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Candy Nistler, 55, Paynesville
Candy J. Nistler, 55, of Paynesville died on Sunday, May 22, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Friday, May 27, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial was in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Candy Jean Nistler was born on Aug. 16, 1955, to Ronald and Jeanne (Freyberger) Iverson in Kingsville, Texas.

Candy grew up on many different military bases before Ron retired and moved to Paynesville.

In 1973, Candy graduated from Paynesville High School. After high school, she graduated from St. Mary's College of Nursing. Candy then attended McKendry College in Illinois, where she earned her bachelor's degree. She then returned to Minnesota and earned her master's degree in nursing from the University of Minnesota.

On May 12, 1980, Candy enlisted in the United States Air Force. She served her country in operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield, earning seven commendations.

On Sept. 30, 1996, Candy was honorably discharged from the Air Force. She had earned the rank of major.

On May 30, 1975, Candy married Vernon Nistler at the Assembly Grounds on Lake Koronis. This union was blessed with a daughter and a son.

They made their home in Paynesville. Candy worked as a nurse for the Good Samaritan Home from 1996 to 2004. She then went to work for the Koronis Manor, where she had worked until the present.

Candy is survived by her husband, Vernon of Paynesville; son, Michael (Bridgit); daughter, Carrie (Brian) VanVickle; two grandchildren; parents, Ron and Jeanne Iverson of Paynesville; and brother, Ron Iverson.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Iverson.

Inez Fischer, 92, Paynesville
Inez M. Fischer, 92, of Paynesville, died on Friday, May 13.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 25, at 11 a.m., at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the church.

Inez Fischer was born on March 29, 1919, in Roscoe to Lucas and Catherine (Hilger) Knese.

She married John Fischer on Nov. 12, 1945.

She owned and operated Inez Beauty Salon in Paynesville from 1942 to 1993.

Inez is survived by her sisters, Marge Logan, Mary Zirbes, and Irene Tonkovic, and by many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and ten brothers and sisters.

Jacqualine Blonigen, 77, St. Martin
Jacqualine "Jackie" Blonigen, 77, of St. Martin died on Wednesday, May 18, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Monday, May 23, at St. Martin Catholic Church. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Jackie Blonigen was born on July 27, 1933, to Louis and Adeline (Kozel) Palumbo in St. Paul.

She married Gerald Blonigen on July 19, 1958, in St. Paul.

Jackie was a lab technician at Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul for many years.

Jackie is survived by her husband, Gerald; children, Kevin (Joan) of Paynesville and Kelly (Andrew) Swartzentruber of Richmond; and seven grandchildren.

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

Fred Zollner, 79, Paynesville
Fred C. Zollner, 79, of Paynesville died on Friday, May 20, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville from brain lymphoma.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 24, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Entombment was in the St. Louis Parish Mausoleum in Paynesville.

Fred Zollner was born on Feb. 16, 1932, to Joseph and Lucille (Groebner) Zollner in Fairfax, Minn.

He attended St. George Elementary and New Ulm School and graduated from Fairfax High School in 1950. He was Homecoming king his senior year.

After high school, he was employed at the Fairfax Co-op Creamery.

He married Betty Ann Freyholtz on May 10, 1955, at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Fairfax. They shared 56 years of marriage.

In 1956, they moved to Wabasso, where he was first employed at the creamery there. Two years later, he became the manager until the creamery was sold. He then owned and operated the bulk milk truck routes, delivering milk to Clarkfield. He also kept the Oak Grove milk business, delivering to homes, schools, and businesses. In 1968, he sold the trucks and began working for Wabasso Implement.

In 1975, the couple moved to St. Martin, where they purchased the local bar, known as "Fred's Bar." In 1980, they sold the business and Fred began working at Cold Spring Brewery.

In 1989, he began working at the Cold Spring Granite Company. He retired in 1999 and then returned to Cold Spring Brewery as a boiler operator.

For the last three years, he was employed part-time at TealŐs Market in Paynesville.

Fred is survived by his wife, Betty; children, Cynthia Kay Nordmann of Rochester, Jeffrey (Cindy) of St. Cloud, Gregory (Angel) of Prior Lake, Mark (Gail) of Owatonna, Richard (Kristin) of Pipestone, and Jason (Willow) of Bloomington; ten grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; mother, Lucille of Fairfax; and sisters, Bernice Dietz of New Ulm and Cleophas Grosam of Fairfax.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph, and brothers, Albin, Glen and Eldred.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Rice Hospice, the R.O.S.E. Center, and the Coborn Cancer Center.

Andrew Noonan, 78, Paynesville
Andrew "Andy" Noonan, 78, of Paynesville died on Tuesday, May 10, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 14, at St. Louis Catholic Church. Burial will be in the Assumption Parish Cemetery in Eden Valley at a later date.

Andy Noonan was born on June 15, 1932, to Leo and Edith (Solchenberger) Noonan in Hillsboro, Wis.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955 during the Korean Conflict.

He married Shirley Walgenbach on June 20, 1956, in Upsala, Minn.

He owned and operated Andy's Bar in Meire Grove and the County Line Bar in Regal.

He drove truck for Hardrive's for many years. He also enjoyed playing music with the Mello-Tones.

Andy is survived by his wife, Shirley of Paynesville; children, Mike (Cindy) Noonan of Paynesville, Deanna (Willie) Lieser of Paynesville, Carmen (Mark) Schmidt of Forest Lake, Linda (Steve) Wander of Cold Spring, Dan (Mark Acosta) of Baltimore, Md., and Juliane (Matt) Carlson of Albertville; 16 grandchildren; four great- grandchildren; sisters, Shirley Brown of Huntley, Ill., and Marion Roiniotis of Racine, Wis.; and brother, Rollie Huebsch of West Salem, Wis.

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Dorothy Huebsch-Noonan; and son, Patrick.

Memorials are preferred to Alzheimer's research through

John Yoder, 90, Grove City
John C. Yoder, 90, of Grove City died on Thursday, May 5, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

A funeral service was held on Sunday, May 8, at the Evangelical Free Church in rural Paynesville. Burial was in Burr Oak Cemetery in rural Grove City.

John C. Yoder was born on June 19, 1920, to Christ and Fannie (Miller) Yoder in Hutchinson, Kan. In his youth, he was baptized.

On Feb. 26, 1942, he married Mary Miller of Hutchinson, Kan.

After their marriage, they moved onto a small farm in the Hutchinson area until November 1955, when they moved to North Adams, Mich.

On March 28, 1958, they moved to Grove City, where they farmed.

For the past seven months, John lived at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

On Oct. 14, 1944, John was ordained to the ministry and continued ministering until 1995. He helped in the establishment of the Believers Fellowship Mennonite Church, of which he was a member until his death.

John is survived by his children, Elizabeth (Melvin)Beiler of Grove City, Orpha Yoder of Grove City, Ruth (Richard) Thayer of Tyron, Okla., Reuben (Mary Ann) Yoder of Free Union, Va., Simon (Ruth Carol) Yoder of Sparta, Wis., Nathan (Doris) Yoder of Free Union Va., and John Mark (Ruth Ann) Yoder of Bluffton, Ind.; 41 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary; daughter, Mary Esther; five granddaughters; a sister; and a brother.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Josephine Ploeger, 92, Litchfield
Josephine Ploeger, 92, of Litchfield died on Thursday, May 5, at the Ecumen of Litchfield.

A celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, May 15, at 4 p.m., at the Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home in Litchfield. A visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the funeral home on Thursday. Interment will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Josephine Barbara Ploeger was born on Sept. 6, 1918, to Frank and Katherine (Waksmonchi) Nezda on her family farm in Hatley, Wis.

She was baptized as an infant at St. Florian Church in Hatley, Wis. on Sept. 15, 1918. Later in her youth, she was confirmed in her faith at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Marshfield, Wis.

On April 2, 1938, she married Williard Ploeger at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Marshfield, Wis. Six children were born to this union. The couple shared 58 years of marriage.

Josephine is survived by her children, Roger (Kathy) Ploeger of Stanley, Wis., William Ploeger of Minneapolis, Donald (Judy) Ploeger of Chandler, Ariz., Charles (Kathy) Ploeger of Tauton, Mass., Jean (Darrel) Lindquist of Paynesville, and Ronald (Ann) Ploeger of Litchfield; 16 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Willard; a granddaughter; a great-granddaughter; and siblings, Frank, Henry, Ann, Freda, Helen, Rose, Marie, and Walter.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to the Emmanuel Home of Litchfield.

Dennis Sorenson, 62, Gwinner, N.D.
Dennis Richard "Red" Sorenson, 62, of Gwinner, N.D., died on Thursday, April 28, at Sanford Medical Center's palliative care unit in Fargo, N.D.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 14, at 2 p.m., at Zion Lutheran Church in Hawick.

Dennis Sorenson was born on Sept. 5, 1948, in Windom, Minn., to Merle and Lena (Svalland) Sorenson.

He is survived by his son, Richard (Amanda) Sorenson of Gwinner N.D.; daughters, Kim (Jason) Bauer of Gwinner and Renae Ebel of Forman, N.D.; seven grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

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

Herbert Snyder, 82, Eagle Bend
Herbert Snyder, 82, of Eagle Bend, Minn., died on Monday, May 2, at the St. Cloud Hospital from injuries sustained in an accident on his ranch in Burleene Township.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, May 5, at the Assemblies of God Church in Eagle Bend. Burial was in the Salem Cemetery in rural Paynesville.

Herb Snyder was born on Nov. 18, 1928, to Alvin and Minnie (Kohler) Snyder at Paynesville.

He attended the Lake Henry School from 1934 to 1936 and Grove School until 1938. He then attended District 139 in Zion Township until graduating from Belgrade in 1942.

He farmed with his parents until marrying Lois Mae Frank on Nov. 16, 1951, in Paynesville. Together, they farmed in Zion Township until 1972, when they sold the home farm and moved to a 320-acre ranch in Burleene Township, south of Eagle Bend, Minn.

Herb loved raising beef cattle and had some of the best. He also worked at building bridges with three different companies for 10 years.

Herb is survived by his wife, Lois; son, Ron of Eagle Bend; daughters, Susan (David) Lorenz of St. Augusta and Cindy Drevlow of Long Prairie; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and brothers, Leslie Snyder of Paynesville, Harry Snyder of Paynesville, and LaVern Snyder of PeeWee Valley, Ky.

Herb was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Minnie; and sisters, Edith Miller, Evelyn Nelson, and Dorothy Harapat.

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