from The Paynesville Press
February 1999

Lorraine Wegner
Lorraine M. Wegner, 87, of Paynesville, died Monday, Feb. 22, 1999, at the Good Samaritan Care Center, Paynesville.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 26, at St. Louis Catholic Church, Paynesville. Rev. Richard Leisen will officiate. Burial will take place in the St. Louis Parish Cemetery, Paynesville.

Friends may call from 4-9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, at Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home, Paynesville.

Dr. Thomas Vanderpool
Memorial services were held on Saturday, Feb. 20, 1999, at 11 a.m. at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Paynesville, Minn., for Thomas E. Vanderpool, M.D., 75, of Paynesville. Private interment was at the Paynesville Cemetery in Paynesville.

Thomas Vanderpool was born on May 16, 1923, to C.M. "Van" and Myrtle (Hanson) Vanderpool at Faribault, Minn. He attended school in Faribault, graduating in 1941 from Faribault High School. He then attended the University of Minnesota for one year before enlisting into the U.S. Navy. He served his country during World War II in the V-12 program at the University of Michigan. After the war, he returned to college and eventually received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota in 1955.

On June 14, 1947, he was united in marriage to Elaine Jenkins in Minneapolis, Minn. In 1957, he moved with his family to Paynesville, Minn., where he opened his medical practice. He served the Paynesville area as a medical physician until his retirement in 1988.

Dr. Vanderpool is survived by his children, Tom (Sandra) of Maple Grove, Minn., Gini Vanderpool (Jerry Mabley) of Caldwell, Idaho, Joan of Roseville, Minn., Bruce (Susan) of Paynesville, and Elaine of Paynesville; six grandchildren; and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Boyd and LeRoy.

Dorothy Reeck
Memorial services were held on Sunday, Feb. 21, 1999, at 2 p.m., at Salem Church north of Paynesville, Minn., for Dorothy H. Reeck, 79, of Paynesville, Minn., and formerly of New York City, N.Y. Interment was in Salem Cemetery, Zion Township, Stearns County, Minn., followed the services. Military rites were conducted at the cemetery by the Paynesville American Legion Post #271.

Dorothy Helen Reeck was born on July 14, 1919, in Zion Township, Paynesville, Minn., to Minnie Louise Sack Reeck and Gustav Herman Reeck. She was baptized at the Salem Evangelical Church. She attended school at District 139, (later Dist. 2028), and graduated from Paynesville High School in 1936.

She continued her education at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., from 1939 to 1940. She entered the Swedish Hospital Nursing School in 1941, graduating as a registered nurse in 1944. In February 1945, she enlisted as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. She served in the Philippine Islands. She was honorably discharged as a 1st Lieutenant in December 1946.

She worked at Swedish/St. Barnabas Hospitals in Minneapolis, Minn. In 1947, she moved to New York City, where she was employed as an assistant director of operating rooms at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. She retired in 1991 as director.

She was very active in the American Association of Registered Nurses. She was also active in the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City, serving as a deacon and doing volunteer visitation. Her avid interest in photography led to showing her work in photography shows in Minnesota. Other interests included museums and concerts in New York City.

Dorothy is survived by sister-in-law, Carolyn Reeck of Paynesville; brother-in-law, Arthur Woolverton of Fergus Falls; nieces and nephews, Dr. Melvyn Fahning, Renee Reeck Byrant, Gary H. Reeck, Lynne Reeck, Nancy Reeck, Sharon Reeck, Kathryn Wenino Anderson, Paul Wenino, Margaret Wenino Madsen, Elizabeth Wenino Sinisalo and their spouses; and several grandnieces and grandnephews, great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Minnie and Gustav; siblings, Lionel Reeck, Esther Fahning, Alyce Moede, Myrtle Woolverton, Ruby Wenino, and Warren Reeck; brothers-in-law, Otto Fahning, Dr. E.G. Moede, and George Wenino; nieces, Patricia Moede and Marilyn Bonkrude; and grandnephew, Nathan H. Reeck.

Marilyn Bonkrude
Marilyn Fahning Bonkrude died unexpectedly on Feb. 11, 1999, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 15, 1999, at Messiah Lutheran Church in North Mankato, Minn.

Marilyn was born Aug. 14, 1932, to Esther Reeck Fahning and Otto Fahning in Cleveland, Minn. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church. She graduated from Freeborn High School and St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., with a bachelor of arts degree. She continued post graduate work at the University of Minnesota, becoming certified in interior design.

She was united in marriage to Dr. Hardean "Hardy" Bonkrude at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Wells, Minn., on Dec. 22, 1956. She taught school for a number of years, and worked as an interior designer for a St. Paul company and the Dayton Company.

Marilyn was a very active member of Messiah Lutheran Church, being involved in every aspect of social ministry. She enjoyed people, photography, weaving, and music.

She is survived by her husband, Hardy; foster children; brother, Dr. Melvyn Fahning of Hudson, Wis.; sister-in-law, Marlene Fahning of Woodbury; brother-in-law, Wayne (Mary) Bonkrude of Litchfield; aunts, Dorothy Reeck, and Carolyn Reeck, both of Paynesville; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Clarys Wegner
Clarys M. Wegner of Bloomington, died on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 1999.

The funeral service was held at 12 noon on Saturday, Feb. 20, at the United Methodist Church of Peace in Richfield. Private interment was held afterward.

She was born on Nov. 29, 1913, in North Dakota. She grew up in Paynesville, Minn. She was a retired cook for the Minneapolis Public Schools.

She is survived by her husband, Emmet; daughter, Bonnie (Rodney) Nelson of Chanhassen; two grandchildren; brothers, Marvin (Beulah), Roy (Marjorie), and Dale; and sisters-in-law, Marge and Dorothy Wegner of Paynesville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, Russell.

Urban Rien
Memorial services will be held on Thursday, Feb. 18, 1999, at 11 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville for Urban W. Rien, 81, of Paynesville, who died Sunday, Feb. 14, 1999, at the Koronis Manor Nursing Home in Paynesville.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, Feb. 18, from 10-11 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville.

Private inurnment will be at the Zion Cemetery in Paynesville.

Urban was born on Feb. 11, 1918, in Paynesville to Carl W. and Helena (Liebrenz) Rien. He married Arlyiss Beier on Nov. 18, 1942, at the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Paynesville.

Urban farmed most of his life on the Rien farm three miles east of Paynesville, semi-retiring in 1976. He has continued to live on the farm since that time.

Urban was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville, and the Zion Cemetery Board for many years. Music was an important part of his life. He sang in many choirs and quartets. Urban loved gardening and shared his bounty with many. He was also an avid fisherman.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Arlyiss of Paynesville; three daughters, Linda (Alvin) Isdahl of Starbuck, Minn., Sandy Nehring of St. Cloud, and Joan "Jo" (John) Lorntson of Chicago, Ill.; one son, Larry (Denise) of Paynesville; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and sister, Fern Schultz of Minneapolis.

Urban was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Alvin.

Harry Heitke
Harry E. Heitke, 92, of Flushing, Mich., died on Jan. 25, 1999.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30, 1999, at Rossell Funeral Home, with the Rev. John G. Park officiating. Burial followed at Sunset Hills Cemetery.

Harry was born on April 20, 1906, in Zion Township, near Paynesville, Minn. His education began at Rural School #139 near Paynesville. He moved to Flint in 1929.

He married Alice Clarie Schmidt on June 18, 1931. Harry worked at Chevrolet Motor Division for 41 years.

He was a dedicated student and teacher of the Bible. He was a member of Hope United Methodist Church, the Flushing Area Historical Society, and the Flushing Area Senior Citizens. He enjoyed weekly bowling.

He is survived by his son, Edward "Palmer" (Louise) of Sun City Grand, Surprise, Ariz.; daughter, Phyllis Lynne of Clio, Mich; two grandsons; two great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Frieda Zurn of Minneapolis, Minn., and Pearl Heitke of Paynesville, Minn.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents, Gustav and Clara (Weber) Heitke; wife, Alice; brothers, Herman, Roy, and Arnold; sisters, Helen Heitke and Marion Houk.

Petra Dalhaug
Petra H. Dalhaug, 92, of Buffalo (formerly of Minneapolis and Paynesville), died Wednesday, Feb. 3, 1999, at the Park View Care Center in Buffalo.

The funeral service was held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, at Nordland Lutheran Church in rural Paynesville, with the Rev. Keith Ainsley officiating.

Petra Henrietta Dalhaug was born on June 15, 1906, in Stearns County. She was the daughter of Johan and Petronelle (Gregerson) Dalhaug. She was baptized and confirmed at Nordland Lutheran Church, where she was a lifelong member. Petra attended school at Dist. #19 in Meeker County. In 1930 she moved to Minneapolis, where she worked at the Maryland Hotel. She also worked at General Mills and Dayton's. She retired in 1972. In April of 1989 she moved back to Paynesville. She lived at 700 Stearns Place until October 1994, when she became a resident at the Park View Care Center in Buffalo.

Petra is survived by her sister, Lillie (Maurice) Beaumont of St. Peter; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Dalhaug of Edina; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, John, Karl, and Alfred; four sisters, Marie and Inga Dalhaug, Jennie Olson, and Clara Johnson; three nieces, Harriet Iverson, Carol Otteson, and Eunice Billson; and two nephews, Norman Olson and Maurice Beaumont.

Monica Leukam
Monica C. Leukam, 71, of Sauk Centre, died on Monday, Feb. 8, at her home.

The Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 12, at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Sauk Centre.

Casket bearers were her sons and son-in-law, Denny, Duane, Don, Randy, and John Leukam, and Jerry Schurman. Cross bearer was Kari Leukam and scripture bearer was Jodi Leukam. Honorary bearers were Donna and Dorothy Haider, Delores Kampsen, Janette Mayers, Florentine Schmiesing, Rosie Dickhaus, Betty Schneider, Lucille Jansen, Delores Orth, Valeria Peters, Joyce Meyer, Amelia Boeckers, Lois Egeland, Joan Peters, Irene Rieland, Alice Peters, Janette Moritz, Bernice Kuefler, Cecil Loxtercamp, Dorothy Duevel, Selma Tschida, Eileen Dold, and Claudette Jennissen.

The Rev. Bernard Kahlhamer officiated. Interment followed in Calvary Cemetery. Monica Leukam was born on March 14, 1927, in Spring Hill, Minn., to John and Frances (Lieser) Meyer. She was united in marriage to Dillo Leukam on May 2, 1949, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Spring Hill. They farmed near Elrosa in Getty Township, Stearns County, for 30 years. She was a member of Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church, Christian Mothers, Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Aid, St. Margaret's Mission Group, We Kan Do It Homemaker's Club, and the Eagles Auxiliary.

Survivors include her husband, Dillo Leukam of Sauk Centre; daughter and sons, Jane (Jerry) Schurman, Kenny (Kathy), Duane (Bonnie), all of Sauk Centre, Don (Sue) of Belgrade, Randy (Terri) and John (Monique) of Andover; 14 grandchildren; brother, Leander (Alvera) Meyer of Richmond; and sister, Mary Ann (Ray) Gerding of Cold Spring.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Sylvester and Gerald Meyer.

Charlie Hunter
Charles J. Hunter, 64, of Paynesville, died Sunday, Jan. 31, 1999, at his home in Paynesville.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4, at the Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville, with the Rev. J. Allan Lindh officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville and one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Interment will be in the Burr Oak Cemetery in rural Grove City. Military rites will be provided by the Paynesville American Legion Post #271.

Charles Jon Hunter was born on Jan. 13, 1935, in Paynesville. He was the son of Charlie and Annie Mae (Nelson) Hunter. Charles grew up on a family farm in Union Grove Township, near Paynesville, where he attended a country school. He later attended the Paynesville High School. From 1954 to 1956, Charles served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

On May 19, 1956, he was married to Joyce Morrison in Elizabethtown, Ky. Following their marriage, they lived in Paynesville, where Charles was employed at Vern Johnson Motors for 41 years. He retired in 1997. He was an active member of the Paynesville American Legion Post #271.

Charles enjoyed doing things outdoors, especially camping, fishing, hunting, working in his garden, and cutting wood.

Charles is survived by his wife, Joyce of Paynesville; sons, Charles Jr. (Eileen Shoutz), Rocky (Nancy), and David (Cindy Anderson), all of Paynesville, and Larry (Sheree) of Belgrade; daughter, Deb Zuroff of Paynesville; 25 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and sisters, Elaine Bennett of New Munich, Phyllis Gertgen of Spicer, and Arlyn Grotto of Litchfield.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Genevieve Clark.

Alda Lang
Alda Lang, 100, of Paynesville, died Sunday, Jan. 31, 1999, at the Paynesville Area Hospital in Paynesville.

The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 10:30 a.m., at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Interment will be held in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Alda Sophia Flora Block was born on March 7, 1898, in Paynesville. She was the daughter of Henry and Amelia (Heitke) Block. Alda grew up on a family farm in Paynesville Township and attended school at District #162.

On Oct. 28, 1919, she was married to Lloyd E. Lang in St. Cloud. Following their marriage, they farmed in Paynesville Township. Lloyd died March 29, 1968. Alda remained at home for many years following his death, until the fall of 1997, when she became a resident at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Paynesville. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church.

Alda was a lifelong resident of Paynesville, and nearly reached her 101st birthday. She experienced many changes in her lifetime. She enjoyed quilting, traveling, and gardening– especially flowers. During her younger years she enjoyed fishing with her homemade bamboo fishing pole.

Alda is survived by her sons, Llewellyn (Adeline) of Paynesville, Floyd of Paynesville, Gilmore (Jacqueline) of Sorrento, Fla., Arvid of Paynesville, Roger (Donna) of Eden Valley, and Leroy (Gloria) of Des Moines, Iowa; daughters, Juanita Moser of Paynesville, and Geraldine Bogatzki of Bertha; 31 grandchildren; 63 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and son-in-law, Vince Vogelpohl.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Vergeane Vogelpohl; brothers, Arthur, Rudy, and Ben; and an infant sister.

Wilbert Messerschmidt
Wilbert Carl Messerschmidt, 89, of Sleepy Eye, Minn., died on Thursday, Jan. 28, 1999, at Mankato, Minn.

The funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 1, 1999, at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye, with the Rev. Paul G. Fleischer officiating. Casket bearers were Steven Ladd, Adam Peterson, Clinton Helget, Aaron Schauman, David Schauman, and Warren Kassuelke. Interment was in the Home Cemetery in Sleepy Eye.

Wilbert was born on May 4, 1909, in Cobden, Minn., the son of William Theodore and Pauline (Stage) Messerschmidt. He graduated from Sleepy Eye Public High School in 1928.

Wilbert married Ruth Schauman on May 28, 1937, in Sleepy Eye. The couple made their home in Sleepy Eye, where Wilbert owned and operated his own road maintenance business. He also worked for Brown County in road maintenance until his retirement in 1975. He was a charter member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye. He was also a charter member of Sleepy Eye Drum and Bugle Corps. He sang in church choirs for many years.

After his retirement, he spent much of his time at the family cabin on Lake Koronis. He enjoyed watching and feeding birds and was a devout gardener.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth of Sleepy Eye; children, daughter Sondra (Bill) Bertz of Springfield, Mo, son Jan of Pleasanton, Calif., and daughter Nona of Castro Valley, Calif.; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Irene Petersen of Rochelle, Ill., and Verna Messerschmidt of Minneapolis; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Viola Morgan; and stepmother, Emma Hansen Messerschmidt.

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