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Elizabeth Klein, 76, Carson City
Elizabeth (Betty) Klein, 76, passed away suddenly on Sunday, June 29, in her home at Carson City, Nev.

Funeral services will be held at St. Louis Catholic Church at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 19. She was born in her family's farmhouse in Hospers, Iowa on Dec. 6, 1937.

She was a fun loving, adventurous woman who loved jewelry making, all kinds of music, history, and shopping in thrift stores. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Preceding Betty in death were her parents Joseph and Caroline Klein; daughter, Melissa (Pat) Potter, greatgranddaughter, Elizabeth Moore, sister, Eva Sartell; and brother-in-law Ron Sartell.

Surviving Betty is her husband Ronald McMillian; her children, Rebecca (Ron) Welton, Gwen Moore, and Thomas (Stephanie) Moore; her sisters, Mary E. (Tony) Gruenes, Kay (Dick) Tougas, Laura (Ken) Pike, Marguerite (Ron) Bell, Amy (Steve) Parker, 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Ralph R. Weitzel, 88, Paynesville
Ralph R. Weitzel, 88, of Paynesville, passed away on Thursday, June 26, in Pueblo, Colo., where he spent the winters.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 26, at 11 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church. A visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. before the services.

Ralph served in the Navy during World War II. Ralph worked for over 40 years as a locomotive engineer with the Burlington Northern Railroad. He was a long-time parishioner of Holy Spirit Catholic Church (St. Cloud) where he enjoyed serving on the Bouja Committee.

Following his retirement, Ralph and Jo moved from St. Cloud to Paynesville, where he was living his dream on Lake Koronis and fishing whenever the urge hit him (which was frequently!).

Ralph is survived by his wife, Josephine (Jo), of 63 years; daughters, Pat (Frank) Banker (Lakewood, Colo.), Beverly (Richard) Barra (Pueblo, Colo.), Barb (John) Brown (Mishawaka, Ind.), and Nancy (Steven) Burry (Kansas City, Mont.); grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and numerous extended family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville or Joni Fair Hospice House with Sangre De Cristo Hospice and Palliative Care in Pueblo, Colo.

David Lahr, 91, Watkins
David Lahr, 91, of Watkins died on Friday, May 23, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 28, at Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

David was born on Dec. 18, 1922, to Peter J. and Mary (Westrup) Lahr in Eden Valley. He married Aniceta Becker on Oct. 14, 1948, in Richmond. David worked at the Watkins Creamery cheese plant and Litchfield Produce and also farmed.

He is survived by his wife, Aniceta, of Watkins; children, Kathy (Richard) Reinke of Dassel, Mike (Anita) of Asheboro, N.C., Marilyn (Gary) Herzberg of Paynesville, Jim (Peggy) of Kimball, John (Rita) of St. Joseph, Ron (Kim) of Brooklyn Park, Andy (Teresa) of St. Joseph, Theresa (Robert) Suess of Becker, Lynda (Tim) Schulte of Sartell, and Deb (Brett) Miller of Trempealeau, Wis.; 29 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

David was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Donald, Joseph, and Herbert; and sister, Eleanor.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Jeanne Iverson, 81, Paynesville
Augusta "Jeanne" Iverson, 81, died on Thursday, May 29, at her home in Paynesville.

Services will be at a later date.

Augusta Jeanne Iverson was born on June 10, 1932, to Alexander and Camilla (Schaar) Freyberger in Minneapolis.

She grew up in St. Paul, where she received her education, graduating high school in 1950.

After high school, Jeanne went on to earn her certificate as an X-Ray technician.

At the age of 16, she began modeling, and after her education, she opened up her own modeling agency.

On April 14, 1952, Jeanne married Ronald Iverson. This union was blessed with two sons and a daughter. They shared 62 years of marriage.

Jeanne and Ron moved to Pensacola, Fla., where Ron enlisted in the navy and then in the marine corps. The family moved often due to Ron's military career.

In 1968, they moved to Paynesville, where Jeanne raised her children and later opened Jeanne's Antiques.

She is survived by her husband, Ronald; son, Ron, of Longmont, Colo.; and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son; a daughter; and a brother.

Thomas Schultz, 56, Edina
Thomas W. Schultz, 56, died unexpectedly on Sunday, June 1.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, June 13, at Washburn-McReavy Edina Funeral Chapel in Edina. Funeral services are to be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 14, at the Good Samaritan Methodist Church in Edina. Following the service there will be a reception at the church.

Tom was born on July 17, in 1957, and was a graduate of Tech High School in St. Cloud and St. Cloud State University. He received his MBA from the University of St. Thomas.

He was a distinguished IT advisor in Global IT at Medtronic with over 30 years of experience in software. Tom enjoyed swimming, karate, biking, and taking walks; but above all he treasured family time. He will be remembered for his selflessness, humility, and kindness to others. He made miracles come true for many individuals in need of the gift of life through organ donations.

He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Micheline; daughters Mikaela and Mia; parents Willard and Faye Schultz; sister Jackie (Mark) Phillips; father-in-law Jean Grondin, brother-in-law Andre Grondin; sisters-in-law Jackie Grondin and Gislaine (Walter) Seitz; four nieces; two nephews, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Antoinette Grondin.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the TWS Memorial for Tom's daughters. Send memorials to the American Cancer Society.

Marie Hemmesch, 97, Richmond
Marie Hemmesch, 97, Richmond Marie T. Hemmesch, 97, of Richmond died on Monday, June 2, at the Mother of Mercy Nursing Home in Albany.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, June 5, at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry. She was buried in the St. Margaret's Parish Cemetery in Lake Henry.

Marie was born on June 17, 1916, in Richmond to Herman and Margaretha (Vogt) Niehaus. She married Marcus Hemmesch on June 4, 1946, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Richmond. They farmed north of Lake Henry all of their married life.

Marie is survived by her children Leo (Mary Jo) Hemmesch of Lake Henry, Helen (Bernard) Neu of Shakopee and Anna (Gerald) Klaphake of St. Martin, 22 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren, and sister-in-law Agnes Niehaus of Richmond.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband Marcus, one great granddaughter, brothers Joe and Albert and sisters Regina and Angela.

Werner Kraemer, 90, Paynesville
Werner J. Kraemer, 90, of Paynesville and formerly of Lake Henry, died on Thursday, June 12, at the Assumption Home in Cold Spring.

Funeral services were held on Monday, June 16, at the St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Reverend Glenn Krystosek officiated the mass, and the burial was held in the parish cemetery with military honors.

Werner was born on June 7, 1924, in Lake Henry to the late George and Mary (Patsch) Kraemer. He joined the US Navy and served during WWII. Werner was honorably discharged and returned to Lake Henry.

He married Luella M. Tschumperlin on Nov. 28, 1957, at the Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley. They lived and farmed in Lake Henry for 35 years and retired in 1989 whereupon they moved to Paynesville.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Luella of Paynesville; children Evelyn (Jeff) Olson, Jeanette Kraemer-Clemons (Joe), Carolyn (Carl) Oldani, George (Tina), JoAnn (Larry) Barbetta; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by his parents and five siblings.

Rita Lenzmeier, 89, Paynesville
Rita M. (Gottwald) Lenzmeier, 89, of Paynesville, and formerly of Albany and Willmar, died on Thursday, June 12, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services were held on Monday, June 16, at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry. Burial was at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Willmar.

Rita Marie Gottwald Lenzmeier was born on Dec. 19, 1924, in Albany, to Henry and Stella (Keppers) Ludwig. She was baptized and confirmed at Seven Dolors Catholic Church. She grew up in Albany and attended Seven Dolors Catholic School.

On May 13, 1947, Rita was united in marriage to Albert Gottwald. To this union three daughters and three sons were born. They made their home in Lake Henry, where they farmed and raised their family.

In 1971, they moved to Willmar where she worked for the Willmar Nursing Home. Rita and Albert were able to share 42 years of marriage before his death on April 8, 1990.

She is survived by six children; Stella (Paul) Nelson of Woodbury, Stephen (Judy) Gottwald of Paynesville, Susan (Duane) Buermann of Paynesville, Stanley Gottwald of New London, Samuel (Tammy) Gottwald of Pennock and Sara (Danton) Forrest of Duluth; 12 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings; Theresa Evens, Mary (Ron) Sadlowsky, and Daniel (Mary) Ludwig.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; siblings Margaret (Leonard) Hansen, Lucy (Fendell) Carlson, Vincent Ludwig, Francis Ludwig, George Ludwig, and John Ludwig; and two great-grandchildren.

Janet Sonstegard, 63
Janet Sonstegard, 63, died on Monday, June 9.

The daughter of Margaret and Oleen Sonstegard of Paynesville, she was was born on Sept. 4, 1950.

Her sisters are Jean Wentzel and Judie Buerman; her brother is James (deceased).

The family honors the life of Janet and her precious memories to bring them joy and comfort. A private family burial has been planned.

Janet loved her many dogs. The family will be sending her memorials to the Tibetan Terrier Health & Welfare.

Floyd E. Lang, 89, Paynesville
Floyd E. Lang, 89, of Paynesville, died on Thursday, June 19, at the Paynesville Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Monday, June 23, at the Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville. Burial was held at the Paynesville Cemetery.

Floyd Eugene Lang was born on Feb. 26, 1925, in rural Paynesville, the son of Lloyd and Alda (Block) Lang. He grew up in rural Paynesville where he attended the Brown School District #162 that is now part of the Paynesville Historical Society. After his schooling, Floyd stayed at home to help his father with the family farm.

On March 15, 1945, Floyd entered the United States Army. He served his country in the Pacific where he was stationed at Okinawa. Floyd fought in the Pacific Theater until his honorable discharge on Nov. 4, 1946.

After the war, Floyd returned home where he farmed north of Paynesville and operated Floyd and Birdies Resort on Rice Lake. Floyd continued to farm until he suffered an injury and was no longer able to work.

He is survived by his children, Jody (Glen) Sneed of Everton, Mo., Judy (Tom) Hanson of Becker, Lawrence of Kimball, Gary (Von) of Paynesville, Edward "Eddie" (Sandra) of Paynesville; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Floyd is also survived by his siblings, Llewellyn (Adeline) Lang of Paynesville, Juanita Moser of Paynesville, Roger (Donna) Lang of Eden Valley, and Geraldine Bogatzski of Bertha-Hewitt.

Floyd was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Virgene Vogelpohl, LeRoy Lang, Gilmor "Russell" Lang, and Arvid Lang.

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