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Frank Arnold, 68, Parkers Prairie
Frank Christopher Arnold, 68, of Parkers Prairie, died on Saturday, May 27, at Merit Care South University in Fargo, North Dakota, with his family by his side.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 1, at St. Williams Catholic Church in Parkers Prairie. Rev. Fr. LeRoy Scheierl will officiate. Burial will take place at the church cemetery with full military honors accorded by the American Legion Post #219.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m., with a 7 p.m. prayer service and 7:30 p.m. Rosary service on Wednesday, May 31, at St. Williams Catholic Church in Parkers Prairie. The visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.

Frank was born on April 12, 1938 to Polycarp and Clara (Weber) Arnold on the family farm in Eden Valley. He was baptized and confirmed at Holy Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley where he also attended parochial school.

Following his education, he served in the U.S. Army from 1955 until his honorable discharge in 1958.

Following his military service, he returned to Eden Valley where he was a self-employed carpenter and also owned a dry cleaning business. He moved to the Twin Cities and worked for Minneapolis Electric Steel and George Shetka and Son's Iron Works before moving to Parkers Prairie in the fall of 1976, working at Deer Creek Fabricating.

He began farming and raised hogs and cattle, later moving into specialty crops, raising vegetables, tobacco and strawberries.

He was united in marriage to Debra Bowman on January 28, 1978, at Elmo Lutheran Church.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, outdoor activities, and playing cards.

He was a member of St. Williams Catholic Church and the Parkers Prairie American Legion Post #219.

He is survived by his wife, Debra; two sons, Jeffrey (Joyce) Arnold of Parkers Prairie and Shane Arnold of Fargo; two daughters, Tonia Arnold of Minneapolis and Melissa (Ken) Eggert of Alexandria; two brothers, Melvin (Lou) Arnold of Forest Lake and Polycarp (Modesta) Arnold Jr. of Tucson, Ariz.; four sisters, Clara Scheierl of Paynesville, Mary Ann Houle of Newport, Lorraine (Clarence) O'Brien and Donna (Eugene) Schlangen both of Richmond; three grandchildren; along with numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, David Arnold and Louis Arnold.

Pallbearers will be James O'Brien, Glenn O'Brien, Doug Schlangen, Tom Schlangen, Henry Schlangen and Andy Bowman. Honorary pallbearers will be the American Legion and all of his nieces and nephews.

Margo Swenson, 62, St. Paul
Margo Swenson Margo Georgine Swenson, 62, of St. Paul, lost her four-year-long battle with cancer on Friday, May 12.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday, May 16, at 10:30 a.m. at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. A private inurnment was held at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Brooten.

Margo was the first baby born in the new Comfrey Hospital on July 12, 1943, to Holger and Bernice (Aslagson) Swenson. In 1946 she moved with her family to Paynesville. She was confirmed at Paynesville Lutheran Church and graduated from Paynesville High School in 1961.

Margo attended St. Cloud State University and St. Cloud Cosmetology School where she earned her degree. She practiced hairdressing for several years; acted in numerous plays with the White Bear Lakeshore Players; worked in the box office at the Guthrie Theater; and recently worked at Deluxe Checking in St. Paul.

She loved traveling, crocheting, making jewelry, reading, shopping, and playing bingo.

She is survived by a sister, Jan (Clay Nicles) Erickson of Plymouth; a brother, Clark (Karen) Swenson of Buffalo; a niece; two nephews; and a grand-niece and grand-nephew.

Margo was preceded in death by her parents.

Adella Wuertz, 87, Lake Henry
Adella Wuertz Adella A. Wuertz, 87, of Lake Henry, died on Thursday, May 18, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry. The Reverend Leo Leisen of St. Margaret's Catholic officiated. Burial was at the St. Margaret's Parish Cemetery at Lake Henry.

Adella was born on July 30, 1918, the daughter of Nicholas and Matilda (Lieser) Fuchs at Lake Henry. She attended school at Lake Henry through the 8th grade.

Adella was united in marriage to Elmer Wuertz on June 8, 1943, at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry. Five children were born to this union. They farmed near Lake Henry until retiring in 1978 and moved into town where she had lived since that time.

Adella enjoyed gardening, mowing her lawn, baking, sewing, quilting, playing cards and scrabble, Minnesota Twins, and enjoying life.

She was an organist for over 50 years at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry, and was a organist at Assumption Nursing Home in Cold Spring for five years. She was a member of St. Margaret's Christian Women, St. Margaret's Rosary Society, St. Ann's Mission Group, a member of the Stearns County Pioneer Club where she was crowned Queen in 1990, and was an active member with the annual Fall Show in Albany.

She is survived by four children, Bernice (Gary) Caruth of White Bear Lake, Minn., Alvin (Jan) Wuertz of Lake Henry, Kathleen Wuertz of St. Cloud, and Karen (Ray) Stanchfield of Maple Grove, Minn.; and one grandson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Elmer on January 21, 1996; one son, Florian Wuertz; one sister, Adeline Binczik and one brother, Ernest Fuchs.

Loretta Krueger,72, Washington
Loretta Fae Krueger, 72, of Union Gap, Wash., died on Thursday, May 11, at the Emerald Circle Convalescent Home in Wapato, Wash.

A private memorial prayer service will be held at a later date at St. Stephen's Cemetery in Canby, Minn.

Loretta was born in Canby on Aug. 9, 1933, to Vernon and Velma (Brase) Lindberg. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and went to Canby schools.

On Oct. 18, 1950, she married Virgil V. Krueger. During their marriage, they mostly resided in the Raymond and Paynesville areas.

Loretta is survived by her children, LeAnn Krueger of Big Lake, Virgil Krueger Jr. of Union Gap, Wash., Karen (Peter) Dahlke of Raymond, and Pamela Terveer of Buffalo; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil; sister, LaVonne (Bonnie) Broderick; and her parents.

Lindsay Krupke, 20, Alexandria
Lindsay Krupke Lindsay Lockwood Krupke, 20, of Alexandria, died on Tuesday, May 9, at the family home on Lake Ida, near Alexandria.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 13, at 11 a.m. at Family of Christ Lutheran Church in Ham Lake, Minn.

Rachel Wendlandt and Matt Rohe, both of Paynesville, served as pallbearers at the funeral.

Lindsay was born on Feb. 16, 1986, at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, Minn., to Stan and Carol Krupke. She was baptised and confirmed at Zion Lutheran church in Anoka.

She graduated from St. Francis High School where she enjoyed basketball and played flute in the marching band.

Lindsay was currently attending Alexandria Technical College for interior design and working in Alexandria.

She loved attending the Minnesota State Fair with her parents and bi-annual trips to the Gulf Shores of Alabama with her mother.

Lindsay is survived by her parents, Carol and Stan Krupke; four brothers and sisters, Scott (Tara) Krupke of Little Falls, Brad (Tanya) of Clarissa, Shannon (Rick) Gode of Browerville, and Cara Leach of St. Cloud; 10 nieces and nephews; and uncle and aunt, Merlin and Elda Mae Krupke of Paynesville.

Ethel Liestman, 93, Paynesville
Ethel Liestman Ethel I. Liestman, 93, of Paynesville, died on Saturday, May 6, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services will be today (Wednesday, May 10) at 1 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Rev. Ric Koehn will officiate. Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery in rural Paynesville.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

Ethel was born on Oct. 12, 1912, in Manannah Township in Meeker County, to August and Ida (Herzberg) Liestman. She attended school at District 205 in rural Eden Valley.

During her youth, she helped on the family farm. Later, she was employed at various occupations in Willmar, Litchfield, and Paynesville.

Ethel enjoyed singing in her youth, and was an avid reader, liked crafts, embroidery, word hunts, and baking, and working with flowers.

She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and the Mary Circle.

Ethel is survived by two nieces; two nephews; and 12 grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Esther and Cora; her brother, Clarence; and one niece.

Jerome Lieser, 74, Belgrade
Jerome L. Lieser Jerome L. Lieser, 74, of Belgrade, died on Thursday, May 4, at the Melrose Area Hospital in Melrose.

A funeral Mass was held on Monday, May 8, at 11 a.m. at St. Francis DeSales Catholic Church in Belgrade. Rev. Jeffrey Ethen officiated. Interment was in St. Francis DeSales Catholic Cemetery.

Jerome was born on July 25, 1931, in Spring Hill to Michael and Thecla (Hess) Lieser. He was baptized in 1931 and confirmed into the Christian faith in 1948 at St. Michael Catholic Church in Spring Hill.

On June 8, 1954, he was united in marriage to Eileen Kotschevar at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Roscoe. To this union eleven children where born.

Jerome and Eileen lived and farmed in Spring Hill until 1990 when they retired and moved to Belgrade, where they joined St. Francis DeSales Catholic Church.

During his retirement Jerome worked for North American State Bank, the auction barn, and opened the laundry mat.

He was a 50-year member of the Catholic Aid in Spring Hill. He enjoyed going to auctions, shaking dice at the coffee shop, and loved fishing.

Jerome is survived by his wife, Eileen; children, Daniel (Cindy) Lieser, Karen (Gary) Gruber, Debbie (Randy) Hemmesch, Diane (Leon) Roelike, Gary (Trudy) Lieser, Mary (Dan) Hopfer, Mike (Mary) Lieser, Roger Lieser, John (Tonya) Lieser, Doris (Michael) Reinke, and Jodi Lieser (fianceŽ Bill); 26 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; mother-in-law, Veronica Kotschevar; and sister, Rosie (John) Lightfoot Jr.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Tony Lieser; sister, Gladys Ramler; and two grandchildren.

Beverly Dougherty, 57, Minneapolis
Beverly J. Dougherty, 57, of Minneapolis, died on Friday, May 5, at her home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 9, at the Church of Our Lady in Manannah. Rev. Francis Garvey will officiate and burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Monday, May 8, at Dingmann's Eden Valley Funeral Home and one hour prior to the services Tuesday at the church. Parish prayers will be at 7 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

Beverly was born April 27, 1949, in Paynesville to Frank and Goldie (Mills) Thul.

She married John P. Dougherty on June 9, 1978, in Litchfield. She has been a resident of Minneapolis for the past 29 years.

Beverly was a handicap bus driver for Proact, Inc. of Eagan for 13 years.

She is survived by her sisters and brother, Elaine Thul of Hutchinson, Curt Thul of Hutchinson, and Arlis Thul of Eden Valley.

Beverly was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John on May 13, 2004; brothers, Harold and Eugene Thul; and two nephews.

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