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Jerry Mady, 78, Apple Valley
Jerome "Jerry" J. Mady, 78, of Apple Valley, Minn., and formerly of Paynesville, died on Monday, Feb. 27, 2006, at Ebenezer Ridges Care Center in Burnsville.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, March 2, at All Saints Catholic Church in Lakeville, Minn. Interment was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Jerry was born on Jan. 10, 1928, in Milwaukee, Wis. He married Irene Waldorf on Sept. 3, 1951.

Jerry was a long-time employee of Gamble-Robinson.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Irene; children, Mike (Barb) Mady, Jim (Linda) Mady, John (Maureen) Mady, Joan (Doug) Miller, and Tim Mady; and seven grandchildren.

Frances Novak, 94, Paynesville
Frances Novak Frances Gertrude Novak, 94, of Paynesville and formerly of Minneapolis, died Sunday morning, Feb. 26, 2006, at Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 2, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Father Richard Leisen officiated. Burial was at Gethsemane Catholic Cemetery in New Hope.

Frances was born on March 28, 1911, in Minneapolis, the daughter of George and Mary (Hasslinger) Gruidl. She grew up in Minneapolis where she attended St. Joseph's Elementary and North High School, graduating in 1929.

On Sept. 29, 1938, Frances was united in marriage to Joseph Novak in Minneapolis. To this union three daughters were born. They made their home in northeast Minneapolis where she worked as a homemaker. Together, Frances and Joseph were able to share in 41 years of marriage before Joseph's death on Sep. 3, 1980. In 1999 she moved to Paynesville.

She was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in northeast Minneapolis.

Frances is survived by two daughters, Kathy (Robert) Zenner of Belgrade and Pat (Robert) Smith of Rancho Mirage, Calif.; ten grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by husband, Joseph; infant daughter, Mary; brothers, Carl and George; sister, Helen; and parents.

Laura Carey, 92, Florida
Laura Carey, 92, formerly of Union Grove Township, Meeker County, died in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006.

Burial will be in June 2006 at Glen Haven, Memorial Gardens in Crystal, Minn.

Laura was the widow of Francis Carey - a farmer and housemover in Union Grove Township for many years.

She has lived in Crystal, Minn., Lake Florida near Spicer, and in 1996 moved to Florida to be near her children, Sandra and Rodger.

Glenice Sommers, 73, Wisconsin
Glenice (Nehring) Sommers, 73, of Arcadia, Wis., died on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006.

Glenice was born in Paynesville on Sept. 27, 1932, the daughter of Arlie and Selma (Paetznick) Nehring.

She graduated from Paynesville High School in 1950.

Velda Robbins, 90, Sauk Rapids
Velda Robbins Velda E. Robbins, 90, Sauk Rapids, Minn., died on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Funeral services were on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 10:30 a.m. at Benson Funeral Home Chapel in St. Cloud. Burial will be in North Star Cemetery in St. Cloud.

Velda was born Dec. 1, 1915, in Regal, Minn., to Arthur and Stella (Gordon) Glenz. She was a graduate of the Paynesville High School.

She married James C. Robbins on Feb. 4, 1937, in Paynesville. She was employed as a waitress at J.C. Penney for 13 years.

Velda was a member of Sweet Adelines, and a long-time member and Senior Regent of Women of the Moose of Waite Park. She enjoyed playing bingo.

She is survived by her sons, Thomas Robbins of Sauk Rapids, Jerry (Marion) Robbins of St. Cloud, Ronald (Sharon) Robbins of Baxter, Minn., Robert (Lorna) Robbins of Hector, Minn., and Daniel (Kay) Robbins of Zimmerman, Minn.; daughter, Sue Wruck of Sartell, Minn.; brother, Gordon Glenz of Paynesville; sisters, Fern Hertzberg of St. Cloud, Betsy Kingsriter of Paynesville, and Betty Mauer of St. Cloud; 20 grandchildren; and 34 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Robbins, on March 24, 1974; sons, James and John; brother, Donald Glenz; and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Julia Zimmer, 90, Spicer
Julia Zimmer Julia Lillian Zimmer, 90, of Spicer, died on Tuesday morning, Feb. 14, 2006, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.

Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Spicer. Father Jeff Horejsi officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Julia was born on July 1, 1915, on the family farm in Irving Township, the daughter of Benjamin and Jensine (Peterson) Anderson. She was baptized on Aug. 8, 1915, and confirmed in the Christian faith on July 13, 1930, both at Nordland Lutheran Church. She grew up on the family farm and attended rural grade school.

On Oct. 3, 1938, Julia was united in marriage to John Zimmer. To this union three sons and four daughters were born. They made their home and farmed east of Green Lake. Together Julia and John were able to share in 49 years of marriage, before John's death on Feb. 9, 1988.

Julia was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic Church later in life and was a member of Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church.

She enjoyed growing strawberries, canning, making pies and jam, reading, and watching TV.

She is survived by three sons, Frank (Sue) Zimmer of Spicer, Henry (Sherilyn) Zimmer of Fridley, and James (Kathy) Zimmer of Bloomington; three daughters, Arlene (Roman) Blonigen of Princeton, Anna (Jim) Bankey of Garrison and Mary (Larry) Korus of Dayton; 25 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

Julia was preceded in death by her husband, John; daughter, Betty; one granddaughter; one great-grandchild; and nine brothers.

Edward Uphus, 81, Belgrade
Edward Uphus Edward Conrad Uphus, 81, of Belgrade, died on Monday morning, Feb. 13, 2006, at the Belgrade Nursing Home.

Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Belgrade. Father Jeff Ethen officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Edward was born on June 6, 1924, on the family farm near Greenwald, the son of John and Mary (Brus) Uphus. He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Greenwald. He grew up on the family farm and attended grade school at St. Andrew's Catholic School.

On Sept. 9, 1947, he was united in marriage to Verena Leukam at St. John's Catholic Church in Meire Grove. Ed and Verena were able to share in 58 years of marriage.

They lived on the family farm for five years and then moved for a short time to Lake Henry and Minneapolis. They returned to the area in 1974 where he farmed near Belgrade and worked as a salesmen for McNess Feed Com-pany. He retired in 1991 and they moved into Belgrade.

Ed was a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church where he served as an usher and belonged to the Knights of Columbus. He also was a member of the Moose Lodge of Waite Park and the Belgrade Senior Citizens. He enjoyed playing cards, hunting and fishing.

Ed is survived by his wife, Verena of Belgrade; sister Irene (Dillo) Leukam of Sauk Centre; brother, Francis (Marylin) Uphus of Greenwald; step-brother, Kenneth Loxtercamp of Waconia; and numerous nieces, nephew and great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by an infant child; parents; brother Barney Uphus; and three sisters, Marie Winning, Betty Schulzeten-berg, and Janet Baltes.

George Cromwell Jr., 62, Paynesville
George Cromwell Jr. George M. Cromwell Jr., 62, of Paynesville died on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006, at his home.

Funeral services were on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 11 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Linda Jensen officiated. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

George was born July 14, 1943, at the Myre Hospital in Paynesville to George and Mildred (Deadrick) Cromwell Sr. He was baptized and confirmed in the Methodist Faith.

George married Shirley Fenske on July 29, 1961, at Paynesville Lutheran Church.

He worked as a heavy equipment operator in construction. He was a member of the Forty Niners International Union of Operating Engineers for 46 years.

He enjoyed snowmobiling and car racing, hunting, and fishing.

George is survived by his wife of 44 years, Shirley of Paynesville; his children; Joy (Jeb Skalf) Sinner of Packwood, Wash., Roy (Lyn) Cromwell of Paynesville, Tonya (Cory) Meagher of Paynesville, and Jesse (Heather Schenk) Cromwell of Foley; seven grandchildren; one step-granddaughter; a stepsister, Gwen (Boyd) Thomas of Prior Lake; and a stepniece.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Suzanne Cromwell; a stepniece; and several aunts and uncles.

Veronica Kost, 102, Paynesville
Norbert Christen Veronica M. Kost, 102, of Paynesville, died on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services was held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville.

Veronica was born on April 16, 1903, in Richmond, Minn., to John and Margaret (Backes) Jacobs. She married Arnold Kost on June 15, 1926, in Richmond.

Veronica was a resident of Paynesville all her married life. She and her husband co-owned and operated Kost Motor Company in Paynesville for over 50 years. She was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church, Christian Women, and the Daughters of Isabella.

Veronica is survived by her daughters, Joan Kost of Paynesville, Irene (Robert) Schaefer of Scottsdale, Ariz., Mary Kost of Brighton, Colo., and Kathryn (Tom) Lindquist of Paynesville; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Arnold, on Dec. 10, 1976; and 10 brothers and sisters.

Norbert Christen, 84, Albany
Norbert Christen Norbert W. Christen, 84, of Albany, died on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006, at Mother of Mercy Nursing Home.

Funeral services celebrating his life were at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Albany. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Norbert was born in Albany Township to Bernard and Bertha (Bosel) Christen. He was baptized in Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Albany on Nov. 6, 1921. He was confirmed on April 14, 1935, in Evangelical Ebenezer Church in Albany.

He married Adeline Petermeier on May 5, 1945, in St. Stephen Parish in Minneapolis. They farmed north of Albany for two years, before moving back to the home farm southwest of Albany, where they farmed 35 years.

When their son Dennis then took over the farm, Norbert and Adeline moved to Albany, where Norbert worked for Schiffler Implement, Master Mark Plastics, and then at the Albany High School for 10 years as a custodian. He retired in 1989.

He was an active member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church.

Norbert is survived by his wife of 60 years, Adeline of Albany; children, Karen (Jerry) Overman of Avon, Connie (Paul) Habermann of Blooming Prairie, Mike (Jean) of Paynesville; Dennis (fianceŽ June Brickweg) of Albany, Jack (Vicky) of St. Joseph, and Jill Christen of Waite Park; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Everett (Mona), St. Cloud.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter; and siblings, Florence Pirkl, Evelyn Christen, Sylvester, Mylo, and Myrtle Neuwirth.

Theresa Johnson, 89, Paynesville
Theresa Marie Johnson, 89, of Paynesville and formerly of the Eagle Bend area, died at her home on Friday, Jan. 27, 2006.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Henning. Pastor Randy Maland offiated. Burial was in the St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in rural Henning.

Pallbearers were Harold Peyerl, Dennis Peyerl, Shawn Hendricks, Wesley Hendricks, David Stueve, and Michael Stueve.

Theresa was born on May 27, 1916, near Starkweather, N.D., to John and Mary (Walner) Peyerl. The family moved to Henning when she was three. Theresa attended the Nubbin Ridge country school where she completed the eighth grade. She then moved to Minneapolis where she worked for a couple years.

Theresa was united in marriage to Albert Guse on Oct. 31, 1940. To this union one daughter was born. Theresa and Albert farmed near Almora until 1949 when they moved to Henning.

After Albert's death on Oct. 28, 1957, she worked at the Jack and Jill's Grocery Store and the Henning Hatchery.

On Aug. 30, 1968, she was united in marriage to Laurell Johnson and they farmed near Eagle Bend until retiring in 1989. They then moved to Paynesville to be near family.

Theresa enjoyed crocheting, crafting, and reading.

She is survived by her daughter, Mardell (Michael) Hendricks of Paynesville; sister, Helen (Bernard) Lachowitzer of Richfield; two grandsons; and one great-granddaughter.

Theresa was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; and brothers, Rudolph and John Peyerl.

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