January 2002 Obituaries
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from The Paynesville Press
January 2002

Johnson Funeral Home

Alice Olson
Alice M. Olson, 70, of Paynesville, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002, at the Good Samaritan Care Center, Paynesville.

The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Grace United Methodist Church, Paynesville, with Rev. Ric Koehn officiating. Interment will be held in the Ebenezer Cemetery, rural Paynesville.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1, at Johnson Funeral Home, Paynesville, and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Alice Mae Schultz was born July 26, 1931, in Paynesville Township. She was the daughter of Alfred and Ida (Schultz) Schultz. Alice grew up on a family farm near Paynesville where she attended grade school at District #162. She graduated from Paynesville High School in 1949. Afterwards she attended nursešs training in Minneapolis and received her L.P.N. degree. Alice also attended the Minneapolis Holiness Methodist Bible College for two years.

In 1960, she moved back to Paynesville and worked at various places including the Koronis Manor, Good Samaritan Care Center, Bethesda Nursing Home in Willmar, and Glen Oaks Care Center, New London. She also lived in Wadena for a period of time.

On Sept. 10, 1990, she was married to Rev. Roy Olson in Paynesville, living in Paynesville ever since.

Alice enjoyed traveling, nursing, and had a heart for helping elderly people.

She is survived by her husband; sister, Hilda Schultz of Paynesville; sister-in-law, Delores Schultz of Paynesville; three nephews; And seven great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Norman and Wilfred.

Pearl Elseth
Pearl Elseth, 91, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2002, at Valley Eldercare Center, Grand Forks, N.D.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, 2002, at the Evangelical Free Church, Newfold-en, Minn. Rev. Gary Barrett officiated. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Newfolden.

Pearl Alice Peterson was born Dec. 18, 1910, in Thief River Falls, Minn., to the late Carl Henning Peterson and Lina (Williemsen) Peterson. She was baptized and confirmed at the Evangelical Free Church in Newfolden. She grew up and attended school in Newfolden.

On June 10, 1939, Pearl was united in marriage to Gordon Lawrence Elseth. The couple made their home in Newfolden until 1942 when they moved to Anoka, Minn., for a few years. In 1947, they moved back to Newfolden, where they owned and operated the Newfolden Mercantile. They bought an old schoolhouse and remodeled it into a home. They wintered for 15 years in Apache Junction, Ariz.

Pearl was an active member of the Evangelical Free Church and the ladies aid.

Survivors include a daughter, Lois (Daniel) Gust of Grand Forks, N.D.; a son Jim (Barbara) Elseth of Paynesville; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband on April 13, 1992; her parents; and a sister, Gladys Eide.

Melvin Hemmesch
Melvin A. Hemmesch, 76, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001, at the Koronis Manor, Paynesville.

Services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2002, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Richmond. Fr. Richard Leisen co-celebrated the mass with Fr. Dominic Ruiz. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Melvin was born in Richmond to Martin and Frances (Ressemann) Hemmesch. He farmed until his retirement in 1995. He was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, St. Jude's Mission Group, Catholic Order of Foresters, and the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed bowling, playing cards, and watching the Richmond Royals baseball games.

Survivors include his brother, Othmar Hemmesch, Richmond; sister, Mary Ann (Werner Maus) Moser-Maus; four nieces; 10 great-nieces and nephews; and two great-great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Gustav Schoenherr
Gustav M. "Gus" Schoenherr, 84, of Naperville, Ill., died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001, at Provena Mercy Center, Aurora, Ill.

He was born May 17, 1917, in Paynesville. He was a graduate of Paynesville High School, North Central College in Naperville, Ill., and Evangelical Theological Seminary in Naperville with a Bdiv degree. He held a masters degree from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Ill., did graduate work in psychology in group counseling from Southern Illinois University, and studied Chinese language at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.

He had served as a pastor at the Tenny and Taylor United Methodist Church in Minnesota and the Rollo Community Church in Earlville, Ill. He had served with the State Department in China. He also taught at the Lisle Elementary School and later became the director of guidance services. He had been a resident of Naperville since 1943.

He was the owner and operator of Tall Trees Lodge on Lake Koronis for 19 years. He invented the Challenger Puzzle that supplied jobs for the handicapped at the Kandiyohi County Developmental Achievement Center in Atwater.

He is survived by his wife Constance; two daughters, Beverly (David) Sperry of Batavia, Ill., and Barbara Schoenherr of Naperville; two brothers, Ben (Gladys) Schoenherr of Sauk Rapids, and Ruben Schoenherr of Paynesville; one sister Lyla Pramen of Annandale; and two grandsons.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gustav M. and Elsie (Bauman) Schoenherr; one sister, Viola Hansen, and two brothers, John and Oscar.

Barbara Kuepers
Barbara Kuepers Barbara F. Kuepers, 72, of Albany, died on Jan. 6, 2002, at her home.

Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. today (Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2002,) at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany. Burial will take place in the Minnesota State Vet-eran's Cemetery in Little Falls.

Barbara was born May 4, 1929, in Niagra, N.D., to John and Frances (Link) Blessum. She was married in 1950 and later divorced. She married Richard L. Kuepers on Aug. 26, 1967, at St. Peter's Catholic Church in St. Cloud. She lived in the St. Anna and Avon area most of her married life. She was a member of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL), Seven Dolors Catholic Church, and Christian Mothers.

Surviving Barbara areher husband; children, Sylvester "Skeeter" Orth of Staples, Jo Ann Sch-mitz of St. Cloud, Yvonne Calvert of Fort Worth, Texas, Julie Kuepers of Minnetonka, Karen Henkemeyer of Portland, Ore., and Jennifer Novotny of Brookings, S.D.; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and brothers and sisters, Gordon of Great Falls, Mont., Ray of Oskaloosa, Iowa, Mary Lange of Webster, N.D., Gregory Szczech of Sauk Rapids, and Helen Storkamp of Paynesville.

Preceding her in death were her parents and brother Keith.

Larry Donabauer
Larry Donabauer Larry A. Donabauer, 44, of Paynesville, died on Jan. 2, 2002, in St. Cloud.

Funeral services were ar 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2002, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in St. Joseph. Burial took place in St. Joseph's Parish Cemetery in Waite Park.

Larry was born July 10, 1957, in St. Cloud, Minn., to Florian and Gladys (Michalski) Donabauer. He graduated from Paynesville High School in 1975. He attended and graduated from St. Cloud State University and worked as a computer analyst in Minneapolis.

Surviving Larry are his son Luke at home with his mother Lisa of Eden Prairie; mother, Gladys (Eugene Hemmesch) of Paynesville; brothers and sisters, Beverly (James) Froelich of Holdingford, Gary (Ann) of St. Joseph, Carol Colehour of Anoka, Marilyn (Kevin) Drontle of Cold Spring, and Herb Hemmesch of Paynesville.

Preceding him in death is his father, Florian.

Sarah Fuchs
Sarah E. Fuchs Sarah E. Fuchs, 90, of Lake Henry, died on Jan. 1, 2002, at her home from cancer.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2002, at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry. Burial took place in the parish cemetery.

Sarah (Winter) Fuchs was born in Spring Hill Township, Stearns County, Minnesota, to Frank and Mary (Schoenborn) Winter on Aug. 4, 1911. She married Alphonse "Al" Fuchs on Oct. 15, 1929, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Spring Hill. They farmed near Spring Hill and later Lake Henry. They retired in 1965 and moved to the town of Lake Henry. Their home was the first house built on 2nd Street.

She enjoyed bartending when they ran the bar (Al's Place) in Lake Henry from December 1954 to 1959. She also worked as a bartender for Marvin and Mary Kunstleben and later for Bill and Joanne Braun.

Survivors include her four daughters, Dorothy Hess of Lake Henry, twins Bernie Roeser and Gerrie Dahl, both of Paynesville, and Irene (James) Jaeger of Lake Henry; 15 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren and step great-grandchildren; brother, Ervin (Ledvina) Winter of Spring Hill; and sisters, Otillia Jonas of Pine Villa Nursing Home, Melrose, Leona Meemken of Bemidji, and Johanna Schefers of St. Cloud.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband (March 1, 1968); brothers, Henry, Lawrence, Edward, Alfred, Art, and Richard; sisters, Sophia, Theckla Jonas, and Erma Kunstleben; sons-in-law, Elmer Dahl, Gerald Roeser, and Ray Hess; and five grandchildren.

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