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Esther Schutz, 94, Cold Spring
Esther Schutz, 94, of Cold Spring died on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at John Paul Apartments.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Friday, Nov. 20, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring. Burial was in the St. Louis Catholic Cemetery in Paynesville.

Esther was born on April 19, 1921, to Joseph and Katherine (Brisse) Vogt in Richmond.

She married Joseph Schroeder in Richmond on June 8, 1946. He died in December 1975.

Esther then married John J. Schutz in Paynesville on Aug. 10, 1979.

She is survived by her children, Ron (Helene) Schroeder, Shirley (Joe) Dunst, Linda (Roger) Straight, Jerry Schroeder, Ellen (Todd) Mohr, and Tim Schroeder; step-children, Gene (Judy) Schutz, Kenny Schutz, Billy (Deb) Schutz, Kathy (Scott) Schaefer, Harold (Linda) Schutz, Rick (Jan) Schutz, Don (Gloria) Schutz, Irene Abbott, John Jr. (Louise) Schutz, Marian (Gary) Lahr, Art (Denise) Schutz, Sue (Dave) Konz, and Diane (John) Habiger; nine grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren, step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; and brother, Florenze "Mouse" Vogt.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Joseph and John; a grandchild; brothers, John, Alex, Victor, Cletus, Cyril, and Skit Vogt; and sisters, Mary Ann Klein, Bertha Stetzer, and Helen Frings.

Lucille Keller, 93, Paynesville
Lucille J. Keller, 93, of Paynesville died on Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the St. Anthony Parish Cemetery in Regal.

Lucille Josephine Keller was born Dec. 25, 1921, to Albert and Josephine (Becker) Lehmann in Fairmount, N.D.

She attended country school in LeMars, N.D. She did housework for many families in the area.

In the spring of 1941, Lucille met the love of her life, Norbert Keller. They were married on Oct. 1, 1941, and enjoyed 49 wonderful years together.

They farmed in the Tintah-Wendell area until 1964, when they moved to rural Belgrade to manage a turkey farm. She helped her husband on the turkey farm until 1974, when she went to work at Jennie-O Foods of Willmar.

In 1979, they moved to Hawick. In 1997, Lucille moved to Sunrise Apartments in St. Martin, where she lived until 2005. She moved to Washburne Court in Paynesville and remained there until 2015, when she moved to the Koronis Manor.

Lucille was a hardworking woman. She was gifted with beautiful hands that made spectacular crochet pieces and put together many items with her sewing machine. She was a wonderful cook.

She loved her siblings and family deeply, was a loyal friend and a great story teller.

Lucille was super proud when she became a grandma, great-grandma, and finally, a great-great-grandma. She was a very special lady with the sweetest of smiles.

Lucille is survived by her sons, Kenneth (Louisa) Keller of Paynesville, Allen (Marlene) Keller of Coon Rapids, and Gordon (Wendy) Keller of Willmar; daughters, Kathleen (Roger) Bagley of Paynesville and Darlene (Dennis) Stewart of Hawick; daughter-in-law, Betty Keller; 16 grandchildren; 32 great- grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; one step great-great-grandson; brother, Roger Lehmann of Bemidji; and a sister-in-law.

Lucille was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Norbert (1991); son, Duane (2000); great-grandson, Ryan Keller (1982); brothers, Edward, George, and Lester Lehmann; and sisters, Margaret Hilke and Donna Watry.

William Gale, 74, Paynesville
William "Bill" J. Gale, 74, of Paynesville died on Thursday, Nov. 12, at his home in Paynesville.

A visitation was held on Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville.

William James Gale was born on Jan. 25, 1941, in Paynesville, the first son of James and Tillie Gale.

He grew up in Paynesville, where he attended Paynesville High School, graduating in 1959.

He served in the U.S. Navy, continued his education in Minneapolis, and worked as an electronic technician.

He married Phyllis Garding of Cold Spring. To this union, one son was born.

He made his home in the Minneapolis and St. Cloud areas until returning to Paynesville.

Bill is survived by his son, Billy Gale of St. Cloud; brothers, Stan Gale of Grand Rapids, and Randy Gale of Hawick; two sisters-in-law; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and ex-wife, Phyllis.

Lauretta Hanson, 90, Paynesville
Lauretta A. Hanson, 90, of Paynesville died peacefully at her home in Paynesville, surrounded by her loving family, on Monday, Nov. 9.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, Nov. 14, at the First Presbyterian Church in Litchfield, with pastor Gordon Pennertz officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery in Staples, Minn.

Lauretta Ann (Brummer) Hanson, the daughter of William and Ida (Hannebuth) Brummer, was born Jan. 24, 1925, in Staples.

Lauretta received her education at Staples High School, graduating with honors in 1943.

She married Wallace D. Hanson on Aug. 31, 1946, in Staples. Together, they raised their family in Staples until 1960, then in Litchfield from 1960 until 1984.

Wally and Lauretta retired to Rice Lake, near Paynesville, for summers and wintered in Mesa, Ariz., for 26 years.

They owned the Coast-to-Coast Hardware store in Litchfield from 1960 until 1984.

Lauretta is survived by her six children, Linda (Doug) Meyer of Springfield, Ill., Kay (Tim) Hanson-Lane of Eden Valley, Dean (Bev) of Paynesville, Bob (Mary Lou) of Sartell, Barb (Don) Snegosky of Maple Grove, and Chris (Kevin) Hanson-Ehlinger of Spring Park, Minn.; 17 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Lauretta was preceded in death by her husband, Wally; parents, William and Ida; brothers, James, William, and Warren; sister Rosella; and a granddaughter.

Alice Haines, 87, Paynesville
Alice M. Haines, 87, of Paynesville died on Wednesday, Nov. 4.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Monday, Nov. 9, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Alice was born on Nov. 23, 1927, to Chris and Marie (Fischbach) Neu in Eden Valley.

She married Robert Haines on Oct. 7, 1946.

Alice worked in the office at the Paynesville Hospital for several years.

Alice is survived by her stepson, Robert Haines Jr. (Dee); a grandson; four great- grandchildren; sisters, Arvilla Bennett and Shirley Leyendecker; and brothers, Herbert, David, and Melvin.

She was preceded in death by her husband; brothers, Sylvester, Wilfred, and Merlin; sisters Angie Lindquist and Delrose Casper; and baby sister, Ermaline.

Lorraine Putzke, 89, Paynesville
Lorraine H. Putzke, 89, of Paynesville, died on Sunday, Nov. 8, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Burial will be in the Paynesville Cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville and will continue one hour prior to the services at the church on Thursday.

Lorraine was born on July 23, 1926, to Fred and Hazel (Unger) Schmidt in Paynesville Township.

She attended first grade at District #205 Country School then moved to Paynesville and graduated from Paynesville High School.

On June 4, 1949, she married Walter Putzke and had resided in Paynesville since. Their union lasted until Walter's death in 1997.

Lorraine is survived by her children, Betty (Jim) Freilinger of Paynesville and Dick (Sue) Putzke of Paynesville; a granddaughter and her husband; a grandson; a great-granddaughter; a step-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Walter; and sisters, Pearl Israel and Alice Sauer.

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