February 2001 Obituaries

from The Paynesville Press
February 2001

Johnson Funeral Home

Anna Weber
Anna Louise Weber, 64, of Hawick died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001, at her home.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 1, at Zion Irving Lutheran Church in rural Hawick with the Rev. Linda Lagergren officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. are today (Feb. 28) at Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville and one hour prior to service at the church. Memorials are preferred to Paynesville Good Samaritan Care Center.

Beverly Pratt
Bev Pratt Beverly Ann Pratt, 68, of Paynesville, died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001, at her home in Paynesville from cancer.

Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 26, at the Calvary Baptist Church in Paynesville with Rev. Charles Lamason officiating. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery in Paynesville.

Beverly Ann Pratt was born Sept. 9, 1932, in Minneapolis, to Richard E. and Carol Pearl (Granger) Atherton. She attended Loring and Hamilton Elementary Schools and Patrick Henry Junior and Senior High School in Minneapolis. Her family moved to Robbinsdale in 1948 where she graduated from high school in 1950. She attended the Holiness Methodist School of Theology while working at the downtown Woolworth Store in Minneapolis.

Beverly married the Rev. Paul Pratt on Friday, May 13, 1955, at Ehlers Memorial Church in Minneapolis. They pastored churches in Compton, Calif., Wadena, Minn., Sidney, Mont., and Paynesville, Minn.

Beverly started playing the piano at an early age and at age 13 started playing for services at Ehlers Memorial Church in Minneapolis and at family church camps. This continued for nearly 40 years. She enjoyed photography, growing flowers, needlepoint, and was an avid sports fan.

Survivors include her husband Paul of Paynesville; children: Edward of Dyer, Nev., Barbara (Rick) Sangren of Crystal, Minn., and Carol (Steve) Lundeen of rural Dassel; two grandchildren; a brother, Rev. Robert (Sandra) Atherton of Moline, Ill.; a sister, Kathleen Antrim of Minneapolis, as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Richard Bluhm
Richard Bluhm, 72, of Renville, died on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001, at the Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Feb. 27, at the United Methodist Church in Renville with Rev. Neil Westby officiating. Burial was at the Fairview Cemetery with full military honors.

Pallbearers were: Will Smith, Jim Hanson, Elroy Eekhoff, John Elliott, Joel Bergstrom, and Jim Merkel. Honorary pallbearers were: Bill Smith, Jerry O'Connor, Harold Burger, Tom Garding, and Stu Miller.

Richard was born on Sept. 19, 1928, in Paynesville to Edward and Martha (Zabel) Bluhm. He graduated from Paynesville High School. He served in the U.S. Army after high school and in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict

He was united in marriage to Joanne Beverly Hanson in Fergus Falls in 1954. He attended and graduated from St. Cloud State University in 1959. He taught social studies and business in high schools in Freeborn, Minn., and Clear Lake, Iowa, moving to Renville in 1963. Richard was awarded Renville Teacher of the Year in 1971. He retired in 1979.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church and its choir, the Renville American Legion Post #295, Renville Masonic Lodge AF & AM #195, Zuhrah Temple Shriners and the Shrine Band. He was a former member of Woodcarver's Club in Willmar. He was a former volunteer for the Renville Ambulance. He enjoyed woodcarving, playing the organ, reading, and playing tuba in the Sugar Kraut and Beetwurst Band.

Survivors include his wife, Joanne; two daughters, Jeannine Bluhm of Willmar and Laura Bluhm of Torrance, Calif.; two brothers Duane (Helen) Bluhm, Paynesville, and Lee (Donna) Bluhm of Altanta, Ga.; and one granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Robert Chapman
Robert B. Chapman of Sidney Neb., died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001, from cancer.

A private service will be held at a later date.

Survivors include his wife, Daisy, Paynesville; children: Rebecca Swain, Steve, Regina (Steve) Zopfi and Regan (Angela), 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brothers, James, Grant, Roland, William, and a sister, Victoria. Also many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Joe Stephanie Sr.
Joe Stephanie Sr. Joseph P. Stephanie, 88, of St. Cloud, died Monday, Feb. 19, 2001, at the Veteran's Affairs Medical Center in St. Cloud.

Funeral services were Thursday, Feb. 22, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in St. Cloud. The Reverend Robert Harren officiated. Burial was in the St. Joseph Parish Cemetery in Waite Park with full military honors provided by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 428.

Joseph was born Dec. 3, 1912, in St. Cloud, to Mathias and Mary (Belmont) Stephanie.

He married Elsie Lodermeier on June 14, 1941. He served in the United States Army during World War II where he worked on the Alaska Highway. He worked as an assembler at DeZurik's for 22 years

He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Veteran's of Foreign Wars Post 428 and the St. Cloud Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 622.

Surviving Joseph are his wife Elsie of St. Cloud; sons, Joseph Jr. of Paynesville, Richard of Bloomington, and Chuck of St. Cloud; six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Martha Merdan of St. Joseph.

Preceding him in death were his parents, daughter Mary Louise Lero (1995), two infant sons, granddaughter Sandra Stephanie, four brothers and four sisters.

Dorothy Halvorson
Dorothy Halvorson, 63, Brooten, died Feb. 10, 2001, at the Knute Nelson Memorial Home, Alexandria.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, Feb. 14, at the United Methodist Church, Alexandria, with Rev. William Rowen officiating.

Dorothy was born on Oct. 23, 1937, to William and Florence (Daniels) Robbins in Paynesville. She was raised in Paynesville and graduated from Brooten High School. She worked as the head librarian of the Plainview Public Library from 1976 to 1981. She was also a doctor's assistant in Benson and Belgrade.

On May 24, 1956, Dorothy was married to John Halvorson in Brooten. She was a member of the Eastern Star.

Survivors include her husband, John Halvorson, Alexandria; daughters, Kathy (Jim) Golden of St. Croix Beach, Minn; Susan (Pete) Jarosak of Cambridge, DeeAnn Conover of Alexandria; seven grandchildren; sisters, June Herzog of Fargo, N.D., Zella Putzke of Annandale, and Janet (Bud) Thompson of Paynesville.

She was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Leslie; and a brother and sister, David and Judy Robbins.

Mike Carter
Mike Carter, 89, of Belgrade, died Saturday, Feb. 17, 2001, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the Crow River Lutheran Church, rural Belgrade, with Rev. Michael DeKraai officiating. Interment was in the Colfax Cemetery, rural New London. Donald (Mike) Earl Carter was born March 17, 1911, to William and Jane (Harris) Carter in Steinauer, Neb. At a young age he moved with his family to Burke, S.D., where he grew up on a family farm. On May 14, 1937, he was married to LaVern Olson near New London. Following their marriage they lived in St. Paul and later Montana where Mike worked for the Montana State Highway Department for 25 years, retiring in 1973. In 1975, they returned to the Belgrade area where Mike has lived since. LaVern died Oct. 31, 2000.

Survivors include his sons: Michael (Mary) Carter of Belgrade, Robert (Reney) of Glasgow, Mont.; daughter, Mavis (Melvin) Walker of Gillette Wyo.; 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one-great-great-grandson, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Leonard; granddaughters, Beverly Gable and Susan Carter; brother, Milton; sister, Mildred; sisters-in-law, Lidia Carter, Alaine Olson, Edna Olson, Oga Reigstad; brothers-in-law, Irvin Olson, Gordon Olson, Marvin Fernelius, and Oliver Reigstad.

Lillian Kuebker
Lillian Marie Kuebker, 81, of Paynesville, died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2001, at the Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.

Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 12, at the Nordland Lutheran Church, rural Paynesville, with Rev. Keith Ainsley officiating. Interment was in the Burr Oak Cemetery, rural Paynesville..

Lillian M. Kuebker was born on April 22, 1919, in Rib Falls, Wis., to Herbert V. and Ella (Pyan) Jebb. She was born in her mother's home state during the time her father was oversees serving in World War I. She was baptized May 14, 1919, in Marathon, Wis. She grew up in New Salem, N.D., and was confirmed in the Christian faith at Evangelical and Reformed Church in 1933. She attended school in New Salem Public School, graduating in 1937. She continued her education at Jamestown College for two years.

On Aug. 23, 1941, Lillian married Kenton W. Kuebker. Shortly after their marriage, Kenton was killed in action during the Battle of Leyte Gulf (World War II) on Oct. 25, 1944. After his death, Lillian attended airline school in Kansas City. She then went to work for Northwest Airlines where she was instrumental in opening doors to international tourism, particularly in China, Japan, the Far East, Europe, Hawaii, and Alaska. In 1980, she retired to her home on the Jebb homestead, south of Paynesville.

Survivors include her three sisters: Joan Gaebe of Clara City, Jacqueline (Kenneth) Nelson, Colorado Springs, Colo., Averial (Gene) Hunt, Paynesville; one brother, William (Wynona) Jebb of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenton; parents; and one sister, Marion Jebb.

Helen Van Dorsten
Helen M. Van Dorsten, 59, of Hawick, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2001, at the Rice Hospital in Willmar.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, at the Nordland Lutheran Church, rural Paynesville, with Rev. Keith Ainsley officiating. Internment will be in the church cemetery.

Helen Marie Olson was born July 17, 1941, in New London, to Peder and Helga (Hanson) Olson. Helen was baptized and confirmed at Nordland Lutheran Church where she was a lifetime member. She grew up on the family farm near Hawick and graduated from the New London-Spicer High School in 1959. During the Vietnam War, Helen served in the medical field of the U.S. Air Force from 1959 to 1963. She also attended Peace Corps training in North Carolina.

On Dec. 2, 1967, she married Gerald Van Dorsten at Nordland Lutheran Church. Following their marriage, they owned and operated the Eveready Oil Company in Paynesville for several years. In 1983, Helen received her L.P.N. degree from the Willmar Vocational Technical College. From 1985 to 1998 she worked at the Veteran's Hospital in St. Cloud. She was a member of the Paynesville American Legion Post 271, where she was the first woman to join.

For the past 12 years Helen has struggled with cancer. She was an avid reader and enjoyed watching the birds on the several bird feeders at her home.

Survivors include her husband, Gerald, Hawick; sons, Marten (Bernice) of Hawick, Karl (Leesa) of Madison; daughters, Dina of Hawick, Judy (Jim) Kulset of New London; four grandchildren; two brothers, Peter (Mary) Olson of Murdock, Harlan (Judy) Olson of Hawick; and a sister Lucille Houtkooper of Phoenix, Ariz.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a sister, Elaine Deguire.

Don Daby
Donald F. Daby, 77, Paynesville, died Sunday, Jan. 21, 2001, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville after a struggle with hemacromatosis.

A memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 12, at the Paynesville Lutheran Church and at 2:30 p.m. on Monday at the Granite Falls Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the University of Minnesota Foundation.

Donald Francis Daby was born Feb. 12, 1923, near Granite Falls to Ernest C. and Thea K. (Velde) Daby. Donald was confirmed in the Christian faith in 1936 and graduated from Granite Falls High School.

On June 20, 1948, he was married to Doris A. Hedla at the North Lutheran Church in Granite Falls. Don was active in his church and was a board member when the Granite Falls Lutheran Church was built. Don began his singing career at age four when the Veteran's Park in Granite Falls was dedicated and he sang at over 3,000 weddings and funerals during his lifetime.

Donald was a farmer, a Pioneer seed corn salesman, a real estate broker for 25 years and a Prudential insurance agent. Don built the first student housing for the Vocational Technical School in Granite Falls. He also built the Crown Dining Center, now the DeToy's Restaurant in Granite Falls. From 1983 to 1989 Don and Doris lived at their lake home on Lake Koronis, near Paynesville. They moved to Mesa, Ariz., where they lived until October of 1994, when they returned to Paynesville.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Doris of Paynesville; sons: Duane (Jenny) of West Des Moines, Iowa, and Ralph (Kristin) Paynesville; five grandchildren; sisters: Marie Erie of Granite Falls, and Eloise Peterson of Richfield.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Tillman and Virgil; and a sister, Ethel.

Florence DeMorrett
Florence DeMorrett Florence T. DeMorrett, 79, of Paynesville, died Thursday, Feb. 1, 2001, at her home.

Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 5, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville with Father Richard Leisen officiating. Entombment was in the St. Louis Parish Mausoleum.

Florence was born June 17, 1921, in rural Lake Henry to Mike and Ida (Jaeger) Gruber. On Oct. 20, 1943, Florence married Erwin DeMorrett at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry. They owned and operated a farm in rural Eden Valley until their retirement in 1994 when they moved to Paynesville. Florence was a member of the St. Louis Catholic Church, Daughters of Isabella, the Paynesville Catholic Aid Association, St. Louis Christian Women and St. Ann's Mission Group. She was also an auxiliary member of the Good Samaritan Care Center where she volunteered to assist residents with daily needs. She enjoyed playing cards, bowling, and just being with people.

Survivors include her brothers and sisters: Bergetta (Andrew) Lieser of Cold Spring, Virginetta (Trumond) Whitney of Brooklyn Center, Delores (Hubert) Sunderman, Sauk Centre, Michael (Rosie) Gruber of Belgrade, Lenora (Edwin) Kampsen of Litchfield, David (Nita) Gruber of St. Cloud, Erma (James) Rieland of St. Cloud, and Patty (Ado) Wensman of Paynesville.

Preceding her in death were her parents; brothers: Urban and Marcellus; and infant sister Shirley.

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