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Romuald Ehresmann, 88, St. Martin
Romuald H. Ehresmann, 88, of St. Martin died on Tuesday, Dec. 29, at the Assumption Nursing Home in Cold Spring.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Jan. 2, at St. Martin Catholic Church. Burial was in the St. Martin Parish Cemetery.

Romuald Ehresmann was born on March 24, 1921, to John and Rose (Schaefer) Ehresmann in St. Martin.

He married Lorraine Wuertz on June 26, 1950, in St. Martin Catholic Church. Their union lasted until Lorraine's death on March 27, 2009.

He was the owner and operator of Mondloch Inc., in St. Martin until his retirement.

He also worked as a funeral director's assistant with the Wenner Funeral Home.

Romuald is survived by his children, Joan (Clancy) Olmscheid of St. Martin, Mary (Jerry) Schneider of Cold Spring, Tom (Joelle) Ehresmann of St. Martin, and Rosie (Bruce) Osendorf of St. Joseph; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and siblings, Juletta Spanier, Catherine Tamble, Jerry Ehresmann, and Dorothy Dold.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine; parents; brother, Donald; and one grandchild.

Daniel Schlangen, 84, Paynesville
Daniel Schlangen, 84, of Paynesville died on Thursday, Dec. 31, at his home.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Jan. 5, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Daniel Schlangen was born on Sept. 26, 1925, to Joseph and Katie (Stang) Schlangen in Richmond.

He started farming by Paynesville in 1949.

He married Juanita M. Renneker on Sept. 24, 1952, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. They farmed in Lake Henry Township all of their married life until his retirement in 1990. Their union lasted until Nita's death in 2006.

Dan is survived by his children, Jane Konz of Clearwater, Dale (Julie) of Lake Henry, Karl of Lake Henry, Gary (Janet) of Belgrade, Kevin of Paynesville, Leo (Marlene) of Rockford, and Scott of Paynesville; 14 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; brother, Marcus; and sisters, Elsie Dingman, Miranda Lauer, Bertha Braegelmann, and Anna Mae Fleischhacker.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Nita; son, Virgil; brothers, Alfred, Gregor, and Hubert; and sister, Rosa Hemmesch.

Anna Gottwald, 70, Eden Valley
Anna M. "Margot" Gottwald, 70, of Eden Valley and formerly of Paynesville, died on Friday, Dec. 25, at the Hilltop Care Center in Watkins.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Dec. 29, at Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley. Private entombment was held in the St. Louis Parish Mausoleum.

Margot Gottwald was born on May 2, 1939, in Contwig, Germany, to Peter and Anna (Lahm) Lang. As a child, she experienced the hardships of WWII first hand.

She married Phillip Gottwald on June 16, 1956, in Contwig, Germany. The couple shared 53 years of marriage.

She came to the United States on Jan. 17, 1957, with Phillip when he was discharged from the U.S. Army. She proudly became a citizen of the United States on April 28, 1990, but never lost her heavy German accent.

They farmed near Lake Henry until 1973. She then worked with Phillip in the Skelly Bulk Delivery for 21 years.

They moved to Paynesville in 1975. She was employed by Koronis Manor in 1988 as a nursing assistant and retired in 2007.

Margot is survived by her husband, Phillip; children, Joseph (Jane) of Paynesville, Lucy Hoppe of Eden Valley, Martin (Troyce) of Kennedy, Ala., Judy (Bob) Wander of Paynesville, Edward (Lorrie) of Paynesville, and Ursula (Ron) Ruhland of Eden Valley; 24 grandchildren; 22 great- grandchildren; brother, Edgar Lang of Germany; and sister, Lutz Sperber of Germany.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson; brothers, Richard, Alois, Alphonse, and Otto; and sisters, Marie Lang, Erma Steis, and Elizabeth Lang.

William Greening, 61, Paynesville
William Greening, 61, of Paynesville died on Wednesday, Dec. 23, at his home on Rice Lake in rural Paynesville.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Dec. 28, at Paynesville Lutheran Church.

William Carl Greening was born on Dec. 26, 1947, to Dixie (Bean) and H. Glenn Greening in St. Paul, Minn. Bill grew up and attended school in St. Paul.

On Sept. 23, 1967, Bill married Susan Kielsa in St. Paul. The couple shared 42 years of marriage.

After finishing carpentry school and working his trade, he was drafted into the marines. Bill and Sue spent the next two years in California, where Bill was trained and stationed.

After being honorably discharged, Bill moved back to St. Paul with Sue, earning his B.A. in business administration from the University of Minnesota. He and Sue also had their only son during this time.

Bill worked for Cenex and Health Risk Management (later CBCA) as a facilities manager. After retiring at the age of 59, he moved with Sue to Paynesville, where they had a cabin for more than 26 years and a year-round home for the past seven.

Bill is survived by his wife, Sue; son, Brian (Laura) of Maplewood; brothers, David of White Bear Lake, Roger of Plano, Texas, John of Rocky Mount, N.C., and Scott (Kathy) Taylor of Brooklyn Park; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Joseph Dahl, 52, Saint James
Joseph Dahl, 52, of Saint James died on Thursday, Dec. 24, in St. James.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Dec. 31, at 11 a.m., at St. James Catholic Church. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery in St. James.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 30, from 4-8 p.m., at the Sturm Funeral Home in St. James and will continue for one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.

Joseph Alphonse Dahl was born on July 1, 1957, to Elmer and Geraldine (Fuchs) Dahl in Minneapolis. They moved to Maple Lake, and he attended and graduated from Annandale High School in 1975.

He moved to Paynesville after graduation and started to do "ride alongs" with the Paynesville Police Department.

He attended Arden Hills Training Center for Law Enforcement. His first job was in Canby, Minn., before being hired by the Watonwan County Sheriff's Department in 1978. He was employed there for 30 years, serving as sheriff from 1999-2003.

While on patrol in 1978, he stopped a speeder, Karen Kuehl, whom he married on Sept. 15, 1979. The couple shared 30 years of marriage.

Joe is survived by his wife, Karen; children, Amber (Brandon) Winch, Sara Dahl of Guam, and Matthew and Michael, still at home; one grandchild; brothers, James of Delano, John of Spicer, Jeff of Belgrade, Jerome of Paynesville, Jason of Cold Spring, and Jack of Paynesville; sister, Jo Ann Spaulding of Paynesville; brothers-in-law; and sister-in-laws.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother; sister, Mary Dahl; brother, Jacob Dahl; a grandson; and parents-in-law.

Charles Zack, 86, Ault, Colo.
Charles Thomas Zack, 86, of Ault, Colo., died on Friday, Dec. 25, at the NCMC Hospice Inpatient Unit.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Dec. 31, at 10 a.m., at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Ault. Burial will be in Linn Grove Cemetery with military honors by the Union Colony Marine Corp League.

Charles Thomas Zack was born on Nov. 4, 1923, to Cecelia (Schommer) and Anton J. Zaczkowski in Roscoe.

Charles graduated from Paynesville High School in 1941. He earned a BA in science and industrial arts and a master's degree in education administration at the University of Northern Colorado, where he belonged to Delta Phi Delta (honorary art fraternity).

He married Alice Major on June 10, 1950, at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church in Estes Park.

He served with the U.S. Marine Engineers during WWII in the Pacific Theatre. He was a member of the Marine Corps League, the American Legion Post 18, and a life member of the NRA.

Charles was a civilian instructor for the air force for seven years, a middle school principal, and the assistant superintendent of the RE-9 school system before retiring.

Charles is survived by his wife, Alice; sons, Gregory (Joan) Zack, John (Karen) Zack, Steven Zaczkowski, and Mark (Deanna) Zack; daughter, Susan Zack; sister, Marianna Zack Cadigan; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Charles T. Zack memorial fund in care of Allnutt Funeral Service at 702 13th St., Greeley, Colo., 80631.

Anna Naujokas, 88, Bird Island
Anna Naujokas, 88, of Bird Island died on Wednesday, Dec. 16, at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Dec. 21, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Bird Island. Burial was in the Bird Island Cemetery.

Anna Naujokas was born on Feb. 21, 1921, to Kristopas and Jeva (Valutyte) Jonusaitis in Molupiai, Lithuania. She was raised in Lithuania. After second grade, she stopped attending to assist in taking care of her family.

Anna married Jonas Naujokas on Feb. 3, 1941. The first four of their six children were born in Europe.

After the family resided in a displaced person camp in Weiden, Germany, for five years, LSS sponsored their immigration to the United States, and they arrived in Bird Island, Minn., on Feb. 20, 1950. Jonas and Anna were very proud to be Americans, and Bird Island became very dear to them.

Jonas died in 1970, and Anna maintained her own home until October 2008, when she moved to Fairview Place in Olivia.

Anna is survived by her six children, Irena (Harley) Nelson of Inver Grove Heights, Ginto (Deborah) Naujokas of Taos, New Mexico, Nijole (Ric) Aaseth of Ellendale, Minn., Jon (Ginny) Naujokas of Olivia, Otto (Nancy) Naujokas of Paynesville, and Naomi (Steve) Wertish of Olivia; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and brother, Martin Jonusaitis.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jonas, and two brothers.

Donald Kalkbrenner, 75, Spicer
Donald Alvin Kalkbrenner, 75, of Spicer died on Friday, Nov. 13, at his residence, following an extended illness. 

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at the Church of St. Patrick in Kandiyohi. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Donald Kalkbrenner was born on May 15, 1934, to Alvin and Verena (Neuman) Kalkbrenner in Bancroft, Iowa. At a young age, he moved with his family to Pennock in Irving Township and later to a farm near Lake Koronis.

He received his education from country school in the Paynesville area and Paynesville High School.

From 1954 to 1956, Donald served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

On Jan. 23, 1957, he married Donna M. Starrett. They lived and farmed in Union Grove Township until moving to the Spicer area in the spring of 1959.

Donald is survived by his wife, Donna; five children, Mark (Diane) Kalkbrenner of Spicer, Julie Kalkbrenner (Thomas VanTassel) of Spicer, Cheryl (Dave) Hoffenkamp of Atwater, Scott (Amy) Kalkbrenner of Spicer and John (Tracey) Kalkbrenner of Atwater; 15 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Maxine Kubesh of Olivia and Tooty Johnson of New London; brother, Edward Kalkbrenner of Paynesville; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson.

Ethel Glenz, 91, Crosby
Ethel Gladys Glenz, 91, of Crosby died on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Dec. 18, at the Cascade United Methodist Church in Deerwood. Burial was in Lakewood Cemetery in Crosby.

Ethel Glenz was born on April 21, 1918, to Joe and Martha (Harris) Flanders in Grove City.

She is survived by her children, Steven (Patrice) Glenz of Crosby, Stan (Julie) Glenz of Spring, Texas, Brian (Veronica) Glenz of Emily, Joe (Karen) Glenz of Detroit Lakes, and Donny Glenz of Crosby, and Donna (Jay) Jares of Mooseheart, Ill.; sister, Marjorie Houfer of Paynesville; 16 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

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

Alice Stebbins, 90, Paynesville
Alice Stebbins, 90, of Paynesville died on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at the Belgrade Nursing Home after a short illness.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Dec. 18, at Paynesville Lutheran Church. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Alice Elaine Stebbins was born on Nov. 25, 1919, to Arthur and Theadora (Hanson) Nelson in Willmar. She grew up in the Willmar area and graduated from Willmar High School.

On Jan. 28, 1939, Alice married Lavern Leroy Stebbins in Milbank, S.D. One son and four daughters were born to this union.

They farmed near Senaca, S.D., until moving to a farm near Belgrade in 1954.

In 1964, they moved to Paynesville, where Alice cooked at Frank's Café for many years. Her pies were remembered by many, long after she retired.

Alice and Lavern were able to share in 53 years of marriage before his death in 1992.

Alice is survived by her children, Ronald (Nancy) Stebbins of Spicer, Joann Ellefson of Viroqua, Wis., and Lois Stebbins of Paynesville; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lavern; daughters, Merna and Deloris; a son-in-law; brother, Dennis; and sister, Frances.     

DuWayne Brix, 77, Otsego
DuWayne E. Brix, 77, of Otsego and formerly of Crystal, Minn., died unexpectedly on Wednesday, Dec. 9.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Golden Valley. Burial was in Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

DuWayne Brix was born on May 23, 1932. He graduated from Paynesville High School in 1950, where he lettered in basketball and was known as the "Hawick Flash."

He and his wife, Dee, recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary.

He began his career in the grocery industry and later became a member of the UFW. After 17 years, he became a business agent for UFW Local 653 until his retirement in 1995.

DuWayne is survived by his wife, Dolores; daughter, Deborah (Ken) Hall; three grandchildren; and brothers, Laurel (Bianca) Hanson and Eldon Hanson.

Memorials are preferred to the Salvation Army or American Lung Association.

Glenn Abraham, 64, New Ulm
Glenn H. Abraham, 64, of New Ulm died on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at his home, after a battle with cancer.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Christ the King Lutheran Church in New Ulm. Burial was in the Soldiers Rest Section of the  New Ulm City Cemetery with full military honors.

Glenn Harry Abraham was born on March 28, 1945, to Harry and Doloris (Grochow) Abraham in Glencoe. He attended Immanuel Lutheran School in Gaylord and graduated from Gaylord High School with the Class of 1963.

In 1964, Glenn enlisted in the United States Air Force, taking his basic training in San Antonio, Texas. Glenn spent the rest of his military time as a supply clerk at the Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota. He was honorably discharged in 1968 after obtaining the rank of sergeant.

On Nov. 6, 1971, Glenn married Linda Lahr at the Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley. He moved his family to New Ulm in 1971, where he started his own drywall business, Abraham Drywall. This he operated for 38 years before his failing health forced him into retirement.

Glenn is survived by his wife, Linda Abraham of New Ulm; sons Derrick (Melissa) Abraham of St. Joseph, Scott Abraham of Lake City, and Jason (Valerie) Penaz of Monticello; brother, Danny of New Ulm; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Doloris Abraham, and sister, Bonnie Cobb.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials, which will be distributed to various charities of Glenn's choice.

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