January 2005 Obituaries - Paynesville Press, Paynesville, Minnesota
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from The Paynesville Press
January 2005

Johnson Funeral Home John Bolstad, 86, Paynesville
John Bolstad Jr. John M. Bolstad Jr., 86, of Paynesville, died on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2005.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5, at the Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville. Rev. Dave Nelson will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Paynesville Cemetery.

John was born on April 12, 1918, to Johannes and Lavinia Bolstad in Mt. Holly, New Jersey, where his father was stationed in the military. He grew up in Spicer, Minn., the oldest of five children.

He attended Macalester College and completed his degree in mortuary science at the University of Minnesota around 1941.

He married June Hurd on Sept. 6, 1942, in Eden Valley.

John was in sales all his life, operating dry goods and grocery stores in Paynesville, selling stocks and bonds, and lastly real estate as Bolstad Realty.

He served on the Paynesville Hospital Board for 25 years. He loved to fly, dance and travel.

John is survived by his wife, June of Paynesville; three children, Laurie, Tom, and Cindy; six grandchildren; and four siblings, Bob, Don, Jane and Dennis.

Gerald Blake, 82, Paynesville
Gerald Baker Gerald F. "Bud" Blake, 82, of Paynesville died on Friday, Jan. 28, 2005, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

Memorial services were at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 1, at Calvary Baptist Church in Paynesville. Rev. Lester Kringle officiated. Burial was in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls with full military honors.

Bud was born June 23, 1922, in Ridel, near Big Sandy, Montana, to Frank and Anna (Nielsen) Blake. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII from 1941-1945. He married Ruth Barnes on Feb. 8, 1946, in Frazee, Minn.

He worked as a mechanic and farmer as well as many other jobs prior to retiring from the Hutchinson Hospital in 1986. He has been a resident of Paynesville since 1999.

Bud was active in the Foster Parent program. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans. He was a member of the Paynesville American Legion and an active member of the Calvary Baptist Church and the Paynesville Area Senior Center.

Bud is survived by his wife Ruth of Paynesville; daughter, Judy (LeRoy) Sandgren of New London; one grandson; a foster daughter, Joyce (Mike) Bauer of Reno, Nev.; step-grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

His parents, one granddaughter, and three sisters preceded him in death.

Eugene Rossmeisl, 72, Eden Valley
Eugene R. Rossmeisl, 72, of Eden Valley, died on Friday, Jan. 28, 2005, in his home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12 noon on Wednesday, Feb. 2, at Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley. Rev. Virgil Braun will officiate and burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, at Dingmann's Eden Valley Funeral Home and one hour prior to the services Wednesday at the funeral home. Rosary service will be at 6:30 p.m., American Legion will pray at 7 p.m. and parish prayers will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Gene was born Aug. 17, 1932, in Richmond to Roman and Gertrude (Nett) Rossmeisl. He owned the Corner Bar in Eden Valley. Prior to running the Corner Bar, Gene was the Purity milk man.

He was a member of Assumption Catholic Church, Eden Valley Sportsman Club, Eden Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Eden Valley American Legion Post 381. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Gene is survived by his daughter, Jane (Dean) Sogge of Eden Valley; sisters, Jeanette (William) Kidd of Edina, Joyce (Jack) McCann of Anadarko, Okla., and Mary Ann (John) Erdmann of San Raphel, Calif.; and brothers, Robert (Muriel) of Sioux Falls, S.D., Andrew (Pat) of Crystal, and Roman Jr. (Irene) of Yakima, Wash.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Rev. J. Allan Lindh, 84, Cambridge
Rev. J. Allan Lindh Rev. J. Allan Lindh, 84, of Cambridge and formerly of Paynesville, died on Jan. 18, 2005, at the Cambridge Medical Center.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Jan. 28, at First Baptist Church in Cambridge. Rev. Earl Lassen and Rev. Terry Port officiated. Interment was in the Harris Covenant Cemetery of Harris, Minn.

He was born on Oct. 28, 1920, in Lagden, Follinge, Sweden, and was baptized by the State Church of Sweden. He attended country school in Kipling, Sask., Canada. In 1941 he graduated from Southern Alberta Bible Academy of Wetaskawin, Alberta, Canada.

He attended Bethel College and graduated with a B.A. in history in 1951. In 1953 he received his B.D. from Bethel Seminary and also became a citizen of the United States.

He was united in marriage to Lucille Ostlund at her home in Harris, Minn., on July 8, 1951. To this union three sons were born.

He was ordained at the Russell Baptist Church. He served Russell Baptist Church, Cottage Grove Baptist Church, and Calvary Baptist Church of Paynesville from 1971-1999. While in Paynes-ville, he also served at the Manannah Union Protes-tant Church from 1972-1987.

During his ministry, he held several regional leadership positions and various offices for the Minnesota Baptist Conference.

Since retirement in 1999, he and Lucille have made their home at the River Hills Village Homes in Cambridge, Minn. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Cambridge.

Rev. Lindh is survived by his wife of 53 years, Lucille; three sons, Dan (Jeannie) of Arden Hills, Minn., Mark (Diane) of Grantsburg, Wis., and Tom (Betty) of Houston, Minn.; eight grandchildren; a sister Edna (Victor) Johnson of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; brothers, Dennis of Kipling, Sask., Canada, and Runo of Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Anton; parents, Anton and Brita; and two sisters who died in infancy.

Lillian Schmidt, 94, Paynesville
Lillian M. Schmidt, 94, of Paynesville, died on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2005, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 28, at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home Chapel in Paynesville. Reverend David Nelson officiated. Burial was at the Ebenezer Cemetery in rural Paynesville.

Lillian was born Aug. 6, 1910, in Manannah Township, Stearns County, Minn., to Sophia Anderson. She married Herbert Schmidt on March 6, 1929, in Litchfield. They farmed together in the Paynesville area until 1990.

Her hobbies included music, art and gardening.

Lillian is survived by two children, Janet (Fred) Woltjer of Willmar and Gary (Mary) Schmidt of Paynesville; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother Sophia and her husband Herbert (1990).

John Thomsen, 51, Big Lake
John E. Thomsen, 51, of Big Lake and formerly of Grove City, died as a result of cancer on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2005, at the Monticello-Big Lake Hospital in Monticello.

The funeral service was held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 24, at Saron Lutheran Church in Big Lake. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery.

John was born on Dec. 21, 1953, in Litchfield to Gary and Betty (Flanders) Thomsen. He grew up on a farm in the Grove City area and graduated from Paynesville Area High School in 1971. He graduated in 1973 from Alexandria Vocational School in the diesel farm mechanics program.

John worked at Holm Brothers in Atwater, Arnold's Implement in Litchfield, and as a diesel mechanic at P.C.I. in St. Michael.

He was a member of Local 49, International Union of Operating Engineers and Saron Lutheran Church of Big Lake.

John is survived by his wife, Marlene; sons, Scott and Jason; stepchildren, Janie (Dave) Miller, Melanie Malmgren, Jessica (Tony) Jacobsen, and Adam Eliason; seven stepgrandchildren; his parents of rural Grove City; a brother, Dennis (Marie) Thomsen; a sister, Nancy (Tom) Deadrick of Atwater; and a grandmother, Ellein Flanders.

Mary Mueller, 91, St. Cloud
Mary Mueller Mary K. Mueller, 91, of St. Cloud, died on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2005, at St. Benedict's Center in St. Cloud.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at St. Benedict's Center Chapel in St. Cloud. Burial was in the St. Martin Parish Cemetery in St. Martin.

Mary was born on Dec. 23, 1913, in St. Martin, Minn., to Henry and Elizabeth (Mathies) Karsch. She attended elementary school in St. Martin.

She married George G. Mueller on Sept. 26, 1960, at the Incarnation Catholic Church in Minneapolis. She was employed by Northwestern Bell in Minneapolis for 30 years. She retired in 1978.

Mary was a member of the Crosier Apostolate, St. Augustine's Catholic Church and Christian Women, St. Benedict's Center Association, Ladies of Columbus, and Telephone Pioneers of America.

Mary is survived by her brother Martin (Viola) Karsch of St. Martin and a nephew and his family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband (1998), and a sister Ann Haas.

David Schmidt, 71, Paynesville
David William Schmidt, 71, of Paynesville, died on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005, at his home in Paynesville Township.

The funeral service were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 19, at Paynesville Evangelical Free Church. Rev. Rich Hubert officiatde. Burial was in the East Irving Mission Cemetery in rural Paynesville.

David was born on March 16, 1933, in Irving Township, near Paynesville, the son of William and Pearl (Rud) Schmidt. He grew up near Paynesville and South Haven and attended District 40 School.

During the Korean War, David served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1956.

On April 20, 1963, he married Ardine Albrecht. He farmed and drove truck for 40 years. During this time he drove trucks for several trucking firms, including Moorman's (1971-1989) and Kalthoff/Viessman's (1990-2003).

David was a member of the Paynesville Evangelical Free Church where he served on the church board. He also helped with the construction of the church building which was finished in 1973.

He enjoyed farm life and working with his hands.

David is survived by his sons, Dean (Dawn) of Paynesville, William (Kristen) of Fort Riley, Kan., and Gary (Toni) of Paynesville; daughter, Lori (Jim) Fritz of Long Prairie; eight grandchildren; a brother, Russell (Joan) of Paynesville; a sister, Ramona (Ray) Frank of Paynesville; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife in 2002; and a brother, Stanley.

Gladys Everson, 90, Alamagordo, N.M.
Gladys Everson Gladys Lola Everson, 90, of Alamagordo, N.M. and formerly of Richfield, Minn., died on Monday, Jan. 3, 2005, in Alamagordo, N.M.

Services were on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005, at 1 p.m. at United Methodist Church of Peace, 6345 Xerxes Ave. S., Richfield. Interment was in Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Gladys was born on Feb, 9, 1914, in Pochahontas, Iowa, to N.A. and Lola Anderson. She graduated from Paynesville High School in 1932.

Gladys and Jacob Everson were married on March 2, 1933, in Hawick. They lived in the Hawick area until 1952 when they moved to Minneapolis.

Gladys worked at the catalog department at Sears, then in the office for Heyman Distributing and later the credit office at J.C. Penney until her retirement.

After the death of her husband Jacob in 1998, she moved to New Mexico to live with her daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Larry Longley.

She spent many hours sewing and knitting items for her family and also enjoyed reading.

Gladys is survived by three daughters, Delores (John) Pfau of Mankato, Dorothy (Dick) Anderson and Shirley (Larry) Longley, both of Alamagordo, N.M.; 12 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a brother, Harold Anderson and a sister, Blanche Smith, both of Riceville, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters, Evelyn Blossey and Buelah Wood; a grandson; and a great-granddaughter.

Elaine Bennett, 88, Paynesville
Elaine Bennett Elaine C. Bennett, 88, of Paynesville, died on Friday, Dec. 31, 2004, at the Marantha Care Center in Brooklyn Center.

Funeral services were at 12 noon on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Burial took place in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Elaine was born on April 3, 1916, in Eden Lake Township to Charles and Annie (Nelson) Hunter. She married Melvin C. Bennett on Feb. 3, 1937. They lived in the Eden Valley and Paynesville areas all of their married lives.

She worked at North American in Paynesville and Animal Fair in Eden Valley for many years.

She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Naomi's Circle and the Rebekah's.

Elaine is survived by her children, Joann Bennett of Minnetonka, Richard (Judy) Bennett of Maryville, Tenn., and Marlin "Dean" (Judy) Bennett of Maple Grove; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren, and sisters, Arlyn Grotto of Litchfield and Phyllis Gertgen of Spicer.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband (1996), one grandson, a sister Genny Clark, and a brother Charles Hunter, Jr.

Aileen Sanborn, 93, Minneapolis
Aileen May Sanborn, 93, of Minneapolis, died on Friday, Dec. 31, 2004.

A memorial service was held at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005, at 4 p.m. Burial was in Willmar.

Aileen was born in Paynesville. She taught fifth and sixth grades in New London and Willmar before becoming the director of Christian education at First United Methodist Church in Duluth and Metropolitan UMC in Detroit, Mich. She then served on the staff of the National Board of Education and Board of Discipleship for the Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn., and became a diaconal minister.

Aileen retired to Minnesota in 1976 and was a member of Hennepin Avenue UMC.

She lived at the Walker Place in Minneapolis for the last 19 years.

Aileen is survived by cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Elvinia Sanborn; and a brother, Floyd.

Edith Miller, 86, Sauk Rapids
Edith Miller Edith Eleanore Miller, 86, of Sauk Rapids, died on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2004, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2005, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home Chapel. Rev. Don Wilke officiated. Burial was at the Salem Cemetery in Paynesville.

Edith was born on Dec. 15, 1918, in St. Cloud to Alvin and Minnie (Kaehler) Snyder. She went to school in Lake Henry.

Edith married Glenn A. Miller on May 21, 1941. They farmed in the Paynesville area for many years.

Edith enjoyed flower gardening and bird watching. She was active in the Calvary Baptist Church bible study group and choir in Paynesville.

Edith is survived by her daughter, Marilyn Nermoe of Upham, N.D.; two sons, Kenneth (Bonnie) of Rochester and Phillip of Fort Myers, Fla.; twin sister, Evelyn Nelson of Paynesville; four brothers, Harry and Leslie Snyder of Paynesville, Herbert Snyder of Long Prairie, and Laverne Snyder of Louisville, Ky.; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Glenn; two sons, Roger and Wesley; an infant daughter; sister, Dorothy Weiland; and a grandson.

Lois Cook, 80, Minnetonka
Lois Cook Lois M. Cook, 80, of Minnetonka and formerly of Paynesville, died on Dec. 28, 2004.

Funeral Services were at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 3, 2005, at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Lois was born June 15, 1924, in Paynesville to Chester and Rose (Rassier) Haines. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Paynesville. Lois graduated from Paynesville High School in 1942.

She married John G. Cook on Aug. 16, 1947, at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. They lived in Minneapolis, Richfield and for the last 45 years in Minnetonka.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, John G. Cook; her daughters, Lynne (Donald) Carlson of Crystal, and Kathy Cook of Big Lake; one grandson; a sister, Rosemary Haines of Paynesville; and a brother, Richard (Bernie) Haines of Paynesville.

She is preceded in death by her parents; a grandson; sisters, Lola Haines and Jeanne Brown; and brothers, Mack, Joseph and Robert Haines.

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