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Gloria Wiese, 75, Paynesville
Gloria Jo Wiese, 75, a longtime resident of Paynesville, died on Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Koronis Manor after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 7, at 11 a.m., at Paynesville Evangelical Free Church (24075 Roseville Road NE). Burial will be at a later date.

A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.

Gloria was born on Oct. 11, 1939, in Worthington, Minn., to Joseph and Mayme (Ling) Smith. She grew up in Round Lake, Minn., where she received her schooling.

She married Donald Wiese on April 10, 1960.

In her early years, Gloria started out in banking in Round Lake and Worthington. Later, when the family moved to Paynesville, she worked at Farmers and Merchants State Bank. Her career there lasted for 23 years before she retired.

For 31 years, she simultaneously helped her husband, Don, run Stone Gate Lodge, a summer-vacationing resort on Lake Koronis. Gloria did a wonderful job juggling her many responsibilities; the least of which was being a loving wife and mother to five children.

Gloria is survived by her husband, Don Wiese; children, Allyson (John) Holland; Ron (Krista) Wiese, Kurt Wiese, Kent (Wendy) Wiese, and Jason (Arlene) Wiese; 10 grandchildren; mother, Mayme (Smith) Kilker; brother, Phil Smith; sister, Paulette Daggett; two sisters-in-law; a brother-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

Gloria was preceded in death by her infant daughter, father, brother, and grandparents.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National Parkinson Foundation Minnesota.

Donald Zahler, 84, Paynesville
Donald B. Zahler, 84, of Paynesville. died on Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Monday, March 2, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial will take place in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at a later date.

Don was born on May 16, 1930, to Victor and Bernadette (Dahlheimer) Zahler in Rogers, Minn.

After school, he served in the U.S. Army as an airplane mechanic during the Korean Conflict.

He married Joan Summerdorf on Feb. 16, 1953, in Sioux City, Iowa. They shared 62 years of marriage.

They moved to Minneapolis, where Don completed additional schooling, and then moved to Rogers, where they built their home.

In 1981, they purchased the Rustic Roost in Iron River, Wis., where he became active in the local snowmobile club, helping to expand the trail system.

He enjoyed a long career at AT&T, where he retired as a supervisor in Duluth.

Don will be remembered for his support of the Paynesville Bulldogs.

Don is survived by his wife, Joan; children, Steve (Patti) Zahler of Motley and Bryan (Bev) Zahler of Oliver, Wis.; three granddaughters; two great-grandchildren; sister, Sr. Dorothy Zahler of St. Paul; brother Norbert Zahler of Rogers; and two sisters-in-law.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Richard Zahler.

Charles Ampe, 91, Paynesville
Charles C. Ampe, 91, of Paynesville died on Monday, Feb. 16, at the Paynesville Hospital.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Friday, Feb. 20, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial with military honors was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Charles was born on April 30, 1923, to Celest and Cornelia (Moorse) Ampe in Paynesville.

He graduated from Paynesville High School in 1943.

Charles was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War.

He married Margaret Orndorff on Feb. 22, 1952, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Harrisburg, Pa.

Charles was a member of St. Louis Parish, Knights of Columbus Council #3820, and American Legion Post #271.

Charles is survived by his wife, Margaret; children, Charles E. (Karen) of Belgrade, Robert (Linda) of Savage, Catherine (Paul) Bernatchez of Chambersburg, Pa., David (Ardith) of Paynesville, and Ronald (Nancy) of Coon Rapids; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Margaret Buttweiler; and brothers, Peter, Matt, John, Aloysius, Henry, Joe, Celest Jr., and Cyril.

Elizabeth Crusoe, 84, Eden Valley
Elizabeth L. Crusoe, 84, of Eden Valley, died on Friday, Feb. 27.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 4, at Church of Our Lady in Manannah. The Reverend Brian Mandel will officiate. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

A visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday and after 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday at the Church of Our Lady in Manannah. The Rosary will be prayed at 4 p.m., and Parish Prayers will be at 7 p.m. at the church on Tuesday.

Betty was born on July 15, 1930, to Wilfred and Pauline (Tiemens) Hendrickson in Manannah Township, Meeker County.

She grew up in the Grove City and Eden Valley area, graduating from Paynesville High School.

She married Wilfred Crusoe on Aug. 26, 1948, at the Church of Our Lady in Manannah. They made their home on the family farm.

Along with raising her family, she worked for 40 years for The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Paynesville, working several different positions until becoming the administrator in 1978.

Betty is survived by her children, Margaret (Dick) Wojtanowitz of Richmond, Mary (Barry) Schultz of Grove City, Lynda (George) Frenchick of Paynesville, and Lori Crusoe of Eden Valley; 15 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; brother Douglas Hendrickson of Paynesville, sister Annette Warwick of Oakland, Calif., a sister-in-law; a brother-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wilfred (2001); son, Francis (2008); sisters, Carol Hendrickson and Evelyn Dunton; brother, Wilfred; and a sister-in-law.

Margaret Lundquist, 92, Paynesville
Margaret J. Lundquist, 92, of Paynesville, and formerly of St. Louis Park, died on Monday, Feb. 23, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Her funeral was held on Thursday, Feb. 26, at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. Burial was in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.

Margaret was born on Aug. 2, 1922, to Peter and Anna (Ziehl) Johnson in Atwater.

She grew up in the New London area where she attended school.

Following her schooling, she married Roger Lundquist. They lived in Grove City while Roger was the superintendent, later moving to Moorhead before settling in St. Louis Park, where Roger was an assistant principal in the St. Louis Park Schools. Roger preceded her in death in 1958.

Margaret continued to live in St. Louis Park, where she volunteered at Mount Olivet, later joining the staff as a receptionist. She also worked as a teacherŐs aide for St. Louis Park Schools.

During her retirement, she enjoyed their cabin on Lake Koronis and spent winters in Clearwater, Fla., for 20-plus years.

Margaret is survived by her son, John Lundquist of Watertown, Minn.; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sister, Maxine Meyers of Redwood Falls.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Roger; son, Paul; sisters, Lucille Seastad and Deloris Martin; and a brother in infancy.

Shirley Harr, 74, Fargo, N.D.
Shirley Harr, 74, of Fargo, N.D., died on Thursday, Feb. 12, in Sanford Palliative Care, with her family by her side.

A visitation for Shirley will be one hour prior to her funeral service on Sunday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m., in Korsmo Funeral Chapel in Moorhead, Minn.

Her burial will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 23, in St. Louis Catholic Cemetery in Paynesville.

Shirley was born on Oct. 17, 1940, to Regina and Albert Mayer in Garretson, S.D.

She married Archie Harr, Jr., on Sep. 10, 1967.

They were stationed throughout the world as part of the U.S. Navy prior to making their home in Jamestown, N.D., where they raised their two sons, Derrick and Jerry.

While in Jamestown, Shirley was active in her community, providing child care as well as running businesses such as a sewing and alterations shop and an arcade.

Shirley moved to Fargo in 1997 and worked at the FargoDome until 2014.

She is survived by her sons, Derrick (Krysta) Harr and Jerry (Monique Sauvageau) Harr; five grandchildren; and brother, Jerry Mayer.

She was preceded in death by her parents; divorced husband, Archie; and a niece.

William Graves, 52, Texas
William "Bill" Graves, 52, of Flower Mound, Texas, and formerly of Willmar, died on Wednesday, Feb. 4, after a fatal airplane crash.

A celebration of life service was held on Friday, Feb. 13, at the Evangelical Free Church in Willmar.

William "Bill" Blake Graves was born on July 12, 1962, to Pat Graves and Wallace Graves in Atlanta, Ga.

Bill graduated from Riverwood High School in Sandy Springs, Ga., and received his bachelorŐs degree from the University of Georgia.

He married Susan "Sue" Strodtman on July 2, 1994. Bill and Sue created six beautiful children.

Bill embarked on his career with Domino's Pizza as a driver in the 1980s, and he opened his first store in Willmar, Minn., in 1985. Bill continued growing his presence at Domino's throughout his life, with the opening of his 100th store on Nov. 15, 2014. The year of 2015 marked his 30th year as a franchisee of Domino's Pizza. He served on many committees, such as the DFA Advisory Board.

To say that Bill enjoyed running would be an understatement. He adored running, running marathons with his friends, running on the treadmill, running in any form. Bill ran without fail, every day, for the last 17 and a half years of his life. In fact, Bill's refusal to buy a new, or at least decent, treadmill was an ongoing joke with family and friends. At one point he had three used treadmills in his garage.

Bill was not only dedicated to running; he was dedicated to living life to the fullest and to creating an evident and palpable love to share with his family. Bill made an effort to enjoy each and every moment of daily living. He made certain to instill the love and adoration he felt for his wife and children, within them, every day.

Bill is survived by his wife, Susan Graves; children, Blake (22), Brooke (16), Grace (15), Carter (10), Noah (6), and Dalton (5); sister Jenifer (Mark) Hardee of Atlanta; stepmother, Judith Graves of Florida; stepsisters, Pam (John) Tanous and RoxAnne (Robert) Sierra of Atlanta; mother-in-law, Rose Strodtman of Paynesville; brothers-in-law, Gary Strodtman of Paynesville, Mark Strodtman of Colorado, and Jim Strodtman of Kimball; sister-in-laws, Karen Bachman of Paynesville, Mary Espinosa of Wyoming, and LeAnn of Cold Spring; and many special nieces and nephews.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and father-in-law.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Domino's Partners Foundation, 30 Frank Lloyd Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48105.

Rosemary Haines, 88, Paynesville
Rosemary Haines, 88, of Paynesville died on Saturday, Feb. 7.

Funeral services in celebration of Rosemary's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12, at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home Chapel in Paynesville. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Rosemary, the seventh of eight children, was born on Oct. 17, 1926, to Chet and Rose (Rassier) Haines in Paynesville.

She graduated from Paynesville High School in 1944. She earned her teaching degrees from St. Cloud State University and the University of Minnesota in Morris.

Rosemary enjoyed 35 years of teaching in Morton, Ortonville, and Glenwood.

She is survived by her brother, Dick (Bernie) Haines of Paynesville; many loving nieces and nephews; and many former students.

She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Lola Haines, Joe Haines, Jeanne Brown, Mack Haines, Bob Haines Sr., and Lois Cook.

Melvin Spanier, 82, Paynesville
Melvin M. Spanier, 82, of Paynesville. died on Sunday, Feb. 1, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday, Feb. 7, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the St. Louis Parish Cemetery in Paynesville with full military honors.

Mel was born on April 24, 1932, to Herb and Erma (Lahr) Spanier in Lake Henry.

He was the oldest of 11 children and graduated from Paynesville High School.

He served honorably in the Unites States Army from 1955 to 1957. While in the army, he served a tour of duty in Korea as a radio operator.

He married Etheline Hoppe on Oct. 19, 1957, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich.

Mel was employed by the Rocori School System for 24 years, where he enjoyed interacting with the many students and staff.

He was known for his constant smile, his love of singing, and his well-manicured yard. His uplifting and sunny disposition was infectious to all who knew him. He was most proud of the accomplishments and successes of his children and grandchildren.

Mel is survived by his wife, Etheline of Paynesville; children, Denise (Greg) McRae of Amston, Conn., Steven (Becky) Spanier of Fargo, N.D., Pamela Bremseth of Plymouth, Minn., Susan (Patrick) Tucker of Omaha, Neb., and Douglas (Krista) Spanier of West St. Paul, Minn.; 22 grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Evelyn Sorenson, Richard Spanier, Mary Johnson, Orville Spanier, Judy Lieser, Mike Spanier, and Kevin Spanier; two brothers-in-law; and four sisters-in-law.

Mel was preceded in death by his parents, Herb and Erma, and brothers David, Roger, and Cyril Spanier.

Elaine Weber, 80, Paynesville
Elaine M. "Punkin" (Driver) Weber, 80, of Paynesville, and formerly of Roscoe, died on Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Thursday, Feb. 5, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the St. Agnes Parish Cemetery in Roscoe.

Elaine was born on Oct. 10, 1934, to William "Roy" and Anna (Lehnen) Driver in Eden Lake Township.

She married Edward J. "Eddie" Weber on Aug. 16, 1958, at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Roscoe. Their union lasted until Edward's death in 1970.

Early in Elaine's life, she worked at New Hope Bakery and the telephone company of Paynesville. Later in her life, as her sons were growing up, she worked at Al's Tavern in Roscoe, Gold'n Plump in Cold Spring, and Fingerhut in St. Cloud.

The highlight of her life was adopting her two sons, Mike and Randy.

Elaine is survived by her sons, Randy (Liz Johnson) of Minneapolis and Michael (Beth) of St. Cloud; four grandchildren; sisters, Clara Schueller and Marcy Lang, both of Richmond; and a brother-in-law.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Eddie; brother, Melvin Driver; and sisters, Lucille Mackedanz and Marie Loch.

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