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Lawrence Schueller, 91, St. Joseph
Lawrence Schueller Lawrence Michael Schueller, 91, of St. Joseph and formerly of Roscoe, died at the Assumption Nursing Home in Cold Spring on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2005.

His funeral service were held at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sartell. Celebrants were Rev. Lauren Germann, Rev. Alfred Stangl and Rev. Eberhard Schefers. Burial was in Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Cemetery in Little Falls, Minn.

Lawrence was born on Oct. 18, 1914, in Roscoe to Arnold and Mary (Ressemann) Schueller. He moved with his family to Richmond when he was a small child and attended elementary and high school there. After high school, he went to Roscoe and worked for Peter Hennen (his future father-in-law) as a farm hand.

During the depression he road the train as a bum to Washington to pick apples. When he returned home, he again worked as a farm hand in the Roscoe area.

He married Loretta Hennen on Oct. 26, 1937. They were blessed with five children.

Lawrence graduated from Dunwoody Institute in 1941 as a mechanic/body man. During World War II he worked on the Alaskan/Alcan Highway. After that he worked in the shipyards in Puget Sound, Washington, until the war was over.

Upon returning to Minnesota, he worked for Koppy Motors in St. Paul. Due to health reasons, he returned to the rural area. He bought the Peter Hennen farm near Roscoe and worked at Hoeppner Chevrolet and then Hoiseth Motors, both in Paynesville.

After retiring from mechanic/ auto body work, he went into construction, working for Hoffman Brothers and then owning and operating S.J. Lewis Sewer and Water in St. Cloud for several years before retiring.

Loretta died in 1974 after 37 years of marriage. He married Rose Schelonka on April 25, 1992.

Lawrence was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sartell, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Little Falls, and St. Agnes Catholic Church in Roscoe. He was also a member of Knights of Columbus Council #3820 in Paynesville.

He is survived by his second wife, Rose; three daughters, Margaret (Gerald) Zilmer of Belgrade, Mary Kay Brandly of Omaha, Neb., and Lois (Robert) Roback of Paynesville; one son, James Schueller of St. Cloud; three sisters, Veronica Hoschette, Della Linn, and Florence Walz; one brother, Elmer Ganzer; three stepbrothers, Norbert, Paul and Arnold (Dick) Schueller; three stepsisters, Mildred (Russell) Sindt, Dorothy (Peter) Weber, and Teresa (Steve) Dalsin; 18 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; stepchildren, David Schelonka of Chicago, Ill., Stanley Schelonka of St. Cloud, Marie Gruba of Sauk Rapids, Joan Due of Grand Forks, N.D., and Mark Schelonka of Randall; and 18 stepgrandchildren.

Lawrence was preceded in death by his first wife, Loretta; one son, Lawrence Jr., who died on the same day 28 years ago; his parents; two sisters, Marie Counter and Lucille Slavik; one grandson; and two granddaughters.

John Feldewerd, 63, St. Martin
John Feldewerd John Feldewerd, 63, of St. Martin, died Friday, Nov. 25, 2005, at the Paynesville Area Hospi-tal.

Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 28, at St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin. Burial was in parish cemetery.

John was born in New Munich to Henry and Veronica (Finken) Feldewerd.

He married Della Arceneau on Jan. 8, 1963, at the St. Martin Catholic Church.

John was employed with Blonigen and Sons/Paul's Welding in St. Martin for the past 30 years.

He was a member of St. Martin Parish, St. Joseph's Society, St. Martin Town Board, and former member of St. Martin Volunteer Fire Department.

John is survived by his son, Bob; mother, Veronica; one grandson; and sisters, Irene, Dorothy, and Mary Ann.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Della; father, Henry; and sister, Christine Koopmeiners.

Joan Walberg, 65, Waite Park
Joan C. Walberg, 65, of Waite Park, died on Friday, Nov. 25, 2005.

Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley. Rev. Virgil Braun officiated and burial was in the parish cemetery.

Joan was born on Dec. 4, 1939, in Eden Valley to Nicholas, Sr. and Adeline (Brummer) DeMorrett.

She married Marvin Walberg on July 1, 1972, in Annandale.

She was a resident of Waite Park for the past 11 years and lived in Paynesville and Eden Valley prior to that.

She worked for Electrolux in St. Cloud for over ten years, retiring in 1999.

Joan is survived by her husband, Marvin of Waite Park; daughter, Tammy (Barry) Hoekstra of New London; brother, Nick (Mary) DeMorrett, Jr. of Cold Spring; sister, Diana (Bob) Wieber of Verndale; and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Sandra Kerzmenn; and brothers, Cy and Michael DeMorrett.

Richard Mesna, 80, Eden Valley
Richard "Dick" Mesna Richard E. "Dick" Mesna, 80, of Eden Valley, died on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2005, at his home.

Graveside services were at 12 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25, at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, assembly area five. Rev. EvaLyn Carlson officiated.

Dick was born on Aug. 3, 1925, to Anton and Louise (Oestrich) Mesna in St. Paul. He graduated from Marshall High School in 1943 and from Bemidji State University in 1954.

Dick served his country in the Army during WWII. He was an industrial arts teacher at Eden Valley-Watkins High School for 15 years, retiring in 1980.

He was a member of the Eden Valley American Legion Post 381. He enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing, bowling, and wildflowers.

Dick is survived by his children, Richard (Sandy Gustafson) of Silver Springs, Nev., Colleen Hendricks of Phoenix, Ariz., Rick of Minneapolis, Deborah (Randy) Duty of Peoria, Ariz., Steven of Two Rivers, Wis., Sandra Darling of Chandler, Ariz., Terri Canela of Phoenix, Ariz., and Linda (Sylvester) Hiltner of Belgrade; their mothers, Patricia Horsman, Veronica Mesna and Vi Mesna; 21 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; a sister, Cordella Williams of Minneapolis; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Penny Barrera; and brothers, Lee and Willard.

Orville Schultz, 83, Eden Valley
Orville Schultz Orville R. Schultz, 83, of Eden Valley, died on Monday, Nov. 14, 2005, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Burial was in Ebenezer Cemetery in rural Paynesville.

Orville was born Sept. 12, 1922, in Paynesville to Herman and Anna (Kelm) Schultz. He attended District 162 country school and joined the Civil Conservation Corps in northern Minnesota. He farmed and was a carpenter in the Paynesville area most of his life.

He married Dorothy Levno on Aug. 20, 1983, in Eden Valley. He attended Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville.

Orville enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, softball, and baseball.

Orville is survived by his wife Dorothy of Eden Valley; stepchildren, Kathy (Gary) Fitch of Wheaton, Ill., and James (Phyliss) Levno of Graceville; five step-grandchildren; brother and sisters, Bernice (Arnold) Busse, Ellsworth (Kathy) Schultz, and Joyce (Joe) Spaulding, all of Paynesville; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers and sisters, Idella Tritabaugh, Rose Schultz, Beatrice Flanders, Melvin Schultz, Myron Schultz, Marella Hickman, LeRoy Schultz, Luverna Tysdol, and Dorothy Nehring.

Hulda Fischbach, 95, Alexandria
Hulda Fischbach Hulda Anna Fischbach, 95, of Alexandria, died on Monday, Nov. 14, 2005, at the Knute Nelson Home in Alexandria.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, at Faith Lutheran Church in Morris. Reverend Ronald Boettner and AiM Bev McNeill officiated. Burial was at Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Swan Lake Township in rural Morris.

Hulda Anna Trantow, daughter of Emil and Emilie (Block) Trantow, was born May 30, 1910, in the original log cabin that had been incorporated into the new house built around it in Swan Lake Township, Stevens County, Minnesota.

Hulda attended grade school at District #34 and in 1928 she graduated from the West Central School of Agriculture. She continued her education at the St. Cloud Business School. Following her education, she took a position at the Pilon Hospital in Paynesville, where she was a receptionist and bookkeeper and this was where she met her future husband, Louis.

The couple was united in marriage on Sept. 23, 1930, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. To this union three children were born.

The couple remained in Paynesville until 1945, when they moved to Seattle, Wash., where Louis worked as an interpreter for German war prisoners.

Hulda's father died in 1946 and the couple returned to the Morris area and moved to the new farm site that Emil had built. They remained on the farm until 1975, when they moved to Morris. The couple shared 63 years together. Louis died in December of 1993.

Hulda continued to live in her home until April 2001 and then moved to West Central Home in Morris. She eventually moved to an assisted living home in Alexandria. In August, 2005 she moved to the Knute Nelson Home in Alexandria.

She loved embroidery, cooking and walking .

Hulda is survived by three children: Eugene (Violetta) Fischbach of Fremont, Neb., Marlene (Merrill) Pedersen of Alexandria, and Kenneth (Laurie) Fischbach of Cabot, Ariz.; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; brother, Alvin Trantow; and two sisters, Olga Abel and Laura Timm. Pallbearers for the service were Bruce, Dana, Paul, Ryun, Dylan, and Omar Fischbach, Damian Mabe, and Steve and Kai Peterson.

Grant Nelson, 89, Lebanon, Tennessee
Grant Bernard Nelson, 89, of Lebanon, Tennessee, died on Thursday Nov. 17, 2005, in the University Medical Center.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, in the Cross of Life Lutheran Church in Nashville, Tenn. Deacon Tom Schmitt officiated.

He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII from 1941-1944.

Grant owned and operated Shady Knoll Resort in Richmond from 1948-1973. He also served as chief of police in Richmond. He owned Nelson Hilltop Restaurant from 1967-1975. He was employed with AMPI in Paynesville from 1976-1988. 

Grant is survived by his wife, Jessie Irene Fisher Nelson; son, Jay L. (Jan) Nelson; one granddaughter; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by parents, Horace & Edith Woodword Nelson; son, Ken Nelson; and brother, Kenneth Nelson.

Cards may be sent to Partlow Funeral Chapel, c/o of Mr. Grant Bernard Nelson, P.O. Box 901, Lebanon, TN 37088.

Pearl Hendrickson, 80, Paynesville
Pearl Hendrickson Pearl Janette Hendrickson, 80, of Paynesville, died Thursday morning, Nov. 10, 2005, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at Nordland Lutheran Church in rural Paynesville. Rev. Keith Ainsley officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery

. Pearl was born on Oct. 30, 1925, in rural Paynesville, the daughter of Deodor and Jennie (Dalhaug) Olson. She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith at Nordland Lutheran Church. She grew up on the family farm and attended grade school at District 19. After her schooling she worked as a commercial artist in Minneapolis.

On Sept. 21, 1946, Pearl was united in marriage to Orville G. Hendrickson. To this union three sons and two daughters were born. They raised their family and farmed in Union Grove Township. Together, Pearl and Orville were able to share in 47 years of marriage before Orville's death on Oct. 1, 1993.

Pearl was a lifelong member of Nordland Lutheran Church. Among the things she enjoyed were oil painting, rosemaling, china painting, sewing, gardening, canning, and entertaining at the lake.

Pearl is survived by two sons, Dennis (Sally) Hendrickson of Eagan and David (Carol Knudsen) Hendrickson of River Falls, Wis.; two daughters, Carlyn (Kevin) Farnum of Delano, and Tonia (Thomas) Gustafson of Eagan; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Murlin Olson of Paynesville; and two sisters, Darleen Glenz and Glenice (Jonathan) Schaumann, both of Paynesville.

She was preceded in death by husband, Orville; son, Ronald; brother, Norman; and parents.

Sharon Danner, 63, Osseo
Sharon Danner, 63, of Osseo, died on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2005.

The funeral service were on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 11 a.m. at the Osseo United Methodist Church. Interment was in Rush Creek Cemetery.

Sharon grew up in the Maple Grove/Corcoran area, the daughter of Oliver (Arlie) and Dorothea Liestman. She graduated from Osseo High School in 1960.

She was a homemaker for many years before working at Heinrich's Department Store in Osseo. She had been employed in the food service department of Osseo Area Schools for the past 19 years, retiring as head cook from Fair Oaks Elementary School this year.

Sharon is survived by her husband, Jerry; four daughters, Traci (Ken) Franko, Lisa (James) Lockie, Michele (Grant) Johnson and Heidi (Mike) Smith; three grandchildren; brothers, Robert (Sandra) Liestman and Gordon Liestman; and nieces, nephews, aunts, and other relatives.

Charles Spark, 89, Sioux Falls, S.D.
Charles David Spark, 89, of Sioux, Falls, S.D., and formerly of Paynesville, died on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005, in Sioux Falls.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Oct. 31, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Pipestone. Interment was in Old Woodlawn Cemetery in Pipestone.

Charlie was the son of David and Nina (Marsh) Spark. He was born on Oct. 25, 1916, in Pipestone, Minn. He grew up and attended school in Pipestone, participating in football, choir, and was a drummer in band and orchestra.

After graduating from high school in 1934, he played hockey and baseball on the town teams, and then attended the University of Minnesota where he took part in the marching band. Following his education, he returned to Pipestone to run the family's men's clothing store (Marsh's).

On Dec. 1, 1940, Charlie was united in marriage to Marilyn Petersen of Lake Benton, Minn. He served in the United States Army as a master sergeant during the European Theater from 1943-1945. After receving his honorable discharge, he returned to Pipestone.

In 1955, he worked for Merit Clothing Company and was then a director of the fashion merchandising division at the Pipestone Vocational School for 15 years. After a long career in the clothing business, he enjoyed raising livestock on his Holland farm. He and Marilyn lived on Lake Koronis for many years before Charlie returned to the Pipestone area.

Charlie enjoyed playing golf, bridge, and the drums.

He is survived by five children, Kathie (Larry) Kavolak of Park Rapids, Minn., David (Gay) Spark of Spencer, Iowa, Steve (Bev) Spark of Stillwater, Minn., Linda Spark and Richard Spark, both of Pipestone; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Francis Soenke of Fresno, Calif.; and one brother, James Spark of Seal Beach, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn on April 11, 1998; his parents; one sister, Natalie Clark; and two brothers, Donald and Wally Spark.

Betty Honeywell, 87, Paynesville
Catherine Elizabeth (Betty) Honeywell, 87, of Paynesville, died on Monday, Oct. 24, 2005, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, Nov. 19, at First Evangelical Free Church in Maplewood, Minn. Burial was at San Joaquin Valley Military Cemetery in Gustine, Calif.

Betty was born on April 8, 1918, in Minneapolis to William and Florence (Petran) McNaughton. She graduated from St. Paul Bible College in 1940 and earned a master's degree in communications from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill., in 1959.

She married Russell G. Honeywell on May 11, 1940, at St. Paul Bible College Chapel in St. Paul. They were missionaries with SEND International in the Philippines from 1947 until retirement in 1986. They were instrumental in establishing and teaching at the Far Eastern Bible Institute and Seminary in Manila, Philippines.

Since retirement, she and Russell had lived in Pacifica, Calif., from 1987 until 2002 where they served Seaview Baptist Church and First Baptist Church of Daly City. Betty was a resident of Washburne Court from May 2004 until July 2005.

Betty has authored several books and was a prolific poet. She enjoyed traveling, reading, writing poetry, entertaining, and playing her autoharp.

Betty is survived by her children, Carol (Richard) Johnson of Paynesville, Sharon (Brice) Martinson of Edina, and Robert Honeywell of Placerville, Calif.; sisters, Ruth Hinds of Ashland, Wis., Grace Rosbottom of Ashland, Wis., Faith Lowell of St. Paul, and Margaret McNaughton of St. Paul; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Russell, and brother Bob McNaughton.

Emmett Dillon, 93, Eden Valley
Emmett Dillion, 93, of Eden Valley, died on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005, at Hilltop Care Center in Watkins.

Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley. Rev. Virgil Braun officiated. Burial was at St. Peter's Cemetery in Eden Valley.

Emmett was born on April 9, 1912, in Eden Valley to Martin and Mary (Kehoe) Dillon.

He married Mildred Stoffel on June 29, 1937, at St. Peter's Catholic church in Eden Valley.

Emmett lived in Eden Valley all his life. He owned and operated Dillon's Off Sale Liquor for 17 years, and then owned and operated Eden Valley School Bus Line for 25 years, retiring in 1980.

Emmett served his country in the U.S. Army during WW II.

He was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Assumption Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Bishop P.J. Casey Council, Eden Valley American Legion Post 381, Litchfield VFW Post 2818, 40 and 8 of Hutchinson, and the Eden Valley Lions.

He enjoyed being at the lake and was proud of his military service and his Legion participation.

Emmett is survived by his daughter, Joyce Spaeth of Annandale; two grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mildred on Aug. 20, 2003; brothers, Pat and Dan Dillon; and a sister, Rose Garvey.

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