James David Keller, 33, of Rochester, died Sunday, May 21, 2000, near Rochester from injuries suffered in a single car accident.
The Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 26, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville, with Father Richard Leisen officiating. Interment was held in the church cemetery.
James was born on Jan. 17, 1967, in Paynesville. He was the son of Judy (Moening) and James H. Keller. James attended school in Paynesville and at St. Cloud Technical College. In 1985, he moved to Mankato, and in 1996, he moved to Rochester, where he has lived since. Jim was a mechanic and loved working on cars and motorcycles. He also loved being with friends.
Jim is survived by his mother and stepfather, Judy and Larry Larsen of Mankato; father, James H. Keller of Park Rapids; brother, Michael Larsen of St. Paul; stepbrothers, Donald (Lan) Larsen and Mark (Stefanie) Larsen of Wichita, Kan.; sister, Natasha Keller of Park Rapids; nephew, Tyler Larsen; paternal grandparents, Eddie (Virginia) Keller of Regal; stepgrandparents, John and Norma Larsen of Hawick; and aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Norbert and Eleanor Moening.
Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, May 27, at St. John's Catholic Church in Rochester with Monsignor Gerald A. Mahon officiating. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery.
Kathryn A. Sauer was born on Feb. 16, 1932, in Paynesville. She graduated from Paynesville High School in 1950 and attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, St. Benedict's College in St. Joseph, and Rochester Community College.
On May 1, 1954, she married William E. Hollenhorst in Paynesville. He operated the Skyways Restaurant at the Rochester Airport. A homemaker, she held positions in St. John's Altar Society and St. Mary's Hospital Auxiliary, and was a past president of St. John's Women's Council. She enjoyed gardening, music, reading, and needlecrafts.
Survivors include daughters, Amy (Kevin) Petersen of Virginia Beach, Va., Edi Ann Hollenhorst of Austin, and Paula (Joe) Berg of Etna, N.H.; sons, Bill (Connie) and Jay (Kathryn), all of Rochester; four grandchildren; sister, Reta (Larry) Donlin of Minnetonka; and a brother, John Sauer of Helena, Mont.
Preceding her in death were her husband, William; and a brother.
The funeral service was held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, at Crystal Hills Assembly of God Church in Paynesville, with the Revs. Lonnie Gleitz, Mark Olson, and Denny Curran officiating. Interment was held in the Paynesville Cemetery.
Betty Lou Gunion was born on Feb. 2, 1931, in Brooten. She was the daughter of Oscar and Ethyl (Pettit) Gunion. Betty grew up on a family farm near Brooten, where she graduated from high school in 1949.
On July 15, 1950, she was married to Clarence Hoekstra in Brooten. Following their marriage, they lived in Spicer, Greenleaf, and in 1974, they moved to Paynesville.
Betty was the head cook at the Lake Geneva Christian Center in Alexandria for 27 years. She was a member of the Crystal Hills Assembly of God Church near Paynesville.
Betty was dedicated to her family and set a good example for them. She was a strong Christian and knew the meaning of prayer.
She is survived by her sons, Eugene (Janelle) of Litchfield and Barry (Tammy) of Hawick; daughters, Pam (Doug) Anderson of Zumbrota, Linda (Steven) Snead of Walker, Becky (Steven) Schwandt of Paynesville, and Cindy (Randy) Hertzberg of Paynesville; 23 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brothers, George (Sally) Gunion of Glenwood, Don Gunion of Valdez, Ala., and Darwin (Garnett) Gunion of Mound; sisters, Lorraine (Don) Evenson of Grove City, Marvis (Art) Durene of Holdingford, Marilyn (John) Bosma of Mound, and Carolyn (Stephen) Blum of Austin; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clarence, on Oct. 13, 1976; and sisters-in-law, Charlotte and Joyce Gunion.
Marie (Weiss) Schmidt
The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. today, Wednesday, May 24, at the Church of St. Philip in Litchfield, with Father Peter Nosbush officiating. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Litchfield.
Marie Helena Schmidt was born on Jan. 5, 1918, in Roscoe, Minn., to John and Barbara (Weiss) Schaefer. She grew up in Roscoe and attended grade school there through the eighth grade.
On Nov. 15, 1937, Marie married Reuben W. Schmidt of Paynesville in St. Cloud. Besides being a homemaker and mother, she worked at Fingerhut from 1965 to 1980 and at the Litchfield Garment Factory from 1980 to 1995, when she retired.
Marie is survived by two daughters, Alice (Joe) Thissen of Clara City and Kathy (Corey) Holtz of Minnetonka; two sons, Ralph (Doris) Schmidt of Longville and Robert (Toni) Schmidt of Willmar; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; five sisters, Anna Rodgers of Foley, Clara (Bernie) Steichen of Litchfield, Crescentia Bastin of Buffalo, Dorraine (Leo) Donabauer of Kimball, and Madeline (Jim) Bastin of St. Cloud; and many nieces and nephews.
Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Reuben; two brothers, Alex and Wilfred Schaefer; sister, Theresa Ludwig; and great-grandson, Cole McCann.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 12, 2000, at St. Martin Catholic Church. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Fred was born on April 16, 1958, in Richmond to Leander and Rose (Drontle) Peltz. He married Barbara Kulzer on Aug. 2, 1986, in Albany. He started, owned, and operated Peltz Manufacturing Inc. of St. Martin in 1976. He was a design welder for the company. He invented the Roto-Chopper, turkey transport equipment, and trolley people movers.
He was a member of St. Martin Catholic Church, assistant chief of the St. Martin Fire and Rescue Department, and a member of St. Martin Rough Riders Snowmobile Club.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara; daughters, Kelly and Michelle of St. Martin; parents, Leander and Rose of St. Martin; and siblings, Dianne Schmitz of Sauk Rapids, Donna Fisher of Piedmont, S.D., and Marilyn Lieser and Mike "Mikey," both of Paynesville.
He was preceded in death by an infant brother.
The funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 5, at the Paynesville Evangelical Free Church, with the Rev. Rich Hubert officiating. Interment was held in the East Irving Mission Cemetery in rural Paynesville.
Naomi Viola Rud was born on June 3, 1913, in Viborg, S.D. She was the daughter of Paul and Cecelia (Christiansen) Rud. At a young age, she moved with her family to the Paynesville area, where she grew up on a family farm. She attended school at Dist. 24, and then the Paynesville High School.
On June 25, 1932, Naomi was married to Alf Everson at her home near Paynesville. Following their marriage, they farmed near Paynesville. Naomi also sold Stanley Home Products for 30 years and worked at various places. In addition to their children, they also raised nine foster children.
She was a member of the Paynesville Evangelical Free Church, where she was active in the Free Church Women's Ministry. She also taught Sunday school for several years, and enjoyed being one of the vocal soloists. She was also involved with the Paynesville Christian Women. She enjoyed reading her Bible every day.
Naomi is survived by her husband, Alf of Paynesville; sons, Norman (Zelda) of Paynesville, Gordon (Pat) of Paynesville, and Ronald (Mary Ann) of Waconia; daughter, Roseann (Ken) Herzberg of Paynesville; 16 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; brothers, Philip (Virginia) Rud of Paynesville and Warren (Clarice) Rud of Fergus Falls.
She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Anita; four brothers; and four sisters.
The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 8, at the Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville, with the Rev. Ric Koehn officiating. interment was held in the Union Cemetery in Atwater.
Ted was born on Feb. 8, 1916, in Swede Grove Township, near Grove City, Minn. He was the son of Theodore A. and Mabel (Nelson) Bergstrom. He grew up on a family farm near Grove City and attended school at Dist. #3.
On June 29, 1940, he was married to Audrey Broberg in Dassel. Following their marriage, they farmed near Grove City for many years. In 1977, Ted retired from farming, and they moved to Paynesville. He was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church and the Paynesville Masonic Lodge.
Ted loved farming. He was proud to have held onto his farm during the Depression, after taking it over at the age of 16. He enjoyed the outdoors, his vegetable and flower gardens, and his grandchildren.
Ted is survived by his wife, Audrey of Paynesville; sons, Theodore III (Luanne) of Sheboygan, Wis., Richard (Roxann) of Grove City, and William (Debra) of Grove City; daughters, Shirley Baasen of Hutchinson and Katherine Slinden of Rock Springs, Wyo.; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother, Alfred (Geri) of Anchorage, Ala.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers; and three sisters.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 8, at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Litchfield, with the Rev. Connie Claxton officiating.
Diane was born on Feb. 27, 1934, in Aitkin, Minn., the daughter of Ralph E. and Ruth S. (Wollan) Stewart. She graduated from Starbuck High School in 1952, and received education in the medical field.
On Feb. 11, 1977, she was married to Doug Pratt. They lived in Grove City until 1985, when they moved to Arizona. In 1989, they returned to Grove City. Diane was employed at the Belgrade and Paynesville medical centers, the Willmar Regional Treatment Center, and at Merikops Medical Center in Arizona. Most recently she was employed at the Red Castle in Litchfield.
Diane had a heart for all animals and people. She was a sponsor to Peter Koch in Uganda. She enjoyed gardening, canning, drawing, painting, singing, directing choir, and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her husband, Doug of Grove City; sons, Eugene (Patty) Savelkoul of Paynesville and Tony (Sandy) of Walnut Creek, Calif.; daughters, Alisa Savelkoul of Willmar, Lynne (Clayton) Christensen of Atwater, Barbara Mickle (fiance Delton Peterson) of Atwater, and Gloria Ybarra of St. Paul; 26 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Barbara Scheller of Raymond and Alyne Branby of Starbuck.
She was preceded in death by her parents and daughter, Helen Savelkoul.
Mary Jane Holmes Olson
The funeral services will be held today, Wednesday, May 10, at 2 p.m. at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes, Minn. Interment will be at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Cemetery in Detroit Lakes.
Mary Jane Schmidt was born on March 10, 1932, in Eden Valley. She was the daughter of Floribert and Irene (Stoffel) Schmidt. She graduated from high school in Paynesville in 1950. That same year she was united in marriage to Alger Holmes in Paynesville. The couple made their home in Litchfield. In 1962, they moved to Fargo, and in 1978, to the Pelican Lake, Minn., area.
Mary Jane worked as an activity director for Americana Healthcare Center in Moorhead, Minn., and as the head housekeeper for Motel 75 in Moorhead.
In 1995, she was married to Lester "Bud" Olson in Alexandria, Minn., where they lived.
Mary Jane is survived by her husband, Bud; daughter, Janet (Galen) Mueller of Moorhead; sons, Richard (Stacy) of Fargo, Thomas (Tracy) of Detroit Lakes, Bill (Sharon) of West Fargo, N.D., and Jim (Jodi) Holmes of West Fargo; brothers, Robert (Evelyn) of Omaha, Neb., and F. Donald (Judy) Schmidt of Moorhead; and 12 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alger, in 1986; parents; daughter, Beverly Ann; and son, Patrick Joseph.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 5, at the Paynesville Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Ron Nielson officiating. Interment was held in the Paynesville Cemetery, with military rites by the Paynesville American Legion Post #271.
Donald Eugene Hanson was born on July 8, 1924, in Paynesville. He was the son of Hans C. and Lola (Ralph) Hanson. He was baptized and confirmed at the Paynesville Methodist Church and graduated from Paynesville High School in 1942. He was employed by Northwest Airlines from 1942 to 1943, and during World War II he served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946. Donald attended Texas A and M University and Macalester Colleges.
On March 19, 1947, he was married to Irene Heinn in St. Paul. They have lived in Paynesville for 53 years.
Don spent many years in the building industry as a contractor and certified building inspector. He was a member of the Paynesville Lions Club of which he was past president and the Paynesville American Legion Post #271 of which he was past commander. He served as mayor of Paynesville from 1966 to 1969. He was a member of the Paynesville Lutheran Church, where he served on the church council. Don also was a member of the First State Bank Board of Directors and the southwest building official board. He was honored to receive the Melvin Jones Award from the Paynesville Lions Club.
He loved working with wood. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, and fishing, and playing cribbage.
Don is survived by his wife, Irene "Renie" of Paynesville; daughters, Jan (Gene) Ostertag of Afton, Minn., and Judy Baker of Blaine; four grandchildren; and other family.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville, with the Revs. Richard Leisen and LeRoy Scheierl officiating.
Interment was held in the church cemetery. Military rites were provided by the Paynesville American Legion Post #271.
John was born on Feb. 12, 1920, in Union Grove Township. He was the son of Blasius and Anne (Meyer) Scheierl. He attended Dist. 27 school in Union Grove Township, where he grew up on the family farm. During World War II, he served his country in the U.S. Army from 1942-1945. During this time, he served in India and North Africa, and he achieved the Bronze Star.
On Feb. 7, 1950, John was married to Alice Hennen at the St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Following their marriage, they farmed for 25 years near Paynesville. John also worked at A&C Farm Service and Paynesville Implement for several years. He was a member of the St. Louis Catholic Church.
John enjoyed farm life, deer hunting, traveling, and going on long drives.
John is survived by his wife, Alice of Paynesville; sons, Tom (Florence) of Paynesville and Doug (Carol) of Sauk Centre; daughters, Barb (David) Kloster of Paynesville, JoAnn (Perry) Kleist of Mankato, Patty (Doug) Schultz of Watkins, Betty (Fred) Plaetz of Wood Lake, and Lori (Jay) Baago of Farmington; 14 grandchildren; sisters, Marie (Roman) Lahr of Paynesville, Catherine (Elmer) Zirbes of Rockville, and Caroline (Matt) Lahr of Manannah; and several nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by his parents and several brothers, George, Sylvester, Joseph, Henry, Anton, William, and infant William.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 1, 2000, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. The Rev. Richard Leisen officiated. Burial took place in the St. Louis Parish Cemetery in Paynesville.
Herbert was born on April 24, 1908, in Lake Henry Township, Stearns County Minn., to Mathias and Frances (Lieser) Spanier. He married Erma Lahr on July 7, 1931, at St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin. He farmed in the Lake Henry area until 1971, when he retired and moved to Paynesville.
Herb enjoyed music and entertained residents by playing his concertina. He was a driver for social services in the community for 20 years. He was a clerk for School Dist. 63 for many years. He was a member of St. Louis Knights of Columbus Countil 3820, where he was treasurer. He was a member of the St. Louis Catholic Church, where he was an usher and money counter. He was a charter member of the Paynesville Farmers Union Oil Company. He was also a member of St. Joseph's Men's Society in Lake Henry and the Paynesville Catholic Aid Association.
Herb is survived by his wife, Erma of Cold Spring; children, Melvin (Etheline) of Paynesville, Cyril (Joanne) of Lake Henry, Evelyn Justin of New Brighton, David (Geri) of Paynesville, Mary (Gerald) Johnson of Monck's Corner, S.C., Roger (Pat) of Avon, Richard (Rita) of Moundsview, Orville (Susan) of St. Cloud, Judy (Paul) Lieser of Spring Lake Park, Michael (Kathy) of Sartell, and Kevin (Bonnie) of Burnsville; 33 grandchildren; and 47 great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents; grandsons, Robert Justin and Chad Lieser; brothers, Daniel, John, Adam, Fred, and Alfred; and sisters, Frances Braegelmann and Anna Willenbring.