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Lorraine Thomes, 91, Richmond
Lorraine Thomes, 91, of Richmond died on Friday, Oct. 18, at Assumption Home in Cold Spring.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Oct. 21, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Richmond. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Lorraine Thomes was born on Aug. 1, 1922, to John and Mary (Bueckers) Vornbrock in Albany.

She married Gregory Casper Thomes on Oct. 23, 1945, in St. Anthony Church in Padua, Minn. Gregory passed away on Feb. 20, 2006.

Lorraine worked at Animal Fair, at Brinky's, and at the Cold Spring Bakery.

Lorraine is survived by her children, Dennis (Lucy) Thomes of Cold Spring, Mary Ann (Donald) Dingmann of Richmond, Caroline (Ron) Hoagland of Cold Spring, Diane (Merle) Eisert of Richmond, Allan (Judy) Thomes of St. Cloud, Glen (Jan) Thomes of Mayer, and Marlyne (Leon) Molitor of Cold Spring; 14 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gregory; brothers and sisters, Virgil Vornbrock, Marcie Warner, Francella Rouslange, Roman Vornbrock, Wilfred Vornbrock, and Winnefred Tuholsky; a granddaughter; and a grandson.


Clifford Knebel, 85, Paynesville
Clifford Knebel, 85, of Paynesville died on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at his home surrounded by family.

A memorial gathering celebrating his life will be held on Friday, Oct. 25, from 4-7 p.m., at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville. Private burial will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls.

Cliff Knebel was born on Feb. 27, 1928, to Edwin and Esther (Otto) Knebel in Paynesville.

He grew up in the Paynesville area and served in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII.

He married Donna Donner on Feb. 27, 1947. Five children were born to this union. Cliff and Donna farmed all of their married lives.

Cliff is survived by his wife, Donna of Paynesville; children, Joyce (Craig) Kelly of Atwater, Jay (Annie) Knebel of Florida, Julie (Leon) Spanier of Califorinia, Janet Klein of Paynesville, and Jim (Margaret) Knebel of Pillager; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two sisters.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials are preferred to the R.O.S.E. Center in Paynesville.


Dean Meyer, 34, Lake Henry
Dean Meyer, 34, of Lake Henry died on Friday, Oct. 18, at the family farm in Lake Henry.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry. Burial will be at a later date in St. Margaret's Parish Cemetery.

Dean Alvin Meyer was born on Nov. 3, 1978, to Alvin and Mary Ann (Lieser) Meyer in Paynesville.

He graduated from Paynesville High School and from St. Cloud Technical and Community College with a degree in sales and marketing.

Dean was employed at Encore Capital Group in St. Cloud, where he supplied co-workers with the "bounties of the farm."

Dean is survived by his mother, Mary Ann of Lake Henry; brothers and sisters, Bonnie Schmiesing of Rockville, Dennis Meyer of Richmond, Dan Meyer of Panama City, Fla., Doug Meyer of Clearwater, and Brenda Corrow of St. Joseph; 11 nieces and nephews; and many relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Alvin.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.


Neal Loudon, 91, Kimball
Neal E. Loudon, 91, of Kimball died on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center, where he had resided since July 2012. Previously, he had resided at Washburne Court in Paynesville.

Private burial services were be held at Maine Prairie Cemetery in Kimball.

Neal Elmer Loudon was born on Sept. 26, 1922, to Erwin and Frances (Arnold) Loudon in Watkins.

He graduated from Kimball High School in 1940 .

During WWII, from April 1943 to November 1945, he was a member of the U.S. Army, landing on Normandy Beach in France. He was in two major battles. Neal was twice wounded and was awarded the Purple Heart.

He married Ruth Heitke on Aug. 28, 1947, and she preceded him in death on August 3, 2003. They spent most of their married life in Kimball.

Neal was a carpenter and owned a turkey farm. He was the owner and operator of school buses for 26 years and hauled students for Kimball School District #739. Neal also owned a tree farm and sold Christmas trees for many years.

Neal is survived by his son, Jeffrey (Diane) of Deer River; two grandsons; two great- grandchildren; a sister-in-law of Paynesville; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Neal was preceded in death by his wife; three sisters, Beverly, Maxine, and Lucille; and two brothers, Bud and Jack.


Dwight Peteler, 86, Paynesville
Ellingson B. "Dwight" Peteler, 86, of Paynesville died on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 5, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial with military honors was in the parish cemetery.

Dwight was born on May 3, 1927, to Roland and Grace (Blodgett) Peteler in Minneapolis. Dwight grew up in Glen Lake with his seven siblings on Peteler Lane.

He joined the U.S. Navy in 1944.

After the service, he came back and married his high school sweetheart, Grace Schneider, on June 5, 1948, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Hopkins. They lived in Hopkins, raising their four children. The couple shared 65 years of marriage.

Dwight loved to drive the convertibles in the annual Raspberry Parades, taking his girls on the “roller coaster” (Williston Road) in Glen Lake before the parade. His passion was cars, and in one year, he bought and sold 18 Corvairs.

Dwight started his Culligan career in St. Louis Park, then managing Wayzata and Anoka Culligan.

In 1964, he started a partnership and purchased the Paynesville Culligan. After the death of his partner, he decided to move his family to Paynesville in 1972. In later years, he purchased Milbank and Litchfield Culligan.

Living in Paynesville, Dwight was very active in the community.

Dwight is survived by his wife, Grace; sons, Gregory (fiancé Ann Sobczyk) Peteler of Omaha, Neb., and Jay (Sandy) Peteler of Sartell; daughters, Suzanne (Paul) Geppert of St. Joseph and Beth (Jim) Schultz of Hawick; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Margaret Ann Gray of Illinois; and his beloved cat, Andy.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Philip, Jennings, Roland Jr., Leon, and Betty Ferris.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.


Suzanne Holstad, 78, Paynesville
Suzanne Holstad, 78, of Paynesville died on Monday, Sept. 30, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Oct. 4, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Entombment was in the church mausoleum.

Suzanne Theresa Holstad, the daughter of Leo and Katherine (Waldorf) Winter, was born on Aug. 24, 1935, in the family home on the hill in Spring Hill.

She grew up in Spring Hill where she attended elementary school. She graduated from Melrose High School in 1954.

On Nov. 24, 1955, Suzanne married Alfred Holstad at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. This union was blessed with three daughters and one son. Suzanne and Alfred were able to share in 57 years of marriage.

The family made their home in Paynesville, where Suzanne worked as a homemaker and part-time in a number of jobs where she enjoyed the people she met.

Suzanne is survived by her husband, Alfred; children, Sheila (Paul) Shepherd of Paynesville, Lisa (Jim) Winkels of Albany, O'Dean Holstad of Spokane, Wash., and Kim (Terry) Johnson of Paynesville; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and sister, Lilah Klaphake of Pierz.

Suzanne was preceded in death by her parents; a son-in-law; and a daughter-in-law.

Memorials may be directed to hospice.


Ervin Schultz, 81, Arlington, S.D.
Ervin Schultz, 81 of Arlington, S.D., died on Saturday, September 28, at the Golden Living Center in Arlington.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Oct. 4, at the Arlington United Methodist Church. Burial was in the Arlington City Cemetery.

Ervin Schultz was born on July 24, 1932 to Gus and Ester (Knebel) Schultz in Paynesville.

On June 23, 1956, he married Ruth Bach. They lived in Paynesville, where they raised four children.

Ervin served two years in the U.S. Army, returning home to farm on the family farm.

In 1971, he moved south and worked construction for several years before moving to Arlington, S.D., in 1977. There, he continued to work construction, after which he worked for the city until his retirement.

He is survived by three sons, Joe (Stephanie) Schultz of Montevido, Gary (Renee) Schultz of Hardtner, Kan., and David (Cris) of Lake Preston, S.D.; daughter, Mary Schultz of Arlington, S.D.; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Irene Kruger of Paynesville; and brother, Earl Schultz of Montevideo.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife and best friend, Ruth, and parents, Gus and Ester.


Dwight Peteler, 86, Paynesville
Ellingson B. "Dwight" Peteler, 86, of Paynesville died on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 5, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial with military honors was in the parish cemetery.

Dwight was born on May 3, 1927, to Roland and Grace (Blodgett) Peteler in Minneapolis. Dwight grew up in Glen Lake with his seven siblings on Peteler Lane.

He joined the U.S. Navy in 1944.

After the service, he came back and married his high school sweetheart, Grace Schneider, on June 5, 1948, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Hopkins. They lived in Hopkins, raising their four children. The couple shared 65 years of marriage.

Dwight loved to drive the convertibles in the annual Raspberry Parades, taking his girls on the “roller coaster” (Williston Road) in Glen Lake before the parade. His passion was cars, and in one year, he bought and sold 18 Corvairs.

Dwight started his Culligan career in St. Louis Park, then managing Wayzata and Anoka Culligan.

In 1964, he started a partnership and purchased the Paynesville Culligan. After the death of his partner, he decided to move his family to Paynesville in 1972. In later years, he purchased Milbank and Litchfield Culligan.

Living in Paynesville, Dwight was very active in the community.

Dwight is survived by his wife, Grace; sons, Gregory (fiancé Ann Sobczyk) Peteler of Omaha, Neb., and Jay (Sandy) Peteler of Sartell; daughters, Suzanne (Paul) Geppert of St. Joseph and Beth (Jim) Schultz of Hawick; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Margaret Ann Gray of Illinois; and his beloved cat, Andy.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Philip, Jennings, Roland Jr., Leon, and Betty Ferris.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.


Suzanne Holstad, 78, Paynesville
Suzanne Holstad, 78, of Paynesville died on Monday, Sept. 30, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Oct. 4, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Entombment was in the church mausoleum.

Suzanne Theresa Holstad, the daughter of Leo and Katherine (Waldorf) Winter, was born on Aug. 24, 1935, in the family home on the hill in Spring Hill.

She grew up in Spring Hill where she attended elementary school. She graduated from Melrose High School in 1954.

On Nov. 24, 1955, Suzanne married Alfred Holstad at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. This union was blessed with three daughters and one son. Suzanne and Alfred were able to share in 57 years of marriage.

The family made their home in Paynesville, where Suzanne worked as a homemaker and part-time in a number of jobs where she enjoyed the people she met.

Suzanne is survived by her husband, Alfred; children, Sheila (Paul) Shepherd of Paynesville, Lisa (Jim) Winkels of Albany, O'Dean Holstad of Spokane, Wash., and Kim (Terry) Johnson of Paynesville; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and sister, Lilah Klaphake of Pierz.

Suzanne was preceded in death by her parents; a son-in-law; and a daughter-in-law.

Memorials may be directed to hospice.


Ervin Schultz, 81, Arlington, S.D.
Ervin Schultz, 81 of Arlington, S.D., died on Saturday, September 28, at the Golden Living Center in Arlington.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Oct. 4, at the Arlington United Methodist Church. Burial was in the Arlington City Cemetery.

Ervin Schultz was born on July 24, 1932 to Gus and Ester (Knebel) Schultz in Paynesville.

On June 23, 1956, he married Ruth Bach. They lived in Paynesville, where they raised four children.

Ervin served two years in the U.S. Army, returning home to farm on the family farm.

In 1971, he moved south and worked construction for several years before moving to Arlington, S.D., in 1977. There, he continued to work construction, after which he worked for the city until his retirement.

He is survived by three sons, Joe (Stephanie) Schultz of Montevido, Gary (Renee) Schultz of Hardtner, Kan., and David (Cris) of Lake Preston, S.D.; daughter, Mary Schultz of Arlington, S.D.; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Irene Kruger of Paynesville; and brother, Earl Schultz of Montevideo.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife and best friend, Ruth, and parents, Gus and Ester.


Ronald Thorson, 82, Hawick
Ronald G. Thorson, 82, of Hawick died on Monday, Sept. 23, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Sept. 27, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Ronald Gordon Thorson was born on March 24, 1931, in Paynesville to Arnold and Anna (Thorpe) Thorson. He grew up on the family farm in the Roseville Township near Hawick.

Ronald attended a small country school close to his home for his primary education and graduated from Paynesville High School in 1948.

On March 11, 1954, Ronald enlisted in the United States Army. He was stationed in Germany and South Korea.

On March 10, 1956, Ronald was honorably discharged from the Army. He returned to Roseville Township, where he began farming and worked for the state hospital in Willmar.

On Oct. 19, 1957, Ronald married Doreen Weisman at the Church of St. Anne’s in Kimball. The couple shared 55 years of marriage.

Ronald and Doreen’s union was blessed with a son and two daughters. The family made their home in Roseville Township.

Ronald continued to farm full time until 2003, when he sold his farm to his grandson. He then helped out on the farm until his death.

Ronald is survived by his wife, Doreen; children, Bryan (Suzanne) of Hawick, Debbie (Victor) Keller of Hawick, and Kathy (Ron) Welle of Spring Hill; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; siblings, Elroy Thorson of Blaine and Barb Hoeft of Paynesville; and many nieces and nephews.

Ronald was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jerome, Gerald, Vernon, and Lloyd; and sister, Marion.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.


Clarence Lieser, 94, Fergus Falls
Clarence J. Lieser, 94, of Fergus Falls and formerly of Belgrade, died on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Fergus Falls.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Sept. 30, at St. Francis DeSales Catholic Church in Belgrade. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Clarence James Lieser was born on June 28, 1919, to Leonard and Alvina (Wuertz) Lieser in Spring Hill Township.

He proudly served his country in the army during WWII in the Leyte invasion of the Phillippines and on the Island of Okinawa.

Clarence married Luella Stang on Sept. 15, 1948, at St. Francis de Sales Church in Belgrade.

Over the years, he worked at the Cenex Service Station and the Stearns County Highway Department. He also did custodial work for the Johnson Funeral Home.

Clarence is survived by his son, Mike (Marcia) of Fergus Falls; two grandsons; a great-granddaughter; siblings, Lorraine Mohs of St. Cloud, Rita Jaeger of Lake Henry, Jerome Lieser of Paynesville, Florence Zirbes of Brooklyn Center, Larry Lieser of Sauk Rapids, and George Lieser of Ham Lake; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

Clarence was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Luella; twin brother, Alcuin Lieser; brothers, John Lieser and Celestine Lieser; and sisters, Rose Kreger, Evelyn McAndrew, Viola Paasche, and Luella Taylor.


Marion Liestman, 86, Paynesville
Funeral services were held on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville for Marion J. Liestman, 86, of Paynesville, who passed away on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013 at the Valley Vue Care Center in Armstrong, Iowa. Reverend Ric Koehn officiated. Burial was in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls.

Marion was born Oct. 4, 1926, in Crow Wing Township in Stearns County to Peter and Mathilda (Kolland) Johnson.

Marion married Dale E. Liestman on April 16, 1946, in Belgrade.

In 1952, they moved to Watertown, where she was employed by the Watertown Public School as a cook for 32 years; the last 11 years as the head cook. She also worked at Harm's Pharmacy and Hirsch Pharmacy in Watertown.

In 1998, they moved to Paynesville.

In March 2013, due to health issues, she moved to Armstrong, Iowa, to be near her daughter. While there, she was able to spend time with her two great-grandchildren.

Marion is survived by her daughter, Brenda (Chuck) Colegrove of Armstrong, Iowa; granddaughter, Tara (Brian) Jungclaus of Glencoe; grandson, Jared (Lindsey) Colegrove of Estherville, Iowa; two great-grandchildren, Macy and Greyson Colegrove; sisters, Pearl Elfrink of Belgrade, Opal Johnson of New London, Doris Barksdale of Michigan, and triplet sister, Mildred Crowe of Michigan.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dale, sister, Ruby Olson; brother, Parnel Johnson; and triplet infant sister, Martha.


Aiden Sullivan, 10, Delano
Aiden Sullivan, 10, of Delano, and formerly of Woodbury, died unexpectedly on Monday, Sept. 9, at his home.

A remembrance service was held on Friday, Sept. 13, at the Dingmann Family Funeral Care Chapel in Maple Lake. A reception celebrating his life was held at the Delano Middle School media room.

Aiden Jeffrey Sullivan was born Feb. 28, 2003, to Jeffrey and Mary (Manuel) Sullivan in St. Paul.

He was a fifth grader in the TREK Program in Howard Lake.

He is survived by his parents, Jeff and Mary Sullivan of Delano; grandparents, Cathy Manuel of Maple Lake and Steve and Arlene Sullivan of Paynesville; aunts and uncles; great-aunts and great-uncles; and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, David Manuel.

Memorials are preferred to the National Fragile X Foundation of Walnut Creek, Calif.


Rudolph Johnson, 75, Paynesville
Rudolph "Rudy" E. Johnson, 75, of Paynesville died on Friday, Aug. 30, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Sept. 6, at Payne-sville Lutheran Church. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Rudolph E. Johnson was born on June 20, 1938, in Winger, Minn., to Hjalmer and Julia (Rost) Johnson.

He grew up on the family farm, where he attended Gossen Country School and went on to graduate from McIntosh High School in 1956.

After high school, Rudy entered the United States Air Force. He served his country until 1960, when he received an honorable discharge.

On Nov. 17, 1962, Rudy married Vivian Sirjord at Faaberg Lutheran Church in Rindal, Minn. This union was blessed with two daughters. They shared 50 years of marriage.

The family made their home in Hopkins, from 1962-1968; St. Louis Park, from 1968-1976; Maple Plain, from 1976- 1994; and Paynesville, from 1994 to present.

Rudy spent his entire career working for Northwestern Bell/AT&T. He worked his way up to installation supervisor before his retirement in 1993. One of the proudest moments in Rudy's career was being the person that was in charge of organizing and turning on the 9-1-1 emergency systems.

Rudy is survived by his wife, Vivian; daughters, Deb (Gary) Stueven of Mound and Lisa (Paul) Lyrek of St. Michael; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; siblings, Bonnie Larson of Alexandria, Sherman Johnson of Brooklyn Park, and Allan Johnson of Pelican Rapids; and many nieces and nephews.

Rudy was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Alice Nelson.


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