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Lorraine Blomker, 104, Eden Valley
Lorraine Blomker Lorraine M. Blomker, 104, of Watkins and formerly of Eden Valley, died on Sunday, May 29, 2005, at the Hilltop Care Center in Watkins.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 2, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Eden Valley. Rev. Greg Tomhave will officiate and burial will be in Eden Lake Cemetery in Eden Valley.

Lorraine was born Feb. 20, 1901, in Milwaukee, Wis., to William and Mary (Lemke) Haag. She was baptized in Milwaukee on March 16, 1901, at the home of Friedrick Henke by a Lutheran pastor. She moved with her parents to Eden Valley on April 1, 1901, and was confirmed March 28, 1915, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Eden Valley.

She married Bernard Blomker on May 7, 1924, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Eden Valley. The couple farmed in Manannah Township until 1946 when they moved into Eden Valley.

Lorraine was a homemaker and worked in local restaurants for 23 years. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher; Women LWML; Meeker County Home Extension Group; and was past president of Eden Valley Senior Citizens.

Lorraine is survived by her children, Arneldia (Dale) Danielson, Myra Arnold, Conrad (Donna) Blomker, Joan (Sonny) Thielen, all of Eden Valley, Wallace (Jean) Blomker of Gilbert, Ariz., and Allen Blomker of Fridley; a sister, Loretta Pinske of Litchfield; 24 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; stepmother, Jenny Haag; husband, Bernard on March 8, 1978; infant son, Bernard; two grandsons; brothers, Walter, William and Ervin Haag; and sisters, Marie Anderson, Irene Putzier, and Wilma Reinke.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons and honorary pallbearers will be her granddaughters.

Harold Lieser, 72, Fairmont
Harold E. Lieser, 72, of Fairmont and formerly of Lake Henry, died on Wednesday, May 25, 2005, in Fairmont.

Mass of Christian Burial was on Tuesday, May 31, at 11 a.m. at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry. Reverend Leo Leisen officiated. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Harold was born Feb. 22, 1933, in Lake Henry Township, Stearns County, Minnesota, to Charles and Margaret (Fuchs) Leiser. He grew up in Lake Henry and has lived in Fairmont since 1978.

Harold is survived by his brothers and sisters, Anita Knese of Edina, Bernie (Dick) Haines of Paynesville, Wally (Teresa) Lieser of New Brighten, Duane (Rosie) Lieser of Belgrade, and Mary Jane (Frank) Hubred of Belgrade.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Luverne.

Delores Stickney, 74, Montana
Delores Stickney, 74, of Thompson Falls, Mont., died on May 21, 2005, in Valparsio, Ind., after a long illness.

A memorial service will be held in Kalispell, Mont., on Saturday, June 18.

Delores was born on May 10, 1931, in Paynesville to Ben and Agnes (Atzel) Bauman. She graduated from Paynesville High School in 1949 and received a nursing degree from Rochester, Minn., in 1952.

On March 29, 1953, Delores married Clinton Stickney in Paynes-ville.

Delores is survived by her husband Clinton of Thompson Falls, Mont.; two daughters, Patti Jo Wohrle of Valparsio, Ind., and Victoria (Randy) Melby of Seattle, Wash.; one grandson; and one sister, Bernette Helling of Paynesville.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Leo Bauman.

Wanda Deegan, 61, Paynesville
Wanda Deegan Wanda A. Deegan, 61, of Paynesville, died on Sunday, May 22, 2005, at the Paynesville Hospital, following a courageous fight against cancer.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 26, at the Paynesville Evangelical Free Church, rural Paynesville. Pastors Mark and Becky Johnson will officiate.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday, June 25), including a 7 p.m. prayer service, at Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville.

Wanda was born June 27, 1943, in Fargo, North Dakota, the daughter of William and Alice (Dahl) Anderson. She attended a rural country school near Leonard, N.D., and graduated from Oak Grove Lutheran High School in Fargo, N.D., in 1961. In 1964, she graduated from St. Luke's School of Nursing in Fargo.

On Sept. 5, 1964, Wanda married Richard Deegan at the West Prairie Lutheran Church in rural Kindred, N.D. Following their marriage, they lived in Valley City, N.D., where Wanda worked as a registered nurse. In 1968, they moved to Paynesville where Wanda has been a registered nurse for 37 years, until this past January when health issues caused her to retire.

Wanda was a part of the Jubilee Worship Center in St. Cloud and a member of the Paynesville American Legion Auxiliary.

She enjoyed reading, flower gardening, and used her nursing as a ministry to helping others.

Wanda is survived by her husband, Richard of Paynesville; sons, Kerry (Brenda) Deegan of Willmar and Patrick (Melanie) Deegan of Hackensack; daughter, Angela (Tom) Findley of St. Cloud; nine grandchildren; and a sister, Janice (LeRoy) Franck of Dunnell, Minn.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Charlene Hunter.

Shirley Sundstrom, 85, Paynesville
Shirley Sundstrom, 85, of Paynesville, died on Saturday, May 21, 2005, surrounded by her family at her home at 700 Stearns Place in Paynesville.

The funeral service will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, at the Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Shirley was born July 29, 1919, in Spring Valley, Wis., the daughter of Joseph and Bertha (Moll) Schultz. She grew up in Spring Valley where she graduated from high school in 1937.

On March 23, 1940, she married Arby Sundstrom in St. Paul. Following their marriage they lived in St. Paul until 1979 when Shirley moved to Paynesville.

For 20 years, Shirley worked as an insurance agent.

Shirley has served as worthy matron of the Eastern Star; has served as secretary and president of the Paynesville Senior Center; and was a former member of the Paynesville American Legion Auxiliary. She worshipped at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church.

Shirley is survived by four children, Dennis (Barb) Sundstrom of Scandi, Kathleen (Ed) Webb of Paynesville, Marnie (Brian) Peterson of Orono, and Warren (Pat) Sundstrom of Spicer; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a sister, Idell Hinzman of Albany, Ore. She was preceded in death by her parents, one grandson, one brother, and two sisters.

Myrtle Hagen, 101, Paynesville
Myrtle Otelia Hagen, 101, of Paynesville, died on Thursday, May 19, 2005, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 23, at Nordland Lutheran Church in rural Paynesville. Rev. Keith Ainsley officiated. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Myrtle was born April 17, 1904, in Irving Township, the daughter of Martin and Minnie (Jacobson) Hanson. She grew up on the family farm and attended school at District 92 as well as New London High School.

On Dec. 22, 1923, she married Alvin Hagen at her home in Irving Township. Following their marriage they farmed for several years. Alvin died on June 11, 1983. For the past several years, Myrtle has lived at Washburne Court and Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

She enjoyed baking, quilting, and embroidery.

Myrtle is survived by her children, Mae (Kenneth) Seeland of Roseville, Myron (Shirley) Hagen of Hawick, and Burnette (Don) Wendroth of Hawick; 11 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; an infant son; grandson; three brothers; and three sisters.

Bessie Schultz, 97, Paynesville
Bessie Schultz Bessie L. Schultz, 97, of Paynesville, died on Tuesday, May 17, 2005, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services were held on Monday, May 23, at 11 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Rev. Ric Koehn officiated. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Bessie was born on July 1, 1907, in Park Rapids to Ben and Maude (Robbins) Ferguson. She married Edwin Schultz on June 27, 1934, in Paynesville.

She was a county schoolteacher and taught in Paynesville for over 38 years. She lived on a farm north of Paynesville for 31 years and moved to Paynesville in 1965.

Bessie was a member of the Salem Evangelical Church where she taught Sunday school for several years and later a member of Grace United Methodist Church. She was a member of Paynesville American Legion for 60 years. She became a charter member of Unity Rebecca 129 when it was instituted. She was a member of BEAM, REAP, and the SENI Federation, Ladies Circle, and Oddfellows.

She is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Bessie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband on December 16, 1981; and brothers and sisters, Harold Ferguson, Ethel Durant, Viola "Peggy" Dickmeyer, Lucille Dorr, and Jeanette Mayville.

Marion Jones, 83, Paynesville
Marion E. Jones, 83, of Paynesville, died on Saturday morning, May 14, 2005, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

No formal services will be held. Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville.

Marion was born on Nov. 20, 1921, in Minneapolis, the daughter of Dina and Henry Fitzer. She grew up on the family farm west of Minneapolis. She worked in the office of a large life insurance company for 12 years prior to her marriage to Melvin J. Jones.

Marion is survived by her husband, Melvin Jones of Paynesville; and other relatives and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Evelyn.

Warren Clark, 81, St. Cloud
Warren Douglas Clark, 81, of St. Cloud, died on Friday morning, May 13, 2005, at the VA Hospital in St. Cloud.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 16, at Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville. Rev. Joe Willequette officiated. Burial was in Eden Lake Cemetery in Eden Valley.

Warren was born on June 9, 1923, on the family farm in Eden Lake Township, the son of James Franklin and Mary Jane (Welliver) Clark. He grew up near Eden Valley and attended country grade school in District 77.

After his education, he entered the United State Navy where he served his country during WW II. He was honorably discharged and moved to Oregon where he worked as a brick mason. He returned to the Eden Valley area in the late 70s where he continued working on his own. In 1995 he entered the VA Medical Center, where he lived until the time of his death.

He enjoyed fishing and gardening.

Warren is survived by two sons, John Clark and Kirk Clark, both of Portland, Ore.; two grandsons; two sisters, Shirley Rud of Eden Valley and Ruth Wells of Oregon; and special friend, Raberta Lang of Richmond.

Warren was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, and four sisters.

Francis Bauer, 64, Eden Valley
Francis Bauer Francis Bauer, 64, of Eden Valley, died on Tuesday, May 10, 2005, at his home.

Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, at Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley. Rev. Virgil Braun officiated. Burial was at St. Peter's Cemetery in Eden Valley.

Francis was born April 5, 1941, in rural Cold Spring to Michael and Theresa (Mueller) Bauer. He graduated from St. Boniface Catholic High School in Cold Spring in 1959.

He married Arlene Meyer on May 30, 1966, at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Eden Valley. Arlene died Oct. 4, 1987. He then married Betty (Jones) Greeley on June 21, 1996, at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Eden Valley.

Francis worked at Cold Spring Granite Co. for 46 years, most recently as a stone carver in the Monument Division.

He was a member of Assumption Catholic Church, a former member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, and a former member of the St. Peter's Cemetery Board. He belonged to A.A. for 26 years.

Francis served his country in the National Guard. He enjoyed garage sales, fishing, baking, cooking, gardening, and writing in his diary.

Francis is survived by his sons and daughters, Steven (Dawn) Bauer of Maple Grove, Alan Bauer (fiance, Wendy Acker) of Waite Park, Karen (Daniel) Kirscher of St. Cloud, Michael (Lynette) Bauer of St. Paul, and Mary Bauer (significant other, Bradley Hansen) of Cushing; mother, Theresa Bauer of Cold Spring; stepchildren, Robert Watson of Gilman, James Watson of St. Cloud, Gaylene Watson of Sartell, Eugenia (Preston) Whitaker of Hill City, S.D., and Rodney Wilson of Richfield; brothers and sisters, Alvin (JoAnne) Bauer of Argenta, Ill., Sr. Louise Bauer, O.S.F. of Clontarf, Gerald (Donna) Bauer of Watkins, Matthew (Beth) Bauer of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Florence (Thomas) Scheierl of Paynesville, and Gladys (Joseph) Kustritz of St. Cloud; five grandchildren; and six step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Arlene on Oct. 4, 1987; second wife, Betty on May 24, 2004; father, Michael; and two infant brothers.

Kenneth Manz, 91, Tucson, Ariz.
Kenneth Manz Kenneth M. Manz, 91, of Tucson, Ariz., died on April 26, 2005.

A memorial service will be held at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville on Saturday, May 28, at 2 p.m. Burial will be in the Salem Cemetery.

Kenneth was born Feb. 19, 1914, in the Salem Community. He was the son of Herman and Odelia Manz. He attended elementary school at District 45 in rural Paynesville and graduated from Paynesville High School in 1930.

After his father's death, he helped his mother Odelia run the family farm. After 1945, he worked in mining as a hoist operator in Eureka, Nev., and in Tucson, Ariz.

He was a member of Catalina United Methodist Church in Tucson and the Elks Club.

Kenneth is survived by a sister-in-law, Lucille Manz of Paynesville; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Viola Hagy, Adella Avril, Arlene Morse and infant Marjorie; and brothers, Vernon Manz, W.G. Manz, and Milo Manz.

Harriet Vezner, 83, Tennessee
Harriet Lorraine Vezner, 83, of Franklin, Tenn., and Paynesville, died on Wednesday, May 4, 2005.

Her funeral was held on Saturday, May 7, at noon at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Tennessee.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Minneapolis.

She was a graduate of Glenwood, Minn., High School and the Minneapolis Business College.

Harriet is survived by her husband of 59 years, Kenneth Vezner; son, Jonathan (Kathy Mattea) Vezner; a sister, Marion Lucas; a brother, Dallas Fremont; and other friends and caregivers.

Elroy Lovander, 86, Hawick
Elroy Lovander Elroy Allwin Lovander, 86, of Hawick, died unexpectedly on Monday afternoon, May 2, 2005, from injuries sustained while battling a grass fire on his farm.

The funeral service was held at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 6, at Faith Lutheran Church in Spicer. Burial was in the Spicer City Cemetery.

Elroy was born Feb. 7, 1919, in Sperryville in Willmar, Minn., to John "Robert" and Anna Elizabeth "Alice" (Swenson) Lovander. He was baptized at Bethel Lutheran Church in Willmar. In 1933, he was confirmed in the Christian faith at Sharon Lutheran Church in Spicer. He grew up on several farms in the surrounding area and attended various country schools, graduating from the eighth grade in 1932 from District #70 in Dovre Township. He settled on the family farm on Lake Calhoun in 1942.

Elroy married Violet Andrews on Oct. 6, 1945. To this union two daughters were born. They lived and worked on the farm until his retirement in 1976.

He had a love of the land and continued to plant trees, work in his garden, and loved to tend to his chickens and bees.

Elroy was very active in the community, running for state representative in 1950. He served as treasurer of Irving Township for 23 years and then as a Kandiyohi County Commissioner for 17 years. Elroy was also active with the Kandiyohi and Monon-galia historical societies and a member of the Farmers Union.

He was a member of the Sharon Lutheran Church, serving on several church boards and teaching Sunday school. He was involved with the merging of the Sharon and Zion Lutheran churches, which became known as Faith Lutheran Church, where he was a present member.

Elroy enjoyed fishing, hunting, working on his farm, and attending the New London-Spicer Twins baseball games.

He is survived by a daughter Marcia Ogdahl (special friend Arden Onberg) of New London; five grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; three sisters, Lois (Arleigh) Lorentzen of Paynesville, Marion (Arnold) Olson of Willmar, and Ruth (Donald) Hoiseth of Hawick; and other relatives and friends.

Elroy was preceded in death by his parents; wife Violet in 1996; a daughter, Donna Culkowski in 1999; and a sister, Lorraine Peterson.

Jane Hollenberg, 88, Mora
Jane Hollenberg Jane Y. Hollenberg, 88, of Mora, Minn., died on Thursday, April 28, 2005, at Kanabec Hospital in Mora.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 3, at Quamba Baptist Church in Quamba, Minn. Rev. Ivan Fiske officiated. Interment was at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora. Music was provided by Karen Kirschner, Tom Casey, and Jane's daughters and grandchildren.

Jane was born on Jan. 27, 1917, in Donora, Pa., to Chauncey C. and Sara Ella (Johnson) Bedsworth. She was raised in Pennsylvania and later moved to Indiana to attend Fort Wayne Bible Institute.

Jane worked as a bookkeeper for the Missionary Church Association, and as a secretary for First Missionary Church, both in Fort Wayne, Ind. After the death of her mother, she helped raise her younger siblings, encouraging each of them to further their schooling.

She married Elmer Martin Hollenberg on Aug. 1, 1952. They resided in Fort Wayne, where they raised two daughters. Later, they relocated to Quamba, Minn.

Jane is survived by her daughters Ruth Reed of Mora, and Jean (Adrean) Louis of Paynesville; five grandchildren; and three sisters, Grace Basting of Woodburn, Ind., Margaret Atteberry of Ft. Wayne, and Norma Daughtery of Fayette-ville, Ga.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Elmer in 1997; two brothers, Russell Bedsworth and Curtis Bedsworth; and one granddaughter.

Margaret Johnson, Olivia
Margaret Heins Johnson, former English teacher at Paynesville High School, died on Saturday, April 30, 2005.

The funeral service was at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 6, at the Methodist church in Olivia.

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