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Norman Briggs, 74, Hawick
Norman B. Briggs, 74, of Hawick died on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

A funeral service was held on Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Norman Bernard Briggs was born on Jan. 19, 1940, in Detroit, Mich., to Bernard and Vivian (Siefertson) Briggs.

The family moved to Crystal, Minn., where Norman grew up. He received his education in the Armstrong School District.

After his schooling, Norman moved to California. He spent a few years there before moving back to the Minneapolis area, where he lived most of his life.

Norman was a self-taught mechanical engineer. He owned Norman B. Sheet Metal Engineering. There, he improved and invented many products, as well as did private contracting for companies - most notably, Upsher Smith, Cardinal Health, and Raymar Manufacturing.

In 1994, Norman married Diane Roderick. They traveled the United States before moving to the Paynesville area.

Norman is survived by his wife, Diane, of Hawick; children, Norman Jr. (Maria) of California, Scott (Kim) of Eden Valley, Tory (Sarah) of Maple Grove, Tone« (Paul) Hansen of Maple Grove, Tara of Minneapolis, and Dawn of California; stepchildren, Tina Johnson of Anoka and Michaeladam (Dawn) Johnson of Blaine; many grandchildren; and siblings, Judi Raper of Paynesville, Bonnie Briggs of Crystal, and Gene Briggs of Minneapolis.

Norman was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Jerry Briggs.

Arnold Wehseler, 84, St. Martin
Arnold "Arnie" Wehseler, 84, of St. Martin died on Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Paynesville Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Feb. 20, at St. Martin Catholic Church. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Arnie was born on April 14, 1929, to John and Elizabeth (Doll) Wehseler in Albany.

He married Madalyn Thelen on Dec. 29, 1962, in St. Martin Catholic Church.

Arnie was a contractor and a driver for the U.S. Postal Service from 1972 until the present.

Arnie is survived by his wife, Madalyn; children, Mary Beth (Randy) Orbeck and Christopher (Cheryl) Wehseler; nine grandchildren; and siblings, Marion Thelen, Virginia Salzl, and Robert Wehseler.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Grace Peteler, 86, Paynesville
Grace Peteler, 86, of Paynesville died peacefully on Monday, Feb. 10, at Hilltop Care Center in Watkins.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Feb. 13, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Reverend Glenn Krystosek will officiate. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, and after 9:30 a.m. on Thursday at the church. ASL services will be provided for both the visitation and the Mass.

Grace was born on Oct. 27, 1927, to John "Jack" and Margaret (Mason) Schneider in Hopkins.

Grace grew up with four siblings. When her mother passed away in 1940, she and her sister, Lorraine, helped care for their younger siblings.

She graduated from Hopkins High School in 1946.

She married her high school sweetheart, Ellingson "Dwight" Peteler, on June 5, 1948, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Hopkins; they shared 65 years of marriage together.

They lived in Hopkins, raising their four children until 1972, and then moved the family to Paynesville, where they owned and operated Culligan Water Conditioning. She was the bookkeeper, and when they sold the business, they retired together.

She was very active in the community. Grace served on the Paynesville Area Health System Board as chairperson for many years. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

She volunteered her time to bring those who couldnÕt drive to their hair appointments every Friday.

Grace loved playing Bridge, Somba, and any card or board game. She also loved knitting and crocheting; sewing; gardening; baking her specialty desserts; and most importantly, spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

As a devoted and loving mother, wife, sister, grandmother, and great-grandmother, she leaves behind her sons, Gregory (fiancˇ Ann Sobczyk) Peteler of Omaha, Neb., and Jay (Sandy) Peteler of Sartell; daughters, Suzanne (Paul) Geppert of St. Joseph and Beth (Jim) Schultz of Hawick; seven grandchildren, Cara (Karl) Sanborn, TJ (Trish) Schultz, Gina (Nick) Pung, Jonathon (finacee Kelsey Kay) Younkin, Emily (Brian) Macht, Gregory (Candi) Peteler Jr., and Chris McKittrick; 14 great-grandchildren; sisters, Lorraine (Jay) Skoglund and Nancy (Wayne) Tschimperle; and brother, Gene (special friend Barb) Schneider.

Grace was preceded in death by her husband in October 2013; parents; and brother, Ramon Schneider.

A special thank you to Hilltop Care Center in Watkins for your wonderful care of our Mother.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.

Ethel Meagher, 81, Paynesville
Ethel Meagher, 81, of Paynesville died on Monday, Feb. 3, at her home.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Feb. 8, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Ethel was born on March 4, 1932, to Max and Cecilia (Storkamp) Kuebelbeck in St. Cloud.

She married Art Meagher at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in St. Joseph. They had made their home in Paynesville since 1971. Their union lasted until ArtÕs death in 1987.

Ethel is survived by her 15 children, Elaine Miller, Jane (Steve) Frieler, Jackie (John) Braun, Mike (Debbie), all of Paynesville, Kelly (Andy) Mueller of Lake Henry, Pat (Lorie) of Paynesville, Mary (Elmer Jr.) Stommes of Eden Valley, Shannon (Ron) Kuhl of Sartell, Erin (Lanni) of Amery, Wis., Kerry Bridget (Ron) Jude of Maple Lake, Margaret Meagher of Maplewood, Susan (Mike) Bougie of Falcon Heights, Sean (Angela) of Lake Shore, Peter (Christine) of Harris, and Cory (Tammy) of Paynesville; 56 grandchildren; 38 great- grandchildren; and siblings, Polly Hoover of St. Cloud, Margaret Reber of Monticello, Mary Johannes of St. Joseph, Richard of St. Joseph, Carol Opatz of St. Wendel, Jenny Faughn of South St. Paul, Jim of St. Joseph, Kenneth of Waite Park, and Jay of St. Cloud.

Ethel was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Art; a son-in-law; a grandson; and brothers, John and Allen.

Frances Pramann, 90, South Haven
Frances Pramann, 90, of South Haven died on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Jan. 31, at Zion United Methodist Church in South Haven.

Frances Josephine Gustafson Pramann, the daughter of Floyd and Fannie (Cross) Gustafson, was born on July 20, 1923, near Blomkest, Minn.

She attended a one-room rural school from first through eighth grade in Roseland Township in Kandiyohi County School District 90. She was a 1941 graduate of Willmar Area High School and a graduate of St. Cloud State Teachers College.

She taught elementary school students in South Haven and Raymond, Minn., prior to getting married.

Frances married Raymond Pramann at her parent's farm home near Blomkest on Aug. 21, 1947. The couple was blessed with two sons and two daughters. They farmed sided by side in Fairhaven Township for many years.

Frances was a member of Zion United Methodist Church of South Haven and the United Methodist Women, where she held many leadership roles. She also was a longtime member of a Bible study/prayer group, was a 4-H leader, was former member of the Fair-haven Homemakers, and was treasurer for the Fairhaven Combined Charities.

She enjoyed the outdoors, nature, watching birds, fishing, camping, travel, vegetable and flower gardening, sewing, crocheting, reading, and cooking.

She is survived by a son, William (Violet) Pramann of South Haven; two daughters, Linda Stelling of Paynesville and Shirley Pramann of South Haven; and four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Fannie; husband, Raymond; son, Dennis; brother, Charles Gustafson; and sister, Marcella ŅSallyÓ Surbaugh.

Memorials are preferred to Zion United Methodist Church of South Haven.

Ray Loxtercamp, 87, Lake Henryg
Raymond J. Loxtercamp, 87, of Lake Henry died on Sunday, Feb. 2, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry. Burial will be in the St. Margaret's Parish Cemetery in Lake Henry.

A visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday and after 9 a.m. on Wednesday at the church.

Ray was born on Sept. 12, 1926, to George and Mary (Kampsen) Loxterkamp in Meire Grove.

He married Ermenia Thull on Aug. 22, 1950, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich.

Ray purchased the Lake Henry Garage in 1948. In the early 1950s, when started selling Oliver tractors and machinery, his business became known as Lake Henry Implement.

He was an active member of the Lake Henry community, having been involved in the fire department, city council, and township board and having been instrumental in many civic improvements. He was also an active member of St. Margaret's Catholic Church.

After selling the implement, they moved to a farm near Lake Henry.

Ray is survived by his wife, Ermenia; children, Diane (Bruce) Fuchs of Paynesville, Linda (Tom) Eveslage of Paynesville, Mary (Chuck) Hennen of St. Martin, Karen Atkinson (Curt) of Sartell, Ruth (Randy) Knowles of Euless, Texas, and Mark (Renee) Loxtercamp of Cold Spring; 18 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two infant daughters; brothers, Herman, Ben, Al, Joe, Henry, Fred, Leo, Otto, and Tony; and sisters, Sr. Georgette, Beata Frieler, and Rose Uphoff.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

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