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Maurice Dosdall, 93, Paynesville
Maurice O. Dosdall, 93, of Paynesville died on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, at the Glenwood Retire-ment Village. His funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, at Paynesville Lutheran Church. Burial will be at the Paynesville Cemetery. A visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the church. Services are entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville. Maurice (Maury) Odin Dosdall was born on Feb. 23, 1926, to Henry and Mayme (Syverson) Dosdall in rural Cyrus, Minn. He graduated from Cyrus High School in 1945. Maurice married Margaret Beth Smith on June 16, 1948, at St. John's Lutheran Church near Cyrus. Later that year, they moved to Paynesville and Maurice got a job in Kimball, Minnesota teaching agriculture to returning GIs. In 1951, he joined Koronis Mills as manager of the mill. In 1967, he became a sales representative with Doboy Feeds. Twenty years later, with partner Steve Frieler, he bought the Sauk Centre Feed and Farm Supply, which he ran for 10 years. Maurice was very active in his church and the community. He was a member of Paynesville Lutheran Church, where he served on several committees, for more than 65 years. He was a member of the Paynesville Lions Club, where he had perfect attendance for over 50 years. He also served on the local school board for 16.5 years. Maurice is survived by his wife, Ardis (Barsness); children, Bruce (Barb) of Minneapolis; Steve (Ellen) of Brooklyn Park; and Gary (Julie) of Minnetonka; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by first wife, Margaret (Smith); and second wife, Bernadette (Bott).
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, at Zion Irving Lutheran Church in rural Paynesville for Algene Anton Otteson, 87, of Paynesville, who passed away on, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, at the Paynesville Hospital. Reverends Galen and Marcia Sylvester will officiate. Burial will take place in Zion Irving Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville and one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the church. Arrangements are with the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville. Algene was born on Aug. 20, 1932, in Irving Township, Kandiyohi County, Minn., to Anton and Irene (Johnson) Otteson. He attended rural schools and was baptized and confirmed at Zion-Irving Lutheran Church, where he has remained a lifelong member. On July 11, 1952, he was untied in marriage to Carol Duis at Zion-Irving Lutheran Church. They farmed for many years in Irving Township until retiring in the fall of 1997. During his farming years, he also drove milk truck for Grove City Creamery and drove school bus for Paynesville Motor and Transfer. As a faithful and devoted member of his church, he served on the church council, parish council, ushered, and was the custodian and cemetery caretaker. Farming was his life, and his family recalls how meticulous he was with his farm equipment. He continued to take care of the farm up until his death. Algene always enjoyed visiting with family and friends and even with people he didn't know. He was a loving, kind, and gentle person to all. Algene is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Carol; four children, Connie (George) Blank of Casselton, N.D., Blake (Shawna Larsen) Otteson of Volga, S.D., Robyn (Loren) Wendroth of Rochester, Minn., and Todd (Patty) Otteson of Red Wing, Minn.; 10 grandchildren, Carl Blank, Laurie (Jake) Palen, Rebecca Baugher, Valerie (David) Unterberger, Collin (Katie) Otteson, Laura (Ricky) Hinman, Kaylyn (JT) Rhode, Keaton Wendroth, and Amy and Emily Otteson; 11 great-grandchildren, Carli and Kendra Blank, Winston and Scarlett Palen, Kuddyer Baugher, Bria and Chase Unterberger, Hans and Gwen Otteson, Olivia Hinman, and Avery Rhode; one brother, Jon (Judy) Otteson of Hutchinson; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Arnold. Memorials are preferred to Zion Irving Lutheran Church or to the donor's choice. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staffs of the St. Cloud Hospital and the Paynesville Hospital for their care and support.
Memorial Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Jeffrey R. Schmiesing, 56, of Freeport will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry. Jeff passed away peacefully, with family by his side, on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, at the St. Cloud Hospital. Jeff fought a courageous three-year battle with cancer. Reverend Glenn Krystosek will officiate. Burial will be private. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20, and after 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21, both at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry. Arrangements are with Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home, Paynesville. Jeff was born on May 14, 1963, in Melrose, Minn., to Leonard and Florentine (Petermeier) Schmiesing. He graduated from Belgrade High School in 1981. Jeff married Bonnie Meyer on April 20, 1985, at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry. They resided in the area raising three beautiful children. Jeff was employed with Schwan's for 32 years. He was a member of St. Margaret's Parish and Catholic United Financial. Jeff enjoyed golfing, his hobby farm, dogs, riding ATV, and riding motorcycle. Above all he treasured spending time with his family. He will be remembered for his sense of humor, love of family, and his dog-whispering abilities. He is survived by his wife of almost 35 years, Bonnie; children, Ryan (Cassie) of St. Augusta, Stacey (Jordan) Backhaus of Deer Creek, and Troy of Freeport; two precious granddaughters, Anastasia and Josephine Backhaus; brothers, Steve (Terri) and Dan, both of Sauk Centre; sisters, Mary Lou (Mark) Schaefer of Sauk Centre and Deb (Todd) Osmundson of Fargo, N.D.; mother-in-law, Mary Ann Meyer of Lake Henry; beloved dog, Daisy; and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ken and infant Joseph; father-in-law, Alvin Meyer; and brother-in-law, Dean Meyer. Memorials are preferred. A heartfelt thank you to Coborns Cancer Center and CentraCare Hospice for their loving care.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville for Carol Lynn Michels, 73, of Paynesville, who died on Friday, Dec. 6, at the CentraCare Koronis Manor Care Center in Paynesville. Reverend Carol Smith of Place of Hope in St. Cloud, Minn., will officiate. Burial will be in the St. Louis Parish Cemetery in Paynesville. Visitation will be on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, from 4 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the services on Wednesday, Dec. 11, all at Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville. Carol was born on May 2, 1946, at Langdon, N.D., the daughter of Ivan and Thelma (Merrell) Walker. She grew up and attended school in Langdon. They later moved to Long Prairie, Minn., where she also attended school. On Sept. 7, 1963, she was united in marriage to Matthew J. Michels at St. Mary of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Long Prairie. After they were married, they farmed near Belgrade for 26 years, before moving to a farm east of Paynesville. This has been their home since that time. Carol loved gardening, doing big puzzles, and making Christmas and Easter special for her family. She was a very loving mother who loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Carol is survived by: her husband of 56 years, Matthew of Paynesville; her children, Lori (Gary) Lembeck of Waite Park, Minn., Jeffery (Robin) Michels of Sioux City, Iowa, Debra (Randy) Wieling of Brainerd, Minn., and David (April) Michels of Waite Park; 10 grandchildren, Jeremy and Jamie Lembeck, Kristian, Branden, Zoey, and Justen Michels, Kaitlyn and Madison Wieling, and Ashley and Sarah Michels; two great-grandchildren, Kaelen and Theo Lembeck; two sisters, Nancy Schmidt and Marcy Buzick; four brothers, Maynard, Tim, Terry, and Steve Walker; and nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and many friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by: two sisters, Dorothy Conley and Katherine Hinnenkamp; and three brothers, Mike, Dean and Pat Walker.