March 2001 Obituaries

from The Paynesville Press
March 2001

Johnson Funeral Home

Irene Fuchs
Irene Fuchs Irene B. Fuchs, 78, of Paynesville, died Monday, March 12, 2001, at her home in Paynesville.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 15, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville with The Rev. Richard Leisen officiating. Entombment will take place in the St. Louis Parish Mausoleum.

Pallbearers will be Greg Lieser, Lori Denn, Curt Spanier, Chad Spanier, Brian Fuchs, and Michael Fuchs.

Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, at the Daniel - Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville and after 10 a.m. on Thursday at the church. The St. Louis and St. Margaret's Christian Women will pray at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home followed by Parish Prayers at 8 p.m. and Paynesville Catholic Aid Association along with the St. Louis Knights of Columbus Council 3820 at 8:30 p.m.

Irene was born Sept. 28, 1922, in Melrose to Bernard and Rose (Inderieden) Wessel. She participated in the war effort during World War II as a welder on aircraft carrier construction in Tacoma,Wash. She married Lester Fuchs Sept. 1, 1946, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. They farmed in the Lake Henry area until 1977 when they retired to Paynesville. She was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church, Paynesville Catholic Aid Association, St. Louis Christian Women, and St. Margaret's Christian Women in Lake Henry.

Survivors include her husband, Lester of Paynesville; children, Beverly (Patrick) Athmann of Hanover, Barbara (Ken E.) Lieser of Spring Hill, John (Darlene) Fuchs of Lake Henry, and Mary Ann (Dan) Spanier of Spring Hill; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; her triplet sister Ione Walz of Melrose, her triplet sister Eileen Dold of Sauk Centre; and sisters, Josephine Mayers of New Munich, Clara Conrad of Milwaukee, Wis., and Alvina (Sylvester) Woeste of Melrose.

Preceding her in death were her parents; granddaughter Amy Lieser; brothers, Joseph, John, and Al Wessel; twin sisters, Ann Waldorf and Katherine Wessel; and sisters, Fran Cooper, Rose Wulfekule, Mary Bucholz, and infant sister Frances.

Michael Lenz
Michael Lenz Michael Lenz, 25, of Paynesville, died Friday, March 2, 2001, in Boston, Mass.

Funeral services were held Friday, March 9, at the Crystal Hills Assembly with Revs. Mark Olson and Nat Pinkerman officiating. Interment was held in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Michael Robert Lenz was born Aug. 24, 1975, in Paynesville, to Robert and Kathryn (Rosen) Lenz. Michael grew up in Paynesville where he graduated from high school in 1994. In 1998, he graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth with a degree in English. Since last fall he has been a student at the University of Massachusetts, intending to obtain his masters in creative writing. During his years at UMD he was a member of the English department's literary guild.

Michael was an avid reader and a gifted poet, and had recently published a book of his poetry. His future aspirations included becoming an English professor. He was currently a teacher's assistant in Boston.

Survivors include his parents, Robert and Kathryn of Paynesville; sister, Krystal (Mark) Maynard of Sioux Falls, S.D.; special friend Michelle Dolinski of Boston; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Edward and Lela Rosen of Princeton and paternal grandparents Donald and Ruth Lenz of St. Martin.

Cecil Chisholm
Cecil W. Chisholm, 94, died Tuesday, March 6, 2001, at Payson Nursing Home, Payson, Ariz.

There will be military honors and a masonic service at Paynesville Cemetery in the late spring.

Watch the Paynesville Press for a complete obituary at that time.

Marjorie Glenz
Marjorie L. Glenz, 84, of Sartell, died Saturday, March 10, at St. Cloud Hospital.

Funeral services are 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, 2001, at Riverside Presbyterian Church, Sartell with Rev. Robert Springer officiating. Burial will be in the Paynesville Cemetery, Paynesville.

Marjorie Glenz was born Jan. 31, 1917, in Paynesville to Robert and Malinda (Manz) Ruenger. She married Norman Glenz on Oct. 4, 1940, in Paynesville. She was a homemaker and they moved to Sartell in 1970. She was a member of Riverside Presbyterian Church and Riverside Willing Workers.

Survivors include her husband, Norman of Sartell, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Mildred Theisen
Mildred M. "Micki" Theisen, 93, of Paynesville and formerly of Eden Valley died Thursday, March 8, 2001, at Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Services were Monday, March 12, at Dingmann's Eden Valley Funeral Home with Rev. Russell Magaw officiating. Burial was in Assumption Cemetery, Eden Valley.

Micki was born Aug. 1, 1907, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Charles and Harriet Stover. She married Nicholas O. Theisen on July 18, 1957, in Eden Valley. The couple lived in Iowa before moving to Eden Valley in 1966.

Survivors include her daughter Donna (John) Snetselaar of Des Moines, Iowa; sister, Iver Stover of Pittsburgh, Pa.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Nick on Sept. 7, 1998; daughter, Nancy Parkhurst; brother, Gene Stover; and sister, Frieda Sherwin.

Deborah Johnson
Deborah Ann Johnson, 44, of Waxhaw, N.C., died at her home on Monday, March 5, 2001.

Funeral services were held Sunday, March 11, at the Wadena Christian and Missionary Alliance Church with Revs. Bert LeBrun and Murray Jacobson officiating. Burial was in the Leaf River Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Clint Anderson, Jeff Walker, Alan Berg, Jeff Fuller, Brian Fuller, and Troy Fuller.

Deborah was born to Donald and Doris (Rosendahl) Berg on July 26, 1956, in Fergus Falls, Minn. At the age of two, her family moved to Brainerd where she attended school until fourth grade, when her family moved again to Paynesville where Deborah graduated from high school in 1975. She attended cosmetology school at Wadena Technical College and worked in Fergus Falls for a short time and then decided to work towards her elementary education degree at St. Paul Bible College. She graduated in 1982 and held two teaching positions in Minnesota before accepting a teaching position at Redwood Christian School in Castro Valley.

She was united in marriage to Jeff Johnson on Aug. 3, 1985, at the Wadena Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. In 1986, they were accepted as missionaries by Wycliffe Bible Translators. Their first assignment was to Liberia, West Africa. They were forced to leave Liberia in 1990 because of civil war there. In 1992, they started their new assignment in Bagabag, Philippines. In July 1996, when in the United States on furlough, Deb was diagnosed with breast cancer. She has lived with her family in Waxhaw, N.C., since August of 1997. She was a member of the Wadena Christian and Missionary Alliance Church.

Survivors include her husband, Jeff; three daughters, Rebekah, Rachel, and Ruth; parents, Donald and Doris Berg of Wadena; grandmother, Anna Pierson of Wadena; two sisters, Diane Berg of Wadena and Donna (Jeff) Walker of Lake Crystal; two brothers, Dave (Barb) Berg of Brooklyn Center, and Mike (Debra) Berg of Brooklyn Park.

She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Fred Rosendahl and John Berg; grandmother, Jennie Berg; step-grandfather, Art Pierson.

Memorials may be made to El Rophe Center (a nonprofit Christian family counseling) P.O. Box 327, Waxhaw, N.C., 28173.

Mabel Shoultz
Mabel Shoultz Mabel E. Shoultz, 72, of Paynesville, died We-nesday, Feb. 28, 2001, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services were Saturday, March 3, at the Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. The Rev. Ric Koehn officiated. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Mabel was born April 28, 1928, in Paynesville to Earl and Alice (Carlock) Eighner. She married Edward Shoultz on July 19, 1948, in Webster, S.D. She has been a resident of the Paynesville area all of her life.

Survivors include children: Linda (Al) Jorissen of Staples, Richard of Paynesville, Susan (Richard) VanOrt of Kandiyohi, Nancy (Frank) Kostreba of Paynesville, and Donald of Atwater; 18 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; sisters, Betty (Myron) Jones of Minneapolis, Mary (Eldon) Block of St. Anthony, Alice (Neal) Bailey of Minneapolis, Ruth (Joe) Neuman of Eden Valley; and a brother Daniel (Joan) Eighner of Paynesville.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Edward (1991); a sister, Joan Jones; a great-grandson Dane Shoultz; and a great-granddaughter, Kayla Kascht.

Anna Weber
Anna Louise Weber, 64, of Hawick, died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001, at her home.

Funeral services were Thursday, March 1, at Zion Irving Lutheran Church in rural Hawick with the Rev. Linda Lagergren officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Memorials are preferred to Paynesville Good Samaritan Care Center.

Pallbearers were Jeremy Gilbert, John Weber Jr., Chris Tersteeg, Robert Tersteeg, Dave Weber, and Larry Everson.

Anna Louise Everson was born Dec. 23, 1936, to John and Laura (Thorson) Everson in Irving Township near Hawick. She was baptized and confirmed at Zion Irving Lutheran Church and attended grade school in Hawick, graduating from New London High School in 1954.

On Oct. 4, 1955, she was married to Charles Weber in Webster, S.D. She had previously worked at Jennie-O- Foods in Willmar and for the past 24 years at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Paynesville as a nurse's aide.

Anna was a member of the Zion Irving Lutheran Church and the Paynesville American Legion Post #271 Auxiliary. She was an active member at church as a member of the choir, the ladies aid, and Sunday school teacher. Anna was musical and enjoyed writing poems.

Survivors include her husband, Charles of Hawick; a son, John (Connie) of Hawick; a daughter, Elizabeth (Luis Flores) Tersteeg of Hawick; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Palmer (Alice) Everson of New London; sisters, Luverne (George) Blair of Lowry, Kathy Ryks of Hawick, Beatrice (Ray) Visser of Willmar, and Evangeline Everson of Hawick; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a sister Mildred Gunderson.

Alvina Thielen
Alvina Thielen Alvina Thielen, 86, Cold Spring, died Friday, March 2, 2001, at Assumption Home, Cold Spring.

Funeral services were Monday, March 5, 2001, at Assumption Catholic Church, Eden Valley, with Rev. Virgil Braun officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Alvina Thielen was born Sept. 6, 1914, in Eden Valley to John and Mary (Gill) Fink. She married Aloys Thielen on Sept. 21, 1937, at Assumption Catholic Church, Eden Valley. She was a homemaker and lived all her life in Eden Valley, until moving to Assumption Home in Cold Spring in July of 1990. She was a member of Assumption Catholic Church, Assumption Christian Mothers, Assumption Mission Group, Paynesville Daughters of Isabella, Catholic Aid Association, Eden Valley Senior Citizens, and Eden Valley American Legion Post 381 Auxiliary.

Survivors include her children: Darlene (John E.) Kellner of St. Joseph, Leander (Karen) Thielen of Eden Valley, Janet (Dennis) Kotten of Paynesville, Joanne (Leo) Schlangen of Richmond, Nicholas Thielen of Eden Valley, Luella (Daryl) Henning of St. Cloud; 24 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Aloys on Dec. 15, 1975; two infant daughters, Virginia and Mary; sisters, Frances Miller and Eleanor Hofmann; and three great-grandchildren.

Hardy Wright
Hardy E. Wright, 75, St. Paul, formerly of Paynesville, died Thursday, March 1, 2001.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 6, at the Kessler and Maguire Funeral Home, St. Paul.

Hardy's father, John, was a school superintendent in Paynesville in the 30s and early 40s.

Survivors include his children, Donald (Debbie) Wright, Beverly (Theron) Jones, Tamera (Reed) Berckhan, David Wright, and Jonathan Wright; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his son, Mark W. Wright; brothers, Allen and Roger; parents, Fannie Mae and John.

Mel Paetznick
Melgaard "Mel" Paetznick, 80, of Barnum, formerly of Glenwood and Paynesville, died Thursday, March 1, 2001, at the Nopeming Care Center in Duluth.

Funeral services were Sunday, March 4, at the Hoplin Funeral Home in Glenwood with Rev. Greg Kappahan officiating. Interment was in the West Lake Amelia Cemetery near Villard.

Melgaard Rayburn Paetznick, was born Jan. 15, 1921, to Rudolph and Laura (Busse) Paetznick near Hawick. He lived in the Glenwood area and worked a variety of jobs, including cashier at the liquor store in the mid 1940s. Mel also spent some time working in Paynesville.

On June 4, 1948, Mel and Inez J. Wegener were united in marriage. In the 1950s, they moved to Duluth as he was employed at the U.S. Steel Company in Morgan Park until his retirement in the 1970s. Mel and Inez had moved to Barnum in 1962, where they had built a new home and farmed for many years. In April of 1990, Inez passed away.

Survivors include his son Vernon (Jan) of Duluth; five adopted daughters, Jeri (Dick) Webber, Lynne (Dale) Lund, Paulie (Dennis) LaGrow, Lou LaGarde and friend Paul Dwyer, and Linda (Will) Jessen, all of Barnum; a sister Vermayne (Clifford) Larson of New London; sisters-in-law, Alma, Barbara, Evelyn, Clara, Rose, and Violet.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Inez, and parents.

Edith Krebsbach
Edith Krebsbach, 98, Cosmos, formerly of Glencoe, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2001, at the Meeker County Memorial Hospital in Litchfield.

Funeral services were Saturday, March 3, at the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe with Fr. Eugene Lozinski officiating. Interment was in the Glencoe Cemetery.

Edith Goldie Swenson was born Aug. 15, 1902, to Gustaf and Emma (Akeson) Swenson in Maynard. In 1915, the family moved to Paynesville. She graduated from the Paynesville High School in 1921. After attending teachers training school in Ellendale, N.D., Edith taught school in Napoleon, Ashley, and Dunseith, N.D. In 1926, Edith was united in marriage with Herbert Krebsbach in Napoleon. They made their home at Sheboygan, Wis. They had lived for five years in San Diego, Calif., during World War II. Edith and Herbert returned to Paynesville after the war and in 1950 moved to Glencoe where Herb was employed at Glencoe Butter and Produce. After his death in 1985, Edith moved into Millie Beneke Manor in Glencoe. She was active in senior citizens and enjoyed quilting.

Survivors include her five grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers, Sid and Elmer Swenson; sister, Alice Brown; and adopted son Bob Krebsbach.

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