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Evelyn Chellin, 89, Grove City
Evelyn (Evie) Mae Chellin died on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, with a family friend at her side. Evelyn was born in 1931 on March 28 and was adopted by Aubrey and Edith Payne. Evelyn attended Grove City school and graduated from Minnehaha Academy in 1949. In 1950, Evelyn married Kermit Chellin. They raised three sons and a daughter. Evelyn worked as a nurse's aide in Litchfield, as well as a waitress in Grove City and Paynesville. They attended Crystal Hills Assembly in Paynesville. In addition to their own children, Evie was known as "mom" or "grandma" to so many others. Evie was always ready to welcome and to feed any extras brought in by children and family. She spent countless hours sewing throws or blankets or mending for people in her life. She would always talk about how she prayed over the recipients of her blankets and items needing mending. Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, Kermit; her brother Marvin of California; both of her parents; a stepmother, Ruth; and a grandson, Steven Ekdahl. Evelyn is survived by her four children Lyle and Sharon Chellin of Grove City, Danny and Sherlyn Chellin of Elk River, Randy and Val Chellin of Litchfield, and Lisa Chellin and Bruce Ekdahl of Florida; 16 grandkids; 34 great-grandkids; one great-great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews. There will be an open house memorial service held in the summer of 2021 at Lyle and Sharon's place west of Grove City (the Payne Farm).

Delroy Rolfhus, 74, St. Cloud

Delroy Allen Rolfhus of St. Cloud passed away on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, at the age of 74 years. Delroy was born on Oct. 18, 1946, and preceded in death by his parents Oliver Rolfhus and Ida (Anderson) Rolfhus of New London, Minn., and by his siblings Kenneth Rolfhus of Annandale/Paynesville, Minn., and Joyce (Rolfhus) Stanger of St. Cloud, Minn. Delroy passed peacefully at St. Benedicts Senior Living in St. Cloud, Minn., where he received incredible and compassionate care from both the nursing care staff as well the St. Croix Hospice Team. Due to COVID-19, a celebration of life service will be held in 2021 at Nordland Lutheran Church in Hawick, Minn., at a later date when it is safer for an outdoor service. Delroy began an early career in diesel mechanics which allowed him to travel across several states with his brothers at a very young age and ran his own mechanic shop, Mid Central Diesel Mechanics. He eventually took interest in private investigation and worked for Richard Hilleren, an attorney in Benson, Minn., for many years, which he was quite proud of. He enjoyed the outdoors, spear fishing, hunting, auctions, and dining out with family and friends. Towards the end of life, he also enjoyed Zoom calls with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren when in-person visits were limited at the nursing home. Delroy is survived by his loving family members including: brother, Robert Rolfhus (Kathleen) of Stoddard, Wis.; sister-in-law, Brenda (Naumann) Rolfhus (Kenneth) of Paynesville; brother-in-law, Donald Stanger (Joyce Rolfhus) of St. Cloud; daughter, Dana (Rolfhus) Chesness (Greg) of Blaine/St. Cloud; son, Thomas Rolfhus (Deb Demuth) of Belgrade, Minn.; daughter, Melissa (Rolfhus) Zimmerle (Kevin) of Brooten, Minn.; daughter, Tamara (Rolfhus) Fuchs of Brooten; grandchildren, Natasha (Chesness) Moravetz (Ryan) of Cottage Grove, Minn.; Tommy Lee Moan (Kayla Baumann) of Atwater, Minn.; Nathaniel Chesness of St. Cloud; Cody Ogdahl-Fuchs (Kelsey) of Kimball, Minn.; Mariah (Fuchs) Franson (Jeff) of Brooklyn Center, Minn.; Rachel Lawson (Johnathon) of Mesquite, Texas; Daniel (Fuchs) Storkamp of Benson, Minn.; and Whitney Anderson, of Belgrade; great-grandchildren, Dexter Moravetz, Oliver Ogdahl-Fuchs, Jackson Ogdahl-Fuchs, Kiearah Teeuwen, Kaydence Teeuwen, Cevelle Moen, Cheyenne Moen, Kendall Franson, Sterling Franson, William Franson, Olivia Hoglin, and Delilah Storkamp.

Peter Ampe, 58, Paynesville

On Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, Peter Lawrence Ampe, 58, of Paynesville, Minn., passed away after a battle with COVID-19. He was surrounded by family at the time of his death. A public visitation will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville. A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 23, at 11 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial will take place in the parish cemetery. A celebration of life will be planned for a future date. Donations in memorial can be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation or to Protect Our Winters. The timing of his death is fitting, considering he always "hated" the holiday season, as his friends (and all the other "morons") from his 30-plus years at FedEx know well. Any other time of the year wouldn't have worked for him, as it would have interfered with boating, fishing, snowboarding, sailing, golfing, and his favorite pasttime – drinking. Everyone agrees that he made the best margaritas (don't even ask, the recipe is a family secret), and he always made sure everyone's glasses remained full. Pete was a fun-loving guy, so full of life and energy, and whose smile and humor were infectious. Everywhere he went, and every life he touched, are forever brighter because of his presence. He was an amazing father, a loving husband, a devout son, a courageous brother, a caring friend, and a selfless caretaker. Pete was always the life of the party and continuously renewed everyone's sense of adventure. He was humble and kind, and most of all, he always put everyone else's needs above his own. His knowledge seemed limitless. On every topic, from construction to fine wine, sailing knots to lawn care, snowboarding to automotive repairs, Pete knew something about everything. Pete was an excellent cook and loved fine French cuisine, and taught us how to make creme brulee. He also taught us how to get away with a little mischief, and he always told the most inappropriate jokes. If I repeat any here, the newspaper likely wouldn't print this. Perhaps the most important lesson we can learn from Pete's life is that happiness is a choice. Everyone is faced with choices every day, and in Pete's case, he always chose happiness above all else. That is why he chose to move to Colorado, to enjoy the mountains, instead of career progression. He chose to move back to Minnesota, to raise his family close to home. He chose to retire early, to spend more time with his wife, even though he could have made a lot more money had he worked for a few more years. He faced adversity, and carried more weight than one man should, and every day he made the conscious decision to not let that weight bring him down, and to smile and laugh through it all. He's the strongest person we've ever known. Pete always told us that he would live to be 100, but only made it to 58. Pete was often the most youthful person in the room, even at a child's birthday party. Friends and family remember him jumping in inflatable bouncy houses for kids, dressing up as a cheerleader for Halloween, eating at the kids table, and always playing and giggling with everyone. Our youngest family member says he will miss "tickling Pete's forehead," because Pete always told children he was ticklish on his forehead so they wouldn't actually tickle his feet. Although he wanted to be 100, it's hard to imagine Pete ever becoming an "old man." Pete is missed by his loving wife, Janet; his three adoring sons, Peter, Preston, and Will; his daughter-in-law, Hannah; his proud parents, Pete and Donna; his sister and brother, Suzanne (Tony) and Patrick; and his two faithful dogs, Bella and Rosie. We're pretty sure that stray cat (Kitty) who sleeps in the garage misses him too. Pete was young and fit and had no underlying conditions when he lost his battle with COVID-19. He walked his dogs five miles a day, and the doctors continually praised his impressive health and strength, saying he appeared as healthy as any man ten years younger than him. Please wear your masks, stay home, keep distance, and get vaccinated. We join over 300,000 other families in the country whose grief and pain are immeasurable.

Gary Kingsriter, 74, Paynesville

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, Dec. 27, at Crystal Hills Assembly in Paynesville, Minn., for Gary Kingsriter, 74, of Paynesville, who died on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. Doors will open at 3 p.m., and the service will begin at 4 p.m. Masks will be required, and social distancing will be observed. The service will also be livestreamed at or Gary Kingsriter was born to George and Betsy Kingsriter on Feb. 11, 1946, in St. Cloud, Minn. Gary's life started on the family's Century Farm in Paynesville. He, his brother, and sister attended District 43 country school in Zion Township. He loved to tell people that he and his siblings walked one mile, uphill, every day to school…because it was true! It was a big deal when he was finally old enough to attend high school in town. After graduating from Paynesville High School in 1964, he attended North Central Bible College. While at North Central, he and fellow student and good friend Mike Kelley found work making hot dogs at the John Morrell plant in St. Paul. Gary really enjoyed eating a good hotdog and loved to joke about how they are made. He always told people they would not eat hotdogs if they knew what was in them. He even asked Nancy for a hotdog a few days before his death. Gary married the love of his life, Nancy Jamrosy, on Dec 27, 1965 in Milwaukee, Wis. He began in his ministry as a pastor in 1967. Gary's first pastorate was Montevideo Assemblies of God. It had less than 25 members and not much money came in the collection plate on Sundays. It was here, in this tiny church, that he and his wife learned to trust God in all things. On more than one occasion, the kitchen cupboards were empty, and they had to pray by faith for food. And God never failed; the groceries would appear on their doorstep! As time went on, he pastored two more churches, Casino Assembly of God in Pillager, Minn., and Faith Assembly of God in Chisago City, Minn. Gary and Nancy cherished the years spent serving these churches and still have life-long friends from their times there. Gary's ministry continued at two Christian campgrounds, Lake Geneva Bible Camp in Alexandria, Minn., and Beulah Beach Christian Camp and Retreat Center in Vermillion, Ohio. He especially enjoyed his work and ministry at Lake Geneva because it was a very good fit for his young family, and even his kids could be involved and learn to serve others there on the campground. Gary's Grandpa Albert and Grandma Lillian Kingsriter also shared this same ministry service role approximately 30 or 40 years earlier, and it meant so much to him to share in that family legacy. One of Gary's special giftings was his ability to minister to the sick and elderly, and root for the underdogs in life. Even as a young minister, the senior citizens in his churches and communities loved him. He was an old soul with a tender spirit for those who were suffering, and he like to pray with them and encourage them. He was a man of simple faith who believed the Bible to be unequivocally true, and he loved to teach sound doctrine and the truth of Jesus. When not pastoring, he would often serve wherever needed at whatever church they were attending at the time. He served as a Sunday school teacher, small group leader, Royal Rangers commander, board member, choir member, or wherever he felt led. The family's farm, owned by his brother, was always home in Gary's heart, and had been a safe landing spot throughout the years. So, after Gary retired, he and Nancy returned to the family farm where he loved to ride his "buggy" (four-wheeler) and find interesting and pretty rocks that he used to say God had made just for him. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Meeker Manor in Litchfield, Minn., for their attentive and kind care of Gary in his last years. He loved to joke and tease with each of the staff members. When the staff asked how they could help him, he would often reply with the wisecrack, "I'd like a million dollars, please." Gary is survived by his patient and loving wife Nancy; children Albert (Gail), April (Troy), and Aaron (Debra); grandkids Erica Ellis (Steven), Eric Morrell, Evan Morrell, Josh Peterson (Sidney), Jeremy Peterson, and Jared Kingsriter, four great-grandchildren ;and his brothers, sisters, many nieces and nephews, and extended family. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Funeral arrangements are by the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville.

Todd Sieben, 42, Eden Valley

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020, at Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley for Todd M. Sieben, who passed away on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, on the farm in Richmond. Rev. Aaron Nett officiated, and his burial will be at a later date. Todd was born on May 7, 1978, in Paynesville to Terry and Gloria (Reiter) Sieben. He graduated from Eden Valley-Watkins High School and was raised on his family farm. Todd lived all of his life in Eden Valley and was a member of Assumption Catholic Church. Todd had an extreme love and passion for farming. He owned his own farm for the last 20 years. Todd was very proud of his farm and received numerous awards throughout his farming career. He enjoyed playing cards, being outdoors, hunting, ice fishing, riding motorcycle, and watching movies. You could always find him whistling, milking cows, wrestling with his nieces and nephews, or dancing in the barn with his fiance, Ange. Todd was a very faithful, talkative, and welcoming man, who was always helping others and spending time with his family. He will be truly missed by all who knew him. Todd is survived by his mother, Gloria Sieben of Eden Valley; fiance, Ange Brown of Eden Valley; son, Jesse Shepherd of Eden Valley; siblings, Jason (Andrea) of Texas, Stacy (Jason) Kuechle of Eden Valley, Casey (Becky) of Watkins, Adam (Carla) of Delano, and Kyler (Alicia) of St. Charles, Minn.; nieces and nephews, Hannah, Julia, Emma, Nicole, Luke, Kendra, Emily, Hallie, Brody, Rylie, Sadie, Devyn, Camryn, Lauryn, Ellisyn, and Owen; and four great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Terry; and grandparents, Norman and Delores Sieben and Andrew and Marion Reiter. Arrangements were entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Eden Valley. Obituary, guest book, and video tribute are available online at:

Ed Webb, 77, Paynesville

Ed Webb, 77, of Paynesville, Minn., born on Nov. 7, 1943, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, in Lake Havasu Ariz., from complications of Parkinson's disease. He is survived by his wife Kathy of 57 years; and his daughters, including Kris (Tom) Binsfeld and Karlene (Robin) Gray. He was also loved by his grandchildren Ike, Jake, Shan, Bailey, Hud, Keeg, Sawyer, and Kya; and his four great-grandsons Eli, Will, Ben, and Wyatt. A memorial service will be held at later date.

Gordon Buermann, 65, Burnsville

Gordon Norbert A. Buermann, 65, of Burnsville, Minn., passed away on Sunday, Dec. 6, of natural causes. Gordy was originally from Paynes-ville, Minn. After high school he earned two bacherlor of science degrees in math and physics at St. Cloud State College. Gordy was a retired computer programmer. He dedicated much of his time being active in several ministries at his church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edmund and Viola (Doll) Buermann. He is survived by his nine siblings: Vernon (LouAnn) Buermann, Dennis (Sharon) Buermann, Duane (Sue) Buermann, Judy (Steve) Gottwald, Gary (Janice) Buermann, Dale (Yuki) Buermann, Leroy (Lynda) Buermann, Cedric (Lois) Buermann, and Kevin (Julie) Buermann; plus an abundance of nephews, nieces, grand-nephews and grand-nieces, many with spouses and families of their own; plus a large family of loved ones at his parish. A Catholic Mass was held for Gordy at Mary, Mother of the Church (3333 Cliff Road, Burnsville) on Saturday Dec. 12. The service was livestreamed at the following link: A final burial service will be arranged separately next spring. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to his parish for distribution to the various charities of their choice. Additional information is available and the White Funeral Home of Burnsville. Condolences can be expressed at

Judy Savage, 90, Paynesville

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, at the St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville for Mary Judith "Judy" Savage, 90, of Paynesville. Reverend Glenn Krystosek will officiate. Burial will take place in the St. Louis Parish Cemetery in Paynesville. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 18, at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville and one hour prior to services on Saturday at the church. Masks and social distancing will be required. Judy passed away at 90 years of age on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, with family as close as we could be. Born April 3, 1930, in Tintah, Minn., to Paul and Myrtle Lehman, she was raised in a true farm family with livestock and working planted fields. She always remembered first getting electricity in 1945 in high school. The oldest daughter, she was lucky to get the first bath! Judy married Daniel Walter Savage on Feb. 11, 1950. They had seven children. Judy never forgot her upbringing, working harder than anyone we have ever known. She was compassionate, witty, joyful, and most of all a loving person. While raising her children, Judy started her career in computer technology at Control Data Corporation in Bloomington, Minn. Starting as an assembler, advancing to mechanical engineer. On retirement, she moved to Rice Lake in Paynesville. Judy took piano lessons; volunteered for Rice Hospice in their office in Paynesville; she was integral in the founding of the Paynesville Senior Center and served on their board; she served on the Alldon Park board as their treasurer and president after she and Dan moved there in 1997. She was active in the Red Hat Club and loved playing cards, all the while continuing to help her children, many grandchildren, and so many friends. She cherished time with her seven sisters, who would gather many times throughout the year. When the Good Lord made Judy, he broke the mold! Judy's boundless energy, love of life, and family remained with her to her last day. The Good Lord decided he needed another angel and welcomed her to her heavenly home with open arms. Judy will be truly missed by all who knew her and will always be in all our hearts. Judy is survived by her children: Steven (Leanne), Lake Havasu, Ariz.; Cheryl (Dale) Sulander, Gainesville, Fla.; David (Suzanne), Paynesville; Patricia (Joseph) Weiss, Bloomington, Minn; Jeffrey (Deborah), Edina, Minn; and Brian (Alycia), Paynesville; as well as grandchildren, great-grandchildren, her sisters, and a huge extended family. She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Daniel; son, Gregory; her parents; her brothers, Bernard, Lawrence, and Paul Jr.; and sister Adelia Stumpf.

Bill Buermann, 59, Little Falls

William "Bill" Buermann, 59, of Little Falls died on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, at St. Cloud Hospital due to COVID-19 with his family by his side. A visitation was held at Emblom Brenny Funeral Service in Little Falls on Friday, Dec. 4, and at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Sobieski on Saturday, Dec. 5. Mass of Christian Burial was also held on Saturday, Dec. 5, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Sobieski with Father Jimmy Joseph officiating. Interment was in the St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery in Sobieski. William Buermann was born on May 6, 1961, in Paynesville to the late John and Lorraine (Hageman) Buermann. He grew up in the Paynesville area and graduated from Paynesville High School with the Class of 1979. As a young boy, he attended St. Agnes Catholic Church in Roscoe where he was baptized. Bill was united in marriage to Dorine Wegner on Nov. 21, 1986, at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Roscoe. The couple made their home in Roscoe for a short time. The family moved to Little Falls during the 1991 Halloween Blizzard, that was just one of the many family adventures they would enjoy during Bill's life. He was a successful and hard-working man. He owned and operated the following businesses: HEATMOR of Little Falls and Bill's Welding for several years. Bill was an inventor and was always thinking of how to make a project better, especially with his aluminum welding. His favorite line was "work smarter not harder." He treasured his time spent with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He enjoyed going to his secret spot hunting, fishing, and ice fishing. Bill will be remembered for his kind heart and quick wittedness. He was a member St. Stanislaus Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He is survived by his spouse Dorine Buermann of Little Falls; children, Ashley (Abraham) Shaffer of Burnsville, William "Billy" Buermann Jr. of Swanville, and Amber (Josh) Peterson of Flensburg; grandchildren, Bailey Peterson, Blaire Peterson, and AJ Shaffer; siblings, Leanne (Brad) Beck of Dillsburg, Pa., Janelle (Landi) Bregu of Batesville, Ga., John Jr. (Edith) Buermann of Paynesville, Alan (Lynn) Buermann of Paynesville, Charlene (Jim) Provost of Andover, Minn.; and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Lorraine; and an infant sister, Mary Buermann.

Alicia Kohnen-Gertken, 87

Alicia R. Kohnen-Gertken, 87, of Cold Spring, formerly of Paynesville, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, at the Assumption Community in Cold Spring, Minn. A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, at St. Louis Catholic Church. Reverend Glenn Krystosek will officiate. Burial will take place in the St. Agnes Parish Cemetery in Roscoe. A public visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020, at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville. Masks and social distancing will be required. Alicia Rose Steffens was born Sept. 12, 1933, in Albertville, Minn., to Philip J. and Grace (Roskowyk) Steffens.She was united in marriage to Gerald Kohnen on June 14, 1957 at St. Michael Catholic Church in St. Michael, Minn. The couple farmed in Rockford, Minn., until moving to Paynesville, Minn., in 1973. They spent their winters in Mesa, Ariz., for 20 years. She later married Lawrence Gertken in 2004. Alicia enjoyed bingo, playing cards, gardening, canning, baking, sewing, quilting, and making clothes for her grandchildren. What she loved most was being with family and friends. She was known for her chocolate chip cookies, caramel rolls, dumplings, and pancakes. She was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church of Roscoe. She was involved in St. Agnes Mission Group, COACT, NFO, American Legion Auxiliary, Christian Mothers, and worked with Rural Life. She was active with the farm issues in the 1980s, including Tractor Cade and Mass on the Farms during the farm crisis. Alicia is loved and will be deeply missed by her children, Mary Ellen (Arnold) Bechtold of Rogers, Debra Novacek of Foreston, Donald (Carol) Kohnen of Paynesville, Robert (Laurie) Kohnen of Paynesville, and Terri (Glen) Fleischhacker of Albany; 25 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; two sister-in-laws; two brother-in-laws, and many nieces and nephews. Preceding Alicia in death were her parents; husband Gerald Kohnen (2001); husband Lawrence Gertken (2009); son James Kohnen; daughter Karen Fleischhacker; granddaughter Brenda Kohnen; great-grandson Zac Bechtold; brothers Joseph and Phillip L. Steffens, sisters Jeanette Gutzwiller, Darlene Glennon, Anna Marie Kosloski, Elda Hare, Kathryn Mae Fouquette, Mary Chouinard, and Corrine Buschel; son-in-laws James Novacek and Joseph Fleischhacker; and many other extended relatives. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements were made with Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home of Paynesville.

Robert Kustelski, 73, St. Joseph

Robert E. Kustelski, 73, of St. Joseph and formerly of Plymouth, passed away on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, at his home after a brief illness. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Bob was born on Oct. 28, 1947, in St. Paul. He married Colleen Finnegan on May 11, 1974, in Mankato. Bob worked for Toro for 31 years, living in Plymouth. He retired to their lake home in Paynesville in 2008 and to St. Joseph in 2018. Bob and Colleen enjoyed winters in Arizona for the last ten years. He is survived by his beloved wife of 46 years, Colleen; faithful companion, Splotch; sister, Martha (Rog) Langer of Wisconsin; in-laws, Bridget (Bill) Yokley, Ellen (Pat) Poquette, Mike Finnegan, and Sheila (Pete) Nottleson; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by parents, Edward and Martha; parents-in-law, Maurice and Dolores Finnegan; and beloved dogs, Boots and Sandy. A heartfelt thank you to Dr. Tim Malling, St. Cloud Hospital staff, and CentraCare Plaza therapy staff. "I love you more."

Irene Mayer, 84, Paynesville

Irene Verena (Becker) Mayer passed away peacefully on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, at Koronis Manor in Paynesville, Minn. A private service honoring her life will be held by her immediate family. Irene was born Nov. 22, 1936, in Mahnomen, Minn., to Paul and Alvina (Thielen) Becker. She was united in marriage to Bernard Mayer on July 27, 1955, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Throughout her life, she worked in different areas like carpet cleaning, driving school bus, cooking at the Wishin' Well Cafe, and sewing stuffed animals and jerseys.  Irene enjoyed her time gardening, raising many chickens, and working in the woodshop making toy chests for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as decorative items to display in the house.  Irene is survived by her six children: Patty (Scott) Groshens of Rosemount, Minn., Donnie (Linda) Mayer of Paynesville, Bonnie (Mel) Thomes of Osakis, Minn., Lary (Becky) Mayer of Brown's Valley, Minn, DeWayne (Jeannette) Mayer of Jacksonville, Fla., and Darin (Chris) Mayer of Paynesville, Minn., as well as, 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren (and one more on the way); and also one sibling: Millie Ballman.  Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard; her parents; and siblings, Bernice and Elmer. The family is grateful to the Koronis Manor staff for their care and support.

Dennis Kraemer, 94, Paynesville

A private Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville for Dennis M. Kraemer, 94, of Paynesville. Reverend Glenn Krystosek officiated. Entombment took place in the St. Louis Parish Mausoleum. Dennis passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, at the CentraCare -Paynesville Hospital surrounded by his children. Dennis was born April 11, 1926, in Lake Henry, Minn., to Jacob and Hedwig (Jaeger) Kraemer. He was united in marriage to Crescentia "Tuddie" Lenzmeier on Sept. 6, 1948 at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry. He was a dedicated farmer near Lake Henry and was proud of his accomplishments. After retiring, he moved to Paynesville where he worked with Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home and at D&D Recycling. Dennis was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church and the Catholic Order of Foresters. He enjoyed spearing, fishing, playing cards, going to the casino, trips to Branson, Mo., and watching sports, especially when his grandchildren were playing. His favorite holiday was the Fourth of July when he loved lighting off fireworks. He also loved his garden, which was his pride and joy. What he loved the most was being with family and friends and will be remembered for his sense of humor that would light up your day. Dennis is survived by his loving wife of 72 years Crescentia; children Charlene (Rich) VanDrehle of Melrose, Connie (Duane) Olmscheid of Paynesville, Cyndi (Jerry) Humbert of Paynesville, and Dean (Ruth) Kraemer of Paynesville; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Preceding Dennis in death were his parents; infant son Jeffrey; brother Leo Kraemer; and sisters Alverna Bierschbach, Loretta Hopfer, and Renilda Fuenstenberg. The family is deeply grateful to the CentraCare Paynesville staff for their gracious care during his illness.

Joseph Olmscheid, 93, Melrose

Joseph M. Olmscheid, 93, of Melrose, and formerly of Belgrade, died on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, at the Melrose Hospital. A private mass of Christian Burial will be held at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Elrosa. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Belgrade. Joseph Michael Olmscheid was born on March 18, 1927, in St. Martin, the son of Nicholas and Theresia (Bauer) Olmscheid. He attended country grade school near St. Martin. On Oct. 19, 1948, Joe was united in marriage to Verena Kampsen. This union was blessed with five sons and five daughters. They made their home in Elrosa, where he farmed and hauled milk. In retirement, he worked at the Elrosa Elevator and did carpentry work. They moved to Belgrade in 2012 and just recently to Parkview Assisted Living in Melrose. Joe was a member of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, where he served as an usher and was a member of Catholic United Financial. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, farming, and playing ball with the kids in the backyard. He especially loved time spent with his family, playing guitar for his family during gatherings, woodworking, and making things for his family. His pride and joy was giving rides to his grandchildren on the Ford tractor and some good-natured teasing. He is remembered for the love and care he gave to his wife and family, his smile, laughter, and teasing, strong faith and his always telling his kids to "get home safe" when they were leaving. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Verena; children, Diane (Ken) Dold of Sauk Centre, Don (Audrey) Olmscheid of Paynesville, Rosann (Dave) Braegelman of Belgrade, Jim (Lorali) Olmscheid of Victor, Mont., Mark Olmscheid of Belgrade, Mary Beth (Dennis) Rath of Belgrade, Deb (Denny) Yoerg of Clear Lake, Ron "Butch" (Emmy) Olmscheid of Albany, and Lisa (Jim) Meyer of Albany; daughter-in-law, Jeanne Olmscheid of Paynesville; 30 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; siblings, Rose Terres and Elmer (Marilyn) Olmscheid; sister-in-law, Norine Olmscheid; and numerous nieces and nephew. Joseph was preceded in death by his son, Steve; great-granddaughter, Addison; parents; brothers, Leander and Francis; and sisters, Lidwina, Christine, and Lucille.

Paul Soine, 73, Paynesville

Paul H. Soine, 73, of Paynesville died on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud. A private family memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, at Paynesville Lutheran Church. The service will be livestreamed for the public at Following the private memorial service, a public burial will be held on Saturday at the Paynesville Cemetery at 11:45 a.m. A visitation will be held on Friday, Dec. 4, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville. Social distancing and face masks will be required Paul Harlan Soine was born on Sept. 24, 1947, in Willmar, Minn., the son of Ralph and Stella (Hanson) Soine. He grew up on a farm near Hawick, where he received his education at a small country school and graduated from New London-Spicer High School with the Class of 1965. After high school, Paul went on to culinary school in Minneapolis. After he completed culinary school in 1966, Paul entered the United States Army. Paul served his country faithfully earning his honorable discharge in December 1969. On Dec. 27, 1969, Paul was united in marriage to Jean Jaszczak at the Evangelical Covenant Church in New London. This union was blessed with three sons and a daughter. On April 1, 1970, they moved to Paynesville. Paul worked for the Lake Koronis Assembly Grounds as a chef and all-around maintenance man. He cherished the relationships he made while working there. Paul retired in 2009. After his retirement, Paul worked as a local handy-man as well as for Valley Industries and for his son-in-law at his farm. Paul was a member of Paynesville Lutheran Church. He was active there, volunteering at the annual bazaar and as a greeter. Paul was also a member of the Paynesville American Legion Post #271. Paul loved children and visiting his daughters-in-law daycare's where he earned the name Grandpa Paul. He also enjoyed going to his son's cabin up north, where he spent time with family and friends. Paul also enjoyed riding motorcycle and going to his son's sporting events. Above all else Paul loved his family, especially spending time with his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Jean; daughter, Annette (Jay) Niewind of Richmond; sons, Andy (Veronica) of Paynesville and Chris (Jennifer) of Paynesville; grandchildren, Joshua, Vicki, Taylor, and Sawyer. He is also survived by his siblings: Vernon (Geraldine) Soine of Paynesville, Howard (Joyce) of Belgrade, Lorraine (Larry) Eickhoff of Kandiyohi, George (Denise) of Hawick, Lois Robinson of Chambersburg, Pa., and Jane (Paul) Herem of Hawick; and many nieces and nephews. Paul was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Jeffrey who died in 1995; and his brothers, Ray and Lyle.

Harlan Ilgen, 74, Albany

A Mass of Christian Burial for Harlan Ralph llgen, 74, of Albany (and formerly of Paynes-ville) will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, at the St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynes-ville. There will be a visitation held for one hour prior to the Mass from 10-11 a.m. at the church. Interment will be held at the St. Anthony Cemetery in Regal. Harlan passed away peacefully on Thursday, Nov. 26, at the Mother of Mercy Nursing Home, Albany. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Miller-Carlin Funeral Homes. Harlan was born on March 13, 1946, in Birchdale Township near Sauk Centre, the son of Oscar and Olga (Lietz) llgen; he graduated from Sauk Centre High School and was enlisted in the United States Army shortly thereafter. He was united in marriage to Bertha Wolbeck on July 3, 1971, in Swanville, and their union was blessed with two children. He was proud to be a farmer for many years and also worked at Cold Spring Granite before his retirement. Harlan loved to follow his kids' and grandkids' sports, as well as the Vikings and Twins; he was also an avid outdoorsman and loved to spend his time fishing. Harlan will always be remembered by his wife of nearly 50 years, Bertha; children, Brian (Nikki) llgen of Kerkhoven and Brenda (Herman) Wuebkers of Holdingford; four grandchildren, Casey, Kaitlin, Samantha, and Carter; brother, Allen llgen; as well as many nieces, nephews, other extended family, and close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Olga llgen; step-mom, Ethel; as well as his brothers, Carl and Dean llgen.

Michael Winter, 78, Roscoe

Michael Arthur Winter, 78, of Roscoe, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at the Assumption Home of Cold Spring. A celebration of Michael's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 22, 2021, at Dan and Terri Winter's farm (32125 Co. Rd. 14, Paynesville, Minn.). Michael was born on July 20, 1942, in Richmond, Minn., the son of Ervin and Ludwina (Ramler) Winter. He was united in marriage to Sharon Nieland on Oct. 1, 1966, in St. Cloud, and their union was blessed with six children. He enjoyed camping, fishing, bowling, playing cards, following his kids' sports teams as they grew up, and spending time with his grandkids. He eventually retired from working at FingerHut. Michael will always be remembered by his wife of 54 years, Sharon Winter; children, Michelle (Craig) Reinke of Richmond, Mark (Kelly Tuchscherer) Winter of Eagan, James (Gina) Winter of Rockville, Joseph (Michele) Winter of Albany, Kenneth (Gina) Winter of Roscoe, and Keith (Sara) Winter of St. Cloud; 15 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren with one on the way; siblings, Adeline (Bill) Boucher, Mary (Vernon "Butch") Kotz, Ruthie (Steve) Larson, Dan (Terri) Winter, Tim Winter, and Bill (Cindy) Winter; many nieces, nephews, and other extended family and close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ervin and Ludwina Winter; brother, Joseph; and sister, Rita.

Robert 'Red' McKigney, 90, Osakis

Robert "Red" McKigney, 90, of Osakis, Minn., and formerly of Tyler, Minn., died on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, at Galeon Senior Living in Osakis. Private services will be held in honor of Red. Hartquist Funeral Home - Tyler Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements. To sign an online registry or view the livestream of service from Friday, Nov. 25, please visit Robert was born on Jan. 23, 1930, to Edward and Mary (Hauger) McKigney in Tracy, Minn. He was baptized later that year and attended school in Tracy. Red began his farming career during his childhood. In 1950, he was inducted into the U.S. Marine Corp, where he honorably served his country during the Korean Conflict. He was discharged in 1952. Red worked for Swift in St. Paul, Minn., for a short time before relocating to Marshall, Minn. He continued to farm alongside his uncle, Lambert Boerboom, and also hauled cream for Schwans. Red then began hauling milk for the creamery in Russell, Minn., and continued to do so for over 20 years. On June 6, 1959, Red was united in marriage to Marceline Laux at St. James Catholic Church in Dawson, Minn. The couple made their home in Russell. After starting their family, they moved near Tyler, Minn., in 1965 and began their own farm. They raised pigs at the McKigney Hog Farm, in addition to some cattle, chickens, and crops. Red and Marce continued to farm until 1983, when they moved into town in Tyler. Red remained busy working as a janitor at the Ruthton school and at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. He also tended bar for a number of years at the Garvin Bar in Garvin, Minn., and later trimmed trees and mowed lawns all over Tyler. Marce preceded Red in death on Aug. 23, 2006. Red retired in 2012, and relocated to Galeon Senior Living in Osakis, Minn., where he died on Sunday, Nov. 22, at the age of 90 years, 9 months, and 30 days. Red was a member of St. Dionysius Catholic Church and the Senior Citizen Center in Tyler. He was always willing to lend a hand to others when they needed it and helped numerous community members move. He enjoyed dancing, playing cards, especially pinochle, chopping wood, and driving his collection of tractors. Red was also a collector of caps, coffee mugs, and pens. Red loved to tell stories and jokes; he was quite the teaser. He could often be found chewing the fat with his friends and neighbors and will be remembered for the huge amounts of chili he cooked to share with them. He will be greatly missed. Red is survived by his children, Michael (Kim) of Paynesville, Minn., and Marie (Martin Aguilar) of San Fransisco, Calif.; siblings, Theresa Helm of Michigan, Dorothy (Wally) Peters of Arkansas, Alice (Jim) Kinney of Sauk Centre, Minn., Geraldine Rasmussen of Glenwood, Minn., and Leo of Villard, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; and siblings, Mary, Vince, Eddie, Helen, James, Joan, Charlie, Rita, and Louise.

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