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Milton Koshiol, 86, Paynesville
Milton Koshiol, 86, of Paynesville died on Monday, March 28, at his home.

Funeral services were held on Friday, April 1, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the St. Louis Parish Cemetery with full military honors.

Milt Koshiol was born on Sept. 11, 1924, to Paul and Bertha (Horsch) Koshiol in St. Cloud.

He served in the U.S. Army during WWII with Company A, 10th Armored Infantry Battalion, 4th Armored Division and was a veteran of the "Battle of the Bulge." He became a P.O.W. during the Hammelburg Raid in 1945.

He married Rosemary Zapf on Oct. 6, 1947, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville.

He owned and operated Zapf Leather and Western Wear in Paynesville.

Milt is survived by his wife, Rosemary of Paynesville; children, Chuck (Tiff) of Paynesville, Margaret Tchida (Al Gully) of St. Cloud, Tom (Patrice) of Paynesville, Karen Koshiol (Bryan Breuer) of Glendale, Ariz., Jeannie (Mark) Bolke of Eagan, and Donnie (Darcy) of Eden Prairie; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brother Frederick “Fritz” of New Hope; and sister, Mary Ann Frey of Arden Hills.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Virginia Deckert and Margaret Koshiol; and infant brother, Joseph.


Joe Gottwald, 54, Paynesville
Joe Gottwald, 54, of Paynesville died on Friday, March 25, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 29, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville.

Joseph Gottwald was born on Oct. 12, 1956, to Phillip and Anna Margot (Lang) Gottwald in Contwig, Germany.

He was a U.S. Army veteran.

He married Jane Spaulding on June 4, 1975, in Paynesville.

Joe lived in Paynesville for most of his married life.

He was employed as an over-the-road truck driver for many years.

Joe is survived by his wife, Jane; children, Cary (Matthew) Hornick of Timber Lake, S.D., Kimberly (James) Prentice of Belgrade, Amanda Gottwald of Paynesville (Aaron Schwalb of Owensboro, Ky.), Cortney (Ryan) Imdieke of Belgrade, Andrea (Nathan) Prentice of Brooten, and Jacqueline Gottwald of Paynesville; 12 grandchildren; father, Phillip Gottwald of Eden Valley; brothers and sisters, Lucy Hoppe of Eden Valley, Martin Gottwald of Kennedy, Ala., Judy Wander of Paynesville, Edward Gottwald of Paynesville, and Ursula Ruhland of Eden Valley; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death in his mother, Anna Margot Gottwald, and his godson.


Tina Demo, 38, Pierz
Tina L. Demo, 38, of Pierz, died on Saturday, March 26, in Foley.

Funeral services were held on Friday, April 1, at the Shelley-Virnig Funeral Chapel in Pierz.

Tina Demo was born on Oct. 22, 1972, to George and Barbara (Demo) Kissner in St. Cloud.

She attended grade school in St. Cloud and later moved to Pierz, where she graduated high school.

Tina attended beauty school in Ada, Okla., and worked as a hair stylist for many years at various places. She then went to work for Wacosa in St. Cloud, helping special needs people.

Tina also tended bar at many numerous places for several years, and she cleaned homes privately on the side.

Tina is survived by her parents, Barbara Demo-Kissner of Pierz and George Kissner of St. Cloud; brothers, Clem Demo of Pierz, Randy Demo of Pierz, Jerry (Sharon) Demo of Paynesville, Billy (special friend Joy) Demo of Pierz, Keith (Laurie) Kissner of Rice, Patrick Kissner of St. Cloud, and Ronnie Kissner of Utah; sisters, Linda (Daniel) Hiemenz of Buckman, Peggy (Bryon) Blair of Pierz, Pam (Troy) Stegora of Pierz, Lisa (Bryan) Stolze of St. Cloud, Karen Betterman of Farmington, Cindy Kissner of St. Cloud, Pam Kissner of Willmar, and Brenda Kissner of St. Cloud; many nieces and nephews; and many great-nieces and nephews.

Tina was preceded in death by her grandparents and infant daughters, Ava Louise and Sophie Josephine.


Evelyn Nelson, 92, Paynesville
Evelyn E. Nelson, 92, of Paynesville died on Thursday, March 31, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 6, at 2 p.m., at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Burial will be held at a later date in Salem Cemetery in rural Paynesville.

A visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5, at Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.

Evelyn Ellen Nelson was born on Dec. 15, 1918, to Alvin and Minnie (Kohler) Snyder in St. Cloud Township.

She was baptized on May 16, 1920, at the Methodist Episcopal Parsonage in St. Cloud.

She attended school for eight years in Lake Henry.

Prior to her marriage, Evelyn worked as a domestic caretaker in private homes and as a waitress at Tuck’s Cafe in Paynesville.

Evelyn married Marvin Nelson on June 21, 1947, at Salem Evangelical Church in rural Paynesville.

They lived in Kandiyohi County and engaged in farming for eight years.

During their marriage, Evelyn was employed at the Koronis Assembly Grounds, Stone Gate Lodge, the egg plant, and the Black Saucer.

Evelyn is survived by her two daughters, Diane (Daniel) Williams of St. Michael and Marlene (Tomes) Hustvet of Waukon, Iowa; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and brothers, Harry, Herbert, Leslie, and Lavern Snyder.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; twin sister, Edith Miller; and sister, Dorothy Weiland.


Harold Topp, 71, Clermont, Fla.
Harold Leroy Topp Jr., 71, of Clermont, Fla. and Buffalo, Minn., died on Wednesday, March 23, at South Lake Hospital in Clermont, Fla., following a short and swift fight with lung cancer.

Funeral services were held on Friday, April 1, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Buffalo. Burial was in Marysville Catholic Cemetery.

Harold Topp Jr. was born on April 6, 1939, to Harold and Mary Garvey Topp in Eden Valley, Minn.

He attended Paynesville High School.

He honorably served his Country in the U.S. Army Reserves.

On Oct. 14, 1961, Harold married Carol Wegner at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Lake Henry. Five sons were born to this union. They were able to share in 49 years of marriage.

Harold was employed in construction as a superintendent for Johnson Bros Corp. for 45 years.

Harold is survived by his wife, Carol; sons, Mark (Joan) of Dover, Fla., Doug (Kathy) of Buffalo, Roger of Buffalo, Thomas (Denise) of Lithia, Fla., and Jason of Fort Collins, Colo.; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; siblings, RoseMary (Gordon) Jacobson, Victor Topp, Theresa “Tess” Thielen, David Topp, and Colleen Sogge; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.


Virgil Skindelien, 72, Belgrade
Virgil A. Skindelien, 72, of Belgrade died on Thursday, March 31, at his home in Belgrade.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday, April 5, at East Norway Lake Lutheran Church in rural New London. Inurnment was in the church cemetery.

Virgil Allen Skindelien was born on June 1, 1938, to Oscar and Emeila (Rood) Skindelien in Sunburg. He grew up in Sunburg, where he attended country school.

After his schooling, Virgil worked with his father at the family business, building Skindelien All Grain Boxes.

He worked the family business until 1973, when he began driving milk truck for local dairies. Virgil spent his entire life in the Sunburg area, also living in New London, Belgrade, and Norway Lake. He retired from driving truck in 1982.

Virgil married Gail Dengerud on Oct. 10, 1959. This union was blessed with a daughter and two sons.

Virgil and Gail were later divorced.

On April 1, 1994, Virgil married Beverly Satterlund. They later divorced but remained close friends until his death.

Virgil is survived by his children, Vicki (Pete) Hopfer of Lake Henry, Chuck (Sheila) Skindelien of Currie, and Daryl (Barb) Skindelien of Lake Benton; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and brothers, Oscar Jr. and Wendell Skindelien, both of Sunburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar Sr. and Emelia (Rood) Skindelien; a granddaughter; brothers, Vernon and Elroy Skindelien; and sister, Mercedes Nelson.


Jack Bugbee, 87, Paynesville
William Gerry "Jack" Bugbee died on Sunday, March 27, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

Visitation will be held at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Paynesville on Wednesday, March 30, between the hours of 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 31, at 10 a.m. at the Paynesville Lutheran Church.

A reception and celebration of Jack's life will take place immediately following the funeral service at the Bug-Bee Hive Resort Lodge and Retreat Center on Lake Koronis.

William Gerry "Jack" Bugbee was born on Oct. 20, 1923, to William Gerry and Mary Louis (Hudson) Bugbee in Paynesville.

Jack grew up in Paynesville, spending his summers on Lake Koronis working at his parent's family resort business, the Bug-Bee Hive Resort, and most of his winters in Benson, Minn.

After graduating from Benson High School in 1941, he attended Macalester College for a year before enlisting in the U.S. Navy during WWII, where he served as a naval pilot educator. After his honorable discharge in 1946, he returned to Macalester College for another year of post-secondary schooling.

On Nov. 13, 1948, Jack married the love of his life, Audrey Juanita Swenson, in Walnut Grove, Minn.

Following their marriage, they lived in Paynesville, where Jack went into a partnership with his mother at the Bug-Bee Hive Resort. While Audrey managed the resort during the summer months, Jack found year-round employment with the Minneapolis Star Tribune as a carrier route supervisor (1950-1960).

For the next couple of years he pursued various occupations in retail sales (Sears Roebuck, Inc.), banking, and real estate sales.

In 1962, he began working for the U.S. Postal Service until his retirement as a rural route carrier in 1986. He loved working for the post office and always maintained that "it was the best job in the world."

Along with his wife and family he remained actively involved with the operations and development of the Bug-Bee Hive Resort on Bee-Utiful Lake Koronis through the last day of his life.

Jack is survived by his wife, Audrey; sons, Bruce of Logan, Utah, Peter of Safety Harbor, Fla., Paul (Kella) of Paynesville, and John of Chicago, Ill.; daughter, Mary Jill of Duluth; three grandchildren; and one sister, Virginia Anderson of Norfolk, Va.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Shirley "Boots;" and sisters, Dorothy Plimpton and Carol Plimpton.

Memorials are preferred to the Koronis Lake Association, the Paynesville Area Historical Society, and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church.


Ruby Lundberg, 85, New London
Ruby M. Lundberg, 85, of New London died on Thursday, March 17, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Monday, March 21, at Peace Lutheran Church in New London. Burial was in Lebanon Cemetery in New London.

Ruby Mae Lundberg was born on Oct. 27, 1925, to Burton and Anna (Mortenson) Benjaminson in Starbuck. She grew up in Starbuck, where she was baptized and confirmed.

Ruby attended elementary school and later graduated from high school in Starbuck. After her graduation, Ruby taught school at a country school near Sunburg.

On Jan. 7, 1950, Ruby married Cyrus Lundberg. Five sons and two daughters were born to this union.

The family made their home in Colfax Township, where the family called home for 50 years.

Ruby and Cyrus shared 37 years of marriage before Cyrus's death in October 1987. She had resided at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Ruby is survived by her children, Cathy (Rick) Prentice of New London, Bruce (Mary) Lundberg of Ham Lake, Richard Lundberg of Cedar, Gary Lundberg of Ham Lake, Julie (Brad) Strelow of Osakis, and Jeff (Melanie) Lundberg of Paynesville; 16 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and siblings, Arlen Benjaminson, Elmer Benjaminson, Evelyn Hjelle, Betty Anderson, Marianne Johnson, and Mary Jane Baker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cyrus Lundberg; parents, Burton and Anna (Mortenson) Benjaminson; son, William; two grandchildren; and brothers, Burt, Melvin, and Bud Benjaminson.


Jeanette Fuchs, 73, Paynesville
Jeanette Fuchs, 73, of Paynesville died on Tuesday, March 8, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville after an extended battle with Alzheimer's Disease.

Funeral services were held on Friday, March 11, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Entombment was in the parish mausoleum.

Jeanette Fuchs was born on May 12, 1937, to Victor and Regina (Meyer) Illies in Melrose.

She married George J. Fuchs on Aug. 27, 1956, at St. John's Catholic Church in Meire Grove. They lived and farmed by Lake Henry for many years, moving to Paynesville in 1985.

Jeanette is survived by her husband, George of Paynesville; daughters, Sharon (Steve) Meyer of Raymond, Lois (Loren) Engelby of Atwater, Denise (Tim) Smith of Raymond, Joyce (Joel) Roelike of Lake Henry, and Brenda (Joey) Lieser of Meire Grove; 19 grandchildren, six great- grandchildren; and brothers and sisters, Kathleen Meyer of Spring Hill, Marie Pung of Cold Spring, Dennis Illies of Meire Grove, and Joey Illies of Sebeka.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son-in-law; brother, Harold Illies; and a brother-in-law.

Memorials are preferred.


Maria Faber, 89, Paynesville
Maria M. Faber, 89, of Paynesville died on Saturday, March 5, at her home.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 12, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Maria Faber was born on Oct. 16, 1921, to Joseph and Elizabeth (Schaefer) Doll in St. Martin.

She married Herman H. Faber on Aug. 11, 1942, at St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin. They farmed in the St. Martin area until 1967, when they moved to Paynesville. Their union lasted until Herman's death in 2004.

Maria is survived by her children, Larry (Carol) Faber of Rice, Kathleen Faber of Paynesville, Janet (David) Brinkman of Paynesville, Mary (Gerry) Mehr of Paynesville, Pat (Joe) Nistler of Richmond, and Alan (Mary) Faber of Sartell; a daughter-in-law; 18 grandchildren; 24 greatgrandchildren; brother, Virgil Doll of Cold Spring; and sisters, Walburga Lieser of Paynesville and Rita Feldewerd of Melrose.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Herman; sons, Joseph, Arnold, and Michael; a grandson; brothers, Henry, Urban, Sylvester, Hilary, Martin, Anthony, and Joseph Doll; and sisters, Marcella Laumeyer, Genevieve Loehr, and Mary Ann Fuchs.

Memorials are preferred.


Harlow Johnson, 76, New London
Harlow Johnson, 76, of New London died on Monday, March 7, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.

A memorial service was held on Monday, March 14, at the Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville. A private burial was held prior to the memorial service.

Harlow Orrin Johnson was born on June 6, 1934, to Henry and Mildred (Haagenson) Johnson in Minneapolis. He was baptized at Nordland Lutheran Church in July 1934.

Harlow lived much of his childhood on the East Coast in New Jersey. The family moved back to St. Paul, where he was confirmed into the Christian faith in August 1948 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Harlow graduated from St. Thomas Academy in 1952. He went on to attend the University of Minnesota, where he earned his degree in mechanical engineering in 1957.

Harlow then entered into the army, where he served his country and was stationed in Korea. He was honorably discharged in 1959.

On Dec. 18, 1960, Harlow married Donna Frazier in the chapel at the University of Denver. A son and a daughter were born to this union. They were able to share 50 years of marriage.

The family made their home in Minneapolis, where Harlow worked as an engineer for Honeywell.

In 1969, they moved to Claremont, Calif., where Harlow continued his work.

After 30 years working for Honeywell, Harlow retired in 1989.

In 1996, he and Donna moved to La Verne, Calif.

In 2005, they bought Ole Jacobson's home in Crow River and summered there until they bought their current home in New London in 2010.

After retirement in California, Harlow spent a few years vounteering in local high schools, teaching math and science "just for fun." He loved the connections he made with the kids he taught.

Harlow is survived by his wife, Donna; children, Hadley (Madeleine) Johnson of Santa Fe, N.M., and Danna (Alan) Taylor of Boulder, Colo.; four grandchildren; and sister, Millicent Lentz of Tinley Park, Ill.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.


Yvonne Maurer, 75, Waite Park
Yvonne Maurer, 75, of Waite Park died on Thursday, March 10, at Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Augusta.

Memorial services were held on Monday, March 14, at the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in St. Cloud. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in St. Cloud.

Yvonne Maurer was born on Dec. 30, 1935, to Elmer G. & Kathryn R. (Uderman) Warnert in St. Joseph.

She worked for Western Union from 1954-1984 in Spring Lake Park.

After retiring, she moved to St. Cloud and worked for Fingerhut as a customer service coordinator and in mail analysis. She also worked for Coborn's as a temporary receptionist and in food demonstrations.

Yvonne is survived by her siblings, Louise Shaw of Sartell, Maurice Loso of Zellwood, Fla., Marjorie Erickson of Paynesville, Yvette Warnert of St. Cloud, and Valentine "Val" Warnert of Daytona Beach, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Larry and Dave Loso.


Richard Albrecht, 76, St. Cloud
Richard Albrecht, 76, of St. Cloud died on Friday, March 4, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Richard Albrecht was born on Dec. 31, 1934, to Matthew and Christine (Jaeger) Albrecht in Towner, N.D.

On July 26, 1952, he married Joanne Njaa. They made their first home in Cooperstown, N.D. In 1962, they moved to Williston, N.D., and he accepted a job as manager of the Gambles store. While living in Williston, Richard also worked as assistant administrator for Mercy Hospital. After leaving Williston in 1974, he worked as a hospital administrator for hospitals in Linton, N.D., and Albany, Minn.

Richard and Joanne semi-retired in Edina, Minn., and managed a condominium complex.

After retirement, they moved to St. Cloud to be close to their children and grandchildren.

Richard is survived by his wife, Joanne; children, Cindy (Mark) Holter of Williston, N.D., Kim (Jeff) Dombrovski of Williston, N.D., Candy (Tom) Kremers of St. Cloud, Jill (Tom) Lahr of Paynesville, David of St. Cloud, Andrea of Minneapolis, and John (Margaret) Albrecht of St. Cloud; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister, Martha; and brothers, Claude, Victor, David and Matt.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Matthew and Christine; brothers, Ray and Dan; and sisters, Evelyn and Linda.


Mary Lieser, 94, Paynesville
Mary Lieser, 94, of Paynesville died on Sunday, Feb. 20, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Feb. 26, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the St. Francis de Sales Parish Cemetery in Belgrade.

Mary Lieser was born March 23, 1916, to Joseph and Katherine (Hemmesch) Bertram in Spring Hill.

She married Anton "Tony" Lieser on Sept. 6, 1937, at St. Michael's Catholic Church. They farmed in the Belgrade area until 1977, when they moved to Paynesville. Their union lasted until Tony's death in 1984.

Mary is survived by her children, Catherine (Gary) Vaillancourt and Stan (Joan) Lieser, both of Foley, Ala.; eight grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; three great-greatgrandchildren; brother and sisters, Loretta Lieser of Lake Henry, Ann Hinnenkamp of Sauk Centre, Clarence Bertram of Spring Hill, Aurelia Sunderman of Melrose, and Catherine Lieser of Paynesville; and a daughter-in-law.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Tony; a grandson; brothers, Leo, Nick, and Al Bertram; and an infant sister.


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