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Amy Zimmerman, 81, Arizona
Amelia "Amy" Zimmerman, 81, died on Wednesday, Aug. 17, in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Amy Chval Zimmerman was born on Feb. 4, 1930, to Edward and Sylvia Chval in Chicago. She grew up in nearby Cicero, Ill., in the thriving Czech community.

Amy began school and quickly found an affinity and aptitude for music. She began playing saxophone in the second grade and won many awards for her performances in junior and senior high school. She was also active in sports, playing volleyball and basketball, and was on the swim team for the butterfly stroke and synchronized swimming.

Amy met Wes Zimmerman, formerly of Paynesville, at North Central College in Naperville, Ill., where she was working on a degree in home economics. They were married on Feb. 4, 1950, in Naperville. They shared more than 60 years of marriage.

Wes and Amy had four children. Following WesÕ career, they moved from Illinois to Indiana, one of 13 moves during their marriage, the last being to Arizona in 1969.

Amy is survived by her husband, Wes; children, William (Penny), Judy (Jack) Bee, Paul (Michele), and Mark; 11 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; and 19 step-great-grandchildren.

Memorials are preferred to Living Water Lutheran Church in Scottsdale.

Joanne Spanier, 72, Paynesville
Joanne M. Spanier, 72, of Paynesville and formerly of Lake Henry, died on Friday, Aug. 26, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial will be in St. Margaret's Parish Cemetery in Lake Henry. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 30, from 4 to 8 p.m., and after 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday at the church.

Joanne Spanier was born on Sept. 12, 1938, to Leo and Stella (Hess) Meyer in Paynesville.

She married Cyril J. Spanier on June 4, 1958, at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry.

The couple farmed near Lake Henry for 53 years until retiring in 2011 and moving to Paynesville.

Joanne enjoyed being employed as a tax consultant at H&R Block in Paynesville for over 20 years and cleaning cabins at Stonegate Lodge.

Joanne is survived by her husband, Cyril; children, Darlene (Jim) Schoenberg of Spring Hill, Randy (Sandy) of Lake Henry, Sharon (Larry) Wendroth of Paynesville, and Ron (Amy) of Lake Henry; 14 grandchildren; one greatgrandson; sisters, Kathleen Burg of Lake Henry and Mary Ann Bauer of Richmond; and brother, Alvin Meyer of Lake Henry.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Polysystic Kidney Foundation.

Hank Schollett, 71, Paynesville
Hank Schollett, 71, of Paynesville died unexpectedly on Wednesday, Aug. 17, in St. Cloud.

A memorial service was held on Monday, Aug. 22, at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville.

Hank Schollett was born on Jan. 19, 1940, in Detroit, Mich. He grew up in Detroit, with his family moving to Des Moines, Iowa, during WWII, and then to Fort Wayne, Ind., where he finished high school.

Hank attended Valparaiso University, where he played varsity football and earned a degree in electrical engineering in 1962.

Hank and Nancy (Harris) were married in 1961, and then moved to Chicago for Hank's first job with Automatic Electric. While in Chicago, Hank earned a master's degree in business administration.

Hank and Nancy shared 50 years of marriage.

Hank worked for 26 years in Mankato at several businesses: Midtex Corp., the Dotson Company, and Mankato Screw Products.

Hank retired to their lake place on Lake Koronis in 1998.

Hank is survived by his wife, Nancy; four children, Melissa (Brian) Coleman, Andy (Darla), Henry, and Max (Emily); and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Jane Schollett.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any memoriam be sent to the Paynesville Community Service Center. She was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Iverson.

Larry Thielen, 80, Paynesville
Valerian "Larry" Thielen, 80, of Paynesville died on Thursday, Aug. 25, at his home.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Aug. 29, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Inurnment of cremated remains was in the St. Louis Parish Mausoleum.

Larry Thielen was born on March 30, 1931, to the late John and Theresia (Hennen) Thielen in Manannah.

Larry married Catherine T. Heying on May 30, 1952, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Richmond.

He lived in Paynesville all of his married life, raising his family.

Larry began his career in 1945 at the Paynesville Press, working various positions and retiring in 1995.

Larry is survived by his wife, Cathy, of Paynesville; children, Lois (John) Rausch of Cold Spring, Jan Morin of Davenport, Iowa, Jim (Niki) of Buffalo, Lynn (Dave) Steiner of Hartland, Wis., Joel (Kristine) of Dubuque, Iowa, Lori (Bernie) Thielen-Nelson of Monticello, Doug (Anne) of Minneapolis, and Jeni (Joe) Keefe of Maple Grove; 18 grandchildren; and brothers, Lou, Harry, and Lawrence Thielen.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Clarence, Dennis, and Albert Thielen; and sisters, Lucille Wagner, Alice Liestman, Rosemary Dilley, and Theresia Thielen.

Robert Lounsbury, 89, Paynesville
Robert Lounsbury, 89, of Paynesville died on Friday, Aug. 26, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

A memorial service was held on Monday, Aug. 29, at Nordland Lutheran Church in rural Paynesville.

Robert Morris Lounsbury was born on July 24, 1922, to Russell and Carol (Ranney) Lounsbury on the family farm in Union Grove Township, near Mannanah.

He grew up on the family farm and attended Litchfield High School, graduating in 1940.

On Sept. 4, 1942, Bob entered the U.S. Navy, where he served his country during WWII. He was honorably discharged on Jan. 18, 1946.

On June 4, 1949, Bob married Julayne Rundquist. Three daughters and a son were born to this union. They shared 62 years of marriage.

They made their home on the family farm until he retired to a home near Paynesville.

Bob is survived his wife, Julayne "Jo;" children, Carol Weber, Robert (Catherine) Lounsbury, Jeanne (Joseph) Miller, and Mary (Andrew) DeMorett; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; siblings, Darel Lounsbury, Roland Lounsbury, Dave Lounsbury, Dewey Lounsbury, Floris Mickley, Mabel Lahr, Donna Burr, and Lucy Urdahl.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Jane, Lyla, Lelia, and Dorothy.

Jacob Pieper, infant, Clara City
Jacob Pieper, the three-month-old infant son of Dan and Rhonda Pieper of Clara City, died on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar as a result of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Aug. 27, at Bethany Reformed Church in Clara City. Burial was in St. Clara Catholic Cemetery.

Jacob Daniel Pieper was born on May 4, 2011, to Dan and Rhonda (Klaphake) Pieper in Willmar.

Jacob is survived by his parents, Daniel and Rhonda Kay Pieper of Clara City; brother, Nicholas Pieper; sisters, Abigail and Erika Pieper; paternal grandparents (of Clara City); maternal grandparents (of Lake Henry); and aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal great-grandparents.

Mary Ann Gilbertson
A memorial potlock for Mary Ann Gilbertson of Sauk Centre, formerly of Paynesville, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 3, from 1-4 p.m., at the Conservation Park in Sauk Centre. Prayers and eulogy will be held at 2 p.m. Mary Ann died on Sunday, Aug. 21, in Sauk Centre.

Myrtle Liestman, 95, Paynesville
Myrtle N. Liestman, 95, of Paynesville died on Saturday, Aug. 20, at Meeker Memorial Hospital in Litchfield.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Burial was in Salem Cemetery in rural Paynesville.

Myrtle Noline Liestman was born on March 25, 1916, to Clarence and Emma (Weber) Nehring in Zion Township.

In 1936, she married Milton Liestman. They had two children, LuAnn and Luverne "Butch."

During their married life, Myrtle and Milton lived in Litchfield, Crookston, and Paynesville.

Myrtle was employed by the Paynesville Press for a number of years as a receptionist, proofreader, and writer of a weekly recipe column.

Myrtle is survived by her daughter, LuAnn (Jerry) Wegener of North Port, Fla.; son, Luverne "Butch" (Carol) Liestman of Clearwater, Minn.; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a niece.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, granddaughter, and nephew.

Steve Hemingson, 48, Fargo
Steve Hemingson, 48, of Fargo, N.D., died sometime shortly before Thursday, Aug. 11.

A memorial service was held on Friday, Aug. 19, at Nordland Lutheran Church in rural Paynesville. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Steven Lane Hemingson was born on Oct. 20, 1962, to Jerome and Violet (Burr) Hemingson in St. Paul.

He was baptized in the Lutheran Church in Moundsview, Minn., and lived in various places around the state.

He was confirmed at Nordland Lutheran Church in 1978 and graduated from Paynesville High School in 1982.

After graduation, he worked in various places and finally moved to Fargo, where he worked in the hotel industry in housekeeping and maintenance.

Steven is survived by his sister, Karen Sura of Fridley; brothers, Nick of Coon Rapids and Neil of Paynesville; girlfriend, April Bucholtz of Fargo; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Kermit Otteson, 85, Riverside, Calif.
Kermit Otteson, 85, of Riverside, Calif., died on Tuesday, May 31.

A memorial service was held in Riverside, Calif., on Friday, June 10. A graveside service will be held at the Nordland Lutheran Church Cemetery in rural Paynesville on Monday, Aug. 22, at 11 a.m.

Kermit Otteson was born on Dec. 31, 1925, to Martin and Marvel Otteson on a farm near Hawick. He graduated from high school in 1943 and joined the navy in January 1944.

He married Carol Johnson before he left for the navy.

Kermit graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music in 1948 and began his teaching career in Baudette, Minn., on the Lake of the Woods. He later received his masterÕs degree from the University of Northern Colorado, routinely teaching by day and playing in bands by night for his growing family.

He taught music for 36 years, finding his niche at Sierra Middle School in Riverside, Calif. He retired early to care for Carol, who died of cancer in 1985.

He was fortunate to have two other loves later in life: Elizabeth Arnold, who died in 2005, and Evie Anderson, who survives him.

Kermit is survived by his children, Suzanne (Lynn) Geyer of Silver City, N.M., Kerry Winchak of Mesa, Ariz., Mary (Charles) Spencer of Watauga, Texas, Lori (Greg) Trudo of Kingman, Ariz., Janet (Bruce) Coggins of Kirksville, Mo., Julie (finance, Mark Williams) Sieben of Sonora, Calif., and Kirk (Kim) Otteson of Perris, Calif.; 14 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Memorials and remembrances may be sent to Eden Lutheran Church in Riverside, where Kermit directed the choir for many years.

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