Complete obituaries can be found in the Paynesville Press each week.
Nancy Ellis, 83, Prior Lake
Nancy Ann Ellis, 83 of Prior Lake, Minn., formerly of Bloomington, Minn., passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by family on Sunday, July 21, 2019. A celebration of life will be held on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, at 2 p.m. at McKenna Crossings (13810 Shepherd's Path NW, Prior Lake, MN 55379). She was a longtime seasonal resident of Lake Koronis. Nancy will be deeply missed by her loving husband, Jim Ellis, of 63 years; sister Jean Anderson (Dan); children, Lura Wilson (Andy), James Ellis, Jennifer Fogel (Rob); grandchildren, Nathan, Lura, Matthew, Daniel, Rowan, and Dylan; nieces and nephews; her special care giver Anne Lundquist; and other close friends. Nancy was preceded in death by her parents Lura and Cliff Gesme. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Koronis Lake Association: www.koronislakeassociation.org.
Armella T. Wall, 92, of Paynesville died on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at the Paynesville Hospital in Paynesville. Her Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 27, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Interment will be at the church cemetery. Armella Theresa Wall was born May 2, 1927, on the family farm near Lake Henry, Minn., the daughter of Bernard and Johanna (Gottwald) Jaeger. She grew up on the farm, where she attended a small country school through the eighth grade. After her education, her family moved to Paynesville, and she began working at Tucks Cafˇ. On Sept. 2, 1950, Armella was united in marriage to Donald Wall at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. This union was blessed with five sons and two daughters. The family made their home in Paynesville. After the youngest was off to school, Armella began working at Young's Bakery in Paynesville. She continued working there until her retirement 25 years later. On May 4, 2016, Don passed away. They shared in 65 years of marriage before his death. Armella was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville, where she was active in the Christian Mothers. She enjoyed reading, gardening, word puzzles, watching the Twins and Timberwolves, and she loved watching birds. Above all else Armella loved spending time with her family, especially seeing her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by her children: Jerome (Cindy) Wall of Brooklyn Park, Marian (Roy) Othoudt of Cold Spring, Dennis Wall of Paynesville, Daniel (Lori) Wall of Paynesville, Janet (Daniel) Jaeger of Maple Grove, and Kevin (Tammy) Wall of Paynesville; 19 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Sylvia Bauer of Waite Park and Rosina Welters of Swanville; and many nieces and nephews. Armella was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Don; son, Gary; and sister, Marie.
Lorraine B. Majchrzak, 94, of New London, died on Thursday, July 25, 2019, at GlenOaks Care Center in New London. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Spicer. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in New London. Lorraine B. Majchrzak was born on Nov. 4, 1924, in Duluth, the daughter of Elbridge and Cordelia (DuMoulin) Brackett. She grew up in Duluth, where she graduated from high school in 1943. She continued her education by attending business school. In 1951, she was united in marriage to William Fee. This union was blessed with one daughter, Elizabeth. They later divorced. On Jan. 18, 1975, Lorraine was united in marriage to George Majchrzak in Duluth. They made their home in Minneapolis, where she worked as a secretary. They later moved to Paynesville in George's retirement, and she worked at First Bank until her retirement. They moved to New London in 1999. Lorraine and George were able to share in 33 years of marriage before George's death on Nov. 19, 2008. Lorraine is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth (Jerry) Dawson of Ash Fork, Ariz.; George's children, Teri (Dean) Anderson, Nandra (Bruce) Looman, John (Barbara) Majchrzak, and Jim (Kelly) Majchrzak; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Lorraine was preceded in death by her husband, George; step-son, Joe (Diane) Majchrzak; and parents, Elbridge and Cordelia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Hawk Creek Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 709, Willmar, MN 56201.
A memorial Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, July 22, 2019, at St. Louis Catholic Church for Gertrude "Gert" Anselment, 82, of Paynesville. Gert passed away peacefully at home with family on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. Reverend Glenn Krystosek officiated. Internment will be private at a later date. Gert was born on Oct. 6, 1936, in Sweet Bay, Newfoundland, Canada, to John and Agnes Kelly. She met and married Ronald Anselment on Dec. 15, 1956, while Ron was stationed in St. John's, Newfoundland, with the Air Force. They became residents of the Paynesville and Manannah area in 1980. Gert was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She loved gardening, traveling, and spending time with family. She travelled all over the United States and Canada in their motor home. She devoted her time to Meals on Wheels for 18 years serving the community of Paynesville. She belonged to St. Louis Catholic Church and was a devoted Catholic. Gert is survived by her husband Ronald; daughters Cynthia McMenemy of Florida and Lisa Anselment (Carl) of Duluth; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; two brothers; and two sisters. Gert is preceded in death by her parents; daughter Gwendolyn Marie; one infant daughter; and four brothers and sisters.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 25, 2019, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Richmond for Betty Ehresmann, 87, of Richmond who died on Saturday, July 20, at the St. Cloud Hospital surrounded by her family. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Relatives and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday evening and from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday morning at the Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond. Betty was born on Nov. 22, 1931, in Lincoln, Neb., to David and Hazel (Owen) Davis. She married Richard Ehresmann on Jan. 13, 1954 in Lincoln, Neb. Betty loved playing the organ and piano at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church from 1974 to 2003. She enjoyed volunteering her time for many organizations and programs in the community. Betty was a member of the Christian Women and the Richmond American Legion Auxiliary. Survivors include her children, Theresa, Ed (Mary), Joe (Mary), Bob (Jan), and Rich (Donna); her friend, Sara Peters; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard; son, Donald; and her brother, Dale Davis.
Steven Dale Row, 50, of Paynesville, died Thursday May 23, 2019, near Grove City. His memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Satur-day, Aug. 17, at Cross Roads Community Church in Spicer. Visitation will be one hour prior to his service. Arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar.
Beverly A. Schultz, 78, of Paynesville died on Thursday, June 27, 2019, at the St. Cloud Hospital. A funeral service was held on Monday, July 1, at the Pay-nesville Evangelical Free Church near Paynesville. Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery near Paynesville. Beverly Ann Schultz was born on June 30, 1940, on the family farm in Irving Township, the daughter of Clarence and Hazel (Kalkbrenner) Rud. She attended country grade school in District 24 and then Paynesville High School, graduating in 1958. On June 18, 1960, Bev was united in marriage to Rodney F. Schultz at East Irving Mission Church. They made their home in Virginia while Rodney served in the U.S. Army until 1963 when they moved to Minneapolis. They later moved to Phoenix, Ariz., and returned to Minneapolis, before retiring in 2005 and moving to Paynesville. Bev worked as a bookkeeper throughout her career for numerous companies. Bev was a member of the Paynesville Evangelical Free Church. She enjoyed shopping, fishing, and traveling with Rod. She is survived by her husband, Rodney of 59 years; siblings, Robert (Elynor) Rud and Betty (Merlin) Cropp; and numerous nieces and nephew. She was preceded in death by her parents; and siblings, Adeline Lang and Paul Rud.
Alice M. Jacobson, 99, of Paynesville died on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at Koronis Manor in Paynesville. Her memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at Stockholm Lutheran Church in rural Cokato. Burial will be at Stockholm Township Cemetery in rural Cokato. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Services are entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville. Alice Marie Jacobson was born on April 6, 1920, to Anna (Betson) and Axel Jorgenson. She is the last survivor of her Jorgenson family of 14. Alice grew up on her family farm in Cokato. She often told stories of her school days, farm experiences, ice skating on the river and lakes, and the other"adventures" her brothers and sisters had growing up. Alice married Leon C. Gilmer on March 3, 1936. They both worked at Northern Pump in the cities during the war (making ammunition). They raised four children. Their lives included many visits from relatives on both sides of their families. Alice was known for being a good cook and serving others. It was a family tradition to make their famous potato sausage and Christmas cookies as a family activity. Alice married Eric Jacobson in 1972 in California. Eric enjoyed Alice's hobby of gardening, and they both enjoyed traveling. One of their highlights in life was their trip to Sweden. Alice learned many things about her Scandinavian heritage while there. Alice and Eric lived in Anoka, Minn., until Eric's passing in 1975. The last man in Alice's life was Willis Daniels. Their friendship spanned more than 14 years. Willis enjoyed Alice's passion for traveling and for buying and selling houses. Alice loved and cared for her children. She took great pride in their accomplishments, even when distance sometimes separated them. She was always joyful when another grandchild was born. She was fortunate to hold some of her great-great grandchildren. Besides being a homemaker, she also worked at Baker's Department Store, Crystal Furniture, and did housecleaning and home care for others. Alice is survived by her children: Gloria (Quinten) Kaunzner of Isanti, Minn.; Deloris (Robert) Haines of Paynesville, Minn.; Joyce (Charles) Ford of Minneapolis; and James Gilmer of Paynesville; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren. The family gives special recognition to Alice's friends: Margie Hoiseth; the Pam and Jeff Lieser family; and her Koronis Manor Care Center family. Memorials preferred to the Koronis Manor Care Center or the R.O.S.E. Center, both of Paynesville.