December 2003 Obituaries - Paynesville Press, Paynesville, Minnesota
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from The Paynesville Press
December 2003

Johnson Funeral Home Virginia Schaumann
Virginia Schaumann Virginia L. Schaumann, 87, of Paynesville, died on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2004, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

Funeral services was held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 2, at Crystal Hills Assembly in Paynes-ville. Reverend Lonnie Gleitz officiated. Burial tooe place in Zion Cemetery in rural Paynesville.

Virginia was born July 17, 1916, in Great Bend, N.D., to William and Rhoda (Stoltenow) Gruetzmacher. Her family moved to Paynesville in 1920. She attended school in Great Bend, N.D., and Paynesville through the eighth grade.

She married Edwin R. Schaumann at the Paynesville Gospel Tabernacle on June 5, 1935, and moved to the family farm in Eden Lake Township on Rice Lake. She helped on the family dairy farm, gardened, and raised chickens.

She was a charter member of Crystal Hills Assembly in Paynesville. She taught Sunday school, served as Sunday school secretary, and cleaned the church for many years. She was also active on the kitchen committee, women's ministry, in a music group, and community home extension.

She and Ed retired to Rice Lake in 1969. In retirement, she quilted, crocheted, and traveled.

Virginia is survived by her children, Jacqueline Deming of Columbus, Ohio, Jonathan (Glenice) Schaumann of Paynesville, Marian (Gene) Tezel of Paynesville, Judy Yukon of Springfield, Ohio, and Roger (Gladys) Schaumann of Paynesville; 29 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; a sister, Elmyra Schoenhoff of Mesa, Ariz.; and a brother, Calvin Gruetzmacher of Pasadena, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edwin Sr. on May 21, 1997; a son Edwin Jr.; two brothers; and two sisters.

Laura Orson
Laura A. Orson, 93, of Buffalo, Minn., died on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2003, at Ebenezer Convenant Home in Buffalo.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 27, at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo. Pastor Becky Sogge officiated. Interment was in Zion Irving Lutheran Church Cemetery in rural Paynesville.

Casketbearers were Russ and Greg Orson, Peter Whiting, Jay Anderson, Roger Mackedanz and David Jones.

Laura was born on July 26, 1920, in Roseville Township, the daughter of Hans and Petrina (Pederson) Hanson. She married Henry Orson on June 7, 1930.

Laura is survived by her children, Glen (Janice) Orson of Asheville, N.C., Allen (Beverly) Orson of Edina, and Beverly (Bruce) Whiting of Lander, Wyoming; 14 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; a sister, Inez Ytzen of Walker, Minn.; and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry in September 1972; her parents; six brothers; four sisters; and two great-grandchildren.

Harry Henfling
Harry Henfling Harry Henfling, 54, of Eden Valley, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, at his home.

Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 29, at the Church of Our Lady in Manannah. Rev. Francis Garvey officiated and burial was in the parish cemetery.

Harry was born July 26, 1949, in Eden Valley to Francis "Frank" and Marie (Moser) Henfling. He graduated from Eden Valley Watkins High School in 1967.

Harry spent most of his life as a career truck driver. His most recent employment was at Thielen Construction. He was a member of Church of Our Lady in Manannah.

He enjoyed fishing and hunting trips. Harry is survived by his daughters, Michelle and Melissa of Eden Valley; stepson, Michael Quale of Eden Valley; father, Frank of Eden Valley; sisters and brothers, Carol (Chris) Lothian of Maple Grove, Julann (Pat) Delaney of Fridley, Arlene (Mike) Timm of Brooklyn Park, Wayne (Joyce) Henfling of Eden Valley, Melvin (Jeannie) Henfling of Plymouth, Allen (Diana Pratt) Henfling of Watkins, Greg (Candy) Henfling of Watkins, and Rosemarie Geislinger of Watkins; many nieces and nephews.

Harry was preceded in death by his mother, Marie on June 28, 1999; and infant brother, John.

Wallace Krupke
Wallace Krupke Wallace E. (Wally) Krupke, 95, of Paynesville died on Friday, Dec. 19, 2003, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Reverend Ric Koehn officiated. Burial was in the Salem Cemetery in rural Paynesville.

Wallace was born Feb. 23, 1908, in Zion Township, Stearns County, to Emil and Emma (Sack) Krupke. He married Marie Voss on March 25, 1937, at Zion Church in rural Paynesville.

He lived in the Paynesville area all of his life. He was employed by North American Creamery and later for AMPI. He also farmed near Paynesville.

Wally loved to garden, fish, and hunt. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church where he served as trustee and usher and worked with youth fellowship for many years.

He is survived by his wife Marie of Paynesville; daughters, DeVona (Willard) Thompson of Deep Haven, Minn., and Janice (Joe) Krupke-Durkin of Minnetonka; four grandchildren; and two great- grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and four brothers, Merton, William "Bill," Ivan, and Donald Krupke.

Helen Lauer
Helen Lauer Helen C. Lauer, 93, of St. Cloud, died on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2003, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial was on Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 10:30 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in St. Cloud. Rev. Bernard Gruenes officiated. Burial was in Assumption Cemetery.

Helen was born Jan. 20, 1910, in Roscoe to John and Margaret (Gertken) Lauer. She worked in Minneapolis in the manufacturing industry for 17 years, and also took care of her mother for 19 years. She moved to St. Cloud in 1973.

Helen was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Christian Women, Catholic Aid, Catholic Knights, and 3rd Order of St. Dominic.

Helen is survived by many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by five brothers and four sisters, Leo, Peter, Paul, Al, Fr. Severin OSB, Sr. Luwina OSF, Sr. Rita OSB, Cecelia, and Mary Lauer.

Gordon Everson
Gordon Everson Gordon Duane Everson, 68, of Paynesville, died Thursday morning, Dec. 11, 2003, at his daughter's home in St. Cloud.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Reverend Ric Koehn officiated. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Gordon was born on Aug. 12, 1935, in Paynesville, the son of Alf and Naomi (Rud) Everson. He grew up on the family farm in Irving Township and attended country grade school in the area. He graduated from the Paynesville High School in 1954 and shortly thereafter enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served his country for four years.

On Dec. 15, 1956, he was united in marriage to Patsy Davis in Clovis, New Mexico. They made their home in Clovis until 1957 when they returned to Paynesville. Gordon worked for North Central Gas Company as the general manager until his retirement in 1985. He continued to work for Viessman Trucking into his retirement.

Gordon was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville; the Paynesville American Legion; the Paynesville Fire Department, where he served as chief for many years; and also was a member of the Jaycees.

Among the things he enjoyed were ice fishing, restoring cars, motorcycling, woodworking, and traveling.

Gordon is survived by his daughters, Cheryl (Terry) Porter of Paynesville and Linda (Larry) Schoenberg of St. Cloud; four grandchildren; father, Alf Everson of Paynesville; two brothers, Norman (Zelda) Everson of Paynesville and Ronald (MaryAnn) Everson of Waconia; and one sister, RoseAnn (Kenneth) Herzberg of Paynesville.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Patsy on July 10, 2002; mother, Naomi; and adopted sister, Anita Collins.

Karen Dingmann
Karen Dingmann Karen J. (Kaiser) Dingman, 42, of Avon, died Monday, Dec. 1, 2003, at the St. Cloud Hospital due to heart failure.

Services were at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, at St. Benedict's Catholic Church in Avon. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Karen was born to Math and Ermalinda (Stang) Kaiser. She married Tim Dingmann on Oct. 2, 1982, at St. Martin Catholic Church, St. Martin.

Karen assisted her husband in his business. She was noted for her creativity with crafts and was a volunteer in the community.

Karen is survived by her husband, Tim; children, Becky, Paul, and John; father, Math, St. Martin; brothers and sisters, Mary Kay (Dave) Pelkey, St. Joseph, Gary (Juanita) Kaiser, Rich-mond, Allen Kaiser, Paynesville, Jim Kaiser, St. Martin, and Lori Ann (Ron) Olson, Eleva, Wis.; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Ermalinda Kaiser; and brothers, Michael and Ronald.

Margaret Kerzman
Margaret Kerzman Margaret L. "Margie" Kerzman, 78, of Eden Valley, died on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2003, at the St. Cloud Hospital after an acute struggle with lung disease.

Mass of Christian Burial was at noon on Saturday, Dec. 6, at Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley. Rev. Virgil Braun officiated and burial was in the parish cemetery.

Margaret was born Dec. 9, 1924, in Eden Valley to Frank and Mary (Stein) Theis. She grew up in Eden Valley and was a member of Assumption Catholic Church where she was baptized, received first communion, was confirmed, and married Paul Kerzman on Oct. 9, 1945.

Margie was a very active member of Assumption Church, especially with the children's religious education program, the adult choir, Christian Mothers, and the TEC and REC (prison ministry). Margie also volunteered at Assumption Nur-sing Home in Cold Spring.

Margaret is survived by her husband, Paul of Eden Valley; daughters and sons, Janet (Rod) Ophoven of St. Joseph, Judy (Bob) Haag, Alan (Darla) Kerzman, and Kay (Ernie) Heinen all of Eden Valley, Jeanie (Dave Baum) Kerzman of Pine City, Larry (Pat) Kerzman of Grey Eagle, Bob (Sherryl) Kerzman of Paynesville, Mary (Randy) Haag of St. Nicholas, Carol (Roger) Kuechle of Eden Prairie, Ann (Quentin) Mayers of Cold Spring, and Lynn (Dan) McCann of Sterling, Ill.; sisters and brothers, Sr. Marie Anne Theis, OSF of St. Cloud, Florence (Al) Rademacher and Fritz (Helen) Theis of Eden Valley, Rose Ann (Ralph) Kerzman of Bismarck, N.D., and Marion (Peter) Nohner of Grey Eagle; 51 grandchildren; and 35 great-grandchildren.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers, Lawrence and Sylvester Theis.

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