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Harlan Nepsund, 82, Paynesville
Harlan L. Nepsund 82, of Paynesville died on Wednesday, July 22, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

His funeral service was held on Monday, July 27, at Nordland Lutheran Church in rural Paynesville. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Harlan Lavoy Nepsund was born on Oct. 2, 1932, to Richard and Laurenza (Johnson) Nepsund in Irving Township.

He grew up in rural Paynesville, where he attended a small country school. Harlan went on to attend Paynesville High School, where he graduated with the Class of 1950.

On Feb. 4, 1953, Harlan entered the United States Army. He served his country until Jan. 26, 1955, when he earned his honorable discharge.

After his service, Harlan returned home and worked for A&C Farm Service in Paynesville as a mechanic.

On June 7, 1958, Harlan married Eleanor Johnson at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Brooten. This union was blessed with 57 years of marriage, a daughter, four sons, a foster son, and a foster daughter.

The family made their home in Union Grove Township, where Harlan continued to work for A&C and farmed.

In 1984, Harlan began working at Animal Fair in Eden Valley in the maintenance department.

Harlan retired in 2004 at the age of 70.

Harlan is survived by his wife, Eleanor; children, Mark (Deb) of Brooten, Kevin (Karen) of Woodbury, Dean (Shelia) of Renville, Carol (John) Sommers of Rosemount, Dennis (Lisa) of Apple Valley, Gloria (Darrel) Dahlke of Paynesville, and Doug (Debbie) Palm of Maplewood; 11 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; siblings, Raynold of Park Rapids, Venita Haagenson of Paynesville, Alroy of Paynesville, and Wyman (Doris) of Paynesville; a brother-in-law; and a sister-in-law.

Harlan was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Delvin; and a sister-in-law.

April Thoelke Jackson, 40, St. Cloud
April Dawn Thoelke Jackson, 40, died peacefully in her sleep, surrounded by love, on Sunday, July 26, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

A memorial service and celebration of life for April will be held on Friday, July 31, at 2 p.m. at Britton Lutheran Church in Britton, S.D.

April was born at Bassett Army Hospital in Fairbanks, Alaska, on Jan. 28, 1975.

At the age of two, she moved with her family to Britton, S.D., where she grew up and attended school until graduating in 1993. She was confirmed at First Lutheran Church.

April had brief marriages to Brian Jones and Stuart Jackson.

On June 12, 2004, April gave birth to the most precious gift in her life, daughter Eliana Christine Oneyear.

April moved with Eliana to Florida, where she resided until 2013, when she moved back to "home country" in Minnesota (St. Cloud) with her mother, once again near family and friends.

At the time of her death, April was attending Rasmussen College and pursuing a diploma in health management/medical billing and coding. She totally dedicated herself to accomplishing this goal and was dismayed to realize that she would not complete the task. But she gave it all she had!

April is survived by her daughter, Eliana; mother, Ruth (Jacobson) Almos; sister, Christine Thoelke Bard; three very special and much loved nieces; grandparents, Bryce and Marge Thoelke; father; many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins; Eliana's father, Scott Oneyear; two beloved cats; and the Class of 1993.

April was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Donald and Vivian Jacobson, and many friends.

In lieu of flowers, please feel free to donate to St. Cloud Hospital Child Life Services, hospice, or to a local animal shelter.

Dorothy Hislop, 81, Paynesville
Dorothy M. Hislop, 81, died on Saturday, July 18, at her home in rural Paynesville.

Her funeral service was held on Tuesday, July 21, at Nordland Lutheran Church in rural Paynesville. Burial was in Burr Oak Cemetery in rural Grove City.

Dorothy May Hislop was born on Dec. 18, 1933, to Arthur and Esther (Tobeck) Wendroth on her family farm in Manannah Township in rural Eden Valley.

She grew up on the family farm, where she attended a small country school close to her home. She went on to attend Eden Valley High School and graduated with the Class of 1951.

While attending high school and after she graduated, Dorothy worked for the grocery store in Eden Valley and also for Al's Cafe.

On Jan. 29, 1953, Dorothy married Clayton Hislop at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Eden Valley. This union was blessed with a daughter and three sons. The couple shared 62 years of marriage.

The family made their home in Union Grove Township in rural Paynesville where they farmed.

Dorothy was the best wife a farmer could ask for, helping with all aspects of the farm and running the household. Dorothy also grew cucumbers and sold them at the pickle factory in Eden Valley before it closed.

Dorothy will be remembered as a gentle soul who would help anyone.

Dorothy is survived by her husband, Clayton; children, Steve of Paynesville, Renae (Bob) Nelson of Paynesville, Ken of St. Paul, and Dale (Joyce) of Paynesville; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Evelyn Davidson of Marshall, Ark., Dolores Hislop of Paynesville, and Darlene Sparks of Flippin, Ark.; and two brothers-in-law.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson; and brother, Donald.

Gladys Meister, 83, Waite Park
Gladys M. Meister, 83, of Waite Park, died on Saturday, July 11, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, July 16, the at Benson Funeral Home Chapel in St. Cloud. Burial was in Lorenz Cemetery in St. Joseph Township.

Gladys was born on May 19, 1932, to Russell W. and Florence M. (Milz) Lorenz in Rockville Township.

She graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School and St. Cloud Teachers College.

Gladys married Nicholas R. Meister on June 9, 1956, in St. Cloud. Their union lasted until Nicholas' death on Dec. 22, 2003.

She taught elementary school for several years in various cities.

Gladys was a wonderful cook, set a beautiful table, and had beautiful flower and tasty vegetable gardens.

She is survived by a grandson; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; sister and brother, Marjorie Hartmann of Paynesville and Donald Lorenz of St. Cloud; a brother-in-law; two sisters-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Nicholas; brother, John Raymond Lorenz; and sister, Jean Lorenz Bade.

Dick Kannenberg, 88, Paynesville
Richard "Dick" L. Kannenberg, 88, a lifetime resident of Paynesville, died at home on Sunday, July 5.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday July 11, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville, with visitation one hour prior to the service. A private family burial will be held at a later date.

Dick was born on March 14, 1927, to Louis W. and Alice (Armstrong) Kannenberg.

After working various jobs, including the railroad, post office, woodworking, and owning "Dick's Dairy," he returned to school and earned his doctorate degree in dental surgery at the University of Minnesota. He practiced dentistry in Paynesville for 36 years until his retirement in 1999.

Dick married Bette Mae Nelson on Sept. 17, 1949. This marriage was blessed with five children. Bette passed on April 22, 1987.

On Dec. 10, 1988, Dick and Mavis Patten were married. He welcomed her five children into the family.

Following his retirement, Dick and Mavis wintered in Arizona and spent summers in Minnesota.

Dick is survived by his wife, Mavis; children, Steve (Linda) Kannenberg, Mary Jo Kannenberg, Karen Clarine, and Scott (Carla) Kannenberg; MavisŐ children, Lee (Julie) Patten, Paula (Chuck) Knott, Mark (Mary) Patten, David (Mary) Patten, and Connie (Doug) Kammerer; 23 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Scott, Lincoln, and Hollis; wife, Bette; and son, Robb.

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