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Wallace Hanson, 87, Paynesville
Wallace D. Hanson, 87, of Paynesville died on Saturday, April 24, at Banner Hospice in Mesa, Ariz.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 8, at 11 a.m., at the First Presbyterian Church in Litchfield. A private burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Staples, Minn., with military honors provided by the Litchfield Military Honor Guard.

A visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m., on Friday, May 7, at the church and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.

Wallace Dwight Hanson was born on Jan. 28, 1923, to Daniel and Lillian (Vogtman) Hanson in Staples, Minn.

Wallace received his education at Staples High School, graduating in 1941.

He served as a U.S. Navy Seaman First Class from 1942 to 1945.

He was united in marriage to Lauretta Brummer on Aug. 31, 1946, in Staples. Together, they lived in Staples until 1960. They then lived in Litchfield from 1960 to 1984.

They retired to Rice Lake near Paynesville, where they spent summers. They spent winters in Mesa, Ariz., and later moved to Paynesville.

They owned the Coast to Coast Store in Litchfield from 1960 until 1984.

Wallace is survived by his wife, Lauretta; children, Linda (Doug) Meyer of Rochester, Ill., Kay (Tim Lane) Hanson of Eden Valley, Dean (Bev) Hanson of Paynesville, Bob (Mary Lou) Hanson of Sartell, Barb (Don) Snegosky of Maple Grove, and Chris (Kevin) Hanson-Ehlinger of Avon; 16 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Winnifred Schmidt of Staples and Avis Leitch of Swisher, La.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lillian and Dan; brothers, Danny Hanson and Roger Hanson; sister; Eleanor Harry; and a granddaughter.

Memorials are preferred to First Presbyterian Church and Disabled Veterans of America.

Margie Holifer, 87, Paynesville
Margie J. Holifer, 87, of Paynesville died on Wednesday, April 21, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, April 24, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Margie Jane Holifer was born on Sept. 21, 1922, in Union Grove Township to Joseph and Martha (Harris) Flanders.

She graduated from Litchfield High School.

She was a homemaker and later became the head teller at Community First Bank in Paynesville.

She later married Donald Holifer.

Margie is survived by her children, Richard (Beverly) Schwartz of New London and Bonnie Schwartz of Paynesville; six grandchildren; and sisters-in-law.

She was preceded in death by her husband; 13 brothers and sisters; and a grandson.

James Anderson, 90, Litchfield
James W. Anderson, 90, of Litchfield, died on Tuesday, April 13, at the Emmanuel Home in Litchfield.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, April 17, at the Church of St. Philip. Burial was in the Calvary Catholic Cemetery with military honors by the Litchfield Military Honor Guard.

James Walford Anderson was born on Aug. 10, 1919, to Emmanuel and Hilda (Johnson) Anderson in Litchfield.

After graduating from Litchfield High School in 1937, he continued his education at the University of Md., graduating in 1940.

Jim met Henrietta Gunzelman while serving in the Army Air Force. They married on Aug. 7, 1944, in Baltimore, Maryland. Together, they lived in Arkansas, Tennessee, Florida, Mississippi, and Minneapolis before settling in Litchfield in 1946 to take over the family insurance business.

Together, Jim and Henrietta owned and operated the Anderson Insurance Agency.

Jim is survived by his three children, Barry Anderson of Litchfield, Barbara (Steve) Marsch of Encinitas, Calif., and Mary Lee Bennett of Vail, Colo.; four grandchildren; brother, Elwin Anderson of Seattle, Wash.; and sister, Irene Clark of Plymouth.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Henrietta; parents, Emmanuel and Hilda; brother, Lewis Anderson; a brother-in-law; and a sister-in-law.

Carlla Ramstad, 94, Willmar
Carlla Luella Lomsdal Ramstad, 94, of Willmar died on Saturday, April 3, at Willmar Commons.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 23, at 11 a.m., at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Moorhead. Burial will be in the Hawley Cemetery.

Carlla Ramstad was born on Dec. 22, 1915, to Olga (Iverson) and Knute Lomsdal at their farm home in Hitterdal. She was baptized and confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church in 1930.

Carlla graduated from Hitterdal High School in June 1934.

She married Lyman Whitney Ramstad of Hawley on Aug. 7, 1940, at First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes. Three children were born to this union.

Lyman died on July 6, 1998. In 2005, Carlla moved into Eventide Catered Living Center. In August 2008, she moved to St. Cloud. In September 2008, she moved into Willmar Commons.

Carlla is survived by her son, Jim (Marsha) Ramstad of Peoria, Ariz.; daughter, Jane Hennen of St. Cloud; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a daughter, a grandson, six brothers, and two sisters.

Gregor Rothstein, 96, Marty
Gregor A. Rothstein, 96, of Marty, Minn., (Pearl Lake) died on Tuesday, April 13, at the Assumption Home in Cold Spring.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 17, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Marty, Minn. Burial was in the Holy Cross Parish Cemetery in Marty.

Gregor Rothstein was born on April 11, 1914, to Nicholas and Theresia (Braegelmann) Rothstein in Richmond.

He married Viola Garding on Sept. 9, 1941, in Holy Cross Church in Marty. Their union lasted until Viola’s death in 2006.

He farmed all his life.

Gregor is survived by his children, Darlene (Marlin) Koenig, Harold (Joanie) Rothstein, and Marlene (Ronald) Schlangen; a son-in-law; brothers, Marcellus, Clarence, Ralph, and Nicholas; a sister-in-law; a brother-in-law; 12 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Viola; parents; daughter, Carol Jonas; brothers, Ed, Leo, Leander, Alfred, Richard, Paul, and Norbert; and sisters, Lucille Rothstein, Agnes Rausch, Aegidia Hemmesch, and Leona Hemmesch.

Rebecca Westvig, 42, Paynesville
Rebecca L. Westvig, 42, of Paynesville died on Tuesday, April 6, at Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Augusta, following a long battle with cancer.

A memorial service was held on Sunday, April 11, at Nordland Lutheran Church in rural Paynesville. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Rebecca Lynn Westvig was born on Oct. 8, 1967, to Robert and Linda (Ford) Westvig in Crosby, Minn. She grew up in Paynesville and graduated from Paynesville High School in 1986.

After high school, Rebecca attended cosmetology school in Coon Rapids. She went on to work at three salons in the Twin Cities area.

Rebecca was also a long time representative for Young Living Essential Oils.

In 2008, she moved back to Paynesville, due to her health.

Rebecca is survived by her mother, Linda Westvig of Paynesville; siblings, Rick Westvig of Maple Wood, Roxanne Nielsen of Lake Benton, and Russ Westvig of Big Lake; four nieces; and a nephew.

She was preceded in death by her father, Robert, and her grandparents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Jean Hanson, 63, San Diego, Calif.
Jean Hanson, 63, of San Diego, Calif., died on Tuesday, April 13, at Scripps-Mercy Hospital in San Diego, following a long battle with cancer.

A celebration of life and visitation will be held on Saturday, April 24, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Nordland Lutheran Church in rural Paynesville. Burial will be in Nordland Cemetery.

Jean Annette Hanson was born on Aug. 16, 1946, to Norman and Ruth Mathison Hanson at Rice Hospital in Willmar.

She was baptized on Oct. 13, 1946, in Nordland Church by Rev. C.T. Olson and confirmed on May 21, 1961, by Rev. H.I. Heagen.

She attended country school District #92 and graduated from New London-Spicer High School in 1964.

She worked in Minneapolis; Los Angeles, Calif., and Phoenix, Ariz. She graduated from Arizona State University with degrees in clinical pathology, medical technology, and ASCP in 1979.

She worked in cancer research at Arizona State University in Tucson.

Jean is survived by her mother, Ruth Hanson Everson of Paynesville; brothers, Ronald Hanson of Hawick and Kenneth Hanson of Spicer; six nephews; two nieces; and many cousins, uncles, relatives, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Norman Hanson.

Memorials are preferred.

James Gunter, 87, Paynesville
James W. "Jim" Gunter, 87, of Paynesville died on Wednesday, March 31, at his home.

A memorial visitation was held on Monday, April 5, at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville. Private burial with military honors was in Ripley Cemetery in Litchfield.

Jim was born on July 27, 1922, to Voice and Marie (Shoultz) Gunter in Litchfield. He graduated from Litchfield High School in 1940 and held the school pole vaulting record until 1963.

After graduating, he joined the U.S. Navy and served in the South Pacific during WWII.

He and his wife, Borgie, ran a restaurant business in Litchfield, while Jim attended Dunwoody Institute for sign lettering. Their union lasted until Borgie's death in 1992.

Jim owned and operated Viking Signs in Litchfield until 1966, when he sold the business and moved to Paynesville. Jim then owned and operated Gunter Signs, first in Willmar, and later in Paynesville.

Jim is survived by his children, Dorothy (Larry) Mohr of Paynesville, Dale (Robin) Wood of Grass Valley, Calif., Gerry (Duane) Watt of Litchfield, Anita (John) McDonald of Paynesville, Colleen (Ken) Fenner of Litchfield, Lola (Ron) Thomton of Deer River, and Julie (John) Bergstrom of Paynesville; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; and brother, Virgil (Shorty) of Grand Rapids.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Borgie; son, Steve; daughter, Brenda; a granddaughter; a great grandson; and two brothers.

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