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Amelia Thielen, 88, Monticello
Amelia K. Thielen, 88, of Monticello and formerly of Duluth, died on Monday, Aug. 23.

Funeral services were held on Friday Aug. 27, at St. Henry Catholic Church in Monticello. Burial was in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Amelia Thielen was born on Aug. 17, 1922, to John and Katherine (Pinkowicz) Maksymow in St. Francis.

She married Clarence Thielen of Paynesville in 1946. The couple made their home in Duluth from 1973 until moving to Monticello in 2003.

Amelia is survived by her four children, Joyce (William) McMartin of Eden Prairie, Margy (David) Peterson of Champlin, Bruce (Rhonda) Thielen of Monticello, and Andy (Kathy) Thielen of Hermantown; 13 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and sister, Josephine (George) Pritchard of Cedar.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence; daughter, Jean Hamann; and sister, Dorothy.


Betsy Kingsriter, 85, Paynesville
Betsy Jane Kingsriter, 85, of Paynesville died on Friday, Aug. 27, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Sept. 2, at 11 a.m., at Grace United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Zion Cemetery in rural Paynesville.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 1, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville and after 10 a.m. on Thursday at the church.

Betsy Kingsriter was born on Jan. 2, 1925, to Arthur and Estella (Gordon) Glenz in Regal.

She married George Oscar Kingsriter on May 26, 1943, in Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Their union lasted until George’s death in 1999.

She worked hard throughout her life, raising her children and grandchildren while also helping with the many activities and chores on the farm.

She is survived by her children, Dexter of Paynesville, Gary (Nancy) of Paynesville, Barb (Ken) Roeber of Pillager, Jeff (Mar) of Lakeville, and Sue (Bob) Brauchler of Regal; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Fern Hertzberg; brother, Gordy Glenz; and many nieces and nephews.

Betsy was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George; sister, Velda Robbins; brother, Donald Glenz; and twin sister, Betty Mauer.


Darrel Driver, 60, Montrose
Darrel Lee Driver, 60, of Montrose died suddenly on Saturday, Aug. 14.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Aug. 21, at the Church of St. Mary in Waverly. Burial with military rites was in St. Mary's Cemetery.

Darrel Lee Driver was born on Oct. 22, 1949, to Ralph and Ruth Nicol Driver in Litchfield.

Darrel graduated from Howard Lake High School in 1967.

He honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy.

On Aug. 11, 1972, Darrel married Bonnie Ann Marketon at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Waverly. God blessed their 38-year marriage with three children.

Darrel was employed many years as a carpenter in bridge construction. He belonged to Carpenters Local # 1644.

Darrel is survived by his wife, Bonnie; children, Michelle (Mike) Althoff of Maple Lake, Brad (Heidi) Driver of Montrose, and Scott Driver of Montrose; four grandchildren; two sisters, Sylvia Henry of Montrose and Glady Lachermeier of Howard Lake; father-in-law; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Ruth Driver; brother, Jerry Driver; sister, Jean Dalbec; and mother-in-law.


Marlowe Mathison, 92, San Pedro
Marlowe "Matt" Mathison, 92, of San Pedro, Calif., died on Saturday, Aug. 7, at his home.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Aug. 17, at Green Hills Memorial Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.

Marlowe Mathison was born on July 11, 1918, to Martin and Martha Mathison in Grove City. As a child, he grew up on a farm during the Great Depression.

He graduated from Paynesville High School on May 29, 1936.

He moved to California in 1938, driving out in his father's Model T Ford.

He served six years in the U.S. Navy, from July 10, 1940, to 1946, earning the rank of chief petty officer. He was in Pearl Harbor shortly after the attack during WWII, repairing damaged aircrafts.

He attended the University of Hawaii during his service at Pearl Harbor.

After WWII, he joined the Los Angeles Police Department, where he served from 1948 to 1968, when he retired.

While he was a police officer, Marlowe also began working as an electrical contractor. Upon his retirement from the LAPD, he continued his electrical work, including wiring the LAPD pistol range, not to mention many other jobs across town.

On July 28, 1958, he married Sonya Kalish, a 16-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. They shared 52 years of marriage.

Marlowe is survived by his wife, Sonya; son, Alan (Lynette); four grandchildren; sister, Ruth Everson of Paynesville; and brothers, Walter of Minneapolis and Harold of Park Rapids.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Norman; sister, Joyce; daughter, Cheryl Ann; and a grandson.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.


Roberta Wiering, 84, Paynesville
Roberta Wiering, 84, of Paynesville died on Friday, Aug. 20, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Aug. 24, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls.

Roberta Ruth Brown was born on Dec. 30, 1925, to Elmer and Alvina (Mellendorf) Brown in Ocheyedan, Iowa. She moved to Windom, Minn., at the age of six months and lived the rest of her life in Minnesota.

She graduated from Ruthton High School in 1943.

On Oct. 1, 1949, she married Nick Wiering in Tyler, Minn., where they farmed until 1959.

They moved to Brooklyn Park and retired to Paynesville in 1985.

She is survived by her husband, Nick; four sons, Tom of Carlos, Minn., Robert of Osseo, Minn., David (Lila) of Parkers Prairie, and Leon of Waverly, Minn.; four daughters, Kathy (John) Ed of Alexandria, Brenda (Gary) Krohnfeldt of Lenoir City, Tenn., Ellen (Dwight) Tangren of Plymouth, and Judy (Greg) Malark of Scottsdale, Ariz.; 13 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; and brother, Earl of Boca Raton, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Heartland Hospice, the Paynesville Area Center, or Masses.


Arnold Eastman, 78, Paynesville
Arnold "Arne" A. Eastman, 78, of Paynesville died on Monday, Aug. 2, at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

Memorial services were held on Thursday, Aug. 5, at the Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville. Burial was in the Blomkest Baptist Cemetery.

Arnold "Arne" Arthur Eastman was born on June 14, 1932, to Morris and Frances (Renstrom) Eastman in Willmar. He was raised in Blomkest and graduated from Willmar High School in 1950.

He married Alice Hanson, and they raised two children while living in Willmar, Mound, Northfield, and Paynesville.

Arne served in the army as a communications officer during the Korean War.

After working for many years for the REA as an electrical lineman, he chose to pursue a career as a barber. He barbered in Paynesville for over 20 years.

Arne is survived by his son, Wade (Donna) Eastman of Hutchinson; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters, Darlene Reimnitz, Marilyn Hudson, and Janet Nyholm; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Karen Theel; parents; and sister, Marvis Anderstrom. n) of Hopkins and Shannon of St. Louis Park; and brother, Ernest "Chip" Jones of Burnsville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn and Lucille.


Thomas Woelfel, 53, Buffalo
Thomas Charles Woelfel, 53, of Buffalo died on Saturday, Aug. 7, at his home after a long battle with cancer.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, Aug. 13, at 1 p.m., at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo. A visitation will be held on Friday morning from 11 a.m. until the time of services at the church.

Thomas Woelfel was born on Oct. 23, 1956, to Lenus and Marlene Woelfel. He graduated from Bloomington Kennedy High School in 1974.

Tom married his high school sweetheart and went on to work for Firestone for over 25 years. The couple shared 34 years of marriage.

Tom is survived by his wife, Pamela (Page) Woelfel; children, Jeremy (Tanya), Matthew, and Kelly (Chris) Lauer of Paynesville; two granddaughters; parents, Lenus and Marlene Woelfel; four brothers, Jerry Woelfel, Alan Woelfel, Ken Woelfel, and Bill Woelfel; and many other relatives and friends.

Memorial contributions are welcome and should be mailed to 110 Sundance Ridge, Buffalo, MN 55313.


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