from The Paynesville Press
Mabel Hilda Thompson, 95, of Paynesville, died Thursday afternoon, June 26, 2003, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 1, at Nordland Lutheran Church in rural Paynesville. Reverend Keith Ainsley officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mabel was born on Sept. 26, 1907, in South Haven, the daughter of William and Emilie (Tolzman) Schmidt. She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith in the Evangelical Church (now United Methodist) in South Haven. She grew up on the family farm near South Haven where she attended public school. She later continued her education at the St. Cloud Business College. As a young woman she worked at Ted and Emma Bremmer's Restaurant in South Haven and later for Lew and Gerald Tucker at Tuck's Cafe in Paynesville.
On Sept. 28, 1927, Mabel was united in marriage to Seymour Thompson. They bought the Holger Thompson farm in Union Grove Township where they raised their family. After retiring from farming, Mabel and Seymour moved into the Evergreen Estates Apartments in Paynesville in 1986. In January 2002, Mabel moved to Koronis Manor where she was joined by Seymour a few months later.
Mabel was a member of Nordland Lutheran Church where she was an active member, teaching Sunday and Bible school, serving on several committees in N.L.C.W. and especially enjoyed stitching and tying quilts. She was a member of the Union Grove Farmers Union, where she worked with the youth and served as secretary and treasurer for 27 years. She was also a member of the Union Grove Modern Homemaker Extension group, Meeker County Extension Committee, the local S.W.A.P. Club, and Paynesville Senior Citizens.
Mabel is survived by her husband, Seymour; one son, Lloyd "Bud" Thompson of Paynesville; one daughter, Lorraine Olean of Rochester; one sister, Selma Swanson of Annandale; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Delores Mae; granddaughter; sisters, Anna Nehring, Ida Marquardt, Ella Muehring, Minnie Schultz, Lydia Arndt, and Emma Bremmer; brothers, William Schmidt, Harry Schmidt, Arthur Schmidt, Hilmer Schmidt, and infant twin boys.
Anna Eva Whitcomb
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 30, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Rev. Ric Koehn officiated. En-tombment was in the St. Louis Catholic Mausoleum.
Eva was born on Sept. 26, 1916, in Washington, Illinois, the daughter of Philip and Magdalena (Koch) Bickhardt. She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith. As a young child she moved to the Morgan area where she attended grade school and high school, graduating in the class of 1934. She continued her education at the Minnesota Business School, graduating in 1936 and beauty school in Peoria, Illinois, graduating in 1938.
On Aug. 30, 1941, Eva was united in marriage to Charles R. Whitcomb in Morgan. They made their home in Morgan where Eva worked as a homemaker and as the postmaster for three years while Charles served his country during World War II. In 1984, they moved to the Paynesville area.
Eva was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville, where she was active in the quilting circle. She was a former member of Morgan Methodist Church and VFW Auxiliary. Among the things she enjoyed were crocheting, playing cards, bird watching, and cooking.
Eva is survived by her husband, Charles; five sons, Cal (Pat) Whitcomb of Paynesville, Steve (Karen) Whitcomb of Paynesville, Don (Brenda) Whitcomb of Paynesville, Randy (Pam) Whitcomb of Buffalo, and Jim (Sara) Whitcomb of Shakopee; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a granddaughter; brother, Roy Bickhardt; sister, Esther Trotter; and her parents.
Alvin L. Helmuth
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 28, at the Paynesville Evangelical Church. Burial was in Burr Oak Cemetery.
Alvin was born on April 17, 1917, in Hutchinson, Kansas, to Levi and Rebecca (Mast) Helmuth. He grew up on the family farm in Hutchinson and attended Poplar Grade School.
On Feb. 26, 1939, Alvin was united in marriage to Mary Miller in Hutchinson, Kansas. They made their home in Hutchinson, Kansas, until 1956 when they moved to North Adams, Michigan. They then moved to Grove City in 1957 where they farmed and started the Believers Fellowship Mennonite Church where Alvin served as a minister. In 1997 Alvin and Mary moved into the home of their daughter, Laura and Abe Yoder in Union Grove Township.
Alvin is survived by five daughters, Fannie (Alton) Gingerich of Goshen, Ind., Laura (Abe) Yoder of Paynesville, Esther (James) Miller of Kallechen Germany, Mary (Omar) Stoltzfoos of Leola, Penn., and Edith (Ken) Schlabach of Millersburg, Ohio; twelve grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Alvin was preceded in death by wife, Mary; one grandson; parents; three brothers; and three sisters.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, June 24, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial took place in the Parish Cemetery.
Josie was born Dec. 23, 1923, in Melrose, Minn to William and Elizabeth (Angelbeck) Hinnenkamp. She married Clarence Welle on Aug. 23, 1943, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Melrose. They moved to Paynesville in 1947, where they resided the rest of their lives. She was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church, Christian Women, and Daughters of Isabella.
Surviving Josie are her children: Pat (Bill) Hamlet of Monticello, Jim (Mary) of Bloomington, and Dennis (Debbie) of Chaska; five grandchildren, four step grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and nine step great-grandchildren; sisters Ann Faber of Meire Grove and Lois Braun of Alexandria; brothers Pete Hinnenkamp of Litchfield and Bill Hinnenkamp of Melrose.
Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, two sisters, and one brother.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 18, 2003, at Emmaus Chapel in Litchfield, with interment in the Nordland Lutheran Church Cemetery in Irving Township.
Esther was born on Feb. 6, 1911, in Hawick, Minn. She was the daughter of Martin and Annie (Johnson) Everson. She was baptized as an infant on April 23, 1911, and later was confirmed in her faith at Nordland Lutheran Church in Irving Township, Minn. In her youth, Esther and her 12 siblings helped on the family farm. She sang in the church choir and participated in Luther League. Esther received her education at District #24 country school in Irving Township.
On April 24, 1937, Esther was united in marriage to John Martin Olson in Minneapolis. Esther and John made their home in Paynesville, Grove City, Hutchinson, and Litchfield. Esther enjoyed taking care of her family and held employment as a cook for various restaurants.
Esther was a member of Nordland Lutheran Church in Irving Township, Immanuel Lutheran Church in Grove City, Christ the King Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, and First Lutheran Church in Litchfield.
She enjoyed picnics, spending time at the lake, reading, writing letters, and visiting with friends and family.
She is survived by her sons, Roger (Jan) Olson of San Diego, Calif., and Bob (Cherie) Olson of Darwin, Minn.; daughter Jan (Chuck) Krantz of Phoenix, Ariz.; sister, Anna Ewing of Cumberland Wis.; brothers, Alf Everson of Hawick and Fred Everson of Spicer; six grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Martin and Annie Everson; husband, John Olson; sisters Thea Lind, Gina Anderson, Emma Anderson, and Hulda Munson; brothers Jake, John, Ludvig, Clifford, and Arnold Everson; and one granddaughter.
The funeral service was held on Friday, June 20, at the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Battle Lake.
Phebe Aleda Jacobson was born on Aug. 13, 1908, on a farm, two miles from Hawick, Minn. to Peter and Annie (Hanson) Jacobson. When Phebe was 11 months old, Mother Annie died of cancer and Aunt Dina Hanson cared for her until Peter married Hannah Hanson. Phebe was baptized and confirmed in the Nordland Lutheran Church in rural Hawick. When she was 18 years old, she left home to attend Bible School, first in Willmar, Minn. and then at Oak Grove Seminary and continued her education at Moorhead State College earning a two-year teaching degree. She taught in Paddock Township, District 169, for two years and one year in Peterson, Minn., before her marriage to Oliver Jacobson.
Phebe and Oliver Jacobson were married on June 3, 1936, in the Nordland Lutheran Church in rural Hawick. After their marriage, they together farmed by Sebeka. When the youngest child was in sixth grade, Phebe returned to teaching in Sebeka and later in Forest Lake, Minn., where the couple had moved. She retired from teaching in 1965. In 1974, the family moved to Battle Lake. She and Oliver lived there until they moved to Fergus Falls where she has been a resident of the Pioneer Retirement Home.
Phebe was a member of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. She and Oliver were 4-H Club leaders in the early years on the farm. Also during those years, Phebe was the Sunday School Superintendent at the Bethel Lutheran Free Church. Phebe enjoyed quilting, painting, fishing, cooking, singing, music, and playing games with the family.
She is survived by her husband, Oliver; children, Robert (Barbara) Jacobson of Brandon, Minn.; Shirley Pope of Houston, Texas; Sharon (Billy) Thomas of Bullhead, Ariz.; Gwen (Dean) Rust of Hardwood, N.D., and Philip (Linda) Jacobson of Fort Worth, Texas; two sisters, Hazel Jacobson of Minneapolis and Irene Anderson of Roswell, N.M.; 21 grandchildren; and 35 great-grandchildren.
Phebe was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Margaret Elsen; one sister, Alice Sanford; and two brothers, Herbert and Oliver Jacobson.
A memorial service were held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 12, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Rev. Dan Hair officiated. Inurnment was in Zion Cemetery in rural Paynesville.
Clarence was born Oct. 3, 1913, in Chicago Heights, Ill., the son of Hjalmer and Barbara (Hackman) Johnson. He grew up and attended public schools in Sergeant County, North Dakota. He graduated from the State Normal and Industrial School in Ellendale, N.D., in June 1931.
He married Lydia Knebel on July 25, 1940, at Zion Church near Paynesville. Following their marriage, they lived in Paynesville and Clarence worked at the granite sheds in Cold Spring, owned a dray service in Paynesville, and was a caretaker at the Lake Koronis Assembly Grounds. During World War II he served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1945 in the Eastern Pacific region.
In 1952 Clarence and Lydia moved to Willmar where he was a member of the United Methodist Church and the American Legion Post #167. They moved to Kandiyohi in 1972 where he served on the city council. In September 2002, they moved to Paynesville.
He enjoyed gardening, was a carpenter, and enjoyed games, especially cards.
Clarence is survived by two sisters-in-law, Emma Lou Johnson of Erskine and Ruth Johnson of Alexandria; brother-in-law, Arnold (Mildred) Knebel of Paynesville; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lydia, on April 6, 2003; infant daughter, Norma Peggy; three brothers, Reuben, Harvey, and Edward Johnson; and sister, Sigra Johns.
The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 11, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Rev. Ric Koehn officiated. Interment was in the Paynesville Cemetery.
Harvey was born Oct. 21, 1912, in Eden Lake Township. He was the son of Fred and Mathilda (Schoeleben) Voss. On April 28, 1936, he was married to Sadie Ernst in Paynesville. Harvey and Sadie farmed in Paynesville Township for 48 years. In 1974, they retired and soon after moved to Lake Koronis where he has lived since.
Harvey was a member of Grace United Methodist Church where he served on the trustee board and as an usher. He also enjoyed being a member of the men's chorus and the choir.
He served on the Paynesville Township Board as a supervisor for 37 years, director of the Town Officers Association of Stearns County for 24 years, the Minnesota Association of Town-ships' Resolution Committee for six years, fire warden for 25 years, and for three years he was the director on the senior citizen's board.
Harvey enjoyed music and was a member of the Harmonica Band in Paynesville. He also enjoyed fishing and cutting wood.
He is survived by his son, Arthur (Bernie) of Paynesville; two grandsons; sisters, Marie (Wallace) Krupke and Ruby Krupke, both of Paynesville; brother Harold (Winnie) Voss of St. Cloud; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Sadie in 2001; sisters, Idella Bender and Lucille Voss; and brothers, John, Fred, and Roland.
Alice Forness Swanson
Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 7, at Hawick United Methodist Church. Rev. Dennis Heir officiated. Burial was in Roseville Cemetery in Hawick.
Alice was born on Oct. 10, 1903, in Roseville Township, Kandiyohi County, Minnesota, the daughter of John and Teckla (Wall) Jones. She grew up on the family farm in Roseville Township attending District #97 for her schooling. Following her education, she worked on the family farm until she was united in marriage to Walter Forness on Feb. 23, 1927.
They lived on Walter's parents farm south of Hawick until 1938 when they bought their farm. After Walter's death, Alice moved to Willmar where she worked at the Puritan Cafe. She later was united in marriage to Art Swanson in South Dakota. Following their marriage, they made their home in Willmar. She has been a resident at Glen Oaks Care Center for the past 13 years.
Alice was a member of Hawick United Methodist Church. She enjoyed playing "Smear."
Alice is survived by her son, Orville (Darlene) Forness of Anderson, Calif.; daughter, Lolla Schiffman of Willmar; brother, Charles (Ruth) Jones of Florida; sisters, Minnie Forness of New London and Eleanora Odland of Menanga, Minn.; six grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husbands, Wallace Forness in 1947 and Art Swanson, she was preceded in death by an infant son, Wallace; three brothers, Edward, John, and David Jones; and three sisters, Clara Johnson, Jennie Westin, and Mabel Peterson.
A private family service was held on Tuesday, June 10.
Margene was born Feb. 20, 1919, in Oregon Slope, Oregon, the daughter of E.L. and Fern (Snyder) Brown. She grew up in Fruitland, Idaho; attended Nazerine College in Nampa, Idaho; and graduated from nurses' training from Bryan Memorial Hospital in Lincoln, Neb.
Her nursing career ranged from public health work in Watts, China Town, and San Francisco, Calif., to Nevada and with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Nevada and Arizona. From 1943 to 1947, during WWII, Margene served her country in the U.S. Army as a nurse general duty.
On Aug. 30, 1955, she married James H. Bauska. Following their marriage they lived in several areas of the country, including Portland, Ore.; Isanti, Minn.; Reno, Nev.; Santa Barbara, Calif.; Flagstaff, Ariz.; Green Valley, Ariz.; and for the past two years in Paynesville.
Margene is survived by her husband, James of Paynesville; brother, Horace (Goldie) Brown of Los Lunas, N.M.; and sisters, Patty (John) Clark of Lacy, Wash., Jimilee Halquist of Green Valley, Ariz., and Isadore Brown of Lacy, Wash.
She was preceded in death by parents and one sister.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 6, at St. Louis Catholic Church. Father Richard Leisen officiated. Interment was in the parish cemetery.
Theresa was born Feb. 21, 1912, in Remsen, Iowa, to John Wengler and Mary Kalmus. She grew up in Belgrade where she attended school.
On Nov. 14, 1932, she married Harry Strodtman in Belgrade where they farmed. She worked for several years for her son at DeWayne's Recreation.
Theresa loved company and playing cards with family and friends.
She is survived by her husband, Harry of Paynesville; daughters, Shirley (George) Larson of Alexandria and Janet Karger of Brooklyn Park; 12 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her son, DeWayne; her parents; and nine brothers and sisters.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 5, at Crystal Hills Assembly, rural Paynesville. Rev. Lonnie Gleitz officiated. Interment was in the Zion Cemetery, rural Paynesville.
Norman was born Jan. 9, 1926, in Minneapolis, the son of Albert and Sadie (Kingsriter) Bork. He grew up in Paynesville and graduated from Paynesville High School in 1943.
On May 21, 1948, he married Genora Larson in Paynesville. Following their marriage, they farmed near Paynesville. In 1968 they moved into town. From 1971 to 1976, they owned and operated Van's Beach Resort on Lake Koronis, near Paynesville. In 1972 Norman started Bork Lumber and Trucking in Paynesville.
He was a member of Crystal Hills Assembly. Norman loved to work and enjoyed telling stories.
Norman is survived by his sons, Bruce (Elaine) of Paynesville, Doug (Paulette) of Paynesville, Greg (Debi) of Bigfork, Montana, Dennis (Becky) of Cold Spring, and Bryan of Paynesville; daughters, Gloria (Kevin) Bruntlett of Paynesville and Melody (Jerry) Hoeft of Paynesville; 22 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lolita (Monroe) Stenerson of Bloomington.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; granddaughter; and four sisters.
Services were at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 4, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Richmond. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Lucy was born on Nov. 8, 1902, in Richmond to Jacob and Anna (Mummer) Ruegemer. She married William Atkinson on April 12, 1926, at Immaculate Conception Church, St. Cloud. Lucy was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Parish.
She is survived by her son, James (Betty) of Paynesville; five grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William; brothers, Roman and Paul; sister, Aggie Vouk; and one granddaughter.