. 10, at Hawick United Methodist Church. Burial was in Burbank Cemetery in rural New London.

Kenneth Martin Bergstrom was born on July 14, 1931, to Peter and Lillian (Metcalf) Bergstrom in Paynesville.

He was baptized on April 29, 1932, in Union Grove Township. He grew up on the family farm south of Paynesville. Kenneth attended country school at District #20 and graduated from Paynesville High School in 1950.

He worked on the farm and enjoyed spring planting on his Farmall H tractor. He also worked at Farmer's Creamery and Schuck's Sawmill.

In 1992, Kenneth moved into Paynesville.

Kenneth is survived by his brother, Philip of Paynesville; sister, Leola Wendroth of Paynesville; seven nieces and nephews; 16 great-nieces and nephews; four great-great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.


James Kohnen, 43, Roscoe
James R. Kohnen, 43, of Roscoe died on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 12, at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Roscoe. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

James Kohnen was born on Dec. 5, 1964, to Gerald and Alicia (Steffens) Kohnen in Minneapolis.

He married Dotzie (Darlene) Kotzer on April 11, 1992, at their home in Paynesville. He worked in construction as a carpenter for Kohnen Construction.

James is survived by his wife, Dotzie of Roscoe; children, Shannon Miller of Appleton, Terry (Matthew) Shodeen of Forest Lake, Jeremy (Tonya) Bentler of Waite Park, Alicia (Ryan) Jones of Hopkins, Bruce (fiancÚ Chelsea) Kohnen of St. Cloud, and Jordan Kohnen of Roscoe; six grandchildren; mother, Alicia (L.J.) Gertken of Cold Spring; brothers and sisters, Mary Ellen Bechtold of Rogers, Debra Novacek of South Haven, Donald Kohnen of Paynesville, Karen Fleischhacker of Watkins, Robert Kohnen of Paynesville, and Terri Fleischhacker of Freeport; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gerald in 2001, and a niece.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.


Dale Naumann, 72, Paynesville
Dale Naumann, 72 of Paynesville and Arizona died on Saturday, Aug. 2, at his summer home in Paynesville.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Aug. 7, at the Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville.

Dale Allen Naumann was born on June 9, 1936, to Paul and Frances (Brossard) Naumann in Paynesville.

He attended school in Paynesville and then entered the U.S. Army in 1953, where he served his country during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged in 1956, and he returned to the area.

In 1962, he moved to Alaska, where he was self-employed as a plumber and general contractor for 30 years.

In 1992, he retired and moved to Annandale, where he met his wife, Janet Bachman. The couple was married on May 1, 1993. They moved to Bullhead City, Ariz., in 1996 and spent summers in Paynesville.

He is survived by his wife, Janet; son, Chad Naumann of St. Cloud; step-children, Sue (Bill) Stodard, Brian (Lisa) Bachman, Craig (Missy) Bachman, and Terry (Shelly) Bachman; seven grandchildren; sisters, Ruth Deadrick of Paynesville and Brenda (Ken) Rolfhus of Annandale; brother, Paul (Marlene) Naumann of Long Prairie; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dale was preceded in death by two sons, Todd and Marty; sister, Dorothy Schleper; and his parents.


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