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Nancy Voigt, 45, Grove City
Nancy A. Voigt, 45, of Grove City, died on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, at her home in rural Grove City. A memorial service was held on Monday, Nov. 22, at the Paynesville Lutheran Church in Paynesville. A visitation was held on Sunday, Nov. 21, at Paynesville Lutheran Church and prior to the service on Monday, Nov. 22. Nancy Ann Voigt was born on Oct. 10, 1976, in Albany, Minn., the daughter of Lowell and Shirley (Meyer) Voigt. She grew up in Upsala before moving to Eden Valley, where she graduated high school with the Class of 1995. After high school, Nancy went on to attend Fergus Falls Community College and earned her associate degree. She played basketball and set a record in softball while playing there. After college, Nancy began working at Kinzer Chiropractic in Cold Spring before moving her career to Minser Chiropractic in St. Cloud, where she worked until the time of her death. Nancy loved working at Minser and the people there loved her. Nancy was a member of Paynesville Lutheran Church. She loved all sports especially basketball, baseball, and softball. She was an avid fan of the Lake Henry Lakers baseball team. Nancy also loved watching her nieces and nephew play sports and was their biggest fan. Above all else, Nancy loved her family and friends and cherished the time she spent with them. Nancy is survived by her father, Lowell Voigt of Grove City; siblings: Roger (Amy) Voigt of Richmond, Sharie (Rick) Weir of Villard, and Todd Voigt of Grove City; three nieces; a nephew; and everyone that called her momma Nancy. Nancy was preceded in death by her mother, Shirley Voigt. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Services are entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville:

LuAnn Schaefer, 76, St. Martin

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, at St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin, Minn., for LuAnn Schaefer, 76, who passed away at Cherrywood in Richmond surrounded by family, on Wednesday, Nov. 17. Burial was in the parish cemetery. Visitation was Sunday, Nov. 21, at the Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond and on Monday morning at the funeral home. LuAnn was born on Aug. 17, 1945, in New Munich, Minn., to Alois and Elizabeth (Rademacher) Wensmann. She graduated from Melrose High School in 1963. After high school, LuAnn worked at Worms Lumber, New Munich, until she married Roman Schaefer on July 9, 1966, in Immaculate Conception Church, New Munich. She was a good cook and homemaker on the family farm where they raised their four children. In 1997, they moved to Rice Lake, where they resided for 20 years, and recently moved to St. Martin. LuAnn worked for Stang Precision in Paynesville for several years until she retired. LuAnn loved traveling, snowmobiling, bowling, pontoon rides, spending time with her family, and going to her grandchildrenŐs sporting events. LuAnn was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. The aroma of her homemade bread, pies, homemade soup noodles and wonderful meals will be remembered by her family. LuAnn is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Roman; children, Keith (Pat), Michelle (Dale) Schoenberg, and Stacy (Jesse) Kampsen; grandchildren, Megan (Tate) Hill, Kayla (Trent Gertken), Sara, and Abby Schaefer; Taylor and Ellie Schoenberg; and Brady and Brooke Kampsen; great-grandchildren, Julia and Harlen Hill; siblings, Larry, Kathy Spanier, Irene Cornelius, Ron (Audrey), Mike (Ruthie), Marilyn Juen, and Sue (Kevin) Shay. She was preceded in death by her parents and son, Darrin (2013); brothers-in-law, Denis Spanier, Kevin Cornelius, Bill Juen, Bill Kaschmitter, Smiley Lieser, Willie Salzl, and Jim Heidgerken; and sister-in-law, Mary Wensmann. A special thank you to Cherrywood of Richmond and St. Croix Hospice, especially Liz and Greg for their loving and compassionate care for LuAnn.

Bob Cushman, 86, Paynesville

Robert "Bob" Allen Cushman, 86, of Paynesville passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021. After a series of health issues, he had been placed in hospice in Rogers, Minn. Bob always considered Paynesville his home and enjoyed writing for this paper. He was the kind of writer and storyteller that many liked and several disliked, but he would always get folks thinking and talking. He wrote from his personal experiences and previous careers. His first job was dispatching cab for his dadŐs cab company in Minot, N.D. From there, Bob had several jobs including: deejay at his local radio station, history teacher, foreman of a sugar beet crew, high school guidance counselor, Sunday school teacher, drug and alcohol counselor, hotel desk clerk, group facilitator, and the one he was most proud of - actor. Bob and two of his best friends wrote and performed "Frank and Nat: Their Way," a tribute to Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole. Bob was young at heart and loved supporting kids of all ages. He loved laughter and used comedy for much of his teaching, coaching, and healing others. He also enjoyed all sports but was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, not as much when they left St. Louis, but he would still catch as many of their games as possible. He also loved to play golf especially at Koronis Hills. This was an all-time, favorite happy place for him. He spoke fondly of his memories playing there, as well as, the people he got to know over the years. Bob was proceeded in death by his parents, Jack and Lucille Cushman; and his brother Jack Cushman, Jr. (Jeannie). He is survived by his wife: Mary Cushman (Quarfot); sister: Joy Soltis (Robert "Bob"); children: Jodi Cushman-Purcell (Bruce), Mark Cushman (Becky), Troy Boyle (Laurie), and Rebecca Cushman; grandchildren: Megan Pingry, Jordan Beecham, Brice Boyle, and Kelly Boyle; great-grandchildren: Rylan Pingry, Kyrie Beecham, and Amarie Beecham; and numerous nieces and nephews. A big thank you to all of BobŐs friends and fans, he enjoyed writing and telling stories right up to the end. A celebration of life will be held in Paynesville, Minn., in the future. Details to come.

Verree Fox, 102, Morris

Funeral services for Verree Fox, 102, Morris, were held on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Hancock with Reverend Mark Kahrs officiating. Burial was at the Appleton City Cemetery in Appleton, Minn. Bernice Verree Whaley was born the eighth of nine children to George and Bernice (Huntington) Whaley on April 3, 1919, at their family's log home in Dead Lake Township, Ottertail County, Minn. At just two pounds at birth, Verree was placed in a shoebox and on a wood stove; she was a strong woman from the start of her life! From the age of eight until she was 12, Verree was hospitalized at Gillette Children's Hospital with polio. Verree was raised in Ottertail County, where she attended school, graduating from the Perham High School. She was united in marriage to Allie Bailey in 1945. On Nov. 25, 1952, she was united in marriage to Ezra Fox. He brought a daughter, and she brought her four children into the marriage, and then together they welcomed two more, completing their blended family of seven children. They made their home near Hancock on the Fox farm, where Verree spent her days caring for their children and their home. She moved from the Fox farm to her home in Hancock in 1977 and then moved to Skyview Plaza in Morris in 2007. In 2019, she moved into the Legacy Assisted Living in Morris where she lived until her death. Verree very much enjoyed spending time with her friends and neighbors. They would often get together with their children for lunch, tea parties, and the occasional play put on by the children. She was an excellent gardener, baker, and cook. Verree liked to play cards with friends and family, reading, putting puzzles together, and talking. Her favorite place was her rocking recliner where she was able to sit and watch people as they went by and was able to chat with several people. Her family was of the upmost importance. She prayed for her children every day and awaited their daily calls. If you would ask her, she would say she would most like to be remembered for teaching her children about God, and she succeeded to raise a faithful family. Verree died peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, at the Legacy Assisted Living in Morris; she had lived to 102 years old. Verree is survived by her children: Donnabelle Taylor of St. Cloud, Larry (Janet) Nelson of Fargo, N.D., Verree (Merit) Dannen of Willis Point, Texas, Bonnie Martens of Middleburg, Fla., Philip (Bonnie) Bailey of Paynesville, Faye (Richard) Lee of Alex-andria, and Gloria (Kevin) Zeltwanger of Hancock; 19 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and 28 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husbands: Allie Bailey and Ezra Fox; son-in-law, Louis Martens; granddaughter, Peggy Lou Jacques; great-grandchildren: Mercil Twins, Keith Dannen, and Sean Greaney; and her siblings: Herb Whaley, LC Rau, Roy Whaley, Fern Ellis, Aubrey Whaley, Clyde Whaley, Howard Whaley, and Geneva Webster. Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in care of arrangements for Verree. To send condolences to the family online, visit

Ruth Everson, 104, Paynesville

Ruth Viola (Mathison) (Hanson) Everson, 104, of Paynesville was called by God to play piano for the angels in heaven on Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, at Koronis Manor. A funeral service will be held at Nordland Lutheran Church in rural Paynesville, Minn., on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021. Visitation will be at 10 a.m.; the service will be at 11 a.m. Lunch follows with time to share your memories. Ruth was born on Dec. 3, 1916, in Grove City, Minn. She was the oldest of six children born to Martin and Martha Bjornstad Mathison. She was baptized and confirmed by Rev. E.R. Weeks at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Grove City. Ruth began to play piano after her father sold a cow to purchase her first piano, and she would ride with her father in a wagon pulled by a team of horses when they took fresh milk into the creamery, so he could take her to lessons. She attended District 38 country school and walked there with neighbor children and her brothers. She began teaching Sunday School and playing piano for church service. Ruth later attended Grove City High School and graduated in 1934 in a class of 20 pupils. After high school, Ruth worked at Marvin and Agnes Holifer's home, in their grocery store in Paynesville, and at Marvin's Modern Cottages on Lake Koronis. She also was hired as a housekeeper and drove car for a lady living on Lake Minnetonka. On June 11, 1938, Ruth was united in marriage to Norman Hanson at the bride's home in Paynesville. They moved onto the Hanson farm south of Hawick with Norman's parents, Jens and Anna Hanson, and helped them through cancer illness. They bought the farm from Norman's two brothers and two sisters and continued to live and work on the farm. While on the farm both Ruth and Norman worked during the 1950s and 1960s to support their family and farm, as farm income could not support them. Ruth worked at Litchfield Produce (Jennie-O Turkey), Somody Supply, and New London State Bank. She loved working at the bank and established many lifelong friendships with co-workers and customers. Ruth was called upon often to assist customers who could only speak Norwegian as she was fluent in the language of her youth. Her parents had immigrated to the U.S. from Norway, as had those of her husband Norman. In later years, Ruth interviewed at the State Bank in Apache Junction. When she told them she was a bank teller in Minnesota, the bank president asked her if she could start work the next day! Norman and Ruth were blessed with two sons, Ronald and Kenneth, and one daughter, Jean, who all helped work on the Hanson farm. She gave piano lessons to hundreds of students and was the organist at Nordland Lutheran Church. She also played for funerals, weddings, and services at other area churches. Ruth was a devout Christian, studied the bible, and enjoyed bible study groups throughout her life. She was a Sunday school teacher and superintendent, president of the Ladies Aid at Nordland, and also member at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Mesa, Ariz. They were members of the Farmers Union, Sons of Norway-Fedraheimen Lodge (Willmar) and Ringerike-Drammen Lag and Totten Lag (lodge) in Norway. She was lifetime member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary. Norman passed away on July 14, 1980. On Oct. 11, 1985, Ruth married Clifford Everson at her home on Long Lake by Hawick. They lived together for several years at Clifford's home in Molalla, Ore., and in Mesa, Ariz., in the winter months. The two had great fun traveling to Norway, dancing, and visiting friends and relatives while sharing life's adventures. After Clifford died in 1995, Ruth moved to her winter home in Mesa. She continued driving back and forth to Minnesota by herself to spend summers with her family until she was 90 years old. After 91 years of age, Ron and Ken would take turns driving Ruth back to Arizona and flying home to Minnesota. In 2007, Ruth moved into an apartment at Stearns Place in Paynesville. While there, she loved playing the piano daily for her friends and residents. For many years, she would get up at 5 a.m. and bake cinnamon rolls for all 34 residents and place them in a plastic bag on their apartment doorknob by 7:30 a.m. She also loved to bake molasses cookies for her family and friends. On Dec. 3, 2020, Ruth turned 104 and moved into the Koronis Manor nursing home. She was preceded in death by her parents: Martin and Martha Mathison; husbands: Norman Hanson and Clifford Everson; brothers: Marlow, Norman, Walter, and Harold; and sister: Joyce Mathison. She also lived through the passing of her son, Ronald; daughter, Jean Hanson; her daughter-in-law, Janet Hanson; and stepsons, David, Clinton, and Larry Everson. She is survived by her son, Kenneth Hanson (Spicer); daughter-in-law, Ruth Hanson (Hawick); her grandchildren, Jeffrey Hanson (Seattle, Wash.), David Hanson (Spicer), Judd (Katie) Hanson (Spicer), Kina Hanson (Arno Shermock) (Cold Spring), Brad (Kari) Hanson (Monticello), Kelly (Beth) Hanson (Buffalo), Jaysen (Jolene Douvier) Hanson (St. Joseph), and Krista (Cameron) Gulden (Reno, Nev.). She is also survived by Clifford's children: Ivy Lou Everson Marinello (Chino, Calif.) and Dennis Everson. With the long life came many years with her great grandchildren: Ava Kraemer, Vaughn, Oden, and Lenora Hanson (Spicer), Davis and Wynter Melby (Cold Spring), Luke and Aaron Hanson (Monticello), Tate, Kia, Marna, and Emmett Hanson (Buffalo), Andrew and Nikolas Hanson (St. Joseph), Josiah, Isabel, Christopher, and Zoe Gulden (Reno), Ashleigh (Michael) Cola and great-great-granddaughter Aria (Willmar). Ruth also had many years with Clifford's extended family. Memorials will be used to establish a music scholarship in Ruth's name. Additional information is available via email to or online at:

Marilyn Deadrick, 89, Paynesville

Marilyn L. Deadrick 89, of Paynesville, died on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, at the Paynesville Care Center. A private family service will be held. Services are entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville: Marilyn Lucille Deadrick was born on Feb. 18, 1932, on the family farm in the Zion Township near Paynesville, the daughter of Harry and Frances (Schmiginsky) Schoenleben. She was baptized on June 4, 1933, at the EUB Church in Paynesville. Marilyn grew up on the family farm where she attended Roscoe Elementary School and went on to graduate from Paynesville High School with the Class of 1949. On Sept. 8, 1950, Marilyn was united in marriage to Ed Deadrick at the EUB Church in Paynesville. This union was blessed with a daughter and two sons. The family made their home in Paynesville, where Marilyn was a wonderful homemaker as well as working at Koronis Ministries and the Koronis Manor. On Oct. 23, 2000, Ed passed away. They shared in 50 years of marriage before his death. Marilyn was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. She was active there teaching Sunday School, as a member of the funeral committee, and the Naomi and Joanna circles. She was also a member of the Swaps Club, and a Cub Scout den mother. Marilyn enjoyed gardening, sewing, crocheting, knitting, and baking. She loved spending time with her family especially all the time she spent getting to take care of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Marilyn is survived by her children: Tom (Nancy) Deadrick of Paynesville, Tim (Kathy) Deadrick of New London, and Sue (Bill) Korman of Hawick; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ed; great-grandson Cole; and her sister, Deloris Schultz.

Jason Michaelis, 52, Spokane

Jason T. Michaelis, 52, of Spokane, Wash., and formerly of Paynesville, Minn., died on Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, in Spokane. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, at Paynesville Lutheran Church in Paynesville. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Services are entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville: Jason Todd Michaelis was born on Dec. 18, 1968, in Bismarck, N.D., the son of Richard and Linda (McCarthy) Michaelis. He grew up in Paynesville, where he received his education, graduating from Paynesville High School with the Class of 1987. On Jan. 3, 1988, Jason enlisted in the United States Air Force. He served his country honorably, stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Wash. After 10 years Jason accepted an honorable discharge. Jason stayed in Spokane, where he raised his family and owned and operated Fireworks Plumbing and Heating. Jason loved buying wrecked cars and restoring them and also going to auctions. Jason loved spending time with his kids, especially taking them on hikes in the mountains to look for berries and going to orchards to pick fruit. While he was growing up, he often took care of his younger siblings and continued to watch out for them his entire life. Jason also loved coming home for Christmas and would make the trip no matter the weather. Jason is survived by his children, Madison (fiancŽ Zach), Zafariah, and Zosia; special friend, Elizabeth and her children; parents, Dick and Linda, of Paynesville; siblings: Brandon (Leah) of Paynesville, Darren (Amy) of Paynesville, and Amberly (Tanya) of Cooperstown, N.D.; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents; and niece, Natalie.

Marvin Hubert, 83, Paynesville

Marvin T. Hubert, 83, of Paynesville, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, at the Paynesville Care Center. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the church cemetery. Marvin Thomas Hubert was born on March 14, 1938, in Sacred Heart, the son of John and Thelma (Pittenger) Hubert. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Clara's Catholic Church in Clara City. He grew up on a farm near Sacred Heart and attended school in Sacred Heart. On May 1, 1958, Marvin was united in marriage to Phyllis Prellwitz. This union was blessed with seven daughters and three sons. They made their home in Fairfax, Stewart, Renville, Cottonwood, Olivia, Blomkest and Belgrade where he worked in the farming industry. They retired in 1999 and moved to Paynesville. Marvin was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church. He enjoyed snowmobiling, motorcycling, and dancing in his younger years and gardening throughout his life. He was a collector of John Deere model tractors, coins, and pocket knives. He is remembered for his strong work ethic and dedication to his family. Marvin is survived by his wife, Phyllis of 63 years; children, Laurie (Richard) McGee of Stillwater, Cynthia (Daniel) Goebel of St. Cloud, Ronnie (Tam) Hubert of Minnetonka, Connie (Russell) Roelofs of Bakersfield, Calif., Randy (Lori) Hubert of Belgrade, Melinda Listerud of Sauk Rapids, Lisa Myrcaydeez of Excelsior, Heidi McGraw of St. Cloud, and Mindy (Frank) Hubert-Walz of Minneapolis; 19 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren, with four on the way; and brother, John Hubert Jr. Marvin was preceded in death by his son, Phillip; sons-in-law, Tony Listerud and Kevin McGraw; granddaughter-in-law, Madie Hubert; his parents; and sisters, Jeanette and Judith. Marvin's family would like to thank the staff at the Paynesville Area Hospital and Paynesville Care Center for their exceptional care.

Arlene Stange, 91, Paynesville

Arlene C. Stange 91 of Paynesville died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, at the Paynesville Care Center in Paynesville, Minn. Her funeral service was held on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Eden Valley. Burial was at Ebenezer Cemetery in rural Paynesville. Arlene Cora (Wagner) Stange was born Nov. 27, 1929, to John and Mary (Abitz) Wagner on their farm in rural Paynesville. She was confirmed on April 17, 1943, at Ebenezer Church. Arlene remained on the family farm until she was united in marriage to Melvin Stange on Sept. 18, 1948. They made their home on a farm in rural Gorton, S.D. To this union, two children were born. They were members of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Stratford, S.D., where she was confirmed in the Lutheran faith on Dec. 16, 1949. She was a member of the Ladies Aid, LWML (Lutheran Women's Missionary League), and taught Sunday School. The family moved to Paynesville in 1964. Arlene worked at Wally's Grocery Store from 1965 until retiring in 1994. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, making quilts, and was an avid Minnesota Twins fan. Arlene is survived by her daughter, Dianne (Reid) Schmotzer of St. Joseph; daughter-in-law, Lori Roque of Bethlehem, Ct.; sister Mildred Chapman, of St. Paul; grandchildren, Ashley, Eric, Ian, Lynn, Julie, and Michael; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Arlene was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Melvin in 2000; son, Derald in 2011; brothers: Willard, John Jr., Harold, Maurice, and Carl; and sisters: Freda Ortloff, Evelyn Lobitz, Hazel Ring, Minnie Sutherland, and Lillian Clark; and infant sister, Gladys Wagner. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Ebenezer Cemetery Fund, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, or the Wounded Warrior Project.

Yvonne Lang, 63, Paynesville

Yvonne A. (Christoffer) Lang, 63, of Paynesville died on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud. Her memorial service was held on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, at the Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville. Yvonne Adeline Lang was born on Feb. 26, 1958, in Litchfield, Minn., the daughter of Virgil and Mary (Nohner) Christoffer. She grew up at the family farm near Eden Valley, where she attended a small country school. Yvonne went on to attend and graduate Eden Valley High School with the Class of 1976. On Aug. 19, 1978, Yvonne was united in marriage to Gary Lang at St. Peter Catholic Church in Eden Valley. This union was blessed with a daughter and a son. The family made their home in the Richmond/Eden Valley area. Yvonne helped Gary with his plumbing business before the couple purchased land on Rice Lake and developed the Green Acres Resort. They later sold the resort and began plumbing again. As well as helping Gary, she was a homemaker and cleaned homes in the area. In 2020. Yvonne retired due to health reasons. Yvonne was known to be a "clean freak" always keeping everything spotless. She enjoyed cooking and loved being outdoors in the sun, especially while fishing, gardening, and watching birds and other wildlife. Yvonne was a spunky woman with a hard shell and a tender warm heart. She loved spending time with her family especially her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband Gary of Paynesville; children, Brandon (fiancŽ Amy Gartner) of Paynesville and Melissa (Terence) of Paynesville; grandchildren: Caden, Breanna, Grant, and Taleah; mother, Mary Christoffer of Eden Valley; brothers, Vernon (Carla) Christoffer and Randy Christoffer; sister, Debra Hansen; and many nieces and nephews. Yvonne was preceded in death by her father, Virgil.

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