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JoAnn Fischbach, 71, Columbus
JoAnn Fischbach, 71, of Columbus, died on Wednesday, May 13.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Monday, May 18, at St. Joseph of the Lakes Catholic Church in Lino Lakes. Inurnment was in St. Joe's Church Cemetery.

JoAnn has relatives in the Paynesville area. She is survived by her husband, Jim; children, Gerry Morgan, Theresa (Scott) Redmond, and Pat (Lisa Turnquist); six grandchildren; and siblings, Marge Verner and Larry and Bill Craney.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Mary Craney; four sisters; and two brothers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Joe's Church Music Ministry.


Nick Wiering, 93, Paynesville
Nick T. Wiering, 93, of Paynesville died suddenly on Wednesday, May 20, at the Koronis Manor.

A memorial mass of Christian burial was held on Tuesday, May 26, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls with full military honors.

Nick was born on July 15, 1921, to Nick Sr. and Catherine (Bakker) Wiering in Big Sandy, Mont. The family moved to the Tyler, Minn., area in 1922.

After school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942. He served in the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters and was honorably discharged in 1945.

He married Roberta Brown on Oct. 1, 1949 in Tyler, Minn. They farmed in the Tyler area before moving to Brooklyn Park in 1959, where he worked for Bishman Manufacturing as an assembler. Their union lasted until RobertaÕs death in 2010.

Nick valued education and obtained his high school diploma while working and raising eight children.

They retired to Paynesville in 1985, where he served the community by donating his time and labor mowing grass for the local airport, volunteering for the senior center and Paynesville library.

Nick is survived by his four sons, Tom of Carlos, Minn., Robert of Osseo, Minn., David (Lila) of Parkers Prairie, Minn., and Leon of Waverly, Minn., four daughters, Kathy (John) Ed of Alexandria, Brenda (Gary) Krohnfeldt of Lenoir City, Tenn., Ellen Tangren of Otsego, Minn., and Judy (Greg) Malark of Scottsdale, Ariz.; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brothers, Clarence of Tyler and Earl of Marshall; sisters, Helen Petersen of Tyler, Dorothy Gowkowski of Shoreview, Minn., and Beverly Wambeke of Marshall; two sisters-in-law; and two brothers-in-law.

Nick was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Roberta; and siblings, Arthur, James, Mary Bontje, and Agnes Nihart.

Memorials are preferred to the Paynesville Area Center (1105 West Main Street, Paynesville, MN 56362) or Redemptorist Fathers (1230 South Parker Road, Denver, CO 80231.)


Orville Johnson, 88, Litchfield
Orville E. Johnson, 88, of Litchfield died on Friday, May 1, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

A funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, at the Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home in Litchfield. Burial will be held in St. JohnÕs Lutheran Cemetery in Atwater. Military honors will be provided by the Litchfield Military Honor Guard.

A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Orville Edward Johnson, the son of Milo and Tillie (Wilde) Johnson, was born on Aug. 6, 1926, in Union Grove Township.

He attended school at District #36 in Grove City and served in the U.S. Navy.

Orville farmed in Swede Grove Township and retired from Hanson Silo Co. of Lake Lillian at the age of 62. He had lived in Litchfield for the past 30 years.

Orville is survived by his daughter, Deanna (David) Lease of Eden Valley, and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Milo and Tillie.


Lorraine Kurtz, 87, Buffalo
Lorraine Gloria Kurtz, 87, of Buffalo died on Wednesday, April 15.

A visitation will be held at the Buffalo United Methodist Church on Sunday, April 26, beginning at 1 p.m. A funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. Interment is scheduled for Monday, April 27, in the Olivia Cemetery.

She was born on July 19, 1927, to Frank Schafer and Bertha (Miller) Schafer in Flora Township in Renville County.

Lorraine graduated from Danube High School in 1945 and from Viola School of Beauty in 1946.

Lorraine faithfully served her Savior; her husband, Delburn; and family in Tenny, Minn., Pipestone, Farmington, Paynesville, and Mankato, (while Delburn served as district superintendent for the southwest district of the United Methodist Church) and until her homegoing as a faithful member of the Buffalo United Methodist Church in Buffalo.

She is survived by her children, Donna (Barry) Padelford of Farmington, Faye Clay of Lakeville, Dean (Brenda) Kurtz of Watertown, Wis., and Neal (Hope) Kurtz of Minneapolis; 16 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers and one sister; husband of 65 years, Delburn Kurtz; daughter, Linda (Richard) Legare; and son-in-law, Daniel Clay.

Lorraine has requested that all donations be given to the Emma Norton Residence and the Buffalo United Methodist Church.


Betty Atkinson, 87, Paynesville
Betty J. Atkinson, 87, of Paynesville died on Friday, April 17, surrounded by her family at the Koronis Manor.

Funeral services were held on Monday, April 20, at Paynesville Lutheran Church. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Betty was born on Aug. 5, 1927, to Sam and Olive (Burr) Rien Lemmon, S.D.

She grew up in Lemmon and moved to Paynesville in March 1943 with her mother and brother, Roger.

On Jan. 13, 1946, she married James Atkinson in Paynesville. They were blessed with six children.

Betty is survived by her husband, Jim; children, Mike (Rita) of Paynesville, Peggy (Gary) Irrthum of Las Vegas, Nev., Curt (Karen) of Sartell, Mary (Robert) Hicks of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., and Bruce (Pauline) of Alamogordo, N.M.; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; nephews; and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Susie; a grandson; two great- grandchildren; three brothers, Sam, Bob, and Roger; and sister, Mary Lou.


Shirley Tisdell, 87, Paynesville
Shirley Mae Tisdell, 87, of Paynesville, and formerly of Morton, died on Sunday, March 29, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville, surrounded by her loving family.

Mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday, April 8, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Visitation will begin at St. Louis at 9 a.m.

Following lunch at St. Louis, inurnment will be at the Calvary Cemetery in Morton at 3 p.m. There will be coffee and fellowship at St. John's Catholic Church in Morton at 3:30 p.m.

Shirley Mae (Morrow) Tisdell was born on Nov. 14, 1927, to James Dwight and Ora (Wharton) Morrow in Spencer, S.D.

During her childhood, her family lived in several eastern South Dakota communities, including Salem, Alcester, Sisseton, and Watertown.

She graduated from Watertown High School in 1945. She graduated from South Dakota State University in 1950 with a bachelor of science degree in agriculture and economics. She also obtained a teaching certificate from SDSU.

Following graduation, Shirley taught high school business subjects at Bristol, S.D.; Highmore, S.D.; Morton, Minn.; and Springfield, Minn.

On June 30, 1956, she married Harold Lawrence Tisdell. Together, they had four children: Mary Lee, Linda Kay, Mary Sue, and Timothy James.

Upon marriage, she helped with operations of the family farm by managing finances and preparing meals.

After retiring from farming in 1980, she and Harold spent summers at a cabin on Lake Koronis outside of Paynesville and winters in Harlingen, Texas, until they moved permanently to a lake home on Lake Koronis in 1996.

She is survived by her children, Linda (Dan) Baun of Marshall and Mary (Brian) Heinis of St. Anthony Village; four grandchildren; sister, Phyllis Cole; a brother-in-law; a sister-in-law; step-mother, Jewell Morrow; and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harold; infant daughter, Mary Lee; and infant son, Timothy James.

Blessed be her memory.


Matt Leyendecker, 91, Paynesville
Mathias "Matt" Leyendecker, 91, of Paynesville died peacefully on Tuesday, March 31, at the VA Medical Center in St. Cloud.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Monday, April 6, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the St. Agnes Parish Cemetery in Roscoe.

Matt was born on June 1, 1923, to the late John P. and Mary (Kirchner) Leyendecker in Eden Lake Township.

He was a proud WWII veteran, serving in the U.S. Army from 1944-1946.

He married Marie Kolb on June 15, 1949, at St. Mary's Cathedral in St. Cloud. Their union lasted until Marie's death in 2011.

Matt and Marie lived for many years in Roscoe and retired to Paynesville, where they resided for 22 years. They moved to the John Paul Apartments in Cold Spring in 2011.

Matt was employed as a carpenter in addition to owning and operating Matt's Cabinet Shop in Roscoe.

He is survived by his nine children, Charles (Rose) of Cold Spring, Diane (Ken) Thomes of Andover, Doris (Leon) Heinen of St. Cloud, Jane (Tom) Widmer of Richmond, Denis (Mary) of Rochester, Connie (Marv) Mueller of Cold Spring, Tim (Shelly) of Cold Spring, Sharon (Ben) Gertken of Richmond, and Brenda (Dennis) Lieser of Spring Hill; 20 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sister and brothers, Bernice Roggensack of California, Leo of Paynesville, and Ray of Sartell; and two sisters-in-law.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie; three grandchildren; a great-grandson; and brothers and sisters, Agnes Ritsche, Richard, Norman, Paul, Elmer, Marjorie Hulsing, Pauline Dineen, and Ralph.


Yvonne Barsness, 73, Paynesville
Yvonne M. Barsness, 73, of Paynesville died on Wednesday, April 1, at the St. Cloud Hospital with her loving family at her side.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 11, at 11 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Burial will be in the Paynesville Cemetery at a later date.

Yvonne Marie Fasching was born on May 10, 1941, to Adolph "Ted" and Marge (Scheiber) Fasching near Watertown, Minn.

She attended and graduated from Holy Trinity School in Winsted.

She married Dale Barsness on July 6, 1963, at Holy Trinity Church in Winsted. They shared 51 years of marriage.

She worked at General Mills until 1964 and then worked at the West Central Tribune in Willmar, at a newspaper in Seymour, Ind., as a chef at PeterÕs Resort in Glenwood, Minn., at the Southern Minnesota Beet COOP in Renville, and at MERTEC in Olivia.

Yvonne is survived by her husband, Dale; children, Paul (Denise) Barsness, Lynette (Gary) Schreifels, and Lisa (Bob) Jewell; 10 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; sister, Barbara Stender; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ted and Marge; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Everall and Emma Barsness; brother Eugene Fasching; and four grandchildren.


Shelva Steman, 76, Watkins
Shelva J. Steman, 76, of Watkins died on Wednesday, April 1, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

A memorial mass celebrating her life was held on Monday, April 6, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins.

Shelva was born on Nov. 21, 1938, to James and Eleanore (Schacht) McKenzie in Watkins.

She married Gene Steman on Sept. 28, 1957, at St Mary's Cathedral in St. Cloud.

She had been employed at Animal Fair in Eden Valley and Modern Quilting in Litchfield, but mostly she was a homemaker, raising her seven children.

Shelva is survived by her husband, Gene Steman of Watkins; children and their spouses, Claudia and Mike Miller of Willmar, Peggy and Gene DeMorett of Watkins, Gayle and Tim Vogel of Sartell, Diane and Steve Erickson of Kandiyohi, John and Carolyn Steman of Litchfield, and Dave Steman of Watkins; 12 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and brothers and sister and their spouses, James and Darlene McKenzie of Kimball, Jeanetta Gross of St. Cloud, and Jerry and Judy McKenzie of Kandiyohi.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Toni Dalton; and infant son, Michael.


Delores Schwandt, 85, Paynesville
Delores M. Schwandt, 85, of Paynesville died on Saturday, April 4, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville, surrounded by her family.

Her funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 8, at 10:30 a.m. at Paynesville Lutheran Church. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, at Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville and will continue one hour prior to the funeral service at the church. Burial will be held in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Delores Mae (Pelkey) Schwandt was born in Paynesville on April 9, 1929. She was the second daughter born to Ernest and Lillian (Otteson) Pelkey.

She graduated from Paynesville High School in 1947.

On June 5, 1948, she married Hubert Schwandt of Paynesville. They were blessed with six children and 56 years of marriage.

In 1970, Delores went to work for the Paynesville School District as a cook and later became the food service manager. She worked at the school for 22 years before retiring in 1992.

Delores is survived by her six children, David (Diane) of Paynesville, Deanna (Byron) Fuchs of Sartell, Doreen (Joe) Miller of Paynesville, Debi (Kevin) Elwood of Isle, Daniel (Kathy) of Chippewa Falls, Wis., and Doug (Denise) of Paynesville; 15 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; three siblings, Eileen Bratsch of New London, Valeria Pauls of Buhl, and Larry Pelkey of Buhl; a brother-in-law; a sister-in-law; and nieces, nephews, and many close friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert; parents; a grandson; and three brothers-in-law.

All memorials will be donated to the ALS Association, unless otherwise designated.


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