June 2000 Obituaries

from The Paynesville Press
June 2000

Johnson Funeral Home

Eddie Keller
Eddie Keller Edwald P. "Eddie" Keller, 73, of Regal, ended his battle with cancer Wednesday, June 21, 2000, at his home surrounded by his family.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 26, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Regal. The Rev. Fred Fink officiated. Burial took place in St. Anthony's Parish Cemetery in Regal.

Eddie was born on July 21, 1926, in Jacob's Prairie, Minn. to Nicholas and Rose (Theisen) Keller. As a young child he moved with his family to a farm north of Regal, where the family lived for eight years. They moved to a farm south of Regal where Eddie grew up helping on the family farm and attending country schools. He married Virginia "Ginny" Wunderlich on Sept. 7, 1946, at St. Benedict's Catholic Church in Avon.

Eddie was a very active person in his church, community, farming, and family. Eddie attended St. Anthony Catholic Church in Regal where he was a lector and a member of the Holy Name Society and St. Rose of Lima Mission Group. He was director of St. Anthony's Parish Cemetery and a member of the St. Louis Council of the Knights of Columbus. Eddie was an outspoken member of the NFO since 1962. He served on the Roseville Township Board from 1971-1980 and was chairman for several years. As active as he was in his church and community, he was even more involved in building and maintaining his 700-acre dairy and crop farm and helping to raise his fourteen children.

In 1984, Eddie and Ginny retired to the village of Regal, where he spent the remainder of his years as an active voice on the village council and in his church. He spent many days helping with farm activities and pursuing his leisure time interests. He loved to go fishing and deer hunting with family and boyhood friends. He spent many mornings playing cards at the Pilgrim Inn and enjoyed going to local cafes, where he oftentimes turned strangers into friends. He especially enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Eddie is survived by his wife, Ginny of Regal; children, James of Park Rapids, Art (Brenda) of Waite Park, Paul (Michelle) of Plymouth, Marlene (Terry) Satterlund of Maple Grove, Pat (Deb) of Greenwald, Dave (Ramona) Keller of Spicer, Steve (Judy) of St. Cloud, William (Sherrie) of Regal, Cathy Keller of Newport News, Va., Maryann (Gerald) Speldrich of Belgrade, Matt (Joan) of Scottsdale, Ariz., Harvey (Linda) of Melrose, and Bonnie Keller of Newport News, Va.; 25 grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter; sisters, Odella (Elmer) Mueller of St. Cloud, and Marcella (Lawrence) Schmalzbauer of Albany.

Preceding him in death were his parents; daughter, Shirley; grandson, Jimmy; brother, Harold (MaryJane); sisters, Donna (Ray) Utsch and Eleanora (Abe) Roering; brother-in-law, Ted Kutzera; and father-in-law, Mathew Symalla.

Eleanor Fuchs
Eleanor A. Fuchs, 86, of Melrose, died Sunday, June 25, at her home in Melrose. The Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 28, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose, with the Rev. Vincent Lieser officiating. Casket bearers were Jesse Spaeth, James Molitor, Ken Molitor, Sherry Finneman, Angie Moscho, and Annette Roering. Cross bearer was Shirley McGee. Honorary casket bearers were friends and neighbors. Burial followed in the parish cemetery.

Eleanor Ann Fuchs was born Dec. 7, 1913, in Farming Township, Stearns County, to Joseph and Mary (Holthaus) Kunstleben. The couple farmed south of Melrose for 21 years.

She moved into Melrose in 1960, and worked at Litchfield Produce, then Jennie-O foods in Melrose for 37 years, until retiring in 1981. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose, the St. Mary's Christian Mothers, and the Melrose Senior Citizens.

She is survived by her son, Cyril (Sandra) of Wyoming, Minn.; daughter, Lucille Molitor of Melrose; brother, Claude (Agatha) Kunstleben of New Munich, sister, Anna (Clement) Schlangen of Cold Spring; seven grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; many step-great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John on Oct. 28, 1960; and grandchild, John Fuchs.

Viola Boehl
Viola Boehl Viola R. Boehl, 96, of Watkins and formerly of Paynesville, died Monday, June 12, 2000, at the Hilltop Good Samaritan Center in Watkins.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 15, 2000, at the Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. The Rev. Richard Koehn officiated. Burial took place in the Paynesville Cemetery in Paynesville.

Viola was born March 12, 1904, in Paynesville to Gustave and Augusta (Gedosch) Donath. Upon completing the eighth grade in Paynesville, she went to work at North American Creamery.

In November 1922, she married Arthur Bauman and they farmed near Paynesville until his death in August of 1923. She returned to work at North American Creamery for several years.

In June 1929, she married Erwin Boehl at her parents' home in Paynesville. Viola lived most of her life in Paynesville. In 1984 she entered the Good Samaritan Care Center in Paynesville. In 1985, after having several hip surgeries, she went to live at the Hilltop Good Samaritan Center in Watkins.

She was a lifelong member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. She was also a member of the Naomi Circle, Gideon Auxiliary, and Women's Christian Temperance Union.

Viola is survived by her son, Wesley of Paynesville; daughter, Marilyn (Roger) Nilson of Annandale; four grandchildren; three great- granddaughters; and Betty Boehl.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Erwin on February 11, 1978; daughter, Florence Jensen in December 1957; sister, Elsie Donath in May 1937; and brother and sister-in-law, Ed and Adella Opitz.

Allen Cutkay
Al Cutkay Allen C. Cutkay, 80, of Paynesville, died Monday, June 5, 2000, at his home.

The funeral service was at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 8, at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville. The Reverend James McCalmant officiated. Burial took place in the Paynesville Cemetery with full military honors provided by the Paynesville American Legion Post 271.

Allen was born Jan. 25, 1920 in Coleridge, Neb., to Henry and Elsa (Elsner) Cutkay. His family moved several times because his father worked for the railroad. He worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps for two years.

He married Lucille Edstrom in April of 1942. He served in the United States Army during World War II in Europe as a front line medic from 1942-1945. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart. He owned and operated Al's Body Shop in Paynesville from 1948-1981 when he retired.

He married Henrietta DeZeeuw in 1988. Allen enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, and making World War II model airplanes as his hobby after retirement.

Surviving Allen are his wife, Henrietta of Paynesville; his sister, Geraldine Braun of Billings, Mont.; and 11 stepchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents and first wife, Lucille, in 1981.

Jim "Alex" Nelson
Jim "Alex" A. Nelson, 95, of Willmar, died Thursday morning, June 8, at the Ashwood Health Care Center in Willmar.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 12, at the Willmar Assembly of God Church, with the Rev. Paul McCullough officiating.

The interment was at Salem Cemetery near Paynesville.

Jim Alexander Nelson was born on April 20, 1905, on the family farm in Irving Township, Kandiyohi County, Minn., the son of Amanda (Kullberg) and Axel A. Nelson. He grew up in that area and received his education at the District 92 school near Hawick.

On Dec. 14, 1939, he married Wilma Meranda Meyer in Paynesville. They made their home on his farm near Paynesville, and they farmed for several years. In 1943, they moved to Litchfield, where he drove truck and worked for a hatchery. They moved to Willmar in 1956, where he worked with his brother, Rudolph, as a carpenter. Jim later worked for Willmar Poultry Company as a foreman until his retirement.

Jim had resided at the Ashwood Health Care Center for the past five years. He loved his family, being a caregiver, and working in his garden.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Wilma, in 1991; son in infancy; and two brothers, Roy and Rudolph.

He is survived by daughters, Vangie (Gene) Underland of Spicer and Delores (Linelle) Johnson of Burnsville; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and other relatives.

Myrabelle Sommerfeld
Myrabelle E. Sommerfeld, 71, of rural Grove City, died Wednesday, May 31, 2000 at the Paynesville Area Hospital in Paynesville.

Funeral Services were at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 3 at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville. Reverend Paul Brock officiated. Burial was in the Mannanah Cemetery in Mannanah.

Myra was born January 29, 1929 in Ellsworth Township, Meeker County, Minnesota to Walter and Emma (Lewerenz) Lange.

She married Dewey Sommerfeld on August 2, 1946. They moved to a farm in the Ellsworth Township near Grove City, where she has resided since.

Myra is survived by her son, Walter (Bev) of Grove City; daughter, April (Allen Corgard) of Forest Lake; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and sisters Gladys Tews of Hutchinson and Luella Syvertson of Minneapolis.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Dewey in 1991; brother, Harold Lange; and sisters, Ruth Prieve and Marie Hansen.

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