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Natalie Michaelis, Paynesville
Natalie Jean Michaelis died peacefully on the morning of Friday, April 8, at the University of Minnesota Medical Center.

Natalie was born on March 5, 2016, to Darren and Amy (Niehaus) Michaelis in Paynesville.

She is survived by her parents, Darren and Amy; sisters, Lyla and Hailey; maternal grandparents, Tom and Terry Niehaus; paternal grandparents, Richard and Linda Michaelis; and aunts, uncles, and cousins.


Elvira Halvorson, 84, Eden Valley
Elvira Ruth Halvorson, 84, of Eden Valley died on Friday, April 15.

Her funeral service was held on Saturday, April 23, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Eden Valley. Burial will be in the Eden Lake Cemetery.

Elvira was born on Aug. 17, 1931, to George and Hilda (Helmstetter) Haag.

She was born anew through the rite of Holy Baptism on Aug. 30, 1931, by Pastor Fred Pasche at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Eden Valley. She was taught Luther's Small Catechism by Pastor Hugh Krieg and confirmed her faith on April 2, 1944.

On Sept. 26, 1950, she married Dale Halvorson. This union was blessed with three children: Sharon Lee, Robert George (died at birth), and Robert Dale. Elvira gave her children every chance in life to be productive and strong. Her three grandchildren were loved so very much.

Elvira's religious life, her church activities, and her strong belief in the Lord were very important to her. Dale and Elvira joined Redemption Lutheran Church in Bloomington, Minn., in 1958, and her children attended elementary school there as well. Elvira served on the hospitality/funeral committee, served as treasurer of the Women's Guild, and was a member of the senior choir and the prayer chain.

Elvira worked for many years at Control Data/General Dynamics as an administrative receptionist/security technician. She served on the Employee Management Club Board, managed the Control Data Singers, and organized modeling shows at the company. She also worked part time for Clinique of New York as a consultant for Dayton's, Marshall Fields, and Macy's. She modeled for many stores in the Minneapolis area.

She is survived by her children, Sharon Lee (Ric) McCarney/Fuchs of Paynesville and Robert Dale (Jodie) Halvorson of Grove City; three grandchildren; a joyfully-awaited great-grandchild, due near her birthday this August; brothers, George, Ralph, Melvin, and Raymond; three sisters-in-law; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends, and fellow church members.

Elvira was preceded in death by her parents; infant son, Robert George; brothers, Rueben, Delbert, Marvin, and Lawrence; sister, Joyce; and a sister-in-law.


Colleen Pelton, 64, Paynesville
Colleen K. Pelton, 64, of Paynesville died on Tuesday, April 12, at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday, April 19, at Paynesville Lutheran Church.

Colleen was born on Aug. 28, 1951, to Catherine and Arnold Schwieger in Grey Eagle, Minn.

On June 18, 1977, she married the love of her life, Ian Pelton, in her hometown of Fairfax, Minn. They spent more than 36 blissful years together, raising two daughters, Erin (37) and Lindsey (28).

At a young age, Colleen knew teaching elementary school was her calling in life. For 38 years, she touched countless lives, teaching both kindergarten and first grade in Paynesville's public school district.

She was a devoted member of the Paynesville community, volunteering her time directing plays, singing in church choir, playing bells in the bell choir, and serving on the Arts Council.

In addition to her daughters, Colleen is survived by her sisters, Nancy and Julie, and her brothers, Terry and Scott. Her parents and her loving husband, Ian, preceded her in death.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Ian and Colleen Pelton Fund for the Arts, at www.youcaring.com/ian-colleen-pelton-fund-for-the-arts-555271.


Frances Thorson, 79, Paynesville
Frances Virginia (Larsen) Thorson, 79, died on Thursday, March 24, at the Paynesville Hospital.

A private memorial service was held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, where she was laid to rest next to her husband, Gerald D. Thorson. Services were officiated by Reverend Paul Shumaker.

Frances was born to Nels and Anna (Bergman) Larsen on April 6, 1936, in Hawick.

She married Gerald D. Thorson on Sept. 4, 1954, at Zion Lutheran Church in Hawick.

She is survived by her brother, Roger Larsen; children, Vicki (Edward) Nelson, Gerald D. Thorson Jr., Jeffery (Teresa) Thorson, Connie (Rennis) Buchner, Judith DotCom, and Daniel Thorson; 19 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.


Shirley Hendrickson, 82, Paynesville
Shirley M. Hendrickson, 82, of Paynesville died on Saturday, April 2, at the Paynesville Hospital.

Memorial services were held on Sunday, April 10, at Paynesville Lutheran Church. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Shirley was born on March 9, 1934, to Lewis and Laura (Hesley) Thompson in Rochester, Minn.

She married Douglas Hendrickson on July 24, 1954, at the Methodist church in Paynesville.

They farmed south of Lake Koronis until 1980. She also worked at the Paynesville Ben Franklin for many years.

Shirley is survived by her children, Patricia (Edward) Neal of Minneapolis, Susan (Bruce) Vanderpool of Paynesville, and Robert (Netti) Hendrickson of Paynesville, nine grandchildren; 25 great- grandchildren; sister, Betty Sotendahl of Becker; brother Robert Thompson of Paynesville; a sister-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded death by her parents, her husband, Doug (2015), and her twin brother, Sherwood Thompson.


Roger Dengerud, 82, La Feria, Texas
Roger C. Dengerud, 82, of La Feria, Texas, and formerly of Paynesville, died on Sunday, Feb. 28, at his home in La Feria.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 16, at Paynesville Lutheran Church. Burial will be in the Paynesville Cemetery. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

Roger C. Dengerud was born on Oct. 18, 1933, to Emil and Agnes Dengerud in Spicer.

He grew up in rural Spicer, where he was baptized and confirmed at Lake Florida Covenant Church. Roger received his education at District #25 Country School in rural Spicer.

In 1953, Roger entered the United States Air Force. He served his country overseas until he earned his discharge in 1956. He then returned home to help his family on the farm.

On Nov. 4, 1956, Roger married Darlene DeBuhr. This union was blessed with three daughters and a son.

The family made their home in Spicer until 1979. They then moved to Paynesville, where Roger and Darlene owned and operated Rest Haven Motel. Roger also drove truck for Johnson Brothers Construction. He enjoyed working there and drove for them until his retirement in 1995.

Roger is survived by his children, Deb (Mike) Jones of Ashby, Jerry (Mary) Dengerud of Lino Lakes, Julie Nacey (Bruce Hagestuen) of Sauk Rapids, and Linda (Wayne) Johnson of St. Stephen; seven grandchildren; five great- grandchildren; brothers, Darrell Dengerud of Panama Beach, Fla., and James Dengerud of Englewood, Colo.; two sisters-in-law; and friend Martha McCubbin of La Feria, Texas.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and brothers, Marvin and Emil Jr.


Marilyn Anding, 86, Minnetonka
Marilyn Anding, 86, of Minnetonka died on Monday, March 28, in her home.

A funeral service was held on Friday, April 1, at the Washburn McReavy Strobeck Johnson Chapel in Hopkins. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery on Saturday, April 2. The daughter of George and Wilma Paetznick, Marilyn was born on July 8, 1929, in Paynesville.

She is survived by her son, Bill, and two granddaughters.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Susan, and her husband, Marvin.


Dale Welle, 65, Paynesville
Dale Joseph Welle, 65, returned to his heavenly home on Monday, April 4, after a four-and-a-half month battle with cancer. Dale lived a life full of love and adventure.

A memorial service will be held at St Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville on Saturday, April 9, at 10:30 am. Visitation will be held on Friday, April 8, at St Louis Catholic Church from 4 pm to 8 pm and one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Dale was born to the late Al and Ann Welle in Paynesville, on Oct. 25, 1950.

He graduated from the Paynesville High School in 1967 and later took over his parent's farm.

Dale was blessed with a family that he loved more than anything. He married Rose Barten, on Nov. 26, 1977, in Spring Hill. Together, Dale and Rose have three sons and one daughter. His children were his greatest pride.

He loved nothing more than having card games in his shed with "his boys." He instilled in his kids the value of honesty, hard work, and loyalty. He always said "a parent's dream is that their kids want to spend time with their parents and want to spend time with each other." And we do.

Dale was an adventurer at heart. Since high school, he had a love for motorcycling and enjoyed many trips around the country on his motorcycle. He also loved any type of physical activity - nicknamed the Energizer Bunny - including hiking, snowshoeing, bicycling, and running.

Throughout the years, Dale and Rose rode thousands of miles on their bicycles and put many, many miles on their snowshoes.

Dale joked last year that he had finished everything on his bucket list and needed to start a new one. Some of the things on his bucket list were riding his motorcycle to Alaska, skydiving, getting a tattoo, building his dream home on the land he grew up on, running a marathon, and doing mission work in Guatemala. He lived a good life.

Dale is survived by his wife, Rose; sons, Zach (Jen) of Paynesville, Jona (Lisa) of Mapleton, and Chris (Steph) of Mankato; daughter, Kayla (Shawn) Schoenberg of Sartell; grandchildren, Mason, Roger, Nolan, Brock, Dexter, Karsee, Avery, and Lola; and five sisters.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Roger Welle; and grandson, Jack Welle.


Gedina Smith, 80, Belgrade
Gedina "Marie" Smith, 80, of Belgrade died on Friday, April 1, at her home.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 8, at Peace Lutheran Church in New London. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

Gedina Maria Smith was born on March 29, 1936, to Gilbert and Geneva (Gulbrandson) Norby on the family farm in Langhei Township.

She attended country grade school near Terrace and graduated from Glenwood High School.

On Dec. 24, 1960, Marie married Karl Smith in Lockhaven, Penn. They shared 55 years of marriage.

They moved to Minneapolis in 1962, where she did clerical work. She retired in 1998 and moved to Spicer, later moving to Belgrade.

Marie is survived by her husband, Karl; children, Steven (Lou Ann) Smith of Plymouth and Kim (Lee) Wendlandt of New London; son-in-law, Brian Nordvik; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; siblings, Gislee Norby, Magnus Norby, Anna Johnsrud, Eddy Norby, Margaret Norby, Richard Norby, Trudy Hunt, Maggie Reutzel and Wesley Norby; two brothers-in-law; and two sisters-in-law.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Linda Nordvik; a grandson; four sisters; and three brothers.


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