November 2004 Obituaries - Paynesville Press, Paynesville, Minnesota
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November 2004

Johnson Funeral Home Genevieve Koenig, 90, Paynesville
Genevieve Koenig Genevieve C. Koenig, 90, of Paynesville, died on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2004, at the Emmanuel Home in Litchfield.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3, 4 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial will take place in the St. Louis Parish Cemetery in Paynesville.

Friends may call after 1 p.m. on Friday at the St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Arrangements are with the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville.

Genevieve was born Jan. 29, 1914, in Paynesville to John and Anna (Reither) Holper. She attended school in Paynesville and graduated from Paynesville High School.

On July 29, 1939, she married Freddie Koenig at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville with Fr. Varley officiating. They celebrated their golden wedding in 1989. They resided in Paynesville and after WWII lived in Hutchinson for 11 years, then moved to Portland, Oregon, for a year and returned to Paynesville for their remaining years.

She was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church.

Genevieve is survived by her daughter, Nancy (Arthur) Haag, Sr. of Eden Valley; her son, Thomas (Carolyn) of Randall; eight grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Peter Hopfer of Paynesville.

She was preceded in death bye her parents, husband Freddie, infant son Joseph, three brothers, and four sisters.

Marie Lahr, 83, Paynesville
Marie LahrMarie M. Lahr, 83, of Paynesville, died on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2004, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, Dec. 2, at 11 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Reverend LeRoy Scheierl, Reverend Richard Leisen and Reverend Mr. Richard Scheierl will officiate. Entombment will be at the St. Louis Parish Mausoleum in Paynesville.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville and one hour prior to the services at the church on Thursday. The Christian Women and Knights of Columbus Council # 3820 will pray at 7 p.m. followed by parish prayers at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home in Paynesville.

Marie was born on Feb. 27, 1921, in Union Grove Township, Meeker County, Minnesota, to Blasius and Anna (Meyer) Scheierl. She married Roman N. Lahr on Oct. 26, 1948, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Richmond. The couple farmed in Paynesville Township for 36 years until their retirement in 1988.

Marie was a member or St. Louis Parish and Christian Women. Marie enjoyed cooking and crocheting and being involved with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband Roman; two sons, Richard and Ronald, all of Paynesville; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Katherine (Elmer) Zirbes of Rockville and Caroline (Matt) Lahr of Mannanah.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two infant children; brothers, George, Sylvester, Joseph, Henry, Anton, John, and William; and an infant brother William.

Donald Moorhead, 68, Paynesville
Don MoorheadDonald James Moorhead, 68, of Rice Lake near Paynesville and Minneapolis, and formerly of Ortonville, Minn., died on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2004, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

The funeral mass will be held at St. John's Catholic Church in Ortonville today (Wednesday, Dec. 1) at 11 a.m. with visitation at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at St. Louis Catholic Cemetery in Paynesville at 4 p.m.

Don was born in Battle Creek, Neb., on June 27, 1936, to Lester and Elizabeth (Roemer) Moorhead. As a youth, Don lived in Sioux Falls, S.D., Butte, Mont., Stockton, Calif., and Fargo, N.D. He attended high school in Fargo, served our country for two years in the U.S. Navy, attended college at North Dakota State University, and received a BS in education at Moorhead State University. He received a master's degree in education from the University of North Dakota and a specialist degree in administrative education from Tri-College University in Fargo/Moorhead.

He taught mathematics and science for 34 years, his first year in Minneapolis and the remainder at Ortonville High School. This past winter he and his wife, Julie, moved to Minneapolis and later in the spring to their new lake home near Paynesville.

Don was active in the Ortonville community as a Boy Scout leader for over 20 years, receiving the Silver Beaver and St. George Award, and as a 4-H leader for 10 years. He and Julie were active in the Jaycees and served as state vice presidents at the same time. They also represented southwestern Minnesota on the state board for AFS (an international exchange student program). He was instrument in starting the first United Appeal in Ortonville. He also served on the local hospital board and as Ortonville police commissioner. After his retirement, he volunteered for the rides program, congregate dining driver, Northridge Residence volunteer and Mobile Meals driver.

He was active at St. John's Catholic Church, where he taught religion education in the CCD program for 20 years; served as an eucharistic minister, lector, and on the liturgy board. He was the first president of the parish council and district deputy for 10 years for the Knights of Columbus. He was also active in Koininea and Marriage Encounter.

Don loved traveling, model trains, wood carving, playing bridge, skiing, the Internet, plays and concerts, museums, and family genealogy.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Julie (Staber); four children, Ellen Hansen of Hopkins, Lesley, Kirk and John Moorhead of Minneapolis; two grandsons; one brother, Richard (Tracey) of Fargo; one sister, Barbara (Chuck) Knudson of Mansfield, Texas; and numerous other relatives, friends, and foreign exchange students.

Allen Lembeck, 73, Spring Hill
Allen LembeckAllen G. Lembeck, 73, of Spring Hill, died Thursday, November 25, 2004, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, November 29, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Spring Hill with Rev. Leo Leisen officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.

Allen was born November 21, 1931, in Spring Hill to Roman and Eleanore (Metzger) Lembeck. He was united in marriage to Dorothy Marthaler on November 22, 1956, at St. John's Catholic Church in Meire Grove. The couple farmed all their lives near Spring Hill. Allen retired from farming but continued helping his son on the family farm.

He enjoyed fishing, dancing, and watching the Vikings and Twins. He was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Spring Hill, St. Michael's Men's Society and St. Michael's Catholic Aid.

Allen is survived by his wife, Dorothy of Spring Hill; children, Kathy Flanders of Gulf Shores, Ala., Gary (Lori) Lembeck of Albany, Steve Lembeck of Spring Hill, Mary (Greg) Braun of Regal, Jackie (Jeff) Dahl of Lake Henry, and Lisa (Gary) Bertram of Greenwald; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; stepmother, Pauline Lembeck of St. Cloud; brothers, Tom (Millie) Lembeck of St. Cloud, Jerry (Kay) Lembeck of Bloomington and Bill (Kathy) Lembeck of Bloomington; and sisters, Jane (Jerry) Eveslage of Waconia, Carol (Jim) Wegman of Cold Spring and Julie (Vern) Loehr of New Richmond, Wis.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother.

Serving as casket bearers will be Eric Schoenberg, Jeremey Lembeck, Curt Bertram, Jamie Lembeck, Aaron Braun and Scott Braun. Serving as cross bearer will be Hannah Braun and Amy Bertram will be scripture bearer. Honorary bearers will be St. Michael's Men's Society and St. Michael's Catholic Aid. Gift bearers will be Samantha Dahl, Corey Dahl and Michele Schoenberg. Lectors will be Joe Flanders and Jenny Wuertz.

Kenneth Bruntlett, 77, Paynesville
Kenneth BruntlettKenneth C. Bruntlett, 77, of Paynesville, died on Friday, Nov. 19, 2004, at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis.

The funeral service was held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 22, at Nordland Lutheran Church in rural Paynesville. Rev. Keith Ainsley officiated. Interment was in the church cemetery. Military honors were provided by the Paynesville American Legion Post #271.

Kenneth was born on May 9, 1927, in Gliddon, Iowa, the son of Floyd and Linda (Howe) Bruntlett. At the age of two, he moved with his family to the Paynesville area where he grew up on a family farm. In 1946, he graduated from Paynesville High School.

During World War II, he served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1946 to 1949. On June 21, 1952, Kenneth married June Hansen in Minneapolis.

Following their marriage, Kenneth worked for Northrup King in Minneapolis. From 1954 to 1963, he farmed with his brother Dale near Paynesville. In 1964, Kenneth and June returned to the Minnea-polis area where he worked for the Canteen Vending Company and in 1966 they moved to Kimball where they lived for 18 years. In 1983, they purchased Executive Express, selling it in 1985 when they retired to Paynesville.

Kenneth was a member of Nordland Lutheran Church and the Paynesville American Legion Post #271. He enjoyed golfing, fixing things, and a winter home in Texas.

Kenneth is survived by his wife, June of Paynesville; son, Brad of Paynesville; daughter, Debra (Terry) Markwardt of Austin, Texas; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter; brother, Dale; and sisters, Mildred McCoy and Dorothy Hanke.

Sylvia Rien, 77, Williston, N.D.
Sylvia Rien, 77, a longtime resident of Williston, N.D., died on Wednesday, Nov. 10, at the Mercy Medical Center in Williston, after a long battle with cancer.

Her funeral was held Saturday, Nov. 13, at Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church in Williston Graveside services were held on Tuesday, Nov. 16, at the Paynesville Cemetery in Paynesville.

Sylvia E. Block was born Sept. 19, 1927, in Hutchinson, Minn., the daughter of Emil and Olga (Runke) Block. She was raised and educated in Paynesville. After her schooling she worked at a processing plant, the North American Creamery, which made butter and packaged poultry for the war effort during WWII.

On July 23, 1945, she married Roger Rien in Paynesville. In 1954 the couple moved to Hettinger, N.D. Sylvia was employed at El Rancho Motel and Cafe for 41 years until retiring in 1997.

Sylvia was devoted to her two boys. She enjoyed sewing, fishing, traveling, and camping. Sylvia liked to grow flowers, and, when possible, to garden. She was a member of Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church.

Sylvia is survived by her husband, Roger of Williston; son, Dean of Williston; brothers, Emil (Janet) Block and Kenneth (Kathy) Block of Paynesville; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her son, Richard; by her parents; by a sister, Viola Stenerson, and an infant sister; and by two brothers, Herb and Eddie Block.

Dwayne Yeschick, 80, Burnsville
Dwayne Yeschick, 80, of Burnsville, died on Wednesday, Nov. 10.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Holy Triune Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. The interment was at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Dwayne was born on Feb. 25, 1924. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII aboard the USS Altamaha. He retired from Goodin Co. in 1966. Dwayne was a life member of the Fridley VFW #363.

Dwayne enjoyed stamp collecting, fishing, and gardening.

Dwayne formerly lived in northeast Minneapolis and in the Paynesville area.

Dwayne is survived by his wife, Kathy; his son, Gary (Molly) Yeschick; step-children, Dan (Susanne) Nelson, Kim Nelson (Maynard Vinje), Brad (Lauri) Nelson and Kevin (Lisa) Nelson; ten grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; and two sisters.

Dwayne is preceded in death by his son, David; by his brother, Truman; and by his parents.

Edward Boomgaarden, 83, Litchfield
Edward Boomgaarden, 83, died on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004, at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Litchfield.

Funeral services were held at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 12, 2004, at Augustana Memorial Chapel in Litchfield. Pastor Gary Cumings officiated. Interment was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Edward, the son of Edward and Annie (Akkermann) Boomgaarden was born on Sept. 6, 1921, in Lyon County, Iowa, and grew up in the Pipestone area. He was united in marriage to Iola Hanson.

He served in the U.S. Navy from Aug. 6, 1942, to Dec. 1, 1946, on the USS Hazelwood in the Pacific during WWII. After his service he worked as a mechanic in Sleepy Eye and later farmed north of Grove City for 23 years while working for Fingerhut. He then farmed near Eden Valley where he also worked at Animal Fair as a mechanic.

He was a member of the American Legion in Paynesville and enjoyed farming, motorcycles and traveling.

Edward is survived by his children, Nancy (Kenneth) Drange of Atwater, Randy Boomgaarden of Golden Valley, Minn., Sandra (Dan) Fox of Rosemount, Minn., Laurie Anderson of Casper, Wyo., Julie Poepping of Eau Claire, Wis., and Karen (Steve) Delsing of Royalton, Minn.; siblings, Irvin (Marilyn) Boomgaarden of Dell Rapids, S.D., Bernece (Bernard) Damuth of Edgerton, Minn., Clara Jans of Pipestone, minn., Mabel Lieser of Gill, Colo., and Edith Merha of Riverside, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jake; and former spouse, Iola.

Denis Schlangen, 55, Roscoe
Denis Schlangen Denis G. Schlangen, 55, of Roscoe, died Friday, Nov. 5, 2004, as a result of a motor vehicle accident.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Roscoe. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Denis was born in Richmond to Alfred and Elizabeth (Olmscheid) Schlangen. He married Barbara Burg on Aug. 31, 1975, in Richmond.

Denis worked for Culligan for 26 years, then for Speedee Delivery, and presently worked at the Cold Spring Granite Company.

He enjoyed bowling, hunting, fishing, playing cards, gardening, and farming. He was a member of St. Agnes Parish, St. Joseph Society, Knights of Columbus, Catholic Aid Association and the Roscoe Sportsman's Club.

Denis is survived by his wife, Barbara; children, Kenneth, Dean, Eric, Beth, Justin, and Cory of Paynesville; sisters, twin sister Doris Peters of Watkins, Bernice Ellis of Glencoe, Mary Jane Ethen of Paynesville, Karen Meyer of Cold Spring, Janice Welle of Silver Lake, Ruth of Avon, Sandy of St. Cloud, and Susan of Minneapolis; brothers, LeRoy, Ronald and Alver of Roscoe, and Arthur of Richmond; and one grandchild.

He was preceded in death by an infant son, Robert; parents; and brothers, Richard and James.

Rev. Robert Grindland, 77, Willmar
Rev. Robert "Bob" J. Grindland, 77, of Willmar, died Thursday morning, Nov. 4, 2004, at the Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.

Services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at the Vinje Lutheran Church. Rev. Steven Knudson officiated. The interment was in the Fairview Cemetery.

Rev. Grindland was born on June 30, 1927, in Bainville, Montana, the son of Mina (Smestad) and Jens "Christian" Grindland. He was baptized into the Christian faith in the same year and confirmed on July 20, 1941, in the First Lutheran Church of Bainville. He received his elementary and high school education, in the Bainville Public Schools, graduating in the spring of 1945. In the fall of 1946, he enrolled at Concordia College in Moorhead and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in June 1950. In the fall of the same year, he was admitted to Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul. After serving as a parish intern at the St. Olaf Lutheran Church of Devils Lake, N. D., he graduated from Luther Theological Seminary on May 16, 1954.

On August 25, 1953, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Moorhead, he was united in marriage to Lois C. Johnshoy, a graduate of Concordia College.

Bob served two parishes in North Dakota: a four-point parish at Tuttle for four years and the English Lutheran Church in Hazen, N. D., where he served for nine years. In 1967, he was enrolled in the Resident Chaplaincy Program at Fairview Hospital in Minneapolis and in the degree program in pastoral care at Luther Theological Seminary. In June of 1969, he accepted the call to the Roseville Lutheran Church in Roseville. He received the call to Paynesville Lutheran Church in Paynesville and moved there in 1974. In 1977, he accepted the call to begin the chaplaincy program at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar. With ill heath, he retired from the active ministry in August 1990.

He was a member of Vinje Lutheran Church.

Rev. Grindland is survived by his wife, Lois; four children; Jacobi Carole (Richard) Gordon of Maui, Hawaii, Joyce (Rev. David) Peterson of Detroit Lakes, Nancy Grindland of Minneapolis, and Joel Grindland of Minneapolis; and four grandchildren, Joshua, Daniel, Angela and Melody Peterson; a brother, Clifford (Enid) Grindland of Alexandria; and a sister, Gloria (Robert) Guibord of St. Paul.

Bob was proceeded in death by his parents and an infant daughter, Vicki.

Margaret Bartz, 80, Woodbury
Margaret Bartz Margaret Bartz, 80, of Woodbury and formerly of Paynesville, died on Monday, Nov. 1, 2004, at Woodbury Health Center in Woodbury.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 5, at Paynesville Lutheran Church. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Margaret was born on June 23, 1924, in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., the daughter of Adolf and Elsa (Bruss) Knief. She was raised in Wisconsin Rapids where she graduated from Wisconsin Rapids High School. She continued her education at Concordia - River Forest College receiving a degree in education.

On June 24, 1949, she was united in marriage to Chester Bartz at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wisconsin Rapids. Following her marriage, she lived in Plainview and Ivanhoe, Minn., before moving to Paynesville in 1966. She taught elementary school, primarily kindergarten and first grade, for 30 plus years before retiring in 1988. In May 2000, Margaret moved to Woodbury.

She was an active member of Paynesville Lutheran Church, having been involved as organist, choir director, Sunday school teacher and superintendent, ladies aid, quilters and Befriender's Ministry.

Margaret is survived by her daughter, Nancy (Tim) Schubbe of Woodbury; son, Peter (Lisa) Bartz of Champlin; five grandchildren; and sister, Norma Gebhardt of Gasgow, Mo.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Chester on Jan. 13, 1996; three sisters, Paula Gonshor, Charlotte Strietelmeier, and Ellen Jagow; and a brother, Enno.

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