November 2000 Obituaries

from The Paynesville Press
November 2000

Johnson Funeral Home

Agnes Schmiginsky
Agnes F. Schmiginsky, 90, of Paynesville, died Saturday, Nov. 25, 2000, at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Paynesville.

Memorial services will be today, Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 11 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. The Rev. Ric Koehn will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Paynesville Cemetery in Paynesville.

Agnes was born on March 9, 1910, to Fred and Mary (Schoenherr) Putzke in Eden Lake Township, Stearns County, rural Paynesville. Her parents were born in Germany. She attended Country School District #77.

She married Harry Schmiginsky on May 29, 1928, in Eden Valley Township. They lived in Paynesville most of their lives.

Agnes held many jobs, but the one that was her greatest pride and joy was working at the Myre Hospital. Harry and Agnes owned and operated the Elm Hill Resort on Lake Koronis for many years. They sold the resort in the mid 1960s due to Harry's poor health. Agnes loved the lake and all of nature. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and a past Noble Grand of the Paynesville Rebekah Lodge.

Survivors include her son, Robert (Beth); daughter-in-law, Donna Schmiginsky; two grandsons; one granddaughter; one great-granddaughter; and brother, Harold (Marian) Putzke.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband in December 1969; one son, Roger, on Oct. 12, 1999; brothers, Wallace, Arnold, Walter, Earl, and Glenn; infant sister, Gertrude; and half-brother, Frank Putzke.

Jill Haagenson
Jill Armstrong Haagenson, 43, of Plymouth, died Saturday, Nov. 25, 2000.

Funeral service was held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church in Plymouth.

She is survived by her husband, Dean; sons, Ryan and Brent; parents, Harold Jr. and Muriel Armstrong; sisters, Debbie Armstrong, Kim Armstrong, and Tina (Hans) Larson; father and mother-in-law, Jerry and Bev Haagenson, who have a home on Lake Koronis; brothers-in-law, Steve (Kris), and Jeff (Anna); and many other relatives.

Memorials are preferred to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Elmer Fuchs
Elmer Fuchs Funeral services were on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2000, at 11 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville for Elmer J. Fuchs, age 86, who died on Monday at Koronis Manor in Paynesville. The Rev. Richard Leisen officiated. Burial was in St. Margaret's Parish Cemetery in Lake Henry.

Elmer was born July 23, 1914, in Lake Henry to Paul and Mary (Hemmesch) Fuchs. He married Bernalda Vogt on Sept. 29, 1942, and she died July 23, 1971. He married Margaret Hartman on Oct. 12, 1974, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in St. Cloud. He farmed near Lake Henry most of his life. He was a resident of Paynesville since 1984. He was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church and Catholic Order of Foresters.

Survivors include his wife of Paynesville; one daughter, Doris (and husband Donald) Frey of St. Cloud; two grandsons, Michael and Jeremy; and two great-granddaughters, Ashley and Katelin.

He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, and three brothers, Alphonse, Othmar, Ervin.

Pallbearers will be John Flaschenriem, John Magedanz, Irene Jaeger, Don Frey, Bernie Roeser, Paul Orbeck, Don Thomas, and Jeremy Frey.

Memorials are preferred to the Tribute and Memorial Scholarship Fund at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph.

Peter Gilbrtson
Peter Randall Gilbertson, 69, died Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville. A private family interment was held in Darlington, Wis.

Peter was born on June 22, 1931, in Madison, Wis., the son of Leo and Barbara (Gilbertson) Wardlow. He grew up in Darlington, Wis., where he attended grade school and high school, graduating in the class of 1949. He later continued his education at Metropolitan College in Minneapolis and Augsburg College, graduating in 1977 with a bachelor of science degree, with a major in social work and a minor in psychology.

On July 12, 1975, Peter was united in marriage to Mary Ann H. McKinley at the Little Brown Church in the Vale in Iowa.

Peter lived in the Wisconsin area and worked as an over-the-road truck driver for Allied Van Lines for 17 years. He then worked as a mental health therapist in LaCrosse, Wis., and a chemical dependency counselor in Wisconsin, Minneapolis, and Paynesville.

Among the things he enjoyed were fishing, the outdoors, World War II history, politics, and people.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; two sons, Gary Gilbertson of Wisconsin and Tim (Laurie) O'Neil of Paynesville; six daughters, Debra (Nate) Hampton of Wisconsin, Nancy Highland of Wisconsin, Cleone (Dick) Mullins of Cottage Grove, Cindy Gilbertson of Wisconsin, Denise (Dan) Connolly of Duluth, and Carrie Ann Gilbertson of Paynesville; 25 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, Alice (Paul) Kendall of Arizona; and brother-in-law, Patrick (Barbara Ann) McKinley of California.

Gladys Beck
Gladys L. Beck (Mrs. Herman Beck), 92, died Sunday, Nov. 12, 2000, at Bethesda Pleasantview in Willmar.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at Bethel Lutheran Church Chapel in Willmar, with the Rev. Sandy Hanawalt officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery in Willmar.

Gladys was born March 13, 1908, in Viborg, S.D., the daughter of Carl and Ida (Jensen) Jensen. She graduated from high school in 1926. In 1929, Gladys was united in marriage to Earl H. Erickson at Parker, S.D. They lived in Willmar, where Gladys worked as a clerk for Johnson and Johnson Variety Store.

On Jan. 28, 1942, Gladys was united in marriage to Herman Beck. They farmed in Pennock until 1952, when they moved to Paynesville, where they continued to farm. Gladys has been a resident at Bethesda Pleasantview for the past three years.

She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith and was a member of Paynesville Lutheran Church.

She was a member of the Farmers Union and Senior Citizens in Paynesville. She enjoyed crocheting, playing cards, dancing, and visiting with friends and neighbors.

Surviving are her children, Phyllis (Elgin) Erickson of Willmar, Robert (Evelyn) Erickson of St. Cloud, Sharon (Richard) Drumheller of Scottsbluff, Neb., and Lois (Fred) Meyer of Grand Rapids, Minn.; 13 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Earl, on June 6, 1939; second husband, Herman, on Oct. 12, 1989; parents; sister, Viola Jacobson; and grandson, David Erickson.

Amber Gruetzmacher
Amber C. Gruetzmacher, 77, of Horseshoe Bend, Ark., died Oct. 30, 2000, at Eastern Ozarks Regional Health System in Cherokee Village.

Memorial services were held on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 10:30 a.m. at the Assembly of God in Horseshoe Bend.

He was born April 12, 1923, in Paynesville, the son of William and Rhoda (Stoltenow) Gruetzmacher.

He was married Feb. 17, 1945, in Montgomery, Ala., to Dayle Walker.

They moved to Horseshoe Bend in 1977, where they owned and operated the Book and Look Shop for 17 years.

He was a member of the Assembly of God, where he was a board member and treasurer.

Survivors include his wife, Dayle of Horseshoe Bend; daughter, Susan (Anthony) Sipusich of Parkridge, Ill.; sisters, Elmyra Schoenhoff of Mesa, Ariz., and Virginia Schaumann of Paynesville; brothers, Milford of New York and the Rev. Calvin (Maxine) of Pasadena, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.

Helen Topp
Helen Topp Helen G. Topp, 90, of St. Paul and formerly of Eden Valley, died Thursday, Nov. 9, 2000, at the Episcopal Church Home in St. Paul.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12, at the Episcopal Church Home Chapel in St. Paul. Burial was held at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 13, at Manannah Union Cemetery in Manannah.

Helen was born July 11, 1910, in Manannah Township (Meeker County) to Oscar and Anna (Peterson) Engstrom. She married Raynard Topp on April 20, 1929, in Paynesville. She lived in Union Grove Township until retiring and moving to the shores of Eden Lake in 1970. She moved to St. Paul in 1995. She was a former member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Grove City, Peace United Church of Christ in Eden Valley, and the Farmer's Union.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Rose Ann (Joel) Bergstrom of Roseville; son and daughter-in-law, Vernald (Arlene) of Roseville; seven granddaughters; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Raynard; infant son, Ancil; brother, Henning Engstrom; and sister, Gunhild Wassell.

Charlotte "Lottie" Unger
Charlotte F. "Lottie" Unger, 102, of Minneapolis and formerly of Paynesville, died Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2000, at the Walker Southview Nursing Home in Minneapolis.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 6, at the Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. The Rev. Richard Koehn officiated. Burial took place in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Lottie was born Dec. 22, 1897, in Rice to Scott W. and Anna (Schuman) Thomas. She married Herbert Unger on April 15, 1920. She lived in Paynesville all her married life. Herbert died in 1968. She moved to Richfield in 1975 where she lived with her daughter, Phyllis. She became a resident of Walker Southview Nursing Home in 1989. She was a long-time member of the Grace United Methodist Church and the Rebekah Lodge in Paynesville.

Lottie is survived by her children, Herbert "Tom" (Ramona) of Memphis, Tenn., Phyllis Unger of Richfield, and John (Marcie) of Maple Grove; six grandchildren; and 11 great- grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her husband; daughter, Florence Vogland; and brother, Harry Thomas.

Memorials are preferred.

Alverna Enneking
Alverna M. Enneking, 72, died Monday, Oct. 30, 2000, at St. Michael's Hospital in Sauk Centre.

The Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2000, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with her sons, the Rev. Marvin Enneking and the Rev. Tom Enneking, OSC, concelebrating. Casket bearers were Jim, David, Ken, and Gary Enneking, and Michael and Jeron VanDrehle. The cross bearer was Pamela Jenc. The Scripture bearer was Kristi VanDrehle. The pallbearer was Kari VanDrehle. Honorary bearers were Christian Mothers. Petitions were read by David Enneking. Gift bearers were Cindy and Pam Jenc. Burial followed in the parish cemetery.

Alverna Enneking was born on May 3, 1928, in St. Martin Township, Stearns County to John and Frances (Hemmesch) Olmscheid. She married Alfred C. Enneking on May 25, 1948, at St. Martin. They farmed at Spring Hill, until 1987. They retired and moved to Sauk Centre.

She enjoyed gardening, sewing quilts, music and cards. She was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church where she served as an Eucharistic minister, a member of Christian Mothers, Sauk Centre Seniors, St. Theresa's Mission Group, Daughters of Isabella, and St. Paul's Catholic Aid.

Survivors include her husband, Alfred of Sauk Centre; children, Bob (Donna) of Glencoe, Lenore Jenc of Sauk Centre, the Rev. Marvin Enneking of Becker, the Rev. Tom Enneking, OSC, of Chicago, Ill., Renee (Bob) VanDrehle, of Spring Hill, and Gene (Cheryl), of Cambridge; sisters, Elizabeth Schlangen of Cold Spring, Theresa Schaefer of St. Cloud, Marie Schoenberg of Melrose, Catherine (Joseph) Primus of Melrose, Ann (Herbert) Backus of Farming; and 12 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Gilbert and Nick Olmscheid.

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