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Joseph Schmitz, 44, Paynesville
Joseph M. Schmitz, 44, of Paynesville died on Thursday, March 27, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

A funeral service was held on Monday, March 31, at Paynesville Lutheran Church. Burial will be at a later date.

Joseph Mark Schmitz was born on Aug. 7, 1969, in Paynesville to Clarence and Martha (Thielen) Schmitz.

He grew up in Roscoe, where he attended school in Paynesville, graduating in 1987.

After high school, Joe entered the United States Air Force. He served his country, receiving an honorable discharge on July 11, 1991.

Joe returned to the Paynesville area where he attended Alexandria Technical College and earned an A.A.S. in Law Enforcement.

He then began working in Paynesville as a police officer. While working for the Paynesville Police Department, Joe also received his taxidermy license and started Schmitty's Taxidermy.

On April 27, 2007, Joe married Stacy Landborg at Paynesville Lutheran Church. This union was blessed with a son.

The family made their home in rural Paynesville, where Joe continued to work for the Paynesville Police Department and part-time for the Cold Spring/Richmond Police Department.

In 2012, Joe began working for the Sartell Police Department, where he worked until his death.

Joe is survived by his wife, Stacy; son, Andrew; mother, Martha of Roscoe; siblings, Denise (Daniel) Olson of Chanhassen, Jim "Riley" (Jan) of Cold Spring, Michael of Castle Rock, Colo.; sisters-in-law, Rhonda Lowers of St. Francis, and LaNae (David) Ashton of Aitkin; mother and father-in-law, Dennis and Merlyn Landborg of Aitkin; and nine nieces and nephews.

Joe was preceded in death by his father, Clarence.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Ellein Flanders, 106, Litchfield
Ellein O. Flanders, 106, of Litchfield died on Friday, March 21, at the Ecumen Emmanuel Home in Litchfield.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 4, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Grove City, with a visitation one hour prior to the service at church. Interment will be in Lake Ripley Cemetery in Litchfield.

Ellein Olga Flanders, the daughter of Olaf and Ida (Newman) Driste, was born on May 11, 1907, in Harvey Township in Meeker County. She was baptized in the name of the Triune God in July 1907 in Grove City Lutheran Church.

Her family moved to Litchfield in the fall of 1910 and became members of the First Lutheran Church in Litchfield. Ellein confirmed her baptismal faith on May 22, 1922, in the First Lutheran Church under the teaching of Dr. Rast.

She attended schools in Litchfield and St. Cloud Teachers College.

On August 30, 1930, she married Vernon Flanders. To this union, two daughters were born. Vernon passed away on May 29, 1980.

Ellein taught for 28 and a half years in rural schools and in the Eden Valley Public School District.

After she retired, she volunteered for the Augustana Lutheran Homes for over 30 years, mostly mending, sewing bibs, and visiting.

Ellein is survived by her daughters, Betty Thomsen of Atwater and Joan (Russell) Schmidt of Paynesville; five grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 22 great-great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law; a former granddaughter-in-law; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Olaf and Ida; husband, Vernon; sisters, Elsie Weisbrod, Matilda Harris, and Mary Taylor; brothers, John, Bill, Alfred, Karl, and Harry; a grandson; and a son-in-law.

Mary Jane Wengler-Hubred, 73
Mary Jane Wengler-Hubred, 73, of Belgrade died on Tuesday, March 18, at her home after a long, courageous battle with breast cancer.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 22, at St. Francis DeSales Catholic Church in Belgrade. Burial was in the church cemetery.

The youngest of seven children, Mary Jane Wengler-Hubred was born on Oct 8, 1940, to Charles and Margaret (Fuchs) Lieser.

She grew up on the family farm near Lake Henry, where she attended country grade school and Belgrade High School, graduating in 1958.

On April 25, 1960, Mary Jane married Francis "Tuffy" Wengler. Two daughters and a son were born to this union. They made their home near Belgrade.

Mary Jane and Tuffy were able to share in 26 years of marriage before his death on Nov. 6, 1986.

She enjoyed her home daycare, which was a true passion for her. Each of those children had a special place in her heart.

On Nov. 20, 2000, Mary Jane married Franklin Hubred. They enjoyed retirement and 13 years of marriage together.

She is survived by her husband, Frank Hubred; children, Julie (Gabe) Jarnot of Avon, Micki (Kevin) Weller of Belgrade, and Tim (Valerie) Wengler of Brookings, S.D.; step-children, Jennifer Lewis of Eveleth and Benjamin (Lindsay) Hubred of Farmington; eight grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; siblings, Anita Knese, Bernadette Haines, Wallace Lieser, and Duane Lieser; and a sister-in-law.

Mary Jane was preceded in death by her first husband, Francis "Tuffy" Wengler; parents; and brothers, LuVerne and Harold Lieser.

Harvey Chupp, 87, Eden Valley
Harvey J. Chupp, 87, of Eden Valley died on Monday, March 17, as a result of an automobile accident.

His funeral service was held on Saturday, March 22, at Payne-sville Evangelical Free Church in rural Paynesville. Burial was in Burr Oak Cemetery in rural Grove City.

Harvey J. Chupp was born on Dec. 9, 1926, to Joseph and Amanda (Detweiler) Chupp in Owen, Wis.

Harvey attended a small country school where he received his primary education.

In 1943, HarveyŐs family moved to Indiana. Shortly after, his father died. Harvey then took care of his mother and worked until her death in 1953.

On June 28, 1956, Harvey married Nancy Mast in Nappanee, Ind. This union was blessed with five daughters and seven sons. They shared 57 years of marriage.

The family made their home in Nappanee, Ind., where Harvey farmed and worked in a trailer factory.

In 1979, the family moved to rural Eden Valley, where Harvey farmed and sold fruit until 1992, when he retired.

Harvey is survived by his wife, Nancy; children, Ruth (Jake) Beechy of Etna Green, Ind., Samuel (Becky) Chupp of Nappanee, Ind., Steven (Vera) Chupp of Goshen, Ind., Barbara (Lynn) Weaver of Jonestown, Pa., Paul (Marian) Chupp of Paynesville, Lydia Chupp of Eureka Mont., John (Martha) Chupp of Mill Creek, Wash., Mark (Freida) Chupp of Eden Valley, Mary Ellen (Steve) Beiler of Kenora, Ontario, Joe (Pam) Chupp of Berthold, N.D., Linda (Vern) McCray of Litchfield, and Glen (Katherine) Chupp of Eden Valley; 62 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; brother, John Chupp of Nappanee, Ind.; and a sister-in-law.

Harvey was preceded in death by his parents, seven brothers, five sisters, and a great-grandchild.

Karen Rowley, 76, Richfield
Karen Rowley, 76, died on Oct. 1, 2013, after a sudden illness.

Karen Patricia (Brown) Rowley was born on St Patrick's Day in 1937 in Whitefish, Mont.

Her father, James W. Brown, was a doctor in the military so the family moved frequently. When her father was stationed overseas in Africa, she and her mother, Eva (Berentzen) Brown, lived with her paternal grandparents in Paynesville.

Eventually, she and her mother settled with her aunt's family in Crookston. An only child, Karen was very close to her cousins, Patty (Wold) Lloyd, Ken Wold, and Paul Wold. They were more siblings than cousins.

She was involved in many activities at Crookston High School before graduating.

Karen attended the University of Minnesota and earned a BA in English in 1959. She taught English for a time then dropped out of the workforce to raise her children, Susan, Patty, and Steve. Eventually, she returned to school and received a master's in social work. She had a long, rewarding career at Hopkins West Junior High School.

Karen married Harold "Harry" M. Rowley on Jan. 17, 1961.

Karen and Harry were long-time members of Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church (HAUMC) in Minneapolis.

They enjoyed many summer weekends at the cottage on Lake Koronis.

Harry developed lung cancer and died in October 2000. They had a particularly memorable trip to Venice the summer before he passed away.

Several years later, she married Richard (Dick) H. King, another active member of HAUMC. They married on Feb. 20, 2004.

Their first date was to the Minnesota Symphony, and from that time forward, they enjoyed their season tickets to the symphony, as well as sharing meaningful time together during their many interesting travels to Europe and Asia. She passed away just a few months shy of their 10th anniversary.

Karen is survived by her second husband, Richard H. King; children, Susan, Patty, and Steve; grandchildren; "sister" Pat (Wold) Lloyd; and "brother" Ken Wold.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Harold M. Rowley, and "brother" Paul Wold.

The family is making a donation to the Koronis Lake Association.

Zelda Everson, 80, Paynesville
Zelda M. Everson, 80, of Paynesville died on Saturday, March 15, at GlenOaks Care Center in New London.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19, at Paynesville Evangelical Free Church in rural Paynesville. Burial will be at East Irving Mission Cemetery in rural Paynesville.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 18, from 5-7 p.m., at Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.

Zelda was born on Nov. 20, 1933, to Albert and Maxine (Lien) Engh in Pine County, Minn. She was baptized at Zion Lutheran Church in rural Pine City.

She received her elementary education at Millburne Country School in rural Pine City and her Bible instruction at Millburne Evangelical Free Church at the age of 13.

Zelda graduated from Pine City High School in 1952 and attended Trinity Bible College in Chicago. She was a member of the choir there.

She later worked for Honeywell and Northwestern Bank in Minneapolis and was a member of a six-woman singing group that traveled to many churches in the state.

On Sept. 15, 1956, she married Norman Everson at Millburne Evangelical Free Church in rural Pine City.

On March 15, 1958, they began farming in Irving Township, southwest of Paynesville.

Zelda is survived by her husband, Norman; three daughters, Cyndi (Bob) Johnson, Denise (Ron) Fyle, and Stephanie Good; two sons, Cleon and Loren Everson; son-in-law, Richard Kalkbrenner; seven sisters; four brothers; 15 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Zelda was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Lisa Kalkbrenner; two grandchildren; and brother, Clifford.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Touching Hearts at Home and Rice Hospice for their support during the final year of her life.

Connie Moen, 68, Paynesville
Constance Joan "Connie" Moen, 68, of Paynesville, and formerly of Sisseton, S.D., died on Tuesday, March 11.

A funeral service was held on Monday, March 17, at Grace Lutheran Church in Sisseton, S.D. Burial was in One Road Bethel Cemetery.

Connie was born on Sept. 1, 1945 in Sisseton, S.D., to Midel and Josephine (Grinde) Moen. She grew up with six brothers and a sister on a farm in Drywood Township.

The family moved into Sisseton in 1956, where Connie attended and graduated high school.

Connie married Richard Vig in 1963 in Warrensburg, Mo. Due to RichardŐs job with Boeing, they moved several times throughout the Midwest and settled back on the farm near Claire City, S.D. They had four children together.

She worked hard on the farm in every sense of the word: be it raising her kids, driving the tractors, bringing lunch to the fields, or milking the cows. She also volunteered with 4-H in Roberts County.

Connie moved to Sisseton in 1985 to be close to family and friends. She lived next door to her parents and helped them with garage sales on the weekends. She volunteered with the Girl Scouts and loved watching David play football.

Connie worked for a time as a certified nurse's aide at Tekakwitha Nursing Home. She worked for Sisseton Housing as a secretary and retired in 2011. She loved the people that she got to help everyday and all of the friends that she made at the high rise.

She loved meeting at Billy's for a hamburger at lunchtime, and the only thing better was a hot cup of coffee, a slim cigarette, and a piece of fudge or a bar for desert.

Connie moved to Paynesville in 2011. She lived next door to her son, David, and wife, Kaye, and their two children.

Connie was diagnosed with lung cancer in January 2014. Her son, Dan, left Florida to stay by her side and care for her so she could stay in her home. Friends and relatives drove to visit and called often. After only two months, she passed away.

Connie is survived by her four children, Dawn (David) Johnson of Alexandria, David (Kaye) Vig of Paynesville; Daniel Vig of Hollywood, Fla.; and Dana (Dustin) Gould; seven grandchildren; five brothers, Maynard Moen, Arden Moen, Edward Moen, Larry Moen, and Ray Moen; one sister, Elaine Pederson; a godson; and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Connie was preceded in death by her parents; two grandsons; brother, Clayton; and a niece.

Manford Theel, 91, Paynesville
Manford Theel, 91, of Paynesville died on Thursday, March 6, at the Koronis Manor.

An open house celebration of life service will be held at Grace United Methodist Church on Saturday, March 29, from 1-3 p.m. There will be a prayer/remembrance time at 2 p.m.

Manford Elton Theel was born on Aug. 25, 1922, in Paynesville.

He grew up on his family's farm, located one and a half miles north of Paynesville. He went to school through eighth grade at a school near their farm. Following eighth grade, he discontinued his schooling to farm with his father. In later years, he served on the school board at this school as well.

He and his father had Percheron work horses and utilized them for farming. They even had a four-horse hitch that appeared in parades. His pride and joy was a brand new 1937 Minneapolis Moline tractor, purchased that year.

He married Arlene Ardis Wirtjes on Feb. 1, 1944, in South Dakota. Following their marriage, they took up residence on the family farm.

In his later career, his son, Allen, and daughter-in-law, Marlene, moved to the family farm at which time Manford and Arlene moved to the house owned by the family in Paynesville.

Manford began work at AMPI in Paynesville and worked there until his retirement in 1988.

Manford resided at the Koronis Manor for a year and a half before his passing. He received wonderful care from the team at the Manor and enjoyed sharing his jokes with the staff.

Manford is survived by his wife, Arlene; children, Allen (Marlene) of Paynesville, Warren (Ruth) of Paynesville, Gloria (Dave) Keene of Preston, Minn., and Steve of Paynesville; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandson.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter-in-law; an infant grandson; and a brother and sister-in-law.

Manford chose to be an anatomical whole body donor, donating his body to the Mayo Clinic for research.

Gordon Pederson, 60, Mesa
Gordon Pederson, 60, of Mesa, Ariz., died on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at his home.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville. Burial will be at a later date.

Gordon Donald Pederson was born on Sept. 11, 1953, to Don and Maurine (Fowler) Pederson in Adrian, Minn.

He attended grade school in Adrian and junior high in Belview, Minn., where Don was high school principal.

The family moved to Paynesville, where Don was hired as assistant high school principal, audio visual director, and government program coordinator.

Gordy started golfing when he moved to Paynesville in 1966 and went on to win three consecutive club championships at Koronis Hills Golf Club. He also played on the high school basketball team and played trumpet in the band.

Gordy attended St. Cloud State University for two years and moved to Birmingham, Ala., where he worked for Computer Automotive Reporting Services (CARS) as a computer technician.

Gordy moved back to Paynesville in 1980, where he worked for a short time in the family business, and then moved to St. Cloud. He finished his college degree at the University of South Dakota in the Black Hills.

After returning to Paynesville, he worked for a local manufacturing company as their head accountant.

He was an avid golfer and played softball for BernieŐs Barn, winning at the state level, and earned invites to two national competitions.

In 2001, he moved to Mesa, Ariz., where he fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming a certified PGA pro golfer and instructor. For several years, he taught lessons and repaired clubs.

In 2008, Gordy lost part of his leg and became an amputee, just below the knee. He had a specially-designed prosthetic so he could continue to play golf as a two handicap. (Didn't fix his slice, though.)Gordy had many medical problems the last few years, which left him homebound.

Gordy is survived by his mother, Maurine of Paynesville; brother, Robert (Janet); two nieces and a nephew, all of St, Joseph; an aunt; and many friends in Mesa and in Paynesville.

Gordy was preceded in death by his father and grandparents.

Sherwood Thompson, 79
Sherwood Thompson, 79, of Coon Rapids, and formerly of Paynesville, died on Sunday, Feb. 23.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, March 1, at Coon Rapids United Methodist Church.

Sherwood was a 40-year employee of Daytons.

He and his wife, Deloris, shared 60 years of marriage.

Sherwood is survived by his wife, Deloris; children, Laurie (Mark) Ewell, Mary (Robert) Schemel, and Lee (Jennifer) Thompson; six grandchildren; great-grandchildren; twin sister, Shirley Hendrickson; sister, Betty Sotendahl; brother, Robert Thompson; and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Laura and Lewis Thompson; an infant daughter; and a grandson.

Paul Smith, 63, Oregon
Paul Warren Smith, 63, of Springfield, Ore., and formerly of Paynesville, died on Monday, Dec. 2.

At his request, there was no service.

Paul was born on April 9, 1950, to Donald V. Smith and Mary Margaret Smith in Sheldon, Iowa.

He graduated from Paynesville High School in 1968 and served in the U.S. Marine Corp from 1969-1971.

He was a first aid instructor and emergency medical technician for the Paynesville Ambulance Corps.

Paul was employed by Voss Plumbing and Heating of Paynesville. He continued in building trades in Minnesota, California, and Arkansas. He was a building inspector for the City of Valdez, Ark.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed oil and watercolor painting in his spare time, which he gave to friends and family.

He is survived by his brother, Eugene (Barbara) of Prior Lake; sisters, Kathleen Smith of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Gordeane Lane of Keizer, Ore.; and nieces, nephews, and friends.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents; a brother-in-law; and former wife, Gloria.

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