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Peter Smude, 69, Pillager
Peter A. Smude of Pillager, Minn., went to be with the lord on Monday, March 20, 2017. Mass of Christian burial was held on Friday, March 24, at Saint Francis Catholic Church. Peter was born on June 15, 1947, in Little Falls, Minn., to Agnes and Vincent Smude. He married Deborah (Ewers), his #1, on April 1, 1978. This marriage formed a family of two daughters, Michele and Pamela, and two sons, Peter "Jason" and Justin. Together they were blessed to have a son Jeffrey, which made the family circle complete. The family mixture was the greatest joy of his life. Peter served 36 years in the Armed Forces. He recently retired after 27 years on the Pillager Fire Department. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion and VFW. He was active in TIPS, DAV, Crow Wing County VA, Cass County Veterans Service Center, MDAA, Harding Sportsmen, Pheasants Forever, Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, Ducks Unlimited, and Turkey Association. Peter worked at various jobs over his lifetime. They started with selling worms, farming, and working in the family sawmill. Throughout his life he had numerous other jobs, but most dear to his heart, were his children on the school bus routes. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Deborah; sons: Peter "Jason" (Janet) Smude, Justin (Bridget) Smude, and Jeffrey Smude; daughters: Michele (Jason) Capes and Pamela (Jason) Ruhoff, all of Minnesota; grandchildren: Mitchel, Amanda, Josephine, Ellie, Sarah, Kaye, Athena, Shelby, Taijah, J Dallas, Erica, and Hailey; great-grandsons, Liam and William; sister, Caroline Veith; brothers, Alex Sr. "Butch" Smude and Larry (Barb) Smude; sister in-laws, Florence Smude and Martha (Rod) Rasmusen; and brother in-law, Henry (Kathie) Ewers. He is also survived by many other family members and close friends. Peter was preceded in death by his parents; sisters: Celia Pulak, Helen Veith, Margaret Weiss, and Angie Bieganek; and brothers, Herman and August Smude.

Shirley Leyendecker, 74, Paynesville
Shirley A. Leyendecker, 74, of Paynesville, passed away at her home on Friday, March 24, 2017. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 29, at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry. Reverend Glenn Krystoseck will officiate. Burial will take place in the parish cemetery. Family and friends may call after 10 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Margaret's Catholic Church. Shirley was born on March 6, 1943, in Paynesville, to Christian and Marie (Fischbach) Neu. She married Louis Leyendecker on May 5, 1962, at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Roscoe. Shirley worked as a cook at both Good Samaritan Home and Hilltop. She was also a homemaker. Shirley was a member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary, Legion Auxiliary, Christian Women, and St. Margaret's Catholic Church. She enjoyed cooking, fishing, gardening, bird watching, watching the Minnesota Twins, and most recently crocheting. Shirley especially treasured all the time she spent with her family. She is survived by her husband, Louis; children: Mark (Janelle) of Grove City, Darren of Litchfield, Kathy (Perry Yungk) Larsen of Paynesville, Tony (Sue) of Swanville, Chris (fiancée, Paula Hansen) of Roscoe; 17 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three brothers; and many nieces and nephews. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Jared; and eight brothers and sisters. Arrangements are with the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville.

Loren Meyer, 83, Paynesville
Loren E. Meyer, 83, of Paynesville, died on Thursday, March 16, 2017, at the Paynesville Hospital. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., on Monday, March 27, at Paynesville Lutheran Church. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Services are entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville.

Patricia Johnson, 85, Jamestown
Patricia A. Johnson, 85, of Jamestown, N.D., died on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at Ave Maria Village in Jamestown. Pat was born on May 13, 1931, in Aberdeen, S.D. She is the daughter of Reed and Lavida (Werth) Noyes. She attended and graduated from Paynesville High School. She attended Minnesota School of Business and graduated with a business degree. She married William R. "Bud" Johnson in Aberdeen, S.D. in 1954. Pat worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Research Center in Jamestown. She is survived by her husband, William "Bud" Johnson, and daughter, Cindy Johnson, both of Jamestown. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Bill. In honor of her wishes, no services are scheduled. Burial will take place in the N.D. Veterans Cemetery in Mandan, N.D. Memorials are preferred to JRMC - Hospice or to Ave Maria Village.

Austin Young, 16, Belgrade
Austin Neil Young, 16, of Belgrade, died on Saturday, March 4, 2017, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident near Belgrade. Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 11, at Grace Lutheran Church in Belgrade. Austin was born on Sept. 4, 2000, in St. Cloud, to Jason Young and Kerisha St. Clair. He grew up living with his grandmother, Nancy, near Belgrade. He attended BBE Elementary and was currently a sophomore at BBE High School. He was baptized and confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church in Belgrade, where he was active as an acolyte, reader, communion assistant, and usher. He also participated in numerous youth group trips and loved helping with the young children during vacation bible school and Sunday school. As a student of BBE, he participated in basketball, baseball, choir, band, trap shooting, plays, and speech. He loved drawing, listening to music, singing, playing Clash of the Clans video game, cats, and dogs. He is survived by his grandmother, Nancy Young; father, Jason (Michelle) Young; sister, Arianna Jenniges; step-brothers, Nick and Derek; uncle, Dennis (Mandi) Young; aunt, Melissa (Mike) Karst; great-grandmother, Joan Young; numerous cousins, and great-uncles and aunts. He is also survived by a very special adopted family: Alan and Brenda Kaiser, David (Patti) Kaiser, Greg (Dana) Kaiser, Michael (Nicole) Kaiser, Michelle Kaiser, Gregory Vollan, and all of their family. Austin is preceded in death by his grandfather, Neil Young, and three great-uncles. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Belgrade.

Gladys Torbenson, 95, Paynesville
Gladys Mae (Lambert) Torbenson, 95, of Paynesville, died on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, at the Paynesville Hospital. Her funeral service was held on Friday, Feb. 24, at Paynesville Lutheran Church. Burial was at the Paynesville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Paynesville Lutheran Church, Paynesville Area Center, or the R.O.S.E Center. Gladys was born on Aug. 20, 1921, in Lisbon, N.D. She was the daughter of Hugh and Etta (Murray) Lambert. Gladys attended elementary and high school in Lisbon, graduating in 1939. She attended Moorhead State Teachers College. She taught elementary school in Minnesota and North Dakota for six years. On July 25, 1947, she married Donovan Torbenson. To this union, two sons and a daughter were born. Don and Gladys made their homes in Grand Forks, N.D., Drake, N.D., Ulen, Minn., and Adrian, Minn., before moving to Paynesville in 1964. Gladys was a woman of faith and loved her church community. She was a member of Paynesville Lutheran Church and was an active volunteer. She served as president, secretary, and treasurer of WELCA and was a long time member of Faith Circle. Gladys was an active member of her community. She belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary, Paynesville Area Center, and was a 53 year member of the Booklovers Club. Gladys embraced her role as a mother and homemaker, and she delighted in being a grandmother and great-grandmother. Above all, Gladys was most happy being surrounded by her family. Gladys was an avid reader and sports fan, wonderful cook, and master of cryptoquips and crossword puzzles.Gladys lived independently until the age of 95. She is survived by her children: Richard (Darlene) Torbenson of East Amherst, N.Y., Renee (Pat) Waddick of Minneapolis, and Kevin (Lorrie) Torbenson of Mankato; grandchildren: Eric (Liz), Greg, Rusdon, Matthew, and Michael; great-grandsons, Doran and Elliot: and great -granddaughter, Eva. Gladys was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Donovan; her parents, Hugh and Etta; siblings: Calvin, Ruth, and Jennie; and grandson, Ryan Waddick. Services are entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville.

Orion Johnson, 94, Paynesville
Orion Tillman Johnson, 94, of Paynesville, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Veteran's Medical Center in St. Cloud. Services will be held at 2 p.m., on Wednesday, March 1, at the Paynesville Cemetery. Orion will be laid to rest with full military honors. A gathering and a time of sharing will follow at the Paynesville Area Senior Center.Orion was born Jan. 25, 1923, in rural Paynesville, to Oluf and Tina (Pederson) Johnson.He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was deployed to the Japanese mainland to assist in the cleanup after the atomic bomb destruction of Nagasaki. He married Wava B. Pauls on Sept. 7, 1946, in Paynesville. They were blessed with three children whom they raised on the farm together. They faithfully served in the Paynesville Evangelical Free Church for many years. He will be remembered for his love of family, friends, and farming. Orion is survived by his children: Orlin (Karen) of Geneso, Ill., Linda (Walt) Lowe of Mansfield, Ohio, and Oluf (Debi) of Paynesville; 8 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; brother, Ray (Pat) Johnson of Chico, Calif.; and sister, Alice Thompson of Orange, Calif. Orion was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Wava; and brother, Cliff. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are with the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville.

Gladys Haagenson, 83, Fridley
Gladys Haagenson, 83, of Fridley, formerly Albany and St. Cloud, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 2, at Washburn-McReavy funeral home in Columbia Heights (4101 Central Ave N.E.). Visitation will be one hour before the service. Private burial will take place at Fort Snelling cemetery at a later date. Gladys was born on June 1, 1933, in Albany, to Albert and Selma (Ehrlichmann) Solinger. She graduated from Albany High School in 1951 and then studied accounting at St. Cloud State University. After college, she worked at Stearns Bank and taught Sunday school at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Albany. Gladys married Larry Haagenson on June 19, 1965. She was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in St. Cloud where she volunteered with Ladies Aid. She loved to spend time with her family and enjoyed cooking, playing cards, dancing, bowling, and taking care of her grandkids and granddogs. Gladys is survived by her husband, Larry; children: Diane (Scott) Erickson, Scott Haagenson, and Cindy (Steve) Rubin; and five grandchildren: Mathew, Allison, Rachel, Isaiah, and Joshua. Gladys is preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Leroy Solinger.

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