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Marge Easterday, 91, Paynesville
Marjorie E. (Fodness) Easterday passed away peacefully in the presence of her family on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at her home. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Reverend Bob Kandles presided. Burial was in the Burr Oak Cemetery in Union Grove Township in Meeker County. Marge was born on Aug. 27, 1927, in Heron Lake, Minn. She was the daughter of Doctor Claude A. and Rosa Lee (Moore) Fodness. After her father passed away, her mother re-married to Vern E. Joslin. She graduated from Heron Lake High School in 1945. She went on to attend Lindenwood College in St. Charles, Mo., and received her education as an elementary teacher. She married Harold Easterday on Aug. 9, 1948. They were proud parents of their daughter, Sue, whom they adopted at four and a half months old on July 12, 1955, and their son, David, whom they adopted at 16 months old on July 3, 1957. Marge had a great love for children, having taught elementary grades in Hutchinson, Morton, North Redwood, Redwood Falls, Olivia, and Paynesville Public Schools. She also taught Sunday School and Bible School. She was a member of her church circle in two communities, sang in the choir, and was a former member of the Eastern Star. Left to mourn her absence is her husband of 70 years, Harold; daughter, Sue (Dick)Putzke of Paynesville; son, David of Paynesville; grandsons: Cory Deadrick and Brad Putzke; and great-granddaughters, Nicole and Samantha Deadrick. Preceding her in death were her parents; great-granddaughter, Melissa Deadrick; and sister, Lorraine (Norman) Wulf. Memorials are preferred to St. Croix Hospice or Grace United Methodist Church.
Loretta Elizabeth Wuertz, 95, of Waite Park, Minn., died on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, at St. Benedict's Senior Community, in St. Cloud. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, Oct. 19, at 10 a.m., at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Waite Park. Visitation will be on Thursday, Oct. 18, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Benson Funeral Home in St. Cloud and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Burial will be in St. Benedict's Cemetery in Avon, Minn. Loretta was born on March 26, 1923, in Avon, to Peter and Barbara (Mergen) Ludwig. She was married to Othmar Wuertz on June 5, 1944, at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry, Minn. Loretta worked at JC Penny's for many years. She was a member and active volunteer at St. Joseph's Catholic Church and school, where she volunteered in many capacities – the cakewalk at the church festival and Christian Women. Loretta was also a member of St. Bertha's Card Group, Waite Park Senior Citizens, and Madonna Mission Group. Loretta was an avid 500 card player, and no bid was too high for her. She liked to play Scrabble with her children. Loretta had a green thumb, could grow anything she wanted in her garden, and it gave her great joy. Loretta had a very strong faith and connection to God. She still said her prayers in German, her first language. She is survived by her children: Robert (Doris) Wuertz of Fridley, Minn., Henry (Pam) Wuertz of Blaine, Minn., Lester (Barb) Wuertz of Richmond, Kan., Ramona (Tim Maselter) Wuertz of Cambridge, Minn., Beverly Fisher of Spring Lake Park, Minn., Annette Wuertz of Roseville, Minn., Joan (Jerry “Fred”) Fredson of Eagan, Minn., Katherine Mrozek of Fridley, Minn., Patrice (Scott) Alexander of Roseville, Minn., Paulette (Steve) Schwegman of St. Cloud, Minn., and Caroline (Joe) Martinez of Tomah, Wis.; siblings: Mike Ludwig of Melrose, Minn., Herb Ludwig of Buffalo, Minn., Florentine Zipko of Maplewood, Minn., and Anita Guiliani of Maplewood, Minn.; 28 grandchildren; and 35 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Othmar on Sept. 13, 2001; infant daughter, Mary Jane; son-in-law, Wayne Fisher; sisters: Genevieve Ludwig, Katherine Ludwig, Florence Graham, Olivia Salzl, Mary Ann Fasbender, and an infant sister; brothers: Celestine, Peter, Robert Ludwig, and an infant brother, Michael. The family would like to thank the staffs at Ridgeview Place, St. Benedict's Senior Community, and CentraCare Hospice for the care they provided Loretta. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.
Clifford Joseph Moening, 72, of Walker, Minn. died on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, at Walker Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Walker. Cliff was born on Oct. 9, 1945, to Norbert and Elnora Moening in Melrose, Minn. He graduated from Paynesville High School in 1963. Cliff married Diane Mills in Paynesville on Sept. 11, 1965. He began working for the Minnesota Department of Transportation in Paynesville in 1967. In 1979, Cliff was promoted to the Northwest District as a maintenance foreman at the Walker truck station. Years later, Cliff again was promoted to the Northwest District supervisor role at the truck station in Bemidji, Minn., retiring in February 2007 after 40 years of service with the State of Minnesota. Cliff was a kind, humble, and gentle man, hardworking to a fault. He loved to fish (perch especially), hunt, spend time in the woods cutting firewood, and spend time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He was a retired member of the Walker Volunteer Fire Department. Cliff loved his home, working in his yard, and visiting with his MnDOT co-workers and friends. Cliff is survived by his wife, Diane; three children: Tate (Amy) Moening of Welch, Minn., Trisha (Dave) Hamm of North St. Paul, Minn., and Tyler (Rebecca) Moening of Savage, Minn.; grandchildren: Tanner, Bode, Isaac, Kendall, Mila, and Eva; brother, David �Fritz� Moening of St. Louis Park, Minn.; and sister, Judy (Moening) Larsen (Larry) of Paynesville. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; three nephews; a sister-in-law; and various aunts, uncles, and cousins. Cliff�s calm demeanor and steady, easygoing presence will be missed by all that have known him. The arrangements for Cliff�s Celebration of Life were handled by Northern Peace Funeral Home and St. Agnes Catholic Church, both in Walker.
Ambrose Isadore Dingmann, 92, of Elrosa, formerly of Belgrade, died on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, at the Belgrade Nursing Home. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, Oct. 8, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Belgrade. Burial was at the church cemetery. Services were entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home in Belgrade. Ambrose, the son of John and Angela (Koetter) Dingmann, was born on Feb. 17, 1926, on the family farm near Farming, Minn. He walked to school to receive his education at a small country school. After his schooling, he stayed on the farm and helped his family until he was old enough to truck livestock to South St. Paul. On April 24, 1950, Ambrose was united in marriage to Margaret Seifermann, in Spring Hill. This union was blessed with three daughters and four sons. The family made their home in rural Belgrade where they farmed. In 1972, they moved into Belgrade where Ambrose began his post retirement career in carpentry. On Oct. 28, 1989, Margaret passed away. They were able to share in 39 years of marriage. On June 24, 1994, Ambrose was united in marriage to Florence Lieser at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. They made their home in Belgrade before moving to Elrosa in 2007. In 2012, Ambrose moved to the Belgrade Nursing Home due to health reasons. Ambrose was a devout Christian and his church was very important to him. He was a member of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Elrosa and a former member of St. Francis de Sales in Belgrade. He was active at his churches as an usher and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Ambrose loved working with wood; he made countless rosaries throughout the years. Ambrose's family was very important to him, and he cherished the time he was able to spend with them, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ambrose is survived by his wife of 24 years, Florence; children: Robert (Melanie) of Belgrade, Ralph (Eileen) of Belgrade, Ronald (MaryAnn) of Litchfield, Doris (Rik) Rudeen of Bird Island, Karen (Wayne) Nelson of Sartell, and Stanley (Annette) of Benson; 18 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. Ambrose is also survived by Florence's children: Deb (Jerry) Dasich of St. Cloud, Mark (Lori) Lieser of Paynesville, Allen (Bev) Lieser of Belgrade, and Dale Lieser of Kings Mountain, N.C.; sister-in-law, Betty Dingmann of Richmond; and brother-in-law, Roman Theis of St. Paul. Ambrose was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Margaret; daughter, MaryAnn; grandchildren, Jeremey Dingmann and Kyle Nelson; five brothers; and six sisters.
Rose Marie 'Rosie' Adella Gruber, 87, of Belgrade died peacefully surrounded by her family on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, at Pine Villa Nursing Home in Melrose. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, Sept. 29, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Belgrade. Burial was at St. Margaret Catholic Cemetery in Lake Henry. Services were entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home in Belgrade. Rosie was born to Catherine (Meyer) and Herman Korf on Aug. 9, 1931, in Melrose, Minn. Family lore said she was small enough to fit into a shoe box. She married Michael Gruber Jr. on Aug. 27, 1951, at St. John's Catholic Church in Meire Grove, Minn. They lovingly brought 14 children into the world and placed angels on high alert 24-hours a day to keep them out of harm's way. Rosie worked side-by-side with Mike at the family farm near Lake Henry and into retirement for 61 years until his death on Oct. 22, 2012. Rosie was known as the baby whisperer. When a child, grandchild, or great-grandchild was placed upon her lap, it was certain that they would fall asleep in the radiance of her unconditional love. When in her presence, you knew there was nothing you could do to keep her from loving you. She was an ever-present ray of sunshine filling others with her hope, joy, and love for them. Rosie was a woman of faith and met every day with enthusiasm and tireless energy. She was devoted to her family, and in that devotion, taught her children that all things were possible with God, a prayerful lap around the holy rosary, and a votive candle burning day and night. Her children and grandchildren can attest she was their biggest cheerleader and number one fan. Rosie enjoyed thousands of hours in a designated spot, whether in a gym, baseball field, or a church pew. Her presence was always felt. Although Rosie went home to God, we'll always hold a tiny piece of heaven in our hearts. She will be dearly missed by her family. Rosie is survived by her children: Ron (Darlene) of Freeport, Gary (Karen), Dennis (Bernice) of Belgrade, Roger (Kirsten) of Belgrade, Randy (Barb) of Edina, Luan Knoll of St. Cloud, Lori (Dan) Braegelman of Plymouth, Robert (Mary) of Sauk Centre, Jane (Paul) Weller of Brooten, Geralyn (Curt) Lieser of Paynesville, Brian (Kristi) of Glenwood, Barb (Tim) Lieser of Circle Pines, and Terry (Sonny) of Belgrade; 40 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Teresa (Wally) Lieser of New Brighton and MaryAnn Wensman of Greenwald; sisters-in-law: Pat Wensman of Paynesville, Erma (Jim) Rieland of St. Cloud, Bonnie Gruber of St. Cloud, and Mary Lou (Linus) Wensman of Crystal. Rosie was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Michael Jr.; infant daughter, Mary Kay; infant grandchildren, Charlene Gruber and William Knoll; great-grandson, Noah Knoll; sisters, Eileen (Ervin) Schmiesing and Viola (Ervin) Wiechmann; brothers-in-law: Denis Wensman, Marcellus (Delma) Gruber, Urban Gruber, David Gruber, and Ado Wensman; sisters-in-law: Florence (Erwin) DeMorrett, Bergetta (Andrew) Lieser, Lenora (Eddie) Kampsen, Delores (Hub) Sunderman, and Shirley Gruber. Special thanks to the caring staff at Pine Haven Memory Care in Melrose.
Margaret T. Hagemeier, 88, of Farming died on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, at Mother of Mercy in Albany. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at St. Catherine's Oratory in Farming. Burial will be in the St. Catherine's Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond. Visitation will continue on Wednesday morning one hour prior to the service at St. Catherine's. Margaret was born on Sept. 25, 1930, in Lake Henry, Minn. to Joseph and Mary (Kortenbush) Wuertz. She married Gilbert H. Hagemeier on Oct. 22, 1951, in Lake Henry. Margaret and Gilbert farmed west of Farming all their lives. She enjoyed trips to the casino, playing cards, baking, and caring for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Survivors include her husband, Gilbert; children: Ron (Deb), Ruth (Paul) Roufs, Tim (Barb), Joyce (Vern) Dingmann, Terry (Sandy), and Jesse (Lucy); siblings: Isabel Spanier, Wilbert Wuertz, and Roman Wuertz; grandchildren: Peter, Katie, Brad, Lisa, Joey, Max, Brianna, and Cole; step-grandchildren, Todd and Tim; and great-grandchildren: Kaitlyn, Macyn, Reed, Makara, and Amoni. She was preceded in death by siblings: Alma Wenker, Rose Chladek, Hilda Bertram, Adella Spanier, Helen Garding, Tony Wuertz, Ralph Wuertz, and Norbert Wuertz. Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond.