from The Paynesville Press
October 1998

Eleanor Abeln
Services were held on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Richmond for Eleanor Abeln, 86, who died Saturday, Oct. 31, 1998, at Rich-Haven Apartments in Richmond. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Eleanor was born in Richmond, Minn., to Andrew and Rosina (Liebing) Schulte. She married Anthony "Tony" Abeln on Jan. 27, 1937, in Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Richmond. She was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Christian Mothers, and the National Catholic Order of Women Foresters.

Eleanor is survived by her children, Maxine Weismann of Richmond, and Lyle of Bloomington; sister, Erma Kron of Waite Park; brother, Alfred of Cold Spring; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony, in 1972; and brother, Bert.

Ella Badenschier
Ella Badenschier passed away on Sunday, Oct. 18, 1998, at the Assumption Home in Cold Spring, Minn., where she had been a resident for the last 13 months.

Funeral services were held at the Mayer Funeral Home in Austin, Minn., with burial at Grandview Cemetery on Oct. 22, 1998.

Ella was born on Jan. 27, 1910, on the family farm near Austin, Minn. She was married to Ernest Badenschier on Nov. 23, 1938, and became a homemaker.

Her survivors are her daughter, Norma (Emil) Jensen of Paynesville; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister and a brother.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sister; and a great-grandchild.

Elmer Hess
Funeral services for Elmer N. Hess, 83, of Paynesville, who died on Monday, Oct. 26, 1998 at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, will be on Thursday, Oct. 29, 1998, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville, with the Rev. Richard Leisen as the celebrant.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville. Parish prayers will be at 7 p.m. and the Catholic Aid Association will pray at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be in the St. Louis parish cemetery in Paynesville.

Elmer was born on Aug. 29, 1915, at Golva, N.D., the son of Martin and Margarite (Pick) Hess. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was united in marriage to Doris Fischbach on May 6, 1943. He owned and operated the Lake Henery Garage for ten years and was the district manager for K-Standard Feeds for 32 years. He was a charter member of the Lake Henry American Legion, a member of the Catholic Aid Association, and a member of St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville.

Elmer is survived by his wife, Doris of Paynesville; three sons, Ronald (Diane) of Hutchinson, Kenneth (Lynnae) of Plymouth, and James (Marjorie) of Maple Grove; three daughters, Donna (Paul) Coulter of Eden Valley, Judy Hess of Paynesville, and Lois (Scott) Schwieger of Willmar; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister, Evelyn (Ben) Wiechmann of Grey Eagle; numerous relatives; a special caring attendant; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Alfred; two sisters, Stella Meyer, and an infant sister, Marie Hess.

Alice E. Weber
Funeral services for Alice Edna Weber, 88, of Paynesville, were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 1998, at Calvary Baptist Church in Paynesville, with Pastor Allan Lindh officiating. She died at the Koronis Manor in Panesville on Friday, Oct. 23, 1998.

Alice was born on June 28, 1910, in rural Paynesville to August and Amelia (Godesch) Zimmerman. She attended school at District #43 of Stearns County in rural Paynesville. She was married to Herman Weber on June 12, 1935. They were engaged in farming for nearly 30 years, and upon retirement, moved into their new home near Lake Koronis. She most recently has been a resident of the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

She is survived by three nieces and three nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Herman; two sisters, Lillian and Esther; and one brother, Ben.

Mike Garding
Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 24, at St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin for Mike Garding, 89, who died Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1998, at the Assumption Home in Cold Spring. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Mike was born in Albany, Minn., to Michael and Magdalena (Doll) Garding. He married Catherine Steuve on Sept. 14, 1937, in St. Anthony Catholic Church in Albany. The couple farmed six miles north of St. Martin prior to their retirement in 1971.

Mike was a member of the St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin, the St. Joseph Men═s Society, and the Fr. Pierz Council #3628 Knights of Columbus.

Mike is survived by his wife, Catherine; children, Alvina of New Brighton, Ralph of Arden Hills, Delores "Dee" Ruegemer of Richmond, Rita Kampsen of Elrosa, Beatrice Schwieters of New Brighton, and LeRoy of St. Martin; 17 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Mike was preceded in death by his brothers, Bernard, Martin, John, Nick, and Eugene; sister, Elizabeth; four infant sisters, Marie Catherine, Mathilda, Maria Margaret, and Maria Anna; and two grandchildren.

John Klenk
John Robert Klenk, 67, of Willmar and formerly of Paynesville, died Sunday, Oct. 18, 1998, at Rice Memorial Hospital from pulmonary fibrosis.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, at First Baptist Church in Willmar, with the Rev. Phil Lutz officiating. Private interment was at the Paynesville Cemetery.

John was born on May 2, 1931, in Chattanooga, Tenn., the son of Charles and Margaret (Strandberg) Klenk. He grew up in Chatanooga and his later childhood years were spent in New Jersey and New York. He graduated from A.B. Davis High School in Mt. Vernon, N.Y. He received a bachelor of science degree in animal husbandry from Long Island Agricultrual and Technological Institute at the State University of New York in Farmingdale.

In 1952, John began his career in agriculture as a dairy hersman in Hudson, Wis. On Oct. 3, 1953, in Stillwater, he was married to Shirley M. Rude, and they made their home in Hudson, Wis. In 1955, he was drafted in to the U.S. Army, serving at Selfridge Air Force Base in Mt. Clemens, Mich. Following his military service, he attended the University of Minnesota and was employed at Nutrena Feeds in Minneapolis.

He spent over 30 years working in the turkey industry, beginning as farms supersivor for Paynesville Turkey Industry from 1960 to 1976, Swift & Co. Turkey Operation in Temple, Texas, from 1976 to 1978, and then with Earl B. Olson Farms Inc. until his retirement in 1995. John committed his life to Jesus Christ in 1953. He served as deacon at the First Baptist Church in Paynesville, the Memorial Baptist Church in Temple, Texas, and the First Baptist Church in Willmar. He served two separate terms on the board of Youth for Christ in Willmar. He was a member of the American Legion. His beloved grandchildren and golf were the most important interests of his retirement years.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley; three sons, Timothy (Suzie) of Oregonia, Ohio, Steven (Katie) of Minneapolis, and Paul of Minneapolis; three daughters, Jeanne of Sterling, Va., Laura of Amhearst, N.Y., and Lois (Joe) Bonner of San Antonio, Texas; five grandchildren; mother, Margaret of Willmar; brother, Warren (Joann) of Mexico; two sisters, Jean (Rudy) Haas of Enid, Okla., and Sharon (Bill) Kendrick of Crofton, Md.; foster brother, Charles Ichler of Menahga; and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his father; daughter, Gloria in 1975; and brother, Charles, in 1983.

Joseph Niehaus
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Richmond for Joseph Niehaus, 88, who died Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Joseph was born in Richmond, Minn., to Herman and Margaret (Vogt) Niehaus. he married Agnes Thomes on June 7, 1950, in Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. The couple farmed four and one-half miles northwest of Richmond prior to their retirement in 1987. Joseph was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and Catholic Aid.

He is survived by his wife; children, Dennis, Judy Klehr, Jerome, Marvin, and David, all of Richmond; sister, Marie Hemmesch of Lake Henry; and six grandchildren.

Joseph was preceded in death by his brother, Albert; and sisters, Regina Niehaus and Angela Thomes.

Darryl Krupke
Darryl William Krupke, 45, of Farmington and formerly of Paynesville and Faribault, Minn., died on Monday, Oct. 12, 1998, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

The funeral service was on Friday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m., at White Funeral Home in Farmington, Minn., with burial following in Salem Cemetery in Paynesville, Minn., at 2 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 17, 1998.

Darryl was born Oct. 28, 1954, in St. Paul. He graduated from Paynesville High School in 1970. He was employed by the city of Northfield as a waste water treatment operator. He was a memmber of the Farmington Eagles Club.

He is survived by his mother, Ann Krupke of Paynesville; children, Nikki (Clint) Green of Ohio, Christa of Faribault, and Erin of Faribault; three grandchildren; brother, Brady of Paynesville; sisters, Peggy (Jim) Jones of Ill., Paulette (Dan) Renwick of Pine City, and Gloria (Willy) Scheel of Paynesville; and his children's mother, Jean Krupke of Faribault.

He was preceded in death by his father, William.

Victor Lieser
Victor P. Lieser, 84, of Paynesville, died Wednesday, Oct. 7, 1998, at the Paynesville Area Hospital in Paynesville.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville, with the Rev. Richard Leisen officiating. Burial was in the St. Louis Parish Cemetery in Paynesville.

Victor was born on April 19, 1914, in Lake Henry, Minnesota, to Nicholas and Elizabeth (Schoenhoff) Lieser. He married Hilaria Meyer on Sept. 19, 1939, in St. MargaretĘs Catholic Church in Lake Henry. He farmed near Spring Hill for 30 years, before retiring to Paynesville in Aug., 1969. Hilaria died on May 6, 1974.

He married Imelda Helmin on July 2, 1977, in St. AnthonyĘs Catholic Church in St. Cloud. He was a member of the Spring Hill School Board, the Belgrade Co-Op Board, and after retirement, he was a local driver for Social Services. He was also a member of the St. Louis Knights of Columbus #3820, St. MichaelĘs Mens Society of Spring Hill, the Paynesville Catholic Aid Association, Crosier Apostolates, and St. Louis Catholic Church, where he was an usher. He enjoyed farming, playing cards, traveling, and playing practical jokes on his children and grandchildren.

Victor is survived by his wife, Imelda of Paynesville; children, Marilyn (Joe) Caspers of Richfield, Ilene (Don) Oevermann of Melrose, Adeline (Tony) Tiemann of Eagan, Kenneth (Barb) Lieser of Spring Hill, Joyce (Dan) Hess of Avon, Bonnie (Kevin) Spanier of Burnsville, and Sandra (Keith) Hemmesch of Paynesville; 19 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and brothers, Andrew of Paynesville, and Henry of Paynesville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Hilaria; infant son, David; two granddaughters; siblings, Edmund, Jacob, Dora Winter, Hilda Leukam, Thecla spanier, and Serah Bertram.

Cletus Hoerchler
Cletus H. Hoerchler, 72, of Grove City, passed away on Friday, Oct. 2, 1998, at his residence in Swede Grove Township, Meeker County, Minnesota.

The Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 11 a.m. at the Church of Our Lady in Manannah Township with Father Francis Garvey officiating. Interment was at Our Lady of Manannah Cemetery in Manannah.

Cletus Henry Hoerchler was born on Dec. 1, 1925, in Maple River Township, Carroll County, Iowa, to August (Gus) and Mary (Niehaus) Hoerchler. He attended and graduated from high school in Laurens, Iowa, in 1943. Cletus married Donna Schachtner in Fonda, Iowa, on Dec. 30, 1947. Together they farmed in Iowa until 1958, when they moved to Minnesota, where he farmed two miles north of Grove City until he retired from full-time farming. He and Donna stayed on the farm, where he enjoyed the remainder of his days.

Cletus was a member of the Church of Our Lady in Manannah, where he was the Eucharistic Minister. He also was a member of the Knights of Columbus for 50 years and was an Acton Town Board member for 24 years.

Cletus is survived by his wife, Donna; three daughters, Janet (Wayne) Johnson of Grove City; Sharon (Daniel) Lindstrom of Grove City, and Mary of Montrose; two sons, Mark (Joann) of Minticello, and Dale of Grove City; 11 grandchildren; one sister, Lorena (Leonard) Sernett of Laurens, Iowa; one brother, Luverne (Shirley) of Richmond, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

Cletus was preceded in death by one granddaughter; and his parents, August and Mary Hoerchler.

Adolph Olson
Adolph R. Olson, 76, of rural Grove City, passed away Thursday at the Paynesville Area Hospital in Paynesville.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. The Rev. Richard Koehn officiated. Active bearers were nephews, Larry Wait, Douglas Silge, Terry Thomsen, Dwayne Kadelbach, Todd Stern, James Curtiss, and Steven George. Honorary bearers were Roger Flanders, Orion Johnson, Rick Flanders, Oluf Johnson, Lyle Schoneman, Verrol Smith, Frank Marshall, and Archie Marshall. Interment was in the Burr Oak Cemtery, Union Grove Township, Meeker County, Minnesota. Admiral Benson Post #2818 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars gave the military honors.

Adolph Russell Olson was born Feb. 19, 1922, in Union Grove Township, Meeker County, Minnesota, to Edward and Minnie (Peterson) Olson. He attended country school through the eighth grade and also helped his dad on the farm. He married Eileen Curtiss on Aug. 20, 1942, at home in Union Grove Township.

On Oct. 16, 1942, he was inducted into the armed forces and served 12 months and eight days on the front lines defending his country. Adolph and his unit of four men landed on Omaha Beach about 7:50 a.m. on D-Day (June 6, 1944). He was to set up radio communications for his company; however, all their equipment was lost in the water off the Normandy coast. They were pinned down on the beach and fought with the Rangers through hand-to-hand combat. By the end of the first day, the Americans held the ridge of cliffs overlooking Omaha Beach. He participated in six major battles and many campaigns. He recieved the Bronze Services Arrowhead medal for the battle on Omaha Beach. He also received the Bronze Star, Good Conduct medal, and European African Middle Eastern theater service medal. When Adolph was discharged on Nov. 19, 1945, he had advanced to the position of Master Sargeant, the highest non-commissioned officer of the U.S. Army.

Adolph came back to Union Grove Township, where he farmed for the rest of his life. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville and served on the board of trustees, and also the administrative board to the church. He was a school board member of District #36 and was the president of Burr Oak Cemetery for over 40 years. Adolph loved farming, and after he retired, spent much of his time in his garden.

Adolph is survived by his wife, Eileen; three daughters, Bonnie (Kenneth) Miller of Rochester, Loretta (Ronald) Holmgren of Willmar, and LuAnn (David) Yattow of Plymouth; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one sister, Verna Thomsen of Grove City; and several nieces and nephews.

Adolph was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Minnie Olson; and three sisters, Idella Kadelbach, Janet Wait, and Marlene Olson.

Paul Wuertz
Paul P. Wuertz, 89, of Spring Hill, died Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Spring Hill, with the Rev. Leo Leisen officiating. Casket bearers were Craig and Michael Wuertz, Curtis and Ethen Lieser, and Michael and Joel Torison; honorary bearers were 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. Cross bearer was Peter Wuertz; scripture bearer was Kimberly Wuertz; gift bearers were Lisa and Scott Bagley; and lector was Nancy Wuertz. Burial followed in the parish cemetery.

Paul Wuertz was born June 29, 1909, in Lake Henry Township, Stearns County, to Peter and Mary (Bertram) Wuertz. He was united in marriage to Alvina Lieser on Sept. 13, 1933, at Lake Henry. The couple farmed in Spring Hill until retiring in 1971.

He was a leader of the Spring Hill Champs 4-H club and served on the Spring Hill District 38 School Board. He was also in the field engineering division for Minneapolis Moline, where he had patents on his inventions. He enjoyed working with wood and made wooden handles for many different types of tools on a lathe that he made himself. He had been a resident of Pine Villa Care Center since 1993.

Paul was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Spring Hill. He was also a member of St. Michael's Catholic Aid Society, the St. Michael's Men's Society, and was a life member of the Stearns County Fair Board. He was also a 4th Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus.

Paul is survived by children, Thomas (Marie) of Spring Hill, James (Norma) of Bloomington, Susan (George) Torison of New London, Barbara Lieser of Moundsview, Mary (Jan) Petersen of Paynesville, and Hugo (Mary) Wuertz of Spring Hill; brother, Othmar of Waite Park; sister, Eleanor Lieser of Sauk Centre; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Alvina, on April 22, 1993; sons-in-law, Otto Streese and Terrance Lieser; and brothers, Elmer and Alvin.


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