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Charles Vadner, 52, Paynesville
Charles W. "Tuna" Vadner, 52, of Paynesville died on Saturday, Nov. 22, from injuries sustained in an automobile-train accident near Paynesville.

Memorial services were held on Friday, Nov. 28, at the Eden Valley Church of God. Private burial will take place at later date.

Charles "Tuna" was born on Sept. 3, 1962, to Russell and Donna (Lehnen) Vadner in Paynesville.

He attended Pay-nesville Area High School. Tuna was employed by Jennie-O for many years.

He is survived by his parents, Russell and Donna of Paynesville; three brothers, Lester, Bruce, and Abraham, all of Paynesville; a niece; two nephews; and 12 great nieces and nephews.

Ronald Wait, 63, Plymouth
Ronald C. Wait, 63, of Plymouth, and formerly of Eden Valley, died on Sunday, Nov. 16, in Barcelona, Spain.

A memorial service for Ron will be held on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 2:30 p.m., at Kapala-Glodek-Malone Funeral Home in New Hope, Minn. A visitation, beginning at 1 p.m., will be held prior to the service.

Ron is survived by his wife, Elaine; children, Gina (Josh) Cleveland and Seth (Caitlin) Wait; six grandchildren; father, John E. Rubis; mother-in-law, Irene Whitmyre; and many family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Wait and Delores Wait Rubis; brothers, Gary and Daniel Wait; and a grandson.

Vivian Mueller, 87, Regal
Vivian Ann Mueller, 87, died on Sunday, Nov. 30, surrounded by loving family in her home in Regal.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry.

Burial will take place in the parish cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2, and after 10 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Margaret's.

Vivian was born to William and Margaret (Waldorf) Wuertz on July 19, 1927, in Lake Henry.

She married Marcus J. Mueller on May 14, 1945.

Vivian worked with her husband on their farm in Lake Henry until his untimely death on April 9, 1971. Thereafter, she resided in Regal, in the house that they had begun to build together.

Vivian is survived by five daughters and two sons, Anita (Colin) Campbell, Diane (Otto) Ota, Greg (Linda) Mueller, Janice (Larry) Brownie, John (Cookie) Mueller, Mary Lee (Brian) Lauber, and Susanne (Jeffery) Danielowski; 17 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; brothers, Art Wuertz and Vernon Wuertz; sisters-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Marcus; siblings, Melvin Wuertz and Lorraine Ehresmann; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law; a granddaughter; and a grandson.

Nathan Bahner, 23, Paynesville
Nathan J. Bahner, 23, of Paynesville died on Saturday, Nov. 22, as a result of an automobile-train accident.

His memorial service was held on Saturday, Nov. 29, at Paynesville Lutheran Church.

Nathan Joe Bahner was born on July 8, 1991, to James and Cindy (Paglusch) Bahner in Paynesville.

He grew up in Paynesville, where he attended school and was a member of the Crow River Trail Guards.

Nathan is survived by his parents, Jim and Cindy Bahner; brothers, Samuel Bahner of Paynesville and Zachary Bahner of El Paso, Texas; a niece; maternal grandmother, Kathy Maloney of Paynesville; fiance, Jessica Fisk; and five aunts.

Nathan was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, maternal grandfather, and four uncles.

Kenneth Gniffke, 82, Paynesville
Kenneth Albert Gniffke, 82, of Paynesville died on Saturday, Nov. 29, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 5, at Paynesville Lutheran Church. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will held at 3 p.m. on Friday in Christ Lutheran Cemetery in Cottonwood.

He was highly respected by his colleagues and clients during his 39 years with American Milk Producers, Inc. (AMPI).

Kenneth is loved and survived by his four daughters, Debi Otto; Cemmy Gniffke; Tammy (Chris) Spencer; and Judy (Gregg) Brown; sister, Grace Paradis; seven grandchildren; numerous relatives; and many wonderful friends.

Harold Tisdell, 91, Paynesville
Harold L. Tisdell, 91, of Paynesville, and formerly of Morton, died on Saturday, Nov. 29, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville, surrounded by his loving family.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Visitation will begin at St. Louis one hour prior to mass. Inurnment with military honors will be at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday at Calvary Cemetery in Morton.

Harold Lawrence Tisdell was born on Oct. 8, 1923, to Edward and Charlotte (Neuens) Tisdell on the Tisdell family farm outside of Morton in Birch Cooley Township.

He graduated from Morton High School in 1941.

He served in the navy from 1945 to 1946 on the USS Apache until he was honorably discharged in 1946. He achieved the rank of Seaman First Class.

Upon discharge from the service, he lived and worked in Los Angeles, Calif., until 1948. He then returned to Morton to join in partnership with his brother Eugene in the operations of the family farm.

On June 30, 1956, he married Shirley Mae Morrow. Together, they had four children: Mary Lee, Linda Kay, Mary Sue, and Timothy James.

Harold retired from farming in 1980. After retirement, he and Shirley spent summers in a cabin on Lake Koronis outside of Paynesville and winters in Harlingen, Texas, until they moved permanently to a lake home on Lake Koronis in 1996.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley of Paynesville; children, Linda (Dan) Baun of Marshall and Mary (Brian) Heinis of St. Anthony Village; four grandchildren; siblings, Eugene Tisdell and Geraldine Simmons; two sisters-in-law; a brother-in-law; and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Lee; son, Timothy James; parents; and sisters, Charlotte Swartz, Florence Jansen, and Harriet Smith.

Blessed be his memory.

Timothy Schaefer, 47, St. Martin
Timothy "Tim" Schaefer, 47, of St. Martin died on Monday, Nov. 10, at the Paynesville Hospital.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday, Nov. 15, at St. Martin Catholic Church. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Tim was born on March 13, 1967, to Donald and Janet (Hemmesch) Schaefer in Paynesville.

He married Jill Zirbes on Aug. 1, 2002, in St. Martin.

Tim is survived by his wife, Jill; children, Katie (Adam) Gulden and Derek Schaefer (Brittany Liberty); stepson, Mike Feldewerd; parents, Donald and Janet Schaefer; siblings, Kevin Schaefer, Pamela Spaulding, Tina Schlangen, and Lynn Schaefer; a grandmother; a granddaughter; and two nieces.

Ruby Bennett, 98, Paynesville
Ruby Bennett, 98, of Paynesville died on Monday, Nov. 3, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Her funeral service was held on Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Eden Valley Church of God. Burial was in Old Eden Lake Cemetery in rural Eden Valley.

Ruby Evelyn (Randall) Bennett was born on Oct. 7, 1916, to Walter and Lizzie (Coulter) Randall in Glenwood.

Ruby grew up on a farm north of Mora, Minn., and received her education at a country school near Mora.

Ruby married Carroll Bennett on Oct. 12, 1940, and their union was blessed with one daughter, Sharon.

During the war years, they moved to Superior, Wis., where Carroll worked in the shipyards. After the war, they moved to Minneapolis, where Carroll was a foreman, and Ruby worked as a bookkeeper for Ostman Home Builders.

They later moved to Paynesville, where Carroll operated his own construction business, and Ruby did the bookkeeping until Carroll's retirement.

Ruby held many office and accounting positions, as well as being active in various church activities and working and cooking for youth camps and conferences. She served as a treasurer for the Minnesota State Conference for ten years.

Ruby loved embroidery, quilting and preparing delicious food for many camps and conferences. Her desserts are legendary.

Ruby is survived by her daughter, Sharon (Larry) Jobes of Papillion, Neb., and many nieces and nephews.

Ruby was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Carroll; and sister, Ella.

Arlene Doboszenski, 75, Paynesville
Arlene Doboszenski, 75, of Paynesville died on Sunday, Nov. 9, at her home in rural Paynesville.

A celebration of life ceremony was held on Friday, Nov. 14, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Arlene loved to travel, so, in classic "Arlene" style, they traveled with her one last time to SS Peter & Paul Cemetery in Loretto, Minn., for a burial in her chosen final resting place.

She was born Arlene Catherine Wachman on July 28, 1939, to Eleanora and Raymond Wachman in Sauk Centre.

On May 9, 1959, she married James Doboszenski in Loretto, Minn., where they lived for 40 years raising their five children. They shared 55 years of marriage.

In December 1999, Arlene and Jim bought their dream retirement home on Lake Koronis in Paynesville.

Arlene is survived by her husband, James Doboszenski; children, Connie Doboszenski, Nancy Doboszenski, Diane (John) Dickey, Judy (Greg) Erickson, and Bob (Brenda) Doboszenski; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Erv Wachman; sisters, Millie Arens, Betty Schliinz, and Elaine Dorn; and many loving brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, and friends.

Arlene was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Eleanora Wachman; brother, Walter Wachman; and her first great-granddaughter.

Marlin Fisher, 67, Paynesville
Marlin Roy Fisher, 67, of Paynesville, who was unable to recover from a second stroke, died on Sunday, Nov. 9, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Nov. 14, at the Miller-Carlin Funeral Chapel in St. Cloud.  Burial was held on Saturday, Nov. 15, in Fairview Cemetery in Fairmont, Minn.

Marlin was born on Nov. 15, 1946, to Roy and Alice (Laue) Fisher in Fairmont.

He was a private, easy-going man who valued friendship.

Marlin is survived by his children, Grant (Liana) Fisher of Plymouth and Rita (John) Ward of Stillwater; four grandchildren; former wife, Susan Smith; and many other friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Alice.

John Cruze, 58, Sauk Centre
John Cruze, 58, of Sauk Centre died on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at his home.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Monday, Nov. 17, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

John was born on April 20, 1956, to Carl and Leona (Rudnicki) Cruze in Morris.

He graduated from Alexandria Technical College with a degree in law enforcement.

He worked for the Foley Police Department until joining the Benton County Sheriff’s Department, where he retired after 23 years of service.

John is survived by his daughters, Stefany (Dan) Gravley of Bloomington, Samantha (Tony Semmen) Keasling of Lanesboro, and Stacy (Salvador Rosas) Cruze of Eagan; two granddaughters; mother, Leona of Paynesville; siblings, Roger of St. Louis Park, Michael of Litchfield, Diane Callaway of Atwater, Calif., Patrick of St. Cloud, Anthony of Willmar, Arthur of Paynesville, Marie Jennings of Richmond, Gergory of Cold Spring, and Richard of Sauk Rapids.

John was preceded in death by his father.

Kenneth Leo, 65, Watkins
Kenneth Chester Leo Sr., 65, of Watkins died on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at his residence.

A memorial service was held on Monday, Nov. 17, at Johnson Funeral Home in Payne-sville. Burial will be at a later date in Glenwood Lutheran Cemetery.

Kenneth C. Leo Sr. was born on June 12, 1949, to Chester and Emily (Pochardt) Leo in Morris.

He and his family moved to Herman and later to Lowry. During this time, he worked with his father on the farm.

Ken attended and graduated from Glenwood High School in 1968. After high school, he attended Alexandria Vocational and Technical School for two years, where he received an associate's degree in fluid power hydraulics.

On Nov. 25, 1971, Ken married Diane Warfield. After marriage, they lived in Lowry before moving to Sacramento, Calif.

After a year in California, they moved around the Midwest, including living in Paynesville, prior to making their home in Watkins.

Ken had many jobs as a programmer and machinist. He enjoyed working for Tolomatic, where he was employed for many years.

Ken is survived by his wife, Diane; children, Chris Leo of Cheney, Wash., and Ken Jr. (Jen) Leo; three grandchildren; siblings, Louise Pearson and Jane Olson; and a niece and nephew.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Emily; mother and father-in-law, Don and Marilyn Warfield; and a niece and nephew.

Caroline Lahr, 84, Eden Valley
Caroline Lahr, 84, of Eden Valley died on Saturday, Nov. 1, at Cherrywood Advanced Living in Richmond.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday, Nov. 8, at Church of Our Lady in Manannah. Fr. Brian Mandel officiated, and burial was in the parish cemetery.

Caroline C. Lahr was born on April 28, 1930, to Blasius and Anna (Meyer) Scheierl in Union Grove Township. She was the youngest of 11 children and spent her early years in the shadow of her older siblings, learning from them as they all worked on the family farm.

Caroline married Math Lahr on April 15, 1950, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville.

They farmed in the Grove City area until buying a farm near Manannah, on which they lived for 50 years, retiring in 1995. After "retiring," they continued to live on the farm while renting the land.

Caroline was truly a life partner for Math and was always there to help with some of the farm work when an extra hand was needed. She loved her large vegetable garden and flower beds. They were a source of personal pride and gave her great peace and contentment.

Caroline also helped keep their rather large lawn mowed, as she and Math basically had their own half, each with their own his/her riders.

On Nov. 1, 2010, Caroline and Math moved to Assumption Court Apartments in Cold Spring, realizing it was finally time to end the pressures of owning and maintaining a farm. In August 2014, they moved together (as they always had been) to Cherrywood Advanced Living in Richmond, where Caroline lived out her final days.

Caroline is survived by her children, Diane Boben of Walker, Mike (Brenda) of Eden Valley, Susan Kelly of Eden Prairie, and Robert of Bloomington; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; two sons-in-law; brothers, George, Sylvester, Joseph, twins Henry and William, John, Anton, and William; and sisters, Marie and Catherine.

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