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John Mehr, 94, Paynesville
John Mehr, 94, of Paynesville died on Tuesday, June 21, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services were held on Friday, June 24, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the St. Agnes parish cemetery in Roscoe.

John was born on Oct. 23, 1916, to Mathias and Elizabeth (Kirchner) Mehr in St. Martin. He was a farmer all his life. He married Cleopha Klehr on Sept. 15, 1946, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in St. Nicholas. Their union lasted until Cleopha's death in 1997.

John is survived by his children, David (Janet) of Cold Spring, Gerald (Mary) of Paynesville, Rose Mary (Dennis) Molitor of Sartell, Janice Mehr of Phoenix, Ariz., Joan (Andrew) Bailey of Champlin, Jeffrey (Inese) of St. Cloud, John, Jr. (Karen) of Roscoe, Steven (Jeri) of St. Augusta, and Barbara (Delroy) Eisenschenk of El Paso, Texas; 25 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and sister, Alice Middendorf of St. Cloud.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Cleopha; son, Eugene; a grandson; brothers, Frank, Markus, Sylvester, Robert, and Alphonse; sisters, Rose Lieser and Agnes Mehr; and infant sister, Ruth Mehr.

Harold Hegreberg, 70, Paynesville
Harold Hegregerg, 70, of Paynesville and formerly of Spicer, died on Thursday, June 14, at his home.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, June 16, at Eagle Lake Lutheran Church in rural Willmar. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Harold Hegreberg was born on May 6, 1941, to Clarence and Stella (Olson) Hegreberg in Willmar. He attended District #51 country school in rural Spicer and graduated from Morris Ag School.

HaroldŐs working career began with Ford Motor Company before he worked in the trucking business with various companies for 30 years. He also owned and operated Longhorn Transfer for 10 years.

After retiring in 2000, Harold went into the firewood business.

Harold is survived by his children, Chad Hegreberg of Yorba Linda, Calif., Robin Hegreberg of Spicer, Todd Hegreberg and Scott Hegreberg of Lake Wilson, Justin Hegreberg of Spicer, and Shanna Hegreberg of Becker; six grandchildren; brother, Larry of Ogilve; sister, Renee Larsen of Wyoming, Minn.; step-mother, Hazel Hegreberg of Spicer; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Marie Leyendecker, 84, Paynesville
Marie Leyen-decker, 84, of Paynesville died on Wednesday, June 22, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Monday, June 27, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the St. Agnes parish cemetery in Roscoe.

Marie Leyendecker was born on Dec. 7, 1926, to Christian and Gertrude (Meyer) Kolb in Richmond. She was the middle child in a family of three.

Marie attended school in St. Martin and worked for a short time at Herberger's in St. Cloud.

On June 15, 1949, she married Matt Leyendecker at St. Mary's Cathedral in St. Cloud. Matt and Marie lived for many years in Roscoe. Subsequently, they built two homes near Big Lake and Rice Lake and eventually retired to Paynesville, where they resided the last 22 years until a very recent move to John Paul Apartments in Cold Spring.

Matt and Marie had nine children. They shared 62 years of marriage.

Marie is survived by her husband, Matt; children, Charles (Rose) Leyendecker of Cold Spring, Diane (Ken) Thomes of Andover, Doris (Leon) Heinen of St. Cloud, Jane (Tom) Widmer of Richmond, Denis (Mary) Leyendecker of Rochester, Connie (Marv) Mueller of Cold Spring, Tim (Shelly) Leyendecker of Cold Spring, Sharon (Ben) Gertken of Richmond, and Brenda (Dennis) Lieser of Spring Hill; 20 grandchildren; nine greatgrandchildren; and sister, Rita Herges.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three grandchildren; and sister, Agnes LeFleur.

Jeanette Weis, 59, Paynesville
Jeanette "Blondie" Weis, 59, of Paynesville died on Saturday, June 25, at her home following a battle with brain cancer.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 28, at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Roscoe. Burial was in the St. Agnes cemetery.

Jeanette Weis was born on Oct. 11, 1951, to Clarence and Gladys (Mackedanz) Orbeck at the St. Cloud Hospital.

She graduated from Paynesville High School in 1970 and married Michael Weis on Nov. 20, 1971.

Jeanette and Michael lived in Colorado Springs, Colo., for one year while Michael served in the U.S. Army. They have lived on the Weis Century Farm since 1972 and purchased the farm in 1984. Jeanette and Michael have three children, Joshua, Faith, and Daniel.

Jeanette is survived by her husband, Michael; children, Faith (Scott) Molitor of Richmond and Daniel Weis (Melissa Gangl) of Paynesville; six grandchildren; mother, Gladys Orbeck of Paynesville; brothers and sisters, Robert Orbeck of Paynesville, Betty (Jim) Schmidt of Paynesville, Mary (Daniel) Nietfeld of Paynesville, Berni (Noel Harness) Orbeck of Paynesville, Luann (Sig Linn) Orbeck of Arcadia, Mich., Mike Orbeck of Paynesville, Nancy (Daniel Bielejeski) Orbeck of Rockville, Dennis (Betty) Orbeck, Kevin (Kim) Orbeck, and Randy (Mary Beth) Orbeck of Paynesville; and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her son, Joshua Weis; father, Clarence Orbeck; and father- in-law.

Aurora Tougas, 85, Paynesville
Aurora Tougas, 85, of Paynesville died on Friday, June 10, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services were held on Friday, June 17, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Aurora Justina Tougas was born on Feb. 18, 1926, to Dona and Virginia Houle at the family home in Red Lake Falls, Minn.

She married Aurel J. (AJ) Tougas on April 24, 1944. In their 67 years together, they welcomed nine children: Richard, Claudia, Michael, Laurel, June, Carol, Daniel, Sandra, and Todd.

Through her life, Aurora called home in Red Lake Falls; Grand Forks, N.D.; Warroad, Minn.; Wadena, Minn.; and Paynesville. Aurora and AJ also enjoyed being snowbirds, crisscrossing the countryside in their motor home in later years.

Aurora is survived by her husband; children; 18 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her, mother Virginia Houle; father, Dona Houle; brother, Lawrence "Sonny" sisters, Gladys, JoAnne, Madonna, and Cecilia; a grandson; and a great-grandson.

Erwin Herzberg, 85, Iron River, Mich.
Erwin Herzberg, 85, of Iron River, Mich., died on Wednesday, June 1, at his home.

Graveside services and burial were held on Tuesday, June 7, at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis with full military rites.

Erwin E. Herzberg was born on Nov. 3, 1925, to Otto and Alvina (Baumann) in Paynesville.

He attended Paynesville schools.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII, from 1943 to 1946. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1947 and served during the Korean War. He retired as a Sergeant First Class in 1965.

Erwin married Maria Stroske in Berlin, Germany, on March 29, 1952. The couple first settled in St. Paul.

After his retirement from the army in 1965, they moved from Junction City, Kan., to their home in Iron River, Mich. Their union lasted until Maria's death on Feb. 8, 1997.

Erwin is survived by his son, Rainer Herzberg of Crystal Falls; two brothers, Nobel Herzberg of Eugene, Ore., and Arthur Herzberg of St. Paul; two sisters, Marcella Frank of Paynesville and Evelyn Smith of Susquehanna, Pa.; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, and other extended family.

Joan Bradshaw, 76, Eden Valley
Joan Countryman Bradshaw, 76, of Eden Valley died on Wednesday, June 1, in an automobile accident near Eau Claire, Wis.

Funeral services were held on Monday, June 6, at Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley. Burial was in Assumption Cemetery in Eden Valley.

Joan Countryman Bradshaw was born on Oct. 5, 1934, to Marcellus and Ruth (Murray) Countryman in St. Paul. She attended Visitation Convent and St. Theresa's College.

She married John Bradshaw on March 3, 1960, in Reno, Nev.

Joan worked as a secretary for Crystal Hills Assembly of God Church in Paynesville and then for Banker's Systems. Most recently, she worked in telephone sales for JCB Communications.

Joan is survived by her husband, John of Eden Valley; sons and daughter, Jeff (Rachel) of St. Cloud, Laura (Kurt) Kremers of Fargo, N.D., and Ben (Jayme) of Pontiac, Ill.; five grandchildren; and twin brother, Marcellus Countryman of St. Paul.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Christopher Countryman; and sisters, Sr. Ann Countryman and Ruthie Jansen.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Assumption Catholic Church or a charity of the donor's choice.

Lillian Wendroth, 98, Eden Valley
Lillian Wendroth, 98, of Eden Valley died on Friday, May 27, at her home.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 11, at 3 p.m., at the Civic Center in Litchfield.

Lillian Wendroth was born on April 16, 1913.

On April 10, 1932, Lillian married Christ Wendroth in rural Paynesville. Together, they farmed, first in Pine County and then on Christ's home place in Eden Valley.

Christ and Lillian raised seven children. They shared nearly 56 years of marriage before Christ's death in 1988.

Lillian is survived by her children, June Fisher of Hutchinson, Charles of Eden Valley, James (Karen) of St. Peter, LuVern (Leon) Bredeck of Delano, Art (Millie) of Eden Valley, and Chris of Eden Valley; a son-in-law; 28 grandchildren; 63 great-grandchildren; and 23 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Christ; daughter, Sylvia Hickman; a grandson; two great-grandchildren; a son-in-law; and siblings, Ervin Kelm, Miranda Smith, Esther Kalkbrenner, and Clarence Kelm.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

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