July 2000 Obituaries

from The Paynesville Press
July 2000

Johnson Funeral Home

Adam Winters
Adam Lee Winters, 16, of Paynesville, died Tuesday, July 25, 2000, from injuries suffered in an automobile accident.

The Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 29, at the St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville, with the Rev. Richard Leisen officiating. Interment was in the St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery near Regal.

Adam was born March 1, 1984, in Crookston. He was the son of Randy Winters and Karen (Smith) Winters. He was baptized and confirmed at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston. In 1987, Adam moved with his family to Paynesville, where he attended school with the Class of 2002.

He was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church, where he was a Mass server and a member of the youth group. He enjoyed summer camping, fishing, and being outdoors, playing football as a member of the Paynesville school football team and Paynesville Legion baseball team, and being a Cub Scout.

Adam is survived by his mother, Karen Smith of Paynesville; father, Randy Winters of Waite Park; brother, Matthew Winters of Paynesville; grandfather, Cyril Winters of Regal; and several cousins, uncles, and aunts.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Don and Letty Smith, and Jeanette Winters.

Ethel Heitke
Ethel Heitke, 86, of Paynesville died Tuesday, July 25, 2000, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Friday at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville, with the Rev. Ric Koehn officiating.

Ethel Viola Heitke was born Oct. 19, 1913, in Paynesville. She was the daughter of Albert and Anna (Gehrke) Heitke. At the age of six, Ethel moved with her family to Fergus Falls, and at the age of 11, she moved with family back to the Paynesville area, where she attended the Harding School District 139. After graduating from high school in 1933, she attended college in Litchfield, St. Cloud State University, and Colorado. She graduated with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. Ethel taught at schools in rural Paynesville, Kimball, Belgrade, Hoffman, Elbow Lake, and Alexandria. In 1977, she retired after teaching for 46 years. Ethel was a former member of the Salem Church near Paynesville, and a current member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville.

Ethel enjoyed crocheting, reading, and crossword puzzles. She enjoyed traveling, and had visited every state in the country except for two.

Ethel is survived by her sisters, Delores Heitke and Doris Monson, both of Paynesville, and Irene Schindel of Oconto Falls, Wis.; brother, Clinton (Vivian) Heitke of Hamel, Minn., and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers-in-law, and one niece.

Juanita Bredeson
Juanita Bredeson, 74, of Conifer, Colo., and formerly of Paynesville, died on July 25, 2000, in Evanston, Ill.

A private service will be held in Colorado.

She was born on Sept. 12, 1925, in Alexandria, Minn. She was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Cross in Conifer.

She is survived by her husband, Warren of Conifer; children, Melliney (Gerald) Saltarelli of Deerfield, Ill., Dana (Jeff) Cline of Hamel, Minn., and Kevin (Debi) of Conifer; and seven grandchildren.

Tony Hawkinson
Tony Hawkinson Tony Hawkinson, 29, of Eden Valley, died on July 22, 2000, at his home from complications of cancer.

Services were held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 27 at the Church of God in Eden Valley. The Revs. Russell Magaw and Ralph Erickson officiated. Burial will be in the Eden Lake Cemetery in Eden Valley.

Tony Hawkinson was born March 4, 1971 in Litchfield to James M. and Judy (Theel) Hawkinson. He graduated from Eden Valley High School and has lived in the Litchfield and Eden Valley area for most of his life.

Survivors include his mother, Judy Espelund of Eden Valley; brothers and sister-in-law, Mark (Helen) of Litchfield, and Harold Hawkinson of St. Cloud; brother and sister, James Benham of Hickory, NC, and Judy Benham of Coleraine; and step-brothers, Brian & Roger Espelund both of Eden Valley.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Hawkinson; step-father, Leo Espelund; grandparents, Harold & Bernice Theel, Clarence & Florence Hawkinson; and step-grandparents, Helen Lund and Oliver Espelund.

Read the story of Tony's struggle with cancer in The Paynesville Press.

Elmer Bertram
Elmer Bertram Elmer J. Bertram, 69, died on Saturday, July 22, at the Melrose Area Hospital. He fought a lifelong battle with asthma and was diagnosed with cancer in Februray 1997.

Caketbearers were Gary, Steve, and Scott Bertram, Jason and John Kraemer, Dan Nietfeld, Bill Hinnenkamp, and Tom LeGassa. Cross bearer was Nathan Bertram and scripture bearer was Rachel Kraemer. Honorary bearers were Fred Kraemer, Baul Berumann, Bill Frieler, Bernard nietfel, David Welle, chuck Winter, jack Rademacher, mark Silbernick, Ray Worms, Ray Barten, Norbert Frieler, and Danny Schoenberg.

Elmer was born in Spring Hill Township, Stearns County, to Andrew and Christine (Olmscheid) Bertram. On Sept. 7, 1953, Elmer was united in marriage ot Vivian H. Fuchs at St. Martin's Catholic Church in St. Martin. They farmed on the home farm near Spring Hill from 1953 to 1974. Although they moved from the farm, Elmer never retired. He worked part-time as a bartender for 25 years, kept a large garden, mowed several lawns, and blew snow for many driveways.

Elmer enjoyed his family, grandchildren, fishing, and playing cards. He was a member of St. Andrew's Catholic Church, St. Michael's Men's Society, and St. Andrew's Catholic Aid.

Survivors in clude his wife, Vivan of Greenwald; children, Patrici (John) Kraemer of Melrose, Gary (Lisa) of Greenwald, Audrey Hinnenkamp of Melrose, Jan (Dan) Nietfeld of Greenwald, Brenda (Tom) LeGassa of Meire Grove, Steve (Pam) of Becker, and Scott of Greenwald; siblings, hlene Rose of St. Paul, Elizabeth (Alfred) Rothstein of Payensville, Walter (Lucille) of St. Martin, Norbert (Valeria) of Belgrade, Marcella Lieser of Paynesville, and Dorothy Bragelmann of Belgrade; and 12 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Peter and Bernard.

Alois Klassen
Alois "Al" Klassen, 86, of St. Martin, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000, at the St. Cloud Hospital. Services were held on Friday, July 14, at 11 a.m. at St. Martin Catholic Church. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Al was born in St. Martin to Mathias and Gertrude (Schaefer) Klassen. He married Marie Moscho on Oct. 14, 1940, in St. Martin Catholic Church. The couple farmed five miles northwest of St. Martin. Al also worked as the caretaker of the Middle Spunk I-94 rest area near Avon for 14 years.

Al was a member of the St. Martin Catholic Church, the St. Benedict Society, St. Joseph Men's Society, Catholic Aid, and the Knights of Columbus.

Al is survived by his wife, Marie of St. Martin; children Veneel Mehr of Twin Falls, Idaho, Athleen Dingman of Freeport, Robert of St. Martin, Jean Haider of Belgrade, Larry of St. Cloud, Mary Fiedler of St. Martin, and Tom of Maple Lake; brother, Peter of St. Joseph; sister, Walburga "Wally" Meyer of Freeport; 16 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Al was preceded in death by his daughter, Linda in 1957; granddaughter, Sandra Haider in 1991; brothers, Mathias, Nicholas, Norbert, and Paul; sisters Anna Pfau, Clara Brix, Hildegard Wieber, Scholastica Flint; and Rose Klassen.

Colette Wieber
Colette Wieber, 95, of Orange County, Calif., and formerly of Richmond, died Wednesday, July 12, 2000, at Leisure World in Orange County, Calif.

Funeral services will be today (Wednesday, July 19) at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Richmond. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Colette was born in Richmond to Joseph and Emma (Haffley) Wieber. She owned and operated the Wieber Hotel and Restaurant and later the Wieber Cafe in Richmond for over 50 years, prior to her retirement in 1980.

Colette was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Richmond. She is survived by her niece, Mary Neu of Paynesville; and nephews, Ted of St. Louis, Mo., Roger of Seal Beach, Calif., and Richard and John of St. Cloud. Colette was preceded in death by her brothers, Ermin, Wilfred, and Richard.

Hazel Nelson
Hazel G. Nelson, 84, of St. Cloud and formerly of Rochester, died Wednesday, July 12, 2000, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 15, at the Williams Funeral Home in St. Cloud.

Hazel was born on June 3, 1915, in Mound, Minn., to Henry and Mary Ethel (Batdorf) Keckhafer. She married Edwin O. Nelson on Oct. 24, 1935, in Mason City, Iowa.

Hazel was a resident of Rochester until 1940, when the couple moved to St. Cloud. She was a member of Atonement Lutheran Church and the Atonement Lutheran Ladies Aid.

Hazel is survived by her children, Edwin Jr. of St. Cloud and Grace Nacey of Paynesville; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; brothers, Edwin of Moorhead, Harry of Minneapolis, and Henry of Rochester; sisters, Florence Smith and Melba Hamiester, both of Rochester, Phyllis Kolbe of Aitkin, and Alice Keckhafer of Minneapolis.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin, on Dec. 24, 1969; brother, Albert; sister, Pearl Olsen; and one great-grandson.

Earl Laidlaw
Earl L. Laidlaw, 75, of Paynesville and formerly of Mannanah, died on Monday, July 3, 2000, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Services will be held today (Thursday, July 6) at 6 p.m. at the Grove City Baptist Church in Grove City. Pastor John Lingenfelder will officiate. Burial will be in the Mannanah Cemetery in Mannanah.

Earl was born on Nov. 18, 1924, in Rusk County, Wis., to Harold and Emma (Busse) Laidlaw. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the infantry from 1945 until 1946 in Germany in the European Theater of Action.

He married Phyllis Hill in 1949. She died on Dec. 20, 1956.

He married Beulah Maly on Feb. 15, 1958, at the Methodist church in Raymond. Earl farmed near Mannanah all of his life until he retired in 1985.

He has been a resident of Paynesville since March 1998. He was a 4-H and Farmers Union Youth group leader. He was a member of the Grove City Baptist Church and the Litchfield Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2818.

Survivors include his wife, Beulah of Paynesville; sons, David (Barbara) of Mannanah, Eben (Candace) of Cosmos, Dean (Kathy) of Atwater, Dennis (Debra) of Paynesville, and Rick (Barbara) of Grove City; daughters, Rebekah (Mark) Midler of Mankato, Dorene (Roger) Alexander of West St. Paul, and Becky (Duane) Klebs of Sartell; 19 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brothers, Percy of Glenflora, Wis., Glen (Gerry) of New London, and Laverne (Donna) of Long Lake; and sisters, Idell (Aldeen) Kadelbach of Litchfield, Doris (Al) Foreseth of Hopkins, and Lorene (John) Mataczynski of Ladysmith, Wis.

He was preceded in death by his parents; great-granddaughter, Josie Laidlaw; brother, Ralph; and sister, Edith Miller.

Edward Duscher
Edward Peter Duscher, 91, of Hawick, died on Friday, June 30, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

The Mass of Christian burial was held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 3, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Regal, with Father Fred Fink officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

He was born on Aug. 21, 1908, in Redwood Falls, Minn., the son of William F. and Mary (Welter) Duscher.

Edward attended and graduated from St. Anne's School in Wabasso and worked on area farms and in hotels. He was an excellent corn husker.

On July 14, 1935, Edward was united in marriage to Florence Whealy at St. Anne's parsonage in Wabasso.

Edward and Florence farmed in Vesta Township. In 1938, they bought a small acreage near Hawick, where he farmed and was a block layer. In 1999, they moved to Green Wing Estates in Paynesville.

Edward was a long time member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Among the things he enjoyed were dancing, bowling, and playing ball.

Edward is survived by his wife, Florence; sons, Edward of Isanti, Phillip of St. Paul, Norbert (Jane) of Breezy Point, Peter (Judith) of Eden Prairie, Robert (Susan) of Hawick, Patrick (Linda) of Hawick, and Timothy (Gerri) of Willmar; daughter, Maria Ann of Atwater; 20 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; brothers, Ray (Gerri ) of Redwood Falls, William (Cathy) of Lucan, LeRoy (Cina) of Redwood Falls, and James (LuVerne) of Sleepy Eye; sisters, Rosella Malecha of Redwood Falls, Norma Honza of Olivia, Mary Ann Donner of Spicer, and Delores (Elmer) Hartwig of Mankato; and many nieces and nephews.

Edward was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, John; grandson, Kevin; granddaughter, Denise; and two infant brothers.

Maurice Hanson
Maurice H. Hanson, 93, of Paynesville and formerly of White Bear Lake, died on June 7, 2000, in Paynesville.

The memorial service will be at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 8, at Mueller Lake Mortuary in White Bear Lake, with a gathering one-half hour before the service.

He was born on Aug. 14, 1906, in Northwood, Iowa, and raised in Crookston, Minn. He had been a resident of the Good Samaritan Care Center in Paynesville for 15 months.

He received B.S. and master's degrees in chemistry from N.D.S.U.

He was a paint chemist and was employed for nearly 40 years in the Twin Cities area at such companies as W.H. Sweeny and Valspar. During World War II, he was also employed by the Twin Cities Ordinance Plant.

He was active in the White Bear Lake Planning Commission, Twin City Industrial Chemists Forum, and AARP.

He is survived by his daughter, Kirsten "Kris" (Bill) Henderson of Paynesville; three granddaughters; sister, Grace Starr; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elva "Furrie;" two brothers; and two sisters.

Marion Ries
Marion G. Ries, 79, of Paynesville, died Wednesday, June 28, 2000, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

The Mass of Christian burial was held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 30, at the St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville, with Father Richard Leisen officiating. Entombment was held in the St. Louis Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum in Paynesville.

Marion Gertrude Davis was born on Oct. 19, 1920, in Madelia, Minn. She was the daughter of Erwin and Alyce (Condon) Davis. Marion grew up on a family farm near Madelia and attended a country school. She graduated from the Fulda High School.

On Jan. 18, 1943, Marion was married to Jacob Ries in Madelia. Following their marriage, they farmed near Madelia, Fulda, Grove City, Elrosa, and Padua areas. In 1965, they moved to Paynesville. Marion worked at the egg breaking plant in Paynesville until it closed. She then worked as a cook/dietician at the Paynesville Hospital and the Watkins Good Samaritan Center until retirement.

She was a member of the St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville, and the St. Louis Council Catholic Aid #354. She was a former member of the Church of Our Lady of Manannah and the St. Anthony Catholic Church of Padua.

Marion enjoyed fishing and camping, playing cards, and driving. Marion always looked forward to her annual trip to Firefly Creek Casino.

Marion is survived by her husband, Jacob of Paynesville; daughters, Barbara Moritz of West Fargo, N.D., Sharon (Art) Weber of Bloomington, Jean (Donnie) Lahr of Sauk Centre, Mary Anne (Clyde) Westbrock of Holdingford; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and brother, Ernie Davis of Fulda.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Vernon Davis; and son-in-law, Jim Moritz.

Lois Swenson
Lois E. Swenson, 101, of New Hope and formerly of Grove City, died Wednesday, June 28, 2000, at the Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park.

The Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 1, at the Church of St. Philip in Litchfield, with Father Mark Mallak officiating. Interment was at Calvary Cemetery in Litchfield.

Eloisa Scholastica Elizabeth Swenson was born on May 30, 1899, in Belgrade, Minn., to Ludolph and Elizabeth (Ruether) Glatzmaier. She attended and graduated from Humboldt High School in St. Paul on June 13, 1918. She worked at West Publishing Company in St. Paul for six years, from 1920-1926.

Lois married Elmer C. Swenson on June 20, 1926, in St. Paul. They lived in Minneapolis from 1926 to 1930, St. Paul from 1931 to 1935, Swea and Lake Elizabeth from 1935 to 1938, and farmed near Grove City in Swede Grove Township from 1938 to 1963, when they retired but continued to live on the farm to the present time. From 1980 to 1997, Lois spent the winters in Sun City, Ariz.

Lois was a charter member of the Women's Club of Grove City, a member of St. Cecelia's Guild at St. Philip's Catholic Church, and a lifetime member of the Minnesota State D.F.L. party.

Lois is survived by daughters, Marjorie (James) Borgerding of Tyler, Texas, Elizabeth Swenson of Minneapolis, and Mary Jo (James) Daugherty of Charleston, S.C.; sons, Dr. Richard (Alla) of Eden Valley and Dr. Gregory (Jeanette) of North Oaks; 18 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Ellen Nelson of Chicago, Ill.; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer, in July 1970; brother, Claude Glatzmaier, and sisters, Victoria Thimmisch, Mary Glatzmaier, Josephine Glatzmaier, and Herma Rath.

Erna Pepworth
Erna Pepworth Erna B. Pepworth, 93, of Paynesville and formerly of Walker, died Tuesday, June 27, 2000, at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Paynesville.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 30, at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville. The Rev. Richard Koehn officiated. Burial took place in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Erna was born April 16, 1907, in Norway, to Olaf and Gurdine Nestvold. She immigrated with her family to the United States in 1910.

She married William Pepworth in 1937 and they moved to Walker, Minn., where they ran the Wilkinson General Store. They also ran the Hide-A-Way Resort and later the Pepworth Sky Blue Waters Resort. Erna also worked for the United States Postal Service. She moved to New Brighton in 1990 and became a resident of Paynesville in 1996.

Erna is survived by her son, Donald of Minneapolis; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, Gunda "Billie" Hermanson of Paynesville; and special grandson, Timothy Pepworth.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, William, in 1983; brothers, Peter and Harold Nestvold; and daughter-in-law, Elsie Graves.

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