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June 2019

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Larry Mohr, 88, Paynesville
A Celebration of Life will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, at the Hilltop Restaurant for Larry Mohr, 88, of Paynesville, who passed away on Friday, June 14, 2019 at home surrounded by his family. Kendall (Larry) Mohr was born in Willmar, Minn., to the late Henry and Gladys Mohr. He joined the United States Air Force and received an honorable discharge. He married Dorothy Wood Oct. 27, 1952, in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. He worked as a fieldman for the First District Association of Litchfield for 38 years. He is survived by his wife; Dorothy and five children; Kevin (Margie), Brad (Cindy), Todd (Elly), Nate (Michele) Mohr, and Susie Johnson; 13 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and growing!; siblings Janet Peterson, Jerome (Carol) Mohr, Judy (Doug) Angier, Geraldine (Danny) Bates, and Eva Vossen; and sister-in-law Ginger Mohr. Larry is preceded in death by one grandson Christopher Mohr; two brothers John and Albert Mohr; and one sister Colleen Nielson. He will be sadly missed by his family and all those who knew him. Larry requested all memorials be directed to the Salvation Army.

Virginia Keller, 92, Melrose

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Belgrade for Virginia "Ginny" Keller, 92, of Melrose and formerly of Regal, who passed away on Thursday, June 13, at the Pinevilla Care Center in Melrose. Reverend David Grundman will officiate. Burial will be in the St. Anthony's Catholic Church Parish Cemetery in Regal. Visitation will be held from 4 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville and from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Wednesday at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Belgrade. Parish prayers will be held at 4 p.m. followed by the Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary at 7:30 p.m., all on Tuesday at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville. Ginny was born on July 8, 1926, to August and Angeline (Jarnot) Wunderlich in Holdingford, Minn. She grew up on the south side of Pelican Lake and attended country schools in the area. To help support her family during the Great Depression, Ginny worked on various farms and jobs in the Twin Cities, the proceeds of which she sent home. She was united in marriage to Eddie Keller on Sept. 7, 1946, at St. Benedict's Catholic Church in Avon. Together, they moved to Regal and purchased a small farm, which they eventually turned into a 800-acre farming operation, all while raising 14 children at the same time. Ginny was a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Belgrade and a charter member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Regal. She enjoyed giving of her time and talents by being a member of the Daughters of Isabella, the St. Rose of Lima Mission Group, and the Council of Catholic Women. For 35 years, she also brought many children to Christ as a CCD teacher. Ginny was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She treasured the time that she was able to spend with her children and grandchildren. She always made it a point to find a period of free time during the day to do something "fun" with them. Ginny enjoyed fishing, hunting small game when she was younger, tending to her vegetable and flower gardens, and being outdoors. She was very creative and enjoyed doing various types of needle work and painting birdhouses and ceramics. Ginny was a devout Catholic and was especially devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary. She was the most God-fearing, life-loving, and giving person you could ever know. There was always room for one more person at her dinner table. She is survived by her children, James (Cindy), Arthur (Brenda), Paul (Michelle), Marlene (Terry) Satterlund, Patrick (Deb), David (Ramona), Steven (Judy), Cathy Keller, Maryann Undis, Mathew (significant other, Paula), Harvey (Linda), and Bonnie (Paul) Madrigal; 25 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Kutzera; brother, Mathew Symalla; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Ginny is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Eddie on June 21, 2000; children, Shirley and William; grandchildren, James Jr., Natascha, and Timothy; brother-in-law, Ted Kutzera; and sister-in-law, Jean Symalla. A special thank you to the staff at Pinevilla Care Center in Melrose for their loving and compassionate care of Ginny. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Judge Jerry Arnold, 87, Duluth

Judge Jerome "Jerry" Arnold, 78, of Duluth passed away at his home in Duluth after a long illness. He was born on May 13, 1941, to Edward and Anastacia (Thielen) Arnold in Paynesville, Minn. Jerry grew up on the farm with nine siblings. He earned his bachelor of science degree from the University of Minnesota and a law degree from the University of North Dakota, beginning his career in Duluth as assistant city attorney in 1968. On Dec. 18, 1971, he married Judith Lindor, and together they raised five children. Judge Arnold was the former U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota. Appointed by President Ronald Reagan, he served for Reagan and for President George H.W. Bush from 1986-1991. Judge Arnold ran for U.S. House of Representatives in 1974, losing to Jim Oberstar in the Minnesota's Eighth District. Jerome is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Judy; children Thomas (Renee) Arnold, Mark (Megan) Arnold, John (Julia) Arnold, Jason Arnold, and Maria (Edward) Karpiel; seven grandchildren, Ainsley, Ashley, Allison, Maya, John Jr., Elizabeth, and William; and brothers and sisters, Barbara (Kenneth) Nathe, Marie (David Sawrey and John Kuzula) Kuzula, Art (Theresa) Arnold, Sharon (Roger) Hess, Edward (Ruth) Arnold, Evey (Skip) Larson, Rose Ann (Dave) Kuel, and Margaret (Linus) Schmitz. He is preceded in death by his parents; sister Jeanette; niece Michelle; and brothers-in-law, Jim Roeser, Kenneth Nathe, Dave Sawrey, and John Kuzulla.

Joan Gaebe, 95, Paynesville

Joan J. Gaebe, 95, of Hutchinson, Minn., passed away on Thursday, June 13, 2019, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson. A memorial service was held on Tuesday, June 18, at Nordland Lutheran Church in Paynesville, with interment in Burr Oak Cemetery in Meeker County.Pastor Mark Kopka officiated, RaNae Martinson was the organist, Laura Martinson was the soloist with "It Is Well with My Soul," and Beth Duncan and Paul Gaebe gave eulogies. Joan J. Gaebe was born on April 2, 1924, in New Salem, N.D. She was the daughter of Herbert and Ella (Pyan) Jebb. Joan was baptized as an infant and was later confirmed in her faith as a youth. She received her education in New Salem and was a graduate of the New Salem High School with the Class of 1942. She furthered her education at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn. On June 12, 1949, Joan was united in marriage to her life-long friend and childhood sweetheart, Milton "Mike" Gaebe in Duluth, Minn. This marriage was blessed with four children: Lynn, Elizabeth, Philip, and Paul. Joan and Mike resided in Clara City, Minn., for nearly 50 years. They had shared 49 years of marriage when Mike passed in 1997. For a short time before starting her family, Joan was employed at the extension office in Fargo, N.D. She was a loving wife, mother, and homemaker. Joan was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Clara City for many years. She later became a member of Nordland Lutheran Church in Paynesville, Minn. Joan enjoyed bird watching, gardening, bridge club, quilting, and time at the lake. She especially enjoyed her time spent with family and friends. Joan is survived by her: children, Lynn Kubousek of Forest River, N.D., Elizabeth Duncan (Jon) of Bemidji, Minn., Philip Gaebe (Sara) of West Fargo, N.D., and Paul Gaebe (Amy) of Paynesville; grandchildren, Laura Beach (Jon), Katherine Scotting (Troy), Sarah Anderson (Shawn), Charles Kubousek (Amanda), Kristina Matson (Bryce), Nicholas Gaebe, Olivia Gaebe, Erica Gaebe, Michael Gaebe, Renee Gaebe, and Lauren Gaebe; seven great-grandchildren; siblings, Averial Hunt of Paynesville, Jacqueline Nelson (Kenneth) of Purcellville, Va., and William Jebb (Wynona) of Cabot, Ariz.; and by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Joan is preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Ella Jebb; husband, Milton Gaebe; sisters, Marion Jebb (Clem)and Lillian Kuebker (Kenton); brothers-in-law, Gene Hunt and James Sonne; and great-granddaughter, Lillian Scotting. Arrangements by the Dobratz-Hantge Chapels in Hutchinson. Online guest book available at

Andrew Rossmeisl, 80, Crystal

Andrew Rossmeisl, 80, of Crystal passed away at the cabin on May 31, 2019. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, June 5, at the Church of St. Raphael in Crystal. Interment was in Gethsemane Cemetery, New Hope. He will be deeply missed by Pat, his wife of 57 years; children, Tim (Stefanie), Tom (Mary), Shelly (Steve) Kissell, and Mark (Tiffany); grandchildren, Trevor, Brianna, Kayla, Brandon, Jenna, Justin, Alyssa, Jordan, Krista, Kirsten, Emily, Taylor and Gavin; great-grandson, Mason; sister, Jeanette Kidd; brother, Roman "Jr." (Irene); brother-in-law, John Erdman; sister-in-law, Muriel Rossmeisl; and many other loving family members and friends. He was preceded in death by brothers, Gene and Robert; sisters, Joyce McCann and Mary Ann Erdman; and brother-in-law, Bill Kid.

Daryl Winters, 55, Sauk Rapids

A Celebration of Life was held on Friday, May 31, 2019, at the VFW Post #6992 in Sauk Rapids for Daryl J. Winters, 55, who passed away on Sunday, May 26, 2019, at the St. Cloud Hospital. A private burial will be held at a later date. Daryl James Winters was born on March 13, 1964, to Cyril and Jeanette (Muske) Winters in Paynesville. After high school, Daryl received an Associates Degree in accounting in St. Cloud, where he was united in marriage to Lisa DeVine on Aug. 15, 1992, at Peace United Church of Christ. Daryl was very proud to be in contract sales and design for Trimark Strategic for many years. Daryl enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, traveling, golfing, and playing Yahtzee. He was a fun family man who could talk to anybody. Daryl is survived by his wife, Lisa; children, Kole Winters and Kara Winters; sisters, Karon (Mark) Cunningham, Kathy (Bruce) Younkin, and Carla (Scott) Kannenberg; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister and brother, Linda Mjoen and Randy Winters; and nephew, Adam Winters. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Arrangements were entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, St. Cloud. Obituary and guestbook available online at:

Kandy Black, 61, Paynesville

Kandy Sue Black, 61, of Paynesville passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Sunday, May 26, 2019, in St. Cloud, Minn. Kandy was born on June 23, 1957, in Indianapolis, Ind., to William and Linda (Cannon) Black. She is survived by her daughter, Krystal (Husam) of Willmar, Minn.; two sons, Steve and Bill; three brothers, William, David, and Randall; sister, Nadalie; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews. A celebration of Kandy's life will follow in the coming months. She will be greatly missed by many family and friends.

Rita Jaeger, 85, Lake Henry

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry for Rita Jaeger, 85, of Lake Henry, who passed away on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, surrounded by her family. Reverend Glenn Krystosek officiated. Burial was in the parish cemetery. Rita was born on Oct. 22, 1933, to Leonard and Anna (Moser) Lieser. She attended country school in Spring Hill. Rita married Norman E. Jaeger on Sept. 6, 1954, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Spring Hill. She was a wonderful homemaker all her life. Rita was a member of St. Margaret's Catholic Church, Christian Women, and the Lake Henry American Legion Post #612 Auxiliary. Rita enjoyed cooking, the Minnesota Twins, the Lake Henry Lakers, bingo, casino trips, and visiting with friends and family. She is survived by her children, Steve, Daniel, John, all of Lake Henry, Jeanne of Paynesville, Judy (Kip) Wendlandt of Belgrade, Mary Jo (Mark) Hieserich of Elrosa, and Patrick (Sheila) of Elrosa; 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers, Lorraine Mohs of St. Cloud, Jerome (Clara) Lieser of Paynesville, Florence Zirbes of Brooklyn Center, and George (Becky) Lieser of Ham Lake; and many nieces and nephews. Rita was preceded in death by her parents; husband; great-granddaughter, Hailey; nine brothers and sisters; and sons-in-law, Randy Krupke and Steve Olmscheid. A special thank you to the staff of CentraCare Hospice for the wonderful care given to Rita. Arrangements were with Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home, Paynesville.

Werner Gruber, 83, Spring Hill

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 30, 2019, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Spring Hill for Werner S. Gruber, 83, of Spring Hill. Werner passed away suddenly on Monday, May 27, 2019 at his home. Reverend Marvin Enneking will officiate. Burial will take place in the St. Michael's Parish Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, and after 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 6, both are at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Spring Hill. Parish Prayers will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, at church. Werner was born July 5, 1935, in Paynesville, to Frank and Freda (Nietfeld) Gruber. He married Marilyn Schlangen on April 7, 1958, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Richmond. Together they farmed in Spring Hill. Werner was an active member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, where he was trustee for 17 years, St. Michael's Men's Society, and Catholic United Financial. During his retirement years, he was well known for greeting and helping families with the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home. Werner will be remembered for his love of the land and conservation farming. As an avid competitive plowman, he was able to travel the world. Werner is survived by his wife Marilyn; children, Lila (Joe) Klein of Richmond, Henry (Karen) Gruber of St. Cloud, Glenna (Steve) Soenneker of Clear Lake, Gary (Lori) Gruber of Alexandria, Marina (Keith) Ostendorf of Savage, Gene (Eva) Gruber of Richmond, Bob (Shelly) Gruber of Becker, and Conrad (Sandra) Gruber of Spring Hill; 25 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and sisters Agnes Kleve of Farmington and Lorraine Evans of Alaska. Preceding Werner in death were his parents; infant son John; sister Mary Ann Roering; infant sister Rose; and brothers-in-law Gerald Kleve and Alfred Roering. Memorials are preferred.


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