December 2000 Obituaries

from The Paynesville Press
December 2000


Johnson Funeral Home

Violet Miller
Violet E. Miller, 92, of Paynesville, died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2000, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001, at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Chapel in Paynesville. The Rev. Ric Koehn will officiate. Burial will take place in the Zion Cemetery in rural Paynesville.

Friends may call after 10 a.m. on Thursday at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville.

Violet was born March 25, 1908, in Zion Township, Stearns County, Minnesota to Herman and Mary (Stanger) Miller. She attended District 43 Country School in Zion Township. She worked on the family farm and did housekeeping in the Paynesville area for many years. She was a resident of the Good Samaritan Care Center and later the Koronis Manor for many years.

Surviving Violet is her brother Virgil (Edrie) Miller of Paynesville and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents, sister Evelyn Hunt, and brothers Raymond and Ellsworth.

Pallbearers will be Melvin Hunt, Jerry Ehlen, Jerry Cline, Dave Nohl, and Lowell Leuck.

Duane Keller
Duane N. Keller, 58, passed away Sunday, Dec. 31, 2000, at the Fridley Convalescent Home in Fridley.

Visitation will be at the Washburn-McReavy Funeral Home-Seman Chapel, 1827 Coon Rapids Blvd., Coon Rapids, from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 4, and one hour prior to mass at the church. The funeral service will be held on Friday, Jan. 5, at 10 a.m. at Epiphany Catholic Church, 1900 111th Ave. NW, Coon Rapids.

Duane was born on Aug. 30, 1942, in Breckenridge to Norbert and Lucille (Lehmann) Keller. He graduated from Elbow Lake High School and went on to receive his degree in mechanics from the Wapheton School of Science.

Duane served in the U.S. Army from 1964 to 1966 which included a tour of duty in Vietnam.

Duane married Betty Lou Olson on May 13, 1967, in Morris. He worked for the MnDOT in Golden Valley for 32 years as a heavy equipment mechanic.

Survivors include his wife, Betty of Coon Rapids; his mother, Lucille Keller of St. Martin; brothers, Kenneth (Louisa) of Paynesville; Allen (Marlene) of Coon Rapids; Gordon (Wendy) of Willmar; sisters, Kathleen (Roger) Bagley of Paynesville; Darlene (Dennis) Stewart of Hawick, and many nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Duane was preceded in death by his father, Norbert; grandparents, Otto and Amelia Keller, Albert and Josephine Lehmann; godson Michael Rahrlien, and great-nephew Ryan Keller.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.

Arnie Hertzberg
Arnie Allen Hertzberg, 90, of Paynesville, died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2000, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

The funeral service was held on Friday, Dec. 29, at the Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville, with the Rev. Ric Koehn officiating. Interment was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Arnie was born Dec. 25, 1910, in Paynesville Township. He was the son of Frank and Josephine (Godesch) Hertzberg. Arnie grew up on the family farm near Paynesville and attended school at District #43.

On June 10, 1936, he was married to Evelyn Schultz in Paynesville. Following their marriage, Arnie attended the Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis, where he received electrician training and certification. Arnie farmed most of his life near Paynesville. He retired from farming in 1969. He then drove school bus for several years. He also drove gravel truck for Paynesville Excavating until he was 82 years old. Arnie was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church, where he was head usher for 25 years. He also served as trustee. For several years, he served on the Dist. #43 school board and the Zion Rural Telephone Board. Arnie sold seed corn and insurance for Zion Mutual. In 1998, Arnie moved into the Good Samaritan Care Center, and since this past October, he has resided at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Arnie loved his family, taking drives in the country, listening to old time music, John Deere tractors, and playing his concertina. He was proud of his farm and his family. Arnie's grandson is the fifth generation to operate the farm.

He is survived by his children, Allen (Eileen) of Paynesville, Joyce (Gene) Wonsmos of St. Paul, and Geri (Dave) Spanier of Paynesville; 10 grand-children; and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Evelyn, on July 4, 1979; daughter, Shirley; and brother, Russell.

Dr. John Shosted
Dr. John Lester Shosted, 85, of Paynesville and formerly of Minneapolis, died Monday, Dec. 25, 2000, at Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

The funeral service was held on Friday, Dec. 29, at 1 p.m. at the Huber Funeral Home Chapel in Eden Prairie. Private family interment was held at Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis.

He was born March 4, 1915, in Minneapolis, the son of Carl and Mary Shosted. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota Dental School. He was a major in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. His hobbies included golf, fishing, boat building, and painting.

He is survived by his children, John E. (Carol) of Eden Valley, James L. (Mary) of Burnsville, and Jean M. Eubank of New Hope; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen in 1995; parents, Carl and Mary Shosted; and brother, Carl Shosted.

Gertrude Hansen
Gertrude Julia Hansen, 81, of Paynesville and formerly of Duluth, died Monday, Dec. 25, 2000, in Paynesville.

The funeral service will be held Friday, Dec. 29, at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Duluth. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Bell Brothers Chapel in Duluth and one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Park Hill Cemetery in Duluth.

She was born on Aug. 1, 1919, in Duluth, the daughter of Ingebrigt (Thorseth) and Ragna Helgeton. She graduated form Denfeld High School in 1938. She was baptized in Zion Lutheran Church in Duluth, and was a lifetime member and former member of the choir. She worked for the Duluth Steam Corporation and the city of Duluth as a secretary for many years.

She married Arthur S. Hansen on June 12, 1943. She lived in Duluth until December 1990, when she moved to Paynesville. She has been a resident of Koronis Manor for the past 10 years.

She is survived by her son, Wayne (Patricia) of Paynesville; brother-in-law, Walter (Dee) Swanson of Duluth; one granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ingebrigt and Ragna; husband, Walter, in September 1988; and sister, Alice (Walter) Swanson in April 1974.

Erwin Klassen
Erwin Gordon Klassen, 79, of New London, died Saturday, Dec. 23, 2000, at the Bethesda Pleasantview Care Center in Willmar.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28, at the Evangelical Covenant Church in New London. The Rev. Wesley Olson will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery in New London.

Erwin was born on Aug. 11, 1921, in Mountain Lake, the son of Aaron P. and Mathilda (Sprecker) Klassen. He grew up in Mountain Lake, where he attended rural grade school. As a young man, he was drafted in the United States Army, where he served his country during World War II.

On July 18, 1943, Erwin was united in marriage to Evelyn Loewen in Mountain Lake. They farmed and lived in Mountain Lake from 1945 to 1960, Regal from 1960 to 1974, and New London from 1974 until Evelyn's death in 1996. They were married 53 years. Erwin also operated a garage and implement shop from 1955 to 1960 and was a currier for North Central Labs of St. Cloud.

He was a member of Evangelical Covenant Church, Christian Campers, Coast to Coast Campers, and the New London American Legion.

Erwin is survived by his daughters, Marlys (Waldo) Goodsen of Atwater, Marilyn (Tom) Getsch of Minnetonka, Betty Jean (Dean) Masters of Omaha, Neb., Barbara Estwick of Willmar, Rachel (Stan) Halvorson of New London, Grace (Gary) Strodtman of Paynesville, and Paulette (Dick) Lamb of Green River, Wyo.; 20 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren.

Erwin was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn, on Sept. 13, 1996; parents; one brother; and one sister.

Chad Theis
Chad Mathew Theis, 25, of Belgrade, died on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2000, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

The funeral service was held on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 11 a.m. at Crow River Lutheran Church in rural Belgrade. The Rev. Michael DeKraai officiated. Casket bearers were Corey Theis, Aaron Theis, Rick Krantz, Adam Theis, Adam Hanson, and Nathan Theis. Honorary casket bearers were Jacob Theis, Joey Pelzer, Ryan Halvorson, Sean Krantz, Bruce Hiltner, Daryl Bengtson, Jason Halvorson, Tim Gertgen, and Bryan Magnuson. Interment was in the Crow River Lutheran Cemetery in rural Belgrade.

Chad was born on June 12, 1975, in Willmar, the son of Gary and Karen (Moen) Theis. He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith. He grew up in Belgrade, graduating from Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa High School in 1994. During high school and after, he worked at Bayer Built in Belgrade. Most recently he worked at Koronis Parts in Paynesville.

In October 1999, he became engaged to Tammy Gertgen.

Chad was a member of Crow River Lutheran Church. He will be remembered by his family and friends for his love of hunting, fishing, camping, woodworking, biking, gardening, and card playing.

Chad is survived by his parents, Gary and Karen Theis of Belgrade; fiancee, Tammy Gertgen of Belgrade; sister, Jodi Theis of Belgrade; maternal grandfather, Earl Moen of Glenwood; paternal grandmother, Virginia Theis of Belgrade; Tammy's parents, Tom and Verna Gertgen of Spicer; niece, Megan; and many aunts and uncles.

Chad was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Mearl Moen; and paternal grandfather, Mathew Theis.

Kayla Hurd-Clark
Kayla Elizabeth Hurd-Clark, 10, of Eden Valley, died Monday, Dec. 18, 2000, at the Paynesville Area Hospital in Paynesville.

The funeral service was held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 22, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Albany, with the Rev. Fred Kutter officiating. Interment was held in the church cemetery.

Kayla was born June 15, 1990, in St. Cloud. She was the daughter of Paul and LuAnn (Hurd) Clark. Kayla was baptized Sept. 23, 1990, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Albany. She attended Immanuel Lutheran Church, where she loved to attend Sunday school. She was a third grader at the Eden Valley-Watkins Elementary School.

She was born with Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita, a rare joint and muscle disease. She had much courage and always had a positive outlook. Having undergone 16 surgeries, she was a fighter. She loved going to school and Sunday school. She collected Barbie dolls and Beanie Babies, and loved having stories read to her. She enjoyed Disney movies and playing her keyboard. Her smile will be remembered.

Kayla is survived by her parents, Paul and LuAnn of Eden Valley; maternal grandmother, Frances Van Heuveln of New London; maternal grandfather, Dale (Linda) Hurd of Melrose; paternal grandparents, Leslie (Judy) Clark of Maple Lake; maternal foster grandparents, Thomas and Clarice Holthaus of Richmond; and several aunts and uncles.

Anna Lang
Anna Lang Anna C. Lang, 76, of Roscoe, died Friday, Dec. 15, 2000, at the Paynesville Area Hospital in Paynesville.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at the St. Agnes Catholic Church in Roscoe. The Rev. Leo Leisen officiated. Burial took place in the St. Agnes Parish Cemetery in Roscoe.

Anna was born June 23, 1924, in Farming, Minn., to William and Margaret (Latzka) Van Hoorik. She married Mathias Lang on May 30, 1944, at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany. She lived in Roscoe all of her married life. She volunteered at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Paynesville for many years and provided daycare for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a member of the St. Agnes Catholic Church, where she was a Eucharistic minister and rosary leader. She was a member of St. John Newman Mission Group, St. Ann's Christian Women, Daughters of Isabella, and the Catholic Aid Association of Roscoe.

Anna is survived by her husband, Mathias of Roscoe; children, Gerald (Diane) of Watkins, Jeannie (Jerome) Meyer of Paynesville, Mary Lu (Ray) Forster of Albany, Karen Kerzman of Eden Valley, Kevin (Bev) of Paynesville, and Carol Altendahl of Paynesville; 29 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; brother and sisters, Eleanor Fischer of Albany, Benny of Minneapolis, Mary Schulte of Cold Spring, Gertrude Tamm of Albany, and Lucille Van Hoorik of Freeport.

Preceding her in death were her parents; and brothers and sisters, Alfred, Katherine Fuchs, Margaret Gertken, Robert, Joseph, Alma Kunstleben, and Jacob.

Eugene Loch
Eugene C. Loch, 76, of Watkins, died on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2000, at the Mother of Mercy Nursing Home in Albany.

The Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins, with interment in the parish cemetery. The Rev. Richard Gross officiated. Casket bearers were Dean Gerads, Kimberly Ritter, Peggy Stroeing, Greg Rakotz, Sheri Thill, and Heidi Steinhofer.

Eugene was born on April 9, 1924, in Watkins to Valentine and Ann (Pietz) Loch. He married Hildegard (Linn) Steinhofer on Oct. 30, 1982, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins. He farmed at Watkins until his retirement in 1982. He was a member of the St. Anthony Catholic Church and the Catholic Order of Foresters.

Survivors include his wife, Hildegard of Albany; stepchildren, Jane (Elmer) Rakotz of St. Joseph, Joyce (Larry) Gerads of Albany, June (Richard) Hughes of Coppers Cove, Texas, and Chuck (Karelle) Steinhofer of Paynesville; eight step-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; and brother, Reynold (Marge) Lock of Minneapolis.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Dr. F. Goerge Woessner
Dr. George Woessner Dr. F. George Woessner, 83, of Sleepy Eye, died Friday, Dec. 15, 2000, at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. Interment was in the Home Cemetery Veterans Memorial Garden Section, with military rites.

Frederick George Woessner was born Sept. 26, 1917, in Perham, the son of Frederick and Frances (Rekowski) Woessner. He grew up and attended school in Perham. After graduation, he attended Moorhead State University, where he received his teaching degree. He taught math and science at Albany High School.

He entered the United States Navy on Aug. 29, 1942. He was a member of the Normandy Invasion, serving on the U.S.S. Quincy at the rank of Lt. Sergeant until his discharge on Jan. 7, 1946.

He married Ione Krebs on Sept. 30, 1944, in Albany. After his discharge from the Navy, he attended the University of Minnesota Dental School and graduated in 1950. He practiced dentistry for 40 years in Sleepy Eye.

He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye, the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, the American Legion, Sleepy Eye Golf Club, the American Dental Association, the Minnesota Dental Association, and a past member of the Lion's Club. George enjoyed spending time at his cabin at Rice Lake. He was an avid fisherman, golfer, and enjoyed pheasant hunting.

George is survived by his wife, Ione of Sleepy Eye; sons, Tom (Joan) of Eagan, Gerry (Lynne) of Plymouth, Mark (JoAnn) of Eden Prairie, Steve (Leann) of Maple Grove, Don (Ann) of Roseville, and Mike (Julie) of Golden Valley; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, Marie Stoll of St. Cloud; sister-in-law, Harriet Woessner of Albuquerque, N.M.; and aunt, Amelia Woessner of Perham.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Bernard.

Betty Kilanowski
Betty Kilanowski, 54, of Paynesville, died Thursday, Dec. 14, 2000, at her home in Paynesville.

The Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 18, at the St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville, with the Rev. Richard Leisen officiating. Interment was held in the church cemetery.

Betty Lou Lehnen was born May 26, 1946, in Paynesville. She was the daughter of Henry and Luella (Driver) Lehnen. She grew up in Paynesville, where she graduated from high school.

On April 12, 1968, she was married to LeRoy Kilanowski in Minneapolis. They were later divorced. Betty and her family lived in Litchfield for a time, and has lived in Paynesville for the past several years. At one time, Betty was a nursing assistant at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Paynesville, and she was currently a waitress at the Hill Top Restaurant in Paynesville.

Betty was a very loving mother and grandmother. She enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, and camping. She also loved reading, playing cards, and going to bingo games. She loved her kitten, Jasper.

Betty is survived by her son, Theodore "Ted" Kilanowski of Paynesville; daughter, Susan Kilanowski of St. Cloud; two grandchildren; mother, Luella Lehnen of Paynesville; brother, Eugene Lehnen of Paynesville; sisters, Donna Mae (Russell) Vadner of Paynesville and Irene (Jerry) Diedrich of St. Cloud; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father; and sister, Ione Lehnen.

Martha Thoms
Martha E. Thoms, 95, of Paynesville and formerly of Eden Valley, died Thursday, Dec. 14, 2000, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville. Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 18, at Church of God in Eden Valley.

The Rev. Russell Magaw officiated, and burial was in the Old Eden Lake Cemetery in Eden Lake Township.

Martha Thoms was born Feb. 15, 1905, in Eden Lake Township to Charles and Elizabeth (Wilson) Mills. She married Chalmer I. Thoms on June 14, 1922, in St. Cloud. They couple lived and farmed in the Eden Valley area most of their lives. They also farmed in rural Kimball for a number of years. Martha was a member of the Church of God in Eden Valley.

She is survived by her children, June (Ed) Kirkpatrick of Cold Spring, Donald of Cold Spring, and Wayne (Carol) of Glen Ellyn, Ill.; sister, Grace Donahue of Paynesville; 10 grandchildren; 22 great- grandchildren; and 12 great-great- grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Chalmer on Dec. 3, 1991; daughter, Delores Lunderby; two infant daughters; one infant son; two great-grandchildren, Tracy and Sean Kirkpatrick; and five brothers.

Edith Eades
Edith Eades Edith D. Eades, age 86, of Paynesville, died Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2000, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral Services will be 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2000, at the Eden Valley Church of God in Eden Valley. Pastor Russ Magaw will officiate. Burial will take place in the old Eden Lake Cemetery in rural Eden Valley.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Friday at the Daniel Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville and after 10 a.m. on Saturday at the church in Eden Valley. There will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Edith was born Dec. 4, 1914, in Eden Lake Township, Stearns County, Minnesota to Sherman and Estella (Ford) Mills. She married Edward Eades on Sept. 26, 1933, and they lived in Eden Valley most of their married life. Edith moved to Paynesville in 1982. She worked as a clerk for Gaspar Fairway in Eden Valley and later at Wally's G & T Foods in Paynesville for many years. She also worked as a receptionist for Dr. Aulick in Eden Valley. She was a dorm mother for the Oregon Bible College in Illinois for five years, was a volunteer driver for the Stearns County Social Services, the Paynesville Area Health Care System, and for many others in her community. She was a member of the Paynesville Senior Citizens and a lifelong member of the Eden Valley Church of God.

Edith is survived by her son David (Beatrice) Eades of Brainerd, daughter Darlene (Wally) Thyen of Paynesville, five grandchildren: Michael Thyen, Cheryl Wall, Alexandra Slone, Christina Posner and Nicholas Eades, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death are her parents, husband, brothers Scott and Gerald Mills and sisters Madge Coulter and Blanche Coulter.

Pallbearers will be Bud Albright, Dick Coulter, Gary Harris, Robert Johnson, Jack Johnson, Harold Swanson and Al Vogel.

Russell Fowler
Russell Fowler, 96, of Paynesville, formerly of Worthington, died Monday, Dec. 11, 2000, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

The funeral service was held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14, at the Worthington Church of the Brethren, with the Rev. Benson Den Hartog officiating. Interment was held in the Elk Brethren Cemetery in rural Worthington.

Russell Delbert Fowler was born July 23, 1904, in Reading, Minn. He was the son of Roy and Meda (Robbins) Fowler.

In 1924, Russell graduated from the Worthington High School. Following his graduation, he worked at the Reading State Bank for two years. He then worked as a bookkeeper and clerk for Reifsteck Hardware, Johnson Thom Hardware, and an accountant for E.O. Olson Produce Company, and Swanson Brothers.

Russell married Beulah Baker on June 2, 1927, at the home of her parents in Reading. For 27 years, he was an accountant for Campbell Soup Company in Worthington. He retired in 1969 as a supervisor of general accounting for the Campbell Soup Company. In July 1999 they moved to Paynesville.

Russell was a member of the Worthington Church of the Brethren for 82 years. During that time, he served as Sunday school superintendent, chairman of the deacon board, chairman of the board of administration, and was church treasurer for 27 years. He also prepared income taxes for several people, and started the Meals on Wheels program in Worthington. Russell enjoyed working in his lawn and garden, and shoveling snow for his neighbors and friends. He also enjoyed fishing and vacationing with his family.

Russell is survived by his wife, Beulah of Paynesville; daughters, Maurine (Donald) Pederson of Paynesville and Marcellyn Fowler of Kansas City, Mo.; two grandsons; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister; and one brother.

Violet Albrecht
Vi Albrecht Violet M. Albrecht, 88, of Paynesville, died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2000, at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud.

Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 11, at the Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. The Rev. Richard Koehn officiated. Honorary pallbearers were the Rebekah Lodge of Paynesville. Inurnment took place in the Paynesville Cemetery in Paynesville.

Vi was born July 4, 1912, in Eden Lake Township, Stearns County, to Herman "Joe" and Emma (Schultz) Liestman. She married William H. Albrecht on Nov. 7, 1936, at the Zion Church in Paynesville. She worked as a cashier at numerous businesses in Paynesville and most notably at G &T Foods from 1971-1983. She was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church, the Ruth Circle, and a charter member of the Rebekah Lodge.

Vi is survived by her daughters, Sue Ann Albrecht of Waite Park and Kay Collins of Coon Rapids; one granddaughter; one great-granddaughter; sisters, Nolene Stanger of Paynesville and Gladys (Floyd) Hurd of Paynesville; and brother Dale Liestman of Paynesville.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, in 1989; and brothers, Donald and Vernon Liestman.

Russel Moe
Russell Glenn Moe, 73, of Montevideo, died Sunday, Dec. 10, 2000, at the Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Dec. 14, at 1:30 p.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Montevideo, with pastors Warren Broughton and Doug Olson officiating. Entombment will be in the Chapel Mausoleum at Terrace Lawn Memory Gardens.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. today, Wednesday, Dec. 13, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the Wing-Bain Funeral Home in Montevideo.

He was born on June 4, 1927, in Audubon, Minn., the son of Olaf and Ida (Goplen) Moe. He was baptized on Aug. 11, 1927, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Audubon and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at St. Peter's on Oct. 27, 1940.

Russell attended Becker County Country School, Dist. #78. He graduated from high school in Audubon. Russell served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1946 and was honorably discharged. He then attended Moorhead State University, where he received a bachelor's of science degree; the University of Northern Colorado, where he received a master's of art degree; and St. Cloud State University, where he received a master's of science degree.

On Oct. 11, 1952, Russell was united in marriage to Jean Wegner in Paynesville. He was a teacher and counselor in the Appleton, Milan, and Montevideo schools. He also coached the Montevideo golf team and enjoyed all sports, especially golf, football, basketball, and baseball. He also enjoyed gardening, and was a member of the Montevideo American Legion.

Russell is survived by his wife, Jean of Montevideo; daughters, Julie (Bill) Sparrow of Blaine and Laurie Moe (Bill Rucci) of Dubuque, Iowa; four grandchildren; brother, Harlow Moe of Spokane, Wash.; and sisters, Ione Diiro of Moorhead and Evalyn Berg of Richland, Wash.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Alys Olson
Alys Olson, 84, of Willmar and formerly of Glencoe, Paynesville, and Atwater, died Monday, Dec. 4, 2000, at Bethesda Pleasantview Nursing Home in Willmar.

Alys Asta Louise Olson was born on Dec. 14, 1915, in Glencoe, the daughter of William and Augusta (Meyer) Karstens. She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith at the Church of Peace in Glencoe. She grew up in Glencoe, where she attended grade school.

On June 2, 1935, she was united in marriage to Melvin Zumhofe. They lived in Glencoe.

On Sept. 4, 1971, Alys was united in marriage to Kermit Marine Olson. They lived in Paynesville from 1971 to 1991, Litchfield from 1991 to 1993, and Atwater from 1993 to the present. Alys worked as a homemaker and a physical therapist assistant for four years in Hutchinson.

She was a member of the Zion-Irving Lutheran Church, where she was involved with the ladies aid. Among the things she enjoyed were fishing, gardening, baking, cooking, attending church, and nature.

She is survived by her husband, Kermit; daughter, Joan Lence of Chicago, Ill.; stepsons, James (Liz) Olson of Cannon Falls and Johnnie (Pat) Olson of Paynesville; stepdaughters, Elaine (Gary) Sonstegard of Montevideo, Kathryn (Mike) Niewind of Montrose, Verna (Kevin) Burr of Cold Spring, and Pamela (Bruce) Borgerding of Stillwater; 18 step-grandchildren; and 21 step-great-grandchildren.

Alys was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Melvin, on Nov. 7, 1964; three sisters, Elsie, Ruth, and Lillian; and two brothers, Karl and Lester.

David Jones
David L. Jones, 89, of Hawick, died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2000, at the Rice Care Center in Willmar.

The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7, at Zion-Irving Lutheran Church near Paynesville, with the Rev. Linda Lagergren officiating. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville, and one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Interment will be held in the Roseville Cemetery near Hawick.

David Leander Jones was born Aug. 12, 1911, near Hawick. He was the son of John and Josephine (Wall) Jones. David grew up on the family farm near Hawick, where he attended school. Prior to his marriage, he traveled the country and worked at various places. He also served time in the U.S. Army. During this time, he and his friends enjoyed driving their Model T throughout the midwest entering corn husking contests.

On May 18, 1947, David was married to Irene Horky at the Brookfield Trinity Lutheran Church near Hector. Following their marriage, they lived in Edina for two years, where David was a custodian at the Edina High School. In 1949, they moved to Elk River, where he was a hired man for a farmer. In 1952, he and Irene purchased a farm near Hawick. He retired in 1992, at the age of 82. For the past three weeks, he has been living at the Rice Care Center in Willmar. David was a member of the Zion-Irving Lutheran Church.

David was a man who enjoyed the outdoors, people, and family. He also was a hard worker. He enjoyed farming and working in his garden. He was proud of his farmstead, always having it look nice. He enjoyed visiting with his many friends and he would do anything for anyone.

David is survived by his wife, Irene of Willmar; son, Kevin (Benita) of Gaylord; daughters, Sandra (Tom) Kustermann of Maple Grove, Bonnie (Lyle) Lange of Willmar, and Joanne Jones of Willmar; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Charles (Ruth) Jones of Lakeland, Fla.; and sisters, Alice Swanson of New London, Minnie Forness of New London, and Eleanora Odland of Menahga.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers; and sisters.


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