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Alan Person, 86, Paynesville
Alan G. Person, 86, of Paynesville died on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

His funeral service was held on Saturday, Sept. 3, at the Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Alan Gaylord Person was born on Aug. 24, 1930, to Ernest and Clara (Nelson) Person in Atwater. He grew up on the family farm and attended a country school through the eighth grade.

After his schooling, Alan helped his family farm until he joined the United States Air Force at the age of 18. He served his country for four years until he earned his honorable discharge and returned home.

On May 28, 1955, Alan married Arlis Larson at Redeemer Lutheran Church in St. Cloud. This union was blessed with three sons.

The family made their home in Paynesville, and Alan worked for Cold Spring Granite until 1990, when he retired.

On May 1, 1998, Arlis passed away. They shared in 42 years of marriage before her death.

Alan is survived by his sons, Kyle (Bobbi) of Cold Spring, Lee (Cheryl) of Paynesville, and Scott (Beth) of Morristown; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Alan was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and siblings, Norman, Ernest, Hazel, Frances, Bernice, Mae, and Darlene.


Patsy Klein, 81, Paynesville
Patsy Jo Klein, 81, of Paynesville died peacefully with family by her side on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at the Koronis Manor Care Center in Paynesville.

Memorial services were held on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at Calvary Baptist Church in Paynesville. Inurnment was held on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Patsy was born on Dec. 27, 1934, to Dwight and Lundie (Beal) Kelley in Dallas, Texas.

She married Virgil A. Klein on Dec. 2, 1951, at First Missionary Baptist Church in Dallas.

After VirgilÕs discharge from the air force, they moved to Paynesville, where she remained all of her married life.

Patsy was a loving wife and mother who raised five wonderful children. She was also very active at Calvary Baptist and blessed the congregation with her beautiful singing.

She is survived by her husband, Virgil; children, Carol (Gerard) Schreiner of Blomkest, Michael of Alexandria, Della (Bryan) Tazelaar of Montevideo, Brenda Klein of St. Cloud, and Kelley (Kelly) Mohr of Mesa, Ariz.; 17 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; brother, Danny Kelley of Iowa; a sister-in-law; sisters, Dwight Hudler and Linda McComas of Texas; and two brothers-in-law.

Patsy was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.


Frank Lahr, 94, Paynesville
Frank M. Lahr, 94, of Paynesville died on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at Cherrywood Advanced Living of Richmond.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday, Aug. 27, at Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley. Burial was in the parish cemetery in Eden Valley.

One of 16 children, Frank was born on Oct. 16, 1921, to Peter and Elizabeth (Kinzer) Lahr in St. Nicholas.

He married Mabel Lounsbury on May 24, 1948, at Church of Our Lady in Manannah. They were married for 65 years and were blessed with 13 children. Their union lasted until Mabel's death in 2013.

Frank worked as a farmer.

Frank is survived by his children, Linda Abraham (special friend Thomas Whittet) of New Ulm, Ronald L. of Eden Valley, Joyce (Wayne) Henfling of Eden Valley, Thomas (Jill) of Paynesville, Gene of Grey Eagle, Wayne of West Concord, Harry (Shannon) of Buffalo, Lynn Kay (Vance) Kesler of Roseville, Nancy (Jim) Segal of North Andover, Mass., and Joann (Jerry) Leimer of Cloquet; sister, Aurelia Becker of Cold Spring; a brother-in-law; 23 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; beloved wife, Mabel; sons, Gary, Frank Jr., and Dale; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; two great-grandchildren; and siblings, George, Betty Braun, Herbert, Leander, Peter, Lorraine Spoden, Isabel Bares, Ovide, Reynold, Alvin, Alcuin, Ralph, Marie Wieber, and Angeline Shay.


William Heitke, 61, Paynesville
William Robert "Bill" Heitke, 61, of Paynesville, returned to his heavenly home on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at the Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Burial of his cremated remains was in the Salem Cemetery in rural Paynesville.

Bill was born to Robert and Carol (Zimmerman) Heitke, in Paynesville on Feb. 6, 1955. He graduated from the Paynesville High School in 1974 and later took over his grandparent's farm and helped his parents on their farm.

Bill grew up farming, hunting, and fishing with his dad. His dad instilled in him a love and appreciation for the land. Bill truly enjoyed farming and was great with animals.

Bill married Ruth (Mehr) Barten on Oct. 4, 1997. He was very family oriented and had a great relationship with his children - Steve, Laurie, and Ross. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren, McKenna, Macey, and Kinley, and looked forward to holidays and family dinners spent playing with the girls. He loved to have the whole family together.

Bill is survived by his wife, Ruth (Barten); sons, Steve (Trish) and Ross Barten of Paynesville; daughter, Laurie Barten of Missoula, Mont.; grandchildren McKenna, Kinley, and Macey; mom, Carol of Paynesville; and his sister Kim (Mark) Hoff of St. Cloud. He was preceded in death by three infant brothers; father, Robert; and grandparents, Bill and Julia Zimmerman and Esther Heitke.

Bill will be remembered for his kindness, generosity, and love of all things, racing.


Marie Gruenes, 88, Eden Valley
Marie A. Gruenes, 88, of Eden Valley died peacefully on Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Koronis Care Center in Paynesville.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25, at Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley. Burial will be in St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery in Eden Valley.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Eden Valley and will continue one hour prior to services at the funeral home on Thursday.

Marie was born on July 29, 1928, to Edward and Theresa (Kramer) Thielen in Richmond.

On June 20, 1951, she married Andrew P. Gruenes at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Richmond.

The couple remained in Eden Valley to raise their six children.

Marie worked at Animal Fair and, most recently, in housekeeping at the Paynesville Hospital for 15 years.

Marie is survived by her children, Kevin of Richmond, Jerry (Colleen) of Richmond, Greg (Betty) of Kensington, Joyce (John) Gertken of Eden Valley, Dennis (Aime Carroll) of Port Orchard, Wash., and Denise of Richmond; siblings, Lorraine Handrahan of Eden Prairie, Sally Olson of Minneapolis, Larry Thielen of Zimmerman, and Rita Arnold of Cambridge; nine grandchildren; eight great- grandchildren; and the greatly-anticipated the birth of two more great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Andrew; infant son, John; and siblings, Celestine, Sylvester, Aurelia, and Isadore Thielen.


James Lauder, 84, Minnetonka
James A. Lauder, 84, of Minnetonka - a former high school teacher and coach in Paynesville - died on Monday, Aug. 8, while holding the hand of his twin sister, JoAnna.

Burial was in Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

James was born on Nov. 23, 1931. Although Wilkin County, Minn., recorded his birth, Jim grew up in Wahpeton, N.D.

He graduated from high school in Wahpeton in 1949 and went on to attend junior college there as well.

In 1951, he interrupted his education to enlist in the U.S. Marines, where he served in Korea.

Upon his discharge, he attended Valley City State University, where he continued his success in football and served as student body president before graduating in 1955.

He accepted teaching jobs in Waubun and Murdock before spending much of his career in Paynesville.

Teaching also permitted him to pursue his interest in athletics and student government. He coached throughout his 37-year career and served on the Minnesota Boys' State staff for 15 summers at St. John's University in Collegeville.

While in Murdock, he married Karen Commerford. Together, they had two daughters. Karen died in 1985. In 1988, Jim married Kathleen Muller of Minnetonka.

Jim is survived by his wife, Kathleen; two daughters, Laurie (Rock) Lauder-Lewandowski and Lynn (John) Lauder; KathleenÕs children, Melissa Muller (Erik) and Mark (Erica) Muller; three grandchildren; twin sister, JoAnna St. Clair; and many talented nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Max and Marguerite (O'Connor) Lauder; first wife, Karen Commerford Lauder; brother, Doug; and sister, Nancy Barlow.

Memorials are preferred to Paynesville Bulldog football and track programs.


Olive Zoller, 87, St. Croix
Olive Zoller, 87, of St. Croix died on Saturday, July 30.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Aug. 6, at Christ Lutheran Church in Marine on St. Croix.

Olive was born on Feb. 11, 1929, to Joe and Olga Nilsen in Paynesville.

She attended Paynesville High School and graduated in 1947.

She went to Augsburg College for a year and a half before transferring to the University of Minnesota, where she majored in home economics education and was a member of the Clovia Sorority. She then co-founded the biannual Clovia Bazaar fundraiser, which continues to support the active chapter at the U of M.

She married her college sweetheart, Richard Zoller, on July 12, 1952, and started teaching home economics in Orono and North St. Paul high schools. They shared 64 years of marriage.

In 1961, she and her family moved to Winnetka, Ill., where she was active in the Winnetka Women's Club, as a Girl Scout leader, as a 4H judge for several years, and as a member of the choir and church council at Ascension Lutheran Church.

In 1971, the family followed RichardÕs employer and moved to Phoenix, Ariz. In Phoenix, Olive was a leader of several aspects of congregational life at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. She founded the Sew and Sews, which supported the back to school clothing drive, and was president and the prime mover of that program. She was president of the Norseman's Federation and spoke Gamelnorsk.

She donated her time to many other causes, but the time given to Xavier High School and the Cambodian Refugee program were among some of her many passions.

In 1996, Olive and Richard became summer residents of Marine on St. Croix, where Olive continued her active volunteering in Christ Lutheran Church's Global Ministries Program and the Clovia Bazaar and was a member of PEO.

She is survived by her husband, Richard; two children, Eric (Lynne) and Kristin Zoller Carpenter (Lee), and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Olga and Joe Nilsen; brother, John; and sister, Marilyn.


Paul Wurtzberger, 73, Paynesville
Paul L. Wurtzberger, 73, of Paynesville died on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday, Aug. 6, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville.

Paul Leo Wurtzberger was born on March 17, 1943, to Florian and Elenora (Tauer) Wurtzberger in Sleepy Eye. He grew up on the family farm near Hanska.

On Aug. 27, 1962, he entered the U.S. Air Force, where he served his country until his honorable discharge on Aug. 23, 1966.

He made his home in the Twin Cities until moving to Paynesville in retirement in 2010.

Paul is survived by his lifetime friend and partner, Mary Olmscheid; brothers, Pat, Woody, Tony, Jerome, Jamie, David, Jake, Danny, and Randy (Sandy) Wurtzberger; sisters, Marge Thiner, Mary Wilfahrt, and Donna Howk; five sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother, a brother-in-law, and two nieces.


Elmer Roos, 85, Paynesville
Elmer C. Roos, 85, of Paynesville died on Thursday, Aug. 4, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Aug. 9, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Eden Valley. Burial was in the Grace East Cemetery in Belgrade.

Elmer Cornelius Roos was born on Feb. 17, 1931, to Neal and Jennie (Sikking) Roos in Georgeville.

He grew up in the Georgeville and Belgrade area, where he attended the Shipstead Grade School and Belgrade High School.

On Dec. 8, 1950, he entered the United States Army, where he served his country during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged on Nov. 20, 1953.

On Oct. 1, 1955, Elmer married Glenna Hedtke. To this union, four sons were born. They shared 60 years of marriage.

They made their home in Isanti, where he worked as a plumber. They moved to Paynesville in 1986 in retirement and wintered in Arizona.

Elmer is survived by his wife, Glenna; sons, Steven (Denise) Roos, Michael (Merri) Roos, John (Ena) Roos, and Jim (Leslie) Roos; seven grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; siblings, Louise Stewart, Henry Roos, and Buddy Roos; and two sisters-in-law.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a great-grandson; and siblings, Anna, Jennett, Emma, Marion, Katherine, Alice, and Bill.


Herbert Willner, 70, Eden Valley
Herbert M. Willner, 70, of Eden Valley died on Friday, Aug. 5, at Centracare Health in Paynesville.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 12, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Eden Valley. A visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at church and will continue one hour prior to the service on Friday. Military honors will be provided by the Eden Valley American Legion Post #381. Burial will be in Lake Ripley Cemetery at a later date.

Herbert Marlow Willner, the son of Herbert Carl and Grace Bernadine (Gerberding) Willner, was born on March 27, 1946 in Blue Earth, Minn.

His family moved to Grove City, where he graduated from Grove City High School in 1964.

He married Arlinda Meyer on June 22, 1968, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Eden Valley.

Herb was proud of his service in the United States Army, which included a tour in Vietnam.

Herb and Arlinda owned and operated Lindy's Cafˇ in Eden Valley for over 20 years. He also worked for Tom's Carpet and as an independent contractor through Tom's Carpet Kingdom, where he worked until retirement.

He is survived by his wife, Arlinda of Eden Valley; children, Jonathon Herbert (Nicolle) Willner of Melbourne, Fla., and Jeremy Jon (Janene) Willner of Richmond; grandchildren, (Jon) Kaylee, Regan, Addisyn, Emma, (Jeremy) Hayden, Raevon, and Xander; and siblings, Geraldine (Willard) Johnson of Ellington, Fla., Diane Riebe of Forest City, Minn., and Irene Ward of Star Prairie, Wis.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Roger; and sister, Florence.


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