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Steven Olson, 38, Hawick
Steven D. Olson, 38, of Hawick died unexpectedly of natural causes on Friday, Sept. 21, at his home in Hawick.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Sept. 28, at Crystal Hills Assembly of God Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Steven Donald Olson was born on June 22, 1974, to Daniel and Juanita (Seger) Olson in Paynesville.

He grew up on the family farm near Paynesville and graduated from Paynesville High School in 1993, where he was active in videographer, German club, and pottery.

He continued his education at Ridgewater Community College and was active in student government while studying automotive technology.

After his schooling, he worked for several RV shops before beginning his own business, Steve's RV Salvage and Repair, LLC, in 2009. His business grew, as he became known as the guy in the red truck who could fix anything and who be counted on for his honesty.

On June 29, 2002, Steven married Valerie Simons and her daughters, Amber and Emily, at Crystal Hills Assembly. They made their home in Hawick and were able to share in 10 years of marriage.

He is survived by his wife, Valerie; daughters, Amber and Emily; step-daughter, Kayla; parents, Daniel and Juanita Olson; siblings, Jon Olson, Brent Olson, Kenneth Olson, Denise Olson, and Danita Olson; mother-in-law; father-in-law; a sister-law; and nieces and nephews.

Steven was preceded in death by his brother, David, and grandparents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Viola Bertram, 85, Spring Hill
Mrs. Clarence (Viola) Bertram, 85, of Spring Hill died on Saturday, Sept. 29, at her home after a battle with cancer.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 11 a.m., at St. MichaelÕs Catholic Church in Spring Hill. Burial will take place in the St. Michael's Parish Cemetery in Spring Hill.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., and on Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville. There will be no visitation at the church.

Viola was born on Oct. 19, 1926, to Steve and Josephine (Meyer) Gruber in Belgrade. They shared 64 years of marriage.

She married Clarence Bertram on June 15, 1948, at St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church in Belgrade.

They farmed near Spring Hill all their married life.

Viola is survived by her husband, Clarence; children, Corrine (Gary P.) Lieser of Spring Hill, Judi (Larry) Jansen of Sauk Centre, Joe L. Bertram Sr. of Paynesville, and Jeff (Marlene) of Paynesville; 14 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brother, Leo Gruber of Willmar; and sisters, Theresa Klehr of St. Martin and Marcella Hinnenkamp of Melrose.

She was preceded in death by her parents; infant grandchildren; sisters, Mary Krestes and Katherine Burg; and brother, Joe Gruber.

Memorials are preferred.

Judith Christensen, 78, Paynesville
Judith Ann Christensen, 78, of Paynesville passed away on Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Koronis Manor.

A memorial will be held in the spring in Cogswell, N.D.

Judy was born on Feb. 4, 1934, in Cogswell, N.D. She worked for many years at Animal Fair in Eden Valley.

She is survived by her children, Robert (Sharon) McCloud of Spicer, Steven (Virginia) McCloud of Paynesville, Susan (Leif) King of Suffolk, Va., Debbie Christensen of Paynesville, Dana Christensen of New London, and Arnie Christensen of Paynesville; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and sister, Karen Fegil (Dan) of Wolcottville, Ind.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Beatrice Ann Oxley; father, Elmer Oxley; step-mother, Pauline Oxley; and sister, Beatrice Joyce Oxley.

Gary Thomsen, 78, Atwater
Gary L. Thomsen, 78, of Atwater died on Monday, Sept. 24, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.

A celebration of was held on Saturday, Sept. 29, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Grove City. Burial was in the First Lutheran Cemetery.

Gary Thomsen was born on Nov. 18, 1933, in Gurley, Neb., to Paul and Margaret Thomsen.

The Thomsen family moved to a farm north of Grove City in 1945. He attended country school.

On Oct. 27, 1951, married Betty L. Flanders. They were given the gift of almost 61 years together. Their love and devotion to each other and their family was evident to everyone who knew them. They were blessed with three children.

Gary and Betty bought the Thomsen family farm and farmed until he retired in 1995 and rented out his farm.

Gary was born to be a farmer; he had a deep love and understanding of the land. However, Gary couldnÕt stand to be idle. After selling his dairy herd, Gary worked for the Willmar sales barn. In his retirement, he worked for Field Auction Company, Magnuson Sheet Metal, and helped with planting and harvesting for Jerry Magnuson and Rick and Joe Flanders.

In 2007, Gary and Betty built their retirement home in Atwater.

Gary is survived by his wife, Betty; daughter, Nancy (Tom) Deadrick; son, Dennis (Marie) Thomsen; sisters, Midge Schmidt, Lois Olinger, and Marion Jones; mother-in-law, Ellein Flanders; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son, John; his parents; and three sisters.

Daniel Scheierl, 59, Paynesville
Daniel G. Scheierl, 59, of Paynesville died on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Sept. 24, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial was in St. Anthony Cemetery in Regal.

Daniel Gene Scheierl was born on Sept. 28, 1952, to George and Florence (Miller) Scheierl in St. Cloud.

He graduated from Paynesville High School in 1970.

On Aug. 2, 1972, Daniel married Lucinda Schoenecker. To this union, a daughter and four sons were born. The family made their home in Cold Spring and Paynesville.

Daniel was the head custodian for Rocori High School for 35 years before he retired due to health reasons.

Daniel is survived by his children, Belinda (Chris) Reep, Corey Scheierl, Jared (Lacey) Scheierl, Jed Scheierl, and Colby (Sharon) Scheierl; nine grandchildren; siblings, Margie Nierengarten, and Donna Dufner; brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law; and former wife, Lucinda Scheierl.

Daniel was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Ken Scheierl.

LeRoy Seifert, 77, Paynesville
LeRoy J. Seifert, 77, of Paynesville died on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the St. Cloud Veterans Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Sept. 22, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial was in St. Michael's Cemetery in Morgan, Minn.

LeRoy Joseph Seifert was born on April 24, 1935, to Joseph and Rosa (Gulden) Seifert in Clements, Minn.

He grew up in the Clements area, where he attended a country school and graduated from Morgan High School in 1955.

After high school LeRoy entered the U.S. Army, where he served his country honorably from 1955 to 1957.

On Nov. 20, 1957, LeRoy married Elaine Heiling at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Morgan, Minn. This union was blessed with five sons and a daughter. The family made their home near Morgan, where they farmed the Tauer Family Farm.

In 1996, LeRoy retired, and he and Elaine moved to their current home on Rice Lake in rural Paynesville. LeRoy and Elaine shared 55 years of marriage.

LeRoy is survived by his wife, Elaine, of Paynesville; children, Rory (Sue) Seifert, Lanny (Colleen) Seifert, Glenn (Katie) Seifet, Daryl (Sarah)Seifert, Kurt (Sandy) Seifert, and Cindy Christensen; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brothers, Raymond Seifert and Elroy ŌSiĶ; and many other relatives and friends.

LeRoy was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Caroline Harder and Adeline Seifert.

Douglas Haagenson, 72, Manannah
Douglas D. Haagenson, 72, of Manannah died unexpectedly on Sunday, Sept. 9.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Sept. 13, at Nordland Lutheran Church in rural Paynesville. A private burial was held in the Manannah Catholic Cemetery.

Douglas Dennis Haagenson was born on Feb. 14, 1940, to Arnold and Rose (McCann) Haagenson on the Fred Marshall farm in Union Grove Township.

On July 12, 1975, he married Donna Cumber at Nordland Lutheran Church.

Doug began working at the age of 17 on the McCarney family farm and was still helping with harvest this fall. He also worked for his father driving milk truck at the Manannah Creamery and was a heavy equipment operator for McCandless Construction. He spent 37 years working for Meeker County as a mechanic and then as a lead man out of Grove City.

Doug is survived by his wife, Donna of Mannanah; daughters, Juliet (Bryan) Brutger of Eden Valley, Amanda (James) Anderson of Sartell, and Debra Kummet of Eden Valley; 13 grandchildren; brother, James Haagenson of Watkins; sister, Mary of St. Stephen; a sister-in-law; a brother-in-law; step-sister, Arlene Witte of Hutchinson; step-brother, Duane Nicul of rural Eden Valley; and a niece and nephew.

He was proceeded in death by his parents; step-mother; brother, Gary; and a nephew.

LeRoy Hillbrand, 92, Hugo
LeRoy Hillbrand, 92, of Hugo, and formerly of Paynesville, died on Tuesday, Sept. 4, at Gracewood Senior Care in Hugo.

A funeral service was held on Monday, Sept. 10, at Payne-sville Lutheran Church. Burial was in the Faith Lutheran Church Cemetery near Sturgeon Lake.

LeRoy C. Hillbrand was born on Oct. 28, 1919, to Royal and Nellie (Haney) Hillbrand in Sturgeon Lake.

He grew up on the family farm in Birch Creek Township, where he attended Maple Grove Country Grade School and Willow River High School, graduating in 1937.

He continued his education at the University of Minnesota Agriculture College, graduating with a bachelor's degree in 1943 and a masterÕs degree in 1967.

On July 2, 1944, LeRoy married Frances Moore in Albert Lea. To this union, three sons and a daughter were born.

They made their home in Paynesville, where he worked as an agriculture instructor for Paynesville High School until his retirement in 1979.

LeRoy and Frances were able to share in 23 years of marriage before Frances' death on March 23, 1968.

In 1969, LeRoy was reunited with a long-time friend from high school, Eileen Carpenter, who also recently lost her husband. They married on Aug. 2, 1969, in Mankato. They made their home in Paynesville and were able to share in 36 years of marriage before Eileen's death on Oct. 5, 2005.

LeRoy is survived by his children, John (Liz) Hillbrand of Springdale, Ark., Marcia (Craig) Thelander of Cedar, Steve Hillbrand of Sturgeon Lake, and Deane (Katherine) Hillbrand of Sturgeon Lake; two step-children, Laurel Ward and Robert Carpenter; 14 grandchildren; and 11 greatgrandchildren.

LeRoy was preceded in death by his wives, Frances and Eileen; step-daughter, Linda Gilbert; and a grandson.

Cody Hagen, 16, Paynesville
Cody C. Hagen, 16, of Paynesville died on Sunday, Sept. 2, at the St. Cloud Hospital from injuries sustained in an ATV accident.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Sept. 7, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial was in Nora Lutheran Cemetery in Kensington.

Cody was born on June 5, 1996, to Orvie and Laura (Magedanz) Hagen in Paynesville. He lived in Paynesville all of his life and was a sophomore at Paynesville High School.

Cody was a youth board member and tutor at the UZone, an after-school mentoring program for students. He was currently employed by JimmyÕs Pizza in Paynesville.

Cody is survived by his parents, Laura Skalicky of Paynesville and Orvie Hagen of Cyrus; brother, Jacob Hagen of Cyrus; sisters, Amanda Skalicky of Paynesville and Caroline Skalicky of Alexandria; grandmothers, Esther Magedanz of Richmond and Betty Hagen of Cyrus; nieces and nephews; and many aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Katie Hagen, and his grandfathers.

Bernard Lang, 83, Roscoe
Bernard P. "Benny" Lang, 83, of Roscoe died on Sunday, Sept. 2, at the Hilltop Health Care Center in Watkins.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Roscoe. Burial was in the St. Agnes Parish Cemetery in Roscoe with full military honors.

Benny was born on July 27, 1929, to Mathias and Barbara (Hourt) Lang in Eden Valley. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII from 1946 to 1949.

He married Marcella J. "Marcy" Driver on May 27, 1957, at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Roscoe.

He owned and operated the Roscoe Garage until he sold it in 1965. He began farming in the Roscoe area until his retirement in 1994.

Benny is survived by his wife, Marcy; sons, Craig Lang of Richmond, Donald (Bonnie) Lang of Paynesville, and Leroy (Kris) Lang of Paynesville; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and sisters, Marie Schaefer of St. Cloud and Fran Brossard of Paynesville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson; and brothers and sisters, Susan Kascht, Christine Ramler, Math Lang, Cecelia Theis, Betty VanHoorik, and Theresa Liestman.

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