February 2003 Obituaries - Paynesville Press, Paynesville, Minnesota
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from The Paynesville Press
February 2003

Johnson Funeral Home Helen Lukawski
Helen Lukawski Helen E. Lukawski, 80, of Paynesville, died on Friday, Feb. 28, 2003, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Funeral services were on Tuesday, March 4, at 1 p.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Rev. Richard Leisen officiated. Entombment will be today (Wednesday, March 5) at Sunset Memorial Park in Minneapolis.

Helen was born Oct. 11, 1922, in Eyota to Patrick and Elizabeth (McCabe) Horan. She married William Lukawski on Jan. 30, 1943 in Selma, Alabama. She lived in Rochester from 1945-1970, later lived in New Ulm, and then moved to Clarkfield in 1972. She was a restaurant owner in Clarkfield where she owned the Clarkfield Café. She moved to Paynesville in 1984.

She was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church.

Helen is survived by her husband Bill; two sons, Dana (Clara) Lukawski of Shakopee and Mark (Denise) Lukawski of Oronoco; two grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Leo Horan, Merlin Horan, Dorothy Hofner, Terry Horan, Catherine Lexvold, Donna Thompson, and Sharon Hanson.

She was preceded in death by one son, William Lukawski Jr. in 2001, and one brother, Lyle Horan. Memorials are preferred to Camp Friendship. Funeral arrangements are being made with The Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville.

Jeremy Olson
Jeremy D. Olson, 17, of Shakopee, died on Friday, Feb. 14, 2003.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Mount Olivet Assembly of God Church in Apple Valley. Reverends Mark Olson, Sam McKay, and Chris Bechtel officiated. Interment was in the Valley Cemetery in Shakopee.

Jeremy was born March 3, 1985, in Shakopee to Craig and Shari (Haworth) Olson. He was a student in the Shakopee School System.

He is survived by his parents, Craig and Shari; brother, Jonathon; sister, Jacqueline; grandparents, Johnnie and Pat Olson of Paynesville and Harlan and Karen Haworth of Shakopee; a great-grandfather, Kermit Olson of Litchfield; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Rose Lieser
Rose Lieser Rose T. Lieser, 91, of Paynesville, died on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Pay-nesville. Entombment was in the St. Louis Parish Mausoleum in Paynesville.

Rose was born Jan. 6, 1912, in St. Martin, Minn., to Math and Elizabeth (Kirchner) Mehr. She married Jacob J. Lieser on May 9, 1933, at St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin. They farmed in the Spring Hill area until retirement in 1966 when they moved to Paynesville.

Her hobbies included quilting, playing cards, crocheting, and with her husband did lots of traveling.

She was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church, St. Louis Christian Women, Mission Group, St. Ann's Christian Women of Spring Hill, Paynesville Catholic Aid Association, and Daughters of Isabella.

Rose is survived by her sons Richard (Carol) of St. Cloud, Gerald (Marlene) of Spring Hill, Ronald (Lucille) of Lake Henry, and Robert (Jeanette) of Spring Hill; 17 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; brothers, John Mehr of Roscoe and Alphonse (Catherine) Mehr of Richmond; and a sister, Alice (Ben) Middendorf of St. Cloud.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband (1996), infant son Vernon, one infant grandson, and brothers and sisters, Agnes, Frank, Sylvester, Mark, Robert, and Ruth Mehr.

Wilbur Mead
Wilbur Mead Wilbur John Mead, 83 of Hawick, died Tuesday morning, Feb. 4, 2003, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, at the Hawick Methodist Church in Hawick. Reverend Dennis Hier officiated. Burial was in Roseville Cemetery in Hawick.

Wilbur was born on May 29, 1919, in Collins, Iowa, the son of Ralph and Hulda (Truehl) Mead. As a young boy he moved with his family to Minnesota where he attended grade school in District # 71 in Mananah.

On Feb. 24, 1942, he entered the United States Army where he was a decorated hero of WWII. He received a Combat Infantryman Badge, the Good Conduct Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Ribbon with three Bronze Stars, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart for wounds suffered in the Southwest Pacific Theater. He was honorably discharged on Oct. 2, 1945, and returned home where he spent his life working various jobs, but his passion was farming.

Wilbur was a member of the Admiral Benson VFW Post 2818 in Litchfield. Among the things he enjoyed were fishing, shaking dice in the cafe, feeding the birds and animals, and visiting the casino. Wilbur is survived by his brother, Ralph Mead Jr. of Willmar; three sisters, Vera (Reindert) Holwerda of Willmar, Estella Masters of Spicer, and Hattie (Herbert) Neu of Litchfield; and a sister-in-law and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Betty Mead, Minnie Kemp, Margaret McColley, and Cynthia Stamps; and two brothers, Charles in infancy and Russell Mead.

Eleanor Heinen
Eleanor Heinen Eleanor A. Heinen, 87, of Roscoe, died Monday, Feb. 3, 2003, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Roscoe. Reverend Leo Leisen officiated. Pallbearers and gift bearers were her grandchildren. Burial took place in the St. Agnes Parish Cemetery in Roscoe.

Eleanor was born on June 20, 1915, in Roscoe to Tobias and Anna (Bichler) Hormann. She married Mathias P. Heinen Jr. on Sept. 26, 1939, at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Roscoe. Eleanor and Math farmed near Roscoe until their retirement in 1979.

She was a member of St. Ann's Christian Women, Sorrowful Mothers Mission Group, Daughters of Isabella and an active member of St. Agnes Parish.

Eleanor is survived by her sons David (Boni) Heinen of St. Martin and Donald (Mary) Heinen of Roscoe; daughters, Ione (Glen) Heinen of Waite Park and Julie (Kenneth) Schefers of Paynesville; 11 grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and two sisters, Loretta Zaczkowski and Alma Zaczkowski.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Mathias (Nov. 10, 1986); two infant daughters; a grandson; brothers, Edward, Raymond, and Bernard Hormann; and a sister, Regina Hormann.

Boyd Brown
Boyd Jerome Brown, 76, of rural Spicer, died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2003, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

The funeral service were held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6, at the Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Rev. Ric Koehn officiated. Interment was in the Manannah Cemetery, rural Manannah.

Boyd was born Feb. 9, 1926, in Manannah, the son of George and Helen (Pelkey) Brown. He grew up in Manannah where he attended school.

During World war II, Boyd served his country in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946. On Jan. 24, 1938, he was married to Rose Marie Mihlbauer in Eden Valley. Following their marriage, they lived in Eden Valley, Breckenridge, and for the past 35 years at their home near Spicer in Irving Township. Boyd worked for 21 years at A.M.P.I. in Paynesville, retiring in 1989.

He was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church. He was a life member of the Litchfield V.F.W. Post #2818 and was also a member of the New London American Legion Post #537. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping.

Boyd is survived by his wife, Rose Marie of rural Spicer; son, B. Jay (Dawn) Brown of Paynesville; daughters, Judy Medalen and Joyce (Richard) Randall, both of Indiana; one grandson; brothers, Dean (Kathy) Brown of Eden Valley and Francis (Nina) Brown of Copperas Cove, Texas; and two sisters, Nola (Robert) Nelson of Bismarck, N.D., and Paulette Eisenbacher of Spicer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Duane; and sister, Phyllis Brown.

Stephanie Jones
Stephanie Kay Jones, 17, of Gaylord, died Friday, Jan. 31, 2003, one-half mile east of Gaylord on Minn. Hwy #5 as the result of a vehicle accident.

Services were Thursday, Feb. 6, at 10:30 a.m. at the American Lutheran Church in Gaylord. Reverend Paul Kratzke officiated. Interment was in the Gaylord Municipal Cemetery.

Stephanie was born Aug. 30, 1985, in Arlington to Kevin and Benita (Petersen) Jones. She was a junior at Sibley East High School in Arlington where she was an honor student and participated in jazz band, pep band, and concert band.

Stephanie also played on the Sibley East basketball team, golf team, volleyball team, and took stats for the Sibley East football team. She loved playing the piano and has continued to take lessons since second grade. She was confirmed and a member of American Lutheran Church in Gaylord, played keyboard for the Praise Team, and occasionally played the piano for Sunday services.

Stephanie worked at Gaylord Junior High School during the summer and was an employee at Jerry's Home Quality in Gaylord. She enjoyed babysitting, scrapbooking, puzzles, reading, shopping, and cross stitching.

She is survived by her parents, Kevin and Benita Jones of Gaylord; one brother, Nathan at home; grandfather, David (Helen) Petersen of Buffalo Lake; great-grandmother, Dorathea Petersen of Buffalo Lake; special friend, Benjamin Tollefson of rural Gaylord; and many cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Marilyn Petersen; grandparents, David and Irene Jones; great-grandparents, Emil and Gertrude Bullert; and great-grandfather, Bernhardt Petersen.

Harriett Oliver
Harriett Oliver Harriett Arlyne Oliver, 88, of Paynesville, died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

A memorial service were held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville. Rev. Ric Koehn officated. Inurnment will be held in Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Moose Lake later this summer.

Harriett was born July 30, 1914, in Keewatin, Minn., the daughter of Thomas and Mamie (Foster) Stanton. She graduated from Keewatin High School in 1932. In 1936, she graduated from Stout Institute in Menomonee, Wis. She also attended Hibbing Junior College and the Minneapolis Business College.

On Jan. 4, 1939, Harriett was married to Lloyal Oliver in Minneapolis. Following their marriage, they lived in Minneapolis; Oakland, Calif.; Sturgeon Lake, Minn.; Kansas City, Kan.; and Fairbanks, Alaska. For 25 years, Harriett was a secretary at Super Valu in Hopkins.

For the past several years. Harriett has lived in Paynesville where she was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church, Koronis Chapter #97 of the Eastern Star, and the Siloam Chapter #79 Order of the Eastern Star (of Willmar).

Harriett enjoyed collecting many things including buttons, and enjoyed bird watching, hunting and fishing, traveling, and flying with her husband in their small airplane.

She is survived by her brothers, Earle Stanton of Oroville, Calif., and Thomas (Helen) Stanton of Mansfield, Ohio; a sister, Jane Miller of Paynesville; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband in 1979.

Evelyn Strobbe
Evelyn Strobbe Evelyn Strobbe, 85, of Paynesville and formerly of Davenport, Iowa, died on Friday, Jan. 31, 2003, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 3, 2003, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial will take place at the Davenport Memorial Park in Davenport, Iowa.

Evelyn was born on Oct. 19, 1917, in Davenport, Iowa, to Albert and Anna (Sieman) Hentzelman. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in education and music from the Univ. of Iowa and taught high school for three years in rural Iowa. Evelyn married Charles Strobbe on Sept. 1, 1941, at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Davenport. They lived in Davenport for 51 years where she taught elementary school for 25 years before moving to Paynesville in 1996.

She was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville, and also a member of a college reunion group, "Eastlawn Girls," from the University of Iowa, that met annually for 50 years.

Evelyn is survived by her daughters, Beverly Auld of Arden Hills and Bonnie Strobbe of Paynesville; special friend, Susan Biedler of Paynesville; sister, Virginia Schreiner of Rock Island, Ill.; and two granddaughters.

Preceding her in death were her parents and her husband Charles in 2000.

Angele Bye
Angele C. Bye, 100, of Willmar and formerly of Hawick, died on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2003, at the Bethesda Pleasant View Nursing Home in Willmar.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 3, 2003, at Zion Irving Lutheran Church, rural Hawick. Reverend Linda Lagergren officiated. Burial was in the Zion Irving Lutheran Cemetery, rural Hawick.

Angele was born on July 12, 1902, in Irving Township, Kandiyohi County, Minnesota, to Anton and Christine (Olson) Bye. She lived in Minneapolis where she worked as a domestic most of her life. While in Minneapolis she was a member of a Norwegian Choral Group that gave concerts throughout the Twin Cities area. She moved to Willmar in 1989 and then in 1991 moved to her family's homestead in Hawick.

She was a member of Zion Irving Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her nieces and nephews.

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