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Allen "Pete" Rodel, 66, Paynesville
Allen "Pete" Rodel, 66, of Paynesville died on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at his home in Paynesville.

A funeral service was held on Monday, Feb. 1, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Entombment was in the St. Louis Catholic Church Cemetery Mausoleum. 

Allen "Pete" Alois Rodel was born on Dec. 14, 1943, to Alois and Dorothy Rodel in Olivia. He grew up in Bird Island and graduated from St. Mary's High School in 1961.

He entered the U.S. Army on June 13, 1961, and was stationed in Italy, Switzerland, Holland, Germany, and Austria. He was honorably discharged on June 12, 1964, as specialist fifth class. 

In 1965, Pete married Jeanne Pederson in Northfield. They made their home in Bird Island, where he worked for Loren's Electric, and, in 1967, for Northern States Power.

They moved to Franklin in 1969 and to Paynesville in 1970, where they have resided since.

Pete retired from Xcel Energy in 2003. He and Jeanne were able to share in 44 years of marriage. 

Pete is survived by his wife, Jeanne; sons, Mark of St. Paul, Chuck (Cheryl) of St. Joseph, and Dale (Amanda) of Plainfield, N.J.; four grandchildren; mother, Dorothy Rodel; sisters, Arlene Baumgartner of Olivia, Jean Mayer of Hutchinson, Margie Mayer of Glencoe, Lori Darger of Willmar, and Julie Buntjer of Pennock; brothers, Don of Minneapolis, Bernie of Hudson, Wis., Jerry of Rockford, Mich., Bill of Bird Island, Fred of Alexandria, and Tom of Alexandria; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his father; an infant brother; father-in-law; a brother-in-law; and a sister-in-law.


Marie Bauer, 93, Paynesville
Marie Bauer, 93, of Paynesville died on Sunday, Jan. 24, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Jan. 28, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Entombment was in the St. Louis Parish Mausoleum.

Marie Bauer was born on Dec. 13, 1916, to Joseph and Mary (Ellering) Schoenberg in Melrose.

She married Alphonse Bauer on Oct. 25, 1937, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Spring Hill.

They farmed in the Spring Hill area and later purchased a farm in rural Elrosa. In 1979, they retired from farming and moved to Paynesville.

Marie is survived by her children, Gene (Judy) Bauer of Wilson, Wis., Betty (Ken) Winter of Richmond, Bob (Donna) Bauer of Paynesville, Duane (Roseann) Bauer of Waite Park, Karen (Lyle) Paavola of Clear Lake, and Bonnie (Jim) Lampert of Little Falls; a son-in-law; 16 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; brothers, Edward Schoenberg of Watkins and John Schoenberg of Indiana; and sisters, Laura Walz of Richfield and Marlene Jansen of Milaca.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Alphonse; son, Michael; daughter, Joanne; three grandchildren; brothers, Gilbert and Joseph Schoenberg; and sisters, Katie Terhaar and Ann Loehr.


Dwaine Lindberg, 84, Edina
Dwaine Lindberg, 84, of Edina died on Thursday, Jan. 7, at his home.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 6, at 2 p.m., at the Cremation Society in Edina.

Dwaine Lindberg was born on Oct. 4, 1925, in Isanti County.

A veteran of World War II, he received his bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota in 1950 and his master's degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania in 1954.

He returned to Minnesota to work at the Minneapolis Family and Children's Service and finished his professional life at the Minnesota Department of Human Services, primarily in children's services.

Dwaine was a summer resident of Lake Koronis and could frequently be seen biking to town and by the lake.

He is survived by his wife, Susan; sister, Marilyn Wentworth; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Royal and Amanda Lindberg of Cambridge; and his brother, Donald Lindberg.

Memorials in his honor are preferred to the Isanti County Historical Society in Cambridge, Minn.


William Nelson, 94, Paynesville
William Nelson, 94, of Paynesville died on Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Feb. 5, at 1 p.m., at Paynesville Lutheran Church. Burial will be in the Paynesville Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church.

William Nelson was born on March 5, 1915, to Nels P. and Sena (Johnson) Nelson in Priam, Minn.

He married WillaDean Payton on Aug. 8, 1948, in Alabama. Their union lasted until WillaDean's death in 1994.

They resided in Paynesville, where he worked at the North American Creamery and the Herb Schultz Mink Ranch.

He retired from Jennie-O Foods in Litchfield.

Bill was baptized on July 3, 1994, at Paynesville Lutheran Church.

Bill is survived by his children, Betty Bahner of Roscoe, Larry Nelson of Carlos, Robert (Renae) Nelson of Paynesville, Mike (Lorraine) Nelson of Eden Valley, Lisa (Terry) Nelson of New Richmond, Wis., and Cindy (Kirk) Bober of Cyrus; 22 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, WillaDean; five brothers; two sisters; and a son-in-law.


Mildred Schmit, 92, Paynesville
Mildred M. "Millie" Schmit, 92, of Paynesville, died on Friday, Jan. 22.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Internment will be in the Parish Cemetery. Rev. Glenn Krystosek will officiate.

Millie was born on March 1, 1917, in Edgley, N.D., to John and Magdalena (Karner) Eischens. She grew up in Canby, Minn.

She married Nic Schmit on July 10, 1941, in St. Leo. They lived and worked in St. Leo and Raymond and moved to Paynesville in 1954. Millie was active in her church and could be seen daily at Tuck's Cafe or the Wishin' Well, when not in her garden. Since 2004 she was active in the Red Hat Society and many other activities at Koronis Manor.

Millie is survived by her children Sharon (Mike) Bauerly of Rice and Robert (Patti) Schmit of Montevideo; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandson; brothers and sisters Andy and Florence Eischens and Adeline Eckblad; and extended family at the Koronis Manor.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one grandson, and sisters Irene Eischens and Rosella Kellogg.

Memorials are preferred to the butterfly garden fund at Koronis Manor.


LeRoy Frieler, 67, Sauk Centre
LeRoy C. "Lee" Frieler, 67, of Sauk Centre and formerly of Lake Henry, died on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at St. Michael's Hospital in Sauk Centre, Minn.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, Jan. 23, at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry. Interment was in the parish cemetery with military honors provided by the Lake Henry American Legion Post 612.

LeRoy Clarence Frieler was born Jan. 24, 1942, in New Munich to Paul and Beata (Loxtercamp) Frieler. LeRoy grew up on a farm near Greenwald and attended country school. After completing school, he worked on the farm. LeRoy served in the U.S. Army for three years.

On Nov. 18, 1967, he was united in marriage to Patricia Schaefer at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich and built a home in Lake Henry where they resided for 28 years.

LeRoy worked for his uncle, Ray Loxtercamp, at Lake Henry Implement. Later, LeRoy and his brother Dick purchased the business and built a new shop, also named Lake Henry Implement. Together they owned and operated the business until 1995 when LeRoy sold his portion of the business to Dick.

He and Pat then moved to their current home in Sauk Centre.

LeRoy was a member of St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry and the Lake Henry American Legion Post 612. He was also a charter member of the Lake Henry Lions Club and was retired from the Lake Henry Fire Department.

LeRoy enjoyed racing, bowling, golfing, hunting, fishing, and collecting Oliver tractors. He also loved socializing with friends and family and meeting new people.

He is survived by his wife Patricia Frieler of Sauk Centre; children Tammy (Joe) Squires of Woodbury, Kurt Frieler of Lake Henry, Tracey (Rob) Thielen of Sauk Centre, Kelly (John) Coulter of Eden Valley, and Mike (Brandi) Frieler of Sauk Centre; six grandchildren (with a seventh due in May); brothers and sisters Jerry (Jane) Frieler, Richard (Gerri) Frieler, Andy Frieler, Joyce (Roger) Welle, Lois (Ken) Schaefer, Mary (Jim) Schaefer, Joe (Wanda) Frieler, Allen (Tammy) Frieler, and Chuck (Bonnie) Frieler; mother Beata Frieler of Melrose; and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father Paul Frieler; and brother Mike Frieler.


Arnold Knebel, 92, Paynesville
Arnold Victor Knebel, 92, of Pay-nesville died on Monday, Jan. 18, at his home surrounded by all of his children.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Jan. 23, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Burial will take place in Zion Cemetery, rural Paynesville.

Arnold Victor Knebel was born to Adolph and Otillie (Schultz) Knebel on Dec. 3, 1917. He was born on the family farm in Stearns County, Munson Township near Roscoe.

He was married to Mildred Blaurock on March 25, 1942. To this marriage were born six children. Their union lasted until Mildred's death in 2005.

Arnold farmed the century family farm until 1974 when he moved to his present home on Old Lake Road near Paynesville. He then worked at Crystal Hills, Paynesville Schools, and Grace United Methodist Church as a custodian and had many other jobs until his retirement.

Arnold enjoyed playing baseball and softball until he was over 70. He also enjoyed playing in the harmonica band. He also sang in a quartet for many years as well as the men's chorus, church choir, and many duets. He also was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge.

He is survived by his children Barb (Chester) Baker of St. Cloud, Kay (Gary) Hoffman of Clearlake, S.D., Charles (Kathy) Knebel of Cold Spring, Pennie (Chris) Miller of Becker, Nancy (Paul) Baumert of Hawick, and Mark Knebel of Warroad and by 17 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren, one sister-in-law, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Mildred, his parents, two grandsons, and ten brothers and sisters Esther Schultz, Elsie Heitke, Edwin Knebel, Alvina Albrecht, Ruth Knebel, William Knebel, Evelyn Knebel, Lydia Johnson, Ruby Berglund, and Maurice Knebel.


Michelle Bischof, 41, Eden Valley
Michelle L. Bischof, 41, of Eden Valley died on Thursday, Jan. 14, at her home.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Jan. 18, at First Presbyterian Church in Duluth.

Michelle was born on June 9, 1968, in Detroit Lakes to William and Sharon (Huntley) Wilton. She graduated from Duluth Central High School and went on to attend Lake Superior College.

On Oct. 22, 1994, Michelle was united in marriage with Robert Bischof at First Presbyterian Church in Duluth. The couple was blessed with two children.

Michelle truly loved motherhood and spending time with her family.

Survivors include her husband, Bob of Eden Valley; daughter and son, Chelsey and Jacob of Eden Valley; parents, William and Sharon Wilton of Duluth; brothers and sister, Bill (Westry) Wilton of Scottsdale, Ariz., Debra (Adam) Jenson of Duluth, James Wilton of Superior, Wi.; grandmother, Daryl Huntley of Minneapolis; her mother-in-law, sisters-in-law, and her brothers-in-law.

She was preceded in death by her father-in-law and by a nephew.


Alvina Janicke, 96, Litchfield
Alvina Janicke, 96, of Litchfield and formerly of Paynesville and Grove City, died on Thursday, Jan. 14, at Emmanuel Home in Litchfield.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Jan. 18, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Grove City. Burial was in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Grove City.

Alvina Janicke was born on April 9, 1913, to Herman and Clara (Kolb) Renken in Benson, Ill. She moved to Manson, Iowa, with her parents when she was about four years old.

She graduated from country school in the eighth grade and "worked out" doing housework and sewing for family and friends.

Alvina met her husband, John Janicke, while working in LeMars, Iowa. They were married on Dec. 16, 1935, in the Lutheran parsonage in Manson, Iowa.

John and Alvina farmed in Iowa until they bought a farm north of Grove City in 1951. There, they joined Immanuel Lutheran Church.

When they retired from farming in 1972, they moved to a home south of Rice Lake near Eden Valley.

In 1988, they moved to Paynesville where they joined Paynesville Lutheran Church.

Their union lasted until John's death on July 7, 1997. Alvina moved to Gloria Dei Apartments in Litchfield later that year and joined Trinity Lutheran Church in Grove City.

In May 2007, she needed more care and moved to Emmanuel Nursing Home in Litchfield, where she had resided since.

Alvina is survived by her children, Darlene (Ron) Hukriede of Annandale, Marvin (Victoria) Janicke of Maple Grove, and Jerry (Gloria) Janicke of Hutchinson; six grandchildren; a grandson-in-law; 18 great-grandchildren; and sister, Irene (Lee) Bainbridge of Waterloo, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John; a granddaughter; sister, Barbara Green; brother, Virgil Renken; and two infant brothers.


Raberta "Birdie" Lang, 84, Becker
Raberta "Birdie" M. Lang, 84, of Becker died on Monday, Jan. 11, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Jan. 16, at Community United Methodist Church in Monticello. Burial was in Old Country Ebenezer Cemetery in Paynesville.

Birdie Lang was born on March 14, 1925, to Oscar and Blanch (Gordon) DeBlois in Paynesville.

She loved being a homemaker and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Birdie was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville, where she was very active in the circles, volunteering, and stamping.

When she moved to Becker, she became a member of the Community United Methodist Church in Monticello.

Birdie is survived by her brother, Warren; children, Connie (Larry), Sandie (Don), Jody (Glen), Judy (Tom), Larry (Jody), and Gary (Von); 21 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and two great- great-grandchildren.


Cyrilla Hageman, 87, Roscoe
Cyrilla Hageman, 87, of Roscoe died on Thursday, Jan. 7, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Jan. 11, at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Roscoe. Burial was in the St. Agnes Parish Cemetery.

Cyrilla Hageman was born on Sept. 7, 1922, to Benedict and Mary (Niewind) Hageman in Roscoe.

She worked for years as a factory worker for poultry and egg factories in the area. During the war, she worked as a housekeeper in a hospital in Minneapolis.

Cyrilla is survived by her sister, Stella Gruber of Paynesville; three nieces and nine nephews; a sister-in-law; and her friend and caretaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Melvin and Raymond; and sisters, Lucille Flint and Viola Hormann.


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