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Rev. Norval Curry, 87, Paynesville
Reverend Norval H. Curry, 87, of Paynesville died on Thursday, June 25.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1, at the Daniel Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville. Fr. Randy Welsand of the Episcopal Church of Our Savior of Little Falls will officiate. Burial will be held at a later date at the Dawson County Cemetery in Glendive, Mont. A visitation will be one hour prior to the services on Wednesday at Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home.

Norval was born on Nov. 13, 1927, to Archie R. and Elizabeth (Henry) Curry in Chicopee, Mass.

He was raised in Chicopee and graduated from the local high school. He then went on to West New England College where he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration, to divinity school at Berkley Divinity School in New Haven, Conn., and the College of St. Chads in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He was ordained an Episcopal minister in 1959.

Norval married Patricia Anne Dawson on May 15, 1962, in Regina, Saskatchewan. Three children were born to this union. Their union lasted until Patricia’s death in 1989.

He served various congregations in Minnesota, Montana, and the upper mid-west, including St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Paynesville. He retired in 1990 to his cabin on Rice Lake, near Paynesville.

He is survived by his three children, Hugh (Shelley) Curry, Lynne (Scott) Gibson, and Sharon (Bill) Welch; seven grandchildren; brother, David Curry; a sister-in-law; other relatives; and many friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia; sisters, Ruth and Marilyn; and brother, Hugh.


Pamela Hartfiel, 56, Eden Valley
Pamela "Pam" A. Hartfiel, 56, of Eden Valley died on Saturday, June 27, at the Paynesville Hospital after a long and courageous struggle.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 1, at Paynesville Lutheran Church. A visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30, at the Johnson Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to the service at church.

Pamela Ann was born on May 4, 1959, to Arthur and Marilyn (Volkmann) Filber in West Bend, Wis.

Pam grew up on a farm, and this lead to a lifelong love of nature and animals.

Pam’s heart belonged to her family. She loved her children and cherished her grandchildren.

Pam was a great cook and used her gifts when she worked for Bernie’s Barn and the Eden Valley Inn.

She shared her love for Jesus by teaching Sunday School for over 20 years.

Pam was a “hockey mom” to many, and will be remembered as "Crazy Grandma." Her witty sense of humor and genuine love for life will be deeply missed.

Pam is survived by her husband of 36 years, Tim; children, Shannon, Eric (Miriah), Adam, and Justin; six grandchildren; parents, Arthur and Marilyn Filber; siblings, Paul, Patti Derge, Peter, and Phillip; and many other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by a nephew.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.


James Olson, 71, Colorado
James E. Olson ("Jim" or "Jimmy") 71, of Longmont, Colo., died unexpectedly on Monday, June 15, at his home.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 24, at the Howe Mortuary.

Jim was born on Feb. 4, 1944, to Jennis B. and Alice (Weber) Olson in Paynesville. He was a graduate of South High School in Wichita, Kan.

After moving to Longmont, Jim began working for Schey's clothing store in Longmont. He then went to work for the Daily Times Call in advertising sales. Upon his retirement from the newspaper, he worked for a time at Fastenal, Safeway in Estes Park and finally, for Stapp Toyota. He retired in 2010.

Jim was a member of the Longmont Moose Lodge and will be remembered for his love for his grandchildren and his ability to make people laugh; he was a jokester.

In his earlier years, he was an active member of the Longmont Jaycees and played on a number of softball teams in the area. He was also a sports fan.

On March 15, 2002, Jim married Colleen Patricia Smith in Estes Park, Colo.

Jim is survived by his wife, Patty Olson of Longmont; mother, Darlene Olson of Paynesville; son, Braden (Suzanna) Olson of Firestone; brother, Jacob Morgan of New Mexico; sisters, Marilyn (Brian) Butler of Florida, Teresa (Jack) Lee of Kansas, Kathie (Peter) Chandler of Wyoming, Elizabeth (Harry) Lahr of Minnesota, Helen Wilson and Delores (Jerome) Waalk of Minnesota; six brothers-in-law; and his step family Kathy Mansfield, Rita Berman, Marylouise Keenan, Peggy Chisholm, Michael Newman and Linda Ernst; four grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and step-daughters Karrie Southey and Kimber Wilcoxson.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Contributions in Jim's memory are requested to either the Alzheimer's Association or the American Diabetes Association. Memorials will also be accepted by the R.O.S.E. Center in Paynesville.


Christine Meagher, 40, Harris
Christine Claire (English) Meagher, 40, of Harris died on Wednesday, June 17.

Christine was born on April 2, 1975, to Forrest and Susan (Hendrickson).

With her family, she resided in Minneapolis, Sacramento, and Prospect, Ky. – excluding, of course, all of those summers on Pine Island, Rainy Lake, and Ontario.

She later returned to Minnesota and completed her associate of arts degree at The Arts Institute of Minnesota. She found a career she enjoyed in the mortgage title business, through which she met many friends.

She married Peter Meagher on Aug. 17, 2002.

She continued in the title business until the birth of their first daughter, Margaret, on April 9, 2005. At that point, she found her true calling as a full-time mother. She continued her mastery of the role with birth of their second daughter, Julia, on Sept. 27, 2008. Her grace, poise, patience, kindness, and humor are just some of the gifts she has bestowed on them.

Christine is survived by her husband, Peter; daughters, Margaret (10) and Julia (6); brother, Alexander English of San Diego, Calif.; and mother and step-father, Susan and Peter Mauritz of South Salem, Ohio. She has many cherished extended family members and friends who will continue this life with many memories of her in their hearts.

She was preceded in death by her father, Forrest English.


Harold Binsfeld, 78, Paynesville
Harold N. Binsfeld, 78, of Paynesville, died on Thursday, June 11, after a courageous battle with cancer, with his loving wife by his side.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Monday June 15, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls.

Harold was born on March 7, 1937, to John and Clara (Nistler) Binsfeld in Eden Valley. He was baptized and confirmed at Assumption Church in Eden Valley.

He graduated from Eden Valley High School in 1955.

After high school, Harold enlisted in the army and served proudly for three years in Yokohama, Japan, during the Korean War.

On May 27, 1978, Harold married Jan (Mikelson). Four children were born to this union. The couple shared 37 years of marriage.

After returning home to Eden Valley, he worked at Valley Grain in Eden Valley and American Legion Post #381 and also managed St. Joseph Milling in St. Joseph.

After retiring, he continued to help at the feed mills in Roscoe and New London. He also enjoyed helping his son-in-law work in the fields.

Harold is survived and will be deeply missed by his wife, Jan; children, Christian (Maria) Binsfeld of Ramsey, Sene (Ryan) Zupke of Olivia, Nick Binsfeld of St. Cloud, and Josh Binsfeld of Eden Prarie; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; his cat, Riggs; brother, John "Bud" Binsfeld of Eden Valley; sister, Arlene Binsfeld; a sister-in-law; and many close friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.


Ruby Aleckson, 84, Paynesville
Ruby Joyce (Johnson) Aleckson, 84, of Paynesville died on Wednesday June 10, at the Koronis Manor Care Center in Paynesville.

Funeral services celebrating Ruby's life will be held at Riverside Church in Big Lake, Minn., on Saturday, June 20, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Oakhill Cemetery in Santiago, Minn.

Ruby was born on Feb. 26, 1931, in rural Princeton, Minn. Her parents were Albert and Annie (Kriesel) Johnson, and she was one of 10 children.

During her highschool years, Ruby worked in her sister Mabel's restaurant, the Knotty Pine, as a waitress. She graduated from Princeton High School and then went to work at Honeywell in Minneapolis.

Ruby married the love of her life, Robert (Bobby) Aleckson, on Nov. 25, 1950, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Princeton. Together, they lived in North Minneapolis, Brooklyn Park, Hayward, Wis., and Paynesville, where they retired to in 1994. They shared 64 years of marriage.

Ruby gave birth to four children: Lynn, Roger, Delver, and Daniel.

Ruby was proud to be a homemaker and turned it into an art. Her and Bobby welcomed family and friends into their home, and she spread the table with the most delicious meals. It wasn't uncommon for the cakes and cookies she baked to be raided by the neighborhood kids. Ruby is survived by her children, Lynn (Douglas) Skinner of Brownsville, Roger (Sue) of Upsala, Delver (Sheryl) of Maple Lake, and Danny of Paynesville; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and one soon to be born; brothers, Raymond Johnson, John Johnson, and Jerry Johnson; sister, Sharon (Jim) Skarohlid; two sisters-in-law; and many special nieces, nephews, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Bobby Aleckson; a grandson; parents; sisters, Mabel and Delores; and brothers Alvin, Iver, and Roy.

God bless the memory of this kind and caring woman.


Bryan Thorson, 56, Hawick
Bryan G. Thorson 56, of Hawick died on Sunday, June 7, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

A funeral service was held on Friday, June 12, at Payne-sville Lutheran Church. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Bryan Gordon Thorson was born on Oct. 6, 1958, to Ronald and Doreen (Weisman) Thorson in Paynesville.

He grew up in Paynesville, where he attended elementary school and graduated from Paynesville High School.

After high school Bryan began working in the feed business and worked at various places.

On July 31, 1987, Bryan married Suzanne Brown at Nordland Lutheran Church in rural Paynesville. The couple made their home in rural Hawick and shared 27 years of marriage.

Bryan began working for Feed Co in Paynesville, and for the past 28 years, he was the manager there.

Bryan is survived by his wife, Suzanne; mother, Doreen of Paynesville; sisters, Debbie (Victor) Keller of Hawick and Kathy (Ron) Welle of Spring Hill; mother-in-law, Jo Brown of Willmar; two sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Bryan was preceded in death by his father, Ronald, on Sept. 23, 2013.


Andrea Drager, 45, Burnsville
Andrea L. Drager, 45, of Burnsville died on Saturday, June 6, at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville.

Her memorial service was held on Wednesday, June 10, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. A private family burial was held in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Andrea Louise Drager was born on April 26, 1970, to William and Susan (Madsen) Drager in Paynesville.

She was baptized and confirmed into the Christian faith at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville.

She grew up in Paynesville, where she attended elementary and high school, graduating with the Class of 1988.

Andrea attended St. Cloud State University and worked many years in the food service industry as a manager.

She is survived by her son, Samuel of Burnsville; mother, Susan Drager (Dean Bahr) of Paynesville; sister, Lisa (Eric) Setrum of Willmar; two nieces; significant other, Mark Olson of Burnsville; maternal grandmother, Thelma Madsen of Willmar; several aunts, uncles, and cousins; and very special friend, Julie Quenzer of Burnsville.

She was preceded in death by her father, paternal grandparents, and maternal grandfather.


Audrey Rooney, 92, Hawick
Audrey M. Rooney, 92, of Hawick died on Sunday, June 7, at the Belgrade Nursing Home.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Thursday, June 11, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Regal.

Audrey Marie Rooney was born on July 23, 1922, to Bernard and Mary (Spaeth) Rose in Lastrup, Minn.

She grew up on the family farm near Belgrade and graduated from the Belgrade High School with the Class of 1940.

On Sept. 7, 1944, Audrey married Harvey Rooney at St. Francis DeSales Catholic Church. They made their home in Belgrade until moving to Hawick in 1970.

Audrey and Harvey were able to share in 40 years of marriage before his death on Oct. 22, 1984. She continued to live in Hawick, where she worked part-time for Gils Store.

Audrey is survived by her children, Sharon (Ronald) Hanson, Carol Engh (special friend, Dick), Darrell (Joy) Rooney, Darlene (John) Roelike, Richard (Kathy) Rooney, Duane (Liz) Rooney, and Mary Hedtke (fiance, Steve); 15 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Audrey was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey; three brothers; and five sisters.


Samuel Pratt, 103, California
Samuel E. Pratt, 103, of Riverside, Calif., died on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, at a Riverside nursing home.

A graveside memorial service will be held at the Paynesville Cemetery on Saturday, June 20, for family and close friends.

Samuel was born on May 20, 1911, to Frank and Sylvinia Pratt in Hibbing, Minn.

They later moved to Duluth, where he attended school. The family moved to Paynesville, and in the late 1930s, he moved to California and had lived there ever since.

He is survived by his three children, Katherine Shurum, Loren (Jane) Pratt, and Margaret Ann (Leo) Cook, all of California; brother, Rev. Paul Pratt of Paynesville; and many grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.


Aurelia Fuchs, 96, Paynesville
Aurelia A. Fuchs, 96, of Paynesville died on Monday, June 1, at the Paynes-ville Hospital.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday, June 6, at St. Louis Catholic Church. Burial was in the parish cemetery in Paynesville.

Aurelia was born on March 20, 1919, to John and Christine (Hemmesch) Fischbach in Marion, N.D.

She married Ernest J. Fuchs on May 30, 1944, at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry.

She worked at the Good Samaritan (Washburn Court) for 27 years.

Aurelia is survived by two grandchildren; two great- grandchildren; a daughter-in- law; sisters, Doris Hess and Arlene Raeker; two sisters-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ernest; son, Gerald; and brothers, Clarence, Harold, Ralph, Vernon, Nick, and Jerome.


Alice Stern, 81, St. Cloud
Alice E. Stern, 81, of St. Cloud died on Sunday, June 7, at home surrounded by her family, from congestive heart failure.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 13, at 11:30 a.m. at the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in St. Cloud. Rev. Greg Lieser will officiate, and burial will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls.

A visitation will be held on Friday, June 12, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home and will continue one hour prior to services on Saturday.

Alice was born on Sept. 13, 1933, to Louis and Helen (Reznechek) Bromen in Padua, Minn.

She married Alcuin Stern on June 28, 1955. Their union lasted until Alcuin's death in 1998.

While raising her family, she was a seamstress and babysat other children in her home. Alice was then employed at the Paynesville Hospital in the laundry department.

After moving to St. Cloud, she was employed by Wahlin's Drapery Shop. She went on to start her own daycare in 1989 until retiring in 1998.

Alice is survived by her children, Kevin (Julie) Stern of Duluth, Cindy (Fred) Barten of Sauk Rapids, Pam (Marvin) Koshiol of Luxemberg, and Alan (Linda) Stern of Sauk Rapids; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Everett Bromen of Radcliff, Ky., Ernie Bromen of Germany, Joyce Odegaard of Alexandria, and Kenny Bromen of Bay City, Wis.; and three sisters-in-law.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alcuin; infant sister, Barbara; sister, Judy Evenson; and brothers, Virgil, Harvey, Dennis, and Philip.


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