from The Paynesville Press
Mildred Knebel, 80, Paynesville|
Mildred Rose Knebel, 80, of Paynesville, died on Tuesday, MNarch 29, 2005, at her home in Paynesville surrounded by her husband and children.
The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 1, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Rev. Ric Koehn will officiate. Interment will be in Zion Cemetery in rural Paynesville.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, at Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville and one hour prior to the service at the church.
Mildred was born on July 24, 1924, in Paynesville, the daughter of Henry and Rose (Schoenleben) Blaurock. She grew up on the family farm and attended a country school near Paynesville.
On March 25, 1942, she married Arnold Knebel at her parents' home near Paynesville. Following their marriage, they farmed for many years. In 1975, they moved to their present home in Paynesville Township.
Mildred was a cook for several establishments in the area, including Lake Koronis Assembly Grounds, Camp Courage, Hill Top Restaurant, Wishin Well Cafe, Good Samaritan Center and many others.
She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church where, at one time, she was a Sunday school teacher. She also belonged to the Rebekah Lodge.
Mildred loved music and enjoyed being part of the Harmonica Band. She also like to play cards and bake.
Mildred is survived by her husband, Arnold of Paynesville; children, Barb (Chester) Baker of St. Cloud, Kay (Gary) Hoffman of Clear Lake, S.D., Charles (Kathy) Knebel of Cold Spring, Pennie (Chris) Miller of Becker, Nancy (Paul) Baumert of Hawick, and Mark Knebel of Warroad; 17 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Marjorie Lindow of Portland, Ore.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two grandsons, and a sister, Ruby Butler.
Leona Spanier, 84, Paynesville
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 1, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. The Reverend Richard Leisen of St. Louis Catholic Church will be the celebrant. Entombment will be in the St. Louis Parish Mausoleum in Paynesville.
Visitation will be on Thursday, March 31, from 4 p.m.. to 9 p.m. at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville, and on Friday, April 1, from 10 a.m. to 11a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church. Christian Women and Daughters of Isabella will pray at 7 p.m. and St. Louis Parish Prayers will be at 7:30 p.m. at Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home on Thursday evening.
Leona was born on Aug, 31, 1920, in the home that she lived in most of her life at Spring Hill. She was the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Ellering) Schoenberg.
She married Joseph Spanier on Oct. 25, 1943, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Spring Hill. Six children were born to this union. The Spanier's farmed many years before moving to Paynesville in 1960. Her husband Joe died on May 11, 1996.
She is survived by two daughters, Kathy (Lyle) Thomsen of Paynesville and Helen (James) Poepping of New Munich; four sons, Wilfred (Jan) Spanier, Eldred (Joyce) Spanier and Joseph Jr. (Loretta) Spanier, all of Paynesville and Marvin (Debbie) Spanier of Conroe, Texas; 22 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Marie Bauer of Paynesville, Marlene (Dan) Jansen of Milaca, Minn., and Laura (Urban) Waltz of Richfield, Minn.; three brothers, Joseph Schoenberg of Spring Hill, Edward (Audrey) Schoenberg of Litchfield, and John (Tina) Schoenberg of Indianapolis, Ind.; other relatives and many friends.
In addition to her parents and husband Joseph, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Katie Terharr and Ann Loehr; and one brother, Gilbert Schoenberg.
Janet Gronli, 81, Paynesville
The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 31, at Crystal Hills Assembly Church in rural Paynesville. Rev. Lonnie Gleitz will officiate. Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery in New London.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday, March 30) at the Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville and one hour prior to the service at the church.
Janet was born on June 14, 1923, near Paynesville to Alvin and Alma (Marquardt) Wegner. She attended rural school at North Town and graduated from Paynesville High School.
She was married to James Gronli in Paynesville on March 8, 1944. Following their marriage, they farmed in the Paynesville and Hawick areas for over 40 years. In 1993, they moved into Paynesville where they have lived since.
Janet was a member of Crystal Hills Assembly where she taught Sunday school for many years and was also a Bible study leader. She was past president of the Paynes-ville Christian Women.
She worked at the Lake Koronis Assembly Grounds for 21 years and for 25 years she volunteered at Washburne Court by playing the piano. She also volunteered at the Paynesville Food Shelf.
Janet enjoyed flower gardening, quilting, and crafts.
She is survived by her husband, James of Paynesville; daughters, Harriet (Duane) Bartell of St. Augusta and Joyce Clark of Spicer; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Inez (Burton) Gronli of New London; and a brother, Virgil Wegner of Deming, N.M.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Moe Mohagen, 85, Paynesville
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 29, at 10:30 a.m. at Paynesville Lutheran Church. Rev. Dave Nelson and Rev. Jeff Bergman officiated. Interment was in the West Elbow Lake Cemetery at Elbow Lake, Minn.
Moe was born on Sept. 24, 1919, at Fergus Falls, the son of Nellie (Ellingson) and Lars Mohagen. He grew up in the Wendell, Minn., community; was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church; and graduated from Elbow Lake High School. For two years he attended Concordia College in Moorhead.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and the Korean Conflict, and was a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps Band.
On Sept. 15, 1942, he was married to Laila Peterson. For a number of years, he was engaged in retail business in Elbow Lake. In 1965, they moved to Willmar where he owned and operated the Mohagen Hardware Store in downtown Willmar. He retired in 1977 and moved to Spicer. In 1997 they moved to Paynesville.
He was a former member of the Elbow Lake Lions Club and a former Lions deputy district governor. In Willmar he was a former member and director of the Willmar Area Chamber of Commerce, member of the Retail Committee, member of the Planning Commission, past president of the Willmar United Way, a member of the Little Crow Country Club, and the American Legion.
For several years, he was a saxophone player in various local musical groups, including the Bob Kyseth Trio and the Mark Larson Band.
He is survived by his wife Laila of Paynesville; three sons, David (Jacque) of New Brighton, John (Sharyn) of Moorhead, and Joel of Lake Lillian; two daughters, Lora (Douglas) Wanner of Rice and Ellen (Mark) Sorgatz of Sacred Heart; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother, Harold (Renee) Mohagen of Elbow Lake.
He was preceeded in death by his parents.
Virgil Rademacher, 91, Melrose
Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 19, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. Rev. Vincent Lieser officiated. Interment was in the parish cemetery.
Virgil was born on Nov. 4, 1913, in Crocus, N. D., to John and Anna (Froehler) Rademacher.
He was united in marriage to Theresa Zierden on Oct. 28, 1941, in New Munich. They farmed five miles south of New Munich in St. Martin Township. They retired and moved to Melrose in 1984.
Virgil enjoyed fishing, traveling and playing cards. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose.
He is survived by his children, Rich (Karen) Rademacher of New Munich, Lenny (Dianne) Rademacher of Avon, Harold (Joan) Rademacher of Greenwald, Gene (Betty) Rademacher of Melrose, Bernice (Ron) Olmscheid of Lake Henry, Joyce (Albert) Yarke of Meire Grove, Norman Rademacher of New Munich, Chuck Rademach-er of Cold Spring, and Debbie (Philip) Schmiesing of St. Martin; 31 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Ralph (Dorothy) Rademacher of New Munich, Sylverius (Beatrice) Rademacher of Meire Grove, Beatrice Funk of New Munich, and Marietta Mueller, of Upsala.
Virgil was preceded in death by his parents, John and Anna Rademacher; wife, Theresa on July 23, 2004; brother, Vernon; sisters, Eileen Kuhl and Aurelia Feldewerd; and one granddaughter.
Peter Schmiesing, Michael, Tom and Ross Rademacher, Dale Olmscheid and Bryan Yarke were casketbearers. Cross bearer was Matthew Schmiesing; scripture bearer was Emily Rademacher; gift bearers were Darrin Yarke, Nancy Rademacher and Tammy Lauer; lectors were Linda Heinze and Amy DeCrans; mass servers were Ben and Tiffany Yarke; eucharistic ministers were Karen Rademacher, Ann Maus and Denise Kociemba; and petitions were read by Lora Lee Novotny and Heidi Rademacher.
Wayne Wunder, 67, Watkins
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 14, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Eden Valley. Rev. Greg Tomhave officiated. Burial was in Eden Lake Cemetery in Eden Valley.
Wayne was born on July 13, 1937, in West St. Paul to William and Bertha (Manke) Wunder. He married Diana Peterson on April 15, 1960, at Mount Olive Church in Minneapolis. He lived in Burnsville most of his life and moved to Hilltop Care Center one year ago.
Wayne was a dentist in Burnsville for 27 years, retiring in 1991. He had served in the U.S. Air Force.
He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Eden Valley.
Wayne is survived by his ex-wife, Diana Wunder of Portland, Ore.; son and daughters, Ross (Vicki) Wunder of Savage, Cheryl Wunder of Portland, Ore., and Angela (Keith) Wunder-Joyce of Inver Grove Heights; mother Bertha Wunder of Eden Valley; sister, Janet (Emil) Block of Paynesville; four grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father William.
Olivia Athmann, 98, Melrose
Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 15, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. Rev. Vincent Lieser officiated. Interment was in the parish cemetery. Olivia was born on Sept. 26, 1906, in New Munich, Minn., to George and Christine (Rieland) Metzger.
She was united in marriage to John Athmann on May 10, 1927, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich. The couple owned and operated the Melrose Bowling Alley for many years.
Olivia enjoyed gardening, crocheting and bowling.
She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose, Catholic Order of Foresters, Christian Mothers and Schanhaar-Otte VFW Post 7050 Auxiliary.
Olivia is survived by her children, Rose (Charles) Bringe of Eugene, Ore., Jane (Ken) Zirbes of Albany, and Lucilla "Lou" (Gene) Williams of Outing, Minn.; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Alvina Hansen of St. Cloud.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John on Feb. 5, 1985; one infant son; one grandson; brothers, Ray, Hubert, and Art Metzger; one infant brother, Leo Metzger; and sisters, Eleanor Lembeck, Florence Emmel and Frieda Lord.
Serving as casket bearers were Glen Zirbes, John Williams, Mike Feldewerd, Jamie Friederichs, Mark Stueve and Tim Schaefer. Cross bearer was Beth Zirbes. Georgette Stueve and John Williams were lectors. Honorary bearers were the Catholic Order of Foresters, Christian Mothers and Schanhaar-Otte VFW Post 7050 Auxiliary.
Seymour Thompson, 100, Paynesville
The funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 12, at Nordland Lutheran Church in rural Paynesville. Rev. Keith Ainsley officiated. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Seymour was born on Dec. 22, 1904, in Union Grove Township in Meeker County, the son of Holger and Anna (Roberg) Thompson. He was baptized at his parent's home, becoming a member of Nordland Lutheran Church. He was brought up on the family farm, attended Meeker County District 20 school and also Paynesville High School.
At the age of 16, after the death of his mother, he went to Minneapolis to stay with his sister Norah. He worked for the MW Savage Co. in the bagging department and the Leader Co. as a stock boy. After two years, he returned to Paynesville and worked on a farm north of town for another two years. He then went back to the family farm helping his father, from whom he later purchased the farm.
In 1927 he married Mabel Schmidt of South Haven. Together they farmed the Thompson family farm until 1986 when they moved into Paynesville. He and Mabel celebrated 75 years of marriage before her death on June 26, 2003.
Seymour was a member of the Farmers Union, holding various offices in the local chapter; a member of a senior citizens' group; a former member of the South Koronis Community Park Board, where he and Mabel were caretakers for a number of years; and a member of Nordland Lutheran Church, where he served on various committees.
He enjoyed traveling to Canada to fish, photography, and gardening.
Seymour is survived by his son, Lloyd (Judith Brenner) Thompson of Paynesville; his daughter, Lorraine Olean of Rochester; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; daughter, Dolores; one granddaughter; brothers, Halmer, Alfred, and Maurice; and a sister, Norah.
Robert Kamps, 73, California
A memorial service as held on Thursday, March 10, at Stonie Point, one of his favorite climbing spots.
He was an accomplished climber and had published a climbing book.
Bob is survived by his wife, Bonnie (Foreman) Kamps; brothers, John and Richard Kamps; a sister, Rosie of Wisconsin; sisters-in-law, Evelyn Moore of Paynesville and Ellen Bills of Watseka, Ill.; a brother-in-law, Charles (Jean) Foreman of Cambridge; and nieces and nephews.
Alf Everson, 100, Paynesville
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 11, at the Paynesville Evangelical Free Church in rural Paynesville. Rev. Rich Hubert will officiate. Interment will be in the East Irving Mission Cemetery in rural Paynesville.
Visitatation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, at the Johnson Funeral Home in Paynes-ville and one hour prior to the service at the church.
Alf was born on May 25, 1904, in Irving Township, the son of Martin and Annie (Johnson) Everson. He grew up on the family farm in Irving Township where he also attended school at District 24.
On June 25, 1932, he married Naomi Rud at her home in Irving Township. Following their marriage, they farmed and raised their family, including nine foster children.
In 1977, Alf began the transition into retirement but he didn't completely retire until he was 85 years old when he quit driving the tractor for his son Norman.
Alf was a member of the Paynesville Evangelical Free Church, where he had served on the church board. He was part of the construction crew that built the new church in 1970.
Alf is survived by his sons, Norman (Zelda) of Paynesville and Ronald (Mary Ann) of Waconia; daughter, Roseann (Kenneth) Herzberg of Paynesville; 16 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a brother, Fred Everson Sr. of New London; and a sister, Anna Ewing of Cumberland, Wis.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Naomi, on May 2, 2000; son, Gordon; daughter, Anita; five brothers; and five sisters.
Mary Lou Sinner, 68, Buffalo
A private family ceremony will be held.
Mary Lou was a singer, athlete, artist, naturalist and cook.
She is survived by her children, Michael (Stacy) Sinner of Byron, Minn., Michele (David) Rueter of Buffalo, Murray (Karen Barcus) of Shakopee, and Miles (Jill) of Holdingford; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother, David Johnson.
Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents, Hildreth (Dib) and Harriet (Bartholomew) Johnson; and sisters, Alice Johnson and Roxie Carlson.
Sue Ann Olson, 48, Paynesville
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Eden Valley. Rev. Greg Pomhave will officiate. Burial will be in Eden Lake Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday, March 9) at the Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville and for one hour prior to the services at the church.
Sue Ann was born on April 3, 1956, in Litchfield, Minn., the daughter of Virgil and Mary (Hanson) Olson. Sue was born with spinal bifida and as young child spent most of her early years at Gillette Children's Hospital undergoing numerous surgeries.
She was baptized at Cedar Mills Lutheran Church and confirmed in the Christian faith at Paynesville Lutheran Church. She lived in Cosmos until 1964 when her family moved to Paynesville. She attended Paynesville Public Schools and graduated in the class of 1975.
She lived at home until 1981, when she moved to the Courage Center for two years. In 1984 she moved into her own apartment in Eden Valley where she lived until her stroke in 1996. She spent six weeks in the St. Cloud Hospital before moving to Koronis Manor, where she lived until her death.
Sue Ann was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Eden Valley where she taught Sunday school for three years. Among the things she enjoyed were painting, puzzles, crocheting, ceramics, reading, TV, movies and collecting angels.
Sue Ann is survived by her parents, Virgil and Mary Olson of Paynesville; two brothers, David (Diane) Olson of Alexandria and Bradley (Linda) Olson of St. Michael; three nephews; two nieces; and numerous cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her paternal and maternal grandparents.
Catherine Garding, 92, St. Martin
Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 5, at St. Martin Catholic Church. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Catherine was born in St. Anthony, Minn., to August and Agnes (Kluenenberg) Stueve. She married Mike Garding on Sept. 14, 1937 in St. Anthony.
Catherine loved crocheting, embroidering, gardening, cooking, sewing, quilting, and playing cards. She was a member of St. Martin Parish, St. Anne's Society, Rosary Society, Christian Women and the Catholic Aid Association.
Catherine is survived by her children, Alvina Gerding of Big Birch Lake, Ralph Garding of Shoreview, Dolores "Dee" Ruegemer of Richmond, Rita Kampsen of Elrosa, Beatrice Schwieters of Ham Lake, and LeRoy Garding of Albany; a sister, Christine Olberding; 18 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Mike; brothers Joseph Stueve, Albert Stueve, Alphonse Stueve, Norbert Stueve, and Walter Stueve; sisters, Elizabeth Atkinson, Veronica Jacobs, Lorretta Finken, Mary Ostendorf; and two grandchildren.
Harvey Schauman, 100, Paynesville
The funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 4, at Crystal Hills Assembly in rural Paynesville. Rev. Dennis Curran officiated. Interment was in Zion Cemetery in rural Paynesville.
Harvey was born on Feb. 9, 1905, in Buffalo Lake, the son of Frank and Hattie (Frietag) Schauman. He grew up on a family farm near Rice Lake. He attend Coy Electric School in Chicago.
On June 16, 1934, he married Ida Troness in Sauk Centre. Following their marriage, they moved to Minneapolis where Harvey worked as a tool and die machinist in Minneapolis and Shakopee. In 1972, they returned to the Rice Lake area. Ida died in 1989.
Harvey volunteered at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville where, until this past October, he lead Sunday morning devotions and played the organ for the residents and their families. He had enjoyed hunting and fishing when he was younger.
Harvey is survived by his sister, Adella Houk of Paynesville, nieces and nephews, and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ida; brother, Edwin; and sisters, Lydia Olson and Martha Olson.