May 2004 Obituaries - Paynesville Press, Paynesville, Minnesota
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May 2004

Johnson Funeral Home Alvira Arnold, 69, Eden Valley
James J. Christian , 60, of Owatonna, Minnesota, died Tuesday, June 1, 2004 at 3409 E. School St. as the result of injuries suffered in an airplane accident. He was born February 6, 1944 in St. Peter, Minnesota the son of John and Josephine (Durenberger) Christian. He served in the US Army from 1965-69. Jim married Sheila Reiman, August 22, 1970 at Lake Crystal, Mn. He attended Vo-Tech School in Mankato for 2 years then started his carrier with Owatonna Tool Company in 1972. He was currently employed as a maintenance supervisor for SPX Corp. Jim was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, The High Flying Club and The Quiet Birdmen. He enjoyed the work of building his own airplane and serving as a mentor. James is survived by his Wife, Sheila Christian of Owatonna, MN, his daughter Jodi Christian of St. Paul, MN, MN, his mother Josephine Christian of Paynesville, MN, and his grandson Nicholas Christian of St. Paul, MN, siblings, John and Krista Christian, Garfield, MN, Cheryl Christian, Minnetonka, MN, Richard Christian, Roscoe, MN, Bonnie and Jerry Radermacher, Willmar, MN, Connie and Mike Caskey, Sunberg, MN, Michael and Monica Christian, Roscoe, MN, Raymond and Susan Christian, Lacona, IA, Joseph and Kathy Christian, Miltona, MN, Patrick and Vonda Christian, Paynesville, MN, Becky and Phil Ahrens, Paynesville, MN, Mary and Scott Hudson, St. Louis Park, MN, David and Sara Christian, Alexandria, MN. And many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Mark, father John, brother Mark, his grandparents Theodore and Margaret Durenberger, and Bert and Martha Christian. Visitation will be held at Michaelson Funeral Home on Friday from 4-8PM and on Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church from 1-2pm. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 5, 2004 at 2:00 P.M. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Owatonna. The Reverend Peter Klein will be officiating. Interment will be made at Sacred Heart Cemetery

Alvira Arnold, 69, Eden Valley
Alvira A. Arnold, 69, of Battle Lake, Minn., died Saturday, May 22, 2004, at the Otter Tail Nursing Home in Battle Lake.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 5, at Assumption Catholic Church, Eden Valley. Rev. Virgil Braun will officiate. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Friends may call from 4-9 p.m. on Friday, June 4, at Dingmann's Eden Valley Funeral Home. Assumption Christian Women will pray at 7:30 p.m., followed by parish prayers at 8 p..m. Friday at the funeral home.

Alvira was born Oct. 4, 1934, in Eden Valley to Andrew J. and Gertrude (Burggraff) Arnold. She lived in Eden Valley most of her life and was a registered nurse at Litchfield Area Hospital and also traveled for the Red Cross.

Alvira was a member of Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley and Assumption Christian Women Society.

She is survived by her brothers and sisters, Geri (Donald) Logeais of Alexandria, Va, Andrew (Patricia) Arnold of Eden Valley, Kenneth (Rosada) Arnold of Plymouth, Duane (Connie) Arnold of Columbia Heights, and Sharon (Boniface) Schroeder of South St. Paul.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Maynard Arnold.

Norma Larsen, 80, Paynesville
Norma Larsen Norma Jane Larsen, 80, of Paynesville, died Monday, May 31, 2004, at the Paynesville Hospital.

Services will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 3, at the Zion-Irving Lutheran Church, rural Paynesville, with Rev. Linda Lagergren officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 2, at the Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville, and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Norma was born in Lac qui Parle County on July 5, 1923, to Nels and Annie (Bergman) Larsen, who farmed near Gary, S.D. Norma was the second oldest of 10 children. When Norma was 13, the family moved to Irving Township where they farmed south of Hawick. Norma attended District 92 School and New London High School.

In 1941 she married John Larsen, whose family also farmed in Irving Township. The couple moved briefly to a farm just west of Nordland Church. In 1946 they bought a nearby farm where they lived until 2001 when they moved into Paynesville.

Norma worked at the Assembly Grounds on Lake Koronis for about 30 years, serving as the head cleaning lady, and also cleaned homes in the Green Lake and Lake Koronis areas. She served on the District 66 Mother's Club and was a member of the Zion-Irving Lutheran Church, where she also belonged to Ladies Aid.

Norma enjoyed needlework, quilting, and fishing.

Norma is survived by her husband, John of Paynesville; daughters, Janet Putnam of Minnetonka, and Linda Larsen (and special friend Jerry Schneider) of Sacred Heart; son, Larry (Judy) Larsen of Paynesville; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Betty Vail of Riverton, Utah, and Francis (Gerald) Thorson of Paynesville; and brothers, Kenneth "Jack" (Nancy) Larsen of Paynesville, and Roger (Karen) Larsen of Paynesville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Doris Norling, and Marian Johnson; and three brothers, James "Bud," Russell, and Ronald.

Romuald Lauer, 83, St. Martin
Romuald Lauer Romuald "Romie" Lauer, 83, of St. Martin, died Wednesday, May 26, 2004, at his home.

Services were at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 29, at St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Romuald was born in Farming Township to Chris and Barbara (Wilms) Lauer. He married MaryAnn Schaefer on May 31, 1954, at the St. Martin Catholic Church. He farmed in the St. Martin area and in 1986 retired and moved to St. Martin.

Romuald enjoyed playing cards, bowling, fishing, and hunting.

He was a member of the St. Martin Parish, Catholic Aid Association, St. Joseph Men's Society, St. Martin Adult Choir, St. Martin Community Band, and St. Martin Cooperative Board of Directors. He was also a St. Martin Catholic Church Trustee.

He is survived his wife, MaryAnn; children, Gary (Anne) of Coon Rapids, Dale (Judi) of Spicer, Conrad of St. Martin, Carol (Greg) Mohren-weiser of Onamia, Tim of St. Martin, Fred (Karla) of St. Cloud, Doreen (Randy) Kern of Paynesville, and Ron (Tammy) of Baxter; 15 grandchildren; brothers, Ralph (Marie) of Albany, Victor of Minnetonka, Alois (Alice) of St. Cloud, and Florian (Mary Ann) of St. Paul; and a sister, Rosie (Ted) Gram of Minneapolis.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Rita (Athman); children, Roger and Sandra; parents; and brothers, Clarence, Arthur and Walter.

Sadie Herzberg, 98, Paynesville
Sadie Herzberg Sadie Herzberg, 98, of Paynesville, died Wednesday, May 26, 2004, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

The funeral services were at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 2, at the Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Rev. Ric Koehn officiated. Interment was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Sadie was born Jan. 20, 1906, in Paynesville. She was the daughter of William and Amanda (Wendlandt) Kruger. Sadie grew up on a family farm in Roseville Township and attended school in Paynesville. She worked at the North American Creamery in Paynesville for a period of time before her marriage.

On Sept. 25, 1947, Sadie was married to Oliver Herzberg at the chapel at Lake Koronis Assembly Grounds. From 1953 to 1956 they lived in White Bear Lake and then moved to Stillwater, where they lived until 1958. In 1958 they moved to Paynesville where Sadie has lived since. Ole died May 10, 2003, and since then Sadie has lived at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Sadie was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church where she was part of the Naomi Circle and Ladies Aid. She enjoyed embroidery, sewing, and gardening.

Sadie is survived by her son, Neil (Donna) of Paynesville; three step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lilah Herzberg of Paynesville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her infant son; and her sister, Esther Henry.

Thelma Luthard, 89, Paynesville
Thelma Luthard Thelma Elaine Luthard, 89, of Paynes-ville, died Friday, May 21, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

The funeral service was at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 27, at the Paynesville Lutheran Church. Rev. Dave Nelson and Rev. Jeff Bergman officiated. Interment was in the Nordland Lutheran Cemetery in rural Paynesville.

Thelma was born on July 26, 1914, in Barton, N.D., to Amund and Anna Aamodt. She was baptized and confirmed at Barton Lutheran Church. After high school in 1933, Thelma attended the Good Samaritan School of Nursing in Rugby, N.D., graduating in 1936. She worked as a nurse in Rugby, N.D., LaCrosse, Wis., Abbott-Minneapolis, as well as Williston, N.D.

Thelma was married to Pastor Lynn Luthard on May 19, 1942, at Barton Lutheran Church. They lived in Fortuna, N.D.; Ada, Minn.; Clayton, Wis.; Thief River Falls, Hoffman, and Paynesville, Minn.; Williams, Iowa; and retired in Paynesville in 1979.

In many of these communities, she worked in hospitals, nursing homes, or private duty. Her last position was at the Koronis Manor Nursing Home from 1969 to 1974. Her original uniform is in the Paynesville Historical Museum.

In church ministry, Thelma assisted in home visits, entertained and boarded pastors, missionaries, and college students; started a girl's club; taught Sunday School and Bible School; attended youth groups, circles, and Lutheran Church Women; taught Bible studies; did secretarial work, and made 15-25 quilts every year for Lutheran World Relief. She was a member of the Good Samaritan Auxiliary, helping with hair care.

Thelma and Lynn moved to 700 Stearns Place on Feb. 1, 1999. Thelma became a resident at the Koronis Manor in March 2002.

Thelma is survived by her husband, Lynn of Paynesville; two daughters, Lois (Charles) Anderson of Moorhead and Twila (John) Edmunds of Plymouth; six grandchildren; one great-grandson; one step-brother, Ephraim Evavold of Rushford, Minn.; one step-sister, Elvina (Leman) Smith of Fargo, N.D.; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Grace Moore Meske on Aug. 3, 1993; two sisters, Agnes Peterson and Amanda Peterson; and three brothers, Tregve Aamodt, Helmer Aamodt, and Arthur Aamodt.

Genevieve E. Jerabek, 84, Paynesville
Gen Jerabek Genevieve E. Jerabek, 84, of Paynesville, died Saturday, May 22 at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 27, 2004 at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Reverend Richard Koehn will officiate. Burial will take place in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Friends may call after 9 a.m. on Thursday at the church.

Genevieve Ernestine Conklin was born Feb. 1, 1920 in Rockford, MN to Harold and Hulda (Schroeder) Conklin. The family moved to Paynesville in 1933 and Genevieve graduated from Paynesville High School in 1937 and attended the University of Minnesota.

Genevieve and Robert Jerabek were married on June 8, 1942. The next day they left for Oakland, California. Bob was a master electrician and had a job waiting for him in Moore Day Dock. Genevieve worked as a dental receptionist while living in Oakland. Bob joined the Naval Sea Bees in San Francisco and Genevieve came back to Paynesville where she lived with her parents and started "Gen's," a ladies apparel shop.

After World War II, they moved to Minneapolis where they lived until Bob died of cancer in 1974. Genevieve then came back to Paynesville and lived with her mother.

Genevieve was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Naomi's Circle and American Legion Auxiliary.

Genevieve is survived by many close friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Marvin V. Hagen, 86, Paynesville
Marvin Hagen Marvin V. Hagen, 86, of Paynesville, died Wednesday, May 19, 2004, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 22, at Nordland Lutheran Church with Reverend Keith Ainsley officiating.

Hagen was born on December 7, 1917, on the family farm in Irving Township of Kandiyohi County, the son of Cornelius and Beda(Anderson) Hagen. He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith at Nordland Lutheran Church. He grew up in Irving Township and attended grade school in District 2.

On October 11, 1941, Marvin was united in marriage to Violet G. Holmgren at Violet's parents home in Irving Township. To this union one son and one daughter were born. They made their home in Irving Township, New London and Paynesville where he farmed, owned and operated a trucking business and car wash and worked as a currier for North Central Lab until his retirement in 1988.

Marvin was a lifelong member of Nordland Lutheran Church where he served as an usher and grounds keeper. He was also an Irving Township board member.

Among the things he enjoyed were baseball, having coffee with his friends, traveling and he especially enjoyed people.

Marvin is survived by his wife, Violet; son, LeRoy Hagen of Anoka; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Marvin was preceded in death by his daughter, Sherolyn; four brothers and five sisters.

Mark Schaefer, 51, Paynesville
Mark Schaefer Mark Bernard Schaefer, 51, of Paynesville, died on Tuesday, May 18, 2004, at the St. Cloud Hospital, following a five-month fight against cancer.

The Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 21, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Father Richard Leisen officiated. Interment was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Mark was born on April 5, 1953, in St. Cloud, the son of Henry P. and Ida (Mehr) Schaefer. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Martin Catholic Church and grew up on the family farm near St. Martin.

He graduated from Paynesville High School in 1971. Following his graduation he continued farming for several years.

On July 4, 1986, he married Doris Halverson in Watertown, S.D. She died on Dec. 27, 1988. Shortly afterwards, Mark moved into Paynesville where he has lived since.

He has worked at Lake Henry Implement for the past 16 years.

He was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church, the Richmond Rod and Gun Club, and the Roscoe Sportsmen's Club. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling, playing cards and games, and woodworking.

Mark is survived by his special friend, Janette Burg of Paynesville; his mother, Ida Schaefer of Richmond; sisters, Cyrilla Nohner of Eden Valley, Lucy (Al) Hess of Cold Spring, Gloria Boie of Paynesville, Julie (Norb) Waldorf of Spring Hill, Jeanette (Ken) Lahr of St. Nicholas, and Marcia (Darwin) Kulzer of Loretta; brother, LeRoy (Alice) Schaefer of St. Cloud; and stepson, Jon Halverson.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his father; and sister, Iverna Schwieters.

Daniel Mackedanz, 73, Richmond
Daniel Mackedanz Daniel Mackedanz, 73, of Richmond, died unexpectedly on Thursday, May 13, 2004, at his home.

Services were at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 17, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Richmond. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Danny was born in Pearl Lake, Minn., to Leo and Gertrude (Hemmesch) Mackedanz.

He married Mary Ann Middendorf on Sept. 4, 1950, at St. Agnes Church, Roscoe. Mary Ann died on April 23, 1992.

He married Kathleen Rausch on Aug. 27, 1993, in St. Martin.

Danny worked at the Cold Spring Granite Company for 39 years, retiring in 1991. During his retirement, he worked several part-time jobs for the Cold Spring Bakery, Cold Spring Super Valu and Cold Spring CarQuest.

Danny loved fishing, playing cards, and snowmobiling.

He was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, St. Joseph Society of Roscoe, Knights of Columbus of Richmond, Moose Lodge of Waite Park, and Central MN Koinonia.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen; mother, Gertrude; children, Karen (Ron) Leither of Richmond, James (Sandi) of St. Cloud, Jeff (Peg) of Richmond, Audrey (Peter) Magedanz of Richmond, Greg (Doreen) of Luxemberg and Marvin (Holly) of Alexandria; stepchildren, Sheila (Ron) Mehr, Juanita (Gary) Kaiser, June Rausch and Doug Rausch, all of Richmond, Russ Rausch of Paynesville and Scott (Mary) Rausch of Columbia Heights; 24 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and brothers and sisters, Ione (Melvin) Fuchs, Dorothy (Leo) Leyendecker, Dolores (Art) Schwagel, Janet (Art) Mehr, Irene (Orlin) Albrecht, Charles (Jeannie) Mackedanz, Ferdinand Mackedanz, and Joyce (Andrew) Holthaus.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Ann; father, Leo; and brother, Wilbur.

William Matejka, 62, New Mexico
William J. Matejka, 62, of Miami, New Mexico, died at his home on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004.

Memorial services were held on Sunday, Jan. 31, at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Springer, N.M. Pastor Kenneth Tidmore officiated.

A second memorial service is being planned for Sunday, June 20, at 3 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Kasson, Minn.

William was born Nov. 23, 2941, in New London, the son of William and Lucinda (Welk) Matejka Sr. He is survived by his wife Marie of New Mexico; son, Allen (Deb) Matejka of Ann Arbor, Mich.; daughter, Kathy (Bryan) Braaten of Minneapolis; stepchildren, Bill (Cheri) Welle of Boca Raton, Fla., and Jeff "Kirby" Welle of Rogers; a sister, Judy (Melvin) Zuidema of Blomkest; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Carolyn Baumgartner.

Delphine Feldewerd, 62, St. Martin
Delphine Feldewerd Delphine "Della" Felde-werd, 62, of St. Martin, died on Tuesday, May 11, 2004, at the Albany Area Hospital.

Services were at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 15, at St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin, Minn. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Della was born in St. Martin Township to John and Theresa (Blonigen) Arceneau. She married John Feldewerd on Jan. 8, 1963, in St. Martin. She was a homemaker and farmer all her life.

She also enjoyed fishing for bass and northern every chance she had.

Della was a member of St. Martin Parish, St. Benedict Society, Sacred Heart of Mary Mission Group, St. Anne's Christian Women and the St. Martin Resurrection Choir.

Della is survived by her husband, John; son, Bob; one grandson; and brothers and sisters, Margaret Hellman of Melrose, Jenny Blommel of Dassel, Al Arceneau of St. Martin, Anna Mae Schneider of Meire Grove, Bernard Arceneau of Elrosa, and Elmer Arceneau of St. Martin. She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers and sisters, Hildegard Lemke, Edwin Arceneau, Norbert Arceneau, Clarence Arceneau, Dorothy Wenker, and Betty Herzog.

DeLoss Lura, 86, Paynesville
DeLoss Lura DeLoss "De" Caywood Lura, 86, of Paynesville, died on Sunday, May 9, 2004, at the Minnesota Veteran's Home in Silver Bay.

Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 13, at Paynesville Lutheran Church. Rev. Jeff Bergman and Rev. Dave Nelson officiated. Interment was held at 11:45 a.m. on Friday, May 14, at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

DeLoss was born April 24, 1918, in rural Zearing, Iowa, to Paul and Sophie (Strum) Lura. He graduated from Thompson, Iowa, High School in 1936.

He served in the U.S. 3rd Army 87 Division 336 Field Artillery Battalion during WWII. He reached the rank of staff sergeant and saw action in the Battle of the Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe campaigns.

DeLoss married Kathryn Hovland on Oct. 24, 1943, at First Lutheran Church in Kansas City, Mo. After military service, De attended Waldorf College in Forrest City, Iowa, and later the University of Minnesota School of Mortuary Science. He owned and operated funeral homes in Goodhue and Bricelyn, Minn., until 1965. De later worked as a mortician for the Johnson Funeral Homes in Paynesville, Belgrade and New London. In 1993, De retired and continued to live in the Paynesville community.

De is survived by his wife, Kathryn; sons, Douglas (Kathy) of Brooklyn Park, Minn., and Paul (Carol) of Paynesville; two grandchildren; two great-grandsons; and a sister, Fern Hauan of Forrest City, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Gladys Edwards, and brother Lester Lura.

Arnold Gully, 91, Paynesville
Arnold Gully Arnold A. Gully, 91, of Paynesville, died on Tuesday, May 4, 2004, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 8, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Father Rich-ard Leisen officiated. Burial was in the St. Louis Parish Cemetery.

Arnie was born Aug. 13, 1912, in Zion Township, Stearns County, Minnesota, to Jacob and Margaret (Nicholaus) Gully

. He married Bernice Schmitz on Jan. 27, 1948, in St. Nicholas, Minn. He farmed in the Paynesville area all of his life. He retired and moved into Paynesville in 1984.

He was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church and St. Louis Knights of Columbus.

Arnie is survived by his wife, Bernice of Paynesville; children, Gerry (Rosie) of Boyd, Wis., Roger (Nancy) of St. Cloud, Jean (Ron) Snyder of Richfield, Gordy (Bonnie) of Paynesville, Tom of Clearwater, and Ruth (Mike) Miller of St. Cloud; 12 grandchildren; and a sister, Armella Myhre of Beardsly.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Mike, Albin, John and Joe; and sisters, Mildred Klein and Marie Maus.

Lucille Hennen, 90, Paynesville
Lucille Hennen Lucille Rose Hennen, 90, of Paynesville, died Monday, May 3, 2004, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

The Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 6, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Father Richard Leisen officiated. Interment was in the St. Louis Parish Cemetery in Paynesville.

Lucille was born Sept. 7, 1913, in Lake Henry, the daughter of John and Barbara (Meyer) Lenz. She grew up in Lake Henry where she also attended school.

On Nov. 18, 1940, she married Leo Hennen in Lake Henry. Following their marraige they farmed near St. Martin. In 1964 they moved into Paynesville. Leo died in 1984.

Lucille worked as a baker and cook at the Paynesville Area Hospi-tal for 30 years. She retired in 1992.

Lucille was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church and the Christian Mothers. She enjoyed playing cards, embroidering and crocheting.

Lucille is survived by her children, Carol (Gene) Waschbusch of Prior Lake, Dale (Pat) Hennen of Glendale, Ariz., David (Donna) Hennen of Moundsview, Jack (Vicki Lommel) Hennen of Paynesville, Chuck (Mary) Hennen of St. Martin, Debi (Max Etheart) Hennen of Silver Springs, Md., and Judith (Steve Vacca) Hennen of Savage; 29 grandchilden; 15 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Diane Wirtzfeld; a grandson; two brothers, and four sisters.

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