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Duane Mages, 63, St. Martin
Duane Mages, 63, of St. Martin died on Monday, Dec. 28, at his home.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, Jan. 2, at St. Martin Catholic Church. Burial was in the St. Martin Parish Cemetery.

Duane was born on Aug. 3, 1952, in Redwood Falls to Alphonse and Barbara (Kodet) Mages.

He married Jermayne Hartmann on Sept. 27, 1974, in St. Willibrord Catholic Church in Gibbon, Minn.

Duane worked as a tractor mechanic from 1970 to 1976 at Millner & Sellner Implement in Sleepy Eye, Minn.

Duane and Jermayne resided in Sleepy Eye for two years after being married. They moved to St. Martin and started farming in 1976.

Duane sold off the dairy cows in the late 90s. He ran his own trucking service for the U.S. Postal Service until 2007.

Duane continued to farm with his sons until the present.

He loved Christmas lights Duane is survived by his wife, Jermayne; children, Roger (LaCosta), James (Tricia), Laura (Ryan), Ken (Trista), Steven (Melanie), and Melanie (Steve); grandchildren, Brady, Grant, Kyle, Stephanie, Ashley, Brooke, Julia, Nora, Jasmine, Logan, and Myla.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Paula Mages; son, Douglas Mages; father, Alphonse; brother, Robert Mages; sister, Mary Beth Mages; brothers-in-law, Chuck Strate and Warren Hartmann; niece, Teresa Campbell; and nephew, Mike Gall.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials.


James Fasbender, 82, Paynesville
James P. Fasbender, 82, of Paynesville died on Thursday, Dec. 31, at Hilltop Health Care Center in Watkins.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Monday, Jan. 4, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Entombment was in St. Louis Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum.

James was born on Feb. 16, 1933, to Benjamin and Florence (Davis) Fasbender in Hendricks, Minn.

During his youth, he helped on the farm and also did carpentry work.

James married MaryAnn Ludwig on June 30, 195,9 at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry.

After their marriage, they farmed near White, S.D., until 1963, when they moved to the farm they purchased in rural Paynesville.

He is survived by his wife; children, Dr. Patricia Fasbender of Des Moines, Iowa, Linda (Scott) Liebl of Richmond, and Joe (Christina) Fasbender of Wyoming, Minn.; seven grandchildren; and sisters, Sr. Ann Fasbender of Yankton, S.D., and Veronica Reilly of Huron, S.D. James was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Amy; and sisters, Sr. Bennett Fasbender and Sr. Veronica Fasbender.

In lieu of flowers, masses and memorials are preferred.


Dallas Richardson, 31, St. Joseph
Dallas M. Richardson, 31, of St. Joseph, and formerly of Paynesville, died on Thursday, Dec. 24, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 7, at Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville. A visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service.

Dallas Mitchel Richardson was born on Jan. 29, 1984, to Mitchel and Cheryl (Nelson) Richardson in Minneapolis.

He grew up in Crystal and Paynesville, where he graduated from high school.

Dallas worked at WACOSA in St. Cloud.

Dallas is survived by his mother, Cheryl, of St. Joseph; brother, Daniel, of Maple Grove; maternal grandfather, Leroy Nelson, of Belgrade; paternal grandmother, Margaret Richardson, of Orville, Calif.; two aunts and their spouses; a cousin; and many other relatives.

Dallas was preceded in death by his father, Mitchel; grandmothers, Judith Nelson and Dorothy Nelson; grandfather, Jim Richardson; and his great-grandparents.


Henry Schlick, 98, St. Martin
Henry Schlick, 98, of St. Martin died on Thursday,╩Dec. 31, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Mass of Christian burial will be held on╩Thursday Jan. 7, at 11 a.m. at St. Martin Catholic Church. Burial will follow the service in the St. Martin cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on╩Wednesday, Jan. 6, at the St. Martin Parish Hall and for one hour prior to the service on Thursday.

Henry Schlick was born on Dec. 23, 1917, to Mike and Catherine Schlick on the family farm just southeast of St. Martin.

After completing grade school, he attended the University of Minnesota Farm School for three winters and then returned to the family farm, where he farmed until his retirement. ╩

He was a very good and successful farmer and dairyman; he was always gentle with his cows.

Henry married Ada T. Schlick on Dec. 23, 1974.

In 1981, they retired from the farm and moved to╩St. Martin. During their retirement years, they enjoyed traveling together, visiting casinos, fishing with their grandchildren, and family events.

In early retirement,╩Henry went to the farm to help Joe, played cards at the Silver Spur, learned to bake cookies, and╩tended a large garden.

He was known for his dedication to his family and his community. ╩

Henry is survived by his four stepchildren, ╩Jim (Sharon) of St. Cloud, Joe (Mary Jo) of St. Martin, John (Loretta) of Willmar, and Anne (Gary) Lauer of Hugo, Minn.; 13 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. ╩

He was preceded in death by his brother, Edwin, and his wife, Ada (December 2008).


Shirley Cromwell, 72, Paynesville
Shirley Ann Cromwell, 72, of Paynesville passed away on Sunday, Dec. 20.

The family will carry out Shirley's final wish to have a private family service. She will be buried next to the love of her life and her first born daughter, Joy.

Shirley Ann Cromwell was born on March 27, 1943, to Hertha and Arthur Fenske in Morgan, Minn.

After her early childhood years in Morgan, they moved to Paynesville, MN, where she lived most of her life. As her MS progressed and she needed daily care she moved to a home in Waite Park.

She married George M. Cromwell Jr. on July 29, 1961, at Paynesville Lutheran Church. To this union, four children were born.

Shirley worked for the Paynesville School District for many years as a teacher's aide in the special education department until the complications of MS caused her to retire. She had a great desire to help the children who entered her door daily and loved the teachers that she worked with.

She then entered into the best phase of life when her first grandson, Travis, was born. She adored her grandkids, and as each one came along, she realized that the littlest things took up the greatest room in her heart. She was also blessed to be a great-grandma a few years ago when sweet little angel, Daphne Barg, was born.

There are moments that mark your life...moments when you realize nothing will ever be the same. Time is divided into two parts, before this and after this. Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.

Shirley was welcomed home by the loving angels on Dec. 20 into the loving arms of her husband, George, her daughter Joy, and many other loved ones that have passed on before her. Life is not forever, but love is.

She is survived by her children, Roy (Lyn) Cromwell, Tonya (Danny) Meagher, and Jesse (Nicole) Cromwell; grandchildren, Travis Cromwell (Kayla), Crystal (Elliot) Barg, Tyler Cromwell, Devin and Connor Meagher, and Alex, Vincent, and Jack Cromwell; great-granddaughter, Daphne Barg; brothers, Herb (Carol) Fenske and Dallas (Pat) Fenske; sister, Joann (Bruce) Krupke; many nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Gwen Stanger; dear friend, Dave Backes ,who was so good to her; and many other special friends that touched her life.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George (2006); daughter, Joy (2012); infant sister, Darlene; nephew, Scott Fenske; aunts and uncles; and other loved ones.


Bernice Sandry, 78, Litchfield
Bernice L. Sandry, 78, of Litchfield died on Wednesday, Dec. 23, at the Ecumen Emmanuel Nursing Home in Litchfield.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday, Dec. 29, at the Augustana Memorial Chapel in Litchfield. Burial was in Lake Ripley Cemetery in Litchfield.

Bernice Lydia Sandry, the daughter of Herman and Rose (Boerner) Studeman, was born on May 4, 1937, in Corvuso, Minn., where she attended country school.

She married Leforest Working on Sept. 28, 1962, and later married Marlyn Sandry on Feb. 14, 1987.

Throughout her life, Bernice lived in Corvuso, Paynesville, Eden Valley, Grove City, and Litchfield.

She is survived by her husband, Marlyn Sandry, of Litchfield; daughters, Nancy (Paul) Goeddertz of Grove City and Elsie (Dallas) Kashmark of Litchfield; step-daughters, Kimberly Sandry of Litchfield and Kay (Daniel) Alm of Litchfield; two grandsons; four step-grandsons; a step-granddaughter; a step-great-granddaughter; a step-great-grandson; and brother LeRoy Studeman of Wisconsin.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Rose; husband, Leforest Working; and step-son, Verlyn Sandry.


Donald Albright, 91, Paynesville
Donald D. Albright, 91, of Paynesville died on Thursday, Dec. 17, at the VA Medical Center in St. Cloud.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Dec. 22, at the Church of God in Eden Valley. Rev. Ann Fishbacher officiated, and burial was in Old Eden Lake Cemetery.

Donald was born on Nov. 29, 1924, to Arlo and Evelyn (Isaacson) Albright in Litchfield.

He proudly served his country in the United States Army during WWII. Donald was in the Pacific Theatre and continued his service as part of the Occupation Forces in Japan.

On April 7, 1949, Donald married the love of his life, Virginia Lynn Coulter, at the Church of God in Eden Valley. Their union lasted until Virginia's death in 1988.

He worked all of his life as a farmer.

He was honest and strong-willed and worked very hard for everything he had. Hard work was of great importance to him, which was something that he instilled in his family.

Donald is survived by his sons, Barry (Julann) of Paynesville and Allen (Laurie) of Hawley; five grandchildren; brother, Douglas, of Huron, S.D.; and a sister-in-law.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Virginia; and sister, Eleanor.


Valieta Norris, 91, Paynesville
Valieta B. Norris, 91, of Paynesville passed away on Monday, Dec. 14, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

A gathering of family and friends is being planned at a later date.

Valieta was born on Dec. 2, 1924, in Paynesville to Otto and Elsbeth Mčndke Beyer.

When Valieta's mother contracted tuberculosis, Valieta was raised by John and Minnie Nehring.

She graduated from Paynesville High School in 1942.

After graduation, she worked for the telephone company for the next five years.

Valieta married Howard R. Norris from Hawick in 1948, and to this union, one daughter, Yvette, was born. The family made their home in Forsyth, Mont.

Following Howard's death in 2005, Valieta moved back to Paynesville and resided at Stearns Place.

Valieta is survived by her daughter, Yvette (Dick) Lechner; grandson, Derek; and granddaughter, Nicole, of Edina, Minn.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Howard; and her brother, John Beyer.


Shirley Voigt, 70, Grove City
Shirley A. Voigt, 70, died on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at her home near Grove City.

A memorial service was held on Monday, Dec. 14, at Paynesville Lutheran Church.

Shirley Ann Voigt was born on May 5, 1945, to Ernest and Viola (Diekman) Meyer on the family farm near Sherburn.

She was baptized on June 7, 1945 and confirmed on April 10, 1960, both at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Welcome.

She grew up on the family farm and attended Sherburn High School, graduating in 1963.

On May 28, 1966, Shirley married Lowell Voigt. This union was blessed with two sons and two daughters. They shared 49 years of marriage.

They made their home in Truman, Upsala, Eden Valley, and Grove City, where they owned and operated a dairy farm.

Shirley is survived by her husband of 49 years, Lowell; children, Roger (Amy) Voigt of Richmond, Shari (Ricky) Weir of Villard, Nancy Voigt of Grove City, and Todd Voigt of Grove City; four grandchildren; siblings, Glenn Meyer, Cliff Meyer and Fred Meyer; mother-in-law, Velma Voigt; and brothers- and sisters-in-law.


Marian Illies, 79, Paynesville
Marian R. Illies, 79, of Paynesville died on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at the Assumption Home in Cold Spring.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Friday, Dec. 4, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Entombment was in the St. Louis Parish Mausoleum.

Marian was born on April 10, 1936, to Edward and Anna (Faber) Illies in Greenwald, Minn.

She worked at the Melrose Hospital and, later, the Paynesville Hospital as a dietary aide for 36 years.

Marian is survived by her brothers, Jerome Illies of Cold Spring and Alcuin Illies of St. Cloud; sister, Ione of Richmond; a sister-in-law; a brother-in-law; two nephews; and a niece Shelly.

Marian was preceded in death by her parents.


Victor Fischer, 75, Paynesville
Victor N. Fischer, 75, of Paynesville died on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at his home.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Monday, Dec. 7, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Victor Norbert Fischer was born on Feb. 22, 1940, to Herman and Margaret (Pohlmann) Fischer in St. Martin. He grew up on a farm north of Paynesville with his three brothers and three sisters.

Victor graduated form Paynesville High School prior to serving in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1957 to 1963.

Victor married Julie Lieser on June 26, 1961, in Lake Henry. This union was blessed with two daughters and a son. The family made their home in rural Paynesville.

Victor worked for UPS for 33 years and enjoyed delivering packages to people all over Stearns County.

Victor is survived by his wife, Julie Fischer of Paynesville; children, Kathy (Richard) Schmidt of New London, Tom (Marie Wander) Fischer of Glenwood, and Lynn (Bill) Wuertz of Paynesville; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and siblings, Harold Fischer, Clarence Fischer, Deloris Maffot, Mary Alice Scheel, Linda Flint, and Duanne Fischer.

Victor was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Donald; and sister, Luella.


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