August 2001 Obituaries
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from The Paynesville Press
August 2001

Johnson Funeral Home

Al Flint
Al Flint Alphonse H. Flint, 86, of Paynesville, died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2001, at his home.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Entombment will take place in the St. Louis Parish Mausoleum in Paynesville. Visitation will be 4 to 9 p.m. today (Wednesday, Aug. 29), at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville and one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Parish prayers will be held at 8 p.m., followed by the St. Louis Knights of Columbus rosary at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Alphonse was born May 22, 1915, in rural Roscoe, to Bernard and Elizabeth (Braegelman) Flint. He married Sally Klassen on Sept. 14, 1943, at St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin. They farmed in the Roscoe area until 1972 when they retired and moved to Paynesville. They were also foster parents to two sons. After retirement he continued to help on the family farm in Roscoe. He was a member of the St. Louis Catholic Church, St. Louis Knights of Columbus, Catholic Order of Foresters, and St. Joseph's Men's Society.

Alphonse enjoyed fishing, playing cards, and was an avid fan of the Minnesota Twins.

Survivors include his sons: Jerry (Doris) Flint of Allentown, Pa., Leon (Linda) Flint of Richmond, Kevin (Carla) Kroll of St. Stephen, and Kim Kroll of Little Falls; 14 grandchildren; and sisters Sr. Borno Flint, OSB of St. Joseph and Ceal Haehn of St. Cloud.

Preceding him in death were his wife Sally (1992); brothers and sisters: Anna Mackedanz, Ben Flint, Clara Pung, and Verena Mackedanz.

Victor Beier
Victor Beier Victor Beier, 84, of San Mateo, Calif., died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2001, at his home from complications of heart disease and diabetes.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 1, at 1:30 p.m., at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home with Pastor Keith Ainsley officiating. A luncheon will follow at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville with the cremation interment following at the Paynesville Cemetery.

Victor V. Beier was born April 8, 1917, to Amanda and Edwin Beier of Regal. He was baptized on Jan. 24, 1918, at Grove Evangelical United Brethern Church by Pastor C. F. Kachel. He attended grade school at Regal's District 30, graduated from Belgrade High School and in 1938 from the Fargo Mechanic School. He worked a short time at a garage in Belgrade before moving to the west coast in 1939.

He worked at the aeronautical lab at Moffett Field as an aircraft mechanic, at Hiller Helicopters in the final assembly department, and at Pyroment Industries as an inspector. He retired in 1983.

Victor enjoyed bowling, golfing, watching the horse races, and doing jigsaw puzzles.

Survivors include his brother, Alvin H. Beier of Martinez, Calif.; a sister, Viola Driste Nelson of Paynesville; friend and caregiver John Eustice of San Mateo, Calif.; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers: Everett, Embert, and Ormond Beier.

Dwain Cossairt
Dwain Burton Cossairt, 81, of Eureka, Calif., died on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2001, in Eureka, Calif.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Aug. 18, in Eureka, Calif.

Dwain was born Aug. 22, 1919, in Eden Valley. He was a farmer in Minnesota for years before moving to Eureka where he lived 45 years and owned his own dump trucking business. He and his wife, Virginia, worked all over California.

Dwain was a member of the Moose Lodge and Rohnerville Grange. He enjoyed fishing and camping.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Virginia Cossairt; sons, Jim (Wanda) Cossairt of Cottonwood, Minn., Jeff (Janis) Cossairt of Eureka, Calif., Richard Cossairt of Burney, Robert (Rose) Cossairt of Grants Pass, Ore.; daughters, Janice Kulp of Valley, Wash., Elaine (Ray) Lindblom of Las Vegas, Nev., Margie (Jerry) Ingersoll of Medford, Ore.; sister, Vonnie Weber of Arkansas; 16 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Irma and Ellis Cossairt.

Lillian Schmitz
Lillian Schmitz Lillian M. Schmitz, 80, of Roscoe died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2001, at the Assumption Home in Cold Spring after a year- long battle with lymphoma.

Funeral services are today (Aug. 22) at 11 a.m., at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Roscoe with Father Leo Leisen and Deacon Vernon Schmitz officiating. Burial will take place in the St. Agnes Parish Cemetery in Roscoe.

Lillian was born July 22, 1921, to Bernard and Mary (Loecken) Heinen in rural Lake Henry. She married Christ Schmitz on April 18, 1944, at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry. They farmed in the Roscoe area where she enjoyed quilting, sewing, gardening, cooking, caring for all the animals, and taking care of her children and grandchildren. In 1983 they retired and built a home on a few acres of their farmland.

She was a member of the St. Agnes Catholic Church, St. Agnes Christian Women and Mission Group, and the Daughters of Isabella.

Survivors include her children: Vernon (Diane) Schmitz of St. Cloud, Larry (Jeanne) Schmitz of Eden Valley, Mary Rutsis of Duluth, Alan (LaVeda) Schmitz of Alexandria, David (Debra) Schmitz of Cold Spring, Ione (Gary) DeNucci of Luck, Wis., Annette Schmitz of Waite Park, Renae (Shawn) McGinnity of Luck, Wis., Myron (Joan) Schmitz of North Branch, and Marc (Amy) Schmitz of Pierre, S.D.; 25 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; a brother Innocent (Florence) Heinen of Watkins; and sisters Viola (Leo) Olmscheid of New Munich and Lorraine (Jerome) Olmscheid of Lake Henry.

Preceding her in death were her husband (1994) and daughters Martha (1964) and Karen (1967).

Sadie Voss
Sadie Voss Sadie L. Voss, 86, of Paynesville, died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2001, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Aug. 17, at the Grace United Methodist Church, Paynesville, with Linda Jensen officiant. Inter-ment was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Sadie Luverna Voss was born April 28, 1915, to William and Martha (Gruetzmacher) Ernst in Lake Henry Township. She grew up in Lake Henry Township where she attended a country school.

On April 28, 1936, she married Harvey Voss in Paynesville. They farmed in Paynesville Township for 48 years. They retired in 1974 and soon after moved to Lake Koronis where they have lived since. Sadie was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church where she was a pianist, Sunday school teacher, and a member of the church choir for many years.

Sadie was also a local news reporter for KLFD radio in Litchfield. They had a family trio known as the KASM Melody Trio in Albany. She also taught accordion lessons at Bob's Music Store in Willmar, Stafford's Music Store in St. Cloud, Bodine's Music in Minneapolis, as well as at Crystal, Sauk Centre, Lake Henry, and Benson. She loved music, helping people, her family, birds, flowers, and nature.

Survivors include her husband, Harvey of Paynesville; a son Arthur (Berniece) Voss of Paynesville; and two grandsons. She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Matilda Wartenberg.

Lorraine Wulf
Lorraine F. Wulf, 77, of St. Louis Park, died on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2001, at the Paynesville Area Hospital in Paynesville.

Graveside services were held on Friday, Aug. 17, at Lakeside Cemetery in Heron Lake, Minn., with the Rev. Cathy Brandt officiating.

Lorraine was born Sept. 26, 1923, in Heron Lake, to C.A. and Rosa Lee (Moore) Fodness. She graduated from the Heron Lake High School and the University of Minnesota. On June 25, 1951, she married Norman Wulf and they made their home in St. Louis Park. Norman passed away in March of 1974. Lorraine continued to live in St. Louis Park.

She enjoyed most in life a love of nature, including a love of birds, flowers, and trees.

Survivors include her sister Marge (Harold) Easterday; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and grandniece Melissa Deadrick.

Robert Stinton
Robert C. Stinton, 68, of Richmond, died Monday, Aug. 13, 2001, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Memorial services were Thursday, Aug. 16, at the Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring.

Bob was born in Paynesville to Hubert and Myrtle (Swenson) Stinton. He graduated from Paynesville High School and attended Dunwoody Institute where he studied chemistry. On Feb. 7, 1953, he married Margie Schriefels. He went into the grocery business where he worked as a manager. For the last five years they lived on Cedar Island Lake near Richmond. Fighting cancer, he semi-retired, but continued to work at Fleet Farm. He loved being with his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife Margie; children, Pam Erickson of Maple Grove and Dan Stinton of Leesburg, Fla.; a sister Ramona Olsen of Paynesville; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Theresa May
Theresa A. May, 73, of Watkins, passed away on Friday, Aug. 10, 2001, at the Paynesville Community Hospital following a battle with cancer.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Monday, Aug. 13, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins with interment in the parish cemetery. Officiating were Rev. Francis Garvey, Rev. A. Melchizedech, Rev. Brian Thurn, and Rev. Timothy Deutsch.

Casket bearers were Tim, Kevin, Robert, Perry and Larry May, and Terry Deutsch.

Theresa May was born on Nov. 13, 1927, to John and Marie (Wampach) Deutsch near New Prague. She married Marvin May on Oct. 11, 1958, at St. Benedict Township. She was employed as a certified nursing assistant for many years at the Shakopee Hospital and at the Hilltop Good Samaritan Center in Watkins until her retirement in 1993. She was a member of the St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins.

Survivors include her husband, Marvin; daughters, Debbie (Mike) Seykora of Sioux Falls, S.D., Cindy (Mike) Warren of Forest City, Connie May of Springfield, Ore., Nancy Wiechmann of Watkins, Vicki (Corey) Wetther of Brooklyn Park, and Kristi May and her friend Jerry Pahl of Willmar; nine grandchildren; brothers, Richard (Phyllis) Deutsch of New Prague, and Victor Deutsch of Waterloo, Iowa; and a sister, Angie Hesse of Chaska.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Kathleen, and son-in-law, Scott Bolstad.

Wanda Jensen
Wanda Jensen Wanda S. Jensen, 88, of Paynesville died on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2001, at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Paynesville.

Funeral services were Monday, Aug. 13, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville with Reverend Richard Leisen officiating. Burial was in the St. Louis Parish Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Michelle Novak, Mike Novak, Alex Pachan, Jason Weisenburger, Aaron Weisenburger, and Joseph Weisenburger.

Wanda was born on Feb. 17, 1913, in Minneapolis to Julius and Agnes (Graczyk) Herynski. She grew up in Northeast Minneapolis. She married Clifford Jensen on May 30, 1936, at St. Clement's Catholic Church in Northeast Minneapolis. They lived in the Hopkins-Minnetonka area for over 20 years until moving to Paynesville in 1973. She was a member of St. Louis Parish and a member of the Daughters of Isabella.

Survivors include two daughters, Catharine (Gaylen) Weisenburger of Moorhead, and Lou Anne Jensen of Blaine; three grandsons; and one sister, Effie Johnson of New Hope.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband on Dec. 30, 1987; and two sisters, Gladys Bonin and Lois Hammer.

Richard Winter
Richard W. (Rich) Winter, 85, of Sauk Centre, died on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2001, at St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Monday, Aug.13, at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Todd Schneider and Father Eberhart Schefers, a nephew, officiating with interment following in the parish cemetery.

Casket bearers were Robert and Mike Doubrava, and Brian, Brad, Tim, and Brandon Winter. Honorary bearers were members of Bishop Busch Council 4863 Knights of Columbus.

Richard Winter was born on Feb. 20, 1916, in Spring Hill Township, to Frank and Mary (Schoenborn) Winter. He married Marcella "Sally" T. Ostendorf on April 23, 1940, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Grey Eagle. They farmed near Spring Hill on his home farm for five years. In 1946 they moved to a farm near Sauk Centre. They were feed and Pure Water Inc. Drinking Systems salespersons until they retired and moved to Sauk Centre in October 2000. He was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church and Bishop Busch Council 4863 Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include his wife, Marcella Winter of Sauk Centre; six children, Donna (Robert) Hoeschen of Freeport, Lawrence B. (Rosie) Winter of Sauk Centre, Gerald (Marge) Winter of Foley, Richard (Kathy) Winter Jr. of St. Cloud, Judith (Delbert) Doubrava of Sauk Centre, and Dennis (Nancy) Winter of Sauk Centre; 27 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and sisters and brothers, Otillia Jonas of Melrose, Leona Meemken of Bemidji, Sarah Fuchs of Lake Henry, Ervin (Ludvina) Winter of Spring Hill (on the home farm), and Johanna Schefers of St. Cloud.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers and sisters, Henry, Lawrence, Edward, Theckla Jonas, Alfred, Sophia, Erma Kunstleben, and Art Winter; and one granddaughter, Shannon Winter.

Janet Chvatal
Janet Chvatel Janet M. Chvatal, 59, of Spicer died on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2001.

A Memorial Mass was held on Friday, Aug. 10, 2001, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville, with The Reverend Richard Leisen officiating. Janet was born on Oct. 28, 1941, in Harmony, Minn., the daughter of John and Dorothy Chvatal. She received her master's degree in the science of teaching from the University of Wisconsin­ River Falls.

Chvatal spent her entire career as an elementary school teacher at several schools in Iowa and Minnesota. She had a love of animals, gardening, bird-watching, cooking, art, music, and science.

Survivors include her mother, Dorothy Chvatal of Beaverton, Ore.; five sisters, Julie Doran of Beaverton, Ore., Jacinta Chvatal of Portland, Ore., Jeanne Polaschek of Salinas, Calif., Joyce Quy of Apple Valley, Minn., and Mary Jo Neveu of Vancouver, Wash.; four brothers, David Bond of Byron, Minn., Donald Chvatal of Portland, Ore., Daniel Chvatal of Jordan, Minn., and Dennis Chvatal of Rosemont, Minn.; her special friend Gussie Flerchinger of Spicer, Minn.; and

Wilfred Sturm
Wilfred Sturm A celebration of life mass will take place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley for Wilfred M. Sturm, 82, of Eden Valley, who died Sunday at the VA Medical Center in St. Cloud.

Friends may call from 4-9 p.m. Wednesday and from 9-10 a.m. Thurday morning at Ding-man's Eden Valley Funeral Home. The Rev. Virgil Braun will officiate and burial will be in St. Catherine's Cemetery in Redwood Falls.

Bill was born in North Washington, Iowa, to John and Lana (Elenz) Sturm. He served his country in the United States Army during WWII and received a purple heart during a battle in the European Theater in Belgium. He was also involved in battles and campaigns in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, and Ardennes.

He married Leona Uhlenkamp on May 5, 1946, at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Redwood Falls. She died Sept. 7, 1969. He married Annamae May on Aug. 14, 1972, at St, Agnes Catholic Church in Roscoe.

Bill owned and operated a bakery business in Morgan, Minn., Boulder, Colo., and Redwood Falls, Minn. He retired in 1972 and moved to a farm near Browns Lake.

He was a member of Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley, where he was active in the church choir. He was also a member of the following organizations: Paynesville Knights of Columbus St. Louis Council #3820, Sauk River Watershed District, Eden Valley Sportsmen's Club, Litchfield Male Chorus, Morgan VFW, Eden Valley American Legion Post #381, Browns Lake Lake Association, United Way, and various choirs for 50 years.

Survivors include his wife AnnaMae of Eden Valley; sons, Wayne of Boulder, Colo. and Gregor of Grand Junction, Colo.; granddaughter, Guinn Nissen; great-granddaughter Alexis Nissen of Louisville, Colo.; stepchildren and their spouses, Lorraine and Jerry Svihel, Mike May, and Mary Lou Dwyer of Richmond; Charles and Debbie May, Janet and John Dierkhising, both of Cold Spring; Stephen May and fiance´ Kathy Krebsbach of Avon; Susan Molitor of Wenatchee, Wash.; and Marlene and Jeff Bertram of Paynesville; brothers and sisters-in-law, Raymond and Elenor Sturm of Minneapolis, and Vince and Vaya Sturm of St. Cloud; sisters and brother-in-law, Lucinda Blomker of Royalton, Mildred Halvorson of Glydon, and Rita and Fritz Ertl of Waite Park; 14 step-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Leona, and brothers, Harold, Ralph, and Edgar Sturm.

He enjoyed being with his family, joke telling, reading, games, parties, grandchildren, music, and history.

Bob Hovey
Robert "Bob" Kent Hovey, age 60, of Willmar, formerly of Atwater and Paynesville, died Friday evening, Aug. 3, at the Bethesda Heritage Center in Willmar following an extended illness. Memorial service was held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7, at the Evangelical Free Church in Willmar with Pastor Todd Olson officiating. Interment was at the Union Cemetary in Atwater.

He was born on April 19, 1941, in Willmar, the son of Reuben Kinley and Evelyn Alma (Holseth) Hovey. He grew up in Atwater, was baptized and confirmed at Bethlehem Lutheran Church and graduated from the Atwater High School in 1959. On November 16, 1963, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Atwater, he was united in marriage to Julie Hedlund. They lived in Atwater, Paynesville, and Willmar.

Bob was employed as a clerk for the BNSF Railway for over 35 years. He was also self-employed as a finish carpenter.

Bob was a past member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, the Paynesville Lions Club, and the Little Dukes coffee club.

He was a current member of the Evangelical Free Church and the Valley Golf Club. He enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren, listening to country music, golfing, and playing po

ol and cards with his friends. He is survived by his wife, Julie; three children, Karla (and Bob) Caruso of Monticello, Kent (and Kristin) Hovey of Mooresville, NC., and Kendra (and Steve) Van Meter of Spicer; and eight grandchildren, Macklin, Rylee, and Benjamin Caruso, Allisa, Kinley, and Kenna Hovey, and Maren and Raelin Van Meter; besides other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Harold Flanders
Harold Flanders Harold Flanders, age 85, of San Diego, Calif., who passed away on Oct. 21, 2000, will be interred at Burr Oak Cemetery at 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 15, 2001. Harold will be interred beside his wife, Beatrice (Schultz) who pass-ed away on Jan. 8, 2000, and was previously interred at Burr Oak on Aug. 22, 2000.

The Flanders were born in the same year ­ Harold on March 14, 1915, and Beatrice on May 20, 1915.

Immediately following their marriage on Oct. 2, 1940, the newlyweds lived in Union Grove Township. In 1946, Harold and Beatrice moved to Paynesville, where Harold worked for Zimmerman Electric.

In 1951, they moved to Everett, Washington. In 1952, the family returned to Minnesota to reside in Hopkins, from where they visited Paynesville regularly. Harold worked at National Foods in Hopkins until his retirement in 1970 at the age of 55. In the early 1970s, Harold and Beatrice began making winter trips to Mesa, Ariz. In 1975, they moved from Minnesota to become residents of Mesa, Ariz., at the Good Life trailer park. Between March 1997 and their deaths, Harold and Beatrice lived in San Diego, Calif., where they could be closer to their son Allen and his family.

Harold and Beatrice are survived by their son Allen (Cathy), grandson Derek, and granddaughter Lyndsey, all of San Diego. Harold is also survived by an aunt, Lucille Randolph of Paynesville. Beatrice is survived by her brothers, Orville Schultz of Eden Valley, LeRoy Schultz, Ellsworth Schultz; and sisters, Bernice Busse and Joyce Spaulding, all of Paynesville.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Edna (Berglund), and infant brother Floyd, who was born in 1917 and died in 1918. Beatrice was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Anna (Kelm) Schultz, and brothers and sisters, Idella Tritabaugh, Rosemund Schultz, Melvin Schultz, Myron Schultz, Marella Hickman, Luverna Tysdol, and Dorothy Nehring.

A reception will follow the ceremony. Memorials are preferred to the Burr Oak Cemetery.

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