July 2001 Obituaries
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from The Paynesville Press
July 2001

Johnson Funeral Home

Lester Daniels
Lester Daniels, 71, Eden Valley, died on Sunday, July 29, 2001, at the Valley Country Care Center in Eden Valley.

Memorial services will be held on Thursday, Aug. 2, at 10 a.m., at the Ertl Funeral Home in Watkins. Interment will be at the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Grove City. Friends may call one hour prior to the services on Thursday at the Ertl Funeral Home in Watkins.

Lester Daniels was born on Sept. 5, 1929, at Hutchinson to Glen and Ruth (Bergman) Daniels. He married Marion Anderson on May 21, 1950, at Grove City. He farmed for a time prior to taking employment as a truck driver for Johnson Brothers Construction in Litchfield for many years. He then hauled cheese for the Watkins Creamery until his retirement. He was a member of the Teamsters Union.

Survivors include his children and their spouses: Marlene Daniels of Buffalo, Paula (Mike) Rohrbeck of Watkins, Kenny Daniels of Buffalo, Mo., Mike Daniels of Maricopa, Ariz., Sue (Jack) Litzau of Litchfield, Donald (Irene) Daniels of Cold Spring, and Roxann Fuchs of LaPorte; 15 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and brothers, Raymond (Marion) Daniels of Litchfield and Willis Daniels of Paynesville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one granddaughter; brothers, Merle, Lyle, Donald, and Myron Daniels; and a sister, Marie Wenz.

Doris Enge
Doris Enge, 75, of Anoka, died Friday, July 27, 2001, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services are today (Aug. 1) at the Zion Lutheran Church of Anoka with Pastor Norman R. Berg officiating. Interment will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis.

Doris was born Sept. 15, 1925, in Oslo, Minn. to David and Hilda (Iverson) Carlson. She married Wallace A. Enge on June 8, 1947, at the Oslo Lutheran Church. She was a country school teacher and medical secretary at the East Main Clinic in Anoka. She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church of Anoka.

Survivors include her sons: David (Joelyn) Enge of Andover and Gary (Terry) Enge of Anoka; daughters, Eileen (Lee) Weinhold of Stewartville, and Rhonda (Richard) Brady of Paynesville; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband Wallace; and three brothers.

Regina Jaeger
Regina Jaeger, 93, Paynesville, died Thursday, July 26, 2001, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, July 31, at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church, near Spicer, with Father Fred Fink officiating. Interment was held in the church cemetery.

Regina Jaeger was born March 7, 1908, to Math and Katherine (Miller) Jaeger at Lake Henry. Regina was baptized and confirmed at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry. She grew up on a family farm and attended St. Margaret's Parochial School in Lake Henry. She graduated from nurses training in 1930. For 42 years, she worked as a nursing and medical assistant at the clinic in New London, retiring in 1960. She was a charter member of Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church, a member of the American Association of Medical Assistants, and the Minnesota Nurses Association. For the past several months, she has been a resident at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Regina enjoyed cooking for others, baking bread, and crocheting. She is survived by her sister Rose Kukluk of Waite Park, and nieces and nephews.

Regina was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Aloys and Henry Jaeger; and two sisters, Irene Mayer and Clara Finneman.

Tillie Johnson
Tillie Freda Johnson, 98, Litchfield, died Tuesday, July 24, 2001, at the Emmanuel Nursing Home in Litchfield.

Funeral services were Friday, July 27, at Zion Lutheran Church, Litchfield, with Pastor Tim Hansen officiating. Interment was in the St. John's Lutheran Cemetery in Atwater.

Pallbearers were Verrol Smith, Gerald Drange, Ronald Drange, Barry Berggren, Mark Berggren, and Gregg Berggren.

Tillie Johnson was born June 10, 1903, in Albany to William and Rose (Klein) Wilde. As a very young child, the family moved to the Paynesville area in Union Grove Township. Tillie attended rural school at District 19 through the eighth grade. After her schooling, she continued to live on the family farm until 1923 when she was married to Milo Johnson at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Eden Valley. They purchased a farm in Union Grove Township which they farmed until his death in 1963. With the help of her son, Orville, Tillie continued to live on the homestead and farm. The last few years, Tillie and Orville farmed in Swede Grove Township. They moved to Litchfield in 1974 and Tillie lived with her son Orville until she moved into Emmanuel Nursing Home just three weeks ago.

Tillie was an active member at Zion Lutheran Church and was awarded the Certificate of Recognition from Augustana Lutheran Homes for her volunteer services to the residents of the various nursing homes.

She is survived by her son, Orville Johnson of Litchfield; one granddaughter; two great-grandchildren; one sister, Elsie Hackbart of Delano; and many other relatives.

Tillie was preceded in death by her husband, Milo; three brothers; and three sisters.

Gladys Olson
Gladys K. Olson, 99, Paynesville, formerly of Ada, died Monday, July 23, 2001, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services were Thursday, July 26, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, with interment in the Ada Municipal Cemetery.

Gladys Kathryn Lunder was born Sept. 20, 1901, in Rothsay to Oscar and Carrie (Knudson) Lunder. She was baptized and confirmed at Our Saviours Lutheran Church in Rothsay. She grew up and attended elementary school in Rothsay and graduated in 1921 from Fergus Falls High School. She then continued her education at Moorhead State, graduating in 1923. Gladys taught fifth grade in Thief River Falls and also in Ada.

On July 10, 1925, Gladys was united in marriage to Leonard Olson at her parents' home in Rothsay. They lived their entire married lives in Ada, where Leonard owned and operated Olson's Men's Wear, until the late 1970s, when they retired.

Gladys was a long time member of Grace Lutheran Church in Ada. She was active in the church, garden club, birthday club, and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, as well as many other organizations.

She moved to 700 Stearns in 1993, following hip surgery and eventually moved to Koronis Manor. She enjoyed listening to the radio, especially the Minnesota Twins.

Survivors include her two daughters: Betty Lou Johnson of Darwin and Arlene (Jerry) Lundblad of Roseville, Calif; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren.

Gladys was preceded in death by her parents; husband; four sisters: Lillian Lunder, Myrtle Miller, Inez Peterson, and Jessie Sletten; and an infant brother.

Prudence Anderson
Prudence Anderson, 90, of Paynesville and formerly of Hawick, died on Sunday, July 15, 2001, at Koronis Manor.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, July 19, at Zion Irving Lutheran Church, rural Hawick, with Rev. Linda Lagergren officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Prudence J. (Rolfhus) was born on March 7, 1911, at Luck, Wis., to Anton and Josephine (Pederson) Rolfhus. She was baptized in Wisconsin and was confirmed at Zion Irving Lutheran Church. As a young girl her family moved to North Dakota and in 1919 they moved to Irving Township, Kandiyohi County. She attended school at District #97.

On Dec. 7, 1938, she married Gustav Anderson in South Dakota. They farmed in the Hawick area until the 1970s when they retired and moved into Hawick. Prudence became a resident at Koronis Manor in August of 1984.

Prudence was a member of Zion Irving Lutheran Church and the Church Women. She enjoyed gardening, reading, and playing the piano and organ.

Survivors include her brothers and sister, Oliver Rolfhus and Kennard Rolfhus, both of Hawick and Mabel (Walter) Pedersen of Pequot Lakes, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gust; sisters, Inez Rohfhus and Myrtle Rolfhus.

Polycarp Arnold
Polycarp Arnold Polycarp P. Arnold, 91, of Paynesville, died on Tuesday, July 10, 2001, at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Paynesville.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 14, at Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley with Rev. Virgil Braun officiating. Interment was in the parish cemetery.

Polycarp Arnold was born April 22, 1910, in Eden Valley to Frank P. and Elizabeth (Gross) Arnold. He married Clara E. Weber on June 23, 1931, at Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley. He lived and farmed all his life in the Eden Valley area, and moved to Paynesville in November of 2000. He was a member of Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley, St. Joseph's Society, and Knights of Columbus Bishop Busch Council 3680 of Paynesville.

Survivors include his children: Clara Scheierl of Paynesville, Mary Ann Houle of Newport, Fran (Deborah) Arnold of Parkers Prairie, Lorraine (Clarence) O'Brien of Richmond, Melvin (Lucille) Arnold of Forest Lake, Donna (Eugene) Schlangen of Richmond, Polycarp Jr. (Modesta) Arnold of Tucson, Ariz.; daughters-in-law, Bonnie Arnold of Riverside, Calif., and Rita Arnold of Blaine; brothers and sisters, Ralph Arnold of St. Louis Park, John Arnold of St. Cloud, Betty (Wolf) Buerman of St. Joseph, and Phyllis Gaetz of St. Cloud; 37 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren; and one-great-great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Clara on Oct. 28, 1999; sons, David and Louis Arnold; sons in law, William Scheierl, and Bill Houle; brothers, Jake, Edward, Christopher, and Ambrose Arnold; and sisters Susan, Ann Marie, Appolonia, Marie, and Alma Arnold.

Gunda "Billie" Hermanson
Billie Hermanson Gunda S. "Billie" Hermanson, 93, of Paynesville, died Sunday, July 8, 2001, at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Paynesville.

Funeral services were Wednesday, July 11, at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville. Burial was at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Crystal.

Billie was born on May 18, 1908, in Norway to Olaf and Gurine Nestvold. She worked at Valspar Inc. in Minneapolis from 1944-1968. She lived in South Minneapolis until 1996 when she moved to Paynesville. She was a member of the Sons of Norway.

Surviving Billie is her son, John (Bev) Swanson of Paynesville; daughter, Beverly (Alan) Berg of Minneapolis; one grandson; and five great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death are her parents, husbands Rudolph Swanson and Gerhardt Hermanson; grandson, Mark Swanson; brothers, Peter and Harold Nestvold; and sister, Erna Pepworth.

Esther Oakleaf
Esther Oakleaf, 89, Paynesville, died Friday, July 6, 2001, at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Paynesville.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday, July 10, at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Paynesville with Nordland Lutheran Church intern Pastor Tina Scheidt officiating. Internment was held in the Fairview Cemetery in Willmar.

Esther Alfreda Oakleaf was born Jan. 1, 1912, in Madrid, Iowa. She was the daughter of Swan and Hilda (Esplien) Oakleaf. She was baptized in the Lutheran faith in 1912. Esther moved to Willmar in 1917, where she attended school. Esther worked as a housekeeper for many years in Willmar. In the 1950s she moved to a farm south of Hawick where she helped with the farm work and the care of her mother and uncle for many years. When her niece, Ann Oakleaf, started a nursery business, Esther kept very busy helping to care for the flower and vegetable plants. She also worked at the NYA Project in Willmar, which helped area youth. In 1996, she moved into the Good Samaritan Care Center.

Survivors include her sister, Ruth Lucille Oakleaf of Paynesville, and three nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, William and John; and sisters, Else Gustafson and Gladys Oakleaf.

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