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Clinton Ness, 22, Paynesville
Clinton Ness Clinton J. Ness, 22, of Paynesville died on Monday, Nov. 27, in Paynesville.

A visitation was held on Friday at the Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville.

Clinton Joseph Ness was born on May 15, 1984, in Paynesville, the son of Joseph and Diane (Otte) Ness.  Clint was baptized and confirmed into the Christian faith at Paynesville Lutheran Church.

He attended Paynesville  Elementary and graduated from Paynesville High School in 2003.

Clint worked at H & L Express, Cenex, and Fingerhut Trucking during his life.

Clint's greatest love was music he started the band Whiteout and played guitar and drums for it.  He was also a very talented artist making many drawings of things he loved.  Clint also enjoyed boating and sailing; and he was an expert at video games and with computers.

He is survived by his parents of Paynesville; siblings, Jeremy Boelz-Ness of St. Joseph, Jason Ness of Paynesville, and Kimberly (Ness) Wielenberg of Paynesville; grandfather, Joseph B. Otte of Melrose; and nephew and nieces.         

Annceline Berg, 77, Eden Valley
Annceline Berg Annceline M. Berg, 77, of Eden Valley died on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Paynesville Area Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, Dec. 2, at Church of Our Lady in Manannah. Burial was at St. Peter's Cemetery in Eden Valley.

Annceline was born on July 3, 1929, in Eden Valley to George and Julia (Brandley) Armstrong. Annceline lived in the Eden Valley area all her life.

She married Raymond Berg on May 5, 1962, at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Eden Valley.

She worked as a kindergarten aide at Eden Valley Watkins School for 25 years, retiring in 1993.

Annceline was a member of Church of Our Lady in Manannah, various Christian organizations, and a 54 year member of Eden Valley American Legion Post 381 Auxiliary.

Survivors include her husband of Eden Valley; daughter, Mary (Brandt) Tunell of Cambridge; son, Mark (Linda) Berg of Eden Valley; and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and sisters, Marion Armstrong and Patty Ashmore.

Bernice Hiemenz, 82, Eden Valley
Bernice Hiemenz Bernice M. Hiemenz, 82, of Eden Valley died on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at St. Benedict's Center in St. Cloud.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, Dec. 1, at Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley. Burial was at the parish cemetery.

Bernice Margaret Sauer was born on Sept. 30, 1924, in Rice to George and Margaret (Gauer) Sauer. She was baptized, received first communion, and confirmed at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rice.

Bernice graduated from Cathedral High School and St. Cloud Teachers College.

She married Richard Mary Hiemenz on Aug. 5, 1957, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rice.

Bernice taught elementary school for 25 years, most of those at St. Anthony's Catholic School in Watkins. She took time off from teaching to raise her five children.

She was a member of Assumption Catholic Church and was proud to serve in the Christian Mothers, Catholic Aid Association, and in Eucharistic Adoration. She enjoyed spending time with her "sewing" group, weekly coffee group, and spending time with friends after daily mass. Bernice loved being a wife, mother, and grandmother.

Bernice was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Eileen Hovanes; and brothers, Willy and Norbert Sauer.

Survivors include her husband, Richard of Eden Valley; daughters, Mary (Pat) Gannon of Eagan, Louise Anne "LouAnne" (Kevin) Mortell of Minneapolis, and Susan Hiemenz of Richfield; sons, Richard (Kathy) Hiemenz of Savage, and Joseph (Cathy) Hiemenz of St. Louis Park; sister, Sr. Marion Sauer of St. Cloud; and seven grandchildren.

Rose Olmschenk, 84, St. Martin
Rose Olmschenk Rose M. Olmschenk, 84, of St. Martin died on Monday, Nov. 20, at Pine Haven Nursing Home in Melrose.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, Nov. 24, at St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin. Interment followed at the parish cemetery.

Rose was born on December 18, 1921, in Spring Hill, to John and Katherine (Kortenbusch) Bertram.

She married Herbert Olmschenk on May 28, 1945, in Spring Hill, and the couple farmed near St. Martin until 1983, when they retired and moved to St. Martin.

Rose was a member of St. Martin Church, St. Ann's Christian Mothers, the Rosary Sodality, and St. Martin Catholic Aid Association.

Survivors include her children, Kathy Illies (Dennis) of Meire Grove, Norm Olmschenk (Kathy) of St. Martin, Barb Weisenberger (Dick) of St. Cloud, Jo Flanders (Mike) of Paynesville, Mike Olmschenk (Debbie) of St. Martin, Rose Steele (Ken) of Orlando, Fla., and Fred Olmschenk (Nancy) of St. Martin; 17 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Rose enjoyed traveling with her husband Herb. She loved music and singing; especially singing Christmas carols with her children. Rose's life was centered around her family. Her love of embroidery and quilting is reflected in the many quilts and dishtowels she made for her children and grandchildren. Rose was an avid gardener, and her children greatly appreciated the fruits of her efforts in her canning, cooking, and baking (especially her Graham Cracker pie, Knadel soup, and Milk soup).

Rose was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters, Eleanor Kollmann and Leona Lieser; brother, Anthony Bertram; and one granddaughter, Stacie Illies.

During this time of sorrow we realize how much our friends mean to us. The family of Rose Olmschenk greatly appreciates your kindness and expression of sympathy. Thank you for your kindness. No thank you cards will be sent. The family of Rose Olmschenk.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.

Kathleen Heath, 94, Paynesville
Kathleen Heath Kathleen "Kay" E. Heath, 94, of Paynesville died on Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Memorial services were held on Monday, Nov. 20, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville.

Kay was born on Feb. 6, 1912, in Mankato, to LeRoy and Katie (Page) McFail.

She married Edward Heath on Nov. 3, 1934, in Mound.

She had been a resident of Paynesville and Lake Koronis since 1976.

Kay was a member of Grace United Methodist Church. She was a loving caregiver for five foster children.

Kay is survived by her children, Marcia Heath of Birmingham, Ala., and Jon Heath of Albertville; six grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; special friend, Don Sumner of Paynesville; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two brothers; and two sisters.

Memorials are preferred to the Paynesville Area Center's home-delivered meals program or to Grace United Methodist Church.

David Spanier, 68, Paynesville
David Spanier David R. Spanier, 68, of Paynesville died peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 19, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, Nov. 22, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial took place at the Paynesville Cemetery.

David was born on May 10, 1938, in Lake Henry to Herb and Erma (Lahr) Spanier.

He married Geri Hertzberg on June 10, 1970, at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry.

He worked at the Paynesville Cenex/ Farmer's Union Co-Op since Aug. 1, 1965, and was the head of the petroleum department.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 3820 and an active member of the St. Louis Catholic Church.

David enjoyed his work because he met with many people. He also loved spending time with his children and grandchildren doing outdoor activities.

Preceding him in death are his parents.

David is survived by his wife Geri of Paynesville; sons Troy (Nadine) of Chaska, Terry (Lisa) of Grove City, Todd (Jackie) of Paynesville and Tory (Sarah) of Montrose; eight grandchildren; and brothers and sisters Melvin (Etheline) of Paynesville, Cyril (Joanne) of Lake Henry, Evie (Darrell) Sorenson of Stillwater, Mary (Gerald) Johnson of South Carolina, Roger (Pat) of Avon, Richard (Rita) of Forest Lake, Orville "O.J." (Susan) of Arizona, Judy (Paul) Lieser of Spring Lake Park, Michael (Kathy) of Sartell, and Kevin (Bonnie) of Arizona.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.

Mary Torborg, 93, Little Falls
Mary Torborg Sister Mary Caroline (Teresa) Torborg, 93, died on Thursday, Nov. 16, at the St. Francis Convent in Little Falls.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place at the St. Francis Convent on Tuesday, Nov. 21.

Sister Mary Caroline was born on Sept. 9, 1913, near Richmond.  She was the 10th of 13 children born to Herman and Anna (Kemper) Torborg.

She was accepted as a Franciscan Sister of Little Falls on Aug. 12, 1929.  She made her first profession of vows on Aug. 12, 1931, and final vows on Aug. 12, 1934.  She was a Franciscan sister for 77 years.

Sister Caroline ministered in health care and retreat ministry. She was the director of St. Francis School of Nursing in Breckenridge and director of St. Gabriel's School of Nursing in Little Falls. She served in Breckenridge; Little Falls; Prior Lake; St. Paul; Onamia; Random Lake, Wis.; and Lexington, Tenn.

She was preceded in death by siblings, Alphonse, Helen Heying, Theodore, Hilarius, Veronica Behnen, Leonard, Catherine Stommes, Bruno, and Cyril.

Her survivors include siblings, Martha Behnen, Cordelia Becker, and Dorothy (Elmer) Brisse of Richmond, two sisters-in-law; nieces and nephews; and by her Franciscan community.

Donations to Franciscan Sisters Ministries are preferred.   

Delores Bachman, 80, Litchfield
Delores Bachman Delores E. Bachman, 80, of Litchfield died on Sunday, Nov. 12, at her home in Litchfield.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Nov. 17, at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Litchfield. Burial was at Lake Ripley Cemetery in Litchfield.

Delores Eleanor Bachman, the daughter of Stanley and Olga (Espelund) Anderson, was born on May 14, 1926, in Ormsby, Minn. She was baptized at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Ormsby and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Litchfield. She grew up and received her education in Litchfield, graduating in 1946.

On Dec. 3, 1949, she was united in marriage to Martin Joseph Bachman at Beckville Lutheran Church. They made their home on a farm near Paynesville. Martin and Delores engaged in farming for 24 years before moving to Litchfield.

Delores also worked at Jennie-O and Fingerhut before her retirement.

She was passionate about spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoyed shopping, sewing, and making dolls.

Delores is survived by her sons, Steven (Susan) Bachman of Litchfield and Dale (Karen) Bachman of Paynesville; four grandchildren; and sister Phyllis (Pat) McCormick of Litchfield.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Martin; and one brother.

Oliver Theel, 94, Litchfield
Oliver Theel Oliver A. Theel, 94, of Litchfield and formerly of Paynesville died on Saturday, Nov. 11, at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Litchfield.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at Crystal Hills Assembly in Paynesville. Burial was at Salem Cemetery in rural Paynesville.

Oliver Ansel Theel was born on Jan. 11, 1912, on the family farm north of Paynesville, the son of Otto and Alvina (Pautzke) Theel.

He grew up on the family farm and attended the Harding grade school in District #2028. After his schooling he began farming with his family on the farm, five miles north of Paynesville.

On Dec. 7, 1958, Oliver was united in marriage to Carol Joy Gruetzmacher. To this union three daughters and one son were born.

They made their home on the family farm and continued to farm until Oliver's retirement in 1973. He continued working various jobs in the area. Together Oliver and Carol were able to share in 26 years of marriage before Carol's death on June 18, 1985.

In May 1987, Oliver was united in marriage to Elva Norris. Together they made their home in Litchfield where they enjoyed retirement together. Their favorite pastimes were traveling, making crafts, and woodworking. They were able to share in 19 years of marriage.

Oliver also enjoyed fishing, playing horseshoes, visiting with people, and spending time with family. He was known for his great stories, sense of humor, and willingness to invest in anyone needing him.

Oliver was preceded in death by his first wife, Carol; one grandson; sister, Rosella Glenz; and his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Elva of Litchfield; children, Janice (Dave) Lundstrom of Pillager, David Theel of Paynesville, Charlyn (Jeff) Post of Burnsville, and Kathy Theel of Maple Grove; six grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; four step-children, Carl (Judy) Norris of Sauk Centre, Linda (Bob) Davis of Florida, Shirley (Dave) Capistrant of Grove City and Beverly Norris of Grove City; and numerous step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

John Vig, infant, Paynesville
John Arthur Vig, infant son of David and Katherine (Hopfer) Vig, was born and passed away on Friday, Nov. 10.

A private graveside service was held on Thursday, Nov. 16, at St. Margaret's Cemetery in Lake Henry. John is survived by his parents, Kaye and David of Paynesville; sister, Ella; many grandparents; aunts; uncles; and cousins.

John was preceded in death by his grandmother Rosella Hopfer and by a cousin.

Jimmy Taylor, 75, Eden Valley
Jimmy Taylor Jimmy D. Taylor, 75, of Eden Valley died on Friday, Nov. 10, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

A celebration of his life was held on Wednesday, Nov. 22, at Peace United Church of Christ in Eden Valley. In lieu of flowers, memorials to charity are preferred.

He was born on Oct. 26, 1931, to Everett and Ruby (Harvey) Taylor in Hawkins, Wis.

Jimmy served his country during the Korean conflict.

He worked as a plant supervisor for Phoenix Packaging Company in Maple Grove.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Bud Taylor, Edward Taylor, and Darrell Taylor; and sisters, Dortha Severin, Violet Harless, Betty Halverson, and Bonnie Granberg. He is survived by his wife, Margarete; daughter, Charmaine (David) Booth of Golden, Colo.; son, Stephan (Jane) Taylor of Littleton, Colo.; sister, Edna Morgan of Elk River; two granddaughters; cousins; nieces; nephews; and many friends.

Roger Flanders, 90, Grove City
Roger Flanders Roger E. Flanders, 90, of rural Grove City, died on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

Funeral services were held at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Internment was at Burr Oak Cemetery, rural Grove City.

Roger Eugene Flanders was born on June 26, 1916, on the family farm in Union Grove Township, Meeker County, the son of Joseph and Martha (Harris) Flanders. He grew up on the family farm and attended District 20 country school.

On Sept. 10, 1941, Roger entered the U.S. Army, where he served our country during World War II, fighting in the D-Day invasion at Normandy and in the campaigns for the Ardennes, Rhineland, and central Europe. On Nov. 26, 1945, he was honorably discharged after four years of service.

On Feb. 27, 1946, he was united in marriage to Marguerite Hennen at the St. Louis Catholic Church parsonage in Paynesville. To this union, six children were born.

Roger and Marguerite farmed the family farm until 1978, when they built a new home near the farm so he could help out. He and Marguerite shared 60 years of marriage.

Roger loved farming and continued to help on the farm until his death. He also enjoyed playing cards and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His family will remember him as a committed husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

Roger is survived by his wife, Marguerite; children Rick (and friend Sandy) of Grove City; Randy (Mary) of Paynesville; Linda (Randy) Frieler of Greenwald; one son-in-law; one daughter-in-law; ten grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son Ronald, daughter LaVon Schlumbohm, and an infant son; five sisters; five brothers; and a son-in-law.

Kristen Anderson, 48, Minneapolis
Kris Anderson Kristen (Kris) Elizabeth Anderson, 48, of Minneapolis died on Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the Texas Terrace care center in St. Louis Park.

Funeral Services were held on Monday, Nov. 13 at the Paynesville Lutheran Church.

Kris was born on Sept. 23, 1958, in Aitkin Minn., the daughter of Don and Allene (Buss) Anderson. The family moved to Paynesville in 1961, where she grew up, and graduated from high school in 1977.

She attended Gustavus Aldolphus college in St. Peter, and the University of Minnesota.

Kris owned and operated the Dinkydale Deli in Dinkytown, Minneapolis for 16 years.

She married Tedd Halvorson on August 24th, 1996, in the Paynesville Lutheran Church. They lived in southeast Minneapolis.

She is survived by her husband Tedd Halvorson; father Don Anderson of Paynesville; siblings, Karla Anderson of St. Louis Park, Gretchen (Jon Jensen) Anderson of Lino Lakes, Andy Anderson of Denver, Colo.; three nieces; and many relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother.

Memorials may be made to the American Brain Tumor Association (

Theresa Bauer, 94, Cold Spring
Theresa Bauer Theresa Rose Bauer, 94, died on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at the Assumption Nursing Home in Cold Spring.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, Nov. 4, at Mary of Immaculate Conception Church in Rockville. Burial took place at the parish cemetery.

Theresa Rose Bauer was born on Aug. 9, 1912, in Langdon, N.D. to Stephen and Mary (Mareck) Mueller.

She graduated from Albany High School in 1930 and attended St. Cloud Teacher's College and then worked as a domestic for several years in Cold Spring and St. Paul.

She married Michael Bauer on June 14, 1938, at Seven Dolors Church in Albany. They farmed in Rockville Township until they retired and moved to Roscoe in 1972.

Theresa worked hard with raising her family, cooking, canning, gardening, and raising a large flock of chickens. She also enjoyed card playing, quilting, rug braiding, embroidery, and spending time with her grandchildren. Her religion was very important to her and she had a great devotion for the Blessed Mother. She was a member of the Christian Women Society and Catholic Aid Association.

Survivors include her children; Alvin (JoAnn) Bauer of Argenta, Ill., Sr. Louise Bauer O.S.F. of Duluth, Gerald (Donna) Bauer of St. Nicholas, Matt (Beth) Bauer of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Florence (Tom) Scheierl of Paynesville, and Gladys (Joseph) Kustritz of St. Cloud; 20 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Francis; two daughters-in-law; sister, Mary Muyres; and brothers, Leo Mueller and Henry Mueller.

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