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Lenore Miller, 67, Plymouth
Lenore M. Miller, 67, of Plymouth died on Tuesday, Aug. 26, at her home after battling cancer.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Gearty-Delmore Chapel in Plymouth.

Lenore was born on Nov. 3, 1946, in Slayton, Minn., to Bert and Irene (Knutson) Sandberg.

She graduated from Slayton High School in 1964 and the Medical Institute of Minnesota in 1965. She then worked as a lab tech in Paynesville.

Lenore married Michael Milinkovich in 1968. They lived in Minneapolis, Nevada, Missouri, and then again in Minneapolis.

In 1974, Lenore moved to Sleepy Eye and began working for Sleepy Eye Hospital and Clinic.

In November 1975, she married David Martine, moved to the farm, reduced her clinic hours, and enjoyed raising her four children.

David died in 1983, and she returned full-time at the clinic until moving to Plymouth in 1987, where she worked in a variety of medical capacities.

In 1994 Lenore married Jody Miller and also found her true calling, teaching.

She retired in 2012 from Wright County Technical College in Buffalo, where she loved teaching and shaping young minds for 18 years.

Lenore is survived by her husband, Jody Miller; daughters, Becky (Scott) Frenzel and Adrea (Joe) Beres; sons, Jim (Amy) Milinkovich and Nathan (Jenni) Martine; nine grandchildren; sisters, Sharon Willen and Leone Quigley; and many other loving relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, and a brother.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society.

Mathew Lahr, 90, Eden Valley
Mathew "Math" W. Lahr, 90, of Eden Valley died on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at Cherrywood Advanced Living in Richmond.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Sept. 1, at the Church of Our Lady in Manannah. Rev. Brian Mandel officiated, and burial was in the parish cemetery.

Math, one of fourteen children, was born on Oct. 16, 1923, to Math and Mary (Kinzer) Lahr in Richmond.

He worked on the family farm. He later served in the Air Force during WWII and was honorably discharged. While Math was waiting to be deployed overseas for a land invasion of Europe, United States action against Japan ended the war. Things could have been very different for him had he gone.

Math married Caroline Scheierl on April 15, 1950, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. He and Caroline farmed in the Grove City area until buying their farm near Manannah.

After retiring in 1995, they rented out the land but continued to stay on the farm for many years.

Math enjoyed conversation and talking about current events. Family was the most important thing to him.

On Nov. 1, 2010, Math and Caroline moved to Assumption Court Apartments in Cold Spring, where the pressures of owning a home could at last be relieved. In August 2014, they moved, together (as they had always been), to Cherrywood Advanced Living in Richmond, where Math lived out his final days.

Math is survived by his wife, Caroline; children, Diane Boben of Walker, Mike (Brenda) of Eden Valley, Susan Kelly of Eden Prairie, and Robert of Bloomington; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, Lucille Lahr; brothers, Art and Clarence; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons-in-law; brothers, John, Marcellus, Roman, Albert, Anton, and Eugene; an infant brother; and sisters, Marie Daher, Irene Arnold, and Luella Lahr. Math will be greatly missed by his family, but they know he is now with God and can live on in peace.

Myrtle Ahrens, 100, Paynesville
Myrtle Ahrens, 100, of Paynesville died on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the Hilltop Health Care Center in Watkins.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Aug. 30, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Eden Valley. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Myrtle was born on Aug. 8, 1914, to Louis and Agnes (Bamburg) Roesner in Lakefield, Minn.

She married Raymond Ahrens on June 28, 1936, in Lakefield. They farmed near Lakefield, and then, in 1956, they moved to a farm near Paynesville. Together, they farmed for many years. Their union lasted until Raymond's death on April 8, 1964.

She moved to her home in Paynesville in 1964.

She will be remembered for her extensive involvement with her family. They all meant the world to her, and she will be missed by all.

She is survived by her children, Roger Ahrens of Paynesville, Jerrine (Jim) Posey of Paynesville, Sheryl Schmiginsky of Paynesville, and Rhonda Wendlandt of Paynesville; daughter-in-law, Donna Ahrens of Paynesville, nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and brother and sisters, Wilda Tallman of Cornell, Wis., Robert Roesner of Redding, Calif., and Reva Kramer of Long Beach, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond; son, Lew; a son-in-law; and 12 brothers and sisters.

Memorials are preferred to St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Eden Valley.

Marjorie Gruber, 93, Paynesville
Marjorie Carlson-Gruber, 93, of Paynesville, and formerly of Willmar, died on Wednesday Aug. 27, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Sept. 2, at Vinje Lutheran Church. Burial was in Calvary Lutheran Cemetery.

Marjorie Theadora Carlson-Gruber was born on March 1, 1921, to Thorwald and Cecelia (Sletten) Thorson in Willmar.

She grew up in Minneapolis, graduated from Central High School in Minneapolis in 1939, and then attended business school in Willmar.

On Nov. 14, 1941, Marjorie married Charles Eldon Carlson, and they made their home in Willmar.

She was employed at Woolworths as a clerk and as a secretary in medical records at Rice Hospital.

In 1960, they moved to a farm near Atwater, and Marjorie worked for Holm Brothers Plumbing and Heating as a secretary and then at Northern Gas Company, retiring in 1986. Eldon died in 1992.

On Sept. 11, 1998, Marjorie married Leo John Gruber, and they made their home in Willmar. She was a member of Vinje Lutheran Church, the Shrine Auxiliary, the Eagles Auxiliary, and the Sons of Norway.

In 2012, they both moved to the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

She is survived by her husband, Leo of Paynesville; one sister, Joyce Arver of Roseville; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; numerous step children, step grandchildren, and step great-grandchildren; and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Charles Eldon Carlson; two sons, David and Bradley Carlson; and brother, Orrin Thorson.

Rev. Snyder, 83, La Grange, Ky.
Rev. LaVern H. Snyder, 83, of LaGrange, Ky., husband of Peggy Snyder, died on Saturday, Aug. 9, at his residence.

He was born in Paynesville on Dec. 16, 1930, the son of the late Alvin and Minnie Kohler Snyder.

Rev. Snyder had pioneered many churches in Kentucky including Hartford, Versailles, Lexington, and Salem Assembly of God in Pewee Valley, Ky., where he pastored for 39 years.

He was a 1953 graduate of North Central Bible College (now North Central University in Minneapolis) and had served on the Kentucky District Presbytery Board for 43 years along with many other memberships, appointments, and achievements.

Besides his wife of 61 years he leaves to cherish his memory, children, Janice Snyder Ogletree (Eddie) and Timothy Wayne Snyder (Lisa), brother Leslie Snyder (Ruby), and sister-in-law, Lois Snyder. four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren also survive.

He was preceded in death by three sisters; Evelyn Nelson, Edith Miller, and Dorothy Harapat, two brothers; Harry Snyder and Herbert Snyder.

A service celebrating Rev. Snyder's life was held on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at Salem Assembly of God Church with burial following at Louisville Memorial Gardens East.

Memorials are suggested to Salem Assembly of God Church.

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Edna Brick, 91, Holdingford
Edna M. Brick, 91, of Holdingford, passed away early on Saturday, Aug. 9, with her family at her side.

Funeral services celebrating her life will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 14, at Church of All Saints - St. Mary in Holdingford.

Fr. David Grundman will officiate and burial will take place in the parish cemetery.

There will be a visitation from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 13, at the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home in Holdingford and again after 9 a.m. on Thursday at the church. On Wednesday evening there will be parish prayers at 6 p.m. and Christian Mothers will pray the rosary at 5 p.m. at the funeral home.

Edna (Young) Brick was born Sept. 23, 1922, to Ella (Eiden) and Leo Young. She graduated from St. Cloud Teacher's College.

She married Eugene Brick in October 1947. She taught school most of her adult life, from one and two room school houses to finishing her career teaching fourth grade in Holdingford.

Edna is survived by her children, Jan (Arnie) Wentland and Mary (Mark) Ebnet; her six grandchildren; and her five great-grandchildren.

Edna was preceded in death by her parents, and husband, Eugene.

Larry A. Bollman, 58, Paynesville
Larry Bollman, 58, of Paynesville, died tragically on Monday, Aug. 4, as a result of a motorcycle accident near Milan.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Aug. 8, at Paynesville Lutheran Church. Pastor Paul Shumaker and Rev. Steven Olson officiated, with interment in the Dassel Community Cemetery.

Larry Allen Bollman was born Aug. 27, 1955, in Litchfield to Arnold and Doris (Dahlgren) Bollman. Larry was a Dassel-Cokato graduate, went on to become a diesel mechanic and was currently working for Centra Care Health Paynesville.

Larry had a love for his children, Ryan and Cyndi. He loved spending time with his friends, fishing, and hunting. He loved to be there to help anyone in need. He loved to tinker with all things mechanical and had a natural gift as a mechanic. He knew how to fix almost everything.

Larry is survived by his two children: Ryan (Amy) Bollman of Annandale, and Cyndi (Bollman) Steinke of Blaine; five grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Arnold, and infant sister, Janet Mae.

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