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Sister Mary Bernard Lieser, 87, Idaho
Sister Mary Bernard Lieser, Order of St. Benedict, was born into eternal life at 2:15 a.m., on Thursday, Feb. 14, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, Idaho. She took her last breath among some of her sisters of the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood, Idaho.

A memorial mass in honor of Sister Mary Bernard, who grew up in Zion Township, will be held on Monday, March 11, at 10 a.m., at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. A luncheon will follow the service in the parish social hall. All are welcome.

Sister Mary Bernard will be remembered as a woman of profound faith and great love for family and her ministry.

From her early life on a farm in St Martin, to working in the St. Gertrude's convent butcher house as a young sister and her 52-year career as a nurse to her ministry to the bereaved, she met life's challenges with joy and trust in God. As a result, life seemed to have always offered the full breadth of itself to her.

After only two weeks of initial nurse's training, Sister Bernard was put on the night shift at St. Mary's Hospital in Cottonwood. "I learned to see Jesus in every patient," she said.

The youngest of 10, she grew up in a home where German was the first language, and there was no plumbing or electricity. "We worked hard, prayed hard, and played hard," she recalled. She milked cows at the early age of eight and fought through blizzards that left "banks higher than the apple trees."

Those early home experiences influenced her long career of working amid life's extremes (from births to deaths). For nurses, it was an age where health care staff relied more on bedside manner than on medications to keep patients calm and comfortable. This included back rubs and taking the time to listen.

Sister Bernard kept extensive scrapbooks that are full of history. They include family genealogy stories, stories of medical advances, such as the first use of penicillin in Cottonwood, and notes from grateful patients, including one calling her the "Sunshine Nurse" who "taught the true meaning of Jesus."

Sister Bernard had been a Benedictine Sister of St. Gertrude's since March 1949. After retiring from nursing, she continued attending funerals and visiting families in the Colton-Uniontown area and was a favored visitor to the shut-ins.

She was the last of the Joe and Theresa Lieser family. Siblings who preceded her in death include: Catherine Mandernach, Amalia Stang; Berthold (Arcella) Lieser; Bernard (Caroline) Lieser; Alfred (Juletta) Lieser; Sister Josephine Lieser, OSB; Sister Petronella Lieser, OSB; Frances Worms; and Roman (Theresa Dingman) Lieser.

Her brother-in-law, Ray Worms, and sister-in-law, Theresa (Dingman) Lieser are still living, as well as many nieces and nephews and their families.

Memorial gifts in Sister Mary Bernard's honor can be sent to St. Gertrude Monastery: 465 Keuterville Road, Cottonwood, Idaho.

Marie Olson, 84, Sartell
Marie B. Olson, 84, of Sartell died on Friday, Feb. 15, at her home.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in St. Cloud. Burial was in St. Martin Catholic Cemetery.

Marie was born on Feb. 29, 1928, to Frank and Bernice (Chapp) Morgel in St. Anna.

She married Clarence Ramler on Oct. 8, 1946, in St. Anna. Their union lasted until Clarence's death in 1971.

Marie lived in St. Martin for 25 years and moved to the Sartell area in 1979.

She was a homemaker and sold Avon products.

Marie is survived by her sons and daughters, Don (Sue) Ramler of Eden Prairie, Al (Joan) Ramler of Webster, Arnie Ramler of St. Paul, Sharon Ramler (Randy Wahlstrom) of Champlin, Dave Ramler of St. Cloud, and Michele (Terry) Kolodjski of Oak Grove; sisters, Elizabeth Nathan of St. Joseph, Marjorie Roering of Glenwood, and Genny LaBuda of St. Cloud; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Clarence Ramler; second husband, Clifford Olson; and siblings, Frankie, Alois, Edmund, Steven, and Paul Morgel, Bridget Benson, and Delores Schwinghammer.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Cloud Hospital Hospice.

Raymond Jones, 79, Paynesville
Raymond Jones, 79, of Paynesville died unexpectedly on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at his home.

Friends and family gathered to celebrate his life with a service on Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville. Burial was in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls.

Ray was born on Oct. 16, 1933, in Amery, Wis., to Reginald and Louise (Loughren) Jones.

He served his country in the United States Army.

Ray graduated from the University of New Mexico and later earned a MA in education from St. Cloud State College.

He married Fay Hafner on Oct. 5, 1957, in Albuquerque, N.M.

He was a teacher and coach at Paynesville High School from 1960 until his retirement in 1993.

Ray is survived by his wife, Fay; children, Lindy (Julie) of Sartell, Lon (Denise) of Becker, and Beth (Craig) Kendall of Becker; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials are preferred to the R.O.S.E. Center in Paynesville.

Darrin Schaefer, 44, St. Martin
Darrin J. Schaefer, 44, of St. Martin died on Sunday, Feb. 10, as a result of injuries sustained in an auto accident.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 11 a.m., at St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

A visitation will be held on Friday, Feb. 15, from 4 to 9 p.m., at the St. Martin Parish Hall and will continue from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning at the hall.

Darrin Schaefer was born on Sept. 27, 1968, to Roman and LuAnn (Wensmann) Schaefer in Melrose.

He worked with his brother, Keith, on the family farm, Evergreen Acres Dairy, in rural St. Martin.

Darrin is survived by his parents; siblings, Keith, Michelle Schoenberg, and Stacy Kampsen; seven nieces; and a nephew.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

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