December 2004 Obituaries - Paynesville Press, Paynesville, Minnesota
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from The Paynesville Press
December 2004

Johnson Funeral Home Esther Kalkbrenner, 87, Litchfield
Esther Dorothea Kalkbrenner, 87, of Litchfield, died on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2004, at her home.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today (Wednesday, Dec. 29) at the Church of the Nazarene in Litchfield. Pastor Gary Worthington will officiate. Burial will be in the Ripley Cemetery in Litchfield.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 28, at the Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home in Litchfield and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Esther was born on July 9, 1917, in Paynesville to Edward and Emma (Blaurock) Kelm. She graduated from Litchfield High School in 1935.

Esther and Clarence Kalkbrenner were united in marriage in Litchfield in 1936. They owned and operated the Red Castle Home in Litchfield.

She was an active member of the Church of the Nazarene, involved as treasurer and in the women's circle.

Esther was part of the home extension in Litchfield and enjoyed needlework and quilting. She is survived by her children, E. Dale (Mary) Kalkbrenner of Litchfield, Delores (Gary) Condon of Paynesville, Clarence (Barb) Kalkbrenner Jr. of Litchfield, and Janice (Ron) Markovich of Litchfield; 12 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and sisters, Lillian Wendroth of Eden Valley and Miranda Smith of Litchfield.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers, Ervin and Clarence Kelm; two granddaughters; and a great-grandson.

Herman Faber, 87, Paynesville
Herman Faber Herman H. Faber, 87, of Paynesville, died Monday, Dec. 13, 2004, at the St. Cloud Hospital surrounded by his wife and children.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial will take place in the St. Louis Parish Cemetery in Paynesville.

Visitation will be from 4-9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 17, at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville and after 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18, at the St. Louis Catholic Church. The Daughters of Isabella and St. Louis Christian Women will pray at 5 p.m. followed by Parish Prayers at 7 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Herman was born Feb. 20, 1917, in Meire Grove, Minnesota, to Frank and Helena (Deters) Faber. He married Maria Doll on Aug. 11, 1942, at St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin. He farmed most of his life and also worked at Koronis Mills in Paynesville until his retirement.

He was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church.

Herman enjoyed gardening, the outdoors and playing cards.

Herman is survived by his wife, Maria of Paynesville; children, Larry (Carol) Faber of Rice, Kathleen Faber of Paynesville, Janet (David) Brinkman of Paynesville, Mary (Gerry) Mehr of Paynesville, Pat (Joe) Nistler of Richmond, and Alan (Mary) Faber of Sartell; 19 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a sister, Alma Blenker of Melrose; and a brother, John Faber of Meire Grove.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sons, Joe, Arnold and Michael; and seven brothers and sisters.

Burton Danielson, 84, Manannah
Burton Danielson Burton Clair Danielson, 84, of Manannah, died on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2004, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 14, at Dingmann's Eden Valley Funeral Home. Pastor Rick Koehn will officiate.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 13, and one hour prior to the services on Tuesday at Dingmann's Eden Valley Funeral Home. Eden Valley American Legion Post 381 will pray at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Burton was born the son of Oscar and Mary (Stark) Danielson in Danielson Township on March 31, 1920. He grew up in Manannah where he attended grade school and later graduated from Litchfield High School in 1938. Burton also attended Mankato Business School for one year.

Burton married Arlene Mortenson in Los Angeles, Calif., in 1942. Burton and Arlene shared 62 years of marriage and were blessed with three boys. Burton worked at Lockheed Aircraft, building P38 airplanes during World War II, and he later enlisted and served two years in the U.S. Navy where he was stationed at Enawetok Island.

Burton later worked for the Manannah Creamery hauling milk and picked up eggs for the Manannah Store. He also served as Manannah Township Assessor and worked for Meeker County as a deputy assessor, retiring in 1985. Burton and Arlene owned the Manannah Hilltop Tavern for 36 years.

Burton was a proud member of the American Legion Post 381 in Eden Valley for 55 years. He loved woodworking and watching sports.

He is survived by his wife, Arlene; sons, William (Sandi) of Grove City, Richard (Phyllis) of Hutchinson; and David (Barb) of North Branch; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; a sister, Lois (Jerome) McCandless of Hutchinson; a brother, Robert of Carrollton, Mich.; and nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Mildred; and a brother, Donald.

Delia Gieseke, 96, Paynesville
Delia GiesekeDelia Gieseke, 96, of Belgrade, but formerly of Paynesville, died on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2004, at the Belgrade Nursing Home.

The funeral service were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 8, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Rev. Ric Koehn officiated. Inurnment was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Delia was born on March 23, 1908, in Paynesville, the daughter of August and Elmira (Jacobs) Schmidt. She grew up on a family farm near Paynesville. She married Frank Burr in 1926 and following their marriage they lived in Paynesville. They later divorced. In 1947, she was married to Bill Gieseke and they lived in Paynesville. They were divorced some time later. For the past 13 years Delia has resided at the Belgrade Nursing Home.

She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville.

Delia enjoyed gardening, especially flowers, crocheting, sewing, watching birds, and playing Scrabble.

Delia is survived by sons, Robert (Virginia) Burr of Loudon, N.H., Thomas Burr of Paynesville, Donald (Donna) Burr of Litchfield, and Joseph Gieseke of Spring Lake Park; daughter, Wanda "Skip" (fianceŽ Calvin "Fritz" Domke) Hanson of Cold Spring; 22 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and sister, Alma "Babe" Jacobs of Cashmere, Wash.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Lloyd Burr; daughter, Violet "Bing" Hemingson; brother, Elmer Schmidt; and sisters, Josephine Smith and Esther Shepherd.

Genevieve Koenig, 90, Paynesville
Genevieve Koenig Genevieve C. Koenig, 90, of Paynesville, died on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2004, at the Emmanuel Home in Litchfield.

Mass of Christian Burial was at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the St. Louis Parish Cemetery in Paynesville.

Genevieve was born Jan. 29, 1914, in Paynesville to John and Anna (Reither) Holper. She attended school in Paynesville and graduated from Paynesville High School.

On July 29, 1939, she married Freddie Koenig at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville with Fr. Varley officiating. They celebrated their golden wedding in 1989. They resided in Paynesville and after WWII lived in Hutchinson for 11 years, then moved to Portland, Oregon, for a year and returned to Paynesville for their remaining years.

She was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church.

Genevieve is survived by her daughter, Nancy (Arthur) Haag, Sr. of Eden Valley; her son, Thomas (Carolyn) of Randall; eight grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Peter Hopfer of Paynesville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Freddie, infant son Joseph, three brothers, and four sisters.

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