Complete obituaries can be found in the Paynesville Press each week.
Marcella 'Marcy' Lang, 79, Roscoe
Marcella J. 'Marcy' Lang, 79, of Roscoe passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12, at St. Agnes Catholic Church. Reverend Glenn Krystosek will officiate. Burial will take place in the St. Agnes Parish Cemetery in Roscoe. Relatives and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday , Aug. 11 and after 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12, both at the St. Agnes Catholic Church in Roscoe. A rosary will be led by Catholic United Financial and St. Agnes Christian Women at 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 11, at the church. Marcy was born on Jan. 22, 1938, in Eden Valley to William and Anna (Lehnen) Driver. She married Benny Lang on May 27, 1957, at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Roscoe. They began farming in the Roscoe area and they retired in 1994. She will be remembered for her love of cooking and was locally famous for her potato salad. She enjoyed playing cards and bingo. She also enjoyed fishing, but only from shore (no boats). She was generous with her time, always helping others. Marcy is survived by her sons: Craig of Roscoe, Donald (Bonnie) of Paynesville, and Leroy (Kris) of Spicer; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and her sister, Clara (Norby) Schueller of Richmond. Marcy is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Benny (2012); grandson, Christopher Liestman; brother, Melvin Driver; and sisters: Lucille Mackedanz, Marie Loch, and Elaine Weber.
Jerome H. Illies, 84, of Paynesville, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 9, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Reverend Glenn Krystosek will officiate. Entombment with military honors will be in St. Louis Parish Mausoleum. Jerome was born on Sept. 2, 1932, in Greenwald to Edward and Anna (Faber) Illies. He proudly served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955. Jerome returned home and ran the family farm. After farming, he began working as a custodian for St. Louis Church where he was an active member for many years. Jerome was a lifetime member of the Melrose VFW Post #7050, the Paynesville American Legion Post #271, and the Knights of Columbus Council #3820. Jerome is survived by his brother, Alcuin Illies (Carol Murray) of St. Cloud; sister, Ione (Wally) Meemken of Richmond; nephews, Leon and Terry (Tyna) Meemken; and niece, Shelly Meemken (John Zimmerman). He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Marian Illies; and sister-in-law, Dorine Illies.
Donna Mae Reinke, 74, passed away peacefully at her home in Richmond, surrounded by her family, on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, following a courageous battle with colon cancer. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 11, at Paynesville Lutheran Church. A visitation will held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10, at Paynesville Lutheran Church and continue one hour prior to the service. Donna was born on Nov. 7, 1942, in Odessa, Minn. to Ben and Clara Hein. Donna attended school in Odessa, where she was an avid participant in the band and acrobatics programs there at the school. She married her husband, Gary Reinke, on Feb. 6, 1960. The two went on to raise two sons, Brett and Craig. Donna enjoyed music, traveling, and her annual trips to Deadwood, S.D. and Florida. She also adored her biweekly aqua-fitness class in Paynesville, along with the weekly aerobics class. But Donna's principal joy in life came from her family, for whom she devoted her life. Donna is survived by her husband of 57 years, Gary; sons, Brett (Karen) and Craig (Michelle); five grandchildren: Shawn, Kelsey, Mary, Josh, and Maxwell; four siblings: Gloria, Judy, Debbie, and Rick; and many nieces, nephews, and in-laws. She is preceded in death and met in heaven by her mother, father, and brother David. Services are entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville.
Ruth Ellen Wunderlich, 91, of Austin, died on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, at the Cedars of Austin. Ruth was born on Oct. 4, 1925, in Austin, Minn., to Herman and Gweneth (Green) Wunderlich, the youngest of three daughters. She graduated from Austin High School with the class of 1944, then from Austin Junior College in 1946, and St. Cloud Teachers College in 1948. Her first teaching assignment was in Mabel, Minn., then Spring Valley, Wis., and ended after 40 years in Paynesville in 1992. For the past three plus years, Ruth has resided at the Cedars of Austin. For Ruth, this was a great place to be. She was able to meet new friends and reconnect with others. The staff treated her with dignity, respect, and much kindness. At Ruth's request, she did not want to have a funeral service. Private interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Austin. Any memorials can be directed to any of her favorite charities: JC Hormel Nature Center, Mower County Humane Society, Mower County Historical Society, or Austin Area Commission for the Arts/Paramount. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents and sisters and brother-in-law, Marguerite (Chester) Ullman and H. Jeanne Wunderlich. Arrangements are entrusted to Mayer Funeral Home.Condolences may be left online at www.mayerfh.com.
Mildred A. 'Millie' Adolph, 97, of Paynesville (formerly of Delano and Grove City), died on July 6, 2017, at Koronis Manor in Paynesville. Her memorial visitation will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 2, at the Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville. Mildred was born on Feb. 28, 1920, in rural Darwin, to John and Mary (Becker) Hennen. She was baptized at St. Gertrude Catholic Church in Forest City. She grew up in the Watkins and Kimball area and attended country school in Kimball. Millie married Donald William Adolph on May 22, 1946, at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Kimball. After their marriage, they were engaged in farming in the Kimball-South Haven area. In 1961, they moved to Grove City where Don and Millie were owner-managers of the Union 76 station. In 1969, they took over management of Leiter's 76 station in Delano and moved to Delano in 1970. After Don's death on Sept.1, 1974, she operated the station for six more months before selling it. She then worked at Tonka Toys in Mound until they closed. She moved to Paynesville in 1991. Millie enjoyed working with crafts, knitting, crocheting, and sewing. She also enjoyed taking care of her lawn and gardening. She was a past member of the Paynesville V.F.W. Auxiliary and lifetime member of Willmar V.F.W. Auxiliary. Mille is survived by her daughter, Patricia (David) Neuman of Paynesville; grandson, Steven (Kimberly) Neuman of Gibbon; great-grandchildren: Brooke and Hannah Neuman of Gibbon, Katryna Servin of Hutchinson, and Cody Servin of New Ulm; great-great-granddaughter, Harley Bosma of Hutchinson; great-great-grandson, Jasper Bosma of Hutchinson; other relatives and many good friends. Millie was preceded in death by her husband, Don; son, Mark; parents; siblings: Katherine Becker, Marcella "Sally" Kraemer, and Raymond Hennen; and brothers-in-law, Richard Becker and Donald Kraemer.