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Dale Barthel, 83, St. Cloud
A private funeral service was held for Dale R. Barthel, 83, of St. Cloud, who passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 15, at Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Cloud. Inurnment was at the Minnesota State VeteranŐs Cemetery in Little Falls. Dale was born on July 23, 1940, to Alois and Geraldine (Jahn) Barthel in Melrose, Minn. He grew up in Paynesville and graduated from Paynesville High School in 1958. After graduation, he briefly attended St. Cloud State University and later enlisted in the United States Navy, where he honorably served his country aboard the U.S.S. Shelton and the U.S.S. Oklahoma City as a yeoman. He was united in marriage to Donna M. Revier on April 15, 1961, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Together, they moved to St. Cloud where Dale was employed at Frigidaire for over 35 years as the human resource manager. He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in St. Cloud. Dale was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his family. He also enjoyed reading, traveling, tinkering at his workbench, and watching John Wayne Westerns. Dale was a quiet and reserved man, but will also be remembered for his quick wit and dry sense of humor. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Donna; daughters, Dawn (Mark) Adelman of Rice, Darla (Mike) Bourgeois of Blaine, Danielle (Lenny) Juenemann of Brainerd, and Dena (John) Lenneman of St. Cloud; grandchildren, Lindsey (Paul) Roberts of Stillwater, Leah (Luke) Muller of St. Cloud, Shawn Bourgeois of Blaine, Ashley (Caleb) Buttenhoff of Brainerd, Tyler Juenemann of St. Cloud, and Chase Lenneman of St. Cloud; great-grandchildren, Charlie Roberts, Ozzie Muller, and Joseph Buttenhoff; siblings, Janice (Jerry) Zumwalde of Paynesville, Steve (Jean) Barthel of Champlin, Lynn (Dan) Olmscheid of Paynesville, and David (Linda) Barthel of Sterling, Colo.; and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. Dale was preceded in death by his parents and granddaughter, Alicia Juenemann. A special thank you to the staff of CentraCare Home Hospice and Quiet Oaks Hospice House for their loving and compassionate care of Dale. Memorials can be made to Quiet Oaks Hospice in St. Cloud.

Larry Krambeal, 79, Paynesville

Larry H Krambeal of Paynesville passed away peacefully on Monday, Aug. 7, 2023, at the CentraCare Hospital in Paynesville, Minn. Larry was born on June 26, 1944, to John Paul and Noneta (Ruede) Krambeal in Aberdeen, S.D. He graduated high school in 1962 from Coburg High School in Oregon. He joined the U.S. Navy in January 1963 and first served on the U.S.S. Sumers during the Vietnam War. He also served on the U.S.S. Chicago, the U.S.S. Canapus, the U.S.S. Parsons, and the U.S.S. Robison during his career. He earned a Meritorious Unit Commendation, Vietnam Service Medal, W/1 Bronze Star, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Sea Service Ribbon, Humanitarian Service Medal and four good conduct awards. He retired from the Navy in March 1983, moved to Paynesville, bought his home, and planted roots. He worked for Koronis Parts Inc. for 12 years early on and had 11 years invested in working for the R.O.S.E. Center, driving people to appointments and gatherings as needed, up until May of this year. He also ran the local pool league for 39 years. Larry enjoyed talking to anyone, bowling, playing pool, fishing, playing cards, long bike rides (his favorite was Albany to Sauk Centre), his flower gardens, Tobey, his cat, and telling a good joke. Most of all, he loved his family and friends with all his heart. He is survived by Dean Houser, Susan Hausladen, Linda Schwerin (Dale), Carol Houser, Lon Hettich (Gail), Monty Hettick, Sherry Hettich, Drew Hettich, Anita Morrocco, Becky DeGroat (Erick), and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Gladys Houser (Wesley) and Francis Hettich (Raymond); brother, John Krambeal (Ann); nephews, Gayland Hettich and Dennis Houser; and nieces, Charlene Bruno and Candy Cardinal. There will be a Celebration of Life gathering on Saturday Aug. 19, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Queen Bee's Bar and Grill in Paynesville for him. Larry will be laid to rest, with full military honors, at a future date in the West Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Eugene, Ore., with his parents.

Linda Liebl, 53, Paynesville

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2023, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville for Linda M. Liebl, 53, of Paynesville. Linda passed away peacefully on Friday, Aug. 11, at her home with family at her side. Reverend Glenn Krystosek will officiate. Entombment will take place in the St. Louis Parish Mausoleum in Paynesville. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 16, and after 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17, BOTH at the St. Louis Catholic Church. Linda was born on Dec. 22, 1969, in St. Cloud, Minn., to James and MaryAnn (Ludwig) Fasbender. She grew up near Roscoe and attended Paynesville schools. She married Scott Liebl on Aug. 18, 1990, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. She received her bachelor of arts degree from the College of St. Scholastica in 1991 and her master's degree from St. Cloud State University in 1998. Linda worked at the College of St. Scholastica as a library and reference sssistant and taught at Rush City Public School as a K-12 media specialist. She spent most of her career at the Rocori School District from 1992-2018 as a media specialist, technology coordinator, English teacher, Knowledge Bowl coach, yearbook advisor, middle school golf coach, dance chaperone, and most importantly as the chairperson for the Committee for Uplifting Spirits and Boosting of Morale! Linda also served as Sts. Peter and Paul Parish religious education instructor, St. Louis Parish lector and adoration, and on Koronis Hills board of directors. She loved to read, write, play piano, garden, bicycle, paddle board and was involved in Ladies golf league, Saturday morning golf league, Friday mahjong club, Tuesday Friends on Bikes Club, and Rocori Book Club. Linda would like to be remembered as "a child-like child of God, loving wife, kooky mom, bubbly teacher, true friend, spunky golfer who hid gnomes in trees, rabid reader, and otherwise unique woman who left goofy smiles and raised eyebrows in her wake"! Linda is survived by her husband Scott; her sons Mack (Naomi) of Pasadena, Calif., and Benjamin of Brookings, S.D.; her sister Patti Fasbender; her brother Joe (Christina) Fasbender; and many nieces and nephews. Preceding Linda in death were her parents, James and MaryAnn; her infant sister Amy; and father-in-law John. The family is eternally grateful for the overwhelming display of prayer, love, and support from their beautiful network of family and friends and will do their very best to pay it forward! A special thank you to the wonderful care received at CentraCare Paynesville and Coborn's Cancer Center, which allowed the family to enjoy Linda's antics for many additional years! In lieu of flowers or statuaries, Linda had requested memorials to Rocori Dollars for Scholars c/o Roz Jungels.

Melanie Oestreich, 66, Paynesville

Melanie Oestreich, beloved wife, stepmother, grandmother, and friend, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 29, 2023. She is survived by her loving husband, Thomas; devoted stepchildren, Christian and Lisa; and her cherished grandchildren, Lucille and Connor. Melanie was preceded in death by her mother, Elaine; and her father, James Lichliter. The Oestreich family wishes to thank everyone for their outpouring of love during this difficult time. There will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday, Aug. 12, from 1-6 p.m. at the Goat Ridge Brewery in New London, Minn. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to any local animal humane society, a cause that was close to Melanie's heart.

Gladys Schaumann, 72, Paynesville

Gladys Loraine (Heitman) Schaumann, loving wife, mom, and "Nanny," went to be with her Lord and Savior unexpectedly on Monday, July 24, 2023, at the age of 72 at her home in Paynesville. Gladys was born to J. Elmore and Doris (Trapp) Heitman on Aug. 8, 1950, in Red Bluff, Calif. The daughter of a minister and middle child of three girls, she grew up serving others in church and sharing her gift of music from a young age. After graduating from Red Bluff High School with the "Secretary Award," she worked at the welfare office in Red Bluff, where she quickly excelled and was promoted. At the age of 21, she moved to Springfield, Mo., to pursue her degree in Sacred Music at Central Bible College. As a gifted musician, she traveled, recorded albums, and did radio broadcasts with the renowned Revivaltime Choir. She met the love of her life, Roger Schaumann, her husband of 49 years, on the first day of college. They married on May 25, 1974, and moved to Aberdeen, S.D., where they served as youth pastors and Gladys as worship director for three years at Aberdeen First Assembly. There they added two children to their family. After a short stay in Minnesota, the family returned to live in her hometown of Red Bluff, Calif., in 1980, where they added six more children. Gladys was the music director at Bethel Assembly of God (High Point) in Red Bluff, leading worship from the piano, directing choirs and musicals, and teaching. She did bookkeeping for the family logging business and also worked as a teacher's aide at Bidwell and Lassen View Elementary. In 1999, the family moved to Paynesville, Minn., to the Schaumann family farm. Over the years, she offered daycare for families, taught as a substitute teacher, opened her home and became a second "mom" and "Nanny" to many family and friends. As her family continued to grow, now with grandchildren, she continued to serve her church at Crystal Hills Assembly as worship director and teaching children's classes. Gladys' love and exceptional gift of music was a resounding theme throughout her life. She found great joy in encouraging and teaching others how to grow in and speak the language of music. She was respected and capable, humbly and gracefully leading numerous musical groups and events over her years in music ministry. Few were untouched by her. Yet nothing made her more happy than a living room jam session with her kids and grandkids. Hard work was no stranger to Gladys. She was always working on something: tending to her flower garden, landscaping, crafting and painting, sewing a quilt for one of her grandkids, thrifting for antiques to sell on eBay, or fashioning intricate costumes for a church program. She was multi-talented, creative, and the first to offer to help. Above all else, Gladys was fiercely devoted to her family, whom she loved sacrificially and selflessly. She was not shy about being their biggest cheerleader in life. She led them with an unwavering and tenacious faith and taught them the power of prayer. Her greatest joy was being "Nanny" to her 17 grandkids, happily taking them on adventures, making her famous pancakes and spaghetti, baking and crafting with them, being their biggest fan in the audience, and passing on her passion and gift of music. She lived for her family. Gladys is survived by her faithful husband of 49 years, Roger; eight children; Amy (Dion) Haines, Aaron (Sarah) Schaumann, Ginny Schaumann, Craig (Tessa) Schaumann, Becky (Matt) Brauchler, Katie (Conner) McGinnis, Roger Jr. (Priscilla) Schaumann, and Joseph (Katie) Schaumann; 17 grandchildren, and sister, Patricia Casados. She was preceded in death by her parents, J. Elmore and Doris Heitman, and sister, Virginia McKenna. Most importantly, Gladys will be remembered for her undying love for her family, which, because of her faith in Jesus Christ, will never end. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, Aug. 4, 2023, at 11 am at Crystal Hills Assembly in Paynesville, with a lunch reception immediately following the service.

Cameron Larson, 27, Paynesville

Cameron Larson, 27-year-old resident of Paynesville, Minn., formerly of Swanville, Minn., passed away on Friday, July 28, 2023, at the St. Cloud Hospital. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2023, at Paynesville Lutheran Church in Paynesville, Minn., with Pastor Paul Shumaker officiating. A visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 1, and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, both at the church. A burial service will take place at 3 p.m. on Wednesday at St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery in Swanville, Minn. Caring for Cameron and his family is the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Swanville, Minn. Cameron was born June 18, 1996, in Little Falls, Minn., to Stacy (Lambrecht) Larson. Cameron was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Swanville and graduated in 2015 from Swanville High School. He worked various jobs, but his true passion was working on the farm. He was currently employed at Kolb Farms in Richmond, Minn. When not working, you could find Cameron smoking a variety of meats to share with his friends and spending time with his beloved dogs, Windsor, Chloe, and Nova. Cameron was a generous person and always grateful for the things people did for him. In his younger days, you could always find Cameron with his grandpa Kenny. The two were inseparable in everything they did, whether it was hauling cattle with the semi, cleaning cattle trailers, or riding three-wheeler or four-wheeler. Cameron idolized his grandpa and when Kenny passed away a huge hole formed in his heart that no one could fill. The family finds great comfort in knowing the two have been reunited. Cameron is survived by his mother and stepfather, Stacy Larson and Craig Elfering of Paynesville; brother, Dalton (Taylor) Lambrecht of Brainerd; grandparents, Cheryl Lambrecht of Royalton and Jerome and Mary Lou Elfering Christensen of Paynesville; uncles and aunts, Jeff (Julie) Lambrecht, Carrie Roering, Dennis Roering, Tamie (Jeff Johnson) Barthel all of Long Prairie; Renae Abers of Swanville, John (Amy) Elfering, Bruce (Tracey) Elfering, and Kurt (Deann) Elfering, all of Paynesville; Jen (Curt) Weisz of Foley, Brandy Christensen of Plymouth, and Paul (Renee) Christensen of Lester Prairie; multiple cousins and friends; and his canine companions, Windsor, Chloe, and Nova. He was preceded in death by grandfathers, Kenneth Lambrecht and Kenneth Elfering; aunt, Tonia Lambrecht; and cousin, Brecklyn Abers.

Marvin Fasen, 87, Paynesville

A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville for Marvin P. "Marv" Fasen, 87, of Paynesville. Marv passed away on Monday, July 30, at Willow's Landing in Monticello with family at his side. Reverend Glenn Krystosek will officiate, and Reverend John Rumpza will con-celebrate. Burial will take place in the St. Louis Parish Cemetery in Paynesville with full military honors. Visitation will begin after 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10, at the church in Paynesville. Marv was born Oct. 2, 1935, in St. Cloud, Minn., to Peter and Eleanor (Crever) Fasen. He attended grade school and high school in St. Cloud before serving in the U.S. Navy. He returned and attended St. Cloud State University where he met and later married Bernadine "Bunny" Kennedy. They moved to Paynesville where they raised two sons, Kurt and Neil. After 32 years as an instructor at Paynesville High School, he went on to designing and drafting work. He was a member of the Paynesville American Legion and an active member of the St. Louis Catholic Church. Marv is survived by his wife of 65 years Bunny; sons Kurt (Louise) Fasen of Monticello and Neil (Sarah) Fasen of Minneapolis; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister Doreen Knopik; and brother Alvin Fasen. Preceding Marv in death were his parents and brothers Art, Leo, and Jerome Fasen. A special thank you to everyone who supported the family by prayer and companionship.

Joe Pung, 79, Staunchfield, Minn.

Joseph (Joe) Edward Pung, 79, of Stanchfield, Minn., was called home to be with his Lord Jesus Christ on Saturday, July 1, 2023, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. A loving husband, father, Opa, and friend, he was beloved by all who knew him. Joe was born to George Francis Pung and Julia Anna (nee Bueckers) Pung in Richmond, Minn, on Oct. 22, 1943. He grew up in St. Martin, Minn., where his family owned Pung's Bar, and he attended grade school. Joe's father passed away when he was 11, and his mother operated the bar until he went to college. A three-sport athlete at Paynesville High School, Joe was offered a full scholarship to play football at the University of Minnesota under legendary coach Murray Warmath. At Minnesota, the Gophers won the Rose Bowl during Joe's freshman season in 1961 (when freshmen were ineligible to play); he was a three-year starter at center and was the Gophers' captain and voted team MVP in his senior year. He played in the Blue-Grey All Star Game after his senior season and considered trying out with the NFL; instead, he earned his master's degree in education at the U of M, working at the university's General College, and coaching freshman football for the Gophers for four years. While at university, Joe also met the love of his life, Vicki Rubis. They married in August 1966 in Anoka, Minn., and enjoyed a strong and happy marriage for 56-plus years. They had three sons, and both Joe and Vicki took immense pride in seeing their children (and grandchildren) grow and develop. During his time at the U of M, Joe formed a personal and deep relationship with his Savior Jesus Christ. Never afraid to speak about his faith, Joe and Vicki were active members of Stanchfield Baptist Church for many years, where Joe also taught Sunday School and served as a church deacon. Most recently, they attended Pine City Evangelical Free Church. Joe taught for over 30 years in the Osseo School District. At Osseo, he helped to develop a "school within a school" for students who were more vocationally minded and less focused on academic subjects. In the summers, he also worked as a water patrol deputy for the Chisago County Sheriff's Department, patrolling ten lakes and a stretch of the St. Croix River. In 2001, he was named the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Water Patrol Deputy of the Year, partially for developing a novel search method when responding to drownings. In addition to his teaching and law enforcement, Pung served on the Chisago County Planning Commission for 26 years and as an admissions coordinator for the United States Military Academy for eight years. Joe and Vicki lived in a home that they built on West Rush Lake in 1969. Joe loved to fish and could often be found on the lake early in the morning fishing for bass or walleye. Upon retirement, they enjoyed traveling widely, often to visit their children and connect with Joe's German heritage. Joe is survived by his wife Vicki; three sons and their wives; nine grandchildren, and members of the extended Pung, Rubis, Fron and Spanier families. A celebration of Joe's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2023, at the Pine City Evangelical Free Church "Lighthouse" (1045 Main Street South, Pine City, MN 55063) with visitation on Friday, Aug. 4, from 5-7 p.m. and one hour prior to the service Saturday, all at the "Lighthouse." A light lunch will follow service. The interment, at a later date, will be in the Stanchfield Baptist Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Joe's memory to: Kenny Danielson and the Oak Hills Center for Indian Ministries: (and selecting K. Danielson on the donations page). Condolences and memories can be shared at the Swanson Funeral Chapel (Pine City) homepage,

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