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Elaine Walters, 91, Paynesville
Elaine B. Walters, 91, of Paynesville died on Saturday, Feb. 20, at Mother of Mercy Care Campus of Care in Albany.

A committal service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday April 8, at Oakland Cemetery in St. Paul. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 9, at Paynesville Lutheran Church, where visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Elaine Dorothy Walters was born on Oct. 25, 1924, to Lonny (Lawrence Roy) and Betty (Beth Dalrymple) Brack in St. Paul. She was the youngest of three children and grew up in St. Paul in a home her father built next to her aunt, uncle, and cousins.

After graduation, she moved to San Francisco, Calif., to work with a corps of nursing aides. While there, she met Lloyd Lundsten, a medical student at Stanford University. They married in 1947 and were blessed with two children, Christine Beth, in 1949, and Mark Sigurd, in 1951.

They made their home in Rochester, Minn., where Lloyd completed his medical training, and in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he opened his practice, and she worked as the social director at the famed Broadmoor Hotel after their children started school.

In 1964, Lloyd and Elaine divorced, and she returned to Minnesota in 1967.

In 1980, she married Marshall Walters at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. Married for 29 years, they made their home in Minneapolis until moving to Paynesville in 1992.

Elaine worked as a caregiver at the Koronis Manor.

Elaine and Marshall moved to Mother of Mercy Assisted Living in 2008, where Marshall died on March 6, 2009.

Elaine is survived by her children, Christine (Jim) McKahan of Menomonie, Wis., and Mark (Teru) Lundsten of Anacortes, Wash.; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her brother, Robert Brack, and her sister, Marjorie White.

Rosella Williams, 97, Paynesville
Rosella I. Williams, 97, of Paynesville died on Thursday, March 31, at the Paynesville Hospital.

Her funeral service was held on Tuesday, April 5, at Paynesville Lutheran Church. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Rosella Iola (Hanson) Williams was born on Jan. 31, 1919, to Peter and Hannah (Fagerlie) Hanson in Sacred Heart, Minn.

Rosella was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sacred Heart. She received her education in Sacred Heart.

After her schooling, Rosella worked for several homes in the area and later at Sacred Heart Hotel and Cafˇ as a cook.

On Feb. 6, 1938, Rosella married Bjarne Williams. They farmed near Sacred Heart until 1946, when they moved to Paynesville. They continued to farm and also milked cows until 1958, when they moved into town.

Rosella then began working for LucilleÕs Dress Shop in downtown Paynesville; the store later became AnnetteÕs Dress Shop. She continued working at AnnetteÕs until her retirement in 1992.

She received an Outstanding Steward Award. Rosella was also active in the Good Samaritan Auxiliary, serving as chair for many years.

Rosella is survived by her sons, Ron (Carol) of Waukee, Iowa, and Daniel (Diane) of St. Michael; five grandchildren; a foster granddaughter; 11 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; four step great-grandchildren; sister, Delores Day of St. Cloud; brother, Curtis Hanson of Montevideo; a brother-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

Rosella was preceded in death by her parents; husband; four brothers; two sisters; and foster son, Leonard Fandrey, his wife, Sharon, and their son, Bryce.

Patricia Plum, 86, Tennessee
Patricia Rae Plum, 86, of Kingsport, Tenn., passed away on Thursday, March 17, at Holston Valley Medical Center, in the company of two of her brothers.

Memorial services were held on Sunday, April 3, at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home in Kingsport, Tenn.

Born in 1929 in Storm Lake, Iowa, to Raymond and Florence Stephan, Pat was raised in Paynesville, and graduated from Paynesville High School in 1947. She took a job that same year as a telephone operator at Bell System, quickly advancing to operator supervisor.

In 1952, Pat met and married Donald Christensen. She continued working for Bell, earning promotions along the way. The couple moved to Santa Rosa, Calif., following Donald's retirement in 1976.

After she was widowed in 1978, Pat stayed in Santa Rosa near her parents and four brothers.

She continued to work for the Bell System, where she met an electrical engineer named Richard Plum. A workplace romance blossomed, and the couple married in 1985.

Traveling to Europe aboard the Queen Elizabeth II, the couple returned on the Concorde to begin a life of travel and adventure. Pat and Dick embarked on a series of global explorations that included the Great Wall of China, the Incan ruins at Machu Picchu, and a ride on a camel in Egypt.

They lived in Red Bank, N.J., for a decade before finally settling in Kingsport, Tenn., in 1995.

Pat became a master quilter, meeting with friends every Tuesday to practice the craft. After Dick died in 2005, Pat stayed at their home in Kingsport, spending time with friends from her quilting group and neighborhood. She also continued to travel, often visiting her family in California and even taking a motorhome trip through Denali National Park in Alaska.

She is survived by her brothers, Richard Stephan and William Stephan; nieces and nephews, Catherine Dutcher, Elizabeth Julius, Douglas Stephan, Peggy Stephan, Scott Stephan, Kim Cabral, and Randy Stephan; step-daughters, Lu-Ann Peters, Shyrl Plum, and Carol Christensen; a grandson, Matt Peters; and several grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Pat was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Plum; brothers, Dave Stephan and Robert Stephan; and stepson, Richard Plum Jr.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Fish Hospitality Pantries, 800 S. Northshore Dr., Knoxville, TN 37919.

Scott Kramer, 58, Melrose
Scott E. Kramer, 58, of Melrose, and formerly of Hector, died on Friday, March 25, at his home in Melrose, surrounded by his family.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 29, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose and will continue at St. John's Catholic Church in Hector from 11 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30.

A mass of Christian burial will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, at St. John's Catholic Church in Hector, with Rev. George Schmit officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery in Hector. Military honors will be by the Hector American Legion Post #135.

Scott Eugene Kramer was born on July 21, 1957, to Eugene and Carol (Current) Kramer in Olivia. He grew up on a farm north of Hector.

He was baptized, received his First Communion, and was confirmed at St. John's Catholic Church. He attended school in Hector and graduated in 1976. He attended the Canby Technical School, earning a degree in farm machinery service.

Scott was the owner and operator of Melrose Metalworks, Inc. in Melrose, which he founded 18 years ago.

Scott is survived by his parents, Eugene and Carol Kramer; special friend, Marta Guadiano; children, Bradley (Lindsay) Kramer of Albert Lea, Matt (Janel) Eibensteiner of Avon, Anita (Mike) Borgerding of Albany, Kim (Charlie) Doth of Sartell, and Nick (fiancˇe Jackie) Eibensteiner of St. Joseph; 16 grandchildren; business associate, Gina Eggert; siblings, Steven Kramer, Sharon Pierce, Suellen Kramer, Timothy Kramer, Todd Kramer, Larry Kramer, and Mark Kramer; five sisters-in-law; a brother-in-law; and many nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, and cousins.

Scott was preceded in death by his grandparents and two cousins.

Ruth Olsen, 94, Paynesville
Ruth E. Olsen, 94, of Paynesville died peacefully, with family at her side, on Monday, March 21.

A memorial service will be held at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville on Saturday, April 2, at 11 a.m., with a gathering one hour prior to the service.

Ruth was born on July 15, 1921, to Arndt and Kristine Nelson in rural Hawick.

She attended country school, District #92, through eighth grade. She often worked as a housekeeper for local families.

Very early in life, her faith was important to her, with Ruth confirming her faith at New London Covenant Church.

While attending East Irving Mission Church, she met the love of her life, Willard Olsen. They married on March 13, 1943 -- Willard's birthday -- at her parent's home.

For 25 years, they farmed in rural Paynesville. Their union was blessed with three sons and a daughter.

A busy homemaker, often serving others, homemade lemonade was one of her specialities.

In the fall of 1968, they moved to the Minneapolis/New Hope area until May 1981.

Ruth worked at Electrocraft and att-ended Robbinsdale Evangelical Free Church during that time.

After Willard's death in 2005, Ruth moved to 700 Stearns Place in Paynesville and lived there until her death.

Ruth is survived by her children, Roger (Randie) of St. Michael, Jerry (Helen) of Paynesville, Duane (Nancy) of Greenbush, and Ruth Ann (Cliff) Jacobsen of Rochester; 10 grandchildren; nine and three-quarters great-grandchildren; and sister, Lila Schroeder of Baxter.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Willard; sister, Agnes Larson; and brothers, Arnold, Carl, and Kermit Nelson.

Willard Schultz, 87, Paynesville
Willard "Bill" E. Schultz Jr., 87, of Paynesville, and formerly of St. Cloud, died on Thursday, March 17, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

His memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 23, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Burial will be in Zion Cemetery near Paynesville. A visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the church.

Willard Earl Schultz Jr. was born on Jan. 10, 1929, to Willard and Edna (Konker) Schultz in Paynesville.

He grew up in Paynesville, where he attended Paynesville Elementary School and graduated from Paynesville High School with the Class of 1948. After high school, Bill entered the United States Air Force where he served his country until 1952, when he earned his honorable discharge and returned to Paynesville.

On Oct. 18, 1952, Bill married Faye Anderson at Paynesville Methodist Church. This union was blessed with a daughter and a son. They shared 63 years of marriage.

The family made their home in Paynesville until 1957, when they moved to Litchfield for two years. They then moved to St. Cloud, where they made their home for 33 years.

Bill was a mechanic for A. Kost Garage and for Pickard Motors. In 1989, he retired after 37 years as a mechanic.

In 1992, he and Faye moved back to Paynesville to enjoy their retirement.

He is survived by his wife, Faye; daughter, Jacqueline (Mark) Phillips of Bloomington; five grandchildren; a great-grandson; and brother, John Schultz of Minneapolis.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents and son, Thomas.

Janet Jacobson, 57, Richmond
Janet K. Jacobson, 57, of Richmond died on Saturday, March 12, at the University of Minnesota Medical Center Š Fairview in Minneapolis.

A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, at the Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond.

There will be a gathering of relatives and friends from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Wenner Funeral Home prior to the celebration of life.

Janet was born on June 30, 1958, to Ervin and Delma (Johnson) Jacobson in Bemidji.

She married Jim McDonald on Sept. 15, 1990, in Detroit Lakes.

Janet was a registered nurse for 20 years, and after further education, she became a physicianÕs assistant, a position she held for 15 years. Her patients were like her family. Janet had an ability to treat everyone with equality and respect.

Janet is survived by her husband, Jim; son, Shea; mother, Delma; siblings, Jeffrey, Joan Oas, and Carol Hooker; nieces and nephews; brothers-in-law; and sisters-in-law.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ervin; a brother-in-law; and all of her grandparents.

Steven Olmscheid, 60, Paynesville
Steven E. Olmscheid, 60, of Paynesville died on Wednesday, March 2, at home, with his loving family by his side. Steve fought a courageous battle with cancer.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday, March 5, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Steve was born on June 26, 1955, to Joseph and Verena (Kampsen) Olmscheid in Sauk Centre, Minn.

He grew up in Elrosa and graduated from Belgrade High School in 1973.

After high school, Steve purchased his first milk truck and began his career as a milk hauler. Steve hauled for AMPI until his retirement.

Steve married Jeanne L. Jaeger on June 9, 1990, at St. Louis Catholic Church. They resided in the Paynesville area, where, together, they raised their four children.

Steve is survived by his wife, Jeanne; children, Stacy (Josh) Flanders of Paynesville, Jason (Angie) Krupke of St. Cloud, Stephanie (Chris) Welle of Mankato, and Josh Krupke of St. Cloud; eight grandchildren; parents, Joe and Verena Olmscheid of Belgrade; brothers, Donnie, Jim, Mark, and Ron ŅButchÓ Olmscheid; three sisters-in-law; sisters, Diane Dold, Rosann Braegelman, Mary Rath, Deb Yoerg, and Lisa Meyer; five brothers-in-law; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Norman Jaeger.

Lucille Ley, 89, Roscoe
Lucille M. Ley, 89, of Roscoe died on Thursday, March 10, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Monday, March 14, at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Roscoe. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Lucy was born Nov. 5, 1926, in Avon, Minn., to Michael and Philomena (Kurtz) Schmitt.

She married Arthur Ley on Jan. 16, 1945, in St. Benedict Catholic Church in Avon.

Lucy was a homemaker all her life and enjoyed working, traveling. and socializing with her friends and family.

She is survived by her children, JoAnn (Richard) Stang, LeRoy (Sandy), Mickey, and Joyce (Alvin) Olmscheid; 13 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Art; sisters, Eleanor Fischer and Katharine Poxleitner; and brothers, Mike, Carl, and Herb Schmitt.

Todd Smith, 56, Grove City
Todd W. Smith Sr., 56, of Grove City died on Sunday, March 6, at his home.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, March 10, at the First Baptist Church in Grove City. Burial was in the Burr Oak Cemetery north of Grove City. Military Honors were provided by the Litchfield Military Honor Guard.

Todd William Smith Sr., the son of Verrol and Joyce (Johnson) Smith, was born on Oct. 4, 1959, in Litchfield, Minn. He grew up in and received his education in Grove City, graduating from Grove City High School in 1978.

He moved to Grandview, Mo., in 1984. In 1995, he returned to Minnesota and lived in Atwater.

He worked for Eids Refrigeration and 23 1/2 Refrigeration.

In 2009, he moved to the home farm north of Grove City.

He is survived by his children, Todd Smith Jr. of Strout, Tinisha Smith of Grove City, and Timothy Smith (fiance Tiffany Vickerman) of Litchfield; four grandchildren; brothers, Bruce Smith of Houston, Texas, Wade Smith of Orlando, Fla., Kent Smith of Atwater, Dean Smith of Grove City, and Scott Smith of Chaska; two sisters-in-law; and former wife, Goldie Smith of Litchfield.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Dale Smith.

Shirley Yungk, 78, Eden Valley
Shirley A. Yungk, 78, of Eden Valley died on Saturday, March 12, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 19, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Eden Valley. Burial will be in Eden Lake Cemetery in Eden Valley.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 18, at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Eden Valley and will continue one hour prior to the services on Saturday at the church.

Shirley Ann Alvina Hommerding was born in Paynesville on May 11, 1937, to Fred and Alvina (Haag) Hommerding.

At three weeks old, they moved to Eden Valley on a farm, where she lived her entire life.

She was baptized on June 6, 1937, and confirmed on March 25, 1951.

She married Maynard Wilbert Yungk on June 28, 1958. Shirley was a housewife and a waitress for many years.

Shirley and Maynard retired and moved into Eden Valley in 2006.

Shirley is survived by her husband, Maynard of Eden Valley; daughters, Cindy (Mike) Rathbone of St. Cloud, Cheryll (Stuart) Benson of Shafer, Lori (Deon) Singer of Rogers, Jody (Kevin) Streff of Wentworth, S.D., and Becky (Howie) Peart of Richmond; 18 grandchildren; and six greatgrandchildren.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Angeline Mausehund; infant brother, Clifford; a brother-in-law; and a nephew.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. PaulÕs Lutheran Church.

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