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Eldred Athmann, 89, Sartell
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday April 24, 2023, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in St. Cloud for Eldred William Athmann, 89, of Sartell, who died on Tuesday, April 18, 2023, at the Edgewood Senior Living in Sartell. The Rev. Thomas Olson officiated, and burial with full military honors was in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls. Visitation was held on Sunday, April 23, at the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in St. Cloud and on Monday at the church in St. Cloud. Eldred was born on Dec. 19, 1933, in St. Cloud to Hubert and Katherine (Schoenberg) Athmann. He married Mary Ann Lieser on May 20, 1957, at the Church of St. Michael in Spring Hill. Eldred served his country in the United States Army. He was employed for over 40 years at Electrolux/Franklin Manufacturing in St. Cloud as a plant superintendent until retiring. In retirement, he helped Mary Ann run her home daycare, although she may have viewed it more as simply spoiling all the children. He also enjoyed working part-time for St. Joseph Gas and Bait and discussing all the fishing hot spots with patrons. Eldred was an avid outdoorsman who loved camping, hunting, and fishing. He had fond memories of pheasant hunting trips with his brothers and nephews in South Dakota every October. He was known for his famous barbeque chicken and the old time "circus" music that would ring out of the garage while he grilled. Eldred always had an extremely strong work ethic and forever reminded anyone who would listen "there's no such thing as can't." Likewise, whether you loved or hated whatever you were doing, you never quit something you started. Eldred was a member of the St. Michaels Catholic Church in St. Cloud, the Waite Park American Legion Silver Star Post #428, the St. Cloud VFW Granite Post #428, and the St. Cloud Eagles Aerie #622. Faith and family were most important to Eldred, and the love for his grandchildren was immeasurable. He treasured watching them play hockey, taking them fishing, spending the holidays together, and most recently sharing a hot chocolate and a long john. Eldred was always first in line to help someone in need and was extremely grateful for everything his extended family and friends had done for him and Mary Ann over the years. Eldred is survived by his daughter: Jodi (Chad) Gertken of Sartell, his grandchildren; McKenna and Camron Rohe; and Cole, Chase, and Caedyn Gertken; great-grandchildren; Ryder Hittle, Carson and Holden Gertken; and siblings; John Athmann of St. Cloud, Norman (Marlene) Athmann of Paynesville, and Vernon (Donna) Athmann of Sauk Centre. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Mary Ann (on Nov. 9, 2019); sisters; Hortense Walz, Lavera Schramel, and Ann Lahr; and three infant brothers Leander, Anthony, and Joseph.

Doris Olson, 85, New London

Doris C. Olson, 85, of New London, died on Tuesday, April 11, 2023 at the GlenOaks Care Center in New London. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 14, 2023, at Nordland Lutheran Church near Paynesville. Visitation was held on Thursday, April 13, at the church and for one prior to the service on Friday. Burial was in the church cemetery. Doris Caroline Olson was born on March 10, 1938 in Willmar to Clifford and Myrtle (Ortenblad) Newberg. She attended Willmar High School, graduating in the Class of 1956. Doris was united in marriage to Harlow Olson on June 28, 1957, at Svea Lutheran Church. She was a homemaker to her four children. Along with raising her family, she worked side-by-side with her husband, Harlow for 65 years on the family farm. She was also very involved in the church, including being a Sunday school teacher, Sunday school superintendent, active in NLCW, Sisters at Heart, and performing custodial work. She loved spending time with family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed gardening, quilting, doing hardanger, putting together puzzles, hosting parties, baking, and playing cards. She will be remembered as being the most positive person and for the unconditional love that she showed to everyone around her. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Harlow; four children, Brian Olson, Ross Olson (Melissa), Kevin Olson (Melissa), and Paul Olson (Darcy), all of New London; seven grandchildren, Brooke Gotvald (Alan), Kayla Richards, Tonya Ferrell (Spencer), Krista Schlitter (Benjamin), Tyler Olson, Amber Herem (Dillon), and Taylor Olson (Lucas); nine great-grandchildren, Kaiya Gotvald, Carson Olson, Kaliah Gotvald, Keira Gotvald, Penelope Ferrell, Bryson Schlitter, Hudson Herem, Treyton Schlitter, and Lucy Ferrell; and brother Kenneth Newberg (Ardis) of Blomkest. She is preceded in death by her parents, Clifford and Myrtle Newberg. Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in New London:

Pat Wensmann, 83, Paynesville

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2023, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville for Patricia "Pat" M.Wensman, 83, of Paynesville. Pat passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 16, at the Belgrade Nursing Home in Belgrade. Reverend Glenn Krystosek will officiate. Burial will take place in the St. Louis Parish Cemetery in Paynesville. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, April 21, at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. A rosary will be prayed at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday in the church. Pat was born March 15, 1940 in Belgrade, Minn., to Mike and Ida (Jaeger) Gruber. She graduated from Belgrade High School in 1957 and then from the St. Cloud Beauty School in 1958. She married Ado Wensman on Oct. 19, 1959 at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry. She worked as a hairdresser for over 60 years. Her first job was working at Tom's Hairstyling in Brainerd in 1961. She went on to open a shop in Belgrade in 1963 and then in Paynesville in 1965. She spent all her life loving her children and grandchildren and doing hair. Ado and Pat spent a lot of time camping, fishing, and bowling. She also enjoyed cooking and her many friendships she developed throughout the years. Pat is survived by her children Patrick (Deb) of Colorado, Wade of Paynesville, Milissa (Wayne) Brogren of Atwater, Todd (Debbie) of Michigan, and Amy (John) Elfering of Paynesville; seven grandchildren J.T., Tanner, Mitchell, Rachel, Macy, Ava, and Cate; and one great-grandson Brody. Preceding her in death were her parents; husband Ado (2007); and her 11 siblings.

Allan Hoppe, 69, Paynesville

Allan L. Hoppe was born in Sauk Centre on June 3, 1953, to Benedict and Lorraine Hoppe. He died on Tuesday, April 10, in St. Cloud. A Mass of Christian Burial for him was held on Tuesday, April 18, at St. Louis Catholic Church. Inurnment was in the New London Cemetery. Allan graduated from Melrose High School. He worked at Grain Elevators for many years and also at Quality Check Plastics in Paynesville, where he met his wife, Linda. They were married Aug. 30, 1997, in Paynesville. His survivors include his wife of 25 years, Linda; children, Shawn (Rachel) Hoppe (Paynesville), Corey (Rachel) Hoppe (New Ulm), Dustin Hoppe (Eden Valley), and Maggie (friend Winslow) Hoppe (Duluth); and many grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Benedict and Lorraine; brothers Francis and Donald Hoppe; and son Brandon Hoppe. Your sincere expression of sympathy is thankfully acknowledged and truly appreciated by the family. Arrangements were with the Daniel Anderson Funeral Home.

Gayle Miller, 83, Fairbanks, Alaska

It is with great sadness that her family announces the death of Gayle Lynn (Harnit) Miller. She was born on Jan. 30, 1940, in Rugby, N.D., and died on Thursday, April 6, 2023, in Fairbanks, Alaska, at the age of 83 after a short illness. A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church in Fairbanks, Alaska on Saturday, April 22, at 2 p.m. She was the oldest child of Claude and Avonne Harnit. Gayle's formative years were spent in North Dakota and Minnesota, where she helped care for her younger siblings: Wayne, Leigh, Lorna, Heidi, and Tracy. She loved singing from an early age. She played clarinet in the Paynesville High School marching band in Paynesville, Minn., where she graduated in 1958. She became a Licensed Practical Nurse in 1960 and worked in hospitals in Seattle, Oakland, and Fairbanks. The hospital in Seattle even had an Alaska wing. She moved to Alaska in 1963 and survived the 1964 flood, telling stories of being picked up from the Northward building by boat. She was married for 10 years to Milo Miller, then divorced, and started her career in insurance, working at Frank B. Hall and Kelly Insurance. She had many clients who became close friends. Gayle learned to knit at an early age and many of the residences of Fairbanks have a scarf, baby blanket, or afghan that she knitted. She was a master knitter. She loved reading and would pass around books to her friends as a community lending library. She knew who liked what genre of books. She loved ringing bells in the church bell choir. Her greatest love was singing. She was a long-time member of the First United Methodist Church, where she held many volunteer positions and sang in the Chancel Choir. She sang as special music at other churches, sang in the UAF (University of Alaska at Fairbanks) University Chorus, and sang and directed the Fairbanks Frontier Chorus of the Sweet Adelines for over 40 years. She was a long-time member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, Fairbanks Chapter. In her middle years she loved camping, traveling with friends to places in Alaska, the lower 48, Hawaii, or distant countries like Austria, France, Holland, England, Ireland, Canada and Mexico. She loved shooting trap and bowling. You could also find her canoeing the Chena River on Friday mornings. She enjoyed spending summer evenings at Goldpanner baseball games or at Concerts in the Plaza. She was preceded in death by her parents Claude and Avonne Harnit; and brothers Wayne Harnit and Leigh Harnit. She is survived by her brother Tracy Harnit and his wife Ruthanne of Howard Lake, Minn.; daughter Monica of Winstead, Minn., and her sons, Aiden and Wesley Harrnit; and son Nathan Harnit of Dallas Texas; sisters Lorna Harnit of Waconia, Minn., and Heidi Garcia and her husband Oscar and son Ryan Garcia of Austin, Texas, and Nicholas Garcia, his wife Crystal, and their daughter Kirsten of Baton Rouge, La.; and sister-in-law Bonnie Harnit of Hopkins, Minn. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made in Gayle's memory to Special Olympics, the American Lung Association, Heifer International, or anoother nonprofit of your choice.

John Stanger, 79, Paynesville

John Herbert Stanger of Paynesville, Minn., passed away on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, at the age of 79. He was born on Feb. 10, 1944, in Paynesville, where he grew up. He worked as a plumber (S&S Plumbing), ran a dog boarding business (Paynesville Boarding), and served on the Paynesville Fire Department for a number of years. John was preceded in death by his parents Norman and Harriet (Ferrier) Stanger; two children John Stanger Jr. and Janine (Stanger) Stevenson; ex-wife Janet LaBlanc; and partner Judith Cummings. He is survived by four brothers; a sister; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; partner; and several nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life for Stanger at Crystal Hills Assembly (26754 Highway 55, Paynesville) on Monday, April 24, at 3 p.m.

Cheryl Pinske, 68, Paynesville

Cheryl J. Pinske, 68, of Paynesville died Sunday, April 16, 2023, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 21, at Paynesville Lutheran Church in Paynesville. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, at the Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville and for one hour prior to the service at church. Burial will be in Eden Lake Cemetery in Eden Valley. Cheryl Jean Pinske was born on June 2, 1954, the daughter of Russell and Marion (Lindquist) Martinson. She grew up in Minneapolis and attended Edison High School, graduating in 1972. On April 6, 1974, Cheryl was united in marriage to Ken Pinske at St. Matthew Episcopal Church in Minneapolis. This union was blessed with one son, Aaron. They made their home in Fergus Falls and Paynesville and later divorced. While living in Paynesville, Cheryl owned and operated Wagon Wheel Nursery and worked as a manager for a video store. She was a member of Paynesville Lutheran Church, where she was active in Bible study. She enjoyed reading, sewing, knitting, book club, and birthday club with friends. She is survived by her son, Aaron; siblings, Russ (Donna) Martinson, Patty Magnusson, and Colleen and (Phil) Lundholm; her former husband, Ken; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Jean Deadrick, 84, Paynesville

The heavens gained a very special angel on Saturday, March 18, 2023. Jean Marie Deadrick, 84, of Paynesville went to be with the Lord, surrounded by her family and close friends. She was born on July 13, 1938, and died on March 18, 2023. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, 2023, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Jean was a dedicated nurse at the Paynesville Area Hospital for 35 years, working in various positions. After graduating high school, Jean worked as a nurses aide for the Paynesville Hospital. Realizing nursing was her passion, she went on to St. Paul to receive more training and graduated with her LPN in February 1959. Paynesville was just about to open the brand-new hospital. Jean started two weeks before the opening, helping to prep for the grand opening. She truly loved her patients and co-workers. Jean often talked about how she was rewarded daily during her career. Jean loved to shop! She also enjoyed watching her kids and grandkids participate in various sports over the years. She enjoyed traveling throughout the states and fishing with her husband, Glen. Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Alvina and Arnold Heinen; and husband, Glen C. Deadrick. She leaves behind her three children: Pam Deadrick (Julie Whalen and children, Jayden, and Reese; Scott Deadrick (Vicki) and children, Lauren Ross (Joe) and Sam; Kim (Deadrick) Regensburger and her children, Conor Farley, Quinn Farley, and Lily Regensburger; and her lifelong friend of over 60 years, Jan Butler.

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