from The Paynesville Press
Lyle E. Narragon, 81, of Paynesville, died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2002, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.
Funeral services were held on Friday, Nov. 29, at Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville. Rev. Ric Koehn will officiated. Burial was in the Fairview Cemetery in Raymond.
Lyle was born Oct. 20, 1921, near Raymond, the son of Charles C. and Emma Jane (Fox) Narragon. He lived most of his life in the Hawick and Paynesville area, attending school near Hawick.
During World War II he served his country in the U.S. Army, stationed for a time in the South Pacific. After his discharge from the Army, he worked as a farm hand and for several years at Franklin Manufactur-ing in St. Cloud.
Lyle is survived by a sister-in-law, Gladys Narragon of Atwater, and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; eight brothers; and two sisters.
Donald "Red" Schmidt
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2002, at the St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Father Richard Leisen officiated. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery. Military honors weree provided by the Paynesville American Legion Post #271.
Donald was born June 21, 1930, in Paynesville, the son of Earl and Olivia (Dingmann) Schmidt. He grew up on the family farm near Paynesville. He attended the Brown School and also District #19.
During the Korean War, he served his country in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1954. He married Sharon Schultz on Sept. 17, 1955, in Paynesville.
Donald worked as a heavy equipment operator for Johnson Brothers Corporation Construction since 1954 and also J & Sons Construction Co. He retired in 1995. He also worked for Larry's Rental and the Paynes-ville Area Hospital.
He was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church, the Paynesville Sportsmen's Club, Ranger Club, National Rifle Association, a life member of the North American Hunters Club, the VFW, and the Eden Valley American Legion. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and the outdoors.
Donald is survived by his wife, Sharon of Paynesville; sons, Dean (Bonnie) of Paynesville and Dana (Tanya) of Richmond; a daughter, Cindy (Steve) Gray of Faribault; four grandchildren; brothers, Lawrence (special friend Jeannine Schumacher) of Paynesville, Eugene (Sharon) of Paynesville, James (Betty) of Paynesville, and Thomas (Carole) of Forest Lake; and sisters Jeanette (Bill) Noyes of Redfield, S.D., and Joyce (Gerald) Drange of Grove City.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Donald K. in 1998; and a sister, Diane.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, at Emmaus Lutheran Church in Bloomington.
David was born March 26, 1921, in Sebeka, Minn. The second son of Bert and Agnes (Swiggum) Agrimson. They moved to a farm near Peterson, Minn., where he grew up and later worked.
On Oct. 16, 1949, David was married to Carmen Anderson in Wolverton, Minn. Following their marriage they farmed until 1961 when they moved to Bloomington. Carmen died in 1979. On June 6, 1981, David was married to Helen Ensberg of Toronto, S.D., and they continued to live in Bloomington. For the past year, David has lived at Washburne Court in Paynesville, after living in Eden Prairie for three years.
David was a member of Emmaus Lutheran Church of Bloomington. He enjoyed traveling, walking at the Mall of America, reading, and family gatherings.
He is survived by two sons, Thomas (Marilyn) Agrimson of Woodbury and Daniel (Betty) Agrimson of Eden Prairie; a daughter, Beatrice (Keith) Ainsley of Paynesville; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two brothers, Joel (Kitty) Agrimson of Eden Prairie and Harold (Harriet) Agrimson of Peterson; and many relatives.
David was preceded in death by his two wives; parents; and brothers, Orville, Cyrus, and Arden.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2002, at Grace Lutheran Church in Belgrade. Rev. Robert Kemppainen officiated. Burial was in Grace Lutheran East Cemetery in Belgrade.
Anna was born on Jan. 11, 1915, on the family farm in Lake George Township, Stearns County, Minnesota, the daughter of Fred Herman and Sopha A. (Turner) Kukuk. After the death of her mother, she was adopted along with her two brothers by Jacob and Mary (Kukuk) Raveling. Anna was baptized and confirmed at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Belgrade. She grew up on the family farm and attended country grade school in the area.
Anna lived and worked on the farm in the rural Elrosa and Belgrade area until 1991 when she moved to an apartment in Belgrade and later to the Belgrade Nursing Home.
She loved animals and was a hard worker.
Anna is survived by a daughter, Charlotte (Donay) Doty of Seattle, Wash.; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and many cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; adoptive parents; and two brothers.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, Nov. 22, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia Heights. Interment was in Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Roselyn was born March 26, 1929, in rural Spring Hill to Leonard and Anna (Moser) Lieser. She attended rural School District #24. Following school, she worked in a grocery store in Elrosa, then moved to Minneapolis.
She married Melvin Kreger of Sleepy Eye on Feb. 20, 1954. They first lived in south Minneapolis, then settled in Columbia Heights. She worked for American Linen for over 40 years.
Roselyn is survived by sisters and brothers, Viola Paasche of Paynesville, Alcuin (Ilean) Lieser of Clara City, Clarence (Luella) Lieser of Belgrade, Luella (Charles) Taylor of Port Orchard, Wash., Celestine (Mary) Lieser of Sauk Rapids, Lorraine (Robert) Mohs of St. Cloud, Rita Jaeger of Lake Henry, Jerome (Clara) Lieser of Paynesville, Florence (Alvin) Zirbes of Brooklyn Center, Larry (Sue) Lieser of Plymouth, Mich., and George (Rebecca) Lieser of Ham Lake; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; brother, John Lieser, and sister, Evelyn McAndrew.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, Nov. 20) at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry with Father Leo Leisen officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville where there will be a 6:00 p.m. Rosary and 8:00 p.m. Parish Prayer Service. Visitation will continue on Wednesday morning from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. when a procession will leave for the church.
Lidwina was born on Dec. 13, 1906, in St. Martin, the daughter of Jacob and Susan (Garding) Mehr. She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith in St. Martin Catholic Church. She grew up in St. Martin where she attended country grade school in district #63.
On June 25, 1931, Lidwina was united in marriage to Alfred Spanier. They made their home near Lake Henry where they farmed and Lidwina worked as a homemaker.
She was a member of St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry where she was active in Christian Mothers, St. Catherine's Mission Group, Daughters of Isabella, St. Margaret's Catholic Aid, St. Margaret's Rosary Society and a catechism teacher for 10 years.
Lidwina is survived by three daughters, Fran (Arnie) Simon of Minneapolis, Eileen (Charley) Schleper of Paynesville, and Joan (Tommy) Cebulla of Andover; three sons, Tom Spanier of Cold Spring, Wally (Lavonne) Spanier of Paynesville, and Charles Spanier of Paynesville; 20 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred who died on July 2, 1996; her parents; two brothers, Leo and Benedict Mehr; and a sister, Agnes Spanier-Buerman.
The funeral service was held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville with Father Richard Leisen and Father Greg Skrypek officiating. Interment was in the parish cemetery.
Lorraine was born on July 29, 1941, in Waukon, Iowa, to Leona Mary (Howes) and Leonard Baxter. She attended Eells Country School for grades K-8, then attended St. Patrick's School in Waukon for high school. She entered the Presentation Sisters of Dubuque, Iowa, in September 1959. She attended Clark College, Dubuque, and became a teacher, teaching at St. Odelia's in Roseville, Minn., and St. Patrick's in Cedar Falls, Iowa, before leaving the Presentation order in June 1969.
After leaving the convent, Lorraine taught at St. Charles Borromeo in Minneapolis and St. Mary's in White Bear Lake. Lorraine married Don Skrypek in December 1971. They moved to Paynesville in 1972. Lorraine worked in the Paynesville school system as a supplementary teacher in K-4 and then became a special education teacher in the middle school until forced by illness into an early retirement in 2000.
Lorraine was a member of St. Louis Parish in Paynesville. She was also a member of Christian Women and a past member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Renew Choir of St. Louis Parish.
Her hobbies included cards, especially bridge and 500, bird watching, and decorating her home.
She is survived by her husband Don of Paynesville; three children, Suzanne (Dan) Hansen of Litchfield, Jennifer (Lameck) Arika of Burnsville, and Jeff Skrypek of St. Paul; a granddaughter; brothers Bill (Hazel) Baxter of New Albin, Iowa, and John (Margie) Baxter of Waukon, Iowa; sisters, Ruth Rainey of Lewiston, Idaho, Margaret (Ray) Steinhart of Dickeyville, Wis., and Sara (Bob) Hrdlicka of Charles City, Iowa; and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Catherine Irons.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, at Sauk Centre United Methodist Church. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery.
Carl was born on July 5, 1941, in Birchdale Township, Todd County, Minnesota, to Oscar and Olga (Lietz) Ilgen. He was united in marriage to Diana Schwarzkopf on July 8, 1967, in Santiago, Minnesota. He was a lifelong resident of Birchdale Township where he farmed. In 1993 he retired from dairy farming and since then he was involved in buying and selling straw, with his main customer being Canterbury Park race track in Shakopee. The couple had been foster parents for 20 years.
Carl enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading, traveling and family activities. He was a member of Sauk Centre United Methodist Church, a former member of AMPI, and past president of the Young Cooperators group of AMPI.
He is survived by his wife, Diana Ilgen of Sauk Centre; five children, Julie (Lowell) Schmitz of Rapid City, S.D., Jeffrey Ilgen of Sauk Centre, Jody (Charles) Theis of Brooklyn Park, Jason Ilgen (special friend, Melissa Beilke) of Superior, Wis., and Brian Paul Ilgen of Sauk Centre; one granddaughter; brothers, Harlan (Bertha) Ilgen of New London, Allan (Bonnie) Ilgen of Sauk Centre; and stepsisters, Katherine (Edward) Scharlau of Milwaukee, Wis. and Ruth Witt of Eau Claire, Wis.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Olga (Lietz) Ilgen; stepmother, Ethel (Rogers) Ilgen; brother, Dean Ilgen; stepsisters, Virginia Karnes and Zelda Haabala; and stepbrother, Elwyn Rogers.
The funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the Hoplin Funeral Home, Brooten Chapel. Rev. Ronald Knutson officiated. Burial was at Our Saviour's Lutheran Cemetery in Brooten.
Elora was born on Sept. 12, 1918, to Ole and Julia (Hellerud) Hanson. She attended Brooten schools. Elora was married to Silas A. Nelson on Aug. 30, 1936, in Brooten. They lived in the Paynesville area from 1943 to 1951 when they moved to Modesto, Calif.
She was a homemaker and also worked in food processing plants in Modesto for many years.
Elora is survived by one daughter, Helen (Robert) Ward of Visalia, Calif.; one son, Gerald (Norma) Nelson of Conway, Ark.; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sons, Sherman and infant Marvin; and two brothers, Clifford Hanson and Lloyd Munson.
The funeral service was held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11, at the Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville. Rev. Mark Olson officiated. Military rites were provided by the Paynesville American Legion Post #271. Interment was in the Paynesville Cemetery.
LeRoy was born March 14, 1923, in Paynesville, the son of Roy and Macie (Carlock) Parker. He grew up on a family farm near Paynesville and attended country school. During World War II, LeRoy served his country in the U.S. Navy from December 1942 to January 1946. During this time he served on the U.S.S. California. Following his honorable discharge, he met Marjorie Loso. They were later divorced.
LeRoy worked at many places in the Paynesville area. For the past seven years, he has lived in Belgrade where he was a member of the Belgrade VFW Post #1825. He has wintered in New Mexico.
He enjoyed traveling and whittling wood.
LeRoy is survived by his sons, W. Val (Kyle) Parker of New London, Martin John (Colleen) Parker of Zimmerman, Christopher Parker of Rapid City, S.D., Vincent (LuAnn) Parker of Renville, and Patrick Parker of Belgrade; nine granchildren; six step-grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brothers, Millard Parker of Fergus Falls and Clifford (Beverly) Parker of Herman; and sisters Cora Sarff of Minneapolis and Clistia Owen of Staples.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Roy James Parker; and an infant brother.
Services were on Monday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Reverend Richard Leisen officiated. Burial was in the St. Anne's Parish Cemetery in Kimball.
Rita was born on June 28, 1936, in Maine Prairie Township, Stearns County, Minnesota, to Frank and Margaret (Steman) Flaschenriem. She married Wallace G. Dropps on Nov. 9, 1968, at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Kimball. Rita and Wallace lived in Kimball until moving to Paynesville in November 1995.
Rita was employed by Fingerhut in St. Cloud, and later by Animal Fair in Eden Valley until she retired. She was a member of St. Louis Parish, Christian Women, and Little Flower Mission Group.
She is survived by her husband, Wallace of Paynesville; two brothers, Gerald (Ramona) of St. Cloud and Henry (Lisa) of Buffalo; and a sister, Linda of Blaine.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Dale and Nicholas.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Zion Irving Lutheran Church near Hawick. Rev. Linda Lagergren officiated. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Irene was born June 16, 1910, in St. Paul, Minn., the daughter of Alfred and Marie (Benson) Johnson. At the age of six, Irene moved with her family to Irving Township where she grew up and attended school at District #24.
On March 9, 1929, Irene was married to Anton Otteson in St. Cloud. Following their marriage, they farmed in Irving Township until 1954 when the moved into Hawick. Since April 1999, Irene has lived at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.
She was a member of Zion Irving Lutheran Church where she had served as organist for 35 years. Irene enjoyed playing the organ for Sunday services at the Koronis Manor and played there only three weeks ago.
Irene is survived by two sons, Algene (Carol) Otteson of Paynesville and Jon (Judy) Otteson of Hutchinson; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Anton in 1985; and one infant son.
Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Belgrade. Father LeRoy Scheierl officiated. Burial was in St. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Elrosa.
Gerald was born on June 13, 1955, in Barstow, Calif., to John E. and Alma (Petermeier) Speldrich. As an infant, he moved with his family to Minnesota, where he grew up on the family farm. He attended St. Peter and Paul Parochial School in Elrosa and graduated from Belgrade High School in 1974, where he was active in football, wrestling, and student government.
Gerald worked with his father in the Speldrich Feeder Pig business, where he later became a partner/owner. In 1987, after having sold the feeder pig business, he received his real estate broker's license and operated Main Street Realty in Belgrade. He later worked as an assessor in Isanti for five years and then moved to assistant county assessor for Douglas County in the late 90s. He also worked as an auctioneer with his father for over 20 years.
On June 12, 1982, Gerald was united in marriage to Maryann Keller at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Elrosa.
He enjoyed auctioneering, and playing solo and dice. He was a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, where he was an usher. He was a 20-year member of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Gerald is survived by his wife, Maryann of Belgrade; two sons, Nicholas of Mankato and Michael of Belgrade; parents, John and Alma Speldrich of Cathedral City, Calif.; sisters, Bernadette (Keith) Morrison of New London and Marie (John) Illies of Elrosa; three brothers, Joachim (Kelly) Speldrich of Paynesville, John (Mary) Speldrich of Elrosa, and Mark (Michelle) Speldrich of Elrosa; paternal grandmother, Anna Speldrich of Albany, maternal grandmother, Hilda Petermeier of Melrose; and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Alma; paternal grandfather, Hans Speldrich; and maternal grandfather, John Petermeier.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at Crow River Lutheran Church in rural Belgrade. Rev. Michael DeKraai officiated. Burial was in Zion Cemetery in South Haven.
Mabel was born on April 6, 1918, on the family farm in Southside Township of Wright County, Minn., the daughter of William and Louise (Wittenberg) Bratz. She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith at South Haven Methodist Church. She grew up near South Haven where she attended rural grade school.
On July 20, 1937, she was united in marriage to Bernard Maurer in Fair Haven. They made their home in Fairhaven in 1937; in Hood River, Oregon, from 1938 to 1946; in Paynesville from 1946 to 1961; in Minneapolis from 1961 to 1974; and in New London from 1974 to the present.
She enjoyed gardening, walking, reading, puzzles, and feeding the birds, especially cardinals.
Mabel is survived by one daughter, Louise (Donald) Ziemer of New London; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard in January 1977; parents; one daughter, Luella Krupke; six brothers; and two sisters.
Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Hope Lutheran Church, Sunburg. Rev. Art Wiese officiated. Interment was in West Norway Lake Lutheran Cemetery.
Holli Jo (Whitcomb) was born on September 19, 1976, in Paynesville, Minnesota, the daughter of Steven C. and Karen M. (Knudsen) Whitcomb. She grew up in the Paynesville area graduating from Paynesville High School. Holli continued her education at University of North Dakota graduating in May 1999 with a bachelor of science degree in recreation and leisure services.
On Aug. 15, 1998, Holli was united in marriage to Eric G. Rudningen at Paynesville Lutheran Church. They made their home in the Paynesville and Sunburg areas. Holli had been the youth coordinator for the New London-Spicer Community Education, and had also worked in the activities department at Rice Care Center. Since the birth of their daughter Mallory, Holli has devoted her time to her family.
She was baptized and confirmed at Paynesville Lutheran Church. She was a member of Hope Lutheran in Sunburg at the time of her death. Holli had been active with the worship band at Paynesville Lutheran and was a member of the Celebration Band at Hope Lutheran.
Holli had been active with the Little Crow Ski Team for 18 years.
She is survived by her husband, Eric of Sunburg; daughter Mallory, at home; her parents, Steven and Karen Whitcomb of Paynesville; sisters, Heidi (Mike) Weinand of Stillwater, and Heather (Jim) Anderson of Sauk Rapids; paternal grandparents, Charles and Eva Whitcomb of Paynesville; maternal grandfather, Harry E. Knudsen of Redwood Falls; a niece; and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at Dingmann's Eden Valley Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Dennis Curran officiated. Full military honors were provided by the Eden Valley American Legion Post 381.
Fred was born May 3, 1919, in St. Cloud to William F. and Emma (Hartfiel) Getzkow. He grew up on a farm in the Kimball area. He served his country in the U.S. Army during War II.
Following his discharge, he worked for Sears and Roebuck Co. installing milking machines. He met Yvonne Coulter at the farm while installing milking equipment. He married Yvonne in March 1947. They operated that farm until retiring a few years ago. He raised registered hogs and registered Guernsey cattle. He was a member of the American Guernsey Cattle Association. Fred enjoyed working outdoors.
He is survived by his daughter, Judy Getzkow of Eden Valley; son, James (Robin) Getzkow of Eden Valley; and one granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Yvonne on Dec. 6, 1997; parents; two brothers, Willis Getzkow and Harold Tenney; and four sisters, Helen Stein, Vera Buelow, Evelyn Getzkow, and Marjorie Stallkamp.