July 2002 Obituaries
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from The Paynesville Press
July 2002

Johnson Funeral Home Rueben F. Schneider
Rueben Schneider Rueben F. Schneider, 74, Paynesville, died on Wednesday, July 31, 2002, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, August 5, 2002, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Burial was in Zion Cemetery in rural Paynesville.

Rueben was born January 13, 1928, in Manannah Township, Meeker County, Minnesota to Ferdinand and Helena (Zimmerman) Schneider. He attended elementary school in District 18 in Meeker County. He graduated from Paynesville High School in 1946 and received a bachelor of arts degree from Westmar College, LeMars, Iowa, in 1950. He farmed his family's farm near Manannah from 1951 until 1994 when he retired.

On August 17, 1968, he was united in marriage with Odilia McIntee. He was a baptized member of the First Evangelical Church and an active member of Grace United Methodist Church where he served as steward, and Sunday school sexton, teacher and treasurer.

Rueben loved to work with wood and spent most of his retirement time in his woodshop. He entered many of his furniture pieces at the Minnesota State Fair where he won many ribbons. He also applied his woodworking skills at his church and for his family, friends and neighbors.

He is survived by his wife, Odilia of Paynesville; family, Kathy Thies of Columbia Heights, Patricia Untiedt of New Ulm, Geri McIntee of Glendale, Ariz., and Elaine Braun of Cottage Grove; four grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents and brother, Theodore Schneider.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.

Holly Stresemann
Holly (Dickmeyer) Stresemann, 80, of Hutchinson, died on Friday, July 26, 2002, at Burns Manor Nursing Home in Hutchinson.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, July 30, at 11 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. Interment was in Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery in Gibbon, Minn. Pastors Christine Olson and David Christensen officiated.

Holly L. (Berger) Stresemann was born to Harry and Margaret Berger on Feb. 27, 1922, in Gibbon, Minn. She was baptized, confirmed, and married at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Wellington Township, Renville County, Minnesota.

She married Lesly Dickmeyer on June 12, 1941. They farmed for four years in rural Fairfax. They later moved to Gibbon, where they operated the Minneapolis Moline dealership. After Lesly's death in 1984, she married Daniel Stresemann on Dec. 27, 1987, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gibbon. The couple made their home in Hutchinson.

Holly was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. She enjoyed crafts, playing cards, gardening, watching the Minnesota Twins, and wintering in Arizona.

She is survived by her husband, Daniel Stresemann of Hutchinson; daughters, Dee Ann (Dennis) Beihoffer of Buffalo Lake, Laurel (Dave) Stout of New Ulm, Nancy (Rob) Nierengarten of Minnetonka, and Patricia (Jon) Hauer of Paynesville; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; stepchildren, Dave (Donna) Stresemann of Westbrook, Minn., Mark Stresemann of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Cal (Kay) Klaustermeier of Glencoe; nine stepgrandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; brothers, Wallace (Hildegard) Berger of Minneapolis, Dwayne (Faye) Berger of San Clemente, Calif., and Neil (Donna) Berger of Hutchinson; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Holly was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Lesly Dickmeyer on May 10, 1984; brothers, Delmar and Harry Berger; and twin grandsons.

LeRoy "Bud" Allan
LeRoy "Bud" Allan LeRoy W. "Bud" Allan, 88, of Paynesville, died Wednesday, July 24, 2002, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 29, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Reverend Richard Koehn officiated. Burial was in Ripley Cemetery, Litchfield.

Bud was born Sept. 8, 1913, in Memphis, Tenn., to LeRoy Sr. and Jessie (McDaniel) Allan. He married Gladys Flanders on Sept. 22, 1937. They lived in the Minneapolis and Grove City areas. He worked at the MTC in Minneapolis for 36 years driving street cars, buses, and Grey Line Tours. They moved to Paynesville in 1978. He married Irma Rue on Oct. 10, 1986.

He enjoyed golfing and collecting caps. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Paynesville Masonic Lodge #71, Order of Eastern Star Siloam Chapter #79, Zuhrah Shrine Temple, life member and past commander of the Minneapolis Mounted Commandery #23 of the Knights Templar, Raised Ark Lodge #76, and life member and past high priest Ark Chapter #53 (RAM).

Surviving Bud is his wife, Irma of Paynesville; his daughter, Barbara (Paul) Hill of Boston, Mass.; one grandson; one granddaughter; stepchildren, Janet (Richard) Kimbler of Ramsey, Judith (Douglas) Berg of Bozeman, Mont., Joseph (Renee) Rue of Kerkhoven, and Lori (Jeffrey) Lindgren of Pennock; and many step-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents; wife, Gladys on Nov. 14, 1983; and two sisters.

Alfred Dingmann
Alfred H. Dingmann, 80, died Sunday, July 21, 2002, at his home.

Funeral services were at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, July 26, 2002, at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Roscoe. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Alfred was born in Richmond to Henry and Gertrude (Ramler) Dingmann. He married Viola Stang on Oct. 9, 1946, in St. Martin. The couple farmed for 50 years. Alfred also did carpentry, painting, and woodworking.

He was a member of the St. Agnes Parish, Holy Family Catholic Aid, and the St. Joseph Society.

He is survived by his wife, Viola; children, Tom (Deb Henning), Vern (Terry Mattson), and John (fiance Sue Knutson) of St. Cloud, Helen (Ken) Winkelman and Frank (Jeanette Weinmann) of Sauk Rapids, Judy (Steve) Gertken, George (Jan Worm), and Betty (Art) Hommerding of Cold Spring, Sue (Lloyd) Linz and Brian of Richmond, Marilyn (John) Blonigen and Marcy (Ron) Thompson of Paynesville, Peter (Sue Hemmesch) of St. Martin, Anita (Daryl) Reicks of Des Moines, Iowa, and Barb (Don) Saxton of Sioux Falls, S.D.; brothers, William (Bill) and Joe of Richmond, and Albert of Cold Spring; sisters, Irene (Ray) Schneider of Luxemburg and Sr. Virginia of Little Falls; 37 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Ann; brothers, Raymond, Paul, and Ervin; and sisters, Dorothy and Frances Kohnen.

Tony Czycalla
Anthony K. "Tony" Czycalla, 87, of Litchfield, died Friday, July 19, 2002, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2002, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Grove City. Pastor J. David Nelson officiated. Interment was at First Lutheran Cemetery in Grove City.

Tony was born Nov. 18, 1914, in Winsted, Minn., to Hugo and Paulina (Habisch) Czycalla. He attended school through sixth grade. After his schooling, Tony began working for various farmers in the area.

He married Fern Pedersen at the Lutheran church in Hutchinson on July 16, 1939. They made their home in Hutchinson where he worked delivering milk. In 1946, they moved south of Grove City where they began farming. During the 1950s, Tony started working for the Litchfield Produce while he still farmed. He retired from farming in the late 1970s. In 1985, they moved to Litchfield where he has resided ever since.

Tony is survived by his daughter, Audrey Peterson (Mike Rogers) of Litchfield; sons, Gordon (Jane) Czycalla of Grove City and Kurt (Sandy) Czycalla of Belgrade; five grandchildren; two great-grandsons; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Fern on Nov. 26, 1985; two brothers, Edmund and Benedict; and one sister, Magdalene Durken.

Janet Thompson
Janet Thompson Janet M. Thompson, 66, of Paynesville, died Friday morning, July 19, 2002, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Monday, July 22, at Nordland Lutheran Church in rural Paynesville. Rev. Keith Ainsley officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Janet was born on July 30, 1935, in Paynesville, the daughter of William E. and Florence (Daniel) Robbins. She grew up in Paynesville where she attended grade school and high school. On March 25, 1952, Janet was united in marriage to Lloyd Seymour "Bud" Thompson on the Thompson family farm in Union Grove Township, Meeker County. They made their home in Union Grove Township. Janet worked as a clerk at Easterday's Department Store until 1989 when she retired due to illness. She has been a resident of Koronis Manor since 1992.

Janet was a member of Nordland Lutheran Church where she was active in choir, as a Sunday school teacher, ladies aid, and junior choir pianist. She was also a 4-H club leader, a member of Koronis Nite Owls square dancers, and Sweet Adelaines.

Among the things she enjoyed were playing the piano, sewing, reading, puzzles, traveling, and computers.

She is survived by her husband Bud Thompson of rural Paynesville; sons, Jeff (Becky) Thompson of Paynesville, Rick (Gail) Thompson of Paynesville, and John Thompson of Paynesville; seven grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and two sisters, Zella Putzke of Annandale and June Herzog of Fargo, N.D.

She was preceded in death by one infant daughter, LeeAnn; her parents; one brother; and two sisters.

Geraldine Dahl
Geraldine Dahl Geraldine M. Dahl, 68, of Paynesville, died on Thursday, July 18, 2002, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Services were on Monday, July 22, 2002, at 11 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Rev. Eberhard Schefers officiated. Burial was in the St. Louis Parish Cemetery.

Geraldine was born on March 1, 1934, in Lake Henry to Alphonse and Sarah (Winter) Fuchs. She attended school in Lake Henry and Spring Hill. In 1952, she married Elmer R. Dahl in a double wedding ceremony with her twin sister, Bernie Fuchs, and Gerald Roeser at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Geraldine and Elmer resided in Minneapolis and Maple Lake. After Elmer passed way, she and her family moved to Paynesville.

She was a member of St. Louis Parish and the Christian Women. She enjoyed spending time with family, friends, and neighbors.

Geraldine is survived by her children, Joseph (Karen) Dahl of St. James, James (Barb) Dahl of Delano, John (Kim) Dahl of New London, Jeff (Jackie) Dahl of Lake Henry, JoAnn (Dennis) Spaulding of Paynesville, Jerome Dahl of Paynesville, Jason (Patricia) Dahl of St. Cloud, and Jack (Peggy) Dahl of Paynesville; 22 grandchildren; and three sisters, Dorothy Hess of Lake Henry, Bernadine Roeser of Paynesville, and Irene Jaeger of Lake Henry.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; an infant son; daughter, Mary; and son, Jacob.

Ben Torborg
Benno "Ben" G. Torborg, 68, died Saturday, July 13, 2002, at Trinity Regional Medical Center, Fort Dodge, Iowa.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 17, at St. Francis Catholic Church, Rockwell City. Rev. Richard Kielbasa officiated. Burial was at St. Francis Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Rockwell City Veterans organization.

Ben was born March 31, 1934, at Loretto, Minn., the son of Bernard and Hilda (Blonigan) Torborg. At the age of six, he moved with his family to Panama, Iowa. In 1940, the family moved to Paynesville. He graduated from Paynesville High School with the class of 1951. He also attended Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis.

On Sept. 8, 1953, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and was stationed at San Diego, Calif. He received an honorable discharge as staff sergeant on Sept. 7, 1956. On May 16, 1959, he was united in marriage to Dorothy Macht at Lucan, Minn.

Ben's career was in management for the Fullerton Lumber Company. He was at Paynesville, Minneapolis, and Redwood Falls, Minn., Emery, S.D., Rockwell City and Fort Dodge, Iowa. Ben's last 14 years were at Mid Continent Lumber as the inventory director and lumber buyer. He retired in 1996 due to failing health.

Ben was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church, where he sang in the adult choir, was a church usher, and served on many committees. He also was a member of AmVets Post #41, Rockwell City; a past member of Twin Lake Golf Club; and a member of the A.B.C. Bowling Association. He loved to travel, fish, read, play cards, visit, and enjoyed sports.

Ben is survived by his wife, Dorothy of Rockwell City; son, Randy Torborg of Ida Grove, Iowa; daughter, Pamela (Randy) Nees of Rockwell City; two granddaughters; sisters, Theresa (Leo) Becker of Mounds View, Minn. and Beverly Chevalier of Oakdale, Minn.; and brothers, Robert (Janette) Torborg of Shoreview, Minn., and Gerald (Maureen) Torborg of St. Paul, Minn.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, James.

Pat Everson
Pat Everson Pat G. Everson, 62, of Paynesville, died Wednesday, July 10, 2002, at her home in Paynesville.

A memorial service was held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 15, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Rev. Ric Koehn officiated. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Patsy Gail (Davis) Everson was born Oct. 31, 1939, in Clovis, New Mexico, the daughter of Joe and Edna (Hall) Davis. She attended high school in Ranchville, N.M., graduating in the class of 1957.

On Dec. 15, 1956, Pat was united in marriage to Gordon Everson at the Church of Christ in Clovis, N.M. Following their marriage, they lived in Paynesville. Pat owned and operated the Montgomery Ward catalog store in Paynesville and worked as a bookkeeper for the Fullerton Lumber Co. in Paynesville for 14 years.

She was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church and a founding member of the Paynesville Mrs. Jaycees. She enjoyed collecting antique glassware, bowling crafts, reading, and her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Gordon of Paynesville; daughters, Cheryl (Terry) Porter of Paynesville and Linda (Larry) Schoenberg of St. Cloud; four grandchildren; a sister, Darlene (Steve) Stein of Franklintown, Penn., brothers, Joe Roy (Joyce) Davis of Clovis, N.M., Cecil (Alice) Davis of Albuquerque, N.M., Jimmy (Winnie) Davis of El Paso, Texas, and George (Diane) Davis of Clovis, N.M.; and a half sister, Mildred Flores of Calif.

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

Memorials to Rice Hospice of Paynesville are preferred.

Patricia Mehr
Patricia Mehr Patricia Mehr, 26, of St. Martin, died Thursday, July 4, 2002, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 9, at St. Martin Catholic Church. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Patty was born on Dec. 28, 1975, in Paynesville to Cyril and Louise (Mackedanz) Mehr. She was currently a student majoring in accounting and small business.

She was a member of the St. Martin Parish where she had been a communion minister and a lector.

Patty is survived by her parents; siblings, Deb (Chris) Nistler of Paynesville, Ann (Bill) Vannurden of Wiesbaden, Germany, Ronald of Paynesville, Larry (Anne) of Willmar, Jim (Amy) of Buchhannon, W. Va., Brian (Angela) of Cold Spring, Denise of Attelboro, Mass., and Gina of Waite Park; fiancÚ, Joe Witte of Avon; and 12 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Ben and Anna Mackedanz, and Frank J. and Clara (1963), Frances (1998) Mehr, and an infant sister, Ruth.

Marion Weber
Marion Mehr Marion F. Weber, 89, of Paynesville, died on July 5, 2002, at the Lakeview Ranch Adult Foster Care Center in Darwin.

Funeral services were on Monday, July 8, at 1:30 p.m. at the Paynesville Evangelical Free Church. Pastor Rich Hubert officiated. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Marion was born Oct. 16, 1912, in Union Grove Township, Meeker County, to John and Agnes (Hicks) Houk. She became a teacher at the local schools in the Manannah area for five years. She married William Weber on Dec. 23, 1936, at Assembly of God Church in Paynesville. They farmed in rural Paynesville for 12 years, then sold their farm and moved to Paynesville. She assisted her husband with the bookwork of Weber Trucking Company for 25 years. She worked at the Assembly Grounds as a custodian and cook for many years.

She was a former member of Assembly of God Church in Paynesville, where she was past president of the Women's Club. She was also a member of the Evangelical Free Church in Paynesville where she was active in the Women's Group. She was presently a member of the Shalom Baptist Church in Hutchinson.

She loved her flower garden, baking, cooking, fishing, crocheting, and playing the organ.

She is survived by her children, Arlene Walter of Willmar, Marlys Miller of Hutchinson, and Roger (Vicki) Weber of Woodbury; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two sisters-in-law, Lora Weber and Della Houk.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William, on Feb. 2, 1991; and one brother, Orville Houk.

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