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Jim Gulbranson, 59, Paynesville
Jim Gulbranson Sr., 59, of Paynesville died on Sunday, Feb. 22, at the University of Minnesota Fairview Medical Center in Minneapolis.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Feb. 27, at Paynesville Lutheran Church with military honors.

James David Gulbranson Sr. was born on March 3, 1949, to John G. and Jean (Cowan) Gulbranson in Chicago, Ill.

His family moved to Omaha, Neb., and later to Denver, Colo., where he attended Westminster High School, graduating in 1967. His childhood was shaped and influenced by his relationships with his Janklow cousins and extended Gulbranson clan, which continued throughout his life and later gave him fond memories.

He continued his education at Metropolitan State College in Denver for two years before world events led him to enlist in the U.S. Air Force, serving his country in Vietnam. Upon his honorable discharge, he returned to Denver where he owned and operated a Mexican restaurant.

He moved to the Black Hills, where he met his wife, Kim.

On June 16, 1979, Jim married Kimberly Kruse. One son was born to this union. Together, Jim and Kim were able to share in nearly 30 years of marriage.

They made their home in the Black Hills and Denver before moving to Paynesville in 1986.

Jim spent most of his career as a chef and most recently worked as a banquet chef for the Green Mill Kelly Inn in St. Cloud.

Jim is survived by his wife, Kim of Paynesville; son, James (Lori) Gulbranson of Clearwater; daughter, Kate Spitzmiller of Boston, Mass.; two grandchildren; brother, John (Dee) Gulbranson of Pensacola, Fla.; father and mother-in-law, Bill and Alice Kruse of Sioux Falls; two sister-in-laws; two nieces; two nephews; and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Jerome Moritz, 77, Sauk Centre
Jerome W. Moritz, 77, of Sauk Centre died on Thursday, Feb. 26, at St. Michael's Nursing Home in Sauk Centre following a short battle with cancer.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 3, at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Jerome Moritz was born on Sept. 20, 1931, in Elrosa to Frank and Mary (Hens) Moritz.

He married Janette Haskamp on Sept. 21, 1954, at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk Centre.

After their marriage, the couple moved to the Twin Cities area, where Jerome was employed by International Harvester.

In 1958, they began farming near Grey Eagle. They moved to Sauk Centre in 1962, where he was employed by the Farmers Coop Elevator until it closed. He then worked at Steve's Dairy until retiring in 1994.

The couple's union lasted until Janette's death on Dec. 4, 2001.

Jerome is survived by his children, Katherine (John) Theis of Chanhassen, Sandy (Jack) Wallace of Rosemount, Rick (Dea) Moritz of Sauk Centre, Deb (Mark) Pruszinske of Savage, Ron (Cindy) Moritz of Alexandria, Lori (Dan) Wall of Paynesville, and Pat (Wayne) Bromenshenkel of Sauk Centre; 13 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and sister, Mary Jane Fern of Howard Lake.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Janette; his parents; a grandson; and siblings, Herb Moritz and Philomine Moritz.

Ethel Herzig, 83, San Diego, Calif.
Ethel Herzig, 83, of San Diego, Calif., and formerly of Paynesville, died on Friday, Feb. 6, at the Villa Rancho Bernardo Nursing Home in San Diego.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Feb. 8, at the Poway-Bernardo Mortuary in Poway, Calif. Burial will be in North Redwood Falls United Methodist Church this spring.

Ethel Herzig was born on July 8, 1925, to John and Augusta Prodoehl in rural Renville County. She attended school to the eighth grade and then quit to care for her ailing mother.

She married Stan Herzig on May 28, 1944. The couple resided in Redwood Falls for several years. Three children were born to this union.

The couple moved to Paynesville in 1956. They lived together in Paynesville for many years. Ethel lived in Paynesville for nearly 20 years, until 1975.

Ethel worked as a waitress and host at the Black Saucer, Bernie's Barn, and Conoco truckstop restaurants. She also worked in the kitchen cafeteria at Paynesville High School. Stan worked in the meat department of the local grocery store.

Ethel moved to Osseo, Minn., in 1975, where she re-united with her husband and worked in a gift shop for many years. Due to her declining health, she moved to California in 2005 to be closer to her children.

Ethel is survived by her children, Dana of Las Vegas, Nev., Dennis of Studio City, Calif., and Jan (Mike) Hegstad Poway, Calif., and two grandsons.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and four step brothers and sister.

Corrine Wartenberg, 91, Paynesville
Corrine Wartenberg, 91, of Paynesville died on Thursday, Feb. 19, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Corrine M. Wartenberg was born on April 11, 1917, to Henry and Martha (Glenz) Manz in Paynesville Township. She completed the eighth grade at the Brown School in Paynesville Township in 1931.

Corrine worked as a nanny in Willmar and later as a housekeeper in the Paynesville area.

She married Donald A. Wartenberg on Dec. 5, 1956, at the Methodist parsonage in Paynesville. One child was born to this union.

The couple farmed in Paynesville Township. She raised chickens and bantams and had a big garden.

Corrine is survived by her husband, Donald; daughter, Bety (John) Danielson of Kandiyohi; two grandchildren; one great-grandson; and sisters, Marvis Manz, Nadeen Manz, and Violet Manz, all of Paynesville.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Orville Manz.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.

Florence Everson, 86, Minneapolis
Florence Jean Everson, 86, of Minneapolis died on Tuesday, Feb. 17.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Feb. 23, at Salem Evangelical Free Church in Minneapolis. Burial was in Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Florence and her husband owned a cabin on Lake Koronis for many years. Their son, Dennis, and his wife, Sandy, now own the cabin.

Florence is survived by her children, Dennis (Sandy), Mark, and Gloria; 16 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; brother, Glen Bloom; and sister, Millie Hennessey.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold; son, Allen; daughter, Sharon Mitjans-Valdez; brother, Herbert Bloom; sister, Dollie Reiman; and a grandson.

Memorials are preferred to Salem Evangelical Free Church in Minneapolis.

Mary Flint, 97, Paynesville
Mary Flint, 97, of Paynesville died on Sunday, Feb. 15, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 10 a.m., at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial will be in the St. Martin Parish Cemetery.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 17, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville and one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.

Mary Flint was born on Oct. 25, 1911, to Hubert and Veronica (Heinen) Miller in St. Martin.

She married Bernard Flint on May 11, 1936, at St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin. She worked on the farm with her husband until her children were old enough to help with the day-to-day chores.

Mary is survived by her children, Jan (Jim) Bares, Duane, Jim (Kathy), Chuck (Laura), and Lloyd (Mary); 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Helen Miller.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ben; and two sisters, Susan Miller and Ann Welle.

Howard Geiger, 70, Prior Lake
Howard Geiger, 70 of Prior Lake died on Friday, Feb. 13, at his home after a brief battle with leukemia.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Feb. 16, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Prior Lake. Burial was in St. Paul's Cemetery.

Howard Geiger was born on Sept. 16, 1938, to Lawrence and Catherine (Sturman) Geiger in Worthington.

He graduated from Staples High School in 1957. In his early years, he was active in FFA (Future Farmers of America) and the 4-H club.

He attended the University of Minnesota for one year.

He retired after 49 years of service as a product engineer at Hitchcock Industries in Bloomington.

He is survived by his wife, Carol (Thorsfeldt); children, Lorrie (Edward) Gottwald of Paynesville, Scott (Jennifer) Geiger of New Prague, and Corey Geiger of Jordan; step-children, Dave (Susie) Thorsfeldt of Savage, Jim (Chirlyn) Thorsfeldt of Webster, and Jodi (Scott) Galloway of Prior Lake; 12 grandchildren; sisters, Ruth (Manny) Voeltz of Staples and Janice (Ivan) Voeltz of Staples; brother, Doug (Diane) Geiger of Eugene, Ore.; a brother-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Lawrence; and sister, Evelyn Van Wey.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred and will be distributed in Howard's memory by his family.

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