June 2004 Obituaries - Paynesville Press, Paynesville, Minnesota
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from The Paynesville Press
June 2004

Johnson Funeral Home Doris Daby, 81, Paynesville
Doris Audrey Daby, 81, of Paynesville, died on Monday, June 28, 2004, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 8, at Paynesville Lutheran Church. Rev. Dave Nelson and Rev. Jeff Bergman will officiate. Inurnment will be at 2:30 p.m. on July 8 at Hillcrest Cemetery in Granite Falls. Arrangements are with Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville.

There is no visitation.

Doris was born at the Madison Hospital in Madison, Minn., to Sam Hedla and Dora Vick, the youngest of seven children. She grew up on the family farm near Louisburg, Minn., and attended school in Louisburg through eighth grade. She graduated from Appleton (Minnesota) High School in 1941 and attended the University of Minnesota Correspondence School her first year of college because her father did not believe women should be educated. In 1942 her brother George loaned her $900 so she could attend the University of Minnesota where she graduated cum laude in 1945 with a bachelor of science degree in home economics.

Doris began her 45-year teaching career in the fall of 1945 at Granite Falls High School. She also taught in Sacred Heart for over 25 years and finished her last eight years of teaching at Atwater-Grove City.

In the summer of 1943, she worked for Van's Beach Resort on Lake Koronis near Paynesville, which was the beginning of her 61-year love for Lake Koronis.

On June 20, 1948, she married Donald F. Daby at North Lutheran Church in Granite Falls. During their retirement years, they lived on lake Koronis. In 1989 they moved to Mesa, Ariz., where they lived until October 1994 when they returned to Paynesville. Donald died in 2001.

Doris was a member of Paynesville Lutheran Church.

She is survived by two sons, Duane (Jenny) Daby of West Des Moines, Iowa, and Ralph (Kristin) Daby of Paynesville; and five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband and all of her family except one niece.

Loretta Kollmann, 91, Lake Henry
Loretta Kollmann Loretta B. Kollmann, 91, of Lake Henry, died on Monday, June 21, 2004, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 25, at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry. Reverend Leo Leisen officiated. Burial was in St. Margaret's Parish Cemetery.

Loretta was born Aug. 18, 1912, in Freeport, Minn., to Ferdinand and Catherine (Kerfeld) Meyer. She grew up in Freeport and attended Holy Ghost Academy College in Joliet, Ill., and St. Cloud State University.

She married John Kollmann on June 10, 1940, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport. Loretta was a homemaker and teacher for 25 years. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, flowers, gardening, birds, oil painting and sharing stories.

She was a member of St. Margaret's Catholic Church, Rosary Society and Christian Women, and was a CCD teacher.

Loretta is survived by her husband John; children, Marjorie (Stephen) Molstad of Hayward, Wis., Raymond (Mary- Lou) Kollmann of Baltimore, Md., Hubert "Herb" Kollmann of St. Cloud, Mark (Anne Marie) Kollmann of Ham Lake, Fred Kollmann of LaCrescent, Inez (Bill) Lintz of Anusa, Calif., Wally (Mary Lou) Kollmann of Paynesville, Tom (Nancy) Kollmann of Richmond, Alice Kollmann (Dennis St. Peter) of Santa Cruz, Calif., and Connie (Bob) Dolan of Winter Springs, Fla.; 26 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Marie Moscho, Sr. Mary Jude Meyer, OSB, and Bernadette Lauer.

She was preceded in death by parents; son Ervin; one granddaughter; one grandson; brothers, Joe and Al Meyer; and sisters, Evelyn Rademacher and Margaret Lauer.

Erling "Al" Jensen, 89, Eden Valley
Erling Jensen Erling "Al" George Jensen, 89, of Eden Valley, died on Sunday, June 20, 2004.

A celebration of life will take place at 3 p.m. today, (Wednesday, June 23) at Dingmann's Eden Valley Funeral Home. Interment will be at St. Peter's Cemetery in Eden Valley.

He was born March 14, 1915, to John and Elie Jensen, Danish immigrants, on the family homestead in Alden, Minnesota.

Al moved to Minneapolis as a young man working in the food/sales industry. During later years, he was employed by the Fisher Nut Company in regional sales. After retirement, he was manager of the Eagles Club in Litchfield and owned and operated the A-1 Cleaning Service.

A long-time resident of Rice Lake, he was president of the Rice Lake Association. He had many interests, including a passion for wildlife and environmental concerns.

After his children had grown, he moved to Eden Valley, where he was mayor, chairman of the school board, and manager of the Eden Valley Hawks Baseball Team. He was also a member of the Paynesville and Eden Valley sportsmen's clubs, Chamber of Commerce, Snowbirds Snowmobile Club, and the Lions Club, where he received the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. He was a volunteer at Hilltop Care Center in Watkins and Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Al is survived by his second wife, Imelda; seven children; three stepchildren; 15 grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Marjorie; an infant daughter; and siblings.

Raymond Weber, 77, St. Martin
Raymond Weber Raymond M. Weber, 77, of St. Martin died Sunday, June 20, 2004, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 24, at St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Friends may call after 4:00 p.m. Wednesday and from 9-10:30 a.m. Thursday, at the St. Martin Parish Center.

Catholic Aid Association, St. Joseph's Society and St. Martin Lions will pray at 7:30 p.m. Parish prayers will be at 8:00 p.m. and the Knights of Columbus will pray at 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Ray was born in St. Martin to Bernard and Louise (Arceneau) Weber. He had a strong faith, he loved farming, fishing and was a former St. Martin Co-op board member.

Ray was a member of St. Martin Parish where he was an usher and a former parish council member. After managing the St. Martin baseball team for many years, he continued to be an avid fan and enjoyed all sports.

Survivors include his brothers and sisters, Jerome Weber of St. Martin, Father Arnold Weber, O.S.B., of St. John's Abbey, Sister Jane Weber, O.S.B., Sister Bernadette Weber, O.S.B., Sister Helen Weber, O.S.B., Sister Marcella Weber, O.S.B., St. Benedict's Monastery, St. Joseph, Alice (Richard) Drontle of Richmond and Elizabeth (Don) Schramel of Cold Spring; ten nieces and nephews and nine grand-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Lawrence Weber and Father. Otto Weber, O.S.B. and an infant sister.

Anna Ring, 91, Paynesville
Anna G. Ring, 91, of Paynesville, died Wednesday, June, 9, 2004, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Mass of Christian burial was held at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 14, at All Saints Catholic Church in Lakeville with Father Daniel Griffith officiating. Interment was in All Saints Cemetery.

Anna was born on March 5, 1913, in New Market to John Peter and Theresia (Hinderscheit) Mueller.

She married Clarence Ring on October 22, 1935, in Hudson, Wis. Anna lived in Eden Valley and was a member of St. Peter's Catholic church there until it closed in 1999. She became a resident of Koronis Manor in 1999. She liked to crochet, play cards and dominoes, put puzzles together, music, and visiting.

She is survived by her children, Ronald (Bernice) Ring of Shakopee, Joan (Roman) Stans of Richmond, and Clara (Alva) Leach of Hudson, Wis.; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several step-grandchildren; one great-great- grandchild; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence, her daughter Elaine, grandson, her parents, four brothers, and two sisters.

Robert J. Gieske, 72, Paynesville
Robert Gieske Robert J. Gieske, 72, of Paynesville, died Tuesday, June 15, 2004, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, June 19, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial took place in St. Mary's Parish Cemetery in Melrose.

Bob was born March 7, 1932, in Melrose, Minn., to William and Mary (Helsper) Gieske. He married Delphine Schreifels in 1955 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. They moved in Minneapolis where he was employed at Honeywell, later known as Alliant Tech. They retired to Lake Koronis near Paynesville in 1993.

Bob is survived by his wife Delphine of Paynesville; children, Russell (Judy) of Blaine, Scott (Wendy) of Brooklyn Park, Dean (Linda) of Dayton, Lucinda (Rob) LeClair of Elk River, and Sandra (Rob) Partyka of Golden Valley; 11 grandchildren; a sister Rita Peterson of Texas; and a brother John Gieske of Bloomington.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother William Bollinger, and sister Bernadine Anderson.

Lauretta Hopfer, 91, Paynesville
Lauretta Hopfer Lauretta R. Hopfer, 91, of Paynesville, died on Sunday, June 13, 2004, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 16, at 11 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Reverend Richard Leisen will officiate. Burial will be in the St. Louis Parish Cemetery in Paynesville.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville and one hour prior to the services at the church on Wednesday. The St. Margaret's Rosary Society and Christian Women will pray a rosary at 5 p.m. followed by parish prayers at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15, at the funeral home in Paynesville.

Lauretta was born on May 4, 1913, in Lake Henry, Minn., to Jacob and Hedwig (Jaeger) Kraemer. She married Leonard Hopfer on Sept. 11, 1933, at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry. They farmed in the Lake Henry area until retirement when they moved to Paynesville in 1977.

Lauretta enjoyed quilt making, embroidery, cooking and playing cards. She was a member of St. Louis Parish, St. Margaret's Rosary Society and Christian Women in Lake Henry.

Lauretta is survived by a daughter, Laura (Tony) Eickhoff of Eden Valley; two sons, Art (Jean) Hopfer of Freeport and Wilfred "Bill" (Martha) Hopfer of Richmond; foster son, Bill (Arlana) Langner of Alexandria; 18 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; three great great-grandchildren; a brother, Dennis (Cressentia) Kraemer of Paynesville; and a sister, Alverna Bierschbach of Melrose.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband on Nov. 2, 1993, a great-grandson, a brother, Leo, and a sister Renilda Fuerstenberg.

Ronald Beier, 55, Ogilvie
Ronald Beier Ronald W. Beier, 55, died on Thursday, May 27, 2004, at his home in rural Ogilvie, Minnesota.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 1, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mora. Fr. William Vos and Fr. Virgil Braun officiated. Inter-ment was at St. Mary's Cemetery in Mora.

Pallbearers were Todd Welle, Scott Bagley, Randy Beier, Mike Beier, Nathan Beier and Chris Beier. < P> Ronald Beier was born March 9, 1949, to Ormond and Lucile (Braun) Beier in Paynesville. He grew up in Regal on the Beier family farm and attended school in Regal and Belgrade.

After graduation Ron hauled milk for Kenny and Buddy Trucking from 1967-1971; and Clem Kalhoff from 1972-1977. In 1977 Ron moved to the Ogilvie area and started hauling milk for AMPI. Ron had a passion for farming, cattle, machinery and particularly John Deere tractors.

Over the years Ron played on, and sponsored, several softball and bowling teams.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou; sons, Douglas (Cheryl) Beier and Jason Beier, both of Ogilvie; daughters, Cheryl (David) Strelow of Mora and Megan (fiancÚ Paul Jerry) McClaren of Finlayson; six grandchildren; brothers, Buddy (Patty) of Regal, OB (Lori) of Summerville, S.C., Tim (Rosie) of Paynesville, Tom (Karen) of St. Martin, and Joe (friend Lana) of Regal; sisters, Jane (Gene) Welle of Cold Spring, Gloria (friend Bill Knisley) Bagley of Paynesville, Karen (friend Craig Miller) Fuchs of Sartell; and many nieces and nephews.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents and brother Stephen.

James Christian, 60, Owatonna
Jim Christian James J. Christian, 60, of Owatonna, died Tuesday, June 1, 2004, as the result of injuries suffered in an airplane accident.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 5, at 2 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Owatonna. Interment was at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Rev. Peter Klein officiated.

Jim was born Feb. 6, 1944, in St. Peter, the son of John and Josephine (Durenberger) Christian. He served in the U.S. Army from 1965-69.

Jim married Sheila Reiman on Aug. 22, 1970, at Lake Crystal. He attended vo-tech school in Mankato for two years, then started working with Owatonna Tool Company in 1972. He was currently employed as a maintenance supervisor for SPX Corp.

Jim was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the High Flying Club and the Quiet Birdmen. He had built his own airplane.

James is survived by his wife, Sheila Christian of Owatonna; his daughter, Jodi Christian of St. Paul; his mother, Josephine Christian of Paynesville; one grandson; siblings, John (Krista) Christian of Garfield; Cheryl Christian of Minne-tonka; Richard Christian of Roscoe; Bonnie (Jerry) Radermacher of Willmar; Connie (Mike) Caskey of Sunburg; Michael (Monica) Christian of Roscoe; Raymond (Susan) Christian of Lacona, Iowa; Joseph (Kathy) Christian of Miltona; Patrick (Vonda) Christian of Paynesville; Becky (Phil) Ahrens of Paynesville; Mary (Scott) Hudson of St. Louis Park; and David (Sara) Christian of Alexandria; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son Mark; father John; brother Mark; and his grandparents Theodore and Margaret Duren-berger; and Bert and Martha Christian.

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