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Beulah Laidlaw, 83, Litchfield
Beulah I. Laidlaw, 83, of Litchfield died on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at the Litchfield Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Dec. 23, at the Grove City Baptist Church. Burial was in the Mannanah Cemetery.

Beulah Laidlaw was born on March 28, 1928, to John and Grace (Brostrom) Wold in Dunn County, Wis.

She graduated from Eau Claire High School in 1946.

She married Eben Maly in 1948. He passed away in 1954.

She married Earl Laidlaw on Feb. 15, 1958, at the Methodist Church in Raymond. They farmed near Mannanah until retiring in 1985.

They moved to Paynesville in 1998. Earl passed away in 2000.

She had lived in Litchfield for the past three years.

Beulah is survived by her children, David (Barb) of Grove City, Rebekah (Mark) Midler of North Mankato, Dorene (Roger) Alexander of Raleigh, N.C., Dean (Kathy) of St. Cloud, Dennis (Debra) of Montrose, Becky (Dwayne) Klebs of Sartell, and Rick (Barb) of Grove City; a daughter-in-law; 19 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and brother, Orval Wold of Denver, Colo.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; daughter, Sandra; son, Eben; a great- granddaughter; and brother, Robert Wold.


Melvin Noren
Melvin Noren died on Friday, Dec. 9.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, Dec. 30, at 12 noon at Paynesville Lutheran Church. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.


Carol Keller Olson, 52, Belgrade
Carol D. Keller Olson, 52, of Belgrade, died on Thursday, Dec. 15.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Dec. 20, at Our Lady of The Lakes Catholic Church in Spicer.Burial was in St. Anthony Cemetery in Regal.

Carol Keller Olson was born on June 6, 1959, to Harold and Mary Jane (Roering) Keller in Paynesville.

She worked for the Willmar Regional Treatment Center from 1977 to 1979 and was employed by Jennie-O Foods from 1979 until 1985, when she began working for the USDA. She also worked part time at the Belgrade Nursing Home.

Carol is survived by her brothers and sisters, Walter Keller of Crookston, Doris Sieben of Rockville, Nick Keller of Richmond, John Keller of St. Joseph, Alice Hiltner of Hawick, Vic Keller of Hawick, Helen Hiltner of Paynesville, Ron Keller of Belgrade, Dennis (Connie) Keller of Belgrade, and Allen Keller of Belgrade; 33 nieces and nephews; and 28 great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother-in-law; and her nephew and godson.


Edward Kalkbrenner, 75, Paynesville
Edward F. Kalkbrenner, 75, of Paynesville died very suddenly on Friday, Dec. 16, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Dec. 20, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Edward Kalkbrenner was born April 24, 1936, to Alvin and Verena (Neuman) Kalkbrenner in Paynesville.

He married Doreen Lahr on Dec. 28, 1954, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville.

He farmed near Paynesville all of his life.

Edward is survived by his wife, Doreen; children, Judy (Dean) Hoeft of St. Cloud, Daniel Kalkbrenner of St. Paul Park, Lisa (Robin) Wagner of Fisher, Cindy (Steve) Fuchs of Paynesville, Todd (Tracy) Kalkbrenner of Paynesville, Richard Kalkbrenner of Paynesville, and Michelle (Kevin) Notch of St. Cloud; 16 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Jack; a daughter-in-law; and brother, Donald Kalkbrenner.


Patricia Bagley, 73, Walker
Patricia "Patty" Bagley, 73, of Walker, and formerly of Paynesville, died on Friday, Dec. 16.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 7, at the Church of Our Lady in Manannah.

Patty Bagley was born on April 1, 1938, to Lester and Louise (Prasch) in Sauk Centre. She enjoyed growing up on the family farm near Regal and loved feeding the baby calves and driving the Ford Tractor.

Patty moved with her parents to Holdingford in 1969 and then back to Paynesville when her mother retired from teaching.

Patty worked at WACOSA in Cold Spring and St. Cloud for 30 years.

Patty had recently moved to the Golden Living Center in Walker to be closer to her sister, JoAnn.

Patty is survived by her sister and brothers, JoAnn Perro of Walker, Bill Bagley of Regal, and Roger Bagley of Paynesville; 11 nieces and nephews; and 19 great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved dog.


Idella Arbogast, 99, Paynesville
Idella A. Arbogast, 99, of Paynesville died on Monday, Dec. 5, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Dec. 9, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Idella Arbogast was born on Aug. 7, 1912, to Herman and Augusta (Liebrenz) Gruetzmacher in Paynesville.

She attended school at District 43.

She married Richard Arbogast on May 6, 1936, at the old Zion Evangelical Church in rural Paynesville.

They farmed in the Manannah area before moving to Paynesville in 1988. Their union lasted until Richard's death in 1989.

Idella is survived by her sister, Ruby Arbogast of Edina; a sister-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard; parents; and brothers and sister, Arleigh, Marvin, and Alma Galles.


Melvin Noren, 94, Paynesville
Melvin Noren, 94, of Paynesville died on Friday, Dec. 9.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Melvin Noren was born on March 24, 1917, to Henry E. and Marie (Swanson) Noren in Chisago City, Minn.

He married Evelyn Victoria Larson on Oct. 18, 1941, in Forest Lake, Minn.

Melvin and Evelyn started the Paynesville Greenhouse in 1952 on a grain field at the edge of Paynesville. They successfully built the business for 28 years, including greenhouses, floral design work, and a nursery.

Melvin is survived by three children, Judy (Robert) Faulhaber of Sunnyvale, Calif., Marlo Noren of Staunton, Va., and Lynne (Clayton) Humphrey of Combined Locks, Wis.; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother, Gordy Noren; and Mary Janotta, adopted member of the family and church family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, four brothers, and one sister.


Anita Orbeck, 91, Paynesville
Anita Ann Orbeck, 91, of Paynesville died on Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Assumption Home in Cold Spring.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Dec. 12, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the St. Louis Parish Cemetery.

Anita Orbeck was born on Sept. 24, 1920, to Peter and Johanna (Gysberg) Stern in Lake George Township.

She married John Orbeck on Aug. 29, 1939, at St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin.

She worked as a nurse's assistant at Koronis Manor for many years. She also worked as a waitress at Frank's Cafe.

Anita is survived by her sons, Eugene of Hayward, Wis., Jerome (Gayla) of Paynesville, DuWayne (Jean) of Kimball, Gerald (Helen) of Rockville, Ralph (Dawn) of Paynesville, Ronald (Lori) of Wasilla, Ark., Virgil (Tina) of Cold Spring, Allen of Centerville, Iowa, and Darin (Michelle) of Cold Spring; daughters, Diane Coiley of Fairbanks, Ark., and Marlene (Earl) Lahr of St. Cloud; 35 grandchildren; 56 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and sisters, Gertrude Clark, Eleanor Gavin, Dorothy Eberle, and Lorraine Oehlert.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John; daughter, Joyce; three brothers, Richard, Alphonse, and Donald Stern; two sisters, Jean Riegert and Cecilia Bauer; and two infant brothers.


LeRoy Mackedanz, 73, Pine River
LeRoy Mackedanz, 73, of Pine River, and formerly of Paynesville, died on Friday, Dec. 9, at his home.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the St. Agnes Parish Cemetery in Roscoe with full military honors.

LeRoy was born on May 3, 1938, to Bernard and Anna (Flint) Mackedanz in Eden Lake Township. He lived and worked on the family dairy farm with his brother Ralph most of his life.

He served in the U. S. Army Reserve for six years.

LeRoy married Joyce Mithaugen on Oct. 7, 1961, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson. LeRoy and Joyce shared 50 years of marriage.

In 1986, he was forced into retirement due to back surgery. This allowed him to spend more time fishing, tinkering, woodcarving, playing cards, following the Twins and Vikings, going to the casino, and spending time at the coffee shop with "the boys."

LeRoy is survived by his wife, Joyce; children, Roxann (Dick) Knisley of Paynesville, David (Neva) of Brook Park, Dennis (Teri) of Park Rapids, Keith (Ann) of Fridley, and Barb (Scott Peterson) of Floodwood, Minn.; 17 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters; and one brother.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Anna; a granddaughter; and two brothers and one sister.


Alvin Hartmann, 89, Paynesville
Alvin "Bub" Hartmann, 89, of Paynesville died on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at his home.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 3, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial – with military honors provided by the Paynesville American Legion Post #271 –was in the parish cemetery.

Bub Hartmann was born on Oct. 27, 1922, to the late Raymond and Mathilda (Lenner) Hartmann in Paynesville.

He was a World War II Veteran who served in the Philippines.

He married Victoria B. Lieser on June 26, 1951, at St. Louis Catholic Church.

He took on the family Hartmann Ice Company in Paynesville, cutting ice off Lake Koronis and later selling ice cubes made by machines.

Bub was also a truck driver, farmer, and worked road maintenance.

He plowed snow for the Paynesville area for over 50 years. He worked with his brother, Jim, in partnership for many years.

Bub was also a volunteer fireman for over 30 years, serving as fire chief for 13 of those years. He was instrumental in getting mutual aid agreements with area townships and cities, which enabled Paynesville to purchase one of the first large fire trucks in outstate Minnesota.

Bub is survived by his wife, Vicky; children, David (Shirley) of Alexandria, Wayne (Debra) of Fargo, Mike of Paynesville, Susan (John) Teicher of Paynesville, and Paul (Jeri) of Bismarck; six grandchildren; and brother, Jim of Paynesville.

He was preceded in death by his son, Gary, and siblings, Lorraine, Bernadine, and Willard.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.


Loretta Kennicke, 96, Paynesville
Loretta A. (Judisch) Kennicke, 96, of Paynesville died on Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

A family memorial service will be held in Fargo, N.D., in the spring.

Loretta Kennicke was born on Sept 24, 1915, to Sophia and August Judisch in Fredrick, Wis. Loretta was the youngest of eight children: five brothers and two sisters, all who are deceased.

She married Edward Kennicke on Jan. 23, 1937, in Moorhead. They lived in Fargo, N.D., until 1976; in Clear Lake, Iowa, until 1978; on Lake Koronis in Paynesville until 1987; and in St. Cloud until 1992.

After Edward's death, Loretta moved back to Paynesville to be close to family.

Loretta is survived by her daughters, Elvon (Don) Pietsch of Paynesville and Leola Kennicke (Marilyn Bradley) of Estes Park, Colo.; two grandsons, Brandon Pietsch of Estes Park, Colo., and Brent (Jody) Pietsch of Anoka; six great-grandchildren, Katie Pietsch of Zurich, Switzerland, Becca and Tommy Caldwell of Estes Park, Colo., William Pietsch of Monterey, Calif., Shawn and Kerra Pietsch of Andover, Amy Pietsch of Duluth, and Dana Pietsch of Anoka; two sisters-in-law; and nieces and nephews.

Loretta was preceded in death by her parents and siblings.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice are welcomed.


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