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Helen Bluhm, 92, Paynesville
Helen I. Bluhm, 92, of Paynesville died on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at Cherrywood Assisted Living in St. Cloud.

Her memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 27, at Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Paynesville Cemetery.


Gary Hiltner, 54, Eden Valley
Gary A. Hiltner, 54, of Eden Valley died on Thursday, Dec. 4, at Meeker Memorial Hospital in Litchfield.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at the Church of Our Lady in Manannah. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Gary was born on April 4, 1960, to Edwin and Clara (Wolbeck) Hiltner in Melrose.

He married Sara Cleveland on May 19, 1979, in Regal. They lived in Hawick prior to moving to Eden Valley in 1995.

Gary was a turkey farmer and a member of Church of Our Lady in Manannah.

Gary is survived by his wife, Sara of Eden Valley; children, Amanda (Tom) Becker of Watkins, Jessica (Dan) Berg of Watkins, Joshua (Pami Mickel) Hiltner of Grove City and Adam (Hannah) Hiltner of Grove City; seven grandchildren; brothers and sisters, James Hiltner of Eden Valley, Sylvester Hiltner of Belgrade, David Hiltner of Hawick, Marlene Burg of New York Mills and Bernice VanDorsten of Hawick; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; and mother-in-law, Donna Rech of Eden Valley.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Jerome and Linus.


Russell Vadner, 83, Paynesville
Russell C. Vadner, 83, of Paynesville died on Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Church of God in Eden Valley. Burial was in the Old Eden Lake Cemetery in Eden Valley with military honors.

Russell was born July 8, 1931, to Lester and Elma (Coulter) Vadner in Buffalo Township in Wright County.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

He married Donna Mae Lehnen on Sept. 23, 1955, in Glenwood.

He worked at AMPI in Paynesville as a creamery operator for over 37 years.

Russell is survived by his wife, Donna Mae of Paynesville; sons, Lester, Bruce, and Abraham, all of Paynesville; three grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and brothers and sisters, Evelyn Oswald-Johnson of Willmar, Beulah Clapshaw of New Munich, Kitty Anderson of Alexandria, Kermit of Tennessee and Walter of Andover.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Charles "Tuna"; and brothers, Dale, Douglas, and John Vadner.


Sandra Kaehler, 75, Lowry
Sandra L. Kaehler, 75, of Lowry died on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at her home under the care of hospice.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, Dec. 13, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Lowry.

Sandra "Sandy" Lee Kaehler was born on Sept. 26, 1939, to Ralph and Margaret (Larson) Nelson in Minneapolis.

Sandy grew up in the Twin Cities, where she graduated from high school in Minneapolis. She went on to further her education at the General Hospital School of Nursing, where she became a registered nurse.

Sandy worked as a RN in the Twin Cities and was the school nurse in Eden Valley.

She married Walter Law in June 1960. This marriage was blessed with two children. Sandy and Walter shared 25 years of marriage before Walter passed away in October 1985.

On Feb. 14, 1987, Sandy married Armon Kaehler and gained two more children. They made their home in Paynesville, where they owned and operated the Ben Franklin.

After retiring, they moved to their current home on Pocket Lake in rural Lowry.

Sandy and Armon shared 27 years of marriage. Together, they enjoyed traveling and spending time with family at the lake.

Sandy is survived by her husband, Armon Kaehler of Lowry; sons, Mark (Stacey) Law of Alexandria, Russell (Laura) Kaehler of Rogers, and Michael (Robin) Kaehler of Brooklyn Park; daughter, Sherrie Law (Dan Winkelman) of Waite Park; seven grandchildren; and she was eagerly anticipating the arrival of her first great-granddaughter. She is also survived by her brother, Phillip Nelson of Clarkfield, Minn.; sister, Mary Borud of Fridley; and nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her first husband, Wally Law.


Ken Peterson, 92, Burnsville
Kenneth A. Peterson, 92, of Burnsville, Minn., and formerly of Paynesville, died on Sunday, Dec. 7.

A celebration of life will be held in the spring for family and friends.

Ken was a former co-owner of Gage Tool and Triangle Tool in Minneapolis.

Enjoying early retirement, Ken volunteered at the Paynesville Area Center.

Ken is survived by his wife, Mary Korman; daughters, Linda Tandle and Debora Peterson; son, David; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandson.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Delores; brother, Clayton; and sister, Doris.

Memorials are preferred to the Fairview Foundation at giving@fairview.org or to the Paynesville Area Center.


Gladys Braun, 82, Regal
Gladys F. Braun, 82, of Regal died on Monday, Dec. 8, at the Belgrade Nursing Home.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Friday, Dec. 12, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Belgrade. Burial was in St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery in Regal.

Gladys Frances Braun was born on Oct. 5, 1932, to John and Rose (Macke) Nietfeld on the family farm in Spring Hill Township.

She grew up on the family farm and attended Melrose High School, graduating in 1951.

On Nov. 22, 1951, Gladys married Michael Braun in Meire Grove. They made their home near Regal, where they farmed. They shared 63 years of marriage.

In retirement, they moved into the town of Regal.

Gladys is survived by her husband, Michael; children, Catherine (Robert) Kohlmeier of Duluth, John (Jackie) Braun of Paynesville, Philip (Gale) Braun of St. Cloud, Michael (Carolyn) Braun of Belgrade, and Gregory (Mary) Braun of Cold Spring; 18 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; siblings, Sylvester Nietfeld of Melrose and Patricia Meyer of Sauk Centre; and two sisters-in-law.

She was preceded in death by her parents; eight brothers; three sisters; and a great-granddaughter.


Marvin Kunstleben, 79, Paynesville
Marvin F. Kunstleben, 79, of Paynesville died on Wednesday, Dec. 3.

Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, Dec. 20, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville.

A visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 19 and after 9:30 a.m. on Saturday morning at the church.

Marvin was born on March 8, 1935, to Leo and Erma (Winter) Kunstleben.

He married Mary Willard on Aug. 16, 1957, in Fort Sill, Okla., and was blessed to have celebrated 56 years of marriage.

He worked at Swift & Co. in South St. Paul before entering the U.S. Army Missile Company, in which he served from 1956 until his honorable discharge in 1958.

Marvin and Mary owned and operated the M&M Corral in Lake Henry for five years. They later moved to a country farm near Lake Henry, where Marvin passionately enjoyed farming and raising their family.

Marvin is survived by his wife, Mary; daughters, Debbie (Brad) Glenz, Diane (Bob) Lieser, Julie (Jim) Jimenez, all of Paynesville; sister and brothers, Loretta Christman and Leo and Melvin Kunstleben, all of Paynesville; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother; Othmar Doll; and sisters, Marie Schmitt and Rose Mary Isaak.


Megan Lehner, 19, Monticello
Megan Marie Lehner, 19, of Monticello, and formerly of Paynesville, died from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident in Stearns County on Saturday, Nov. 29.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Dec. 5, at Bridgeview Assembly of God Church in Big Lake. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery of Monticello.

Megan was born on July 2, 1995, in Robbinsdale, Minn.

She was known to be free -spirited and lived her life to the fullest. She will be deeply missed by family and friends.

Megan is survived by her mother, Dorene Larson (David Martineau); father, Craig Lehner; brother, Brandon Lehner (Chelsea Plumley); sisters, Jessica Larson (Billy Wing) and Mandy Martineau; grandparents, Twylah (Jim) Adkins, Pete (Rose) Lehner, and Mary Larson; nieces and nephews; several aunts, uncles, and cousins; and other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Ronald Larson.


Margaret Schmitz, 31, Sauk Centre
Margaret Ann Schmitz, 31, of Sauk Centre, and formerly of St. Martin, died on Saturday, Dec. 6, at the St. Cloud Hospital, surrounded by her family after a short battle with leukemia.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11, at St. Martin Catholic Church. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the St. Martin Parish Hall and will continue from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday morning at the parish hall.

Margaret was born on March 1, 1983, to Mathias and Linda (Willenbring) Schmitz in Paynesville.

She worked at Wacosa in Sauk Centre, and she enjoyed watching movies, good food, dancing, bowling, Special Olympics, and being with her family and friends. Margaret loved her birthday parties, which her family affectionately called 'Margaret Fest.'

Margaret is survived by her father, Math, and stepmother, Irene; brothers and sisters, John, Carl, Lisa, Susan Meyer, JoAnn Meyer, and Kenny; stepbrothers and sisters, Wally, Leslie, and Larry Thompson, Sandra Westaby, Linda Mueller, and Peggy Spanier; foster family, Terry and Rhonda Uphus; and many nieces and nephews.

She was proceeded in death by her mother, Linda; her brother, Andrew; and her grandparents.


Ron Hanson, 74, New London
Ronald B. Hanson, 74, died on Tuesday, Dec. 2.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Dec. 5, at Nordland Lutheran Church in rural Paynesville.

Ronald was born on Sept. 8, 1940, to Norman and Ruth V. (Mathison) Hanson in New London.

He attended District #92 country school, graduating from New London High School in 1958.

Ron entered the navy in 1959, serving his country until 1962. Ron married Ruth Ann Pitts on Sept. 14, 1963. They shared 51 years of marriage.

Ron was employed at Vegdahl’s Hardware as a plumber, eventually beginning his own plumbing business in 1971. He joined the pipe fitters local #539 and retired in 2000.

Ron is survived by his wife, Ruth; children, Brad (Kari), Kelly (Beth), Krista (Cam) Golden, and Jayson; 13 grandchildren; his 98-year-old mother, Ruth Hanson/Everson; and brother, Ken Hanson.


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