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Deloris Schultz, 89, Paynesville
Funeral services celebrating the life of Deloris M. Schultz, 89, of Paynesville, were held on Friday, Oct. 26, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Pastor Bob Kandels officiated. Deloris passed away peacefully on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville. Burial was in Ebenezer Cemetery in Paynesville. Deloris was born on June 25, 1929, in Paynesville to Harry and Frances (Schmiginsky) Schoenleben. She attended Paynesville Schools and was a lifelong resident of the Paynesville area. She married Wilfred “Tom” Schultz on Sept. 15, 1952. in Paynesville. In addition to being a loving farmer's wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, she cooked and cleaned at Koronis Ministries. Deloris was very active with Grace United Methodist Church. She served on the funeral committee and was a member of the Quilting Ladies and Martha's Circle. Deloris loved fishing with Tom, quilting, gardening, spending time with her grandchildren, and waiting every year on the apple trees. She will be remembered for lovingly taking care of her three boys. She is survived by her sons: Jim (Beth) of Hawick, Gene of Paynesville, and Dan (Diane) of Eden Valley; seven grandchildren: Cara and TJ, Robbie and Tiffany, Alyssa, Jeremy and Nathan; six great-grandchildren; and sister Marilyn Deadrick of Paynesville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilfred “Tom” in 1998 and her parents. A heartfelt thank you to the staffs of Washburn Court, the St. Cloud Hospital, and Koronis Manor for their loving and professional care. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.
John "Big John" Niewind, 77, of Richmond, died on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, at the St. Cloud Hospital surrounded by loved ones. Mass of Christian Burial was on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Richmond, Minn. Burial was in the parish cemetery. John was born on Dec. 3, 1940, in Richmond, to Albin M. and Estella C. (Blasius) Niewind. He married Darlene Silbernick on June 11, 1971, in Waite Park, Minn. John worked for Cold Spring Granite for 28 years and later worked for Electrolux until his retirement. He was a member of the IAMAW. He enjoyed farming, hunting, fishing, stockcar racing, storytelling, and being with his family. He is survived by his children: Rhonda (Amos) Studer, John (Janet), Cindy (Michael) Olberding, Jay (Annette), Troy (Dawn), and Sara; siblings: Carol (Denis) Holthaus, Mike (Kathy) Niewind, Chuck (Alice) Niewind, Kathy (Mike) Phillipp, Joe (Char) Niewind, and Sue (Richard) Burg; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Darlene; sister, Joann Ripplinger; and grandchildren, Shawn and Amy Vanderpool. John's family would like to thank CentraCare Homecare Hospice for the care given to John. Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond.
Keith H. Langmo, 87, of Litchfield passed away peacefully on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, after a long struggle with Lewy Body Dementia and Parkinson's Disease. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Litchfield. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Johnson-Hagglund Funeral and Cremation Service in Litchfield with a Masonic Prayer Service at 7 p.m. Interment will be in the Ripley Cemetery in Litchfield. Keith was born to Kenneth and Sarah (Parks) Langmo on Aug. 13, 1931, in Byron, Minn. He graduated from Le Sueur High School in 1949. Keith was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force in 1951. He married his beloved wife, Barbara Walter of St. Peter, Minn. in 1953. Keith graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1956. Keith and Barb moved to Paynesville, Minn. in 1958 when Keith joined the Koronis Mills turkey growing company. In 1966, they moved to Litchfield, Minn. where Keith founded the Langmo Farms Companies. Together with his brother Jim, they owned and operated Langmo Farms for nearly 50 years, and he always considered that to be one of his proudest accomplishments. Keith truly loved his business and was always actively interested in its care and well-being. Keith's entrepreneurial spirit provided him the opportunity to do what he liked the most–meet people. Over the years Keith had many wonderful partners, whom became friends, in a wide range of business ventures. In 1970, he became the first director of the Central Minnesota Vocational School in Litchfield. Under Keith's leadership, seven area high schools bused students to Litchfield to learn marketable trades and crafts. In 1982, Governor Al Quie appointed Keith to the Minnesota Pollution Control Board. He went on to be reappointed by Governors Rudy Perpich (twice) and Arne Carlson. During his 18 years of service, his board colleagues elected him to serve one term as vice chairman and two terms as chairman. Keith is survived by his wife of 65 years, Barbara; three children: Bradley (Anna) Langmo of Boca Raton, Fla., Susan (Chet) Thompson of Del Mar, Calif., and Greg and (Karen) Langmo of Litchfield; five grandchildren: Alexandra and Christian Langmo of Boca Raton, Fla., Thomas Langmo of Bozeman, Mont., Mikka Langmo of Minneapolis, and Sam Langmo of Litchfield; brothers, Kenneth (Virginia) of Litchfield, and James (Edna) of Willmar; and one sister, Carley (Martin) Braband of Willmar. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant son, Thomas Mitchel.
John D. Desm, 71, of Dunnellon, Fla. passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, at West Marion County Hospital. John was born to parents Jesse and Dorothy Desm in September 1947 in Minneapolis. He grew up as the middle child of five and was the eldest son. He attended Marshall High School in southeast Minneapolis. He joined the United States Army in early 1967. After basic, he was sent to Vietnam, where he eventually survived two tours. He stayed in the United States Army until 1978. In January 1968, he married the love of his life and high school sweetheart, Carol Riley. They had two children, Kristin and John C. After his service, he became a locomotive engineer for Burlington Northern Railroad, eventually the BNSF Railway Company. They relocated to Gillette, Wyo., where John worked the coal trains until 1993. In 1993, they moved to Paynesville, Minn., where he continued to work as an engineer until his retirement in 2009. John and Carol started snow-birding to Florida that next year, and never looked back. He loved to golf, swim, bowl, go fishing, play cards, go on cruises, and take his family to Disney. Known as ‘JD,' he was a big, quiet man who was loved by many and who cared for all. JD is survived by his wife of 50 years, Carol; daughter, Kristin; son, John C; three sisters; one brother; seven grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Dorothy. A Celebration of Life was held at the Spruce Creek Golf Course Club House on Saturday, Oct. 20. Cremation took place Friday, Oct. 19. A military internment with honors will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to either the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, or any military service organization. The family is grateful for all the condolences and prayers.
Marjorie E. (Fodness) Easterday passed away peacefully in the presence of her family on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at her home. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Reverend Bob Kandles presided. Burial was in the Burr Oak Cemetery in Union Grove Township in Meeker County. Marge was born on Aug. 27, 1927, in Heron Lake, Minn. She was the daughter of Doctor Claude A. and Rosa Lee (Moore) Fodness. After her father passed away, her mother re-married to Vern E. Joslin. She graduated from Heron Lake High School in 1945. She went on to attend Lindenwood College in St. Charles, Mo., and received her education as an elementary teacher. She married Harold Easterday on Aug. 9, 1948. They were proud parents of their daughter, Sue, whom they adopted at four and a half months old on July 12, 1955, and their son, David, whom they adopted at 16 months old on July 3, 1957. Marge had a great love for children, having taught elementary grades in Hutchinson, Morton, North Redwood, Redwood Falls, Olivia, and Paynesville Public Schools. She also taught Sunday School and Bible School. She was a member of her church circle in two communities, sang in the choir, and was a former member of the Eastern Star. Left to mourn her absence is her husband of 70 years, Harold; daughter, Sue (Dick)Putzke of Paynesville; son, David of Paynesville; grandsons: Cory Deadrick and Brad Putzke; and great-granddaughters, Nicole and Samantha Deadrick. Preceding her in death were her parents; great-granddaughter, Melissa Deadrick; and sister, Lorraine (Norman) Wulf. Memorials are preferred to St. Croix Hospice or Grace United Methodist Church.
Loretta Elizabeth Wuertz, 95, of Waite Park, Minn., died on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, at St. Benedict's Senior Community, in St. Cloud. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, Oct. 19, at 10 a.m., at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Waite Park. Visitation will be on Thursday, Oct. 18, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Benson Funeral Home in St. Cloud and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Burial will be in St. Benedict's Cemetery in Avon, Minn. Loretta was born on March 26, 1923, in Avon, to Peter and Barbara (Mergen) Ludwig. She was married to Othmar Wuertz on June 5, 1944, at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry, Minn. Loretta worked at JC Penny's for many years. She was a member and active volunteer at St. Joseph's Catholic Church and school, where she volunteered in many capacities – the cakewalk at the church festival and Christian Women. Loretta was also a member of St. Bertha's Card Group, Waite Park Senior Citizens, and Madonna Mission Group. Loretta was an avid 500 card player, and no bid was too high for her. She liked to play Scrabble with her children. Loretta had a green thumb, could grow anything she wanted in her garden, and it gave her great joy. Loretta had a very strong faith and connection to God. She still said her prayers in German, her first language. She is survived by her children: Robert (Doris) Wuertz of Fridley, Minn., Henry (Pam) Wuertz of Blaine, Minn., Lester (Barb) Wuertz of Richmond, Kan., Ramona (Tim Maselter) Wuertz of Cambridge, Minn., Beverly Fisher of Spring Lake Park, Minn., Annette Wuertz of Roseville, Minn., Joan (Jerry "Fred") Fredson of Eagan, Minn., Katherine Mrozek of Fridley, Minn., Patrice (Scott) Alexander of Roseville, Minn., Paulette (Steve) Schwegman of St. Cloud, Minn., and Caroline (Joe) Martinez of Tomah, Wis.; siblings: Mike Ludwig of Melrose, Minn., Herb Ludwig of Buffalo, Minn., Florentine Zipko of Maplewood, Minn., and Anita Guiliani of Maplewood, Minn.; 28 grandchildren; and 35 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Othmar on Sept. 13, 2001; infant daughter, Mary Jane; son-in-law, Wayne Fisher; sisters: Genevieve Ludwig, Katherine Ludwig, Florence Graham, Olivia Salzl, Mary Ann Fasbender, and an infant sister; brothers: Celestine, Peter, Robert Ludwig, and an infant brother, Michael. The family would like to thank the staffs at Ridgeview Place, St. Benedict's Senior Community, and CentraCare Hospice for the care they provided Loretta. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.
Clifford Joseph Moening, 72, of Walker, Minn. died on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, at Walker Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Walker. Cliff was born on Oct. 9, 1945, to Norbert and Elnora Moening in Melrose, Minn. He graduated from Paynesville High School in 1963. Cliff married Diane Mills in Paynesville on Sept. 11, 1965. He began working for the Minnesota Department of Transportation in Paynesville in 1967. In 1979, Cliff was promoted to the Northwest District as a maintenance foreman at the Walker truck station. Years later, Cliff again was promoted to the Northwest District supervisor role at the truck station in Bemidji, Minn., retiring in February 2007 after 40 years of service with the State of Minnesota. Cliff was a kind, humble, and gentle man, hardworking to a fault. He loved to fish (perch especially), hunt, spend time in the woods cutting firewood, and spend time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He was a retired member of the Walker Volunteer Fire Department. Cliff loved his home, working in his yard, and visiting with his MnDOT co-workers and friends. Cliff is survived by his wife, Diane; three children: Tate (Amy) Moening of Welch, Minn., Trisha (Dave) Hamm of North St. Paul, Minn., and Tyler (Rebecca) Moening of Savage, Minn.; grandchildren: Tanner, Bode, Isaac, Kendall, Mila, and Eva; brother, David �Fritz� Moening of St. Louis Park, Minn.; and sister, Judy (Moening) Larsen (Larry) of Paynesville. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; three nephews; a sister-in-law; and various aunts, uncles, and cousins. Cliff�s calm demeanor and steady, easygoing presence will be missed by all that have known him. The arrangements for Cliff�s Celebration of Life were handled by Northern Peace Funeral Home and St. Agnes Catholic Church, both in Walker.
Ambrose Isadore Dingmann, 92, of Elrosa, formerly of Belgrade, died on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, at the Belgrade Nursing Home. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, Oct. 8, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Belgrade. Burial was at the church cemetery. Services were entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home in Belgrade. Ambrose, the son of John and Angela (Koetter) Dingmann, was born on Feb. 17, 1926, on the family farm near Farming, Minn. He walked to school to receive his education at a small country school. After his schooling, he stayed on the farm and helped his family until he was old enough to truck livestock to South St. Paul. On April 24, 1950, Ambrose was united in marriage to Margaret Seifermann, in Spring Hill. This union was blessed with three daughters and four sons. The family made their home in rural Belgrade where they farmed. In 1972, they moved into Belgrade where Ambrose began his post retirement career in carpentry. On Oct. 28, 1989, Margaret passed away. They were able to share in 39 years of marriage. On June 24, 1994, Ambrose was united in marriage to Florence Lieser at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. They made their home in Belgrade before moving to Elrosa in 2007. In 2012, Ambrose moved to the Belgrade Nursing Home due to health reasons. Ambrose was a devout Christian and his church was very important to him. He was a member of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Elrosa and a former member of St. Francis de Sales in Belgrade. He was active at his churches as an usher and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Ambrose loved working with wood; he made countless rosaries throughout the years. Ambrose's family was very important to him, and he cherished the time he was able to spend with them, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ambrose is survived by his wife of 24 years, Florence; children: Robert (Melanie) of Belgrade, Ralph (Eileen) of Belgrade, Ronald (MaryAnn) of Litchfield, Doris (Rik) Rudeen of Bird Island, Karen (Wayne) Nelson of Sartell, and Stanley (Annette) of Benson; 18 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. Ambrose is also survived by Florence's children: Deb (Jerry) Dasich of St. Cloud, Mark (Lori) Lieser of Paynesville, Allen (Bev) Lieser of Belgrade, and Dale Lieser of Kings Mountain, N.C.; sister-in-law, Betty Dingmann of Richmond; and brother-in-law, Roman Theis of St. Paul. Ambrose was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Margaret; daughter, MaryAnn; grandchildren, Jeremey Dingmann and Kyle Nelson; five brothers; and six sisters.
Rose Marie 'Rosie' Adella Gruber, 87, of Belgrade died peacefully surrounded by her family on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, at Pine Villa Nursing Home in Melrose. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, Sept. 29, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Belgrade. Burial was at St. Margaret Catholic Cemetery in Lake Henry. Services were entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home in Belgrade. Rosie was born to Catherine (Meyer) and Herman Korf on Aug. 9, 1931, in Melrose, Minn. Family lore said she was small enough to fit into a shoe box. She married Michael Gruber Jr. on Aug. 27, 1951, at St. John's Catholic Church in Meire Grove, Minn. They lovingly brought 14 children into the world and placed angels on high alert 24-hours a day to keep them out of harm's way. Rosie worked side-by-side with Mike at the family farm near Lake Henry and into retirement for 61 years until his death on Oct. 22, 2012. Rosie was known as the baby whisperer. When a child, grandchild, or great-grandchild was placed upon her lap, it was certain that they would fall asleep in the radiance of her unconditional love. When in her presence, you knew there was nothing you could do to keep her from loving you. She was an ever-present ray of sunshine filling others with her hope, joy, and love for them. Rosie was a woman of faith and met every day with enthusiasm and tireless energy. She was devoted to her family, and in that devotion, taught her children that all things were possible with God, a prayerful lap around the holy rosary, and a votive candle burning day and night. Her children and grandchildren can attest she was their biggest cheerleader and number one fan. Rosie enjoyed thousands of hours in a designated spot, whether in a gym, baseball field, or a church pew. Her presence was always felt. Although Rosie went home to God, we'll always hold a tiny piece of heaven in our hearts. She will be dearly missed by her family. Rosie is survived by her children: Ron (Darlene) of Freeport, Gary (Karen), Dennis (Bernice) of Belgrade, Roger (Kirsten) of Belgrade, Randy (Barb) of Edina, Luan Knoll of St. Cloud, Lori (Dan) Braegelman of Plymouth, Robert (Mary) of Sauk Centre, Jane (Paul) Weller of Brooten, Geralyn (Curt) Lieser of Paynesville, Brian (Kristi) of Glenwood, Barb (Tim) Lieser of Circle Pines, and Terry (Sonny) of Belgrade; 40 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Teresa (Wally) Lieser of New Brighton and MaryAnn Wensman of Greenwald; sisters-in-law: Pat Wensman of Paynesville, Erma (Jim) Rieland of St. Cloud, Bonnie Gruber of St. Cloud, and Mary Lou (Linus) Wensman of Crystal. Rosie was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Michael Jr.; infant daughter, Mary Kay; infant grandchildren, Charlene Gruber and William Knoll; great-grandson, Noah Knoll; sisters, Eileen (Ervin) Schmiesing and Viola (Ervin) Wiechmann; brothers-in-law: Denis Wensman, Marcellus (Delma) Gruber, Urban Gruber, David Gruber, and Ado Wensman; sisters-in-law: Florence (Erwin) DeMorrett, Bergetta (Andrew) Lieser, Lenora (Eddie) Kampsen, Delores (Hub) Sunderman, and Shirley Gruber. Special thanks to the caring staff at Pine Haven Memory Care in Melrose.
Margaret T. Hagemeier, 88, of Farming died on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, at Mother of Mercy in Albany. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at St. Catherine's Oratory in Farming. Burial will be in the St. Catherine's Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond. Visitation will continue on Wednesday morning one hour prior to the service at St. Catherine's. Margaret was born on Sept. 25, 1930, in Lake Henry, Minn. to Joseph and Mary (Kortenbush) Wuertz. She married Gilbert H. Hagemeier on Oct. 22, 1951, in Lake Henry. Margaret and Gilbert farmed west of Farming all their lives. She enjoyed trips to the casino, playing cards, baking, and caring for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Survivors include her husband, Gilbert; children: Ron (Deb), Ruth (Paul) Roufs, Tim (Barb), Joyce (Vern) Dingmann, Terry (Sandy), and Jesse (Lucy); siblings: Isabel Spanier, Wilbert Wuertz, and Roman Wuertz; grandchildren: Peter, Katie, Brad, Lisa, Joey, Max, Brianna, and Cole; step-grandchildren, Todd and Tim; and great-grandchildren: Kaitlyn, Macyn, Reed, Makara, and Amoni. She was preceded in death by siblings: Alma Wenker, Rose Chladek, Hilda Bertram, Adella Spanier, Helen Garding, Tony Wuertz, Ralph Wuertz, and Norbert Wuertz. Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond.