June 1999 Obituaries

from The Paynesville Press
June 1999

George Kingsriter
George O. Kingsriter, 80, of Paynesville, died Wednesday, June 30, at his home in Paynesville.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Crystal Hills Assembly of God Church, Paynesville. Burial will be in Zion Cemetery, rural Paynesville.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Hime in Paynesville, and one hour prior to services at the church.

See full obituary in July 99.

Michael Ogdahl
Michael Jay Ogdahl, 45, of Paynesville, died Friday, June 25, 1999, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

Funeral services were held at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29, at the Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville. The Rev. Roger Stensaas and the Rev. Marion Bothof officiated.

Michael, the son of Dale M. and Marlys A. (Okerstrom) Ogdahl, was born on Oct. 30, 1953, in Minneapolis. Mike grew up in Coon Rapids and Blaine. He was baptized in the Christian faith and later confirmed at Peace Lutheran Church in Coon Rapids. Mike graduated from the Coon Rapids High School in 1971, and attended the St. Paul Vocational College, graduating in auto body repair in 1972.

On Feb. 8, 1971, Mike was united in marriage to Diane M. Stumpf in Coon Rapids. They made their home in Blaine, where Mike worked as an auto body repairman.

In 1985, Mike moved from Blaine to Paynesville, where he owned and operated Paynesville Collision Center. On Nov. 23, 1990, Mike was united in marriage to Donna Bothof in Las Vegas, Nev. They made their home in Paynesville.

Mike was active in the Paynesville Sportsmenžs Club and Ducks Unlimited. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his children, Michael Richard (Mindi) of Hawick, and Amy Marie (Andrew) Zaske of Royersford, Pa.; two granddaughters; wife, Donna of Paynesville; siblings, Dale D. (Gale) of Coon Rapids, David (Lisa) Ogdahl of Paynesville, Wendy A. (Digger) Miller of Coon Rapids, Jennifer (Tom) Glidden of Circle Pines, and Patty (Pat) Harding of Columbia Heights; maternal grandmother, Myra Okerstrom of Fridley; and ex-wife, Diane (Dave) Krinkie of Stillwater.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dale, in April 1986; mother, Marlys, in February 1999; paternal grandparents, Thilfred and Ethel Ogdahl; and maternal grandfather, Ted Okerstrom.

Anna Speldrick
Anna Speldrick, 94, of St. Paul and formerly of Belgrade, died Sunday, June 20, at St. Mary's Home in St. Paul.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, June 23, 1999, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville, with Father Richard Leisen officiating.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday morning.

Anna (Bahner) Speldrick, the daughter of Theodore and Mary (Otto) Bahner, was born on Oct. 4, 1904, in Lake Henry, Minn.

Anna was preceded in death by her husband, Julius; sons, Harold, Bill, and an infant son; granddaughter, Linda Stromberg; and son-in-law, Arthur Daugherty.

She is survived by her children, Rosalyn Blomker, Julitta Daugherty, Jerome (Sally), Sylvester (Lea), Benedict (Irene), Francis (Ruth), Clarys Hanson; and two daughters-in-law, Verna Speldrick and Betty Speldrick. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

Norman Leyendecker
Norman M. Leyendecker, 83, of Paynesville, died Monday, June 14, 1999, at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud from injuries received in an automobile accident.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 18, at the St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. The Rev. Richard Leisen officiated. Burial was in St. Theodore's Parish Cemetery in Laporte, Minn. Full military honors were provided by the Paynesville American Legion Post 271.

Norman was born on Feb. 14, 1916, in Roscoe, Minn., to John and Mary (Kirchner) Leyendecker. He married Katherine Viere on Feb. 14, 1942, in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport. He served in the United States Army during World War II. He returned to Paynesville to work as an auto mechanic for Kost Motors. In 1952, he moved to Guthrie, Minn., where he farmed until 1972.

He married Marie E. Gruber on June 3, 1972, in St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. He worked at the Paynesville Area Hospital in maintenance until his retirement. He was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters, Paynesville American Legion Post 271, and St. Louis Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife, Marie of Paynesville; sons, David of International Falls and Rod of Huron, S.D.; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Bernice Roggensack of South San Francisco, Calif., Elmer of Waite Park, Matt of Paynesville, Pauline Dineen of Portland, Ore., Leo of Paynesville, Ralph of Osseo, and Ray of St. Cloud.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Katherine, in 1969; brothers and sisters, Agnes Ritschie, Richard, Paul, and Margie Hulsing.

Roy Wendland
Roy A. Wendland, 76, formerly of Paynesville, died Wednesday, June 9, 1999, following a short illness.

Roy was born in Verona, N.D., on Jan. 10, 1923, and at the age of one and a half years, moved with his parents and older siblings to farming country north of Paynesville, Minn.

Roy enlisted in the United States Naval Construction Battalion, known as the Seabees, in August 1943, and served in the 48th construction battalion on Guam and the Marianas until December 1945. They built airfields and the like.

Roy and Marjorie Rexford were married on Dec. 29, 1943, and lived in Paynesville until moving to Fort Collins, Colo., in 1953, where he started his own construction business, building custom designed homes. In Fort Collins, he served several years on the Contractor Board of Appeals. In 1966, he was given the Wood for Living Award for Excellence in use of wood in custom designed and constructed homes. In December, a testimonial dinner was given for him by his happy customers.

Roy and Marjorie spent several years at Delta, Colo., before the family moved to Sierra Vista. They spent several happy years traveling full time in their RV before settling in Benson.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marjorie, daughter, Patti Maxwell, four grandchildren, and one great-grandson, all of Sierra Vista; brother, Marvin (Beulah) of French Lake, Minn., and Dale of Everett, Wash.; brother-in-law Emmet Wegner of Bloomington, Minn.; sisters-in-law, Marjorie Wendland of Chaska, Minn., and Arliss (Peter) Burchard of Denver, Colo.; nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Roy was preceded in death by his parents, George and Ella Wendland; brother, Russell, son, Jay, and sister, Clarys Wegner.

Florian "Buddy" Lieser
Florain "Buddy" L. Lieser, 74, of Spring Hill, died Monday, June 14, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville. Funeral services will be on Friday, June 18, 1999, at 11 a.m., at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Spring Hill. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Friends may call on Thursday between 4-9 p.m. at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville. Prayers by the St. Michael's Men's Society and Catholic Aid Association will be at 7:30 p.m. Parish prayers will be at 8 p.m., and the Paynesville Knights of Columbus at 8:30 p.m.

Florian was born on May 21, 1925, in Lake Henry to Adam and Annastacia (Miller) Lieser. He married Genevieve Stalberger on May 11, 1948, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Spring Hill. He farmed in the Spring Hill area most of his life. He retired in 1988. He was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, St. Michael's Catholic Aid Association, St. Michael's Men's Society, and Paynesville Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include his wife, Genevieve; children, Kenneth (Shirley) of Spring Hill, Judith Lieser of Cold Spring, Barbara (Alan) Golz of Mound, and Jeff (Pam) of Spring Hill; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by son, Samuel, on April 14, 1969; and sisters, Cyrilla Dillon and Ramona Sauer.

Larry Imdieke Jr.
Services will be held today, Wednesday, June 16, at St. John's Catholic Church in Meire Grove for Larry L. Imdieke Jr., 41, with Fathers Ken Popp and Greg Lieser officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Larry Imdieke Jr. was born in Melrose to Lawrence and Lucille (Schleppenbach) Imdieke. He grew up helping his parents with the family business, Imdieke's in Meire Grove. He was a member of the Melrose state basketball championship team in 1974. He graduated from Melrose High School in 1975, and then attended St. Cloud Business College. He went to work for Metzroth's in St. Cloud for several years, then worked and managed Thom McAnn's in St. Cloud for over 10 years. He currently was manager of Paynesville Fleet Supply in Paynesville.

He was very active in the various Meire Grove baseball teams, and coached travel teams in baseball and basketball. He was a former assistant varsity basketball coach for Apollo High School. He was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in St. Cloud, and was active with Catholic Charities.

Survivors include his parents; sons, Benjamin and Matthew of St. Cloud; brothers and sisters, Linda (Mike) Klaphake of Melrose, LuAnn of St. Paul, Louis of St. Cloud; Leona Ulrich of Perham, LaVonne (Richard) Gallus of St. Joseph, Lyle (Jackie) of Northfield, Lynette (Fred) Imdieke-Struzyk of St. Cloud, Laura of St. Cloud, Lisa (Mike) Arend of Duluth, Lloyd (Shelly) of St. Cloud, and Lila (Tim) Smith of Crystal.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Lynn.

Bernice Voss
Bernice Voss, 79, of Paynesville, died Thursday, June 10, 1999, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

The funeral service was held on Saturday, June 12, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville, with the Rev. Ric Koehn officiating. Bernice Lola Voss was born on Feb. 14, 1920, in Zion Township, near Paynesville. She was the daughter of George and Emelie (Bork) Voss and grew up on a family farm east of Paynesville. She attended country school at District 43. Bernice was a quiet, loving girl who loved the outdoors, and she spent many hours outdoors with her father. After her parents died, she moved into the Good Samaritan Care Center in Paynesville, where she lived more than 20 years. Bernice spent much of her time embroidering dishtowels, which she gave away as gifts. She thoroughly enjoyed all the activities at the Good Samaritan Care Center.

Bernice is survived by her sister, Marian (Harold) Putzke of Paynesville; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Arlie Voss; and sisters, Miranda Gordon, Lucinda Lewerenz, and Pearl Holtz.

L. Jeanne Brown
L. Jeanne Brown, 88, a long time resident of Paynesville, died on Monday, June 7, 1999, at the Paynesville Area Hospital in Paynesville.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 10, at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Paynesville. The Rev. Patricia Gillespie officiated. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery in Paynesville.

Jeanne was born on Nov. 29, 1910, in Paynesville, to Chester and Rose (Rassier) Haines. She attended school in Paynesville and graduated from the St. Cloud Teacher's College. She taught school for thirty years in many surrounding areas. She was also employed for many years at Haines Drug Store, where she took over as manager after the death of her uncle, Jack Haines. She married Cecil Brown of Manannah in 1931. After living in Manannah, they returned to Paynesville in 1944. She was a lifelong member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, which was founded by her ancestors, who were among the earliest settlers of Paynesville.

She is survived by her children, Jim (Delores) of Clara City and Betty (Dave) Strate of Plymouth; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Lois (John) Cook of Minnetonka and Rosemary Haines of Paynesville; brothers, Bob (Alice) Haines of Paynesville and Dick (Bernie) Haines of Paynesville; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Cecil on May 9, 1989; sister, Lola Haines; and brothers, Joe Haines and Mack Haines.

Barbara Eddy
Barbara J. Eddy, 66, of Topeka, Kansas and formerly of Onaga, died Saturday, June 12, 1999, at St. Francis Hospital in Topeka.

She was born March 25, 1933, in Lubbock, Texas. She was adopted by John and Merle A. Walker Johns in 1942.

She married Walter "Boscoe" Eddy on July 24, 1949, at Wamego.

Barbara owned and operated Eddy's Cafe in Havensville and the Huddle Cafe in Onaga. She also was administrator at Golden Acres Nursing Center in Onaga for seven years. After retiring, Barbara and her husband moved from rural Havensville to Onaga. They moved to Topeka in March 1997.

She was a member of the First Congregational Church, UCC, in Onaga.

Survivors include her son, John W. of Olathe; daughters, Brenda J. of Topeka and Sue A. Rose of Olathe; brother, John Turner of Oklahoma; and two grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter, on April 12, 1999.

Cremation is planned. Graveside services were held at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Onaga Cemetery.

Bernice Kelley
Bernice N. Kelley, 81, of rural Grove City, died Sunday, May 30, at her home following an extended illness.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 4, at the Harrison Community Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Janeva Stromberg officiating.

Bernice Norma Kelley was born on May 18, 1918, in Big Lake, Minn., the daughter of Clara (Nelson) and Ernest Person. At the age of two, she moved with her family to Irving Township, near Atwater. There she grew up and received her education at the District 2 school. Bernice was baptized in Big Lake, and was confirmed at the Zion Lutheran Church in Hawick.

On June 29, 1941, she married Charles Clarence Kelley and they made their home in the Atwater area. In 1952, they moved to a farm north of Atwater, where they have lived since. Bernice was active in the Harrison Presbyterian Church Ladies Aid, loved her family, and enjoyed gardening, cleaning, and sewing for the family.

She is survived by her husband, C. Clarence Kelley; son, Craig (Joyce) of Atwater; daughter, Kathi (Vernon) Everson of Paynesville; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers, Ernest Person and Alan Person, both of Paynesville; sisters, Ardis Mae Nelson of Willmar, Hazel (Maurice) Kelley of Cold Spring, and Frances Thorp of Minneapolis.

Bernice was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Norman Person; and sister, Darlene Person.

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