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Willie Bertram, 77, St. Martin
Mass of Christian Burial were held on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin for Wilfred N. "Willie" Bertram, 77, of St. Martin. Willie passed away peacefully on Monday, May 20, surrounded by his family, at the St. Cloud Hospital due to complications of a stroke. Reverend Edward Vebelum, OSB officiated. Burial was in the St. Martin Parish Cemetery with full military honors. Willie was born on Feb. 19, 1942, in Richmond, Minn., to Leo and Serah (Lieser) Bertram. He served in the U.S. Army. He married Janine Spoden on Oct. 21, 1967, at St. Mary's Cathedral in St. Cloud. Together they farmed near St. Martin. He also drove for Viessman Trucking. He was a member of the St. Martin Catholic Church, St. Martin Catholic United Financial, St. Joseph's Men's Society, and Lake Henry American Legion Post #612, where he was an active member of the drill team. Willie will be remembered for his witty character, joke telling, his need for coffee, and his love of farming, which he did all his life near St. Martin. Willie is survived by his wife of 52 years Janine, children Rick (Denice) of Sauk Centre, Alvin of Hutchinson, Judy (Willy) Blonigen of St. Martin, Bill of Paynesville, and Dean of Hutchinson; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; siblings Betty (Ernie) Dockendorf, Ralph, Florence (Ken) Groetsch, Donald, LeRoy, Jerome, Carol (Wayne) Reuter, Darlene (Jerry) Revermann, and Mary Kay Bertram. Preceding Willie in death were his parents and son Roger (2003). Memorials are preferred. Arrangements were with the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, May 25, at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry for Rita M. Nietfeld, 81, of Lake Henry, who passed away on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at the Paynesville Hospital surrounded by her loving family. Reverend Glenn Krystosek officiated. Entombment was in the St. Louis Parish Cemetery Mausoleum in Paynesville. Rita was born on July 7, 1937, in the Lake Henry community to Alfred and Julietta (Meyer) Lieser. She married Ray Nietfeld on June 16, 1958, at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry. Together they farmed and raised their four children near Lake Henry. Rita was a lifelong member of St. Margaret's Parish, Christian Women, Rosary Society, Catholic United Financial, and the Catholic Order of Foresters. Rita enjoyed crocheting, quilting, gardening, embroidery, setting up puzzles, fishing, watching the Minnesota Twins, mowing the lawn, or just doing anything outdoors. She also liked the game of kickball with her children and grandchildren. Rita was dedicated to her faith and was very active at St. Margaret's Parish her entire life. Her greatest joy was her children and grandchildren. Rita is survived by her husband of 61 years, Ray; children, Steve (Claudette) of Lake Henry, Cindy (Tim) Schaefer of Paynesville, Brenda (Keith) Hommerding of Holdingford, and Brian (Judy) of Paynesville; 12 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Eldred Lieser, Marlene Athmann, Julie Fischer, Leroy Lieser, Dellie Walz, Pat Schoenberg, Gary Lieser, Fred Lieser, and Sharon Seiler. Rita was preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Rosie Middendorf. A special thank you to the staff at the Paynesville Hospital for the wonderful care given to Rita and her family during her stay. Arrangements were with the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at the St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin, Minn., for Madalyn "Maddie" Wehseler, 93, who died on Thursday, May 23, at Mother of Mercy Home in Albany surrounded by her loving family and friends. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Relatives and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m., on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at the St. Martin Parish Center in St. Martin. Rosary, led by the St. Ann's Society, will be at 3:45 p.m., followed by parish prayers at 4 p.m. Visitation will continue from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday morning at the St. Martin Parish Center. Madalyn "Maddie" Wehseler was born on March 1, 1926 on a farm in St. Martin, MN to Anthony Thelen and Elizabeth (Holtaus). She married Arnold Wehseler on December 29, 1962 in St. Martin, MN. She worked for Dan Marsh Drugstore in St. Cloud, MN for many years. After being blessed with a daughter she worked part time for Mondloch Hardware. Later in life Madalyn and Arnold adopted a son. Family and giving her time to others was very important to her. She enjoyed playing piano and singing with friends and family. Maddie was a member of the St. Ann's Society. She prayed her rosary daily, was a talented quilter and loved to bake and host people in her home. Her beautiful heart will be missed by all. Survivors include her children, Mary Beth (Randy) Orbeck and Christopher (Cheryl); grandchildren, Adam, Aaron, Grace, Ben, Maria, John, Clarence, Mark, Clara, Elise, and Colette; great-grandchildren, Dominic, Adrian, and Emmett; and siblings, Lidwina Kaiser, and Gertrude Sievert. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold; and siblings, Lorraine Ruprecht, Mary Hettwer, Raymond Thelen, and Arnold Thelen.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home Chapel in Sauk Rapids for Glenyce Clara Bretz, 89, who passed away on Tuesday, May 14, at Good Shepherd Community in Sauk Rapids. Father Ralph Zimmerman, officiated. Entombment will be at Assumption Mausoleum in St. Cloud, Minn. Glenyce was born on Feb. 9, 1930, in Wadena, Minn., to Glen and Anne (Reger) Andrie. She married Edmund Bretz on Nov. 21, 1950. They lived in Wadena, moving to Morris in 1964, then in Paynesville from 1995-2014, and after that at home in Sauk Rapids until Glenyce moved to Good Shepherd for the last 3.5 years. Glenyce worked as a homemaker and at various jobs including bookkeeper, bank teller, and library assistant at University of Minnesota – Morris. She and Edmund were members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Sauk Rapids. Glenyce was a great cook, enjoyed sewing, and spending time with her family. Music was a talent and passion. She loved to sing, had perfect pitch, and could play any song she had just heard on the piano. She had a beautiful voice, singing at every one of her children’s weddings, and at many other weddings, funerals, and church services. She enjoyed productions, attending many of her grandchildren’s various events and concerts with great joy. She recognized the importance of education, was a life-long learner, and encouraged all of her children to pursue advanced education. Survivors include her children, Chuck of Sauk Rapids, Debi Myhra of Omaha, Neb., Jackie (Tony) Thielen of Omaha, Neb., Mickie (John) Bisek of St. Paul, Renee (David) Malmskog of Moorhead, Pam (Dean) Thielen of Elkhorn, Neb., and Kelly (Daniel Rydel) Bretz of Maplewood; brother, Thomas (Sharon) Andrie of Bloomington; 15 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Glenyce was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edmund, on Nov. 19, 2018; and brother, Dale Andrie. Obituary, guestbook, and video tribute available online: www.williamsdingmann.com.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 24, 2019 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville for Catherine M. Lieser, 88, of Paynesville, who passed away on Saturday, May 18, at Gianna Homes in Plymouth. Reverend Glenn Krystosek will officiate. Entombment will take place at the parish cemetery Family and friends may call from 4 until 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville (near the airport) and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday, May 24. Arrangements are with the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville. Catherine was born on Sept. 15, 1930, in Spring Hill, Minn., to Joseph and Katherine (Hemmesch) Bertram. She married Luverne Lieser on Jan. 24, 1949, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Spring Hill. Together they farmed and raised their family until moving into Paynesville in 1990. Catherine was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church, Christian Women, and the Daughters of Isabella. She enjoyed quilting, gardening, canning, volunteering, and playing both the harmonica and concertina. Catherine was dedicated to her faith and was very active at St. Louis Catholic Church. Her greatest joy was the time spent with her family. Catherine is survived by her children, Carol Lyle of Bird Island, Dan (Linda) of Alexandria, Steve (Trudie) of Spicer, Bill (Bev) of Belgrade, Bob (Diane) of Paynesville, John (Deb) of Clear Lake, Randy (Denise) of Plymouth, Laurie (Scott) Mueller of Coon Rapids, and Lisa (Pat) Radermacher of Battle Lake; 31 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; sister, Anne Hinnenkamp of Sauk Centre; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Luverne in 2000; grandchildren, Ross Lieser, Brooke Lieser, and Leslie Fank; son-in-law Dennis Lyle; brothers and sisters, Leo, Nick, Mary Lieser, Theresa (infant), Loretta Lieser, Clarence, Alois, and Aurelia Sunderman. A special thank you to the staff of Gianna Homes\Gladys’ Place for the wonderful care given to Catherine during her stay. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
Karl G. Smith, 81, formerly of Belgrade and Champlin, died on Tuesday, May 7, at Bethesda Grand in Willmar. His Celebration of Life gathering will be held from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, at the Koronis Hills Golf Club in Paynesville. Karl was born to George and Fannie (McKibben) Smith in Mill Hall, Pa. Karl graduated from Lock Haven High School in 1956 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served his duty on the U.S.S. Hornet for four years. While in service, Karl met Gedina Norby of Glenwood, Minn., in San Diego, Calif. Karl and Gedina “Marie” were united in marriage on Dec. 24, 1960, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Lockhaven, Pa. Karl and Marie lived in Williamsport, Pa., for a brief time before moving to the Minneapolis, Minn. They made a life and raised their children in the metro area. Karl worked 40 years in the tree service industry, finishing his career as a foreman for Asplundh. After retiring in 1999, he and his wife moved to west central Minnesota to be near walleye-filled lakes, green golf courses, and family. Karl was a passionate sportsman. In his early years he enjoyed baseball, billiards, bowling, hunting, fishing, and camping. He also loved working on jigsaw puzzles and watching VCR movies (usually simultaneously). Later in life, he found more time to play golf and was a member at Koronis Hills Golf Club in Paynesville, where he won his share of senior golf tournaments. He adored children, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, playing joyfully with them up until the very end. He was forever young at heart and will be cherished, in the hearts of those who loved him, for many years to come. Karl is survived by his son, Steven (LouAnn) Smith of Plymouth; daughter, Kimberly (Lee) Wendlandt of New London; grandchildren, Artemus (Cassie) Nordvik, Wyatt Nordvik, Cory (Makenzie) Smith, Kelly (Ryan) Christensen, Hannah Wendlandt, Emily (Josh) Plantenberg and Seth Wendlandt; great-grandchildren, Kree, Jonah, Maxwell, Clara, Ella, and Beck; siblings: Thomas (Joyce) Smith of Cogan Station, Pa., Ruth Brown of Carlisle, Pa., and Cheryl Fuller of Mill Hall, Pa.; and son-in-law, Brian (Dori) Nordvik. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Gedina (Norby); daughter, Linda Nordvik; infant grandson, Andrew Nordvik; father, mother, two sisters, and four brothers. Arrangements are with Johnson Funeral Home in New London, www.hafh.org. Memorials are preferred.
Janice Lee (Cossairt) Kulp passed away in Medford, Calif., on April 17, 2019, due to complications from breast cancer. Born in Paynes-ville, Minn., on July 10, 1943, Mom moved to Eureka with her family when she was 13. She married Bill Martin a few years later and had two daughters. Her first job was working as a telephone operator for Pacific Bell. She remarried, and we began our adventure throughout the United States, where we lived in a number of states our growing up years. Eureka, Calif., was where family lived, and we returned home often during those years away. Her love of travel continued throughout her life, where she followed her heart throughout California, Washington, Oregon, and finally back to Minnesota. She especially loved her home in Santa Rosa in the 1980s, where she grew the biggest vegetable garden ever! She moved to Medford to be closer to her family only a few years ago from Redmond. Mother was planning to make her final move back to Eureka. Janice dearly loved her daughters, grew a vegetable garden every summer, and doted on her Shar-Pei dogs. She would can green beans, freeze tomatoes and zucchini, and always had fresh veggies to eat. She was most proud of returning to school to earn a medical transcriptionist certificate, a job that she kept until just a few months before her passing. A 1961 graduate of Eureka High School, Janice was a lifelong learner. She always had the latest books on her reading list, cookbooks and recipes torn from magazines and the newspaper, and magazine subscriptions about places to travel. She took a trip to Germany to explore her roots, trips to New York and Hawaii for sightseeing, and a cruise to Alaska. Janice was preceded in death by her grandparents, the Liestmans and Cossairts of Minnesota, parents Dwain and Virginia Cossairt of Eureka, brothers Jim and Richard Cossairt, ex-husband Stephen Kulp, and son-in-law Ben Casey. Mom is survived by her daughters Sherri (Bill) Hicks, and Vicki Casey, both of Eureka; granddaughters Natalie (David) Renfer of Eureka, Valerie (Jeremy) Canfield of Eureka, Stephanie (Beau) Goodwin of Blue Lake, and Rebecca (Scott) Sapers of Montebello; grandson Wayne Hicks and fiancé Rachael McCain of Eureka; five great-grandchildren: Ella, Conner, Cade, Kasey, and Carter; two sisters and two brothers: Elaine (Raymond) Lindblom of Las Vegas, Margie Ingersoll of Medford, Robert (Rose) Cossairt of Grants Pass, and Jeffrey (Janis) Cossairt of Eureka; sister-in-law Wanda Cossairt; numerous nieces and nephews; and best friend Judy Mahoney of Spokane. The family would like to thank the nurses, doctors, and support staff from the Providence Medical Center in Medford and Linda Vista Care Home in Ashland, who cared for Mom and helped her daughters through this difficult time. Family and friends are invited to celebrate and remember Janice's life. A family gathering in Minnesota will be arranged in May.
Genevieve J. “Gennie” Lieser, 90, of Spring Hill, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Sunday, May 12, 2019, at the Belgrade Nursing Home in Belgrade, Minn. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednes-day, May 15, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Spring Hill with Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating. Interment will be held in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday at the church. Genevieve Julian Stalberger was born Feb. 5, 1929, in Lake George Township, Minn., to Math and Elizabeth (Haider) Stalberger. Gennie went to country school District 62 and graduated from Tech High School in St. Cloud in 1947. She was united in marriage to Florian “Bud” Lieser on May 11, 1948, at Saint Michael's Catholic Church in Spring Hill. The couple farmed in the Spring Hill area, retiring in 1988. During retirement, Gennie worked at H.E.I. in Sauk Centre and then at BugBee Hive Resort at Lake Koronis in Paynesville as the housekeeping supervisor until 2009. She was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Spring Hill, Christian Mothers, St. Mary's Mission Society, and Lake Henry American Legion Auxiliary. Gennie loved to play cards, BINGO parties, bowling, and enjoyed trying her luck at the casinos. She did much painting and varnishing as she helped to finish new homes. She loved to cook and bake bread, bars, and cookies. Gennie always had a big garden, many flowers, and a big lawn. In her spare time, she did much embroidery work by doing dish towel sets and pillowcases. Survivors include her children, Kenneth (Shirley) Lieser of Paynseville, Judith (Tom) Stone of Minneapolis, Barbara Golz of Maplewood, and Jeffrey (Pam) Lieser of Belgrade; 13 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren; sisters, Joan Winter of Glenwood City, Wis., and Bernice Welle of Spring Hill; and brother, Math Stalberger of Sartell. Gennie was preceded in death by her husband, Florian “Bud” Lieser on June 14, 1999; her parents; son, Samuel Lieser on April 14, 1969; grandson, Jon Kelley; great-grandson, Adam Lieser; sisters, Lucille Utsch, Millie Spanier, and Betty Barten; and brothers, Cyril, Bob, and Ray Stalberger. Serving as casket bearers will be Chris Lieser, Rick Lieser, Jesse Kelley, Jeremiah Kelley, Dustin Golz, Ryan Lieser, Corey Lieser, and Jay Lieser. Cross bearer will be Stephanie Mayers, and scripture bearer will be Jana Spanier. Gift bearers will be Kari Deters, Lindsay Golz, and Anna Golz and readers will be Shawn Mayers and Tim Deters. Honorary bearers will be the Lake Henry American Legion Auxiliary and the Christian Mothers. Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral and Cremation Services of Melrose.
Larry Alan Prentice, 66, of rural Hawick, died peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Saturday, May 11, in his home. He resided at his beloved farm in Roseville Township for 47 years. His immediate family members, who were his pride and joy, will hold a private memorial service at a later date.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Natascha Joy Keller, 42, of Bloomington will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at First Lutheran Church of Norway Lake, (6338 Co. Rd. 40 NW, New London, Minn). Natascha passed away on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at home. Reverend Wayne D. Kopitzke will officiate. Inurnment will take place in Grove Cemetery, Paynesville. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 9, at the church. Arrangements are with Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home, Paynesville. Natascha was born on April 14, 1977, in Paynesville, Minn. She attended elementary school in St. Cloud, elementary and junior high in International Falls, and graduated from Park Rapids High School in 1995. She obtained her associates degree in business administration from Rasmussen College and went on to flight attendant school. Natascha was employed as a flight attendant since 1998 with Northwest and Delta Airlines. Natascha enjoyed helping those in need, thrift shopping, and above all spending time with her family and friends. Her beautiful smile, generosity, and infectious laugh will be remembered always. She is survived by her mother, Bev (Curt) Kopitzke of Paynesville; father, James (Cynthia) Keller and family of Scottsdale, Ariz.; brother, Dan (Lisa) Kopitzke and family of Zimmerman; sister, Rachelle (Matt) Lee and family of Bremerton, Wash.; grandmother, Virginia Keller of Melrose; many other relatives; friends; and her Delta family. Natascha was preceded in death by her grandparents, Harold and Joyce Manz and Leo and Gladys Kopitzke; grandfather, Eddie Keller; brother, Jimmy Keller; and cousin, Michelle Manz. “Natascha is our gift from God. God be with you, until we meet again.”
Harold Mathison, 84, of Paynesville, passed away on Friday, May 3, 2019 at Koronis Manor in Paynesville. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Harold was born on June 5, 1934 to Martin and Martha Mathison. He attended school in Paynesville. On Oct. 17, 1953, he was united in marriage to Norma Larson at the Baptist Church in Paynesville. They lived in Paynesville and Park Rapids throughout their life together, and enjoyed winters in Texas. He worked for Younkin Transfer for 15 years; carpetnered for many years; and drove truck for Offutt Potato Company in Park Rapids. Harold is survived by his children: Larry (Jan) Mathison of Paynesville and Todd Mathison of Belle Plain; grandson, Chad (Janelle) Mathison of Menagha, Minn.; daughter-in-law, Kathy Mauer of Menagha; sister, Ruth Everson of Paynesville; brother, Walter Mathison of Minneapolis; sister-in-law, Pat Sorenson of Paynesville; three great-grandchildren: Joceyln, Eleanor, and Oliver of Menagha; three neices; and nine nephews. He was preceded in death by wife, Norma; son, Danny; parents; brothers, Marlow and Norman; infant sister; and serveral brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Lawrence D. Haines, 85, of Paynesville, died on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at the Koronis Manor in Paynes-ville surrounded by family following an extended illness. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, at the Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville, where a visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial with military honors will be in the Paynesville Cemetery. Lawrence “Larry” Haines was born on June 19, 1933, in Eden Valley, Minn., to Lloyd (Joe) and Peggy (Bennett) Haines. He grew up in Paynesville, was a 1951 Paynesville High School graduate, and earned 14 letters in football, basketball, baseball, and track and field. He was a part of every team trophy earned during 1948-51 that rests in the high school trophy case. He was the starting guard for the varsity basketball team and member of the “Cinderella Quintet,” featured by the media in 1951, when his team had the best record in state (21-1). That same year, Larry made a half-court, buzzer beater shot, heard by the community on the radio during one of his basketball games. In football, Larry played O-line and was the starting halfback and fullback his junior and senior years. He was a starting pitcher of the baseball team his junior and senior years and pitched for the local area Legion teams in the summers. Larry also earned letters in track and field in the discus as a junior and senior. Larry was a proud veteran and enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1952. He earned a “Top Secret” military clearance and was assigned to a special weapons squadron. His assignments took him to Indochina and the Philippines. His team earned an Air Force Outstanding Unit Award and Medal. During his tour in Korea, his team was presented with the Korean Service Ribbon and Medal from the Far Eastern Air Forces. In 1955 Larry was assigned to McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma, Wash. While stationed in Washington, Larry married Carole Jean Siegmund of St. Cloud, Minn., on June 8, 1957. All of Larry and Carole's children were born in Tacoma. Larry was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for his work in materials management. While he was in the service Larry participated on Air Force Base basketball teams at McChord AFB and McClellan AFB in Sacramento, Calif. In 1965, the Air Force sent Larry to Taiwan Air Force Base (Formosa in 1965) as chief of management and procedures. In 1967, he was assigned to Duluth Air Force Base's BOMARC missile site located in French River, Minn. Larry was in charge of both nuclear and non-nuclear supply accounts. He earned his second Air Force Commendation Medal and was also awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by executive order of the president. He served several years at BOMARC and was sent to Vietnam in 1972. He was attached to Tanson Nhut Air Base as chief of the operational support branch. He earned the Bronze Star. He also earned the United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal while in Vietnam. Larry returned to the states in 1973 and was assigned to SAC at K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base in Michigan while his family stayed in Duluth. He served in the area of air-to-air and air-to-ground missile accounting and procedures. While at K.I. Sawyer, he retired after 20 years in the Air Force. Throughout Larry and Carole's life, they both were avid bowlers and won many individual and team awards and trophies. Larry also enjoyed his grandchildren, deer hunting, playing cards, and his wife's pies. Larry retired in Duluth after working seven years in the private sector. He enjoyed the quiet, country life in Lakewood Township (just outside Duluth) for nearly 30 years with his beloved wife of 46 years, until her death in January 2004. Larry will be laid to rest with his wife in Paynesville where he has lived since 2005 and where he enjoyed many visits with his uncle Dick Haines and his cousin Bill Haines. He was a member of the American Legion and also enjoyed reading westerns, doing crossword puzzles, and watching sports. Larry is survived by daughter, Sheri (Michael) Peterson of Plymouth, Minn.; grandsons, Jeffrey and Scott; son, Michael (Lori) Haines of Bemidji, Minn.; granddaughter, Emilie (Kaleb); great-grand-daughter, Mila; grandson, Ethan; son, David (Laura) Haines of La Crosse, Wis.; granddaughter, Anna; great-grandchildren, Zavier, Brogan, and Leora; grandson, Kristopher; and younger sister, Shirley Barthelemy of Sauk Rapids, Minn. Besides his beloved wife, Carole, he was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Joan Beresford; and infant brother, Bruce Haines.