Complete obituaries can be found in the Paynesville Press each week.
Bob Schmidt, 83, Eden Valley
Robert "Bob" L. Schmidt, 83, of Eden Valley, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at the Hilltop Care Center in Watkins. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Eden Valley.
Irene R. (Wuertz) Leukam, 92, of Sauk Centre, formerly of Lake Henry, died on Wednesday, Jan.16, 2019, at the Monticello Care Center in Monticello. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, at St. Margaret Catholic Church in Lake Henry. Interment will be at the church cemetery. A visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the church with a Christian Mothers Rosary prayed at 9:45 a.m. Irene Rose Leukam was born on Feb. 20, 1926, on the family farm near Greenwald, Minn., the daughter of John and Mary (Brus) Uphus. She grew up on the farm, where she received her education at a small country school. When Irene was in the eighth grade, her mom died. She finished the eighth grade and then stayed home to help with her siblings and the farm. On Sept. 20, 1945, Irene was united in marriage to Norbert Wuertz. This union was blessed with two daughters and three sons. The family made their home in rural Lake Henry, where they farmed. In 1983, Irene and Norbert retired and moved to their retirement home near Sibley State Park. On Dec. 31, 1998, Norbert died. They shared in 53 years of marriage before his death. Irene remained in their home near Sibley until she was united in marriage to Dillo J. Leukam on March 4, 2000. They made their home in Sauk Centre, where Irene enjoyed retirement and Dillo’s companionship. On March 24, 2007, Dillo died. Irene stayed in Sauk Centre until her health no longer allowed it, and she moved into senior living facilities. When Irene lived in Lake Henry she was a member of St. Margaret Catholic Church, where she volunteered in many aspects including the Christian Mothers, Daughters of Isabella, teaching religion, and cleaning. Irene enjoyed quilting, sewing, gardening, playing cards and bingo, and loved fishing. She is survived by her children: Mary Lou Williams of Otsego, Minn., Ken (Jane) Wuertz of Otsego, Tom (Teddy) Wuertz of St. Michael, and Anna (Stewart) Erickson of New London; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and her brother Fritz (Marilyn) of Greenwald. Irene was preceded in death by her husbands, Norbert and Dillo; son, Daniel; son-in-law, Don Williams; and five siblings. Services are entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville.
Tamra "Tammy" J. Mackedanz, 55, of St. Cloud passed away Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, at the Good Shepherd Com-munity in Sauk Rapids after a brave, year-long battle with cancer. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, Jan. 12, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Rev. Glenn Krystosek officiated. Burial will take place in the St. Agnes Parish Cemetery in Roscoe. Tammy was born Oct. 9, 1963, in Paynesville to Raymond and Lucille (Driver) Mackedanz. She grew up in Roscoe. She graduated from Paynesville High School in 1981. She worked in customer service for most her life. She could often be found working on puzzles, solving Picture Cross, playing cards, reading, and coloring. She enjoyed being outside, watching her children’s sports, and spending time by the lake. Tammy is survived by her children Austin Mackedanz of Rochester and Alyssa (Aaron) Eiynck of Avon; granddaughter Peyton; siblings Bob (Mary Kay), Ron (Jackie), Deb (Dave) Schmitz, Sandy Schwartz, Gary, Tim, Terry (Dale) Schwartz, and Don "Ozzo" (Sonja); sister-in-law Sharon Mackedanz; as well as generations of nieces and nephews. Tammy is preceded in death by her parents and brother Tom. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. A special thank you to the staff at the Good Shepherd Community and CentraCare Hospice for the tender care she received.
Cheryl Lynn Donovan, 60, of Howard Lake passed away on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019 at her residence. Graveside services for Donovan were held on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in St. Paul. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019 starting at 1 p.m. at the Blue Note (320 Third Street S.) in Winsted, Minn. All family and friends are welcome to attend. She was born on March 31, 1958, in Paynesville, Minn., the daughter of Donald and Jeanne (Jacobson) Liestman. Cheryl was formerly employed in house cleaning. She enjoyed playing bingo at the Blue Note, watching the Minnesota Vikings, sitting on the deck overlooking Lake Mary, and watching the Howard Lake Orphans baseball team. She was especially fond of spending time with her grandchildren. She is survived by her loving children: Thomas (Jennifer) Donovan of Minnetrista, Jennifer Donovan and Matthew Donovan both of Howard Lake, Angela (Willis) Donovan-Skiles of Winsted, and Amanda (Chad) Anderson of Dassel; ten grandchildren; her parents: Donald and Jeanne Liestman of Paynesville; siblings: David (Carol) Liestman of Paynesville and Carey (Rick) Caldwell of Hawick; brother-in-law, John "Jack" (Susan) Donovan of Maple Grove; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Heinrich E. Donovan, in 2012. The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.
Memorial services for Joanne D. (Miller) Baggenstoss 83, of Willmar, and formerly of Paynesville, will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Reverend Bob Kandels will preside. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will take place in the Salem Cemetery, Paynesville, at a later date. Joanne passed away on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, at the Rice Care Center in Willmar. Joanne was born May 13, 1935, in Paynesville, the daughter of Harold and Dorothy (Weber) Miller. She graduated from Paynesville High School in 1953. Joanne married Kenneth Baggenstoss on June 13, 1959, at Salem Church north of Paynesville. They made their home in Willmar, where she lived until her death. Joanne worked for many years at the Willmar Elks Club as a cook and at the Gold Fines Department Store as the snack bar manager. Joanne is survived by: sons Mark (Karren) and Joel (special friend Karen) of Spicer; grandchildren and great grandchildren; sisters, Eileen (Allen) Hertzberg of Paynesville and Margaret Clark of Grove City; brother, Robert (Becky) Miller of Paynesville; sister-in-law Elaine Miller of Paynesville; and many nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death: were her parents; her husband; brother Larry; sister Jacquelyn; and brother-in-law Roney Clark.
Wayne F. Jude, 77, of Clearwater, and formerly of Paynesville, died peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at the St. Cloud Hospital with his family at his side. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, at St. Timothy Catholic Church in Maple Lake, with Father Andrew Stueve as the celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Timothy Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and from 9 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, both at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Maple Lake. Parish Prayers will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral chapel. Wayne Francis Jude was born on Aug. 31, 1941, in St. Cloud to Francis and Clara (Landwehr) Jude. He grew up in Maple Lake, graduating from Maple Lake High School with the Class of 1959. Wayne continued his education at Dunwoody Institute. He served his country in the United States Army Reserves, discharged in 1967 as a corporal. Wayne married Arlene Wurm on May 12, 1962, at St. Timothy Catholic Church in Maple Lake. They lived in Maple Lake for 13 years, moving to Paynesville in 1976. In 2015, they moved to Clearwater. Wayne worked for Northern States Power for 37 years, retiring in 1996 as a lineman supervisor; he continued to consult for NSP for two years after his retirement. Wayne was a member of St. Timothy Catholic Church in Maple Lake, the Paynesville American Legion, and was a former member of the Paynesville Lions Club. He enjoyed collecting Farmall tractors, hunting, fishing, and reading. He loved to watch old westerns, the Andy Griffith Show, History Channel, and 60 Minutes. Time was best spent at the cabin in Nimrod or Mille Lacs with family and friends. Wayne was proud of his family and loved the time he spent with them. He is survived by his wife, Arlene; children, Deb (John) Lieser of Clear Lake, Ron (Kerry) of Maple Lake, Randy (Lisa) of Maple Lake, and Rick (Jodi) of Cold Spring; 12 grandchildren, Nikki (Josh) Laudenbach, Kayla (Tony) Miller, Chelsea (Robert) Koranda, Shelby Lieser, Kaitlyn (Paul) Latour, Joe Jude, Ryan (Sarah) Jude, Dustin (Emily) Jude, Courtney (Tim) Ruter, Dylan, Taylor, and Rylee Jude; 11 great-grandchildren, Mikko, Etta, Ruby, Sully, Mack, Garret, Kassidy, Tucker, Callen, Rhett, and Case; and brothers and sister, Gary (Cathy) Jude of Maple Lake, Judy Tschumperlin of Eden Valley, Alan (Kathy) Jude of Annandale, Glenn (Darlene) Jude of Dayton, and Bradley (Mary) Jude of Elk River. He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Clara Jude, and brother-in-law, Ray Tschumperlin.
Melania Braegelmann, 82, of Rich-mond died peacefully Thursday, Jan. 3, at her home. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Richmond. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Melania was born on Jan. 15, 1936, in St. Martin to Anton and Annie (Stang) Schmitz. She married Donald Braegelmann on Sept. 22, 1958, in St. Antony’s Catholic Church in Regal. Melania was a homemaker all her life and enjoyed quilting, crafting, playing cards, puzzling, and word finds. She was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Christian Women, St. Jude Mission Circle, and Catholic United Financial. Survivors include her children, Mary (Rick) Garding, Elmer (Julie), Lucy (Dan) Garding, Anita (Randy) Albright, Norman, Ione (Dale Spohnholtz), Ann (Mike) Tear, Jean (Mike) Valentino, John (Seri), Jim (Angie); 24 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; siblings Sylvia Schmitz and Linus Schmitz. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; an infant daughter; and seven siblings.
Gary W. Klose 79, of New London, died on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar. A visitation was held on Sunday, Dec. 30, at Paynesville Evangelical Free Church in rural Paynesville. A private family burial will be had at a later date. Services are entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home in New London. Gary Wayne Klose was born Oct. 31, 1939, in St. James, Minn., the son of George and Harriet (Erickson) Klose. He attended school in Atwater as well as Litchfield, graduating from Litchfield High School in 1958. After high school, Gary worked for Norman Balcik and Holmgren Construction building homes. On May 28, 1971, Gary was united in marriage to Monica Hanson at Zion Lutheran Church in rural Hawick. This union was blessed with two daughters and a son. The family made their home in rural Spicer. Gary continued working for Holmgren Construction until 1973, when he started his own business, The Country Carpenter. In October 2005, Gary retired after 47 years in construction. Gary was only able to enjoy retirement for five months before suffering a debilitating stroke. Gary was a charter member of Paynesville Evangelical Free Church. He was very active there volunteering as a church board member for over 25 years, Awana Leader, and youth leader. Gary also volunteered at Camp Shamineau building and improving the camp for many years, was a volunteer at the Crisis Pregnancy Center in Willmar, and he was very active in the Pro-Life movement in Minnesota. Gary enjoyed all the trips to the Boundary Waters that he took with his church and his family and friends. Gary lived for his grandchildren; he loved taking them fishing and buying them way too many Christmas presents. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Monica; children: Missy (Todd) Jakobson of Belgrade, Chad (Stacie) Klose of Alexandria, and Maria Jeseritz of New London; grandchildren: Cody, Wade, Kagan, Morgan, Bailee, and Hudson. Gary is also survived by his siblings: Cleo (William) Hunter of Penrose, N.C., Sue Klose of Burtrum, Brenda (Art) Dart of Deer Park, Wash., Richard Klose of Burtrum, and Patrick Klose of Butrum; sister-in-law, Bessie Klose of Atwater; and many nieces and nephews. Gary was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, George "Fred" Klose and Mark Klose.
Vincent M. Maciej, 27, of New London, formerly of Little Falls, Minn., passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Little Falls, with Father Ben Kociemba officiating. Burial will take place in the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Cemetery in Little Falls. A visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 4 and from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Little Falls. Funeral arrangements are with the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls. Vincent was born on April 19, 1991, in Shakopee, Minn. to Todd and Renee (Anez) Maciej. He grew up in Chaska, Minn. and later moved to Little Falls in 2000. He attended Little Falls Community High School, where he graduated with the Class of 2009 and competed on the boy’s hockey and soccer teams. After graduation, he attended North Dakota State University where he earned his degree in emergency management. In his junior year at NDSU, Vincent was initiated into the agriculture fraternity AGR (Alpha Gamma Rho). He was united in marriage to Joy Stumpf on Jan. 30, 2016, at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Cross Lake, Minn. In 2010, Vincent started working for Anez Consulting and helped with soil sampling, scouting, putting in Pioneer test plots, and making seed deliveries. In 2014, Vincent became the lead Pioneer seed sales representative and the location manager at Anez Consulting of Paynesville, Minn. His hunting career started off with duck and geese, but his true hunting passion was whitetail deer with both bow and rifle, to maximize his time out in the woods pursuing them. Vincent also enjoyed participating on the Paynesville bowling league and ice fishing with family and friends. He was very passionate about following weather changes and enjoyed chasing storms. Vincent will forever be remembered for his compassionate heart and his drive, energy, and passion for everything he did (family, friends, hunting, career, anything outdoors, and pulling a good prank). He had a great love for getting family and friends together. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. Vincent is survived by loving wife, Joy Maciej of New London; parents, Todd and Renee Maciej of Little Falls; siblings: Mick Maciej of Little Falls, August Maciej of New London, and Mya (Jesse) Klebe of Fargo, N.D.; grandparents, Ken and Chris Maciej of Elk River, Minn., Lloyd and Cindy Anez of Little Falls, and Patrick Wheeler of Little Falls; mother-in-law, Barb Stumpf of Little Falls; sister-in-law, Naomi Stumpf of Georgia; aunts and uncles: Karen Anez of Little Falls, Vince (Lisa) Anez of Little Falls, Doug (Kelly) Anez of Exeter, Calif., Kami Anez of Willmar, Paul (Missy) Anez of Little Falls, Janee Anez (Bob Bobick) of Elk River, Yvette Anez (Dean Robinson) of Little Falls, Joy (Jay) Erwin of Fort Ripley, Minn., Tom (Emily) Anez of New London, Jeff (Kari) Maciej of Champlin, Minn., and Greg (Jenny) Maciej of Champlin; and niece and nephew, Raina and Roland Klebe. Vincent was preceded in death by his grandmother, Elizabeth Wheeler; uncles, Verd Anez and Jared Anez; and father-in-law, Ray Stumpf.