from The Paynesville Press
December 1998

Laurenza Nepsund
Laurenza A. Nepsund, 95, of Paynesville, died Sunday, Dec. 27, 1998, at the Paynesville Area Hospital in Paynesville.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31, at Zion Lutheran Church in rural Paynesville, with the Rev. Keith Ainsley officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be held in the church cemetery.

Laurenza A. Johnson was born on Aug. 21, 1903, in Irving Township, near Paynesville. She was the daughter of Hogan and Olina (Emerson) Johnson. She grew up on a family farm in Irving Township, and she attended schools in Meeker and Kandiyohi counties. She graduated from Paynesville High School and then attended St. Cloud State Teacher's College. She was baptized as an adult by Pastor Gjerde at Zion Lutheran Church.

She married Richard Nepsund on Nov. 15, 1928, at the Leonard Nepsund home in Irving Township. Following their marriage, they farmed in Union Grove and Roseville townships near Paynesville. She also taught school for more than 10 years at Districts #19, #18, and #24 near Paynesville.

Laurenza was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, where she was a Sunday school superintendent and teacher for several years. She had been president of the Ladies Aid. She enjoyed all the Nepsund family reunions. She also enjoyed writing poetry.

Laurenza is survived by her sons, Raynold (Doloris) of Park Rapids, and Harlan (Eleanor), Alroy (Karen), and Wyman (Doris), all of Paynesville; daughter, Venita (Robert) Haagenson of Palm Springs, Calif.; 20 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Richard in 1991; son, Delvin; great grandson, Adam Rechtzigel; two brothers, Eddie and Henry; and two sisters, Ida and Anna Johnson.

Dorothy Heineman
Dorothy V. Heineman, 92, of Sioux Falls, S.D., and formerly of Alexandria, So. Dak., died on Dec. 22, 1998, at Avera McKenna Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 26, 1998, at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Alexandria, with the Rev. Dave Bambas officiating. Interment was in the Greenhill Cemetery in Alexandria.

Pallbearers were Kevin Buehner, Kim Berkley, Wendi Johnson, Mary Lieser, Jeni Heineman, Jodi Heineman, Thomas Krupke, Robb Heineman, Mike Heineman, and Nick Heineman. Honorary pallbearers were George Loomer, Grant Farnsworth, Larry Arend, Lyle Swenson, Gene Abdallah, and Clara Lockwood.

Dorothy V. Chase was born on Aug. 2, 1906, in Alexandria, S.D. She married Dewey Heineman on April 2, 1931, in Sioux Falls, S.D.

She served as a dispatcher deputy in the Hanson County Sheriff’s Department and as sheriff in 1948 and 1954. For 38 years, she and her husband were the crime-fighting duo of Hanson County, alternating terms as sheriff in the days when county officials could serve only two consecutive terms. When she died, she was the oldest living retired county sheriff. To honor her, Bill Janklow, Governor of South Dakota, declared Dec. 25, 1998, Dorothy V. Heineman Day in South Dakota.

She had lived at Prince of Peace for the past five-and-one-half years.

She was a past member of the South Dakota Sheriffs and Peace Officers organization and past president of its auxiliary, and a 67-year member of Celestial Chapter No. 37 Order of Eastern Star.

Survivors include her sons, D. Greg of Sioux Falls and Gary of Paynesville, Minn.; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Dale Liebrenz
Memorial services were held on Dec. 16 at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville for Dale Liebrenz, 74, formerly of Paynesville, who died on Dec. 11, 1998.

Dale was born on Sept. 17, 1924, to John and Ethel (Schoenleben) Liebrenz. He married Elaine Locker in 1954. He worked as a machinist in Chicago and Minneapolis, and was in the Army during World War II.

Survivors include his children, Luanne (Rich) Wilson of Eagan, Ellen (Bob) Shimkus of Burnsville, Mark (Judy) of Champlin, and Grant of Apple Valley; three grandchildren; and brothers, James of Paynesville, and Darrell of Plymouth.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Elaine; and brother, Virl.

Zebulon Madsen
Zebulon (Zeb) Madsen, 18, of Snohomish, Wash., died after the car he was driving left Williams Road and rolled near Lake Stevens, Wash., on Friday, Dec. 4. Zeb was ejected from the car and died at the scene of the accident. Two passengers in the car were not seriously hurt.

Funeral services were held on Dec. 11, 1998, at Snohomish, Wash. Zeb was born to David and Barb Madsen on Feb. 10, 1981, in Coupville, Wash.

Zeb is survived by his dad, David Madsen of Calif.; mom, Barb Collins of Wash.; sisters, Jamie and Marianne Madsen of Calif. and Courtney Ferguson of Washington; brother, Jack Collins, of Washington; grandparents, David and Alveda Myhre of Hawick, Minn., and Henry and Lorene Otteson of Oak Harbor, Wash.; many aunts and uncles; and other relatives.

Zeb was preceded in death by his grandfather, Harold M. Madsen, in 1973; and an uncle, Arvid Madsen, in 1972.

Walter Jerabeck
Walter O. Jerabeck, 81, passed away on Dec. 19, 1998, at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Minneapolis.

The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 1998, at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Paynesville.

He was born in Hutchinson to James and Emma (Klima) Jerabek. He farmed in the Grove City area and worked for the Meeker County Highway Department. He served his country in the Army during World War II.

Walter was a member of St. Stephen's Episcopal church in Paynesville. He enjoyed golf, hunting, and fishing.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marjorie “Peggie” (Eckel); children, Clifford (Connie) of Spicer, Minn., Russell of Silverdale, Wash., and Carolynn Kavanagh (Steven) of St. Cloud; two granddaughters; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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

Adelaide Jung
Adelaide S. Jung, 95, of Paynesville, and formerly of Sauk Centre, died on Saturday, Dec. 19, at Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

The Mass of Christian Burial was held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 22, at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. Casket bearers were Tom and Mike Jung, Tim Lingl, Dick Schwartz, Wilfred Beste, and Bud Weitzel. Cross bearer was Amanda Lingl. Timothy Wenzel officiated, with interment following in the parish cemetery.

Adelaide Jung was born on Sept. 25, 1903, in Melrose, Minn., to Mathias and Elizabeth (Roeder) Nathe. She came to Sauk Centre in 1907, was a 1921 graduate of Sauk Centre High School, and was then employed by Morse Real Estate.

She was united in marriage to Walter Jung on June 11, 1929, at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. In 1989, she moved to 700 Stearns Place retirement apartments in Paynesville, and since 1992 had been a resident of Koronis Manor. She was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk Centre, the Christian Mothers, and St. Michael's Hospital volunteers. She loved her flower gardens.

She is survived by her son, Robert (Lois) of Paynesville; daughter, Norene (William) Stallworth of Knoxville, Tenn.; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and brother, Clarence (Wanda) Nathe of Sauk Centre.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter, on April 21, 1976; sister, Julianna Schwartz; and brothers, Al, Rudy, Norb, and Ed Nathe.

Evelyn Cook
Evelyn V. Cook, 90, of Paynesville, died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 1998, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville, with the Rev. Ric Koehn officiating. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery in Paynesville.

Evelyn was born on Aug. 14, 1908, in Cokato, Minn., to Victor A. and Ida (Peterson) Almquist. She married John R. Cook in 1925. He died on March 17, 1977.

She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and the Naomi Women's Circle in Paynesville. She is survived by her son, John G. (Lois) of Minnetonka; two grand-daughters; great-grandson; and brother, Virgil Almquist of Eagan.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and great-grandson, Jeffery Carlson on Nov. 27, 1998.

Al Klein
Al J. Klein, 75, of Gower, Mo., passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1998 at a hospital in St. Joseph, Mo.

The funeral Mass was held on Friday, Dec. 18, 1998, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Easton, Mo. Burial was at the Allen Cemetery in Gower, Mo. American Legion flag folding was under the direction of the Gower American Legion Post 393.

He was born on July 30, 1923 to Anton and Magdalena Marie (Van Havermaet) Klein in Sauk Centre, Minn., where he attended school and grew up. He then served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II.

On June 5, 1948 he was united in marriage to Mildred Theresa Gully in St. Martin, Minn. After their marriage, they farmed near Sauk Centre until 1961, when they moved to Valentine, Neb., where they owned and operated Al and Millie's Cafe. In 1986, they retired and moved to Gower, where they made their home. His wife, Millie, passed away on July 17, 1989.

Al was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Easton, Mo., the Knights of Columbus in Valentine, Neb., a life member of the V.F.W. post in Valentine, Neb., the Valentine American Legion, and the Gower American Legion Post 393.

He is survived by sons, Jack and Pat Klein, both of Gower, Mo.; daughter, Margaret “Margy” Hartmann of St. Joseph, Mo.; four grandchildren; great-granddaughter; brother, Chuck of Minneapolis, Minn.; sister, Sylvia Fern of Lake Osakis, Minn.; and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Tony; and sister, Ann Gully.

Roman Weiss
Roman Weiss, 84, of Sleepy Eye, died on Dec. 11, 1998, in Sleepy Eye.

Services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1998, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. Father Edward Ardolf officiated. Interment was at the parish cemetery. Casketbearers were Dan Watts, Mike Weiss, Jeff Weiss, Dale Vogl, Brian Vogl, and Tom Kruger. Honorary casketbearers were Amy Weiss, Mary Watts, Paula Watts, Beth Vogl Marti, Chris Watts, Jane Watts, Susan Kruger, and Lori Milleslagle.

Roman was born on March 18, 1914, in Stark Township, Minn., the son of Conrad and Bertha (Sellner) Weiss. He married Cleopha Lang on Oct. 20, 1936, at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Comfrey. He worked as a carpenter for Tom Ryan for several years, and in 1942 started his own building contracting business, building many homes and farm buildings in the Sleepy Eye area. In 1973, due to ill health, Roman and Cleopha moved to Lake Koronis near Paynesville, where Roman continued to do carpenter work.

Roman was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye, the board of directors for the Koronis Lake Association, the Paynesville Sportsmen's Club, the St. Louis Church Building Committee, and the Sleepy Eye St. Mary's Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially fishing with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Cleopha of Sleepy Eye; sons, Jerry (Marge) of Sleepy Eye, and Bob (Rita) of Sleepy Eye; daughters, Alice (Bill) Rothfork of Melrose, and Carol (Tom) Vogl of Monticello; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters, Adeline Witt of Sleepy Eye, and Olivia Hoffman of Sauk Village, Ill; and sister-in-law, Lorraine Weiss of Sleepy Eye.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Edwin; and brothers-in-law, Kenneth Witt and Roland Hoffman.

Galen Sellers
Galen Sellers, 65, of Paynesville, died at the VA Hospital in Minneapolis on Dec. 6, 1998.

Interment was on Thursday, Dec. 10, 1998, at 11 a.m., at the Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Galen was born in Minneapolis on Oct. 15, 1933, the son of Dr. Galen and Ada (Lovell) Sellers. The Sellers family moved to Dassel in 1937 from Motley, Minn.

He graduated from the Dassel High School in 1951, the University of North Dakota in 1958, and North Dakota State University in 1963 with a degree in pharmacy.

He worked for Sward-Kemp Drug Store in Litchfield, and later worked in Paynesville, where he lived on Lake Koronis since 1968.

He served in the Navy from 1955 to 1957.

He was a member of the Litchfield Shrine Club, the Masonic Lodge of Paynesville, and the VFW in Litchfield.

Survivors include his son, Galen of Madison Lake, Minn.; daughter, Jennifer Sellers of Flagstaff, Ariz.; and brother, Dr. Robert Sellers of Superior, Wis.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Alvin Welle
Alvin H. Welle, 84, of Paynesville, died on Sunday, Dec. 6, 1998, at his home. Funeral services were Wednesday, Dec. 9, 1998, at 11 a.m., at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the St. Louis Parish Cemetery in Paynesville.

Alvin was born on Aug. 14, 1914, at Lastrup, Minn., to the late Anton and Appolonia (Schoenberg) Welle. He married Ann C. Miller on June 25, 1940, at St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin, Minn. Alvin and Ann farmed two-and-one-half miles northwest of Paynesville for 32 years. They moved to Paynesville upon their retirement in 1977, where they have lived since.

Alvin was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church and the St. Louis Knights of Columbus Council #3820, both of Paynesville.

Alvin is survived by his wife, Ann of Paynesville; children, Karren (Dennis) Okerstrom of Blaine, Minn., Joyce Arnold of St. Anthony Village, Minn., Judi Welle of Bowlus, Minn., Dale (Rosalyn) of Paynesville, Debra (David) Douvier of Glenwood, Minn., and Terri (Dan) Winter of Spring Hill; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister, Loretta Rieland of Melrose, Minn.; brothers, Edwin (Gertrude) of Richmond, Minn., and Tony of Spring Hill, Minn.

Alvin was preceded in death by his parents; son, Roger, on Oct. 12, 1955; one grandson; two brothers, Joseph and Clarence; and four sisters, Lonie, Della, Merena, and Alma.

Louise Weber
Services were at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, 1998, at the St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin for Louise Weber, 96, of St. Martin, who died Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Albany Area Hospital in Albany. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Louise was born in St. Martin, Minn., to John and Mary (Haehn) Arceneau. She married Bernard Weber on June 12, 1923, in the St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin. The couple farmed four miles northeast of St. Martin.

Louise was a member of the St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin, St. Ann's Christian Women, St. Benedict Society, Catholic Aid, and the Rosary Society. Louise received the Bishop's Medal of Honor at the time of the couple's golden wedding anniversary.

She is survived by her children, Jerome of St. Martin, Fr. Arnold Weber, OSB, of Wayzata, Raymond of St. Martin, Sr. Jane, OSB, of St. Joseph, Sr. Bernadette, OSB, of St. Cloud, Sr. Helen, OSB, of St. Joseph, Sr. Marcella, OSB, of St. Joseph, Alice Drontle of Richmond, and Elizabeth Schramel of Cold Spring; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Louise was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard in 1984; sons, Lawrence in 1943, and Fr.. Otto, OSB, in 1987; baby daughter in 1942; brothers, John and Dan; and sisters, Christine Blonigen, Mary Fischer, and Margaret Kolb.

James Mueller
James J. Mueller, 73, of Lake Henry, died Friday, Dec. 4, 1998, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 7, 1998, at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry. The Rev. Leo Leisen officiated. Burial was in the St. Margaret's Parish Cemetery in Lake Henry, with full military honors provided by the Lake Henry American Legion Post 612.

James was born on May 12, 1925, in Paynesville, Minn., to Jacob and Mary Magdelen (Buemler) Mueller. He attended District 115 country school in Lake Henry Township and graduated from Belgrade High School in 1943. He joined the United States Navy in 1944, serving in the Pacific during World War II. He returned to school and became a telegrapher and worked as a train depot agent in Iowa. He then returned to his parents' farm in Regal and worked for his brother Mark from 1949 to 1958. During this time he played baseball for Lake Henry. He worked construction in Minneapolis for several years and purchased his own farm near Regal, where he farmed until his retirement. After retirement he wintered in Lake Placid, Fla.

He was an avid reader, and loved to bird watch. He also loved to joke with his many nieces and nephews. He was a member of the Lake Henry American Legion for 53 years, as well as a member of the Crosier Apostalates and St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry.

James is survived by his sisters, Mary Ann (George) Svobodny of Brooklyn Park and Ruth (Bill) Vouk of St. Stephen; and brother, Wilfred ( Marge) Mueller of Hoffman Estates, Illinois.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Mark, Leo, Robert, Aloys, and two infant brothers.

Frances Mehr
Services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, 1998, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring for Frances Mehr, 85, who died Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1998, at the Assumption Home in Cold Spring. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Frances was born in Freeport, Minn., to Henry and Theresia (Bormes) Stueve. She married Edward Thelen on July 11, 1933, in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport. Edward died on Oct. 1, 1942.

She married William Spaeth in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport in 1946. He died in 1955.

She married Frank Mehr in St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring in 1965. He died on Aug. 7, 1973.

Frances worked as a nursing assistant for the Assumption Home in Cold Spring for 35 years prior to her retirement. She was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring and Christian Women.

Frances is survived by her children: Ron Thelen of Cold Spring, Lois Bell of Cold Spring, Joan Bell of Greenwald, and Ed Thelen of Minneapolis; sister Florentine Thelen of Freeport, and twin sister Mildred Vogel of St. Cloud; 26 grandchildren; and 45 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her sons, Ken Thelen on Nov. 22, 1995, and William (Nubby) Spaeth on Dec. 19, 1980; brothers, Lawrence, Oswald, Frank, and Joseph; and sisters, Ella Stangler, Rose Zwack, Anne Schrom, and Alma Kelly.

Norma Koenen
Norma Koenen was born on March 24, 1931 in Minneapolis, Minn., and passed away there on Nov. 16, 1998. A private burial was held on Nov. 29, 1998, at the Paynesville Cemetery.

She was a resident of Regal for many years.

She is survived by her son, Michael (Theresa) Koenen; daughters, Susan Donner, Patti (Norman) Wettlin, and Phyllis (Joseph) Marco; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John W. Koenen; son, Robert; and mother, Leota Ditton.


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