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Charles Weber, 86, Hawick
Charles Weber, 86, of Hawick died on Wednesday, Dec. 25, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 28, at Zion-Irving Lutheran Church in rural Hawick. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Charles William Weber was born on Jan. 5, 1927, to Matt and Minnie (Eades) Weber in Paynesville.

He attended Paynesville High School.

At the age of 16, Charles enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served his country during WWII in the South Pacific. At the end of the war, he was discharged and returned home until the Korean War, when he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was honorably discharged on Feb 2, 1954.

On Oct. 4, 1955, Charles married Anna Everson. To this union a son and a daughter were born.

They made their home in Hawick, where he worked as a farm supervisor for Jennie-O.

Charles and Anna were able to share in 49 years of marriage before her death on Feb. 25, 2001.

Charles is survived by his children, John Weber of Hawick and Beth Tersteeg (companion Clayton Daniels) of Hawick; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and brother, Gene Weber.

Charles was preceded in death by his wife, Anna; parents; siblings, Cleona, Fredia, Ruth, Alice, Robert, and Edward; and infant brother, Terry.


Deanna Riffe, 76, Paynesville
Deanna Riffe, 76, of Paynesville died on Friday, Dec. 27, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 3, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Inurnment will take place at a later date at the Manannah Cemetery.

A visitation will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday at the church.

Deanna was born on Aug. 13, 1937, in Vining, Minn., to Carl and Elva (Fiskum) Johnson.

She was employed as a nursing assistant by the Sister Kenny Institute in Minneapolis.

Deanna married John E. Riffe on Aug. 13, 1965, at Delano United Methodist Church. The couple farmed in the Delano, Maple Plain, Browerville, and Sauk Centre areas.

The family has lived in the Paynesville area since 1988.

Deanna has been a resident of the Koronis Manor since 2009.

Deanna is survived by her husband, John Sr. of Paynesville; children, Jean (Barry)Hazelwood of Topeka, Kan., Jody (Paul) Dirckx of St. Cloud, and John Jr. (Jody) of Elk River; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother, Harlan of Evansville; and sister, Lola Hanson of Phoenix, Ariz.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Warren “Sonny;” and sister, Eileen Cribbs.


Dennis Roos, 60, Lake Henry
Dennis D. Roos, 60, of Lake Henry died on Wednesday, Dec. 25, at his home.

A memorial service was held on Monday, Dec. 30, at Nordland Lutheran Church in rural Payn-esville. Inurnment was at Eden Lake Cemetery in Eden Valley.

Dennis Duaine Roos was born on Oct. 2, 1953, in Grove City, to Bill and Ellen (Hedtke) Roos.

He was baptized and confirmed into the Christian faith at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Atwater, where he also attended elementary and middle school. Dennis then went on to graduate from Eden Valley High School with the Class of 1971.

He had many jobs in his life, most recently working for Lake Henry Implement, from which he retired.

Dennis is survived by his mother, Ellen; siblings, Myron Roos of Paynesville, Wendy Cochran of Swanville, Jeff Roos of Paynesville, and Robin Anderson of Belgrade; and many nieces and nephews.

Dennis was preceded in death by his father, Bill; brother, Mark Roos; sister, Christine Christle; and a nephew.


George Fuchs, 81, Paynesville
Mass of Christian Burial was held at on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville for George J. Fuchs, 81, of Paynesville, who passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the Koronis Manor with family by his side. Reverend Glenn Krystosek officiated. Entombment was in the parish cemetery mausoleum.

George was born on July 5, 1932, in Lake Henry to Anton and Regina (Lieser) Fuchs.

He married Jeanette Illies on Aug. 27, 1956, at St. John's Catholic Church in Meire Grove. They lived and farmed by Lake Henry for many years, moving to Paynesville in 1985.

George was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church, the Sauk Centre Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus Queen of Peace Assembly, the Knights of Columbus Council #3820, the Catholic Order of Foresters, St. Joseph's Society, and the Plowmen Association.

He enjoyed dancing, playing cards, traveling, winters in Arizona, reading, and visiting with family and friends and was a general handyman. George especially loved all the time spent with his family.

He took his plowing competitions very seriously, winning many local, state, and national titles; highlighted by his representation of the United States in Africa in 1995.

George is survived by his daughters, Sharon (Steve) Meyer of Raymond, Lois (Loren) Engelby of Atwater, Denise (Tim) Smith of Raymond, Joyce (Joel) Roelike of Lake Henry, and Brenda (Joey) Lieser of Meire Grove; 19 grandchildren; 11 greatgrandchildren; brother and sisters, Urban (Doreen) Fuchs of Paynesville, Alice (John) Stalboerger of Cold Spring, and Bernie (Arlyn) Hedtke of Grove City; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Jeanette, in 2011; son-in-law, Lyle Mahn; and sisters, Theresa and Rosemary.

A special 'thank you' to the staff at the Koronis Manor for all the care given to George.


Eldon Hoeft, 92, Paynesville
Eldon E. Hoeft, 92, of Paynesville died on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 700 Stearns Place in Paynesville.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, Dec. 21, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Eldon Emmett Hoeft was born on July 16, 1921, to Emil and Mathilda (Glenz) Hoeft in Lake Henry Township. He grew up on the family farm where he attended Grove Country School. Eldon then went on to graduate from Paynesville High School with the Class of 1939.

Eldon was baptized in 1921 at Rural Grove Church and was confirmed into the Christian faith at EUB Church in Paynesville.

On Aug. 22, 1945, Eldon married Ruth Knebel at EUB Church in Paynesville. This union was blessed with two daughters and four sons. They shared 68 years of marriage.

The family made their home on Eldon's family farm in rural Paynesville, where Eldon farmed. In 1976, he moved to the river farm where they lived until Eldon semi-retired in 1991. Eldon and Ruth then moved to their retirement home where they lived until recently, when they moved to 700 Stearns Place due to health concerns.

Eldon is survived by his wife, Ruth; children, David (Barb) Hoeft of Paynesville, Helen (Jerry) Olsen of Paynesville, Jerry (Melody) Hoeft of Paynesville, Dean (Judy) Hoeft of St. Cloud, Beth (Scott) Person of Morristown, and Bill (Nancy) Hoeft of Paynesville; 18 grandchildren; and many great grandchildren.

Eldon was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, and three sisters.


Roberta Dietrich, 84, Cold Spring
Roberta J. "Bobbie" Dietrich, 84, of Cold Spring, also known as "the back-scratching grandma," died on Thursday, Dec. 12, at Assumption Home in Cold Spring while surrounded by family.

A memorial service was held on Monday, Dec. 16, at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring.

Bobbie was born on Nov. 19, 1929, to Herbert and Florence Cochrane. She grew up in Aberdeen, S.D., where she graduated from Aberdeen Central High School in 1947 and attended Northern State University. There, she met a rough and tumble rodeo cowboy named Martin Dietrich who swept her off her two left feet, and they married in 1955.

Bobbie was a selfless, loving, fun-loving wife, mother of two, grandmother of six, and foster parent of five. She also pinch-hit as a stand-in mother to children of all ages everywhere she called home.

Bobbie was employed by Northern States Power in Aberdeen, was secretary to the mayor of Aberdeen, and was a secretary at First National Bank in Groton, S.D.

Bobbie is survived by her husband, Martin Dietrich; daughter, TyLynn (Steve) Theis; son, Doug Dietrich; six grandchildren; siblings, Joan Caven, Georgia Anderson, Herb Cochrane, and Jackie Reed; foster sons, Kevin Langager and Jake Rantanen; and foster daughters, Nancy Daniels, Doris Johnson, and Tammy Jackels.

Bobbie was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Francis Cochrane, and siblings, Fran Adair, Paula Gallipo, and Pat Borchers.

In lieu of flowers, friends and family are requested to send donations to either the American Diabetes Association or to the Dakota Boy’s and Girl’s Ranch.


Renee Topp, 63, Eden Valley
Renee W. Topp, 63, of Eden Valley died on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Meeker Memorial Hospital in Litchfield after a three-year courageous battle with breast cancer.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 7, at Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Renee was born on Oct. 3, 1950, to Clinton and Audrey (Gerber) Hintz in Hutchinson.

She married David Topp on April 15, 1972, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Eden Valley.

Renee grew up in Watkins and had lived on Eden Lake since her marriage.

She worked as a manager at the Paynesville Liquor Store and as a waitress at the Litchfield Eagles Club.

Renee is survived by her husband, David of Eden Valley; sons and daughter, Lance of St. Cloud, Hannah (Jason) Schefers of Richmond, and Brian (Melinda) of Eden Valley; mother, Audrey Hintz of Watkins; twin brother, Roger Hintz of Litchfield; sisters, Ruth Darcy of Greeley, Colo., and Karen Schneider of Watkins; a granddaughter; and many in-laws, nieces, and nephews.

Renee was preceded in death by her father.


Sara Yoder, 93, Grove City
Sara A. Yoder, 93, of Grove City died on Sunday, Dec. 1, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Her funeral service was held on Thursday, Dec. 5, at Evangelical Free Church in rural Paynesville. Burial was in Burr Oak Cemetery in rural Grove City.

Sara (Miller) Yoder was born on July 8, 1920, in Stark County, Ohio, to Adam and Anna (Schlabach) Miller.

She moved with her parents to Kokomo, Ind., and, later, to Kalona, Iowa. There, she married Amos Yoder on June 15, 1954.

In her youth, she accepted Christ as her savior and was baptized. For the last 41 years, she was a faithful member of Believers' Fellowship Mennonite Church in rural Grove City, where she was active as a Sunday School teacher and in the ladies’ sewing circle. She used her God-given talent as an encourager to many.

She lived at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville for several months after breaking her hip in August.

Sara is survived by her husband, Amos; six children, Philip of Canby, Ore., Marcus (Anna) of Grove City, Fred (Loraine) of Corn, Okla., Rebecca (Rod) Barbo of Dayton, Va., Dorcas (Paul) Smucker of Halsey, Ore., and Margaret (Chad) Koehn of Kutztown, Pa.; 17 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and sister, Lovina Kauffman of Kalona, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson; and three brothers, Ervin, David, and Mahlon.


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