from The Paynesville Press
Ruby Mercedes Holmgren of Hawick, 84, died Friday, March 14, 2003.
Funeral services were on Tuesday, March 18, at 1 p.m. at the Zion-Irving Lutheran Church in rural Hawick. Rev. Linda Lagergren officiated. Interment was held in the Zion-Irving Cemetery.
Ruby was born on April 21, 1918, near Hawick, to Iver and Lena (Hanson) Pederson. She was baptized and confirmed at Zion-Irving Lutheran Church where she was a lifelong member. On Sept. 21, 1940, Ruby was married to Carl Holmgren in Bemidji. Following their marriage they farmed in Irving Township for four years. The couple purchased Ruby's childhood farm near Hawick where they farmed for many years, and where she resided until her death.
Ruby is survived by four daughters, ReNae (Daniel) White of Double Oak, Texas, Janet (Lloyd) Eggert of Plymouth, Marjorie (Terry) Johnson of Springfield, Minn., and Melody (Danny) Clark of Willmar; four grandchildren; one step-grandson; two great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Bernice (Richard) Fitzgerald of Pomeroy, Wash.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Carl on May 28, 1989; a grandson; a step-grandson; eight sisters; and four brothers.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 2 at Our Savior Lutheran Church. Interment was at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Orange, California.
Bruce was born to the late Conrad Peder and Elsie Evert Johnson in Willmar on March 19, 1940. He graduated from Paynesville High School in 1958. He entered the Navy in 1959 and served with the Seabees in the Philippines.
He married the late Diane Portinga in 1959. Diane died following childbirth. He married Janice Wickstrom of Roseau, Minn., in 1962.
He moved to California to continue his career in road construction that became his life-long occupation. He owned and operated heavy equipment for over 40 years.
Bruce loved nature and the outdoors, including hunting, fishing, among other things. He flew his own plane for years.
He is survived by his wife, Janice; his daughters, Susan (Barry) Baker, Julie (Tony) Moore, and Sandra (Kurt) Bensworth; seven grandchildren; brother, Rev. Loyd Johnson; sister, Yvonne Foreman (David); and many other relatives.
Funeral services were on Sunday, March 30, at 2 p.m. at the Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church in Faribault. Rev. Richard Ormsby officiated. Interment was in the Groveland Cemetery in Dundas, Minn.
Eva was born Nov. 2, 1913, in Dundas, to Clifford and Cynthia (Porter) Thielbar. She attended school at Rice County Public Schools and Northfield High School. On March 19, 1931, she was united in marriage to Leo T. Koger in Menomonie, Wis. Eva worked for 26 years at the Faribault Regional Center as a building supervisor.
She was a member of the Faribault Aerie 1460 Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary, the Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church, an honorary member of the Sarah Circle, and a member of OCNEEDUS.
Eva is survived by six children, Darlene (Gerhardt) Poch of Rochester, Loretta Dwyer of Faribault, Rosalie (Ralph) Fuchs of Paynesville, Robert (Lynn) Koger of Barbeau, Mich., Thomas (fiance Sandy Myer) Koger of Shakopee, and Jean (Timothy) Klink of Roaming Shores, Ohio; 14 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; brother, Calvin (Virginia) Thielbar of Randolph; and sisters, Leona Glende of Faribault, and Rosella Grant of Northfield; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo on June 11, 1983; daughter, Delores Koger; two grandsons; sisters, Martha Thielbar, Myrtle Teachout, and Wilma Kolwczyk; and brothers, Alvin, Raymond, Eugene, and Fay Thielbar.
Funeral services were held on Monday, March 31, at 11 a.m. at the St. Louis Catholic Church. Fr. Richard Leisen officiated. Burial was in St. Agnes Parish Cemetery in Roscoe.
Judge Weis was born April 23, 1920, in Roscoe, Minn., to John and Anna (Schaefers). He served his country in WW II in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Before his transfer to Europe, he was a Link Pilot Trainer Instructor. He was selected partially because of his fluency in the German language, as a member of the Strategic Bombing Survey. He served in both England and Germany and his interpretive skills proved useful in, among other things, the discovery of German plans for an airplane ejector seat. Judge Weis's language skills were such that he was often mistaken for a native German speaker during the war.
When he returned from the war, he attended St. John's University in Collegeville. After obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree from St. John's University, he obtained an additional degree in bacteriology from the University of Minnesota. He worked several years at McKesson and Robbins Pharma-ceuticals. During this same time, he also obtained his law degree.
Judge Rainer Weis had practiced law since 1959, when he graduated from the William Mitchell College of Law, and began working with a law firm in Willmar. He opened his own law firm in Paynesville in 1962. In 1975, Governor Wendell Anderson appointed him to the county court for Stearns, Benton, and Sherburne counties. He was re-elected in 1976 and 1982. In 1984, he became a judge of the 7th District Court. He was re-elected to this position in 1988.
Judge Weis is survived by his wife of 47 years, Mary (Clarke) Weis of Paynesville; children, Dr. John Weis (Dr. Holly Craveth) of Salt Lake City, Utah, Dr. Ann (Thomas) Rolfs of Boston, Mass., Paul Weis of San Jose, Calif., Susan Weis of Chicago, Ill., Mark (Michelle) Weis of Minneapolis, Peter (Carol) Weis of St. Cloud, Dr. Julia Weis of Minneapolis, and Dr. Jeffrey Weis of Duluth; seven grandchildren; and sisters, Catherine Coenen of Milwaukee, Wis., and Edith Johnson of Ada, Minn.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Jeanne; brothers, Werner, Carl, and Herman; and sisters, Dula Ander-son and Tharsilla Willenbring.
Funeral services were held on Monday, March 31, 2003, at Willwerscheid and Peters Mortuary, in St. Paul.
Marie was a registered nurse at the Paynesville Medical Clinic for many years.
She is survived by her children, Joseph (Molly) Deuhs, Elizabeth (Richard) Pryor, and John (Onnah) Deuhs; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sister, Genevieve Koenig; and brother, Peter (Adeline) Holper of Paynesville.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Florian Deuhs, and her parents, John and Emma Holper.
Services were held on Saturday, March 22, at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Tucson.
Dennis was born in Aberdeen, S.D., the son of Archie and Vivian (Smith) Dahl. He moved to Paynesville at the age of 13 and graduated from Paynesville High School. He has resided in Tucson since 1962, working as a barber for El Continental Barber Shop.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy; three children, Deanna (Tom) Born, Kristina (Ronnie) Valencia, and Jennifer (Michael) Mansour; four grandchildren; mother, Vivian Dahl; sister, Pam Dahl; and other relatives and friends.
A funeral mass was held on Tuesday, March 11, at 9 a.m. at the Church of Our Lady in Manannah. Father Francis Gravey officiated.
Jerry was born March 28, 1942, in Litchfield to Tom and June Tierney. He graduated from Litchfield High School and attended St. John's and St. Cloud State universities. He owned Viren Johnson Clothiers in Litchfield until 1989 and was presently employed in sales by Fenton Motors.
He was active in his community and enjoyed fishing, hunting, and the company of friends and family.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Patty; daughters, Beth Tierney of Woodbury, Amy (Tom) Pollock of Litchfield, and Sara Tierney of Litchfield; two grandsons; mother, June of Paynesville; sister, Charon Tierney of Paynesville; and a niece.
He was preceded in death by his father, Tom, and an infant daughter, Shannon.
Funeral services were at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 17, at the Crow River Lutheran Church. Rev. Michael DeKraai officiated. Interment was in the South Lake Johanna Lutheran Cemetery, rural Brooten.
Doris was born Nov. 6, 1914, in Hayes Township, near Kerkhoven, the daughter of John and Louise (Johnson) Nybakke. Doris grew up on the family farm near Kerkhoven and graduated from Murdock High School in 1932.
On Oct. 5, 1935, she married Melvin Mithaugen in Kerkhoven. Following their marriage they farmed in the Sunburg/Brooten area for several years. While Melvin worked on telephone construction sites, the couple moved as needed from 1959 until 1963, when they settled in the Eden Valley/Paynesville area. Doris worked at Koronis Manor during this time until retiring in 1988. When Melvin died in 1980, she returned to the farmstead. For the past four years, she has lived in Belgrade.
Doris was a member of the Crow River Lutheran Church. She enjoyed flower gardening, sewing, and especially making quilts.
She is survived by her children, Lois (Alwood) Halls of Willmar, Jeanne (Ernie) Knight of Starbuck, Joyce (LeRoy) Mackedanz of Paynesville, Marlene (Wes) Renigar of Tulsa, Okla., and Donald Mithaugen of Belgrade; 15 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; sister, Inez Denton of Kerkhoven; and several nieces and nephews.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Harold; a grandson; a great-great-grandchild; and brothers, Julian, Clifford, Clinton, and Russell Nybakke.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 17, at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry. Fr. Leo Leisen officiated. Burial was in St. Margaret's Parish Cemetery.
Bernard was born Sept. 7, 1908, in Lake Henry Township, the son of Jacob and Catherine (Garding) Hemmesch. He attended school in Spring Hill Township.
On May 10, 1938, he married Rosa Schlangen at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Richmond.
Bernard farmed in the Lake Henry area and was a school board member during the state mandated consolidation of rural schools. In 1994, he became a resident of Cold Spring. He was a member of St. Joseph's Men's Society and St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry.
Bernard is survived by his children, Crescentia (Cliff) Sandlund of St. Cloud, Eugene (Gladys) of Paynesville, Magdalen (Donald) Rausch of St. Martin, and Marina (Gus) Wackwitz of Cold Spring; sister, Theresa Klassen of Spring Hill; 16 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren, and a daughter-in-law, Geri Hemmesch of Owatonna.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Rosa; son, Merwyn; a grandson; brothers, Alois and Marcus; and a sister, Margaret Stang.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 13, at Nordland Lutheran Church in rural Paynesville. Rev. Keith Ainsley officiated. Interment was held in the Roseville Cemetery near Hawick.
Edna was born Dec. 22, 1913, in Paynesville, the daughter of Chester and Josephine (Sanborn) Pemble. She was baptized and confirmed at the Paynesville Methodist Church and attended school at District #52. In 1932, she graduated from the New London High School, and then attended St. Cloud Teachers College. After receiving her teaching certificate, she taught in several rural schools.
In 1938, Edna was married to Charles McLouth. Following their marriage, they farmed near Regal for 22 years. In 1960, they moved into Hawick. During this time Edna was a member of the Hawick Methodist Church where she served as Sunday school superintendent for many years. She also served as treasurer for Roseville Township and helped organize the Roseville Friendly Seniors. Charles died in 1968.
For several years Edna owned and operated GEM Candles out of her basement with her sister Marjorie. On June 1, 1974, Edna married Henry Sunde at the Hawick Methodist Church. Following their marriage they lived in Hawick until 1994 when they moved into 700 Stearns Place in Paynesville.
Edna has been a member of Nordland Lutheran Church since 1974. She enjoyed volunteering at the Good Samaritan Care Center (now Washburne Court), the Koronis Manor, and Glen Oaks Care Center.
Edna is survived by her husband, Henry of Paynesville; sisters, Marjorie Larson of New London, Carol Matson of Willmar; and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles McLouth; and two brothers, Chester (Bud) and Harry Pemble.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 13, at Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley. Rev. Virgil Braun officiated and burial was in Eden Lake Cemetery.
Lucille was born May 30, 1930, in rural Stearns County to John and Maria (Brinker) Theis. She married Leonard F. Blomker on Feb. 26, 1949. Lucille lived in Eden Valley all her life and was a homemaker and did custodian work at Animal Fair and the Valley Inn.
She was a member of Assumption Catholic Church and was a member of Eden Valley American Legion Auxiliary Post #381 for 26 years.
Lucille is survived by her children, Linda (Donald) Brutger of Cold Spring, Leon Blomker of Eden Valley, Dennis (Barb) Blomker of St. Cloud, Diana Koelln of Watkins, Brenda (Michael) Lahr of Eden Valley, Gaylia (Kenneth) Tschumperlin of Cold Spring, Jolene (Bill) Imholte of Clearwater; Bill (Becky) Blomker of Cold Spring, Sue (Johnnie) Bratton of Arvada, Colo., Tammy (Mark) Maslonkowski of St. Joseph, LaRae (Tom) Asfeld of Paynesville, and Nancy (Dan) Lundin of Litchfield; brothers and sisters, Elmer Theis of Eden Valley, Mary Lou Rose of Palmer, Alaska, Irene Gard of Medford, Ore., Jack Theis of Paynesville, Ronald Theis of Central Point, Ore., and Judy Martinson of Eden Valley; 26 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Leonard on March 1, 1985; and brothers and sisters, Bernice Mills, Katherine Berg, Frank Theis, Beatrice Eckhoff, and Louis Theis.
Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 12, at the Church of Our Lady in Manannah. Father Francis Garvey officiated. Interment was in St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery in Watkins.
Leona, the daughter of Hubert and Theresa Loch, was born on Sept. 14, 1935, in Watkins. She grew up in the Eden Valley area, graduating from Eden Valley High School in 1953. Following graduation, she worked at Northwestern National Life as a secretary.
On May 3, 1958, she was united in marriage to Kenny Weiss at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. They lived in Bloomington until 1968, when they moved to the family farm north of Grove City and lived there for 32 years. Then they made their home in Paynesville.
Leona was a member of the Church of Our Lady in Manannah. She enjoyed gardening, fishing, music, playing cards, and her family.
She is survived by five children, Tim (Sue) Weiss of Litchfield, Dan (Jackie) Weiss of Eden Valley, Randy (Jo) Weiss of Eden Valley, Pam (Kevin) Stiegen of Litchfield, and Beverly (Tim) Hjulberg of Savage; four grandchildren; two brothers, Harold (Sharon) Loch of Cold Spring and Leo Loch of St. Paul; a sister, Betty Neu of Watkins; and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Kenny; one sister Dorothy; and one brother Vernie.
Funeral services were at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 13, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Pastor Richard Koehn officiated. Interment was in the Crow River Lutheran Cemetery at Belgrade.
Irene was born Aug. 18, 1915, on the family farm in Paynesville, the daughter of Emil and Hattie Schultz. She married Maynard Thompson on Oct. 9, 1952. While honeymooning in California, the newlyweds remained in Oxnard, where they lived the remainder of their lives.
Irene was a homemaker who enjoyed baking, canning, and cooking. She also liked bowling.
Irene is survived by her daughters, Jean A. Thompson and Linda K. Buros; and two grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brother, Chester Schultz.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12 at Paynesville Lutheran Church. The Reverends David Nelson and Jeff Bergman officiated.
Gary was born Oct. 18, 1963, in Willmar, the son of Ole and Joan (Walter) Gunderson. He grew up in Willmar where he graduated from high school in 1982. He attended Ridgewater College in Willmar for two years and in 1986 graduated from St. Cloud State University with a B.A. degree in mass communications with a minor in forestry. After graduating, he lived in International Falls, Detroit Lakes, Elk River, and Eagan where he was a writer for the local newspapers. In 1998, he moved to Paynesville and for the past 15 years or more he has been a writer for Agri News based in Rochester. He was also the owner of Quercus Forest Products, Inc.
On June 26, 1999, Gary married Shelly Woolcott in Las Vegas, Nev.
He was a member of the Paynesville Sportsmen's Club, and served on the board of directors for Headwaters Forestry Co-op. He enjoyed spending time on his tree farm near Verndale and enjoyed woodworking.
Gary is survived by his wife, Shelly of Paynesville; son, Isaiah, daughter Savannah, and stepdaughter, Samantha LuShell, all of Paynesville; mother Joan Gunderson of Willmar; sisters, Gail (Bruce) Johns of Willmar, Lynne (Doug) Buchanan of Willmar, and Jennifer (Michael Swanson) Gunderson of St. Paul; brother, Douglas (Kristine) Gunderson of Lakeville; and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, at Paynesville Lutheran Church. The Reverends David Nelson and Jeff Bergman officiated. Interment was in the Paynesville Cemetery.
Scott was born May 27, 1961, in Ortonville, the son of Dale and Ora Mae (LaCombe) George. He was baptized and confirmed at First English Lutheran Church in Ortonville where he grew up and attended school. In 1969 Scott graduated from Ortonville High School and in 1973 he graduated from Moorhead State University with a B.S. degree in elementary education.
On Aug. 12, 1972, Scott was married to Lynda Thiele at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Milbank. S.D. Following their marriage, they moved to Wabasso where Scott was a teacher. In 1979, they moved to Paynesville. Since that time Scott has been a teacher in the Paynesville Public Schools.
Scott was a member of Paynesville Lutheran Church where he was a member of the choir and the church council, as well as other various activities. He enjoyed hunting, camping, and being part of the sixth grade winter camp for over 20 years.
Scott is survived by his wife, Lynda of Paynesville; a daughter, Gina of Moorhead; a son, Justin (fiance Jesse Klein) of Paynesville; mother, Ora Mae Goerge of Ortonville; brother, Kendall (Shirley) George of Gillette, Wyoming; and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 8, at Zion Irving Lutheran Church, rural Hawick. Rev. Linda Lagergren officiated. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Anna was born Aug. 27, 1906, in Menomonie, Wis., the daughter of Carl and Mary (Hals) Thorp. She moved with her family to Brooten when she was one year old. She grew up in the area and attended Lake Johanna School. At the age of 14, she moved with her family to Cumberland, Wis., where she worked at the Cumberland Hotel. She also worked for the Quie family (Governor Quie's parents) in Northfield for a year and a half.
On Dec. 2, 1926, Anna was married to Arnold D. Thorson in Minneapolis. Following their marriage, they lived in Minneapolis until moving to the Thorson family farm near Hawick in 1930. Arnold died Oct. 19, 1962. On Feb. 14, 1978, Anna was married to Elmo Walquist at Zion Irving Lutheran Church. Following their marriage, they lived in New London, Paynesville, and Hawick areas. Elmo died in November 1983. For the past several years, Anna has lived at Washburne Court in Paynesville and in October moved into the Koronis Manor.
She was a member of Zion Irving Lutheran Church, the ladies' aid, and Paynesville Senior Citizens.
Anna is survived by her children, Ronald (Doreen) Thorson of Hawick, Gerald (Frances) Thorson of Paynesville, Vernon (Denise) Thorson of Henning, Elroy (Mary) Thorson of Blaine, and Barbara (David) Hoeft of Paynesville; 27 grandchildren; 61 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Edward (Delores) Thorp of Forest Lake.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; two sons, Arnold Jerome and Lloyd; daughter, Marion Thorson; three infant grandchildren; four brothers, Henry, Carl, Oscar, and John Thorp; and six sisters, Clara, Alma, Minnie, Agnes, Ida, and Edna.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 6, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich. Rev. Roger Klassen O.S.B. officiated with Rev. Art Hoppe concelebrating. Interment was in the parish cemetery.
Catherine was born on June 14, 1904, in Grove Township, Stearns County, Minnesota, to Anton and Margaret (Klein) Nathe. She was united in marriage to Mathias Hoppe on Nov. 17, 1926, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich. The couple farmed near New Munich until moving to town in 1956.
Catherine was a homemaker all her life who enjoyed gardening, crocheting, quilting, playing cards and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich where she sang in the church choir. She was also a member of St. Anne's Christian Mothers, Little Flower Mission Group, and the Catholic Aid Society.
She is survived by her children, Leroy (Jeanette) Hoppe of Melrose, Etheline (Melvin) Spanier of Paynesville, Richard (Florence) Hoppe of New Munich, and Mary Catherine (Daniel) Krueger of Jackson, Wis.; 20 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and brother and sisters, John Nathe and Margaret Roering of Melrose, and Loretta Linn of Freeport.
Catherine was preceded in death by her parents, Anton and Margaret Nathe; husband, Math Hoppe on April 20, 1986; son, Celestine Hoppe; daughter, Kathleen Hoppe; and brothers, James, Anton, Casper, George, and Rev. Gerard Nathe, OSB.
Funeral services were on Tuesday, March 4, at 1 p.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Rev. Richard Leisen officiated. Entombment will be today (Wednesday, March 5) at Sunset Memorial Park in Minneapolis.
Helen was born Oct. 11, 1922, in Eyota to Patrick and Elizabeth (McCabe) Horan. She married William Lukawski on Jan. 30, 1943 in Selma, Alabama. She lived in Rochester from 1945-1970, later lived in New Ulm, and then moved to Clarkfield in 1972. She was a restaurant owner in Clarkfield where she owned the Clarkfield Café. She moved to Paynesville in 1984.
She was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church.
Helen is survived by her husband Bill; two sons, Dana (Clara) Lukawski of Shakopee and Mark (Denise) Lukawski of Oronoco; two grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Leo Horan, Merlin Horan, Dorothy Hofner, Terry Horan, Catherine Lexvold, Donna Thompson, and Sharon Hanson.
She was preceded in death by one son, William Lukawski Jr. in 2001, and one brother, Lyle Horan. Memorials are preferred to Camp Friendship. Funeral arrangements are being made with The Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville.