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Mermyle Bennett, 84, Paynesville
Mermyle Bennett Mermyle E. Bennett, 84, of Paynesville, died on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005, at the Mother of Mercy Nursing Home in Albany.

Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Rev. Richard Leisen officiated. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Mermyle was born on Sept. 17, 1920, in Cogswell, N. D., to Vern and Elizabeth (McCaffrey) Sanders.

She married Frederick Peterson on July 2, 1941, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. He preceded her in death in 1944. Mermyle later married Milo S. Bennett on July 12, 1947, also at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. She has lived in Paynesville since she was 18 months old.

Mermyle was a member of the Senior Citizens, St. Louis Parish, Christian Women and the Daughters of Isabella.

She enjoyed reading, bowling and traveling.

Mermyle is survived by her daughters, Betty (Jerry) Neu of St. Cloud, Melody (Mike) Beckler of Nekoosa, Wis., and Jane (Ed) Neussendorfer of Richmond; sons, Bill of New London, Tom of Brooten, and Rick of Fountain, Colo.; 20 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Frederick in 1944, her husband Milo in 1975, infant daughter, Rose Marie Peterson, two brothers, Jerry Sanders and Bernard "Dis" Sanders, two foster brothers, Web Bennett and Stuart Bennett, and foster sister, Leona Bennett.

Selma Swanson, 94, Annandale
Selma Swanson Selma H. Swanson, 94, of Annandale, Minnn., and former of Mora and Paynesville, died on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005, at the Annandale Care Center.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug, 31, at the Daniel Funeral Home Chapel in Clearwater. Pastor Ric Koehn officiated. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Annandale.

Selma was born on Aug. 16, 1911, in South Haven, Minn., to William and Amelia (Tolzman) Schmidt.

She worked locally and for Dayton's in Minneapolis before marrying Clarence Swanson on May 10, 1934, in South Haven. They lived in Annandale from 1934 to 1937. In 1937 they moved to Mora where she lived until 1983. Selma moved to Paynesville in 1983 and then to Annandale in 2001.

Selma was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Mora, attended Grace United Methodist in Paynesville, and was a member of the Naomi Circle in Paynesville.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and gardening.

Selma is survived by her nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clarence in 1977; brothers, Arthur, William, Harry, and Hilmer Schmidt; and sisters, Emma Bremer, Anna Nehring, Ida Marquardt, Ella Muehring, Minnie Schultz, Mabel Thompson, and Lydia Arndt.

Jean Pitka, 78, St. Paul
Jean Pitka Jean Pitka, 78, of St. Paul, died on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2005, at the South View Acres Home in St. Paul.

She was buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery.

Jean and her husband, Louis, resided in Paynesville for several years until the passing of Louis in February 2000. Due to her health she returned to St. Paul.

Jean is survived by her daughters, Kathy (Elliot) Greater of Maple Lake, Candy (Allen) Zschokke of Paynesville, Gloria (Dave) Johnson of St. Paul, Lois (Keith) Thompson of Blooming-ton, Mary (Mark) Downes of Atwater; two sons, John Borgan and Lou Pitka of St. Paul; and three granddaughters.

Kermit Olson, 86, Dassel
Kermit Olson Kermit Marine Olson, 86, of Dassel and formerly of Atwater, died on Friday afternoon, Aug. 19, 2005 at Lakeview Ranch Assisted Living in Dassel.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at Zion-Irving Lutheran Church in rural Hawick. Lonnie Gleitz officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Kermit was born on Feb. 23, 1919, in Spicer, the son of John and Louise Olson. He attended school in rural Paynesville. He was confirmed at Zion-Irving Lutheran Church in Paynesville.

In 1936 he was united in marriage to Martha Ruth Marie Schaumann. To this union seven children were born. Together they farmed in rural Paynesville.

Kermit served as Sunday school superintendent at Paynesville Gospel Tabernacle Church while his children were growing up. In 1962 the family moved into Paynesville and operated a trucking firm. Kermit and Martha managed the local bowling alley. Kermit also worked with the Paynesville Police Dept. and drove school bus.

In 1971 Kermit married Alys Zumhoft. They resided on Rice Lake and also in Atwater. During retirement, he drove a Ready-Mix truck and did mechanical work for Green Giant.

He lived the last few years of his life at Lakeview Ranch in Dassel.

Kermit enjoyed traveling, fishing, playing cards, dominoes and checkers, playing guitar, accordion and harmonica, dancing, and working on vehicles and other machinery.

Kermit is survived by two sons, Jim (Liz) Olson of Cannon Falls and Johnnie (Pat) Olson of Paynesville; four daughters, Elaine (Gary) Sonstegard of Montevideo, Kadie (Mike) Niewind of Montrose, Verna (Kevin) Burr of Cold Spring, and Pamela (Bruce) Borgerding of Rochester; 18 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one stepdaughter, Joan Lenz of Solanna Beach, Calif.; one brother, Jennis (Darlene) Olson of Paynesville; one sister, Luella Hartmark of Moose Lake; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two wives, Martha and Alys; daughter, Delores Sonstegard; infant son; granddaughter; great-grandson; five sisters; one brother; and his parents.

Edna Liebenow, 91, Paynesville
Edna M. Liebenow, 91, of Paynesville and formerly of Fargo, N.D., died on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2005, at the Koronis Manor.

The funeral service was held on Friday, Aug. 26, at 2 p.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church in rural Chaffee, N.D. Burial was at the Watson Cemetery also in rural Chaffee.

Edna Rhode was born on Oct. 15, 1913, in Morgan, Minn. She grew up and attended school in Frazee, Minn.

On Nov. 11, 1933, she married Dallas Liebenow. He died on May 9, 1967. They farmed near Lynchburg, N.D., until his death.

After his death, she moved to Fargo and worked at St. John's Hospital as a cook until her retirement. She then did volunteer work for the senior citizen's center. In March 2004, she moved to Washburne Court in Paynesville and lived for the last month at Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Edna is survived by a son, Dallas Liebenow, Jr. of Mesa, Ariz.; two daughters, Shirley Zebley of Ridgecrest, Calif., and JoAnn Yarmon of Paynesville; two sisters, Viola Mackenthun of Frazee and Merta Wichmann of Fargo, N.D.; eight grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; five brothers, and two sisters.

Dr. David Foreman
Dr. David Foreman David Ross Foreman, M.D., Captain, U.S. Navy retired, 70, of Daphne, Ala., died on Aug. 19, 2005, in Daphne.

A memorial service was held at Main Street United Methodist Church in Suffolk, Va., on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 11 a.m. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Dave was born in Paynesville on Oct. 21, 1934, the son of Albert R. and A. Marguerite (Gesme) Foreman. He graduated from Paynesville High School and the University of Minnesota. While at the University of Minnesota, he earned three degrees culminating as a doctor of medicine in 1965.

He interned at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. He did a residency in internal medicine and pulmonary diseases at NNMC and at Georgetown University. He was board certified in both disciplines and a fellow in both the ACP and ACCP, as well as being a certified "B" reader of pneumoconiosis and asbestosis from 1978 to present.

He headed the Pulmonary Branch of Medicine for 10 years at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital. Dave retired from the United States Navy at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital in 1982. He was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal for meritorious service during the 10 years he was head of the Pulmonary Branch, Department of Medicine, NRMC, Portsmouth, Va.

Dave was a staff member of the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk from its inception to 1985, when his duties on the executive committee and as president of the Staff at LOMH became more demanding.

After his retirement from the U.S. Navy, he practiced pulmonary medicine in Suffolk, first with the Lakeview Clinic until opening his solo practice in 1993, where he remained until November 2000, when illness forced him to retire. He was the first director of respiratory care at LOMH.

He enjoyed fishing, playing golf, singing, his patients/staff, his convertible, and traveling.

In February 2005, he and Vonnie moved to Daphne, Ala., to be closer to their daughter, Sara Jane, and her family.

He is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Yvonne (Vonnie) Johnson Foreman; four children, Sheri, of Lexington, Mass., Nancy, of Boulder Colo., David Jr., of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Sara Jane, of Daphne, Ala.; six grandsons; two granddaughters; and other friends and relatives.

Harriet Vezner, Nashville, Tenn.
Harriet Vezner, of Nashville, Tenn., and a summer resident of Lake Koronis, died on May 4, 2005, in Nashville.

Memorial services were held on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 11 a.m. at the Lutheran Church of the Triune God, 5827 Humboldt Ave., N., Brooklyn Center.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth of Nashville; son, Jon (Kathy) of Nashville; and other relatives.

Michael Hollander, 48, Grove City
Michael Robert Hollander, 48, of rural Grove City, died on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005, near his home from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

The funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville. Rev. Ric Koehn officiated. Interment was held in Zion Cemetery in rural Paynesville.

Michael was born on Jan. 15, 1957, in Beaver Dam, Wis., the son of Robert and Esther (Hiley) Hollander. At a young age, Michael moved with his fmaily to Paynesville where he grew up and attended school.

In January 1974, he married Nancy Knebel. Following their marriage, they lived in Paynesville and later moved to Belgrade where they lived for 12 years. During this time, Michael worked for K-Farms near Brooten and Jennie-O Foods, working on turkey farms.

In 1989, they moved to Union Grove Township, near Grove City, where Michael has since managed a farm for Jennie-O Foods. Michael and Nancy were later divorced.

Michael loved fishing, fishing trips to Canada, motorcycles, and being outdoors.

He is survived by his children, Michael Jr. of Willmar, Sabrina Wiech of Hastings, and Chad of St. Joseph; one granddaughter; parents, Robert and Esther Hollander of Paynesville; and a brother, Kevin of Paynesville.

Michael was preceded in death by his son, Paul, and grandparents.

Irma Allan, 87, Willmar
Irma Allan Irma Viola Allan, 87, of Willmar, died Wednesday evening, Aug. 17, 2005, at Bethesda Heritage Center in Willmar.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Burial was in Cloverleaf Cemetery in Willmar.

Irma was born on June 10, 1917, in O'Neil, Neb., the daughter of Hans and Frieda (Wunder) Jansen. Early in her life, the family moved to a farm near Lake Park, Iowa. She attended Lake Park High School and graduated in 1935.

In 1937, Irma was united in marriage to Wilbur Rue in Lake Park, Iowa. To this union three daughters and two sons were born. They farmed and made their home in Lakefield, until they moved in 1959 to the Alexandria area and Willmar in 1965.

After moving to Willmar, Irma attended Willmar Nursing School and finished on the job training at the Willmar State Hospital, where she worked until her retirement in 1984. Irma was a Sr. C.D.P.S. and an Avon representative for many years.

She served as a 4-H leader, election judge and conducted the Harris Poll for many years.

Together, Irma and Wilbur were able to share in 48 years of marriage before Wilbur's death in 1985.

In October 1986, Irma was united in marriage to LeRoy "Bud" Allan. They made home in Paynesville where they enjoyed their retirement together. In 1987 Bud and Irma began wintering in McAllen, Texas, until 2001, when Bud's health declined.

She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville, where she served as ladies' aid president and held many offices in the church. She was a member of Eastern Star, VFW Auxiliary and the State Hospital Retirees group.

Irma is survived by three daughters, Janet (Richard) Kimbler of Clear Lake, Judith (Douglas) Berg of Bozeman, Mont., and Lori (Jeff) Lindgren of Pennock; one son, Joseph (Renee) Rue of Kerkhoven; 17 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Lois Untiedt of Lakefield, Ellen (Vernon) Voss of Spirit Lake, Iowa, Bertha Beck of Hermit, Calif.. and Dorothy Ziegler of Mesa, Ariz.; and brothers, Eldon Jansen of Harris, Iowa, and Earl Jensen of Hemitt, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Wilbur and Bud; son, Jerry at age 19; one grandson; and one brother, Leonard.

Douglas Eull, 46, Buffalo
Douglas Eull, 46, of Buffalo and formerly of Eden Valley, died on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2005, at the Buffalo Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 15, at Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley. Rev. Virgil Braun officiated and burial was in the parish cemetery.

Douglas was born Dec. 2, 1958, in Buffalo to Loran and Betty (Meister) Eull. He lived in St. Michael until 1967, when they moved to Eden Valley.

He was a member of Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley.

Douglas is survived by his parents, Loran and Betty Eull of Eden Valley; brothers and sisters, Tony (Barb) of Paynesville, Carol (Rick) Stanoch of Holdingford, Paul (Nancy) of Byron, Stan of St. Joseph and Lori (Terry) Lygre of St. Joseph; 10 nephews and niece; and one great-nephew.

Mildred Parks, 90, Paynesville
Mildred Parks Mildred Parks, 90, of Paynesville, died Friday afternoon, Aug. 5, 2005, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral Services were at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at the Eden Valley Church of God in Eden Valley. Rev. Daniel Smead will officiate. Burial was in Eden Lake Cemetery.

Mildred was born on April 7, 1915, on the family farm in Eden Lake Township, the daughter of Evert M. and Bertia Kirkpatrick. She attended rural grade school in District #77.

On Aug. 8, 1932, she was baptized in the Christian faith in Rice Lake.

On Dec. 23, 1942, she was united in marriage to Russell Parks in Seattle, Wash. To this union one son and one daughter were born. They made their home in Seattle, Wash.; Big Bend, N.D.; and Blomkest before moving to rural Paynesville in 1950.

Mildred helped maintain their hobby farm and worked as a homemaker.

In September 2003, Mildred and Russell moved to Washburne Court in Paynesville.

Mildred was a member of Eden Valley Church of God where she was once active in the Ladies Aid. She enjoyed quilting, crafts, gardening, and flowers.

She is survived by her son, Val (Roseanne) Parks of Paynesville; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and brother, Edward (June) Kirkpatrick of Cold Spring.

Mildred was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Russell in January 2004; a daughter, Beverly; one brother; and one sister.

Thomas Larson, 46, Belgrade
Thomas Larson Thomas Alan Larson, 46, of Belgrade, died on Tuesday morning, Aug. 2, 2005, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Funeral Services were at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 8, at Crow River Lutheran Church in rural Belgrade. Rev. Dan Heath officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Tom was born on April 17, 1959, in Paynesville, Minn., the son of L. Burton and Maurine (Sivertson) Larson. He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith at Crow River Lutheran Church. He grew up on the family farm in Burbank Township. He attended elementary and high school in Belgrade where he graduated in the class of 1977. He continued his education in Willmar for one year.

On Aug. 11, 1978, Tom was united in marriage to Deb Nelson at Crow River Lutheran Church. To this union two sons and one daughter were born. They made their home on the family farm near Belgrade, where he farmed, and raised cattle.

Tom enjoyed hunting, horseback riding, scouting deer throughout the year, watching the Vikings, farming and raising cattle.

Tom is survived by his wife, Deb; daughter, Sarah (John) Shelton of Sauk Rapids; two sons, Andrew Larson in the U.S. Marine Corps and Aaron Larson of Belgrade; one grandson; mother, Maurine Larson of Belgrade; brother, Steve (Ruth) Larson of Litchfield; sisters, Joan (Doug) Mohs of Belgrade, Sandy (Randy) Lindahl of Belgrade and Kathy (Mike) Kampsen of New London; and many relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, L. Burton Larson.

Alvina Schneider, 91, Cold Spring
Alvina Schneider Alvina E. Schneider, 91, of Cold Spring, died on Monday morning, Aug. 1, 2005, at the Assumption Home in Cold Spring.

Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4, at the Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley. Rev. Virgil Braun officiated. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Alvina was born on Dec. 30, 1913, in Richmond to Henry H. and Gertrude (Bragelman) Schlangen.

She married Edmund Schneider on Sept. 6, 1943, at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Richmond. They farmed in Watkins until 1974 and they moved to Eden Valley in 1975.

Alvina was a member of the Eden Valley Senior Citizens, Catholic Aid of Watkins, Christian Mothers and Assumption Catholic Church. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, cards, bingo and traveling.

Alvina is survived by a son and daughter, Harold (Doreen) Schneider and Celina (Jim) Gill, both of Cold Spring; a sister, Kitty (Aegidia) Theisen of St. Joseph; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edmund (Aug. 24,1987); parents; brothers, Edmund, Norbert, Alphonse, Ervin, and Clem; and one great-grandchild.

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