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Toni Cottrill, 38, Hawick
Toni R. (Harris) Cottrill, 38, of Hawick died on Monday, Nov. 30, near Grove City.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13, at Zion-Irving Lutheran Church in rural Hawick, followed by a gathering of friends and family from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Paynesville American Legion Post # 271.

Toni Renee (Harris) Cottrill was born on Dec. 19, 1976, to Harold and Helen (Colbeth) Harris in Tacoma, Wash.

The family moved to St. Paul, where Toni grew up and graduated from high school.

After high school, Toni continued her education at the University of Minnesota, Michigan Nursing School, and Northwest Flight School.

Toni lived in St. Paul, Three Rivers, Mich., and Hawick.

She was currently working as a paraprofessional for the Paynesville Area School District.

Toni is survived by her son, Donavon Catrill; mother, Helen Harris, of Hawick; father, Harold Harris, of Tacoma, Wash.; and siblings, John Marich, Kim Marich, Sandy Pope, Rita Snider, Robbie Snider, Connie Snider, Kathy Sauber, and Billie Jay Soine.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Mike Marich.


Ralph Meierhofer, 64, Phoenix
Ralph Jerome Meierhofer, 64, formally of Watkins, passed away peacefully on Friday, Nov. 27, at his home in Phoenix, Ariz., with his wife and children at his side. His death followed a short battle with cancer.

Services for Ralph will be held on Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Church Of Our Lady in Mannanah. Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., followed by a funeral at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided after the funeral at the church hall.

Ralph was born on July 2, 1951, to Arthur and Caroline (Yanish) Meierhofer in Watkins. 

He married Ruth (Lipinski) Meierhofer on Jan. 10, 1970, in Eden Valley. At that time Ralph was working at Kohloff's Super Valu in Litchfield as a meat cutter. In 1977, he and Ruth bought a dairy farm north of Litchfield.

He and Ruth farmed for six years before selling the farm and getting their real estate licenses and working with the D.R. Burger Real Estate Company.  >P> In 1985, Ralph and Ruth opened what came to be the largest real estate company Litchfield and Meeker County had ever seen up to that point.  They grew the business into multiple offices before selling them in 1997 and moving to Phoenix, Ariz. 

Ralph practiced real estate in Phoenix until 2007, when he got back into the business of meat cutting. He worked at Von Hanson's Meats (a Minnesota-based business) until July 2015, when he retired.

Ralphs passion was working with the public. His wit and humor left an impression on everyone who ever had the privilege of meeting him.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth (Lipinski) Meierhofer; children and their spouses,  Jason Meierhofer of Phoenix, Ariz., Robbin Meierhofer of Phoenix, Ariz.; April (Matt) Hillbrand of Chaska, Minn., Omar Meierhofer of Willmar, Jorge Meierhofer of Gilbert, Ariz., and Joseph (Lisa) Meierhofer of Chandler, Ariz.; nine grandchildren; five siblings, Arliss Stenger of Watkins, Joan Weeres of Richmond, Ron of Watkins, Elaine Leither of Kimball, and Juanita of Watkins; four brothers-in-law; and a sister-in-law.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Caroline (Yanish) Meierhofer; sister, Janice; and two brothers-in-law.


Arvilla Miller, 92, Paynesville
Arvilla T. Miller, 92, of Paynesville, and formerly of Eden Valley, died on Thursday, Nov. 26.

Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley. Rev. Robert Rolfes will officiate, and burial will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

A visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday morning.

Arvilla was born on Aug. 2, 1923, to William and Josephine (Loch) Vossen in Watkins.

On June 24, 1941, she married the love of her life, Ellsworth Miller, at St. Anthony’s in Watkins.

Arvilla worked as a homemaker, raising the couple's two children. She also worked at 3M in Hutchinson for 18 years.

Arvilla is survived by her son, Vince (Shirley) of Eden Valley; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; beloved husband, Ellsworth; daughter, Pauline; siblings, Laura Neutz, Jeanette Jones, Reynold Vossen, Ervin Vossen, and Marvin Vossen; and an infant sister.


Minnie Grove, 102, Paynesville
Wilhelmina "Minnie" Grove, 102, of Paynesville, and formerly of Granite Falls, died on Monday, Nov. 23, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Her funeral service was held on Saturday, Nov. 28, at Nordland Lutheran Church in rural Paynesville. Burial was in Wang Lutheran Cemetery near Maynard.

Wilhelmina "Minnie" Englina (Anglina) Reinholt Grove was born May 12, 1913, to Theodore August and Berendina (Dena) Boike Reinholt in Stoneham Township (Chippewa County) on the family farm near Maynard.

She was baptized on June 15, 1913, and confirmed on March 27, 1927, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Clara City.

She attended Maynard Public School, walking the mile along the railroad tracks with her three brothers and two sisters. She worked at Yock's Mercantile General Store in Clara City for three and a half years.

She met Bennie Odean Grove, who was part of the Scandinavian community across the Crow River to the south.

Minnie worked and continued to save her pay check of $30 a month by living with her grandparents in Clara City. She did this so she could help buy house furnishings for their rented farm after she and Odean were married on March 31, 1937.

Living near Wang Lutheran Church, she transferred her membership, and through the years, she was active with the women's group, Sunday school, and youth group as she had done at Immanuel, where she had served as superintendent of Sunday School, teaching and singing in a quartette and choir.

She was also a great seamstress and quilt maker. She worked alongside her husband farming, doing chores, raising chickens, and gardening.

She loved to cook and bake and canned most all their produce, chicken, and meat. She also loved to entertain and plan birthday parties and house parties. Odean played violin, and Minnie played the piano, and they were part of a group that entertained at many events.

They had four children, Marlys Jeanne, David Dean, James Anthony, and Dianne Lynette, all active in the church and 4-H.

In 1954, the family moved to the Grove home place, and in 1973, Odean and Minnie retired to Granite Falls and built a new home. After seven great years of retirement, Odean died on Aug. 30, 1980.

Minnie volunteered at the Koronis Manor, helping with bingo, delivering flowers, doing the shopping cart for residents, and making lap quilts and World Relief quilt tops for the church women to tie. She enjoyed her Monday-morning, neighborhood coffee parties, usually meeting at Hardee's to get free coffee with their Hardee's mug. She was the family (and also Granite's) donut lady.

Odean taught her how to make Lefsa. Her first batch was more like flatbread but got better. She made rosettes and real flatbread, and Lutefisk was a holiday special. Odean learned to eat pork hocks and sauerkraut.

Minnie went on bus trips with friends and did lots of site-seeing. In 1981, she took her first airplane ride to Arizona with friend, Marie Pearson. They had traveled around Lake Superior, the Amana Colonies, and the Canadian Rockies and along the Pacific Coast to Mexico, Washington D.C., and the East Coast. They also took small trips to the Grotto, Minnesota State Capitol, Betty Crocker Mill, and many more.

Because Minnie never drove a car, her family surprised her on her 75th birthday by renting a limousine and taking her and her friends from church to Granite Falls and rides for everyone all afternoon.

She was still gardening, mowing her lawn, and shoveling the snow on a corner lot at 92 years old, but she decided it was time to retire again. She moved to Paynesville independent living at 700 Stearns Place and enjoyed the college dorm living for 10 and a half years. Lots of socializing, exercising, coffee drinking, games and parties were enjoyed. She loved when her family visited and was always full of stories and fun. She also helped with Saturday morning bingo at the Manor.

When she couldn't travel to Nordland Lutheran for church, she would attend the service at the Manor on Sundays.

She celebrated her 100th birthday on Mother's Day in 2013, followed later by a great family reunion with all her family attending.

Having to use a walker for stability didn’t slow her down. She was always assisting neighbors and getting their mail, visiting, and reminding others of activities. Loss of eye sight and declining hearing and a worn-out back made it hard to get up in the morning. For a time when she was down and out, she went on hospice for three months but she improved and graduated.

On July 13, 2015, she moved to Koronis Manor. She was really getting to enjoy all the perks, especially the whirl pool baths and the manicure and nail polish. She tried her hand at painting – couldn't believe she had that talent. She met and became acquainted with so many people that were relatives or had other ties.

Her mind was 110 percent, and she never lost it. After a short illness, she died peacefully on Monday morning, Nov. 23, at Koronis Manor, with family present.

She is survived by her children, Marlys Pearson of Paynesville, David (Shirley) Grove of Granite Falls, and Dianne (Bill) Rentschler of Powell, Wy.; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law; and many god children, nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Theodore and Dena (Boike) Reinholt; husband, B. Odean Grove; son, James Grove (2012); a son-in-law; a daughter-in-law; siblings, Herman Reinholt, Mary Hinderks, Arthur Reinholt, Evelyn Fried, and Edward Reinholt; and siblings-in-law.


Collette Spooner, 81
Collette Spooner, 81, died on Thursday, Nov. 12, after a courageous battle with cancer.

A memorial service was held on Friday, Nov. 20, at St. John's Church in Little Canada, Minn. Burial was in St. John's Cemetery.

Collette's parents, Earl and Flo Rossez, moved from Fairbault, Minn., to Connecticut, where Collette was born on June 22, 1934. She was raised in Atlanta, Ga., and returned to Minnesota as a teenager.

She went to nursing school and then married John Spooner. They shared 61 years of marriage.

She spent most of her life in the St. Paul area as a wife, mother, and nurse. She later retired with her husband, John, first to Ozark County, Mo., and later, to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.

Collette is survived by her husband, John; brother, George; a sister-in-law; children, Bill (Kay) of Paynesville, Cathy (Dale) Brown, Beth (Dave) Falde, Mike (Anne), Jack (Laurel), Jim (Pam), Anne (Lane) Custer, and Meg Nguyen; 18 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.


James Kascht, 75, Paynesville
Mass of Christian burial, celebrating the life of James O. Kascht, 75, of Paynesville, was held on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Reverend Glenn Krystosek officiated. Burial was in St. Louis Parish Cemetery in Paynesville.

James passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 25, at Hilltop Care Center in Watkins.

James was born on Dec. 23, 1939, in Richmond, Minn., to Andrew and Susan (Lang) Kascht.

He graduated in 1957 from Paynesville High School and joined the US Air Force. P> He married Irma Green on May 2, 1960, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville.

They resided in Amarillo, Texas, while James was in the air force and returned to Paynesville in 1962. Together, they dairy farmed for 35 years, retiring in 1998.

James also dug graves with his brother, Cyril, for eight years and was employed by ACGC Schools as a custodian for three years, where he was injured from a fall in August 2001. He suffered traumatic injuries and had resided at Hilltop Care Center since the fall.

He was a member of St. Louis Parish.

James enjoyed airplanes and air shows, flying model airplanes, family get-togethers, swap meets, auctions, motorcycle and car races, casino trips, parades, M&Ms, and popcorn. He also enjoyed traveling with Irma. From the Pacific Ocean all the way to the Atlantic, they traveled coast to coast, visiting Pikes Peak, the Indy 500, and many other memorable places.

He will be remembered for his love of family, hard work, deep faith, and generosity.

He is survived by his wife, Irma, of Paynesville; children, Terry (Don) Vait of Clearwater, Jessica Kosbau of Fairfax, Virginia, Mike (Sheila) Kascht, David Kascht, Rachel (Troy) Gilbertson, Barb (Lee) Lund and Bonnie Kascht, all of Paynesville; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Rosemary Jedlicka of Paynesville, Helen (Wally) Sondrol of Rice, Harvey (Betty) Kascht of Kansas City, Kansas, and Cyril (Linda) Kascht of Paynesville; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Jackie McAnarney, in 2014; and granddaughter, Kayla Dawn Kascht, in 1994.

Memorials are preferred.

A special thank you to the staff of Hilltop Care Center for their loving and professional care throughout the years.


Inez Lintz, 67, Lubbock, Texas
Inez (Kollmann) Lintz, 67, of Lubbock, Texas, and formerly of Paynesville, died on Saturday, Oct. 31, at her home.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 11 a.m., at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Family and friends will gather at the church one hour prior to the service for public condolences.

Inez grew up on a dairy farm in Paynesville, the middle of 11 children.

She obtained a teaching degree and taught school in Davenport, Iowa, until moving to southern California.

She worked in sales and customer service, most recently five years with Gale Banks Engineering, a performance shop for diesel pickups and motorhomes. That is where she met, and later married, Bill Lintz, who brought Inez to his home in Lubbock, Texas.

She went through one of Lubbock's sandstorm days in March and decided to move back to California. Inez and Bill lived in Pasadena, Calif., until she retired and then moved back to Lubbock.

She was a member of Christ the King Cathedral in Lubbock.

Inez had been a resident of Lubbock for three years until she passed away in her sleep.

Inez is survived by her husband, Bill; nine siblings, Marjorie Molstad of Hayward, Wis., Ray Kollmann of Baltimore, Md., Hubert Kollmann of St. Cloud, Mark Kollmann of Ham Lake, Minn., Fred Kollmann of Alexandria, Wally Kollmann of Paynesville, Tom Kollmann of Richmond, Alice Kollmann of Santa Cruz, Calif., and Connie Dolan of Winter Springs, Fla.; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; four stepchildren, Kathryn Lintz of Lubbock, Kristy Garrison of Amarillo, Texas, and twins David and Timothy Lintz of Lincoln, Neb.; three step-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Loretta (Meyer); father, John Kollmann; and an older infant brother, Ervin.


Esther Schutz, 94, Cold Spring
Esther Schutz, 94, of Cold Spring died on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at John Paul Apartments.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Friday, Nov. 20, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring. Burial was in the St. Louis Catholic Cemetery in Paynesville.

Esther was born on April 19, 1921, to Joseph and Katherine (Brisse) Vogt in Richmond.

She married Joseph Schroeder in Richmond on June 8, 1946. He died in December 1975.

Esther then married John J. Schutz in Paynesville on Aug. 10, 1979.

She is survived by her children, Ron (Helene) Schroeder, Shirley (Joe) Dunst, Linda (Roger) Straight, Jerry Schroeder, Ellen (Todd) Mohr, and Tim Schroeder; step-children, Gene (Judy) Schutz, Kenny Schutz, Billy (Deb) Schutz, Kathy (Scott) Schaefer, Harold (Linda) Schutz, Rick (Jan) Schutz, Don (Gloria) Schutz, Irene Abbott, John Jr. (Louise) Schutz, Marian (Gary) Lahr, Art (Denise) Schutz, Sue (Dave) Konz, and Diane (John) Habiger; nine grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren, step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; and brother, Florenze "Mouse" Vogt.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Joseph and John; a grandchild; brothers, John, Alex, Victor, Cletus, Cyril, and Skit Vogt; and sisters, Mary Ann Klein, Bertha Stetzer, and Helen Frings.


Lucille Keller, 93, Paynesville
Lucille J. Keller, 93, of Paynesville died on Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the St. Anthony Parish Cemetery in Regal.

Lucille Josephine Keller was born Dec. 25, 1921, to Albert and Josephine (Becker) Lehmann in Fairmount, N.D.

She attended country school in LeMars, N.D. She did housework for many families in the area.

In the spring of 1941, Lucille met the love of her life, Norbert Keller. They were married on Oct. 1, 1941, and enjoyed 49 wonderful years together.

They farmed in the Tintah-Wendell area until 1964, when they moved to rural Belgrade to manage a turkey farm. She helped her husband on the turkey farm until 1974, when she went to work at Jennie-O Foods of Willmar.

In 1979, they moved to Hawick. In 1997, Lucille moved to Sunrise Apartments in St. Martin, where she lived until 2005. She moved to Washburne Court in Paynesville and remained there until 2015, when she moved to the Koronis Manor.

Lucille was a hardworking woman. She was gifted with beautiful hands that made spectacular crochet pieces and put together many items with her sewing machine. She was a wonderful cook.

She loved her siblings and family deeply, was a loyal friend and a great story teller.

Lucille was super proud when she became a grandma, great-grandma, and finally, a great-great-grandma. She was a very special lady with the sweetest of smiles.

Lucille is survived by her sons, Kenneth (Louisa) Keller of Paynesville, Allen (Marlene) Keller of Coon Rapids, and Gordon (Wendy) Keller of Willmar; daughters, Kathleen (Roger) Bagley of Paynesville and Darlene (Dennis) Stewart of Hawick; daughter-in-law, Betty Keller; 16 grandchildren; 32 great- grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; one step great-great-grandson; brother, Roger Lehmann of Bemidji; and a sister-in-law.

Lucille was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Norbert (1991); son, Duane (2000); great-grandson, Ryan Keller (1982); brothers, Edward, George, and Lester Lehmann; and sisters, Margaret Hilke and Donna Watry.


William Gale, 74, Paynesville
William "Bill" J. Gale, 74, of Paynesville died on Thursday, Nov. 12, at his home in Paynesville.

A visitation was held on Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville.

William James Gale was born on Jan. 25, 1941, in Paynesville, the first son of James and Tillie Gale.

He grew up in Paynesville, where he attended Paynesville High School, graduating in 1959.

He served in the U.S. Navy, continued his education in Minneapolis, and worked as an electronic technician.

He married Phyllis Garding of Cold Spring. To this union, one son was born.

He made his home in the Minneapolis and St. Cloud areas until returning to Paynesville.

Bill is survived by his son, Billy Gale of St. Cloud; brothers, Stan Gale of Grand Rapids, and Randy Gale of Hawick; two sisters-in-law; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and ex-wife, Phyllis.


Lauretta Hanson, 90, Paynesville
Lauretta A. Hanson, 90, of Paynesville died peacefully at her home in Paynesville, surrounded by her loving family, on Monday, Nov. 9.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, Nov. 14, at the First Presbyterian Church in Litchfield, with pastor Gordon Pennertz officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery in Staples, Minn.

Lauretta Ann (Brummer) Hanson, the daughter of William and Ida (Hannebuth) Brummer, was born Jan. 24, 1925, in Staples.

Lauretta received her education at Staples High School, graduating with honors in 1943.

She married Wallace D. Hanson on Aug. 31, 1946, in Staples. Together, they raised their family in Staples until 1960, then in Litchfield from 1960 until 1984.

Wally and Lauretta retired to Rice Lake, near Paynesville, for summers and wintered in Mesa, Ariz., for 26 years.

They owned the Coast-to-Coast Hardware store in Litchfield from 1960 until 1984.

Lauretta is survived by her six children, Linda (Doug) Meyer of Springfield, Ill., Kay (Tim) Hanson-Lane of Eden Valley, Dean (Bev) of Paynesville, Bob (Mary Lou) of Sartell, Barb (Don) Snegosky of Maple Grove, and Chris (Kevin) Hanson-Ehlinger of Spring Park, Minn.; 17 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Lauretta was preceded in death by her husband, Wally; parents, William and Ida; brothers, James, William, and Warren; sister Rosella; and a granddaughter.


Alice Haines, 87, Paynesville
Alice M. Haines, 87, of Paynesville died on Wednesday, Nov. 4.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Monday, Nov. 9, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Alice was born on Nov. 23, 1927, to Chris and Marie (Fischbach) Neu in Eden Valley.

She married Robert Haines on Oct. 7, 1946.

Alice worked in the office at the Paynesville Hospital for several years.

Alice is survived by her stepson, Robert Haines Jr. (Dee); a grandson; four great- grandchildren; sisters, Arvilla Bennett and Shirley Leyendecker; and brothers, Herbert, David, and Melvin.

She was preceded in death by her husband; brothers, Sylvester, Wilfred, and Merlin; sisters Angie Lindquist and Delrose Casper; and baby sister, Ermaline.


Lorraine Putzke, 89, Paynesville
Lorraine H. Putzke, 89, of Paynesville, died on Sunday, Nov. 8, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Burial will be in the Paynesville Cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville and will continue one hour prior to the services at the church on Thursday.

Lorraine was born on July 23, 1926, to Fred and Hazel (Unger) Schmidt in Paynesville Township.

She attended first grade at District #205 Country School then moved to Paynesville and graduated from Paynesville High School.

On June 4, 1949, she married Walter Putzke and had resided in Paynesville since. Their union lasted until Walter's death in 1997.

Lorraine is survived by her children, Betty (Jim) Freilinger of Paynesville and Dick (Sue) Putzke of Paynesville; a granddaughter and her husband; a grandson; a great-granddaughter; a step-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Walter; and sisters, Pearl Israel and Alice Sauer.


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