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Joan Kramer, 58, Manannah
Joan "Josie" Kramer, 58, of Manannah died on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at her home, following a battle with cancer.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Nov. 26, at Church of Our Lady in Manannah. Burial was in the St. Gertrude Catholic Cemetery in Forest City.

Joan "Josie" Kramer was born on Jan. 20, 1953, to Raymond and Erna (Oldenburg) Bannister in Litchfield. She grew up in Litchfield and graduated from Litchfield High School in 1971.

Following high school, she married and resided in the Sunburg and New London areas. She later divorced.

Josie had worked as a state dairy inspector and most recently as a lab technician at Rice Hospital in Willmar.

In July 2008, she met Mike Kramer at the Manannah Hilltop Country Dance. They married on Sept. 11, 2010, holding a country wedding near Manannah, where they resided.

In 2009, Josie was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

Josie is survived by her husband, Mike Kramer of Manannah; children, Joshua DeChon of Sunburg and Colten DeChon of New London; step children, Mark, Perry, Paige, Yance, Carmen, Dawn, and Rodney; four grandchildren; five step grandchildren; one step great-grandson; brother, John Bannister of Minot, N.D.; sister, Peggy of Hutchinson; and nephews and many nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Jeannie and Susan.

Richard Macht, 70, St. Cloud
Richard "Dick" Macht, 70, of St. Cloud died unexpectedly on Sunday, Nov. 20, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Nov. 26, at St. MichaelŐs Catholic Church in St. Cloud. Burial was in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls with full military honors.

Dick Macht was born on Dec. 4, 1940, to Joseph and Agnes (Soupir) Macht in Lucan, Minn. He graduated from Wabasso High School in 1958.

He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1959 to 1963, when he was honorably discharged.

He married Nancy Jackson on Aug. 13, 1966, in Bishop, Calif. In 1978, they returned to Lucan, where he owned and operated the local grocery store.

In 1994, due to a fire, they lost their home and business and moved to Paynesville, where he managed the Paynesville American Legion Post #271.

They retired to St. Cloud in 2004.

Dick is survived by his wife, Nancy of St. Cloud; children, Brian (Emily) Macht of Zimmerman, Sr. Mary Sarah Macht, RSM, of Alma, Mich., and Eric Macht of St. Cloud; three grandchildren; sisters, Arlene Lensing of Wabasso and Lorraine Vazquez of Ontario, Calif.; and a sister-in-law.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Myron Macht; and sister, Dorothy Torborg.

Memorials are preferred.

Samekia Clark, 34, Paynesville
Samekia N. Clark, 34, of Paynesville died on Thursday, Nov. 10, at the University of Minnesota Fairview Medical Center in Minneapolis.

A memorial service was held on Friday, Nov. 18, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville.

Samekia Nicole Clark was born on April 21, 1977, to Robert Granville and Elaine Clark in Chicago, Ill. She grew up in Hammond, Ind., where she attended grade school and Hammond High School.

She made her home in Hammond until moving to Cold Spring in 2004. She later moved to Paynesville, where she raised her son, Troy.

Samekia is survived by her son, Troy Spates of Paynesville; mother, Elaine Durham; father, Robert Granville; brothers, Jamarr Clark and Robert Granville; sisters, Kewanni Granville and Monique Grandberry; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Gary Swenson, 71, Barefoot Bay
Gary W. Swenson, 71, of Barefoot Bay, Fla., died on Sunday, Nov. 20, at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Fla.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m., at Roseland United Methodist Church. A celebration of life will also be held for Gary in Paynesville next spring.

Gary Swenson was born on June 12, 1940, in Fergus Falls, Minn. He lived in Barefoot Bay for 10 years, coming from Paynesville.

He earned his master's degree in education from Moorhead State University.

He worked in education for 34 years, including being the superintendent of schools in Redwood Falls and Hutchinson.

Gary and his wife, La Vaughn, shared 41 years of marriage. They maintained a summer home on Lake Koronis.

Gary is survived by his wife, La Vaughn "Pug" Swenson of Barefoot Bay; sons, Scott (Janice) Swenson of Duluth, Todd (Angela) Swenson of International Falls, and Matthew (Erin) Swenson of Great Valley, N.Y.; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Sandy Peterson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Mayo Clinic, Department of Development, Attention: Transplant Department, 200 First Street S.W., Rochester, Minn., 55905-9817.

Shirley Olson, 86, Spicer
Shirley Olson, 86, of Spicer died on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at Bethesda Pleasantview Nursing Home in Willmar.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Evangelical Covenant Church in New London. Burial was in the East Irving Mission Cemetery in rural Paynesville.

Shirley Irene Olson was born on April 22, 1925, to William and Helen (Nelson) Nordstrom in Darwin. The family moved to Spicer, where they lived in rental homes before they settled on the farm and raised their family.

Shirley attended country school, then New London High School. She was brought up and confirmed in the New London Covenant Church.

Shirley married Donald Olson at the church parsonage in New London. To this marriage, two daughters, Deloris and Debra, and three sons, Dean, David, and Duane, were born. They made their home in Spicer for three years before moving to Paynesville, where they resided for 10 years before moving back to the farm near Spicer. They shared 32 years of marriage before DonaldŐs death in March 1974.

In 1976, Shirley married Marvin Olson. They made their home at Norway Lake in the summer. The late fall was spent at Doug and daughter, DelorisŐ home in Spicer, and in the winters, they enjoyed staying with family in Washington and Arizona. This marriage added MarvinŐs two children, Marlin and Barb, along with seven grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and 12 great-great-grandchildren. Marvin and Shirley were able to share in 17 years of marriage before his death on April 7, 1993.

Shirley is survived by her children, Deloris (Douglas) Ardoff of Spicer, David (Pat) Olson of Lakeville, Duane (Kathy) Olson of Tucson Ariz., and Debra (Fred) Everson of Spicer; a daughter-in-law; MarvinŐs children, Barb (John) Doherty of Minnetonka and Sharon Olson of Stanwood Wash.; sister, Beverly Roelofs of Willmar; three sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Donald Olson and Marvin Olson; son, Dean; MarvinŐs son, Marlin; a grandson; parents; brother, Ken; and sister, Marlys.

Edith Thomsen, 97, Paynesville
Edith L. Thomsen, 97, of Paynesville died on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 12 noon at Paynes-ville Lutheran Church. A visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Edith Thomsen was born on June 7, 1914, to Carl and Minnie (Theodorf) Feldman in Hartington, Neb.

She graduated from high school in Gurley, Neb., and attended teachers college in Chadron, Neb.

She taught for two years in a rural school near Gurley, where she met her husband, Theodore Thomsen.

She married Ted on Feb. 22, 1936, in Lodgepole, Neb. They lived in Gurley until 1946, when they moved to Paynesville and farmed in Roseville Township.

Edith worked at the Paynesville Hospital as a nurse's aide and later as a LPN until her retirement.

Edith is survived by her children, Irene (Dal) Bjerke of Bloomington, Lyle (Kathy) Thomsen of Paynesville, Trudy (Tony) Quill of New Richmond, Wis., and Denise (Norm) Holte of Cheyenne, Wyo.; a son-in-law; 11 grandchildren; two step grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; sister, Irene Sears; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ted; daughter, Eleanor Deadrick; sister, Edna Lee; and brother, Harvey.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Paynesville Lutheran Church, the American Cancer Society, or the Alzheimers Association.

Lucile Dahlman, 79, Washington
Lucile Esther Dahlman, 79, of Port Angeles, Wash., died on Tuesday, Nov. 8, after a long battle with Alzheimer's and a recent hip fracture.

Memorial services were held on Tuesday, Nov. 15, with a graveside burial at Stockholm Lutheran Church in rural Cokato.

Lucile was born Jan. 7, 1932, to George and Victoria Fredricks at home in rural Cokato. She attended Glascoe Country School until the eighth grade and then went on to graduate from Cokato High School in 1949.

She worked as a bookkeeper at the Stockholm Creamery in rural Cokato after high school and in the first few years of her marriage.

Lucile was an active member of Stockholm Lutheran Church in rural Cokato. While singing in the church choir, she met her future husband, Norman.

Norman was drafted into the army and was stationed in Korea during the height of that conflict. Prior to leaving, he and friends dropped her off at home one evening after choir practice. He asked if she would consider writing to him. They corresponded and courted through the mail for their future lifelong relationship and marriage. In fact, he proposed marriage in his letters to her.

Lucile and Norman married on Aug. 27, 1955, at the Little Brown Church in Iowa. They farmed in rural Dassel for the first few years of their marriage.

The couple had two children. As her children were growing up, she was happily involved in all of their activities and always had warm home-baked goodies to great them after school.

Norman became a conservation officer for the state of Minnesota, where they were initially stationed in Mankato. They then moved to Paynesville in 1961.

Their home was his work office. During Norman's career, Lucile answered countless phone calls for Norman's work. She also helped clean thousands of confiscated fish and ducks taken from poachers, which were donated to the veteran's home. They also housed and helped care for numerous orphaned or injured wild animals in their home, often for months at a time, before they were ready for release back to the wild. The menagerie included several white-tail fawns, a black bear, and an injured white snowy owl (this one lived in their basement for the winter.)

Lucile is survived by her children, Cynthia (Jon)Beltrami of Port Angeles Wash., and Bruce Dahlman and Lori Anthonsen of Olympia, Wash.; two granddaughters; two great-grandsons; brother, Paul; sisters, Ruth Buttenhoff and Beverly Burau; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Lucile was preceded in death by her parents, George and Victoria Fredricks; husband, Norman; an infant daughter; sister, Effie Terning; brother, Robert Fredricks; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials in her name can be made to her hometown church, Stockholm Lutheran Church in Cokato.

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