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Walt Keller, 61, Crookston
Walter "Walt" Nicholas Keller, 61, of Crookston died unexpectedly on Sunday, Dec. 16, in Barnesville, Minn., after becoming ill while traveling.

Funeral services with full military honors were held on Friday, Dec. 21, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston. Burial was in the Calvary Cemetery in Crookston.

Walt was born on Oct. 25, 1951, in Richmond, the oldest of eleven children of Harold and Mary Jane (Roering) Keller.

He grew up in Regal, where he was baptized and confirmed at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. He attended school in nearby Belgrade, graduating from Belgrade High School in 1969.

He furthered his education by attending the Alexandria School of Law Enforcement, earning an associate degree and his state licensure as a peace officer.

Walt enlisted in the U.S. Army on Sept. 8, 1970, and served as an MP in Germany. For his service to his country, he was awarded the National Defense Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and a Sharpshooter's Badge.

Following his honorable discharge on April 28, 1972, he returned home. A few months later, on July 1, Walt married Margaret Evarista Hemmesch at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Richmond.

Walt and Margee made their first home in Marshall, where he was employed by the Lyon County Sheriff's Department. In 1976, the couple moved to Crookston, when he accepted a position as deputy with the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

In 1983, Walt and Margee were blessed by the birth of a daughter, Sarah.

In his tenure at the Polk County Sheriff's Office, he served in many capacities, including investigator, sergeant, chief deputy, and assistant medical examiner. He was also a certified polygraph operator.

Walt retired as a full-time duty for the Polk County Sheriff's Office in 2004, yet continued to work part-time until 2011.

Walt loved farming, and in 2004, he began hauling beets seasonally for the Kiel Corporation.

He had been courageously battling cancer for the past year.

Walt is survived by his wife, Margee; daughter, Sarah (Jerrod) Reese of Crookston; brothers, Nick of Richmond, John of St. Joseph, Victor of Hawick, Ron of Belgrade, Dennis of Regal, and Allen of Regal; sisters, Doris Sieben of Rockville, Alice Hiltner of Hawick, and Helen Hiltner of Paynesville; five brothers-in-law; five sisters-in-law; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.

Walt was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Mary Jane; sister, Carol Keller; parents-in-law; brothers-in-law; and a nephew.

Memorials may be given in WaltÕs name to: American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, 411 2nd Street NW, Rochester, MN 55901; The Salvation Army of Polk County, P.O. Box 619, Crookston, MN 56716; or American Legion Post #20, 102 South Ash Street, Crookston, MN 56716.

Helen Gruber, 88, Lake Henry
Helen R. Gruber, 88, of Lake Henry died on Saturday, Dec. 22, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Dec. 27, at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry. Burial was in the St. Margaret's Parish Cemetery in Lake Henry.

Helen was born on June 12, 1924, to Otto and Theresa (Simon) Weigel in Marshfield, Wis.

She married Frank J. Gruber on Sept. 21, 1954, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Marshfield, Wis.

The couple farmed near Lake Henry from 1954 until 1982, when they retired and moved to town.

Helen is survived by her husband, Frank; children, Ken (Renee) Gruber of Sauk Centre, Theresa (Mark) Herding of Paynesville, Judy (Andrew) Heinen of Melrose, and Susan (James) Schueler of Raymond; 16 grandchildren; 10 great- grandchildren; and sister, Ann Pongratz of Marshfield, Wis.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson; and brothers, James, Herbert, and Walter Weigel.

Dale Nathe, 69, Apple Valley
Dale J. Nathe, 69, of Apple Valley, and formerly of Paynesville, died on Saturday, Dec. 22, at the Burnsville Hospital.

A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the mass.

Dale was born on July 18, 1943.

He owned Nathe's Marine Auto in Paynesville for many years and later NatheÕs Auto in Mesa, Ariz., before returning to Minnesota.

Dale is survived by his partner, Marcie Combs; daughter, Tami; brothers, Everett of St. Stephen; Kenneth of St. Stephen; and James of Foley; and sister, Lorraine Putzke of Plymouth.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Margaret of Paynesville.

Duane Caldwell, 80, Willmar
Duane J. Caldwell, 80, of Willmar died on Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Bethesda Pleasantview nursing home surrounded by his family.

A funeral service was held on Thursday, Dec. 20, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Willmar. Burial was in the Fairview Cemetery in Willmar.

Duane James Caldwell was born on Dec. 23, 1931, to Virgil and Mildred M. (Farnum) Caldwell in Hawick.

He grew up in the Hawick/ Paynesville area, graduating from Paynesville High School.

He attended college in St. Cloud, majoring in music.

Duane married Elaine Draxton on May 16, 1952, at Rosendale Methodist Church. They shared 60 years of marriage.

The couple lived in Willmar, where Duane worked for the City of Willmar in municipal utilities. He was a plant supervisor, retiring in 1989 after 38 years of service.

Duane is survived by his children, Doreen (James) Porter of Willmar, Julie (Keith) Rende of Willmar, Laurie (Dean) Hess of Willmar, James (Kris) Caldwell of Litchfield, and Jerry (Paula) Caldwell of Murdock; 10 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; a great- great-granddaughter; brother, Harley Caldwell of Hawick; sister, Marlene Radunz of Spicer; and several other relatives and friends.

Duane was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Elaine; and a grandson.

Patricia Ryan, 65, Paynesville
Patricia C. Ryan, 65, of Paynesville passed away at her home with family by her side on Sunday, Dec. 16.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 19, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.

Patricia was born on March 7, 1947, to Omer and Dorothy (Elberts) Halpin in Joliet, Ill. She married William "Bill" Ryan on June 15, 1968, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in South Wilmington, Ill.

Patricia graduated from Illinois State University with a bachelorÕs degree in biology. She was a teacher all of her life.

Patricia resigned from her many roles in July 2012 due to her illness.

She is survived by her husband, Bill; children, Joshua (Katie), Sarah (fiancˇ Nathan), and Adam; two grandchildren; and sister and brothers, Carol Schultz, Dale Halpin, and Don Halpin.

Patricia was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Dan.

Memorials are preferred.

Marie Schoenberg, 86, Melrose
Marie C. Schoenberg, 86, of Melrose died on Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Pine Haven Care Center in Melrose.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 11 a.m., at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 19, from 4 to 9 p.m., and from 8 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20, at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose.

Marie Christine Olmscheid was born on May 8, 1926, to John and Frances (Hemmesch) Olmscheid in St. Martin.

She married Gilbert Schoenberg on Sept. 3, 1946, at St. Martin Catholic Church.

The couple farmed near the Spring Hill area. They retired in 1987 and moved to Melrose. Their union lasted until Gilbert's death on March 2, 1992.

Marie is survived by her children, Roger (Joyce) Schoenberg of Greenwald, Marilyn (David) Welle of Greenwald, Margie (Kevin) Mohr of Paynesville, James "Gib" (Sharon) Schoenberg of Spring Hill, Mark Schoenberg of Spring Hill, Irene (John) Hafner of San Diego, Calif., and Randy (Cindi) Schoenberg of Spring Hill; 22 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Catherine Primus of Melrose and Anna Backes of St. Cloud.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gilbert Schoenberg; infant sons, Joseph and Michael Schoenberg; a daughter-in-law; two grandchildren; brothers, Nick Olmscheid and Gilbert Olmscheid; and sisters, Elizabeth Schlangen, Theresa Schaefer, and Alverna Enneking.

Bob Wendlandt, 56, Paynesville
Robert "Bob" Wendlandt, 56, of Paynesvile died on Monday, Dec. 3, at his home after a battle with ALS.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 8, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Eden Valley. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Robert Wendlandt was born on Aug. 3, 1956, to Donald "Blackie" and Margaret (Waldorf) Wendlandt in Richmond.

He graduated from Paynesville High School in 1974 and received his A.A. degree in applied science from Vermillion Community College in Ely.

He married Rhonda Ahrens on March 24, 1979, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Eden Valley.

He worked for Lunda Construction from 1982 until his retirement in June 2011.

Robert is survived by his wife, Rhonda; sons, Aaron of Belgrade and Christopher (Ashley) of Atwater; eight grandchildren; sister, Maxine Crooker of Deer Creek; brother, Tom Wendlandt of Paynesville; and many nieces, nephews, friends, and relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials are preferred to the ALS Foundation.

Vonnie Weber, 83, Paynesville
Vonnie Weber, 83, of Paynesville died on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Eventide Lutheran Home in Moorhead with her son, Dave, and his wife, Sharon at her side.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Dec. 10, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Burial was in Salem Cemetery in rural Paynesville.

Vonnie was born on April 17, 1929, to Ellis and Irma (Jones) Cossairt in Eden Valley. She grew up on a farm near Eden Valley and loved to ride her horse.

The family moved to Paynesville, where she graduated from high school.

Vonnie married Robert Weber on April 21, 1948, in Paynesville.

She was employed by the Paynesville Press and Minnegasco.

In 1968, Bob and Vonnie purchased and operated the Rhythm Bowl until 1980. Vonnie later owned and operated the Hilltop Gift Shop.

After closing the gift shop, she moved to Atlanta, Ga., and then to Harrison, Ark., before returning to Minnesota in 2007.

Vonnie is survived by her sons, Donald (Sharon) of Post Falls, Idaho, and Dave (Sharon) of Moorhead; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great- grandsons.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Duane; and sister, Carol Hansen.

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