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Alois Weis, 86, Roscoe
Alois WeisAlois Weis, 86, died on Thursday, June 22, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, June 27, at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Roscoe. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

"Wishy" was born in Roscoe to Michael and Margaret (Mehr) Weis on October 23, 1919. He grew up in Roscoe, attended school there, and then moved with his father to the farm homesteaded by his grandfather.

He married Cora Verheyen on June 6, 1945, in Holy Cross Catholic Church in Onamia, Minn.

They farmed together until his retirement.

He enjoyed spending time outdoors, especially up north; visiting with family and friends; and spending time with his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and hunting dogs. He also enjoyed fishing and woodworking.

He volunteered many hours at St. Agnes Catholic Church and worked with special needs children in a program called Fishing Has No Boundaries.

He was a member of Richmond Catholic Order of Foresters, St. Joseph Mens' Society, the Paynesville Knights of Columbus, Catholic Aid Association, Roscoe Sportsmens' Club, and Fishing Has No Boundaries.

Survivors include his wife Cora; children, Joanne (Roger) Flint, Katie (Roger) Theiler, Mike (Jeanette) Weis, and Mary (Tim) Surma; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and sister, Marie Moss.

He is preceded in death by his parents; an infant son; a grandson; and sister, Margaret Schwagel.

Dennis Lieser, 62, Paynesville
Dennis LieserDennis Lieser, 62, of Paynesville passed away on Thursday, June 22, at the Paynesville Area Hospital after a brief battle with cancer.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, June 26, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Dennis was born on July 11, 1943, in Belgrade, Minn., to Roman and Theresa (Dingmann) Lieser.

He married Rosie Eibensteiner on Oct. 30, 1965, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Elrosa.

Dennis farmed in Zion Township until 2001 and later was employed by Viessman Trucking.

He was a member of St. Louis Parish and the Knights of Columbus.

Dennis enjoyed baseball as a player and later as an avid fan. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife Rosie of Paynesville; mother, Theresa of Paynesville; children, Tammi (Chris) Herdegen of Mound, Kristi (Brent) Anderson of Maple Grove, Lenny (Penny) of Ham Lake, Tim (Barb) of Circle Pines, Jon of Arden Hills, and Lynn of Paynesville; eight grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Vern of Anoka, James of Phoenix, Ariz., Dave of Montevideo, Mike of Plano, Tex., Steve of Browerville, Joleen Miller of Springfield, Vir., and Annette Goff of Circle Pines.

He was preceded in death by his father, Roman, and brother, Terry.

Wesley Jenson Sr., 84, Belgrade
Wesley Jenson Sr.Wesley Jenson Sr., 84, of Belgrade died on Wednesday, June 21, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church in Paynesville with Rev. Lester Kringle officiating. Burial was at Burbank Cemetery in rural New London.

Wesley Robert Jenson Sr. was born on April 20, 1922, in Golden Valley, to Christian and Agnes Jenson. He grew up in Golden Valley and attended Oak Grove School. He worked on the family farm until he was drafted into the U.S. Army in October 1944.

On Feb. 17, 1945, he was united in marriage to Marcella West,while in training. Wesley served in the Pacific during World War II and serving with the 8th Army, 33rd Infantry in New Guinea and the Philippines and in occupied Japan after the war ended. He was discharged in November 1946.

Wesley lost his wife, Marcella, to cancer in 1954. After moving to Long Lake and then to New London, he had various jobs, with the last years working as a station attendant for several filling stations.

After 18 years of being single and raising Wesley Jr. and Rochelle, he married LaVone Ellingson on June 17, 1972. The last few years, he and LaVone resided in Belgrade.

Wes was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Paynesville where he served as an usher and deacon.

He is survived by his wife, LaVone; son, Wesley Jr. (Lisa) Jenson of Marshall; daughter, Rochelle Butcher of Paynesville; stepchildren, Sharon (Dan) Johnson of Phoenix, Ariz., Lowell (Hania) Ellingson of Roseville, Calif., and Larry (Rosa) Ellingson of Chandler, Ariz.; 13 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

Wesley was preceded in death by his first wife, Marcella; two sisters, Gladys Mengelkoch and Ruth Thomas; brother, Eugene Jenson; and parents.

Kylianne Helm, infant, Hawick
Kylianne Elizabeth Helm, infant daughter of Kristi Gale of Hawick and Robert Helm II of South Haven, died on Thursday, June 22, at the Buffalo Hospital. She was six days old.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 28, at the Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville with Rev. Denny Curran officiating. Burial will be in Zion Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.

Kylianne Elizabeth Helm was born on June 22, at the Buffalo Hospital, the daughter of Kristi Gale and Robert Helm II.

She is survived by her parents; siblings, Sabrina, Janai, and Duncan; grandparents, Randy and Roxanne Gale of Hawick, and Robert and Bernice Helm of South Haven; great-grandmothers, Arlen Rudy of Paynesville and Ruby Voight of Cokato; and numerous other relatives.

Thomas Hein, 53, Morris
Thomas HeinThomas Peter Hein, 53, died on Monday, June 12, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Funeral services were held Saturday, June 17, at West Zion Lutheran Church in rural Hancock.

Thomas was born on Dec. 3, 1952, in St. Cloud to Ellsworth and Irene Hein.

He graduated from Paynesville High School in 1970 and then attended Willmar Technical College for two years for electronics technician, graduating in 1972. During this time, he enlisted in the Army Reserves in Paynesville, serving for six years.

He met his wife, Pat, on a blind date, and they were married on Sept. 28, 1973. He worked at Western Co-op Transport for 28 years.

He is survived by his wife, Pat Hein of Morris; one son, John Hein of Blaine; one daughter, Amanda (Aaron) Luthi of Morris; three grandchildren; his parents, Ellsworth and Irene Hein of Paynesville; one sister, Suzanne (James) Brick of Lake Henry; one brother, John Hein of Paynesville; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Timothy Hein.

Herbert Gilk, 83, Paynesville
Herbert Gilk Herbert J. Gilk, 83, of Paynesville, died on Saturday evening, June 10, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, June 14, at 11 a.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Roscoe. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation was held on Tuesday evening. Visitation will continue on Wednesday for one hour prior to the services at the church.

Herbert James Gilk was born on Feb. 7, 1923, in Albany, the son of Jacob and Clara (Weinman) Gilk. He was baptized and confirmed at Seven Dolars Catholic Church in Albany, where he grew up and attended grade school and high school.

On Oct. 5, 1944, he entered the U.S. Army, where he served during World War II. He was discharged on Nov. 23, 1946, and returned home.

On June 28, 1947, he was united in marriage to Gertrude Gogala at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in St. Anthony. To this 58-year union, ten children were born.

They made their home near Paynesville, where Herb worked as a feed store and elevator manager in Roscoe and in Paynesville for 39 years before retiring in 1990.

Herb was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Roscoe, the Paynesville American Legion, and the Cold Spring V.F.W. He also enjoyed fishing, four-wheeling, and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Gertrude of Paynesville; nine children, Dianne (Bob) Pflipsen of Albany, Carol (Gene) Fischbach of St. Cloud, Donald (Diane) Gilk of Paynesville, Mary (Randy) Lauer of Paynesville, Bonnie (Gordon) Gully of Paynesville, Kenneth (Sue) Gilk of Cold Spring, Daniel Gilk of Sauk Rapids, Joyce (David) Albrecht of Paynesville, and Joan (Greg) O'Brian of St. Cloud; 18 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three sisters, Lucetta Lischwe of Vienna, Mo., Connie (Gene) Chock of St. Joseph, and Alda (Ray) Mayers of New Munich; and one brother, Roland (Tillie) Gilk of Albany.

He was preceded in death by one infant son, by his parents, and by one brother, Oliver.

Marcella Lieser, 97, Paynesville
Marcella K. Lieser, 97, of Paynesville, passed away on Friday at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Tuesday, June 6, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville and burial took place in the St. Louis Parish Cemetery.

Marcella K. Lieser was born to John J. and Mary Ann (Lenz) Winter on Sept. 16, 1908, in Spring Hill Township. She grew up on a farm along the Sauk River east of Spring Hill.

She married Edmund B. Lieser on Sept. 8, 1931, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Spring Hill. They farmed south of Spring Hill for 40 years and moved to Paynesville in 1971.

She loved the outdoors, especially the Stoney Creek and Sauk River where she was born. In her early years she loved to dance and always loved playing cards with family, friends and a canasta group. She also enjoyed watching sports, especially the Minnesota Twins.

She was a member of the St. Louis Catholic Church, Catholic Aid, Christian Women, Paynesville Daughters of Isabella, Crosier Apostolate, St. Ann's Christian Women, and St. Mary's Mission Group of Spring Hill. She was also a past regional chairperson for the mission auxiliary of the Diocese of St. Cloud.

Marcella is survived by her daughters, Elaine Lieser of Paynesville and Doreen (Roger) Wenker of Greenwald; son, Gary (Corrine) Lieser of Spring Hill; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death are her parents; husband; son, Rodney; one infant son; three infant grandchildren; brothers, Walter W., Raymond, Otto, Edwin, and Gilbert Winter; and sisters, Della Henning, Vernie Benz, Linda Laubach, and Nellie Athmann.

Virginia Cossairt, 81, California
Virginia Amelia Cossairt, 81, died in Eureka, Calif., on May 23.

A celebration of Virginia's life was held at her home in Eureka on Saturday, May 27. A memorial service is planned for her in Paynesville later this summer.

Cossairt was born in Paynesville on March 17, 1925, to parents, Hattie and Bernard Liestman. She married Dwain Cossairt on May 10, 1942, at her parents' home.

She and her husband moved to Eureka in 1956, their home for the next 50 years.

In addition to raising seven children, Virginia helped Dwain with his trucking business and set up housekeeping in remote areas where he was working. All of the kids went along in the summers, camping alongside rivers, and learning to "wait for the fish." She especially loved camping at Ruth Lake with her youngest son and his family for the past 13 years.

Her hobbies included fishing, camping, pillow making, gardening, traveling, and fishing at Five Mile Landing on her birthdays. She enjoyed selling her pillows with cartoon characters, nature scenes, and racecar drivers at local craft bazaars. Her garden always included rhubarb for pie, Swiss chard for canning, cabbage for sauerkraut, and cucumbers for pickling.

Virginia is survived by six of her children, Janice Kulp of Vancouver Wash., James (Wanda) Cossairt, of Redding, Calif., Elaine (Raymond) Lindblom of Las Vegas, Marjorie (Jerry) Ingersoll of Medford, Ore., Robert (Rose) Cossairt of Grants Pass, Ore., and Jeffery (Janis) Cossairt of Eureka Calif.; her brothers, Arnie (Virginia) Liestman and Arthur (Pat) Liestman of Paynesville; her sisters, Joan (George) Wickland, Donna Warner of Paynesville, Evangeline (Ervin) Gunderson, and Lila Westman; 16 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Dwain; her brother, Bernard Liestman; her son, Richard Cossairt; and her parents.

Emma Liebrenz, 97, Mound
Emma Liebrenz Emma Liebrenz, 97, of Mound, Minn., died on Tuesday, May 23.

A celebration of her life will be held later this summer.

She was born in Harvey, N.D., on Oct. 7, 1908, and grew up in Milbank, S.D. She attended North Central College in Naperville, Ill., and received her first bachelor's degree in 1934 from Ohio University, her second bachelor's degree and master's degree from the University of Minnesota, and even had taken courses toward her doctoral degree when she retired. She taught many subjects and grades, concluding her teaching career at the Hopkins School District, where she taught reading classes for almost 20 years.

She married Allan Liebrenz, originally from Paynesville, on May 7, 1939.

She was a dedicated member of the Mound Evangelical Free Church and was active in church activities her entire life. She was a church pianist for many years.

She loved traveling with her husband and gardening. In recent years, she was thrilled to personally meet and get to know scholarship recipients at Crown College and continued her friendship with them long after their graduation.

She is survived by her children, Allan (Janet) Liebrenz and Marilyn (James) Liebrenz-Himes; sisters, Wilhelmine Higley Greene and Esther Wenzel; brother, Roy (Goldie) Tohms; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many other relatives.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Allan F. Liebrenz; her sister, Annabelle Tohms Everett; and her parents, Adolph and Rose Tohms.

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